Behind the comparisons to Jimmy Carter and the references to “peace through strength” is a dubious policy critique: not just that Obama is Carter and Romney is Reagan, but that somehow sufficient man-musk from an American president can dissuade any potential terrorist from laying his finger on an American diplomat.
Adam Serwer puts the lie to Republican claims that they’re better on protecting American ambassadors abroad.
“Out of Balance” (from Mother Jones)
As seen on Maddow! (Also there’s like a zillion* more charts where that came from.)
*We rounded up.
Chart of the Day: Low-income people care about jobs. High-income voters care about the deficit. Guess which one Congress cares about?
Via Kevin Drum:
As the chart [above] shows, conservatives are right to believe that Romney isn’t to be trusted. Sure, he lowers tax rates on millionaires by 9 percentage points, and you may think that’s a pretty sweet deal for the rich. But come on. Newt Gingrich would lower them by 24 percentage points. (No, that’s not a typo.) Rick Perry lowers them by 20 percentage points. Herman Cain lowers them by 15 points. Frankly, Romney is hardly even trying here.
Also, except for 9-9-9, all these plans show no or little tax cut for the lowest marginal rates. Stay classy!
But they’re nowhere near as bad as this widely circulated (guilty!) chart makes it out to be:
Fact-check your charts, people.