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PostSubject: Re: Mitt Romney v10.0   5/8/2012, 10:21 am

Governor Etch A Sketch is in full power mode.
Can you believe this turd?
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Mitt Romney: 'I'll Take A Lot Of Credit' For Auto Industry Recovery

Despite his 2008 call to "let Detroit go bankrupt," presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said Monday that he would "take a lot of credit" for his impact on the U.S. automobile industry's comeback.

During an interview with WEWS-TV in Cleveland following a campaign stop, Romney said his views helped save the industry.

"I pushed the idea of a managed bankruptcy," Romney said. "And finally, when that was done, and help was given, the companies got back on their feet. So I'll take a lot of credit for the fact that this industry's come back."

Both General Motors and Chrysler ended up taking the massive federal loans supported by both President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush. The bailout included managed bankruptcy filings for both companies. According to the federal judge who presided over Chrysler's bankruptcy in 2009, the company would not have survived without the bailout. Ford survived without taking a government loan.

Romney's stance on the bailouts and his infamous 2008 New York Times op-ed "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt," have come up throughout the campaign, especially ahead of February's primary in Michigan. In that editorial, Romney argued that a government bailout for ailing auto giants Chrysler and General Motors would do more harm than good.

"If General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get the bailout that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye," Romney wrote. "In a managed bankruptcy, the federal government would propel newly competitive and viable automakers, rather than seal their fate with a bailout check."

Romney also spoke out on his opposition to the government loaning money to the industry in 2009, placing some of the blame on Bush.

"Bailout of enterprises that are in trouble, that's not the right way to go," Romney told CNN's Larry King in 2009. "I know President Bush started it with the auto industry. I thought it was a mistake."

Obama's campaign immediately responded to Romney's comments on Monday evening, stating that Romney was attempting to "fool" the public.

“Mitt Romney may think he can fool the American people by hiding his belief that we should ‘let Detroit go bankrupt,’ but the American people won’t let him," Obama campaign co-chair Ted Strickland said in a statement, referencing Romney's Times editorial. "Mitt Romney seems to think Americans will just forget the past and his very vocal and clear opposition to the successful auto rescue."

Chrysler, now majority-owned by Italy's Fiat, has since paid back all but $1.3 billion of its $12.5 billion government loan. According to CNN, taxpayers were $25.5 billion short on the $50 billion G.M. bailout as of February.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/08/mitt-romney-auto-industry_n_1498520.html
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PostSubject: Re: Mitt Romney v10.0   5/8/2012, 10:57 am

[quote="edge540"]Governor Etch A Sketch is in full power mode.
Can you believe this turd?
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Mitt Romney: 'I'll Take A Lot Of Credit' For Auto Industry Recovery
Just more proof of how little he thinks of his supporters. Most of them are too stupid or lazy to do any research on their own.

The common political wisdom & strategy says that an incumbent should limit the amount of debates with their opponent . I disagree wholeheartedly. I believe Obama should schedule as many debates as can with this jackass and just wipe the floor with his lies and flip-flops.
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PostSubject: Re: Mitt Romney v10.0   5/8/2012, 1:30 pm

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Just more proof of how little he thinks of his supporters. Most of them are too stupid or lazy to do any research on their own.
He also knows that conservative sheep lack the frontal lobe of the cerebral cortex which gives us the ability to store and recall past events as they occurred.


So mr jack, are you going to give Willard "a lot of credit" for the auto industry recovery?
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PostSubject: Re: Mitt Romney v10.0   5/8/2012, 6:24 pm

[quote="edge540"]Governor Etch A Sketch is in full power mode.
Can you believe this turd?
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Mitt Romney: 'I'll Take A Lot Of Credit' For Auto Industry Recovery
Here's what this lying POS wrote in Nov 2008
Let Detroit Go Bankrupt
By MITT ROMNEY
Published: November 18, 2008
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IF General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get the bailout that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye. It won’t go overnight, but its demise will be virtually guaranteed.

