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American Troops Just 'Factors of Production' to Romney
by Kevin_Foley
September 13, 2012 12:43 PM | 2354 views | 17 17 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
When he was running Bain Capital, Mitt Romney bought and sold companies the way the rest of us change socks. There's nothing wrong with that, mind, because it's the American way of business.

 

Romney's business acumen, initiative and hard work earned him a fortune and he deserves every dime he ever made.

 

Buying and selling companies has a human component. There are men and women who work in the factories, stores, and industries on the market. Each employee has a mortgage or rent, kids in school, car payments, pensions, and all the rest. Sometimes, in the course of the transactions engineered by Romney, those workers found themselves expendable.

 

It's a fact of life, part of our free enterprise system. I don't agree with how Romney treated those who found themselves out of work. Unfortunatley that's how he chose to do business and that's how it goes in business sometimes.

 

But the principles that guide business are not the same ones that govern the defense of America.

 

We have citizen soldiers here, men and women who volunteer to put their lives on the line to protect the rest of us. They and their families deserve our support and our recognition for doing what many of us wouldn't or couldn't do. They're heroes, not "employees."

 

So it was appalling and also very revealing that Mitt Romney, who enthusiastically supported the Vietnam War as a young man only to avoid it later, stood up to accept the nomination of the Republican Party and never, not once, acknowledged American troops in harm's way, the men and women fighting and dying in Afghanistan and those selflessly serving around the world.

 

You know why?

 

Because to Romney the troops are like the workers he once used and discarded during his days at Bain Capital. They're just "factors of production," small people unworthy of recognition or even mention, numbers to be added or subtracted depending on the profit and loss statement.

 

We already know Romney intends to follow the Bush failed model of trickle down economics. Why not invade a country too? Say, Iran, the prime beneficiaries of a war being Romney's big donors in the military-industrial complex, the same folks who did so well when we invaded Iraq.

 

Romney has rattled his Iran saber enough on the campaign trail for us to know what's coming if he manages to get elected.

 

Those "factors of production" - our sons and daughters and husbands and wives - would soon be coming home in stainless steel caskets while Halliburton's stock soared.

 

Do we really want to go there again?
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Matthew Jackson
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October 12, 2012
Really dont think romney is the guy for this country. def think that what the president is doing with bring the troops home is a plus for his campaign. its good to get these guys home and doing regular activities like play with airsoft replica guns http://www.airsplat.com/airsoft-video-games.htm and allow them to live a regular life again.

How Quickly They Forget
by Kevin_Foley
September 05, 2012 03:40 PM | 1985 views | 7 7 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Democratic convention officials announced President Obama's acceptance speech scheduled for tomorrow night at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte would be moved to the smaller Time Warner Arena due to the threat of thunder showers and lightening about the time the president would deliver his address.
 
Despite the verifiable weather forecast and the public safety considerations, Rush Limbaugh immediately snidely played the race card (as he always does with anything about Obama) saying Democrats couldn't fill "Black Panther Stadium" even though there was a ticket waiting list of 19,000 and free tickets to the speech were being sold on Craig's list for more than $200.
 
El Rushbo must have forgotten Mitt Romney's appearance before 1,200 supporters last February in Detroit's cavernous Ford Field.
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Lib in Cobb
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September 10, 2012
Kevi: A glaring difference between the DNC and the RNC was the lack of diversity at the RNC. Mittens said, "The GOP is the party for all the people".

Really! I will remain very doubtful.

Ryan Signals Lies Will Drive GOP Campaign
by Kevin_Foley
August 30, 2012 12:10 PM | 1806 views | 12 12 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Associated Press fact checked Paul Ryan's acceptance speech last night and found seven falsehoods.
 
As noted by White House adviser Jim Messina in a letter to Obama supporters this morning, "He lied about Medicare. He lied about the Recovery Act. He lied about the deficit and debt. He even dishonestly attacked Barack Obama for the closing of a GM plant in his hometown of Janesville, Wisconsin -- a plant that closed in December 2008 under George W. Bush. He also failed to offer one constructive idea about what he would do to move the country forward."
 
