The ad says volumes, about the DNC and none of it is good. I'm afraid that
this accurately personifies our imperial president's mentality: personal
attacks on the Romney family while ignoring the suffering of jobless millions.
How low can you get. Desperation on the part of the DNC and the Obama
Administration. Anything to avoid talking about his dismal performance the last
three and a half years.
I'd be curious to know how much money Mitt and Ann make off that horse. By
deducting his care from their tax return, they're asking us to subsidize
him (unless, of course, he is not a beloved pet and instead is just a
money-making commodity . . . which wouldn't surprise me, given they way
Mitt treated his dog).
To Cats 9:15 a.m. July 19, 2012How low can you get. Desperation on
the part of the DNC and the Obama Administration. Anything to avoid talking
about his dismal performance the last three and a half years.------------------Mitt dances around pretty much every issue he
faces. I haven't heard him give a straight answer concerning what he would
do about ANYTHING. He speaks in grand-sounding platitudes, but provides nothing
on which his plans and proposals can be judged.Maybe a better ad
would just be one that shows his head on a swivel, turning from side to side and
documenting the flip-flopping he does on pretty much every issue. That would
make the point better than a dancing horse.
Furry: You crack me up. Waaaaa.
I think the DNC pulled the ad because it really was stupid. How many jobs are
created to care for that horse? So their bad to have an expensive horse, or
their good to provide a job or two or more for someone who would otherwise have
to let Obama take care of them. Having been at one time in my life in need of
government assistance, I would much rather take care of a horse, then take money
from the democrats. They say they are doing this out of compassion, they are
doing this to keep people weak and from moving forward.
Furry - If you have an issue with the tax code, why blame Mitt? It's the
Congress, influenced by the President, that gives Romney these tax breaks. Are
you unhappy that he is smart enough to use them? If he paid his taxes without
taking any deductions, wouldn't you then say that he is too dumb to be
president? Are we just sore that he won't release more tax returns? Why
not ask Harry Reid to show his - he started Congress with $50K and now is a
It is sad Romney has to be the Mormon face to the world. He represents so much
of what is questioned about politics, the distorted histories and cover ups, the
changing of the stories to suite the situation, the non-disclosers, hiding tax
and other information and secrets to further propaganda goals, wishy-washy
character of saying anything to gain an objective to promote personal ambition.
There are solid honest Mormons who would be an honorable representation of, and
for, the church. Too bad that they are not represented.
This whole DNC ad is much ado about nothing. Same old same old tactics that are
tacky. There are so many fingers pointing back at Barack's people and his
failure to reveal his own personal stuff, like his grades with transcript of his
education. He has so much "political pull" it is not funny. It also
include the cloud of doubt about his citizenship. Obama's actions are
louder than his words which do no convince. When is BO going to
fess up and stop his attack of someone else, (Romney) when he himself has NO
record to fall back on so he attacks his opponent? It is the bully tactic to
say the least. Congress needs to pass a "truth" in
political ads when it comes to fabricating and twisting Romney's record for
business, etc. (Bain Capital)
How Did Harry Reid Become Rich? Posted by Mark Noonan on Dec 24th,
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(Mark Noonan) – According to Open Secrets, Senator Harry Reid
has a minimum net worth of $2,827,056.00, a maximum worth of $6,307,999.00 and
an average net worth of $4,567,527.00. Why all the discrepancies? Because our leaders, much as they set up campaign finance laws to protect
themselves, have set up their disclosure requirements to hide things. They
don’t really want us to know how much they have and thus the millions of
dollars of variance possible in Reid’s fortune. Still, taking
that nearly $4.6 million average for Reid seems fair – if it’s
really off, then it’s up to Reid to correct the record. And that is quite
a rise for a man who endlessly reminds us was born poor.
Sic 'em, Ann!!!
@ Furry What subsidizing? This horse I am sure is a business adventure. There
is a lot of money in horses. You are not subsidizing anything, he will
subsidize it himself through his own business adventures, not you. You are not
paying for his business', he is. As for his dog, I guess we should just
criminalize everyone who puts their dog in the back of a truck, it really is no
different. But nice try on the negative attack. It is what all Dems do, it is
their nature, they have nothing else to go on.@Skeptic Really? You
got that our of this article, I think Mitt is a pretty good representation.More rhetoric from the DNC, to detract attention from the real issues,
Obama's record. An empty page. Just sticky notes with his wacked ideas
and solutions he dreams up.
