Mitt Romney: Fire Big Bird, Outsource Sesame Street to China!
by Michael R. Burch
During his first presidential debate with President Barack Obama, the
extraterrestrial android known here on earth as Willard Mitt Romney came up with
a truly unique solution: fire Big Bird and outsource Sesame Street, along with
the rest of PBS, most probably to China.
President Obama pointed out Romney's absurdity: "When he was asked what he'd
actually do to cut the deficit and reduce spending, he said he'd eliminate
funding for public television. That was his answer. I mean thank goodness
somebody is finally getting tough on Big Bird. It's about time! We didn't know
that Big Bird was driving the federal deficit. But that's what we heard last
night. How about that? Elmo, too?"
PBS quickly issued a statement saying that the publicly funded network was "very
disappointed" to have been drawn into the presidential debate, noting that the federal outlay for
public broadcasting was "one one-hundredth of one percent" of the nation’s
The internet community was not nearly as polite, producing images of Big Bird giving Romney
the bird, creating a "Big Bird for President" Facebook page, and plotting a Million
Muppet March on Washington.
Romney's suggested sacking of Big Bird set the internet a-twitter, creating a spike of
350,000 tweets (roughly 17,000 per minute). Ardent supporters of the highly popular Sesame Street character
rushed to Twitter to
create accounts such as @SadBigBird and
@FiredBigBird, with messages like: "Mitt
Romney favors Wall Street over Sesame Street." By the following morning, the remark had emerged
as an Internet meme: a cultural event that gets reinterpreted in
commentary and parody online. One image depicted Big Bird seated on the front
stoop, next to two children, holding a sign declaring: "Will work for food."
Another close-up of the feathered Muppet appeared with the caption: "Big Bird
is sad. We're all sad."
The debate was the most tweeted-about political event in U.S. history. Users
posted 10.3 million tweets about the 90-minute debate, eclipsing the 9.5 million
tweets generated about the multi-day Democratic National
Convention early last month. The Republican
National Convention produced less than half that many tweets: 4 million,
according to Twitter. Romney's dissing and dismissing of Big Bird didn't
spark the largest reaction, however. That happened when Romney started to
suggest a debate topic, saying, "Let's talk about —" and moderator Jim Lehrer
quipped, "Let’s not." That phrase generated 158,690 tweets per minute, and was
my favorite moment of the debate.
Romney was so rude to Lehrer that Jimmy Fallon, playing Romney in a skit about
the debate, told the actor playing Lehrer to "Shut the f*** up!"
Romney looked uneasy firing Big Bird, according to body language expert Chris Kowal: "When he talked
about Big Bird he looked down at his right and I suspect he was actually uncomfortable
making that point. If you're uncomfortable with something you
don't give great eye contact. You might look away." Kowal also said that
Romney expressed "anger, contempt, scorn and pride," saying, "Those are the
emotions that his voters in his base feel." Kowal is a professor at Purdue
University who has studied Obama's and Romney's facial expressions since 2007.
He said that the emotions Obama expressed were "positive" on the whole.
Republicans claim in a new ad that Obama sported a "smirk" at times during the
debate, which they suggest is a sign that he was "uncomfortable" and struggling
with his answers. Kowal, however, said that Obama's face registered more
frustration than uncertainty, according to his software.
While Romney professed to "love" Big Bird despite being ready to give him
the ax, he has also professed to care deeply about Americans whose jobs he
outsourced to China during his stint as CEO of Bain Capital. Such cold-blooded
axings have left many Americans wondering if the third
strike will be aimed at them. Romney comes across as an eel-slick, consummate
salesman who will say and do anything necessary to "trim away the fat," in order
to close a deal and make lots of money for his employers. But the "fat" seems to
be "we the people," while the employers funding Romney's run for the presidency
are mega-billionaires like Sheldon Adelson and the Koch brothers. If Romney
succeeds in eliminating federal income taxes on capital gains, interest and
dividends (the main sources of their revenues), their effective tax rates will
drop to below 1%, along with Romney's. President Obama and Bill Clinton are
correct that the Romney-Ryan budget math just doesn't add up: there is no way to
give the super-rich such exorbitant tax breaks without either raising taxes on
middle income Americans, or slashing the safety nets of the elderly, sick and
poor. Or both.