We saw the blueprint for Ryan's fact-free presentation Tuesday night, when Sen. Rick Santorum, the failed GOP presidential candidate from Pennsylvania, falsely declared that Obama had abolished the work requirements for welfare.
 
He echoed a controversial ad the Romney campaign is running that aims to anger white working class voters in swing states by suggesting "welfare recipients" (GOP code for African-Americans) are getting free hand-outs from a black president in exchange for their votes. The spot has been denounced as a blatant lie by every independent fact checker.
 
To that, Romney pollster Neil Newhouse said, “We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers.”
 
Messina offers an explanation as to why the Romney campaign is making the truth irrelevant this fall:
 
"The fact that this speech, on this huge stage, is this blatantly false represents a huge bet by the Romney campaign -- they've decided that facts, truth and reality will not be a brake on their campaign message. And they just signaled to the extremist billionaires and corporate interests that support them that they should go ahead and spend their hundreds of millions of dollars attacking Barack Obama with whatever lies can work."
 
The lies tell us all we need to know about the kind of president Mitt Romney would be if he's elected.
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Lib in Cobb
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September 05, 2012
The speakers nailed it last night at the DNC.

First Lady Michelle Obama nailed it, who President Obama is, was and what he will become. Lilly Ledbetter nailed her address about equal pay for women. Tammy Duckworth also nailed her speech about what President Obama means to the military. Deval Patrick had them standing in the aisles with his speech about the good President Obama has done for MA and the very not so good things Romney did to MA. Patrick's speech was a very clear look at why Romney does not discuss his years as governor in MA. Julian Castro, brought the house down about what can be accomplished if WE work together and the American dream. I will bet, Julian Castro will be the first Latino President of the United States.

The very obvious difference in the diversity of the audience between the RNC and the DNC was heart warming. There were more people of color and different ethnic origins and religions in one small section of the DNC compared to the entire Tampa arena at the RNC.

Undocumented Immigrants Don't Steal Jobs
by Kevin_Foley
August 16, 2012 10:51 AM | 2009 views | 7 7 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

WSJ: Labor Economist "Found That Higher Levels Of Immigration Coincided With Lower Levels Of Unemployment." Wall Street Journal editorial board member Jason L. Riley wrote of suggestions that "immigrant labor harms the job prospects of Americans":

But if immigrants, legal or illegal, displace U.S. workers, why was there less unemployment in the U.S. during the Clinton and Bush administrations, when we had higher levels of immigration, than we have today, when net migration from Mexico is zero?

Nor is this a new phenomenon. The labor economist Richard Vedder of Ohio University looked at the relationship between immigration and U.S. unemployment throughout the 20th century and found that higher levels of immigration coincided with lower levels of unemployment.

Immigrants to the U.S. not only seek jobs but also increase demand for goods and services, thus providing incentives for businesses to invest in capital, expand operations and hire more workers. Moreover, the immigrants who come here typically aren't replicas of Americans in terms of their education level and skills. They are concentrated at the high end and low end of the skills spectrum and are much more likely to be competing with other immigrants for jobs than to be displacing natives in the workplace.

Federal Reserve Bank Of San Francisco: "There Is No Evidence" That Immigrants' Positive Effects On The Economy Comes "At The Expense Of Jobs For Workers Born In The United States." From a 2010 San Francisco Fed letter highlighting research on the long-term effects of immigration on employment:

Immigration in recent decades has significantly increased the presence of foreign-born workers in the United States. The impact of these immigrants on the U.S. economy is hotly debated. Some stories in the popular press suggest that immigrants diminish the job opportunities of workers born in the United States. Others portray immigrants as filling essential jobs that are shunned by other workers. Economists who have analyzed local labor markets have mostly failed to find large effects of immigrants on employment and wages of U.S.-born workers.