Without that bailout, Detroit will need to drastically restructure itself. With it, the automakers will stay the course — the suicidal course of declining market shares, insurmountable labor and retiree burdens, technology atrophy, product inferiority and never-ending job losses. Detroit needs a turnaround, not a check.
Thank goodness he wasn't in charge.
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PostSubject: Re: Mitt Romney v10.0   5/10/2012, 4:04 pm

Typical Rolling Eyes
Romney Will Increase Military Spending By $2.1 Trillion With No Plan To Pay For It
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Mitt Romney is campaigning for president on fiscal responsibility. “The mission to restore America begins with getting our fiscal house in order,” he says. At the same time, the presumptive GOP nominee says he wants to increase military spending. His campaign website claims that a President Romney will peg the Pentagon’s budget to Gross Domestic Product “at a floor of 4 percent of GDP.” What will that mean in dollars? CNNMoney reports that under Romney’s plan, “the additional spending really piles up in future years”:

With the Pentagon’s base budget — which does not include war costs — forecast to hit 3.5% of GDP in 2013, a jump to 4% would mean an increase of around $100 billion dollars in defense spending in 2013. [...]

Compared to the Pentagon’s current budget, Romney’s plan would lead to $2.1 trillion in additional spending over the next ten years, according to an analysis conducted for CNNMoney by Travis Sharp, a budget expert at the Center for a New American Security.

And that number assumes a gradual increase to 4% of GDP. The additional spending would hit $2.3 trillion over a decade if the Pentagon’s budget were to immediately jump to 4% of GDP.
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PostSubject: Re: Mitt Romney v10.0   5/11/2012, 10:22 am

Another disturbing portrait of the robot known as Mitt. No wonder he had no empathy for his dog..
WaPo: Romney’s High School Anti-Gay Bullying
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The Washington Post has a piece on Mitt Romney’s high school days at an exclusive upper class prep school, featuring a disturbing incident of anti-gay bullying: Mitt Romney’s Prep School Classmates Recall Pranks, but Also Troubling Incidents.

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Mitt Romney returned from a three-week spring break in 1965 to resume his studies as a high school senior at the prestigious Cranbrook School. Back on the handsome campus, studded with Tudor brick buildings and manicured fields, he spotted something he thought did not belong at a school where the boys wore ties and carried briefcases. John Lauber, a soft-spoken new student one year behind Romney, was perpetually teased for his nonconformity and presumed homosexuality. Now he was walking around the all-boys school with bleached-blond hair that draped over one eye, and Romney wasn’t having it.

“He can’t look like that. That’s wrong. Just look at him!” an incensed Romney told Matthew Friedemann, his close friend in the Stevens Hall dorm, according to Friedemann’s recollection. Mitt, the teenaged son of Michigan Gov. George Romney, kept complaining about Lauber’s look, Friedemann recalled.

A few days later, Friedemann entered Stevens Hall off the school’s collegiate quad to find Romney marching out of his own room ahead of a prep school posse shouting about their plan to cut Lauber’s hair. Friedemann followed them to a nearby room where they came upon Lauber, tackled him and pinned him to the ground. As Lauber, his eyes filling with tears, screamed for help, Romney repeatedly clipped his hair with a pair of scissors.

The question, of course, is how much this incident tells us about the Mitt Romney of 2012. At 18 years old, most people do things that seem silly or mean years later. But there’s something especially troubling about this; it seems to reveal a privileged young man with no empathy at all for those who were different.

And the question is, how much has Mitt Romney really changed since those days?

Perhaps even more disturbing: in this incident we see the special treatment granted to people like Romney. He suffered no consequences at all for his sadistic prank.
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“It happened very quickly, and to this day it troubles me,” said Buford, the school’s wrestling champion, who said he joined Romney in restraining Lauber. Buford subsequently apologized to Lauber, who was “terrified,” he said. “What a senseless, stupid, idiotic thing to do.”

“It was a hack job,” recalled Maxwell, a childhood friend of Romney who was in the dorm room when the incident occurred. “It was vicious.”

“He was just easy pickins,” said Friedemann, then the student prefect, or student authority leader of Stevens Hall, expressing remorse about his failure to stop it.

The incident transpired in a flash, and Friedemann said Romney then led his cheering schoolmates back to his bay-windowed room in Stevens Hall.