Re: Furry1993 Clearfield, UT"I'd be curious to know how much
money Mitt and Ann make off that horse."That question is none of
my business .... or yours. Maybe if you asked the DNC would provided the
information you seek.
I haven't seen the ad but I think Ann Romney handled it about right instead
of taking it personally.
"We were simply making a point about Governor Romney’s failure to give
straight answers on a variety of issues in this race."Why
doesn't the DNC give some straight answers? Explain why you have failed to
create jobs after borrowing and spending some $5 Trillion and gave the burden to
taxpayers. Give a straight answer on why barack used taxpayer dollars to buy
three buses so he could campaign (buses made in Canada). Give a straight answer
if the obamacare is a tax or a mandate. Give a straight answer on obamas grades
from school. Give a straight answer on what you plan to do about immigration
issues. Give a straight answer on your vision for the country. Give a straight
answer on the lack of transparency. Give a straight answer why this regime
stinks to hog heaven. Give a straight answer why you haven't cut the
deficit in half as promised. Give us a straight answer why you haven't had
a laser focus on the economy. Give a straight answer on why DNC people own
stocks in "green" energy that have all failed, yet they're now
millionaires. C'mon now you have nothing to hide
Olympic level horses are extremely expensive to maintain and train. Of course
it would be a nice little tax write-off.
The straight answer I would like to hear, is what is BO going to do for Russia
after November, that he can't talk about before the election.
Funny how people want to criminalize someone that has been successful in this
country. That's what makes this nation great. You can succeed, you can
choose what you want to do with your money. What is unfair, is 50% of the
country living off of welfare that the other 50% pay for; from which a small
percentage cover the lion share of it.What is the "99%"
complaining about? If they filed their taxes, they would see that they really
don't pay anything. If they're upset about the wealth and tax breaks,
then they need to vote everyone out of office and replace them with those that
won't give themselves tax breaks. The trouble is Democrats and Republicans
are wealthy politicians. Do you believe that they are ever going to pass a bill
or tax code that hurts thier donors or themselves?You'd be a
fool to think that they will ever break from that. There is always a loophole
that they throw in to avoid paying taxes.The best thing you can do
is to take the same advantages that they have. Use the tax breaks and be smart.
Like the shrewd politician he is, Romney does dance around the issues like a TV
pitch man for products not sold in stores. The DNC thought that a silly ad would
niggle away at that but they only succeeded in making themselves look inept.
I'm surprised that Obama doesn't use this horse as an example of what
his government has provided for Romney and his family. After all, he should be
taking full credit for Romney's wealth, right?You have to stay
negative when you have no message of hope to bring to the people. The best
thing Obama should be running on is HIS RECORD. He has 3.5 years of facts to
bring to the people on the great change and hope he has brought to America.
Unfortunately, since there is no record, he's spending time on Romney and
how it's BAD to be successful in this country. To me, the choice in this
election is crystal clear! But then again, I'm not in the media!
When Lenin and company softened up Russia for communism, they made people feel
it was evil to make money and to use any of it for pleasure. If anyone wants to
know how far we have slipped down the slope toward socialism, just take a look
at the attitude of many Americans who point a finger of shame at anyone with
Utah Bruin, claimed, "But nice try on the negative attack. It is what all
Dems do, it is their nature, they have nothing else to go on."Too funny, I read that I said to myself, "this guy is gonna do a negative
attack on President Obama."Yep."More rhetoric
from the DNC, to detract attention from the real issues, Obama's record. An
empty page. Just sticky notes with his wacked ideas and solutions he dreams
up."Oh that is too funny, "It is what all Dems do, it is
their nature, they have nothing else to go on." In fact now that I think
about it, that is a negative attack itself. So this guy is complaining about a
negative attacks while, at the exact same time, negatively attacking others.