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[T]here is no evidence that immigrants crowd out U.S.-born workers in either the short or long run. Data on U.S.-born worker employment imply small effects, with estimates never statistically different from zero.

[Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, 8/30/10]

Economic Policy Institute: "There Is Broad Agreement Among Academic Economists That [Immigration] Has A Small But Positive Impact" On Wages Overall. A February 2010 paper from the Economic Policy Institute details how an influx of workers creates demand for goods and services, creating more jobs and provides a net positive effect on the economy:

In the ongoing debate over immigration policy in the United States, the impact of immigrants on the wages of native-born workers has been a central point of disagreement. There is broad agreement among academic economists on one point: that immigration has a small but positive impact on the wages of native-born workers overall. Although new immigrant workers add to the labor supply, they also consume goods and services, creating more jobs. In other words, as the labor force expands (as it is always doing, due to both native population growth and immigration), the economy adjusts and expands with it, and average wages are not hurt. [Economic Policy Institute, 2/4/10]

Economists Francesco D'Amuri And Giovanni Peri: "There Is Hardly Any Evidence That Immigrant Workers Have A Negative Effect On The Wages Of Native Workers ... Or That They Crowd-Out Other Jobs In The US." Peri and D'Amuri wrote in 2010 that immigrants do not have a negative effect on wages, nor do they crowd-out jobs:

Despite popular belief, often based on anecdotes and bodged analysis, there is hardly any evidence that immigrant workers have a negative effect on the wages of native workers (see for instance Card 2009 and Glitz 2007) or that they crowd-out other jobs in the US (Card and Di Nardo 2000) or Europe. On the contrary, some authors emphasize the existence of a potentially positive effect of immigrants on the demand for native workers.

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[W]e analyse the net impact of immigration on natives' employment and we confirm previous results that did not find any significant effect. Moreover, natives' skill upgrading due to immigration could account for a 0.6% increase in average wages of natives in the 2008-2020 period, according to our simulations combining results of the empirical analysis with long-term demographic projections for Europe.

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frogbreath
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August 18, 2012
This just in:

Harry Reid told me that Lib in Cobb is really Kevin Foley.

Stay Classy, Mr. King
by Kevin_Foley
August 06, 2012 10:50 AM | 2166 views | 28 28 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
It's gotten comical, this back and forth with D.A. King of Marietta.
 
Like Ron Burgundy, Will Farrell's character in the film "Anchorman," Mr. King's overinflated sense of purpose and self-righteousness borders on the megalomaniacal.
 
Challenge Mr. King, as I have, and he responds with shrill childish personal attacks.
 
My sources? The fingerprints Mr. King has left all over his various hate activities, back to his VDARE days. It's called the "Internet" Mr. King, where verifiable facts are just a click away. Try it sometime.
 
Rather than owning up like a big boy, he says I'm a liar.
 
I'm not going to engage in name calling with Mr. King or get down in the gutter with him. Rather, I invite readers to watch "Anchorman" and have a good laugh at a guy who says, "I don't know how to put this, but I'm kind of a big deal."
 
In your dreams, Mr. King, in your dreams.
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Devlin Adams
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August 16, 2012
Lib, if "frogbreath" is a coward for not using his name, then you are also one for not using yours.

Oh, wait. I forgot you libtards do not operate like intelligent folks.

As to not addresssing it again, I suggest that is a good idea for you, since you get your sack lunch eaten every time you write soemthing.

Delusions of Grandeur
by Kevin_Foley
August 02, 2012 03:28 PM | 1828 views | 10 10 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
I just get a kick out of the Kevin Foley-fixated D.A. King. He really, truly thinks he's an important national anti-illegal immigration authority. Once in awhile he even gets his face on a local TV station or Fox News and equates that to worldwide fame.

 

Over my 30-year PR career I've run into dozens of guys like Mr. King, people with some modicum of minor notoriety who've let it go their heads. Former CNN anchors and ex-TV reality show "stars" come to mind. They adopt this aura of superiority that borders on the pathological until somebody brings them back to earth.