Romney's main talent and the source of his own wealth is helping the rich get
richer, by "trimming fat," which means liquidating jobs. He once said that he
likes being able to fire people, and I see no reason not to take him at his
word. He was against the federal government making loans to cash-strapped auto
companies or helping homeowners facing foreclosures, but he was for
much larger bailouts of his fellow Wall Street tycoons and the big
banks. He recently called 47% of Americans, or roughly 150 million people, lazy
freeloaders. It's not hard to see why he refuses to reveal any of the specifics
of his "plans." He clearly favors the rich and successful, and sees everyone
else as so much dead weight, and far more trouble than they're worth. And while
Romney has promised not to raise taxes on the middle income class, he recently
revealed that by "middle income" he means families
who make $200,000 to $250,000 per year, even though the median income for
American families is only $50,000. So Romney can't reveal the specifics of his
budget plan until after the election, because he is about to ratchet up the
economic suffering for all but the wealthiest Americans. He can only win the
election by persuading poor- and middle-income Americans that he is their
"savior," but there seems to be little doubt that his real allegiance is to the
Some people are claiming that Romney "won" the debate, but I disagree. I think
it was more like a cobra mesmerizing a mouse, preparing for the lethal strike.
President Obama seemed to see the same sort of "cobra dance," saying at a
post-debate rally: "Gov. Romney may dance around his positions but if you want
to be president, you owe the American people the truth."
Obama accused Romney of once again changing his political stripes: "I met this
very spirited fellow who claimed to be Mitt Romney. But it couldn't have been
Mitt Romney" because the "real Mitt Romney has been running around the country
for the last year promising $5 trillion in tax cuts that favor the wealthy. The
fellow on stage last night said he didn't know anything about that." The
president also accused Romney of misrepresenting past statements on education
and outsourcing, concluding that Romney "does not want to be held accountable
... because he knows full well that we don't want what he's selling."
Obama seemed to be initially caught off guard by Romney's gigantic flip-flop on
his budget "plan." For months Romney has been talking about massive new tax cuts
for the wealthiest Americans, coupled with a massive increase in military
spending. Out of blue nothing, Romney suddenly disavowed the main plank of his
platform. "It was a very vigorous performance, but one that was devoid of
honesty," David Axelrod said of Romney, accusing him of delivering "fraudulent"
lines that will be hard to hold up over the remainder of the campaign.
Brenda Peterson suggested that Romney didn't "win" with many women, saying: "The
women I spoke with who watched the debate were dismayed by Romney's rude
interruptions, his high-handed dismissal of the venerable PBS moderator, Jim
Lehrer, his turning away from the audience -- who should be his primary focus --
to fix his feisty attention all on President Obama. While Obama calmly addressed
the audience and moderator and the world audience, Romney was riveted on Obama
as if he were the only person in the room. This is the way a predator focuses on
prey. It's not the behavior of someone seeking to serve and heal a country
divided. This was a sports event, not an exchange of ideas affecting us all
deeply. Romney's fervent goal of seizing the presidency was evident in his body
language, his snobbish smirks, his false sympathy for those of us "crushed" in
the middle class -- those 47 percent he so contemptuously dismissed when he was
among his rich cronies. Romney's combative dogfight stance may impress men or
those who have held power so long they assume it belongs to them. But women, or
anyone who has been in an underclass or faced racism, read this behavior as
arrogant and overly aggressive -- the language and habit of dominance."
Romney came across as an alpha male bully intent on dominance to me also, and I
felt my sympathies going out to Jim Lehrer, an elderly gentleman who deserved
far more respect than Romney showed him.
Brenda Peterson again: "We've had bosses, fathers, boyfriends and co-workers
like Romney who invade our space, try to dominate every discussion and see every
encounter as a chance to 'win,' rather than dialogue. It's the old patriarchal
model that women have endured for way too long. And we can end its reign. How
many women would choose to go to a prizefight over a community meeting to solve
real, difficult issues that affect our lives? How many women prefer a president
who is considerate, calm and thoughtful as opposed to an aggressor who is intent
on seizing the prize -- whether that's a person or a country? Romney's pugilism
may play well to pundits' ringside. But many women are weary of angry, entitled
white men controlling our bodies and our workplaces. The prizefight is not our
focus. Our future is. We can choose to continue supporting a president who was
raised by a strong, thoughtful mother. She taught him to listen, to dialogue, to
be gracious and always consider the people he serves. Romney is perfect as a
corporate raider and billionaire. For that he needs to be fighting for a prize,
to be relentless, pushy, compassionless and feverishly ambitious to get to the
top. To qualify for a job as the leader of this country, he must learn to
listen, to share his wealth, to practice diplomacy and most of all to be steady
and calm when making world-altering decisions. Pugnacious pugilist? Yes. But
While it appeared that Romney won round one of the debates by being more
aggressive and decisive, he may have won by aggressively and decisively lying
• Romney claimed that
"pre-existing conditions are covered under my plan" but this was refuted
after the debate by Eric Fehrnstrom, one of his top advisers. It would be up to
50 states to pass and enforce 50 laws before every American with pre-existing
conditions was covered. Romney as president would have no authority over state
laws, courts and legislatures. So his "plan" does not begin to cover everyone
with pre-existing conditions.
