Romney/Ryan: A Tale Of Taxes and Obstructionists…

17 Sep

This is a sad but accurate tale of of hypocrisy, homophobia, misogyny, class war, and racism.  Oh, where to start? Let us start with the lies and hypocrisy of taxes.  Romney still refuses to make public his tax returns (should raise a red flag there people) while demanding that his vice-presidential candidate make public his tax returns for the last ten years — this type of hypocrisy and lack of transparency are NOT presidential material.

The economy: I grow ever weary of the blatant lies spewed from the venomous mouths of Romney and Rand, oops, I meant Ryan, regarding the economy.  More hypocrisy.  Ryan and the ever tearful Boehner are the architects of the obstructionist movement, blocking every jobs bill proposed by President Obama. The GOP continue to engage in a class war by categorically refusing to raise taxes on the wealthiest of Americans, while proposing to cut social programs such as medicare. (Sorry Granny, but you got to work until you drop.)

Repealing Civil Rights: The Tea Party/Republicans have devolved so significantly that they are now running on a platform that vows to repeal people’s civil rights — how does this not sicken the American people? As though it was not bad enough that Republican males want to own all vaginas, now they are talking about “legitimate rape,” how does this not terrify all of us?  How is this less government control? How is it less government control and fiscally sound to repeal the civil rights of the LGBTQ community and spend taxpayer dollars on defending DOMA?  How is it smaller government to police women and demand control of women’s bodies?

I am genuinely asking here, what is it about the Romney/Ryan ticket that is appealing? Perhaps it has something to do with this rare moment of honest insight from Rick (the ‘P’ is silent) Santorum at the ironically named Values Voter Summit:

We will never have the elite, smart people on our side.

I am truly nonplused. Or is that repulsed?  When did Republicans start to take such pride in ignorance? I have been desperately trying to understand people voting for Romney, for there are a handful of people that I love dearly who are casting their ballots for this duo.  How do I not take it personally as a gay man that I have friends and family voting for bigots that are working to repeal my civil rights, who assert I am less than human?

10 Responses to “Romney/Ryan: A Tale Of Taxes and Obstructionists…”

  1. Tom McCollin September 17, 2012 at 9:47 am #

    Have you seen this Michael….Ted Olson, who fought for equality in California, is now prepping Paul Ryan for his debate with Joe Biden. This is as confusing as, say, GOProud or Log Cabin Republicans.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt September 17, 2012 at 4:53 pm #

      Ted is proving a complicated character, and I’m uncertain of his moral compass, if he has one.

  2. Chris Marquardt September 17, 2012 at 10:46 am #

    I have been trying to understand the appeal, too, Michael. What I have found, in watching the Republican Convention and reading the full transcript of the Santorum speech you quote ( ), is that what they offer is purely an emotional appeal, consisting mostly of equating their listeners with all things good (such as, in Santorum’s speech, “values,” “America,” “the Constitution,” and most prominently, believe it or not, “things” [fill in whatever you want it to be])* and contrasting their listeners’ “goodness” with the other party and every negatively loaded word they can think of. If you are in their crowd, you have a choice of remaining in their crowd and remaining “good,” or going with the other guys and risking being whatever the opposite of good is. (That this is reminiscent of many churches is, I am sure, entirely coincidental.)

    In the convention speeches they would say things like (paraphrasing here): “Admittedly, Obama did face a difficult situation at the beginning of his presidency, and there’s no need for us to go into why that is right now, but…” followed by a condemnation of Obama for not fixing it (and no mention of all the Republican obstruction of Obama’s jobs plan). The reason “there’s no need for us to go into why that is right now,” of course, is because the speaker knows full well it was the Republican’s unnecessary war ($200 B per year) and tax cuts favoring the rich ($200 B per year) that blew a $400 B per year hole (2 + 2 = 4) in what had been an annual budget surplus under Clinton. The speaker knows it, but his audience does not. By this dodge, the speaker let’s himself off the hook by acknowledging what he knows, but still manages to avoid educating his audience that his party and its policies (policies which he only wants to repeat) were the ones that created the mess in the first place.

    “Elite, smart people” get their news from many sources, not just Fox News, so they already know what the speaker is not telling them—which is why they can’t be fooled, and will never be on the Romney-Ryan side. Non-elite, dumb people, though, believe everything the Republican establishment tells them (and know nothing of what it hides from them, which is plenty), so why not vote for the guy who tells them they are good?