So step right on up here, Mr. King, and let's just see how famous and influential you really are! What?! You have only 105 Twitter followers.

I thought it would be more like 105 million based on your recent attacks on me!

I'll save you the trouble. I don't have a Twitter account. I enjoy a quiet writer's life up here in Kennesaw while offering some thoughtful progressive counterweight to the conservative opinion (or in your case, hateful opinion) in the MDJ at the invitation of the newspaper's editors.

You ARE very famous with the Southern Poverty Law Center. Says here you organized an anti-immigration protest in Atlanta...and when none of your followers showed up, you had to hire a bunch of "day laborers" to serve as your "protesters."

Tell me you did NOT pick them up in front of Lowes!

Here's your old web site, The American Resistance Foundation. Sounds like a group of far right militia yahoos running around the woods in cammo playing soldier. Maybe not:

 

"We have left all pages as they were to make it more difficult for the treasonous and far-left open borders/illegal alien lobby - which profits from illegal immigration and smearing those with the courage to oppose that crime - to present our effort as something un-American." ("Treasonous" would be those Americans who happen to disagree with you, I assume).

 

Apparently ARF is now defunct because you say you "ran out of money"? You mean to say the legions of D.A. King disciples wouldn't pony up the cash to keep your ARF site live?!

 

Here's a little update, Mr. King. The U.S. is on course to become a non-white country in less than a century. Progressives don't give this a second thought. In fact, we celebrate how diversity has benefited America over nearly two and a half centuries.

Then there are others like you who howl "stop!" and nobody pays very much attention.

 

Are there people here illegally? Yes, and by all means secure the borders (if we had only used the trillion wasted in Iraq to do that). But, by all means, let's also stop thinking about gestapo agents demanding papers from people of color and freight cars packed with men, women and children rolling south to the border and start thinking practically about ways to make undocumented workers pay a penalty for their crime and then assimilate them into our American culture.

 

And stop telling us about "Little Mexicos." There've been ethnic communities in America since the days of Virginia Dare.
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Kevin Foley
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August 06, 2012
Marie - My gracious, me! I'M marginalzing Mr. King? He doesn't need my help. Land sakes alive!He's done a good job marginalizing himself!

105 Twitter followers??? Lord have mercy!

Lowest Common Denominator
by Kevin_Foley
July 30, 2012 08:13 AM | 1663 views | 3 3 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
One of the problems with today's political discourse is the incivility. Nothing positive can happen when you demonize and denigrate those with whom you disagree.

Mr. D.A. King and I have engaged in a back and forth blog discussion on immigration I began some time ago by suggesting Mr. King's inflammatory rhetoric was counterproductive. I noted that proof could be found in the numbers of Hispanics and Latinos, formerly reliable Republican voters, who now support Democrats in overwhelming numbers.

Mr. King, who initially promised to ignore me, has responded by unleashing a series of poorly written personal attacks on me for merely attempting to elevate the debate. He obviously takes comfort and encouragement in the few responses he gets from his cadre of followers.

All his blogs are posted on the MDJ site alongside my blogs. Take a look.

Who's the adult and who's the hysterical reactionary unable to engage in a grown-up discussion? Mr. King is intellectually challenged and lacking the resources to respond civily, he resorts to juvenile nonsense, lamely attempting to embarrass me when it is Mr. King who should hide in shame.

Mr. King, you and your ilk are one of the best things that has ever happened to progressives. In fact, it may well be your own race-baiting that makes the difference for President Obama if he's re-elected.  

Keep up the good work, sir.
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Kevin Foley
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July 30, 2012
My stars, Marie! For heaven's sake, I know you and and the rest of his disciples think Mr. D.A. King is just the bee's knees! Land's sakes alive, my next door neighbor and I just laugh ourselves silly and sometimes wince when we read your posts supporting this self-styled illegal immigration "expert"!

Then, my goodness me, we realize you're one of his better informed supporters!