Friedemann, guilt ridden, made a point of not talking about it with his friend and waited to see what form of discipline would befall Romney at the famously strict institution. Nothing happened.
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PostSubject: Re: Mitt Romney v10.0   5/11/2012, 4:29 pm

Let's see....hmmmmmmmm...I wonder why "nothing happened."
Oh wait, that's right, the old man was the governor of Michigan.

I see Willard is handing this very well by dismissing and actually laughing about it.
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PostSubject: Re: Mitt Romney v10.0   5/11/2012, 5:52 pm

edge540 wrote:
Let's see....hmmmmmmmm...I wonder why "nothing happened."
Oh wait, that's right, the old man was the governor of Michigan.

I see Willard is handing this very well by dismissing and actually laughing about it.
How can he not remember cutting a fellow student's hair? Rolling Eyes Makes you wonder what other sick things he's done.
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PostSubject: Re: Mitt Romney v10.0   5/12/2012, 7:41 am

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edge540 wrote:
Let's see....hmmmmmmmm...I wonder why "nothing happened."
Oh wait, that's right, the old man was the governor of Michigan.

I see Willard is handing this very well by dismissing and actually laughing about it.
How can he not remember cutting a fellow student's hair? Rolling Eyes Makes you wonder what other sick things he's done.
I'm sure he remembers every detail. I find it very troubling that he bothered to make contact with him and apologize. Apparently the rich and privileged don't have much of a conscience.
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PostSubject: Re: Mitt Romney v10.0   5/15/2012, 6:24 pm

Mittens picks up a new endorsement and hopefully if there is video of the announcement Obama gets a new campaign commercial Very Happy
George W. Bush: ‘I’m for Mitt Romney’

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Mitt Romney has the support of George W. Bush.

“I’m for Mitt Romney,” Bush told ABC News this morning as the doors of an elevator closed on him, after he gave a speech on human rights a block from his old home — the White House.
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People who worked in the Bush administration say they doubt the former president will be campaigning for Romney this year.
Crying or Very sad
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PostSubject: Re: Mitt Romney v10.0   5/21/2012, 12:51 pm

Mitt Romney's Bain Capital took $20 profit for every dollar invested in Ampad. Creditors got $0.002.
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Maggie Haberman, these are some amazing statistics:

For every dollar Mitt Romney's Bain Capital invested in Ampad, it received $20 back in profit—a 2,000 percent return—even though the company went bankrupt.
For every dollar Ampad's creditors were owed its when the company bankrupt, they received two-tenths of a cent, $0.002—a 0.002 percent return.
In all, Bain made $100 million on its $5 million investment. Creditors were paid $330,000 of the $170 million they were owed.

So Bain's return was two thousand percent ... while the creditors got back just two tenths of one percent. On a dollars per dollars basis, that means Bain managed to do forty-two ten thousand times better than creditors, even though they both did business with the very same company. I guess the difference was that Bain had the good sense to be the outfit responsible for loading the company up with debt. And in the process, it creatively destroyed nearly $170 million owed to Ampad's creditors.

As the Obama campaign said today in a conference call with reporters, things like this show that Mitt Romney saw his job as making money—not jobs. He was focused on short-term profits, not building a fundamentally sound economy. Romney was amazingly good at earning those profits—thanks to his heads I win, tails you lose approach to business.

As campaign press secretary Ben LaBolt asked, "why did Mitt Romney and his partners always succeed even when the companies failed?" The answer is that Mitt Romney was able and willing to play by two different sets of rules: one for himself, and one for everybody else. That may have worked out exceptionally well for him at Bain Capital, but the question facing the country now is whether that sort of economic philosophy is what we want in the White House.
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PostSubject: Re: Mitt Romney v10.0   5/22/2012, 11:04 am

Try and Etch-A-Sketch your way out of this,Mittens!
Scandalized DOE loan program has Romney connection
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The federal energy loan program that has created headaches for President Barack Obama has a Mitt Romney connection.

Cathy Tripodi of FaegreBD Consulting lobbies on behalf of Abound Solar, a company that was awarded a $400 million loan guarantee through the same Department of Energy program that aided Solyndra, the now-bankrupt California company that included an Obama bundler as an investor.

Tripodi is a bundler for Romney. She raised $27,000 for the presumptive Republican nominee in April, according to documents filed by his campaign with the Federal Election Commission Sunday.