Barack said it himself, that none of the businesses large or small got there on
their own. It was government (baracks government) that got them there.Once again, government should be the one to blame for inequality according to
barack. The gap that has widened during his regime and erased any equality and
has divided the nation.hope and change alright. hope we can get out
of this change with the shirts on our back.More interesting is how
blacks and hispanics have been hit the hardest under this regime, yet they
blindly pledge their obedidence to their DNC master. Maybe it's time to
wake up and see what your blind obedience has brought you. If you believe
you're going to get ahead living off of welfare, you're wrong. Just
saving you some time and the eventual heart break at the end of poverty road.
The only cure to poverty is to go to work, save money, pay off your bills on
time, invest your extra money, and hope the government doesn't steal it
from you before you can get ahead or increase your taxes or find some other way
to meddle with your life.
The Democrats should stop horsing around.The Democrats are sad because
their guy does not have our policies.We get a man who has our policies in
the WHITE House.His wife has the same policies.His kids and their
wives have the same poicies.His grandkids have the same policies.Mitt will truly be an Imperial President.He will never personally attack
anyone.He will never approve stupid ads.He will be compassionate and
never keep weak people from moving forward.He will never have any issues
with the tax code.He will never have much ado about nothing.He will
never criminalize anyone.Vote for Mitt 2012, he has our policies.
Dancing horse (papered horsey) perfectly fit's mitt's character.Spoiled, trained and put upon a pedestal by the GOP and many mormons.What questions are we allowed to ask mitt?We had this problem with
palin, if you ask hard questions your being mean to the candidate."No
apologies", your running for office. Grow up already mitt.
I watched the ad. It was funny. No political comment here. Just thought the
ad was funny.
It says: "National Committee released a web video “which features
video of Romney's Olympic-qualified horse Rafalca, set to music and
intermixed with clips of Romney answering questions about his tax returns and
personal finances,” Funny, seems like the DNC is trying to
dance us all away from the real issues.. As far as I know, the IRS has full
access to Romney's tax records, and would be going after him if anything
were amiss. However, Obama has spent 3 million to hide his records, even the IRS
doesn't have access to his passports, applications, etc. And, is anyone
ever going to investigate his associations with terrorists, his anti-American
mentors, his Muslim polygamist family (doesn't the Left claim this is
oppressive to women?) and so on, and so on... just wondering.
“Give a straight answer on why barack used taxpayer dollars to buy three
buses so he could campaign”Okay Ted:Here's
the story on the bus. It was one of two custom buses ordered by the Secret
Service in July 2010 from Hemphill Brothers Coach Company in Whites Creek,
Tenn., at a total cost of nearly $2.2 million. . . The shell of the bus was, in
fact, procured from a Canadian company. . . Although the buses were purchased
from an American company, the Secret Service was aware the shell came from
Canada. . . The bus was then "converted" by Hemphill to meet the
unique specifications required by the Secret Service. . . the buses were
purchased from a sole-source provider (no-bid), because of the
“requirement that we’d be able to support the weight of security and
communications enhancements." At the time of the contract, he said, it was
believed to be the only vehicle that had the payload capacity to meet the Secret
Both buses — a "long overdue" addition to the Secret
Service's protective fleet — will be offered to others eligible for
Secret Service protection, including the eventual Republican nominee for
president. . . In the past, the Secret Service leased buses used by presidents
and others, fitted them with specialized equipment, and then removed the
equipment afterward.So how much of the new bus used by Obama last week is
American and how much is Canadian?. . . in general. . . the conversion
process typically makes up anywhere from half to two-thirds of the end cost,
depending on what the users want to do with the bus. And in this case, the
conversion was performed by an American company. In other words, one could say
it's a Canadian-American bus. -FactCheck, Obama’s Canadian-American
Bus, August 25, 2011Ted, just because you are not aware of the
answers, does not mean that they have not been addressed. (Oh, by the way, maybe
you need to quit believing all of those chain e-mails you are getting.)
