Next Stop: The Twilight Zone, GOP Ignores 7.8% Unemployment and Net Positive Job Creation, Romney Channels Shania Twain: That Don’t Impress Me Much

October 14, 2012 at 12:12 pm by: seeta Category: 2012 Election, Anti-Racism, Civil Rights, Economic Development, Intersectionality, Poverty, Workers' Rights

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I love Sunday mornings and episodes of the Twilight Zone. To borrow and paraphrase New York State Supreme Court Judge Arthur Shack’s words, who wrote the following about former foreclosure mill Steven J. Baum, the GOP narrative ignores reality, as if existing in a parallel universe:

Rod Serling’s opening narration, to episodes in the 1961 – 1962 season of The Twilight Zone, could have been an introduction to the arguments presented in support of the instant motion by plaintiff’s counsel, Steven J. Baum, P.C. – ‘You are traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land of imagination. Next stop, the Twilight Zone.’

Read Judge Schack’s Twilight Zone case for yourself: HSBC Bank USA, N.A. v. Yeasmin, 2010 NY Slip Op 50927(U).

The GOP talking heads on this morning’s Sunday programming were no different. GOP Senator Rob Portman of Ohio made the following claim:

I think that what [Lyin’ Ryan] was saying was the truth: unemployment is higher today than when the president took office. Unfortunately, in the meantime, we’ve created net zero jobs, Jake.

Watch video:

From ThinkProgress:

The numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ September jobs report prove both of Portman’s claims wrong: unemployment is lower than the day President Obama took office and the economy has created net positive jobs.

Portman also misled on Obama’s record on free trade agreements, saying “it’s unbelievable that the United States has sat on the sidelines for the last four years; hasn’t negotiated a single trade-opening agreement.” The President has renegotiated and signed trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea.

Pay no attention to Obama’s record:

  • 24 months of consecutive job growth and net positive job creation, notwithstanding the GOP’s obstruction of the passage of the Jobs Bill Act.
  • The revitalization of the automotive industry and the fact that GOP puppet boy wanted to “Let Detroit go bankrupt.”
  • The passage of Obamacare which requires health insurance companies to insure individuals with pre-existing conditions (GOP puppet boy thinks if you can’t afford it, you should go to the emergency room).
  • The repeal of DADT and the DOJ position to not defend DOMA in the courts.
  • Holding Osama bin Laden to account.
  • Ending the war in Iraq.

For a more exhaustive list of Obama’s domestic and foreign policy record, check out the following sources:

In the meantime, however, Romney, who left Massachusetts worse off than prior to his governorship and who plans to reverse Roe v. Wade and gut Medicare/Social Security, scoffs at Obama’s record.

Channeling Shania Twain, he says “that don’t impress me much.”

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nancy a heitzeg
nancy a heitzeg 1 Like

Go Philly!!!


Great Obama endorsement

Seeta moderator 1 Like

 @nancy a heitzeg This:



<em>Like a carnival barker cajoling a mark into spending the last bills in his wallet, the Republican Party is counting on Americans' not remembering that they've seen this trick before.


GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney wants voters to forget their familiarity with the prize he's dangling before their eyes - a return to the disastrous economic policies that preceded the recession. Given that context, Romney's prize is no better than a fake pearl.</em></blockquote>


One of the best openings in an editorial that I've seen in a long time.

nancy a heitzeg
nancy a heitzeg 1 Like

 @Seeta Agree!


Carnival  Barker is right


and here's NC

Seeta moderator 1 Like

 @nancy a heitzeg excellent editorial.  thanks for keeping a list of these!

Seeta moderator 1 Like

 @nancy a heitzeg Excellent! Thanks for these editorial endorsements, Nancy!!