Many pundits and politicos began uttering Abound's name in the same sentence as Solyndra this spring, after Abound announced plans to lay off 280 workers from a Colorado plant and delay the opening of a factory in Indiana. Earlier this month, the Government Reform Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives brought in Abound's president to testify.

Abound paid $150,000 to FaegreBD Consulting to lobby Congress and the Department of Energy from November through March, records show.

Tripodi is one of 25 lobbyists who have raised more than $3 million for Romney's campaign.

Tripodi did not respond to requests for comment, and Steve Abely, Abound Solar's chief financial officer, said her fundraising activities "have nothing to do with consulting she does for Abound and are therefore none of the company's business."

Thanks to ethics rules passed in 2007 in the wake of the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal, all campaigns must regularly reveal the names of lobbyists who fundraise -- or "bundle" -- money on their behalf.

Federal law limits how much money individuals can contribute to politicians, but bundlers often gain additional influence by asking their friends, relatives and business associates to write checks, which may be delivered in one "bundle" to a campaign.

Unlike Obama, Romney has not publically revealed the names of all of his campaign bundlers -- disclosures that were by made by previous Republican presidential candidates, including George W. Bush and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).


In April, Tripodi was joined by two other first-time lobbyist-bundlers: Chris Bravacos, whose sole client so far this year is the prescription drug trade group Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), and Kraft Foods' Abigail Blunt.

Bravacos raised $30,300 for Romney in April, while Blunt collected $28,700.

Notably, Blunt is the wife of Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), who has been one of Romney's biggest boosters on Capitol Hill. According to Reuters, the senator was hand-picked to recruit other members of Congress to endorse Romney this spring, while Romney was still locked in a primary battle with former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.

According to campaign documents Romney's bundlers will be granted perks such as special access to debates and the Republican National Convention, weekly campaign briefings and attendance at finance team retreats.

Bundlers who raise at least $500,000 achieve the "Stripes" level, and people who raise at least $200,000 are awarded the "Stars" level. The names of all Stars and Stripes-level fundraisers will also be published in a commemorative book.

One of Romney's lobbyist-bundlers appears to have reached the Stripes level: Patrick J. Durkin, Sr., of banking giant Barclays, who has raised more than $927,000 for Romney, records show.

Meanwhile two of his other lobbyist-bundlers look to have reached the Stars level.

One is Wayne Berman, of Ogilvy Government Relations, who has raised nearly $425,000 for Romney. His clients include PhRMA, drug-maker Pfizer, Chevron, Visa, US Airways and the American Petroleum Institute.

The other is T. Martin Fiorentino, Jr., of the Fiorentino Group, who has lobbied on a variety of transportation, infrastructure, health care, telecommunications and appropriations issues over his career. He has raised more than $325,000 for Romney.

Records further show that Austin Barbour -- the nephew of former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who is a lobbyist at the Clearwater Group -- is almost to the Stars level, having raised $210,700 for Romney.

Obama, meanwhile, does not accept contributions from registered lobbyists, nor are lobbyists allowed to bundle money on behalf of his campaign.

His campaign has released a list of 532 bundlers who have collectively raised more than $106 million for Obama and his joint fundraising committees.
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PostSubject: Re: Mitt Romney v10.0   5/24/2012, 5:13 pm

Mr. Bain has awkward visit to West Philadelphia charter school
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Earlier today, Mitt Romney continued his new focus on education policy with a visit to a charter school in West Philadelphia, where, according to this report from Politico's Ginger Gibson, he didn't get "the friendliest of receptions."

It wasn't just the usual stuff, either. Sure, you had folks—including Philadelphia's mayor—staging a pro-Obama rally and questioning why Romney even visited in the first place. But the teachers Romney was ostensibly in town to meet with during a roundtable session weren't buying his views on education policy either.

One of the teachers mentioned to Romney that she had heard he thought class size didn't matter and attempted to explain to him why she believed he was wrong. Instead of learning from her, Romney proceeded to explain to her why he believed she was wrong, citing a study that said class size wasn't correlated with academic performance. That prompted a rebuttal from another teacher who pointed to a University of Texas study rejecting Romney's claim. Romney got a lifeline when the topic changed from class sizes, but you get the feeling if he'd been allowed to proceed, he wouldn't have stopped his lecture to the teachers on how to they should be doing their jobs.

