Unknown Candidate 2012

IS OBAMACARE THE LARGEST TAX INCREASE IN HISTORY? – NO.

Republicans would have you believe that the the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” (AKA Obamacare) will generate the biggest tax increase in history. The facts indicate otherwise. Calculating tax increases as a percentage of GDP allows us to compare tax increases from different eras.

The following chart, created by economist Austin Frakt, shows tax increases as a percent of GDP

Obamacare is nowhere near the top. It is not even as large as Reagan’s 1982 tax increase. In fact that conservative icon has a total of 5 tax increases on the chart.

HOW MUCH MONEY HAS ‘CITIZENS UNITED’ UNLEASHED?

The Supreme Court ruled in ‘Citizens United’ that corporations have first amendment, free speech rights. It confirmed that opinion by slapping down Montana’s law banning corporate money in local elections.

So how much money have corporations and other groups shelled out in the 2012 primaries/presidential race? Since February 14th 2011 a total of 63 super PACs have spent $115.3 million — 64% of which has been spent opposing candidates.

But if you think that $115.3 million is a lot, consider that it doesn’t include the money the candidates have raised themselves.

By the end of the campaign this election may end up costing the candidates and their Superpacs close to $2 billion.

ROMNEY’S KERRY MOMENT

A picture of John Kerry windsurfing was used to great effect to portray him as an out of touch elitist – adding a nail to the coffin of his 2004 campaign. Now, another wooden Massachusetts presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, has been photographed on a jet ski – being driven by his wife.

There is generally nothing wrong – especially in this century – in having the wife drive. But it is bad optics for a presidential candidate. It isn’t a sexist thing, if Hilary were running for president it wouldn’t look good for her image as a leader if Bill were driving.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Unknown Candidate 2012 – the employment plan

April 3, 2011

My friends and fellow Americans, in a previous speech I put ‘off-limits’ any consideration of the small flaws that might exist in my competitors, today I would like to talk about the Republican plan for the future of America. I will put this in simpler terms than some my fellow candidates because, while nuance may […]

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The Unknown Candidate 2012 – My fellow candidates

March 27, 2011

Some people are ripping my fellow Republicans for their presumed Presidential ambitions. As soon as you are mentioned as a potential candidate the flood gates of invective swing open. Straying anywhere to the right of Marx and Engels is to invite a volley of contempt usually reserved for the worst kind of child molester. That […]

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