Bain of Our Existence.com

As the Republican convention approaches, “Etch-a-Sketch” Mitt Romney continues to reshape himself. Overnight, he’s for allowing abortion in cases of rape and incest, after being against it. Now he’s the savior of Medicare after being the scourge of the entitlement society.
Robert Borosage
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The Unrepentant And Unreformed Bankers

Originally published in The San Francisco Chronicle. Money laundering. Price fixing. Bid rigging. Securities fraud. Talking about the mob? No, unfortunately. Wall Street.
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Our Debased Presidential Debate

The estimable E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post writes today about the utterly dishonest debate the Romney-Ryan campaign is waging.
Robert Borosage
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Go Joe! Get Biden’s Back on Social Security.

At a campaign stop in south central Virginia this past Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden said to a relieved coffee shop patron that, "Number one, I guarantee you, flat guarantee you, there will be no changes in Social Security. I flat guarantee you."
Roger Hickey
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Joe Biden Was Right

As I've noted before, we have a saying in the south that often applies to national politics: "A hit dog will holler":
Terrance Heath
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Romney Makes Clear His Plan For Medicare: Partial Privatization

Mitt Romney whipped out a whiteboard yesterday primarily to simplify and amplify his brazen lie that President's Obama health care law cuts benefits for seniors -- literally putting "$716B Cut" next to the word "Seniors", when in fact Ob
Bill Scher
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Game Changer: Biden Guarantees No Changes in Social Security

It's unclear what effect presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's decision to add Rep. Paul Ryan to his ticket will have on his candidacy, if any. But the choice certainly has had a salutary effect on the Obama re-election campaign.
Robert Borosage
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On Social Security, Say It IS So, Joe!

What Vice President Joe Biden said today was, to use his now-famous phrase, "a big effin' deal." No, we're not talking about his "chains" comment which, as usual, has fascinated a press corps obsessed with taking statements out of context and playing "gotcha" games.
Richard Eskow
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Koch Head Creation

If anyone thinks that these guys are going to blame their fair haired boy for Romney's loss, they need to think again:
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The GOP Still Wants to Gut Medicaid

Sometimes there no joy in being right. Sometimes it's just no fun to say "I told ya so." This is one of those times.
Terrance Heath
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Happy Birthday, Social Security! Now About Your Gift …

Today, August 14, is Social Security's 77th birthday. That presents us with a difficult challenge: What do you give a government program that has everything ... except a secure future of its own? Let's take a look at the options for this year's celebration. The Gift Pile
Richard Eskow
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In Paul Ryan, The Right at Last Has Their Man

Ever since Barry Goldwater lost his bid for the presidency in 1964, the conservative movement has been looking for a choice, not an echo (Goldwater’s mantra).
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Demote, Defang DeMarco

This guy, Edward DeMarco, is deliberately damaging America -- promoting foreclosures, high unemployment and excessive taxes. This guy, the acting head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), has aggressively denied help to eviction-imperiled homeowners.
Leo Gerard
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Phil Gramm Doesn’t Know Squat About His Own Budget Process

Originally posted at Capital Gains and Games. You would think that Phil Gramm -- the former Republican Texas senator who was one of the authors of the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings budget process from the late 1980s -- would know how the law bearing his name works.
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Will Anyone Answer the Question Voters are Asking?

Everyone agrees that there is only one question on voters' minds: who has a plausible plan to put this economy on the right track? Yet in the most expensive election in recorded history, candidates up and down the ticket aren't offering much of an answer.
Robert Borosage
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Mitt Romney, The One-Percent Supremacist

Whether or nor history will record Mitt Romney's misadventures in Britain and Israel last week as the Republicans' equivalent of Michael Dukakis in a tank, remains to be seen. But whatever missteps Romney made abroad, he did not misspeak. Nor did anyone who spoke for the Romney Campaign.
Terrance Heath
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