On the bright side, however, Romney largely escaped being mocked for having chosen to highlight the excellence of charter schools by picking a school that, as Gibson notes, "is on warning from the state because it hasn’t made academic progress in the first two years of its existence." He also managed to successfully suppress his overwhelming temptation to ask West Philadelphia locals "who let the dogs out?"

And on the brightest note of all, by continuing to talk about education issues, Mitt Romney managed to avoid discussion of Bain or how his experience as the company's founder and CEO would help him improve the American economy.
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PostSubject: Re: Mitt Romney v10.0   5/29/2012, 8:47 pm

Mittens claims he's not a birther but just happens to release his birth certificate on the same day he's appearing with idiot Trump. Rolling Eyes It's as if he he stayed up all night plotting out how to appear as the world's biggest phony Evil or Very Mad

How come the hospital or attending physician isn't listed? Why was it filed 5 days after he was born? How come no foot print,or the races of the parents listed? We need to launch an investigation ASAP!!! Quick! Someone call Worldnet Daily! Calling Orly Taitz!! Paging Orly Taitz!! Razz
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PostSubject: !   5/31/2012, 3:42 pm

Another missed opportunity to lead

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Mitt Romney will join Donald Trump tonight in Las Vegas for a fundraiser, just a few days after the reality-show host reiterated his support for the ridiculous "birther" conspiracy theory. Asked by reporters yesterday whether Trump's ugly, borderline-racist antics gives him pause, Romney seemed unconcerned.

"You know, I don't agree with all the people who support me and my guess is they don't all agree with everything I believe in," Romney said. "But I need to get 50.1% or more and I'm appreciative to have the help of a lot of good people."

That's not much of a response. By Romney's reasoning, decency is irrelevant -- he should partner with anyone, no matter how vile, so long as it furthers his ambitions and gets him more votes.

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[T]his is a test of Romney's capacity for leadership, and he's failing.

It's well within Romney's power to denounce Trump's idiocy and ally himself with more respectable figures -- he might even benefit politically if he did, earning new respect by standing on principle. That, however, would take some courage, which is a character trait the Republican candidate is lacking.

In other words, cowardice is once again getting the better of Mitt Romney, just as it did two weeks ago on gay adoptions.

The cowardice was also on display when the right disapproved of Richard Grenell. And when Rush Limbaugh went after Sandra Fluke. And when the campaign was asked for Romney's position on the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. And when Romney wouldn't state his views on the Violence Against Women Act or a watered-down version of the DREAM Act. And on and on.

Romney has been presented with several opportunities to show he's capable of leadership, but he's so afraid of what conservatives might say, he just doesn't have the intestinal fortitude to do the right thing.

No Profile in Courage Award for you, Mitt.

I so hope he starts courtin' the Twoofers... Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Mitt Romney v10.0   5/31/2012, 4:23 pm

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I so hope he starts courtin' the Twoofers... Laughing
I guarantee you he would accept their campaign donations. Nobody can pander better then Mittens. Here is his standard answer that he gave after reporters asked about Trumps birtherism:
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“You know I don’t agree with all the people who support me and my guess is they don’t all agree with everything I believe in,” Romney told reporters last night, according to ABC's Emily Friedman. “But I need to get 50.1 percent or more and I”m appreciative to have the help of a lot of good people.”
Mitt Romney, Monday, May 28, 2012,
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PostSubject: Re: Mitt Romney v10.0   6/11/2012, 5:27 pm

Romney Says America Doesn’t Need ‘More Firemen, More Policemen, More Teachers’
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Romney said of Obama, “he wants another stimulus, he wants to hire more government workers. He says we need more firemen, more policemen, more teachers. Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It’s time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.”
Makes sense to me. Rolling Eyes In Mittens world you just hire private security and you send your kids to expensive private schools.

Looks like they're now doubling down on this insanity. From earlier today...
Romney Campaign Chair: ‘Taxpayers Really Do Want To Hear There Will Be Fewer Teachers’
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Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign isn’t backing off the candidate’s claim that America needs fewer teachers, firefighters, and police officers. Instead, former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu (R), a top Romney campaign surrogate, backed Romney’s call this morning, telling MSNBC that changes in technology and population shifts have made layoffs of teachers and public safety officials necessary.


