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I really liked this one from NewsMax.

“It was the worst of times and the worst of times.”

The article goes on to list a number of reasons for Romney’s loss. Like…

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1. Paul Ryan. Romney’s choice of Ryan was almost inexplicable. A good conservative, Ryan was unqualified for the job of vice president, and therefore the job of president. A sitting member of Congress, he held no leadership position on the Hill.

2. The Ryan Plan. Romney had endorsed Ryan’s plan for Medicare even before he tapped him as a running mate. But by selecting Ryan, he was nailing the odious plan to the masthead of his campaign.

3. The Myth of a "Base Election." This election was just like every other one in modern times -- about winning middle, swing voters.

4. No Plan. Along the lines of triangulating, Romney needed to espouse several simple ideas that explained what he would do if elected president….Romney’s team offered the fewest specifics of any presidential campaign ever.

5. Crushing Optimism. When Romney did offer a plan, it was about “hard truths,” such as tackling the deficit, cutting the debt, cutting the budget (killing Big Bird), and cutting Medicare.

6. Poor Campaign Staff. Considering that Romney’s presidential quest was the best funded Republican race in history, his campaign staff was certainly not the best money could buy.

Rush Limbaugh

7. No "Gingrich" Ads Against Obama. …I was shocked how few ads the campaign was airing over the summer and how many Obama's campaign was.

8. Dissing Hispanics. As the elections of 2000, 2004, 2008, and now 2012 have demonstrated, demographics are trumping ideology in national elections.

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Rush had a really good one. “It’s hard to beat Santa Clause”. In the end, Romney offered no easy road to the voters – instead, he offered hard work and sacrifice to get things back to “normal”. Not exactly what the “bread and circuses” crowd was looking for.

But, here’s my favorite quote (from yours truly, actually).

“It’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel when the tunnel is collapsing”.

Pretty good, eh?

Dangerous tunnel

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    • Meredith
    • December 8, 2013
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    Was Paul Ryan, Romney’s Biggest Mistake?

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      I think his biggest mistake is to think he is qualified to be president, in his own words if he over paid his taxes it would disqualify him from being president,

      Then he doesn’t take the full deduction for his charitable donations, thus disqualifying himself via own opinion!

      ROFLMAO

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    • Fdkk
    • December 29, 2013
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    Is Paul Ryan’s Plan A Death Panel For The Elderly And Poor? The Ryan/Romney Plan will gradually cut off Medicare and Social Security to everyone over 65 to give tax cuts to the wealthy. Do you think this plan will result in the early death of old, poor people?

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      • Admin
      • December 29, 2013
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      Yes its ridiculous & inhumane.

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    • Beaver.Trailer4
    • December 30, 2013
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    Who On The Republican Side Would Be The Equivalent To Elizabeth Warren, And Why Is That? 1) Warren, really cares about Americans, we’re Republicans instead

    2) That 1/32 Cherokee, only elected out of sympathy, lying, corporate shill…….see I didn’t answer the question!….”Mission Accomplished!”

    3) Bachmann, Palin, McConnell, Paul, Boehner…..pick any of them B!tches!……

    4) None, nada, nyet, nope, never, …..

    5) A Tueday Timmies is just as good as a Monday Timmie…..and now a “Priestly!”
    @ Bada Bing….I was ambushed……but a scant 2 weeks later, the old Kanuckian Persistance pays off…again……it must come from pouring hot Maple Syrup on the snow and ice and eating it…(safety tip – beware the yellow snow)

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      • Admin
      • December 30, 2013
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      I cannot do an equivalent, there is no one close.

      But there is an opposite, and that would be McConnell, Boehner, Palin, Bachmann, Paul (both), Graham, Ryan, Romney, McCain, Issa, oh and a few hundred more.

      So I think I have to pick number 4.

      Good morning Beaver!