    * “And I’m so encouraged that Governor Romney has embraced some of the things that I campaigned upon and that you across America have encouraged me to give voice to. He’s giving voice to those things, because he understands who we are.
    Mitt Romney understands America. He understands those values. And he shares those values. And that’s why I’m excited to go out across this country, as I have, to support him, to make sure that he is the next president of the United States.”

    Hooray for “things.” And, in case you had any doubt, “you across America,” Romney is a big supporter of things!!

    As to Santorum’s comment that “Without the church and the family, there is no conservative movement. There is no basic values in America in force, and there is no future for our country,” it is clear that by “church,” he means his kind of church (fun-judgmental: because it is fun to be judgmental; besides, how else can you feel good about yourself unless you have someone to put down?) and not any other kind of church (like maybe a loving kind) and only his kind of family, not any other kind (like maybe a more loving kind).

    These are scared, insecure, immature people he is talking to. Scared of what they are not familiar with, not secure enough to not feel threatened by anything they regard as different, and not mature enough to know that love, rather than being something in limited supply to be bestowed or withheld as reward or punishment, is something that costs nothing to give to everyone, and is in unlimited supply.

    I think they might be confusing love with money, or money with love.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt September 17, 2012 at 4:58 pm #


      Great comment. Thank you also for highlighting the blood on Boehner’s hands. What an awful man. How sad to have so many on the wrong side of history.

  3. Christine Noble September 17, 2012 at 3:31 pm #

    It scares me that these guys are running and doing moderately well. It’s not likely that they will win, but it allows for the Dems to continue their creep rightward on fiscal issues.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt September 17, 2012 at 5:00 pm #

      It terrifies and baffles me as to how these bigots would attract more than 10% of the vote.

      • Jay September 17, 2012 at 7:30 pm #

        Figure a third of voters are locked into voting Republican, regardless of candidate, rhetoric or policy, and a third are similarly locked into voting Democratic.

        Thus it has always been, thus it shall ever be. (Not literally, of course, but its a reasonable interpretation of the past few decades of voting, and probably a safe bet for the next few decades of voting).

        As to when rejecting ‘smart’ became appealing to at least a chunk of those hard-core Republicans, it became super-obvious in the last cycle with Sarah Palin’s defenders. They found her interview with mean old Katie Couric an unfair attack (this was the interview that led to Tina Fey’s infamous “I can see Russia from my house!” parody, and was also memorable for Palin claiming she reads “all of ’em” when pressed for the newspapers she reads). I characterized Palin’s fans at the time as the “I love her and relate to her because she’s just as stupid as I am!” crowd.

        But it goes back further. Many Republicans found Dan Quayle’s fumbling charming. And in the 19th century, there was a whole political movement known as the “know-nothings.” Perverse pride in stupidity is a long sub-current in American politics–it has something to do with suspicions regarding cultural elites (“pointy-headed intellectuals”–Berkeley and Harvard and Hollywood are dirty words in some circles), combined with an over-valuation of gut instinct. Colbert’s TV persona is proud of thinking with his gut, not his head.

        Some Republicans cringe at this “pride in stupidity wing” of their Party, but candidates routinely pander to that crowd. Right wing populism, which can seem a contradiction in terms to leftists, is based, quite often, on the various deeply-felt resentments of the “ignorant and damned proud of it” wing of the Republican Party.

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt September 17, 2012 at 7:36 pm #


        I have to admit, the Katie Couric interview actually made me a fan of Katie. What a lovely coincidence, Robert and I were just talking about Dan Quayle and the attack on the intellects. I must confess (not a big surprise) the ““ignorant and damned proud of it” wing of the Republican Party gets my dander up.

  4. Will S. September 18, 2012 at 7:56 am #

    “How is it less government control and fiscally sound to repeal the civil rights of the LGBTQ community and spend taxpayer dollars on defending DOMA? How is it smaller government to police women and demand control of women’s bodies?”

    You have the answer there, for sure…

    “We will never have the elite, smart people on our side.”

    If you can get the masses to hate the intelligent, demonize learning and critical thinking, and aggressively embrace willful ignorance, you can convince them that tax cuts somehow increase tax revenues. Or that the problem with state budgets is because teachers are overpaid. Or that welfare to individual people somehow carries a bigger price tag (and is therefore a bigger priority) than welfare to Goldman Sachs. Or that freedom and equality are only for certain citizens.

    Good way to consolidate power. Terrible way to run a country.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt September 18, 2012 at 7:05 pm #

      As usual your comments are spot on, and I specifically like how you address: “that freedom and equality are only for certain citizens.” Thank you for being such a wonderful ally.

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