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PostSubject: Re: Mitt Romney v10.0   6/18/2012, 5:34 pm

The 7 Major Issues Mitt Romney Won’t Take A Position On
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The 7 Major Issues Mitt Romney Won’t Take A Position On
By Josh Israel on Jun 18, 2012 at 12:02 pm

In March, Mitt Romney demanded “President Obama needs to level with the American public about his real agenda.” But on numerous topics, Romney has refused to answer basic questions about his views, leaving voters to guess at where he stands on important issues. Romney’s ambiguity appears to be a calculated strategy to avoid alienating the conservative base or moderate swing voters. If he’s successful in avoiding articulating policy positions, he can market himself as the “generic Republican” alternative to President Obama.

Here are seven major issues on which Romney has refused to take a stand:

1. Romney won’t say whether he would undo Obama’s decision to end deportations of DREAM-eligible immigrants. Romney and his campaign passed up numerous opportunities over the weekend to say whether he agreed with the substance of the Obama administration’s order to stop deporting some young undocumented immigrants and whether a President Romney would rescind the order, saying only, “We’ll look at that — we’ll look at that setting as we– as we reach that.”

2. Romney won’t say whether he’d support the Paycheck Fairness Act. Romney repeatedly dodged questions about whether he’d support the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill to crack down on wage discrimination and close the wage gap between men and women. His campaign didn’t respond to five requests by the conservative Washington Times seeking his stance on the bill.

3. Romney won’t specify which tax loopholes he’d close. Asked yesterday which tax deductions he would eliminate to offset his massive proposed tax-cuts for the rich, Romney refused to offer any specifics on a plan that he has admitted is so vague it cannot even be scored, saying only, “We’ll go through that process with Congress.”

4. Romney won’t say which federal agencies he’d eliminate. At a private fundraiser, Romney reportedly told donors he would eliminate or combine “a lot of departments in Washington,” but that he was “probably not going to lay out just exactly which ones are going to go.” Why? Because he feared telling the voters his plans before the election might hurt his political chances, just as it did in his 1994 Senate race.

5. Romney won’t say whether he supports the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Romney’s campaign refused to say whether he would have signed the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, a law that helps women hold employers accountable for discriminating in the pay practices based on gender. Romney said, “I’m not going to go back and look at all the prior laws and say had I been there which ones would I have supported and signed.”

6. Romney won’t say whether he’d support full reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. Offering only general support for renewal of the Violence Against Women Act, Romney would not specify whether he supported the bipartisan Senate version or the GOP House rolllback bill. His spokeswoman said only that he “hopes [the bill] can be reauthorized without turning it into a political football.”

7. Romney won’t say whether say whether he’d eliminate the “carried interest” tax break for private equity partners. Romney’s campaign has refused to answer questions about whether he supports eliminating the “carried interest” tax break for private equity partners, even when asked directly, saying only that we should probably “take a close look at to see if we’re treating capital gains as capital gains or are we treating, in some cases, carried interest as capital gains when it’s more like ordinary income.”

Whether or not Romney can continue to campaign while avoiding taking a position on so many important issues depends on the how the media reacts. There are dozens of reporters following Romney every day. They can choose to either give him a pass on these important policy issues or continue asking him until he provides an answer.
The robot was on a Sunday talk show and couldn't even muster up the courage to take a position on Pres Obama's decision to end deportations for young undocumented immigrants.
What's the matter Mittens....Etch-A-Sketch on the fritz?
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PostSubject: Re: Mitt Romney v10.0   6/19/2012, 8:30 am

Along similar lines...