The Passion of Joe Arpaio
by Kevin_Foley
July 23, 2012 03:46 PM | 2567 views | 10 10 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona is a dedicated if misunderstood public servant. The controversial 80-year-old lawman who's running for a sixth term just announced his "posse" (as in "head 'em off at the pass!") investigated President Barack Obama's birth certificate determined...drum roll please...it's a forgery.
 
How exactly Arpaio's jurisdiction extends as far as Hawaii the sheriff doesn't say. But It must have been quite a sight what with the sheriff's posse elbowing their way past Donald Trump's own birther posse in the Honolulu city records department.
 
Of course the liberal mainstream media mostly disregarded Arpaio's breathless announcement proving to the tin foil hat crowd that, once again, when it comes to important far right wing jihads, the MSM is "protecting" the president.
 
Arpaio made other, more relevant news last week after his civil class action trial began in Phoenix where the the American Civil Liberties Union and Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund are charging that his officers have based traffic stops on the race of Latinos even when there was no probable cause to stop them. Profiling in other words. The case began after Arpaio's deputies detained a Mexican tourist with a valid passport for nine hours.
 
This suit is is in addition to the one the Justice Department filed in May charging Arpaio with civil rights violations, which could explain Sheriff Joe's sudden interest in Obama's place of birth.
 
The problems immigration present require finesse, sensitivity and reason. But when your only tool is a hammer, as in Arpaio's case, everything looks like a nail. Thus, advocacy groups agree Arpaio has ignored Constitutional guarantees in favor of expediency. His notorious tent city jail in Phoenix, which Arpaio proudly calls his "concentration camp," comes to mind.
 
There's also the unmistakable stench of racism swirling around the sheriff's ham handed tactics. After receiving a letter from a citizen inviting Arpaio to "come over...and round up" men with "dark skin" who have "the look of the Mexican illegals that are here illegally," the area in question was targeted for immigration dragnets. The sheriff himself has said, "go after illegals, not the crime first."
 
Whether or not either of the law suits endangers Arpaio's re-election remains to be seen, but there is little doubt among advocates that Joe Arpaio is gunning for Latinos and not any blond haired, blue eyed Danes who may be in Maricopa County illegally.


"He's created a whole kind of institutional structure around racial profiling," says Juanita Molina of the Border Action Network director. "It's like the old spaghetti westerns where you've got people in the black hats and the white hats, and there's nothing in between."
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Kevin Foley
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July 26, 2012
@ Mr. Swensson - I had the prima facie with a nice chianti the other night at Frankie's on Canton Highway. Delicious!

Just kidding ;-)

I'm not worried about Obama's birth certificate. I am very worried about uniformed and ignorant voters letting Karl Rove and Roger Ailes lead them around by their nose rings.

E Pluribus Meum
by Kevin_Foley
July 17, 2012 03:29 PM | 1715 views | 8 8 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
The primary difference between conservatives and progressives is that conservatives believe in "me" while progressives believe in "we."

 

Evidence can be found in the presidential campaign where Mitt Romney insists the individual alone can achieve anything if left alone while President Obama says individuals are only as successful as the people around them, a point the president made the other day in a speech (which of course was distorted by the far right media into "criticism" of small business owners).

 

Having built and owned a successful business for over a quarter century, I agree with Obama. Nobody in business or any other worthy pursuit ever accomplished anything important without help, guidance and encouragement, including Romney.

 

Many of the people who worked for Romney at Bain Capital  were educated in public schools and universities paid for by the rest of us. Romney's business was defended by the military we paid for. To the extent Romney's companies produced any products, they were moved to markets over roads, bridges and interstate highways the rest of us paid for with our taxes. Without the rest of us, there would have never been a Bain Capital.

 

The notion that Romney and Romney alone achieved his success is an Ayn Rand fantasy (the mother of "Objectivism," by the way, never started and built a business).

 

A friend challenged me on this, insisting the Founding Fathers would agree with Romney. I reminded him the Constitution begins with the words, "We the People..."

 

After signing the Declaration of Independence, Benjamin Franklin famously told his co-signers, "We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately."

