Bad Deeds for 8-6-2012

Republican Party’s New ‘Voter Fraud’ Expert is Ex-Lobbyist Convicted For Corruption – A former lobbyist convicted in the Jack Abramoff congressional lobbying scandal has found a new line of work while still on probation: becoming a spokesman and self-appointed expert on allegedly rampant illegal voting. A new paper claiming that voter ID laws actually protect rather than disenfranchise minority voters is getting play in conservative circles. What isn’t being mentioned so much is the background of the paper’s author.

Horace Cooper, the author of the paper, told the Daily Caller this week that voter fraud “criminals — more often than not — are Democrats violating the rights of people who tend to be black or senior.”

Cooper may not have any expertise on voter fraud, but he does know a thing or two about falsifying documents. Cooper was indicted in 2009 on five public corruption charges, charged with exchanging political favors for gifts from Jack Abramoff. Cooper allegedly accepted bribes as a staffer to former Republican Majority Leader Dick Armey.

Romney’s Economic Plan Would Kill 360,000 Jobs In 2013 Alone – A Center for American Progress Action Fund analysis has found that the Romney economic plan would actually kill 360,000 jobs next year alone.

Several of Romney’s proposals entail no change in policy, so its unclear how they would create jobs. Several others — including tax incentives for outsourcing — would actively undermine U.S. employment. Remember, Romney’s job creation record as governor was hardly stellar, as Massachusetts was 47th in job creation during his tenure.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics announced today that 163,000 jobs were created in the U.S. last month under President Obama. And, the current unemployment rate would be a full percentage point lower were it not for the hundreds of thousands of public sector layoffs that have occurred as a result of budget cutbacks. It could be even lower than that if Republicans would stop obstructing the jobs bill.

Texas to Execute Mentally Disabled Prisoner on Tuesday – A death row prisoner who has been medically diagnosed as “mentally retarded” and therefore exempt from execution is set to die on Tuesday in Texas, a state that rejects scientific consensus and instead applies its own definition of learning difficulties based on a character in a John Steinbeck novel. Ah, those Compassionate Conservatives!

Very Rich Porn Star Endorses Romney Saying, “When you’re rich, you want a Republican in office.” – Very rich (worth an estimated $30 million) porn star Jenna Jameson has put her spin on the presidential race: “I’m very looking forward to a Republican being back in office. When you’re rich, you want a Republican in office.”

Jameson’s “let them eat cake” moment came Thursday in San Francisco while she was sipping champagne in a VIP room at Gold Club in the city’s South of Market neighborhood.

More Proof That Romney Was Involved With Offshoring Jobs After He Says He Left Bain – Romney has said he had no active role in Bain Capital, the private equity firm he founded, after February 1999. Yet Romney continued to oversee his partnership stakes even as he disengaged from the firm, personally signing or approving a series of corporate and legal documents through the spring of 2001. Andrea Saul added that ‘it took some time to transfer his ownership to the other partners, which is not surprising given the growth and success of the firm.’

Documents also showed that Romney signed several power-of-attorney statements that were used repeatedly during the transition, allowing other senior Bain partners and several lawyers for Bain to represent his interests in the investment deals the company struck between 1999 and 2001.

FLASHBACK: Romney Economic Advisers Predicted Bush Tax Cuts Would Lead To Huge Job Growth – They Were Wrong – The same advisers who are working for Romney — economists Greg Mankiw and Glenn Hubbard, both worked for former President George W. Bush. Then, they estimated that the Bush tax cuts would lead to massive job growth:

Back in 2001, as chairman of President Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers, Hubbard predicted that tax cuts slanted disproportionately to Americans in the topmost tier of income and wealth distribution would “quickly deliver a boost to move the economy back toward its long-run growth path,” starting with adding 300,000 more jobs and half a percentage point to the 2002 growth rate.

Then in early 2003, as President Bush proposed another round of tax cuts, Hubbard predicted these would add another 1.4 million jobs to the U.S. economy, over and above the 3.1 million jobs the economy would create on its own from natural economic growth in that time. Mankiw — who took over for Hubbard as chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers later in 2003 — co-signed a letter with Hassett (then-economist at the American Enterprise Institute) to President Bush “enthusiastically” endorsing more tax cuts because “it is fiscally responsible and it will create more employment [and] economic growth.”

Unfortunately for American workers, these rosy predictions failed to pan out. In fact, total employment in the U.S. economy created less than half of what Hubbard predicted. By 2007 the economy was running nearly 8 million jobs short of what Hubbard predicted. And in 2008 there were massive job losses.




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Texas A&M Aggie, Retired aerospace engineer, former union member, Vietnam vet, Demcratic Party organizer, husband and father.

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