Mitt: I Won’t Detail Plans, Because Then I’d Lose

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Mitt Romney has embraced a budget plan that would entail cutting federal programs other than defense and Social Security by more than half. It does raise the question of how he plans to carry out such a sweeping goal. In an interview with the Weekly Standard, Romney says he'd eliminate a bunch of departments. But he won’t say which ones:

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One of the things I found in a short campaign against Ted Kennedy was that when I said, for instance, that I wanted to eliminate the Department of Education, that was used to suggest I don’t care about education,” Romney recalled. “So I think it’s important for me to point out that I anticipate that there will be departments and agencies that will either be eliminated or combined with other agencies. So for instance, I anticipate that housing vouchers will be turned over to the states rather than be administered at the federal level, and so at this point I think of the programs to be eliminated or to be returned to the states, and we’ll see what consolidation opportunities exist as a result of those program eliminations. So will there be some that get eliminated or combined? The answer is yes, but I’m not going to give you a list right now.

One of the things I have found in previous elections is that announcing my plans makes people want to vote against me!

This seems to be another case of Romney displaying his endearing but counterproductive habit of being a little too open about how the political game is played. Americans tend to oppose government in the abstract, but favor it in the specifics. This is even true of Republican voters

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Eliminating departments sounds great in general. But once you start naming the departments you want to eliminate, voters might decide you lack a strong commitment to the functions of those departments! (The way, say, Mitt Romney infers a lack of strong commitment to national defense from President Obama’s plans to reducing defense spending.)
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PostSubject: Re: Mitt Romney v10.0   6/19/2012, 9:40 am

Heretic wrote:
Along similar lines...

Mitt: I Won’t Detail Plans, Because Then I’d Lose
By going so far to the right in the debates he's painted himself into a corner on a ton of issues,not the least of which was last weeks announcement by Obama to halt deportations of undocumented young people.

His budget plans are already coming under scrutiny as evidenced by commentary in yesterday's WSJ...
Romney’s budget plan doesn’t add up Rex Nutting Commentary: Three structural problems would be worsened by GOP plan

How on earth is he going to survive the Presidential debates?
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PostSubject: Re: Mitt Romney v10.0   6/23/2012, 3:13 pm

Romney’s Bain Capital invested in companies that moved jobs overseas
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Mitt Romney’s financial company, Bain Capital, invested in a series of firms that specialized in relocating jobs done by American workers to new facilities in low-wage countries like China and India.

During the nearly 15 years that Romney was actively involved in running Bain, a private equity firm that he founded, it owned companies that were pioneers in the practice of shipping work from the United States to overseas call centers and factories making computer components, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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PostSubject: Re: Mitt Romney v10.0   6/26/2012, 11:34 am

Romney’s Campaign Co-Chair Spends Four Minutes Dodging Direct Questions On Arizona Immigration Law
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Mitt Romney senior adviser Carlos Gutierrez dodged repeated questions about the candidate’s position on Arizona’s controversial SB 1070 immigration law during an appearance on CNN Tuesday morning — just one day after the Supreme Court invalidated its key provisions and reiterated that the federal government has authority over immigration policy.

Instead, Gutierrez blamed President Obama for failing to lead on the issue and reiterated that Romney believes states should be given more latitude to enforce immigration laws. He refused to say if Romney actually supports the law:

SOLEDAD O’BRIEN (HOST): Does Mitt Romney support SB 1070, yes or no?

GUTIERREZ: Soledad, it’s a little bit more complicated –

O’BRIEN: It’s not.

GUTIERREZ: But what the governor has said and made a statement yesterday, he supports the right of border states to do what they have to do according to the law –

O’BRIEN: Does that include — does that include stopping and detaining anyone and check the immigration status of that person, if they have reasonable suspicion if the person is in the country illegally? [...]

GUTIERREZ: This is not about Governor Romney –

O’BRIEN: It is if he wants to be president…I want to know what his position is.

GUTIERREZ: His position is that we have a mess and need a national policy.

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Almost a day and half and our favorite robot, Mittens v10.0 is still nowhere to be found on this issue. Rolling Eyes

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PostSubject: Re: Mitt Romney v10.0   7/1/2012, 7:20 am

The mechanical man,Mittens,is all up in arms about Obamacare,and whining that it's a "tax",yet he was guilty of doing the exact same thing when he was Gov of Massachusetts and put through 'RomneyCare"? Can't wait to hear his answer if and when he's asked about that.

