Up | November 04, 2012
>>> in just a moment, what you should know for the week ahead. first, a quick update on a story we have been following. we told you of e-mails we obtained from software solutions pressuring his employees to support romney . ceos across the country from coke brothers to owners of small and medium sized businesses partook in such activities. this is from the president of the saddle creek association. it employs more than 3,000 people across the country. the president, cliff, sent an e-mail to employees writing in the past saddle creek has not felt it imperative to communicate with associates regarding political efforts for our business. this year, it's starkly different. we feel it would be wrong for us not to share with you the company's position on a few of the critical issues and how the candidates compare. we do not support candidates based on their political affiliation . we support those that share our position. thank you for considering what saddle creek believes is in the best interest of our company and therefore our jobs and our future. attached to the e-mail is a flyer that reads we are close to an important election. every vote counts. never before has it posted such a contrasting view on how to achieve success for most americans . they have a clear position on issues that have a profound effect of the company. they list two key issues, energy and taxes and highlights which the company supports. all of mitt romney 's positions are highlighted. in a statement, cliff said saddle communication was directed to employees for whom they have the greatest appreciati appreciation. it would ensure they are fully informed on it. the document speaks for itself. we'll post it on up.msnbc.com.
>>> what should you know for the week coming up? if you are a voter in ohio's 16th congressional district , you may be about to get an offensive campaign mail. jill is distributing the flyer to attack better betty sutton . she's taking her jobs to go with a picture of i chinese food takeout container and dprask of chopsticks pulling out $100 bills and using our tax dollars to create jobs in china because she voted for the recovery act. a piece of legislation that increased number of people employed by up 1.5 million. it's something not so sweet but sour. as we documented on the show, offensive ugly racist anti-china campaign themes are not limited to this campaign and not limited to one party. whatever problems we on the right and left have with the current model of chinese governance and economic development , we should be clear that our problems are mott with the chinese people who have as much of a right to lily hood as americans do. lists up standards in both countries and benefits both chinese and american workers. you should know that red hook brooklyn is one of the areas in new york city most devastated by hurricane sandy. in response, an organization called the red hook initiative is providing emergency supplies, hot meals, access to power and communications among other things. they're putting out a call for donations and supplies to support their efforts. if you'd like to donate, go to rhi center.org. you should also know that tuesday election day and if you live in one of the part of the country after ravaged by sandy, there's contingency plans so people can vote. we have a list at the up with chris tumbler. up with chris .tumbler.com.
>>> i'll be making an appearance at the msnbc experience store at 30 rockefeller plaza here in new york on election day , november 6th . from 2:30 to 3:30 eastern time . i'll be signing copies of my book. for more information go to our facebook page at facebook.com/up with chris . want to find out what my guests think we should know heading into election week.
>> if you're a voter in california , you probably already know that the voter guide is 144 pages long pause there are 11 ballot o measures for californians to vote on. as usual, most of the questions put to them are stupid. the three strikes reform notwithstanding. that's your statewide vote. if you live in san francisco , you have an additional seven local questions to vote on. if we're thinking about whether ballot initiative is a good idea, putting too much pressure on voters to make too many minute decisions, the answer is yes.
>> california has metastasized to a point -- the initiative process in california specifically is pretty broken. swr joy.
>> you should know that the drama could play out in the courts. an updated -- the florida democratic party has gone to federal court to sue governor rick scott for refusing to issue an executive order extending early voting hours beyond saturday. the cutoff is sunday, obviously with the law that cut early vote egg from 14 to 8 days . the lines are wrapped around the block and they're demanding more time for voters to vote and particularly long lines in the democratic part of the state, in the south. in ohio , democrats have gone to court because the secretary of state, john houston , changed the provisional ballot that mostly poor people have to vote on. they changed it on a way that the voter has to input the i.d. information. which is in contra vengs to ohio state law who says it's a poll worker 's job to put that in. almost all poor people have to vote with their social security number in ohio . they'll be voting on provisional ballots . big disen tran chiesment.
>> approximate you're a voter in ohio , you may know what the nation's cover story revealed last week. romney 's pailout bonanza that mitt romney and his wife made at least $15 million on the very auto industry rescue program that he condemned. and a group of labor unions , the uaw, sciu and good government groups brought an action this past week asking the federal government and ethics office to look into romney 's disclosures. i think americans have a full right to know the conflict of interests mitt romney and his wife had, as well as the $4 million that mitt romney 's wall street donors, paul singer , made from the auto industry rescue.
>> i mean, a funny conflict of interest insofar as she's opposing it and profiting it off in.
>> maybe that's a --
>> mitt romney will say it's in a blind trust . that blind trust , i never fail to point out which is run by his family attorney which does not meet the threshold for actual blind trusts where they're stipulated by law. bob herbert .
>> we found out that the congressional research service , a highly respected operation has drawn a report that it did that shows that there was no correlation between top tax rates and economic growth . why did they withdraw it? because of pressure from senate republicans. that's the republican party , get rid of -- lower top tax rates and jobs will be created. this report said no. but now that report has been withdrawn
>> i've talked approximate this issue with people, conservative economists. the data doesn't back it up. at a certain point it does. if you have a high top marginal tax rate you'll see it. across industries and places in the world and across states, you don't see it bear out. i was joking that the congressional research service climate scientists and nate silver are the evil triad of enemies of the people bringing their book learning . i want to thank my guests, josh barro from bloomberg, joy reid, katrina vand en hoover from the -- and robert herbert . thank you all.
>> thank you for joining us. we'll be back next weekend, saturday and sunday at 8:00 eastern time with our full kochblg of the election results and a look at the battles ahead. we'll find out what nate silver has to say about his famous election forecast. he'll be here. up next is melissa harris-perry. on today's mhp, if you thought it was over? think again. the man behind the billboards is unmasked. the foul play in ohio continues and groundwork is being set for legal challenges. that's melissa harris-perry coming up next. tonight, vice president joe biden will be on a special edition of "hardball" airing at 7:00 p.m . eastern. see you next week here on up. go vote. people