Romney doesn’t say much about his term as Governor of Massachusetts. On
the subject of taking over the scandal-plagued 2002 Olympics, he says just
enough to portray himself as superman to the rescue. On his time at Bain
Capital, he disavows responsibility for failures that followed his tenure but
takes credit for jobs created after he left. Now Mitt informs us
that Barak Obama can’t run on his record. Really? Was Romney the one who
halted our skid into another great depression in early 2009? Was it Romney who
kept General Motors from going under? Was it Romney who pushed through universal
health coverage a full century after it was first called for by Theodore
Roosevelt? Was it Romney who finally gave Osama bin Laden his comeuppance?I think the American people know which of these two candidates can run
on his record.
The headline said it best: Ann Romney scares Democrats..... Actually the
most complete headline would be Romney scares Democrats. And that's
because unless something huge happens in the next 3 months, Romney will be our
“Funny how people want to criminalize someone that has been successful in
this country.”Ted, who wants to criminalize successful people? Who
wants to put successful people in jail? Please tell us.“What
is the "99%" complaining about? If they filed their taxes, they would
see that they really don't pay anything.”Ted, I’m
part of the 99%. I file my taxes. And I really do pay taxes. A lot in taxes. So
what are you talking about?“Olympic level horses are extremely
expensive to maintain and train. Of course it would be a nice little tax
write-off.”Wastintime, I have a dog. I don’t get tax
breaks on the care of my dog. And he is expensive to take care of. I
support jobs with the care of my dog. Vets, and dog food companies, and
groomers. And don’t tell me the horse, headed for the Olympics, is a
business. There is no money to be made from this horse in the Olympics.
Liberal TedSalt Lake City, UTBarack said it himself, that none of
the businesses large or small got there on their own. It was government (baracks
government) that got them there.------------Someone is
not reading or watching the right news. It is pretty clear what Obama said. If
you had taken the time to actually read it, you would have heard him talk about
roads and bridges. So when he said, "You didn't build that,"
"THAT" is actually infrastructure he is talking about - not the
businesses themselves. Only the roads that help them move their products, etc.
There are lies and half truths being spread on both sides of this
campaign. YOU need to find out what the real truth is because if you spread the
lies and half truths, YOU are guilty of lying too.
lovespeaks: "Funny, seems like the DNC is trying to dance us all away from
the real issues.. As far as I know, the IRS has full access to Romney's tax
records, and would be going after him if anything were amiss. However, Obama has
spent 3 million to hide his records, even the IRS doesn't have access to
his passports, applications, etc. And, is anyone ever going to investigate his
associations with terrorists, his anti-American mentors, his Muslim polygamist
family (doesn't the Left claim this is oppressive to women?) and so on, and
so on... just wondering."---------------Is your name
sarcastic? Because I did not feel one ounce of love in your comments but a
great deal of hatred. Interesting.Why do you think you know
anything about Obama palling around with terrorists, his mentors, his father
being a polygamist? Because they have been looked into and reported. Maybe you
didn't find what you were looking for (another wife?), but it is out there
for your perusal, if you were really interested instead of using it to question
a man who is our president. Do you even believe he was born in Hawaii?
I can hardly wait until November 6th comes and goes. I despise political
campaigns, period. If the political candidates--all of them--would honestly and
cogently state the problems and issues as they see them, along with their
reasonable and realistic proposals to address the problems, then voters would be
able to make educated and rational decisions. Resorting to ad hominem, red
herrings, and slippery slopes does not serve the best interests of the
constituency.Alas, I am not at all optimistic that we will ever see
this approach to campaigning become a reality.
Re: Lane MyerYour point is probably right, but have you noticed that
neither Obama nor his people are even trying to "walk back" that
comment. They are letting it stand, so the assumption must be that Obama wants
it to sound as it came out. The comment has had legs for about 4 days now and
there doesn't seem to be any defense of how it sounded. Why??
Montana Mormon,Voters share blame by sending out two contradictory
messages. Number one is when they complain they don't like nagative
campaign attack ads. Number two is when they continue to reward them on election
Well done to Mrs.Romney. You've figured out in two minutes what the entire
DNC machine couldn't. All of course to keep Obama from talking about the
real issues. Kudos to Ann Romney
Its kind of a lame ad, and few people understand the symbolism IE Romney took a
tax deduction for the horse.Perhaps having someone in top hat and
tails doing "me and my shadow" while Romney tries to explain why he pays
less in taxes that school teachers do would catch on better.