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    • Gmoney
    • January 6, 2014
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    WHEN WILL THE OLD PEOPLE RESPOND TO PAUL RYAN/ROMNEY Plan To Cut $350 Billion Dollars From SSI/Medicare? WHEN WILL OPEN ur motuhs an start yelling about this uve said nothing about paul ryan an look at this old look his new VICE PRESIDENT paul ryan look waht uve done u didn’t speak up u didn’t say anythign about paul ryan now hes 2nd in command thx to you old people

    god dang it DO something for god sakes old people do something
    Obama is cutting stuff BUT also GIVING a whole lot of free stuff so ur getting more with obama than hes taking

    like he cuts a lot but u get infinite more cash through his new system for free

    so basically OBAMA is actually helping u old people even more an giving u more stuff where as paul ryan is just taking an not giving u anything an now romney put him as 2n din command

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      They didn’t bat an EYE at obama-Cares 500 Billion from Medicare alone, so why should they? When their cut is from the spending, not the funding.

      PLUS, You let Dippy Washingmachine Yutz tell you about the Ryan Plan, so you completely missed the part where it doesn’t touch ANYONE over 50 right now!

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    • Name
    • January 12, 2014
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    Conservatives: If You Could Flip The Republican Ticket…? …and run Ryan-Romney against President Obama instead of Romney-Ryan…

    …would you prefer that?

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      Nope, we need the Older, more seasoned person in charge. With the increase of a bright, influential surrogate in Paul Ryan.

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    • Pa
    • February 14, 2014
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    Want Facts Instead Of Fiction? What Would Paul Ryan And Mitt Romney’s Plan Do To Medicare? Who would be affected by Ryan’s Medicare plan?

    Under Ryan’s plan, everyone who is eligible for Medicare now, or is within 10 years of eligibility, will be allowed to stay remain in the current program. The plan would go into effect for everyone under age 55.

    What would change under Ryan’s plan?

    For those who become eligible after 2023, Ryan’s plan would make two major changes:

    The age of eligibility for Medicare would increase by two months every year until it reached 67 in 2033.
    Medicare beneficiaries would get voucher payments to buy private insurance plans. Medicare enrollees would choose among competing private insurance plans, offered on a new Medicare Exchange similar to the insurance exchange now offered to federal workers, including members of Congress. The plans offered through the exchange would be required to cover everyone, regardless of pre-existing conditions, and would be prohibited from charging discriminatory rates based on age and health condition. They would also be required to meet a minimum standard of coverage. The vouchers would go directly from the government to the insurance company.

    Under the Ryan-Wyden plan, seniors could also opt for the traditional “fee-for-service” Medicare plan, in which healthcare coverage is administered by the government, rather than a private insurer. But the amount that government pays for healthcare ??? whether in the form of vouchers or fee-for-service payments ??? remains the same.

    How much would the voucher be for?

    Under the Ryan-Wyden plan, the cost of the voucher would be determined by a competitive bidding process. The amount the government pays would be decided based on the second-least expensive plan or fee-for service option. If individuals opt for a more expensive plan, they would have to pay the difference in premiums out of pocket. Alternatively, individuals who opt for a cheaper plan would get a rebate.

    The individual vouchers would also be adjusted to account for the health and income status of the beneficiary (i.e. sicker, poorer Medicare recipients get more money).

    As a failsafe, Ryan’s plan would also impose a spending cap requiring that per capita growth not exceed nominal GDP growth plus 0.5%

    How much would the plan save?

    According to a CBO analysis of Ryan’s 2013 budget, average Medicare spending for new enrollees in 2050 would be between 35% and 45% below what it would be under the current program. The analysis found that possible consequences of the dramatically lower spending could include higher out-of-pocket healthcare costs for seniors; reduced access to health care; diminished quality of care; increased efficiency of health care delivery; and less investment in new, high-cost technologies.

    But there’s a caveat:

    Ryan’s initial Medicare plans differ from the current plans in two important ways:

    Democratic attacks on Ryan’s Medicare proposals are also likely to focus on his initial budget plan, Ryan’s first plan did not include a traditional “fee-for-service” option, justifying Democrats’ claim that Ryan’s plan wants to “end Medicare as we know it.” But the gain of a “fee-for-service” option is nominal ??? both of Ryan’s proposals would change how much the government pays for senior healthcare.
    Under Ryan’s first plans, voucher payments increased based on changes in the consumer-price-index, which accounts for general inflation, rather than healthcare inflation, which is higher. What that means is that, over time, seniors would end up paying more out of pocket for healthcare.

