Mitt Romney makes fun of President Obama’s pledge to slow the rising of the world’s oceans, caused by climate change, and his Republican audience tittered. Instead, Romney pledged to “help you and your families.”
In general, more moisture in the air and higher ocean temperatures, both of which help hurricanes be more damaging, result from global warming. The reason Sandy was able to maintain hurricane force winds all up an down the East Coast is that the ocean off the northeast coast is unusually warm. In turn, elevated sea surface temperatures are linked to climate change. Likewise, sea rises because of global warming are not uniform around the world, and the US east coast has experienced more rising than most places, making storm surges more deadly. The storm surge into New York City was over 11 feet high.
Local news broadcasts often get away with saying things that big Corporate News won’t allow itself to pronounce in public.
Hence the flooding in New York City:
Not only is Mitt Romney promoting the burning of coal and other greenhouse gas-producing fuels that will make storms fiercer and fiercer over time but he is also in favor of cutting funding for The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as Cenk Uygur of the Young Turks program on Current TV explains:
Romney’s cuts to Federal funding for FEMA would amount to about 53%; as usual he would pass these costs on to someone else, in this case the states.
Just to review: North Carolina, and Virginia, if you do in fact vote for Romney, you are voting to screw yourselves over, big time.
Restore Our Future, the super PAC supporting Mitt Romney, accepted three donations totaling $1 million from three different corporate entities at the same Dayton, Ohio post office box, according to campaign finance reports filed Wednesday. The checks--two for $333,333 and one for $333,334--were all dated May 22.
The checks came from "Waterbury Properties, LLC", "Fairbanks Properties LLC" and "CRC Information Systems, Inc." all with a return address of P.O. Box 2608, Dayton, Ohio 45401. CRC Information Systems was bought by The Reynolds and Reynolds Company in 2008--which has listed the same P.O. Box as a return address on old filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Reynolds and Reynolds provides "software, business forms and supplies, and professional services that support all areas of automotive retailing for car dealers and automakers" according to their web site.
Thomas Schwartz, a spokesman for Reynolds and Reynolds, said he didn't know about the political donations, and had never heard of Waterbury Properties or Fairbanks Properties. "Those names have never come up," he said. CRC Information Systems makes "software for the printing industry," according to Schwartz.
"We need a cop on the beat so no one steals your purse on Main Street or your pension on Wall Street."
When Rush Limbaugh called Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute” repeatedly, all Mitt Romney could say was that “it’s not the language I would have used.” Asked later about Limbaugh, Romney added, “I’m not going to weigh in on that particular controversy.”
While Romney refused to issue a strong condemnation of the language used by Limbaugh, he’s far more willing to do it against liberal pundit Bill Maher:
In an appearance on the Sean Hannity radio show, Romney said, “Frankly, what Bill Maher said, and I finally read the transcripts, I was offended, outraged that a person would say that on TV and would not have been called on the carpet before now and not apologized for it. To have the Obama campaign retain a million dollars from Bill Maher, it is simply outrageous. I don’t condone that kind of language and particularly in a public setting, a TV setting.… It’s just gone way beyond the pale.”
Maher used a crude epithet to describe Sarah Palin, an act which ThinkProgress criticized him for. Defending his language about Palin, Maher said, “ To compare that to Rush is ridiculous – he went after a civilian about very specific behavior… I used a rude word about a public figure who gives as good as she gets.”
Why is Romney willing to give Limbaugh a pass while claiming Bill Maher is “beyond the pale”? As Romney himself said, “Well, you know, I find it hard to disagree with Rush Limbaugh on topics.”
At a campaign stop in South Carolina yesterday, Senator John McCain refers to Mitt Romney as President Obama. Friday morning he said Santorum and Romney (instead of Gingrich) don't share his views on eliminating earmarks.