@ Craig Clark at 1:41 p.m.:Your fascinating comment poses a
compelling conundrum for voters.I'll need to chew on that
awhile. Thanks for the interesting feedback.
Mark -If you are part of the 99% and are paying a lot of taxes you
are doing something seriously wrong.Reports show that anyone making
over 100,000 a year is in the top 2% of income earners in the country.Taking that into consideration and being very familiar with income tax laws,
and the progressive tax system, large chunks of income aren't hit with high
tax percentages until after the 100k level.Therefore - if you are
TRULY part of the 99%, there is no way that you have a heavy tax burden, unless
you have avoided paying taxes for a few years.If you say "Well,
I see that I make $99,999 a year and that income means I pay 30%."Here is a tax lesson - you do not pay 30% on the 99,999 dollars. You pay 30%
on whatever income you have that is above the next lower level of taxation.Sounds like you need a good CPA
WHYAre we so concerned about what Mitt Romney does with HIS $250M...
but don't give a HOOOOOT about what Obama does with OUR trillions.
Another failed project from the "We will try anything" club.
@Mark - How is it a negative attack when it is fact? What I said was a fact.
What the ad represented was the DNC's opinion. Yep there is a difference.
Thanks though, it is just too funny isn't it. Typical Dems's doing
what they do best. Again, not a negative attack, it is a fact. What else have
they done in this entire campaign. Exactly what I said. Thanks!
Actually, Ann Romney gave the Dems so much more in this morning's interview
that the horse is literally a side show. Ann spoke of "you people" as
if she's the second coming of Leona Helmsly ("only little people pay
taxes"). The DNC will get way more traction of Ann's comment than they
ever would with the dancing horse.
Well the current circus performers in the White House know the act best.
Politics is so hypocritical. Obama has been dancing around the issues his
entire career and creates a record based on other people's accomplishments.
Last I checked there weren't any middle class Americans running for
President. Obama and Biden trying to paint Romney as out of touch because of
wealth is pathetic. Obama isn't some poor street urchin. How about a
candidate who sticks to the issues and the facts and stop the stupidity. When
are we, the people, going to stop letting these politicians insult our
I thought the ad was hilarious. First good laugh I have had all day reading
Ann Romney has entered the campaign and stumps for her husband. She's fair
game. I have zero sympathy for her or her horse/tax write-off.It's too bad the Dem's didn't have the guts to leave it on.
It's so appropriate for Mitt and his campaign.
Mitt acts Just like Palin did. Does nothing but attack and even name call
for his entire campaign.As soon as the Democrats fling a little mud, they
act like they've never said anything negative and it's
personal it's off limits it's tackyit's mean....and then go right back to attack mode.But hey when you have
rush and sean and carl to set an example for you, it ends up sounding just like one of there silly shows.Yes, I know the liberals have
comedy central, but at least the word comedy is in the description
insteadof "talent on loan from God."
I remember obama saying that families are off limits in political games. Ann
Romney, what a class act to not be offended at these thoughtless DNC acts.
She'd make an outstanding First Lady that good women everywhere could look
up to and exemplify.
How is using the dressage horse in the add an attack on Mitt Romney's
family? The ad didn't who Ann Ann riding the horse or make any mention of
her? I believe showing the horse was a reference to the $77,000 tax deduction
the Romney's claimed for the horse. It seems to me conservatives would see
this as a prime example of why we need tax reform.
Dems are looking for ANYTHING to keep from talking about Obama's horrible
record and total lack of ethics, as seen by his decision to go dirty so early in
the campaign. Bain's a red herring, so's the tax return nonsense.
Obama has not been forthcoming about anything in his past. Ann Romney's
right -- they're throwing stuff against the fall hoping something will
stick, but it won't.
What a beautiful horse! So well trained; He looks a if he were walking on air.
I would be so proud to own, or even take care of a horse like that. It takes
some nerve for the Dems to take such a creature of beauty and use it in a
negative ad against Romney. That's a little tacky, don't you think?
To Counter Intelligence 4:22 p.m. July 19, 2012You're right in
a way. Mitt and, especially, Ann do an exceptional job playing the poor
oppressed victim. Boo hoo, Ann. You're upset when the FACTS about your
finances become public. So sad.
