Saturday’s show was a reflective and informative episode of Married to the Game. Ai discussed changes that will be taking place with the show in the near future. Some of the focus of the show will be changing to broaden out and cover more topics than just what’s “hot” in the 24 hour news cycle. Ai is tired of us spending 2 weeks on a story about the Secret Service or more than half a week on whether or not Ann Romney was a good mother. Married to the Game respects and understands the existence of the echo chamber, but doesn’t always want to be a part of it. So, in the near future, the show, while (still) focusing primarily on politics, will begin to offer other topics into the weekly mix.
The real meat of this week’s show, however, was spent talking with Twitter’s @ConservaToni. She’s a nice girl and recent college graduate from Georgia, who stopped by to talk about some of the issues facing young, black Conservatives in America today. You might recognize her from another radio show she was recently on, and she was gracious enough to discuss that experience with us. Her family has been involved in Conservative politics for years, and she’s the kind of youngin that really gives you hope for America’s future. It was a delight to have her on the show, and we’re sure you’ll enjoy her insight and perspective that she shared with us.
The White House press secretary has tried to say that the Obama administration does not agree with these tactics, but you have to wonder, especially considering that a Candidate Obama said his plans would make American energy prices “sky rocket”. Chickens coming home to roost, indeed.
Fox News Channel’s resident and passionate Liberal, Bob Beckel, got into a heated discussion with his fellow panelists on Hannity last night.
Thinking the show was still on commercial break, he told Jennifer Stefano that she did not know what the <blank> she was talking about.
A lot of websites have been spinning this in a way that looks like Bob did not apologize for using the curse word, but if you watch the video in this link, you will see that he did, in fact, apologize once he realized that he had said the word on air. A warning though, it contains the F-bomb, and as such, is not very safe for work.
What do you guys think? Is this the last straw for Bob Beckel, or do you think his job is/should be safe? Let us know in the comments below.
I'm not sure Joan was trying to use a flattering picture here...
If there really is a war on women, then you can file this under “women on women violence”. Joan Walsh over at Salon.com says that Mrs Romney owes all of a big fat apology.
I’d like to demand that Ann Romney apologize to all women for equating the “struggle” of a wealthy mother who had full-time household help to that of a poor or working-class job-holding mother, who must choose between her job and her children when a child gets sick. How dare you, madam? Have you no shame? I’d like to demand that Mitt Romney apologize for his wife’s remarks, too. I’d like to hear every prominent Republican denounce Ann Romney for her heinous insensitivity to non-wealthy mothers who must work outside the home.
Wow… Mitt should apologize too. She goes on to say:
And the fact is, Ann Romney’s experiences are not the average woman’s. She is a woman of great privilege. Most mothers don’t have the “choice” to stay home full time with their kids; they need a paycheck. Meanwhile, her husband supports the Paul Ryan budget, which cuts nutrition programs for pregnant women and new moms and their kids. It cuts Medicaid for poor women and children. It slashes food stamp funding, when women and children make up two-thirds of the people who get food stamps. He wants to get rid of Planned Parenthood, which provides not just contraception but breast cancer and cervical cancer screenings for millions of low-income women.
She then goes onto a tangent involving Bill O’Reilly and Al Sharpton:
I’m sure Ann Romney knows what it’s like to struggle. We all do; it’s the nature of being human. But in the political arena we really ought to be able to distinguish between personal struggles, and struggles that have social and political causes and implications. It reminded me of when Bill O’Reilly told Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, “I’m not black so I don’t know your struggle and you don’t know my struggle because you’re not white.” Nobody knows the troubles Bill’s seen, growing up on the mean streets of Old Westbury. I’m not saying that white people can’t face injustice, but to equate the black and white “struggles” is just ridiculous. Ann Romney is smart enough to distinguish between her own “struggles” and those of women who work at low-wage jobs and struggle to raise their children safely.
If you want to read all of it, you can go here. (there’s even an 11 minute video where she really tells you how she feels)
So what do you think? Should Ann Romney apologize? Or is Joan Wash full of hot air?
Does anybody remember President Obama moaning about Warren Buffett paying a lower tax rate than his secretary?
Well guess what, the Anointed One pays a lower tax rate than his secretary.
President Obama today released his 2011 federal income tax, with he and his wife reporting an adjusted gross income of $789,674. The Obamas paid $162,074 in total tax – an effective federal income tax rate of 20.5%. The Obamas also reported donating approximately 22% of their income to charity — $172,130.
President Obama has been making a big political push for the “Buffett Rule,” which would require millionaires to pay a minimum of 30% of their income in taxes. To illustrate the point, the president has pointed out that billionaire investor Warren Buffett pays a lower tax rate than does his secretary.
President Obama’s secretary, Anita Decker Breckenridge, makes $95,000 a year. White House spokeswoman Amy Brundage tells ABC News that Breckenridge “pays a slightly higher rate this year on her substantially lower income, which is exactly why we need to reform our tax code and ask the wealthiest to pay their fair share. ”
It should be noted that president would not be impacted by the Buffett Rule, though he would see his taxes go up if the so-called Bush tax cuts on higher income wage-earners were allowed to expire, as the president says he wants.
So…. How’s he going to spin this one? Or will he even bother? It’s not like Mr. Hope and Change has much shame, anyway.
“Anybody who would argue otherwise, I think, probably needs to rethink their statement,” Obama told Bruce Aune of ABC’s Cedar Rapids affiliate KCRG.
On Wednesday evening, Rosen, once an employee of the Huffington Post, claimed that Ann Romney, wife of GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney, had “never worked a day in her life,” referring to whether she understood women’s economic struggles. The comments came amid an ongoing spat between the Obama and Romney campaigns about which candidate has the best record on women.
Ann Romney responded with her take on Thursday, painting Rosen’s comment as a claim that being a mother wasn’t actually “work.”
“She should have come to my house when those five boys were causing trouble,” said Romney, laughing, “it wasn’t so easy.”
Obama told KCRG that he doesn’t “have a lot of patience for commentary about the spouses of political candidates” such as Ann Romney.
Even First Lady Michelle Obama issued a comment, apparently in response to Rosen’s claim.
“Every mother works hard, and every woman deserves to be respected,” she tweeted Thursday.