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Glenn w. Smith – author, activist, political consultant, and Consulting Manager of the Texas Progress Council, a progressive think tank in Austin – and Jay Ackroyd discuss the framing of government programs, like infrastructure development and social insurance–and how that affects our public policy discussions. Follow @GlennWSmith @JayAckroyd


Voter restriction in Ohio continues

From ThinkProgress:

…Despite multiple court defeats, Ohio’s Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted is determined to restrict early voting as much as he can get away with. Indeed, Husted openly defied the first court order blocking the Republican restrictions on early voting, although he eventually backed down after a federal judge ordered him to appear in court personally to explain himself. Now, just two days after the conservative Roberts Court turned away Husted’s bid to reinstate the anti-voter law, he is still finding new ways to cut back early voting…

Well played, Barry, but what about jobs?

Standing up to lying scoundrels was never your strong suit, Barry, and you hit a new low in the first debate, so it was a relief to see you kick butt when the Romneybot unleashed a fusillade of new lies in the second.

You said “What Governor Romney said just isn’t true” early on, when he lied about his reasons for opposing the bailout of the auto industry. You told him it was “offensive” to play politics regarding the death of four diplomats in Libya, and you said “Get the transcript” when he lied about what you said the day after the diplomats were killed. You nailed him on his absurd claim that he could both install tax cuts and reduce the federal deficit.

Your best moment came when you articulated what’s at the rotten core of his plan to revitalize the economy:

Romney says he’s got a five-point plan. Governor Romney doesn’t have a five-point plan; he has a one-point plan. And that plan is to make sure that folks at the top play by a different set of rules. That’s been his philosophy in the private sector; that’s been his philosophy as governor; that’s been his philosophy as a presidential candidate. You can make a lot of money and pay lower tax rates than somebody who makes a lot less. You can ship jobs overseas and get tax breaks for it. You can invest in a company, bankrupt it, lay off the workers, strip away their pensions, and you still make money.

Unfortunately for you and the rest of us, you revealed next to nothing about your plan…

More here.

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