Indeed, our nation's motto is E Pluribus Unim. Out of many, one.

 
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CobbCoGuy
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July 21, 2012
That no man is an island is not in dispute by anyone. So let's dispense with the me v. we stuff and get to the heart of the matter which is Obama's statement, "If you've got a business, that, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen."

Presidential historian Michael Beschloss announced shortly after Obama's election that Obama is "probably the smartest guy ever to become president" and "his IQ is off the charts." Therefore, I'm sure Obama didn't misspeak when he made the above statement.

So Mr. Foley, whose capital was at risk when you started your business? It wasn't your own, correct? If, God forbid, your business had failed, who would have suffered the consequences? Somebody else, right?

Who determined your corporate structure, on your behalf?

Who made the hiring decisions for you?

You didn't worry about making payroll, right? Someone else carried that burden for you.

I could go on ad nauseum, but you get my drift.

Obama's statement was an affront to any risk-taking entrepreneur, such as yourself, and it was a bright line in his speech leading to a window into his soul.


Mitt Knows Best
by Kevin_Foley
July 13, 2012 01:41 PM | 1691 views | 6 6 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Mitt Romney sounded like an antebellum plantation owner when he addressed the NAACP convention the other day:

"...if it were possible to fully communicate what I believe is in the real, enduring best interest of African-American families, you would vote for me for president."

Romney, whose Bain Capital apparently had no African-Americans in its management ranks during his tenure and whose church discriminated against blacks for decades, now knows what's in the best interests of the black community.

"If you want a president who will make things better in the African-American community, you are looking at him," announced Romney with a straight face. "You take a look!"

They did look and it earned the GOP's presumptive presidential nominee hoots of derision. But Romney's loudest boos came when he proclaimed to the crowd he would repeal the Affordable Care Act, evidently unaware that ACA will help some 7 million uninsured African Americans, many of them children.

Of course this announcement wasn't made for the benefit of the NAACP audience. Instead, it was intended for the radical far right fringe who the Massachusetts Moderate thinks will sweep him into the White House. "I am going to give the same message to the NAACP that I give across the country," Romney told his reliable media outlet, Fox News.

Republican Party leader Rush Limbaugh went further: The "express reason" for the NAACP's existence is to "make sure that blacks don't vote Republican."

Actually, the NAACP's "express reason" to exist is the right to vote, which Republican state legislatures around the country including Georgia's are assiduously trying to prevent with draconian voter suppression laws, but that's another blog for another day.

Romney's is a continuation of the strangest presidential election strategy ever seen. Having already alienated women and Hispanic and Latino voters, he now appears intent on a trifecta, sending those few black voters who may be on the fence running to the Obama camp.

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Statistics by Race
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July 17, 2012
Lib in Cobb is right about the block vote of the black community for President Obama. It always struck me as a bit racist on the part of black voters. 95% is a crazy high number. But per the comments written in this article I guess Mitt Romney as a white guy should now ignore black people in this election just because they're black? That's a racist position. It shows a lot more respect to try and win members of the NAACP over to the Republican side with an appeal to reason. Not because of the color of their skin but because they're Americans.

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Kevin Foley is a 1979 graduate of the University of Connecticut and a former newspaper reporter. In 1981, he began his 30-year career in public relations, working in account management for Burson-Marsteller and Ketchum, two international PR firms. In 1986, he launched KEF Media in Chicago, a firm specializing in broadcast and Internet public relations. He moved the company to Atlanta in 1993. His career has taken him around the world and to every major city in America. Along the way he has worked with celebrities and public figures like Hank Aaron, Jane Seymour, Bob Dole, Nolan Ryan and Ryan Seacrest. Kevin went into semi-retirement in 2009 to pursue his long delayed writing career. In 2008 he published his first novel, "Where Law Ends," and has three other novels in various stages of completion. Kevin serves on the board of directors at Pinetree Country Club where enjoys golf and tennis. He and his wife Susie live in Kennesaw. The couple has two grown children.

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