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Romney Refuses Obama Deal on Tax Returns

Aug 17, 2012, 12:07 pm EDT

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has refused a deal by President Barack Obama in which the Obama campaign would request no more tax returns from Romney if he released his last five years of returns.

Romney’s campaign said Obama’s deal was nothing more than a political ploy. In a response to the offer from Obama’s campaign manager, Jim Messina, Romney’s own campaign manager Matt Rhoades had the following to say:

“It is clear that President Obama wants nothing more than to talk about Governor Romney’s tax returns instead of the issues that matter to voters, like putting Americans back to work, fixing the economy and reining in spending.” Read 

Megadeth Singer Makes Wild Obama Accusations

Aug 17, 2012, 10:26 am EDT

Move over, Ted Nugent. As crazy as the Motor City Madman’s comments earlier this year were, they’re nothing compared to what Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine said at a recent concert in Singapore.

During a Megadeth show in the southeast Asian country, Mustaine accused President Barack Obama of faking the mass shootings that happened in Aurora, Co. and Oak Creek, Wisc. in order to push a ban on guns in the United States. The concert happened August 7, but it wasn’t until a week later that a video of Mustaine’s remarks was published by TMZ.

In addition, Mustaine said that he was considering a move to Singapore. “I don’t know where I’m gonna live if America keeps going the way it’s going because it looks like it’s turning into Nazi America,” he said. Read 

INFOGRAPHIC: How Big Is the Government’s Ballooning Debt?

Aug 17, 2012, 7:00 am EDT
INFOGRAPHIC: How Big Is the Government’s Ballooning Debt?

They say “time is money,” and it seems that no one understands that better than the U.S. government.

The government’s debt already exceeds $15 trillion and that number is still growing — rapidly. Every minute, another $10 million gets tacked onto the total, and those mounds of money add up pretty fast.

How fast? Well, here’s a quick look at how much ticks away in a day, as well as some examples to show just what that kind of money can buy. Read 

No Solutions in Washington — But No Partial Credit, Either

Aug 16, 2012, 2:27 pm EDT

Josh Brown wrote a great and cutting post the other day about how taxpayers and investors live in a world of zero fiscal solutions — we can’t raise taxes or cut spending because the economy is reeling, and if we do nothing, we remain on an unsustainable spending path.

I concede there is no solution to this issue. But I wholly disagree with the notion that we just have to suck it up and deal.

Frankly, seeking a “solution” is misguided. You’d sooner find a solution to the question of why Kate Upton is so hot, whether LeBron is reeeaaally better than Jordan, or whether Chinese moms know best. Read 

Band to Romney: Stop Playing Our Song

Aug 16, 2012, 1:10 pm EDT
Band to Romney: Stop Playing Our Song

The Romney campaign joined the likes of Ronald Reagan, Michelle Bachmann, and John McCain when a Los Angeles-based rock band asked them to stop playing one of their songs at campaign events.

Silversun Pickups made the request after discovering their 2009 song “Panic Switch” was played during set-up for an event in North Carolina, and they were less than pleased. In a release from lead singer Brian Aubert, he said the following about the incident:

“We don’t like people going behind our backs, using our music without asking, and we don’t like the Romney campaign. We’re nice, approachable people. We won’t bite. Unless you’re Mitt Romney! We were very close to just letting this go because the irony was too good. While he is inadvertently playing a song that describes his whole campaign, we doubt that ‘Panic Switch’ really sends the message he intends.” Read 

Gallup: No Bounce After Ryan Pick

Aug 16, 2012, 11:34 am EDT

Despite enthusiasm among the Republican base for Mitt Romney’s pick of Paul Ryan as his running mate, a poll taken by Gallup shows that the selection has done little to boost support for the GOP candidate.

In the four days before the Ryan announcement, Romney was supported by 46% of those polled, with 45% supporting Obama. Four days after the announcement, Romney gained just one percentage point, up to 47% support. Even considering the possibility that Ryan’s bounce might be delayed — Gallup figures showed Romney’s polling improved slightly over the last two days of the polling period — it doesn’t look like Ryan will boost the Romney’s campaigns fortunes as much as they might have liked.

In fact, Ryan is the worst polling vice presidential nominee since Dan Quayle in 1988. Only 39% of those polled said Ryan was an “excellent” or “pretty good” vice presidential candidate, while 42% said he was “fair” or a “poor” choice. Quayle had 52% say he was a “fair” or “poor” choice. Read 

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