Mitt Romney has basically just conceded the election

You know, I was pretty annoyed at Mitt Romney when he was suggesting that President Obama had ideas that are “foreign” to America. But he has reached a new low.

That’s right folks, Mitt Romney just said that nobody has ever asked for his Birth Certificate and “they know that this is the place that we were born and raised”.

This is more than just him playing up to the birther crowd. This is him clearly stating that there is some legitimate question about the birthplace of our President. Things must be really bad in the Romney campaign if they need their candidate himself to push these issues. Normally this would be something that some surrogate of the campaign would be pushing out there. Some minor spokesperson of the campaign who could get a slap on the wrist if the comment was not taken well. Or perhaps this would be left to some fringe PAC external to the campaign that could push these issues out there. There must be some really disturbing internal polling data showing that the election is already over unless they do something drastic. For Mitt Romney himself to be saying this, well this goes beyond the whole “he didn’t build that” lie.

Remember when Romney said that Obama shouldn’t be making “these kinds of attacks” and how it was unpresidential? Whatever happened to that Mr. Romney?

What is worse? The people behind him clapping and cheering for this garbage. They probably know Mitt can’t win either so they will embrace the garbage too because to them, winning is more important than the truth.

Maintaining election integrity

This is the line we hear as an excuse for many of the recent election laws changes either proposed or passed recently. All they want to do is maintain election integrity. Because, what they are doing is needed in order to make sure that people who are not eligible to vote are not able to cast a ballot in an election. Seems reasonable, right? Only those eligible to vote should vote.

I just finished watching Recount on HBO. It was a good movie and a good reminder of what happened. One criticism I would have on it was that it didn’t effectively explain the reason why Gore could only request a recount in several counties. The reason was that if the elections results from a sampling of ballots did not cause the results of the election to change, there would be no reason for the other counties to continue manually recounting the votes.

However, that is not the point of this post. The one major injustice that was done in 2000 that could not be dealt with in the 2000 protest and contest phases was the purging of voters from the lists who were eligible to vote but whose registrations were similar enough to a felon that it was deemed to be close enough to be removed from the lists.

We saw a similar thing happen this year in Florida, with the state seeking to remove people who they thought might be illegible. We have a GOP leader in PA stating that the purpose of having voter law changes would be to help Mitt Romney to win (and then PA election officials saying that voter fraud was not a problem in the state). We also have election officials in Ohio planning to keep conservative leaning counties open longer than liberal leaning counties .

So don’t talk to me about election integrity when you have these shenanigans going on.

Benefits come at no cost? Not really.

I was watching Rachel Maddow this evening after watching the USA win a bunch of medals. She was making a lot of good points about all of the new benefits that “Obamacare” gives insureds. However, she made one point that I disagree with. She stated that the benefits that come covered 100% first dollar are at no cost, that they are free.

Well, that is wrong. I work very hard for my benefits, including my insurance. Every premium dollar paid is reimbursement for my contributing to the total net income of the company I work for. Because of that, I get a salary and a health insurance plan.

So don’t say that the preventive care that “Obamacare” requires to be covered 100% first dollar is “free”. It helps to propagate the Conservative narrative that people are getting stuff “for free”. Of course it isn’t free. We pay for it with our labor and should demand to get what we pay for.