The Sunday Liberal Reader: Aug. 12

Romney, Romney and more Romney this week on the Sunday Liberal Reader. Lots more, too!!


The Liberal Reader is back this week from some much needed beach time. Tybee Island has always been one of my favorite places, it was a frequent port o' call in the vagabond days of my youth. Its easy living, proximity to an abundant salt marsh and the historic city of Savannah, and funky down-home charm often draw me back. I know there are trendier and more glamorous beaches but Tybee suits me just fine. I highly recommend its restorative powers, enjoy it while you still can.

This past week was an interesting one for the Romney campaign. Mired in slipping poll numbers and relentless questions about his taxes and business practices, a seemingly desperate Romney did what any seemingly desperate Republican presidential candidate would do; he named the man who wants to kill Medicare as his running mate. While this may be red meat for his base it hardly seems likely to win many points with independent and moderate voters.

The announcement party was quite a spectacle. Two guys who never served a day of military service (one who famously avoided serving in Vietnam with the aid of a Minister of Religion deferment) emerging from the bowels of a retired warship to announce their desire to be the Skipper and Little Buddy of the good ship USA. Personally if I were Romney I would avoid nautical metaphors. When the Titanic sank the rich were in the lifeboats, they left the poor in steerage to drown. This would seem the perfect description of the Romney/Ryan budget philosophy.

What struck me most about yesterday's Romnapalooza was the missed opportunity to right the SS Romney and set course for the higher ground Romney was begging for just a day earlier. The call for an "issues" campaign had barely left his lips before both he and Ryan were once again telling the country the that has evidently become the foundation of Romney's election bid.

That's not the only lie Romney's been caught in recently. His campaign has made the mis-quote an art form and his recent "I approved this message" ad claiming Obama was ending work-for-welfare rules was outrageous in its unscrupulous dishonesty. While we've come to expect a certain amount of spin in our political ads, the Romney campaign is now engaged in a perfidious betrayal of the public trust. This appears to be de rigueur for the Republican party these days.

But enough pirate stories, let's see what else I stumbled upon this week:


If you've read something you think is worth sharing email me at mbcraw2@gmail.com and I'll include it with all credit due in an upcoming column. Thanks for tuning in and remember: stay informed, read liberally!!

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Georgia Democrat August 16, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Thank you very much, Mike! Are we making a little progress, swapping thoughts and ideas? That would be nice, really nice. :D
Karsten Torch August 16, 2012 at 02:40 PM
LD - no, you're on the same page with me on a lot of that. I don't think we should be spending money on 95% of the crap we're spending money on - subsidies shouldn't exist. Period. But we started talking about entitlement programs, so that was the direction of my comments.... And AM - you're throwing Conservatives and republicans into the same category. Kind of like putting all Libs and democrats together - not really the case....
Karsten Torch August 16, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Or an idiot....not really sure which is more accurate.... Problem is, he seems to be jumping on the conservative side, which makes the rest of us look bad....
Karsten Torch August 16, 2012 at 02:51 PM
I don't agree. I don't care if my child is loved at school. Treated respecfully, by a teacher that loves what they do, but I don't really care if they have positive feelings or not for my child. I don't want a child that feels unconditional love from educators - I actually want her to earn her respect.
Athens Mama August 16, 2012 at 05:57 PM
@Mike Horsman - your reflections are honest and you are not unlike many in our area. I don't know where my son will be for middle school, but for now, I am very happy with our elementary school. I don't blame you for buying in Oconee - as the schools there have excellent reputations and test scores. Truthfully, in my case, I will be renting for at least another 18 months, so I have the luxury of sticking to my convictions (and also, love of Athens as a city) without having to make a permanent financial commitment. I feel so frustrated so often with this issue - I agree with you about the phenomenal commitment of so many teachers in Clarke, and about the difficulties they face. I guess I believe that we can work together as a community to try to engage families, but we can only do so much when parents have to make their own choices. As an lifelong advocate for children, I think that people working in a district with a high rate of poverty have to be ready to face tough environmental circumstances that can contribute to student failure. We need teachers who are not going to blame kids for what they aren't getting at home, or sneer at them behind their backs. We need teachers who will make the most of the time they have with students. We also need teachers that will self-direct when burn-out starts to set in. If you don't like working with kids in Clarke, find a job elsewhere.


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