To Serenity 11:10 p.m. July 19, 2012What a beautiful horse! So well
trained; He looks a if he were walking on air. I would be so proud to own, or
even take care of a horse like that. It takes some nerve for the Dems to take
such a creature of beauty and use it in a negative ad against Romney.
That's a little tacky, don't you think?--------------------------It is a beautiful horse.Is
the ad tacky? No. What's tacky is the $77,000 deduction taken on the
Romneys' tax return for his care and feeding.
A better use of the concept would be to have shown President Obama dancing
around the constitution, the law, the issues of his past, fast and furious and
the many other unanswered questions about him personally and his own conduct. It
might even show him trying to explain why millions of dollars of taxpayer money
are being spent to fund his campaign and his families obsessive travel plans.
Before the Dems point fingers they need to take a long hard look in the mirror
at their own misconduct.
@Furry 1993:"they're asking us to subsidize him"Furry, how many million of tax you paid last year to subsidize him?
What I find interesting after reading all the comments is that Furry still
claims to be a Republican. For the past year or so of posting here, I've
never, ever seen a positive comment about a Republican or Republican policies by
one who claims to be a Republican. Strange.And Furry, if you have a
beef with deductions in the tax code then contact your Senator and
Representative since it is they who create the tax laws. Do you have a beef with
everyone who takes legal deductions? Buffet? Gates? Obama? Clinton's
underwear? Didn't think so.@Lane Myer: Nice spin but that dog
won't hunt. Which came first the roads or the car? I've never laughed
so hard when listening to the Left spin away Obama's direct assault on the
output of businesses and workers. Obama talks the way he does
because he's never been in business for himself or worked at a regular job.
Community organizer and politician, that's it. Not much to stand on.The DNC lies and the media runs with it as fact. Pathetic!
bebybei hate to inform you but guts has nothing to do with it. it is
harming the takers party polls. get back in step with your boy and just pay
taxes so he can dole out taxpayer's money to the 50% that pay no federal
taxes and are getting a government check
This is typical of Obama. Go back and look at what he did when he was running
for office in Illinois. The DNC has no solutions so all they they can do is
attach a horse and Mitt's wife. The choice is simple, four more years
worse than the first four or a very badly needed change.
to Uncle Charles 9:45 a.m. July 20, 2012What I find interesting
after reading all the comments is that Furry still claims to be a Republican.
For the past year or so of posting here, I've never, ever seen a positive
comment about a Republican or Republican policies by one who claims to be a
strange at all. Carl Schurz, a Republican from Missouri who served in the US
Senate 1869-1975, said "My country, right or wrong. When right, keep it
right; when wrong, put it right." I'm applying that reasoning to my
political party. It has gone seriously astray since the far right hijacked it
in the 1990s (turning a party of conservatives into a party where the far right
fringe-nuts reign, and even Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater wouldn't have
a chance of being elected because of their policies), I hope to get it back on
the right track. A forlorn hope, I know, but I'm not going to stop trying.
My party left me. I want it back.
Oh Furry: you had a chance to actually state positives about the Republican
Party you claim membership in but blew it. You just can't do it. Your
stated positions aren't conservative at all. In fact, your posts line up
with the Democratic Party very well. And I notice you didn't
complain about Buffet, Gates, Clinton and his underwear deductions at all. Why
is that? You only have disdain for Romney following the tax code. Telling, very
telling.Seriously, just switch party affiliation and you'll be
happier and your posts will then be factual instead of hyperbole.----The Obama campaign is desperate. They have no positive record
to run on so they have to trash Ann and her horse. What's even worse is how
the national press just eats this stuff up instead of demanding that Obama tell
us how he is going to turn the nation around from his failed policies. The question I want asked is: Mr. Obama, when you said you wanted to
fundamentally change America is turning it into a Third World Country what you
had in mind? How about some direct, hard-hitting questions for POTUS!
What do we have from Obama? 3 years of failed policies and the last year doing
nothing but trying to get reelected by bashing his opponent.Just
what I always wanted from a POTUS. Not.Frankly, a dancing or even a
plow horse would make a better president than what we have now.