IMO,Obamacare is no more of a tax than the penalties imposed on people that don't buy car insurance. It's simply time for the freeloaders to start paying their fair share and take personal responsibility for any of their unforseen health problems in the future.
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PostSubject: Re: Mitt Romney v10.0   7/1/2012, 4:32 pm

Sometime in April 2006,on Fox News no less. Try and Etch-A-Sketch your way out this,Mittens Laughing
Romney Advocated For Tax Penalties To Enforce Individual Mandate
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PostSubject: Re: Mitt Romney v10.0   7/1/2012, 10:47 pm

Looks like it finally dawned on Mitten's & Co that you can't Etch-A-Sketch your way out of embarrassing statements and flip-flopping positions when they've been recorded on video for years. His solution? Shocked
Romney Advisers Reveal Strategy: Ignore Journalists, Pander To Right-Wing Conspiracy Websites
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In a stunning interview with Breitbart.com, two top advisers to Mitt Romney revealed the campaign’s plan to largely ignore journalists in favor of right-wing conspiracy websites.

From the beginning of the campaign, Romney has pointedly avoided news outlets who might pose tough questions. The press dubbed it “the Mittness Protection Program.” As the campaign wore on, Romney has refused to answer direct questions about major policy issues central to the campaign. For example, Romney has still not stated whether he would undo Obama’s order ending deportations for many young undocumented immigrants.

Romney campaign spokesman Lenny Alcivar recently outlined how the campaign will avoid journalists and cooridnate and communicate their message through Brietbart.com and the Drudge Report:
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When this election is over, one of the lessons that will be learned by the mainstream media is that they no longer have a toe-hold on how Americans receive their news. Never before – in a way that has taken Democrats off stride – have we seen the confluence of an aggressive online community, led by Breitbart, and an aggressive campaign team not willing to cede an inch of ground to Democrats. This combination has created a new political reality. We no longer allow the mainstream media to define the political realities in America. The rise of Breitbart, Drudge and others, combined with an aggressive Romney campaign is a powerful tool in the arsenal of the conservative movement.

…The governor will no longer allow the mainstream media to dictate the terms of this debate. This is just the beginning… We are witnessing the rise of the center right media.
The Drudge Report and Breitbart.com, founded by the late Andrew Breitbart, a Drudge protege, are actually far-right websites that reguarly traffic in paranoid and offensive conspiracy theories. A few examples:

1. The Drudge Report aggressively pushes the birther conspiracy theory. Drudge promoted Jerome Corsi’s book alleging Obama was not born in the United States. After Obama released his long form birth certificate, Drudge pushed the theory that it was a forgery. He recently featured a discredited story (first published on Brietbart.com) suggesting Obama was born in Kenya. [ThinkProgress, 5/17/12; Drudge Report, 4/20/11; TPM, 4/29/11]

2. The Drudge Report pushed the theory that Chief Justice Robert upheld Obamacare because of “cognitive problems” due to epilepsy medication. [ThinkProgress, 6/29/12]

3. The Drudge Report reguarly links to and promotes 9/11 truther Alex Jones. Jones also promotes conspiracy theories regarding “global elites enacting one-world government; secret FEMA camps; weather control; mass sterilization; the Oklahoma City bombing; the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster; vaccines; and the government using products like juice boxes to ‘encourage homosexuality with chemicals so that people don’t have children.’” [Red State, 6/20/11; Media Matters, 10/11/10]

4. Breitbart.com pushed the conspiracy theory that the Navy Seal operation last spring was a hoax and Bin Laden might be alive. [ThinkProgress, 5/2/11]

5. Breitbart.com frequently accused “President Obama of failing to release a valid birth certificate.” [Media Matters, 9/29/09]

6. Bretbart.com “routinely compares Obama to Hitler, Stalin, Lenin, Mao, Pol Pot, and Castro.” [Media Matters, 9/29/09]

It’s not just Romney’s advisors who are promoting sites like Drudge and Breitbart.com. In an interview with NewsMax, another far right site, Romney personally praised the Drudge Report.
Breitbart & Drudge are "center right" now. Rolling Eyes Maybe on planet Wingnuttia they are but not in the real world.
When did Mittens hire Sarah Palin as his campaign manager? This is straight out of that idiot's playbook. Please,please,please,stay with this strategy! Good luck with getting your message out to independents and swing voters with that plan. You've just handed us the election on a silver platter. cheers
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