    So far, Democrats have mostly preferred to attack Ryan based on these proposals, rather than on the newer, and more politically palatable, reforms he has proposed.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/paul-ryan-romney-medicare-plans-budget-2012-8
    @Cj; You are mistaken. The Congress does not get ‘Free’ healthcare. They are under a premium based medical insurance plan….and if Ryan’s plan was passed, then with the voucher you received you too could buy into a plan just like Ryans and every other congressman and Senators.

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      • Admin
      • February 14, 2014
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      Pa this is the dream team Romney/Ryan. People who say that Ryan is out to screw seniors are misguided and uneducated. Obama has already stolen 741 Billion from medicare to finance his healthcare plan.

      (1) The Republican reform plan totally exempts anyone over the age of 55 from any changes. When President Obama promised Americans “if you like your plan, you can keep it” to push Obamacare, he didn’t tell the truth. The Ryan plan explicitly, in black and white, protects current and soon-to-be seniors. No changes.

      (2) The Democrat’s non-plan does the opposite. It has already slashed more than half-a-trillion dollars (Update: $741 Billion, according to the latest CBO score) from Medicare to fund Obamacare, and it has established an unaccountable and extremely powerful bureaucratic board to ration care in order to keep costs down. To repeat, current seniors have already seen their Medicare cut by President Obama, not Republicans.

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    • Andy F
    • March 8, 2014
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    Could Ryan’s VP Candidacy Help BOTH Parties To Avoid Addressing The Jobs Crisis? The media commentators that I respect are mostly saying that Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan for VP will make this year’s election more POLICY-focused than US politics has been in many years.

    Ryan & Romney stand for a radical Tea Party / Koch brothers vision of sharply limited government and pro-corporate tax policies, the saying goes. Obama and the Democrats stand for a much more New Deal tradition of extensive goverment involvement in such “entitlement” programs as Medicare & Social Security.

    In theory, therefore, this election will supposedly present America voters with a clear choice between clashing “liberal” and “conservative” visions of the role of government in our mix-economy capitalist system.

    But will an election that focuses on the rival approaches to Paul Ryan and Barrack Obama to Social Security & Medicare also have a conveninet side benefit for BOTH major parties — namely, that the voters & the pundits will be distracted from the question of whether EITHER party has a good plan for reigniting US economic growth & actually curing high unemployment?

    As a democratic socialist, my hunch is that the question of unemployment will be almost eclipsed over the next 2 months, as the 2 big capitalist parties argue furiously over whether Social Security and Medicare should be sacrificed on the altar of debt reduction.

    What are your thoughts on Ryan and Ryan’s contribution to the campaign, however? Are American voters capable of thinking about BOTH the entitlement program/ budget deficit tradefoff, AND the justice or injustice of the tax code, AND the pressing question of how the capitalist economies of the West can create enough jobs for everyone who wants one?

    Or will we see both Democrats & Republicans sweeping the unemployment problem under the rug while the contending politicians focus solely on spending & entitlements?

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      This is the most clear and concise summary of the election rhetoric I have seen yet. Congrats! on actually understanding the policies as they really are. I am afraid you are quite right in thinking the unemployment problem will be sweep under the rug now that Ryan is the VP candidate. I have to wonder if that was the real reason for the Ryan choice, to turn the topic away from unemployment.
      Does either party actually have a good plan for unemployment? My next question, is Congress going to change enough to get anything done for the next President?

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    • JJ
    • March 10, 2014
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    Help With A Mitt Romney Essay? I need to write an original essay about Mitt Romney including his early years and thing that led up to his candidacy, any suggestions or people willing to write me a one page essay on mitt Romney?

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      Hello-

      Willard Mitt Romney (born March 12, 1947) is an American businessman who served as the 70th Governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007. He was the Republican Party’s nominee for President of the United States in the 2012 election.

      Raised in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, by his parents Lenore and George W. Romney, Mitt Romney spent two and a half years in France as a Mormon missionary starting in 1966. He married Ann Davies in 1969, with whom he has had five children. By 1971, Romney had participated in the political campaigns of both his parents. In that year, he earned a Bachelor of Arts from Brigham Young and in 1975, a joint Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration from Harvard. Romney then entered the management consulting industry and in 1977 he secured a position at Bain & Company. Later serving as its chief executive officer, he helped lead the company out of financial crisis. In 1984, he cofounded and led the spin-off company Bain Capital, a highly profitable private equity investment firm that became one of the largest of its kind in the nation. His considerable net worth, estimated in 2012 at $190-250 million, helped finance his prior political campaigns.

