November 8, 2012
Florida has yet to submit their electoral votes
But see.. this was the plan all along. Florida never submits their electoral votes.
This election never actually ends
Obama remains in office for the next 25 years until he dies. His two daughters joint take over. The United States of America becomes the United States of Obama. The south secedes.
The biggest political news this week won’t be the Democratic convention. It will be Friday’s unemployment report.
If the trend is good — if the rate of unemployment drops and the number of payroll jobs is as good if not better than it was in July — President Obama’s claim we’re on the right track gains crucial credibility. But if these numbers are moving in the wrong direction, Romney’s claim the nation needs a new start may appear more credible.
I don’t recall a time when these jobs numbers, compiled monthly by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (a highly professional group whose findings are completely insulated from politics), were as politically significant as they’ll be this Friday, and the first Fridays in October and November.Yet these numbers are really crude approximations. They’re adjusted for seasonal variations — based on historical data that may have less significance today, when the economy is still struggling to emerge from the worst downturn since the Great Depression. The numbers are also subject to corrections and revisions later, as more data come in.But perhaps the biggest flaw — and irony — is that when and if jobs really do start to return, many of the people who had been too discouraged to look for work start looking again. And when more people are looking, the rate of unemployment rises — because that rate is based on the percent of Americans actively looking for work. Those who have stopped looking aren’t counted.
According to nearly every new outlet on the internet, Romney is going to pick Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan. Yes, that Paul Ryan. The chair of the House Budget Committee and author of the notorious “Ryan Budget,” officially called The Path to Prosperity: A Blueprint for American Renewal. This budget plan would cap government spending at $1.029 trillion dollars, dismantle the Affordable Care Act, and cut federal spending on almost everything other than defence. This includes privatizing Medicare. The Ryan Budget has been criticized by Democrats because it would negatively impact the middle class, senior citizens, and lower-income Americans, the Center for American Progress, has argued that the plan would have a negative impact on all but the top 1% and that it “especially hurts communities of color,” and President Obama called it “thinly veiled social Darwinism.”
Ryan, at 42, is young compared to Mitt Romney’s 65 and would give his campaign a more youthful face. He is also well respected among Republican politicians, likely pulling in some of the support Romney has been lacking from his own party.
The bottom line is, Ryan is likely to be confirmed as Romney’s running mate in just over six hours. Republicans like him, Democrats don’t. He will likely shore up support from Romney’s base, but is unlikely to draw any centre or left-leaning voters to Romney’s side.