      Active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Romney served during his business career as the bishop of his ward (head of his local congregation) and then stake president in his home area near Boston. After stepping down from Bain Capital and his local leadership role in the church, he ran as the Republican candidate in the 1994 Massachusetts election for U.S. Senate. Upon losing to longtime incumbent Ted Kennedy, he resumed his position at Bain Capital. Years later, a successful stint as President and CEO of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Winter Olympics led to a relaunch of his political career.

      Elected Governor of Massachusetts in 2002, Romney helped develop and enact into law the Massachusetts health care reform legislation, the first of its kind in the nation, which provided near-universal health insurance access through state-level subsidies and individual mandates to purchase insurance. He also presided over the elimination of a projected $1.2-1.5 billion deficit through a combination of spending cuts, increased fees, and the closure of corporate tax loopholes. Romney did not seek re-election in 2006, instead focusing on his campaign for the Republican nomination in the 2008 U.S. presidential election. He won several primaries and caucuses but lost the nomination to John McCain as he withdrew from the race and ultimately endorsed McCain. In 2011, he began campaigning for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, eventually winning enough caucuses and primaries to be nominated with his chosen running mate, Representative Paul Ryan. Romney was defeated by incumbent President Barack Obama in the November 2012 general election.

      Hope this helps!

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    • LKJH
    • March 11, 2014
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    Shouldn’t Anne Show Her Support For Single Moms By Calling For Castration Of Deadbeat Tea Party Guy? Joe Walsh?

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      Paul Ryan, Romney are a Trojan horse for foreign Billionaires.

      Romney has sold the country

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    • Foghorn
    • April 12, 2014
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    Did Romney Pick Paul Ryan For VP Because He Is Far More Popular Than Mittens? This is so embarrassing that it hurts. Romney tries to rally a crowd and they refuse to go along with him. You can tell that the people were there for Ryan not Romney.


    I have no idea how Romney can keep going.

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      The way he quietened the (more or less) spontaneous ‘Ryan’ chant, and attempted to get them to chant ‘Romney, Ryan, Romney, Ryan’ – only to hear crickets, was comical.

      You can literally smell the flop sweat and desperation coming off of the guy!

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    • Stuart
    • May 20, 2014
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    Paul Ryan Would Double What Seniors Have To Pay For Their Health Care. Arod? http://articles.latimes.com/2011/apr/07/nation/la-na-gop-budget-20110408
    you are quoting the neocon paper
    http://www.philly.com/philly/health/163603056.html

    cbo still says obamacare will reduce the deficit

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      The Romney-Ryan Medicare plan would increase the total cost of health care insurance for seniors by $6,000 because it would be privatized AND increase the average out-of-pocket contribution by seniors by $12,500 because of cuts in federal spending on Medicare. Where is that $12,500 going to come from? Are Social Security payments going to be increased? Are seniors going to be forced out of retirement and into the labor market to compete with younger Americans for scarce jobs? How does forcing seniors to earn and spend $12,500 more per year affect the economy? Doesn’t it reduce demand from the non-health care sector rather dramatically? How is that beneficial? How does more work and more spending affect a senior’s quality of life, a life far more fragile than that of younger me and women, or doesn’t that matter to the GOP?

      The Ryan-Romney Medicare fix will cost more and will take more hard earned retirement assets and retirement income from America’s seniors all in the name of free-market principles that this society decided almost a half-century ago should be suspended when dealing with the medical and hospital needs of this nation’s elderly. This is no solution. This is a sell out of our seniors, plain and simple. Don’t fall for it!

      Re-elect President Obama and elect a Democratic House and Senate with a mandate to protect seniors from this abysmal Medicare plan.

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    • Summertime
    • May 30, 2014
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    Was Paul Ryan, Romney’s Biggest Mistake?

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      I think his biggest mistake is to think he is qualified to be president, in his own words if he over paid his taxes it would disqualify him from being president,

      Then he doesn’t take the full deduction for his charitable donations, thus disqualifying himself via own opinion!

      ROFLMAO

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