• Romney haughtily and condescendingly denied that
American companies receive tax breaks for moving jobs overseas, as if President
Obama didn't know what he was talking about. But according to Annie Lowrey of
the New York Times, the tax code currently allows
companies to deduct certain expenses when they move operations overseas. As part
of its plan to aid the manufacturing sector and promote job growth, the Obama
administration has proposed ending this deduction, and giving tax credits to
companies that move jobs back to the United States.
• President Obama is correct that Romney rejected a
deficit reduction plan that included $10 in spending cuts for every $1 of
revenue increases. At a debate in Ames, Iowa, in August 2011, Bret Baier, a Fox
News moderator, asked the Republican candidates to raise their hands if they
would refuse to sign a legislative package that included $10 of spending cuts
for every $1 of revenue increases. Slaves to a rigid ideology, they all
dutifully raised their hands.
• Romney claimed that
President Obama "doubled the deficit." This is a blatant lie. When Obama took
office in January 2009, the Congressional Budget Office had already estimated
that the federal deficit in fiscal 2009 (ending in September) would be $1.2
trillion. The deficit ended up being $1.4 trillion. For fiscal 2012, the deficit
was $1.1 trillion lower than when he took office. And "measured as a share of
the economy, as economists prefer, the deficit has declined more significantly —
from 10.1 percent of the economy's total output in 2009 to 7.3 percent for
• Romney claimed that
President Obama is at fault for the Solyndra affair. However, the Solyndra grant
process began under the George W. Bush administration, and it received
bipartisan Congressional and lobbying support. Mr. Romney campaigned at the
Solyndra factory in California, where he called the venture "a symbol of gross
waste," a failure of the president’s stimulus package and an example of Mr.
Obama¹s poor stewardship of a shaky economy. But Republicans bear much of the
blame, perhaps because neither Republicans nor Democrats have perfect crystal
• Romney claimed that
President Obama had "cut Medicare by $716 billion to pay for Obamacare" but
according to FactCheck.org these are cuts in the future growth of spending
prolong the life of the Medicare trust fund. There is no transfer of existing money from
Medicare to Obamacare, as Romney insinuated. The New York Times writes
that Obama "did not cut benefits by $716 billion over 10 years as part of his
2010 health care law; rather, he reduced Medicare reimbursements to health care
providers, chiefly insurance companies and drug manufacturers. And the law gave
Medicare recipients more generous benefits for prescription drugs and free
preventive care like mammograms." While fact-checkers have repeatedly debunked
this claim, it remains a standard attack line for Mr. Romney. The charge that
Mr. Obama took $716 billion from Medicare recipients to pay for his "Obamacare"
has several problems — not least the fact that Mr. Romney’s running mate,
Representative Paul D. Ryan, included the identical savings in his annual budget
plans that nearly all House Republicans voted for in the past two years.
• Romney denied
proposing a $5 trillion tax cut, but he did, according to the New York Times, when he "proposed
cutting all marginal tax rates by 20 percent — which would in and of itself cut
tax revenue by $5 trillion." FactCheck.org has weighed in on this
subject, tweeting during the debate that "Romney says he will pay for $5T tax
cut without raising deficit or raising taxes on middle class. Experts say that's
not possible." PolitiFact has also given a "mostly true" rating to the charge
that "Romney is proposing a tax plan "that would give millionaires another tax
break and raise taxes on middle class families by up to $2,000 a year." As
President Obama pointed out, "For 18 months, he’s been running on this tax plan
[of cutting taxes for the richest Americans in the hope that some of the money
will "trickle down" to less affluent Americans]. Now, five weeks before the
election, he’s saying that his big, bold idea is ... never mind." Here’s the
problem. As explained in a detailed paper by the Tax Policy Center, if you cut
tax rates by 20 percent, you give the wealthy a multibillion-dollar tax break.
Even if you take away all of their credits and loopholes and preferential rates,
they still do not owe the government as much as they did before. If the rich are
paying less, then the poor and middle class must pay more in order to raise the
same amount of money.
• Romney said that six studies prove that Obama's
charge about him raising taxes is "completely wrong." The "studies" Romney cited
include two Wall Street Journal editorials, an article in the same paper by one
of his own economic advisers, and two analyses by conservative think tanks. And
even those studies, according to
Glenn Kessler in The Washington Post, "do not provide much evidence that
Romney's proposal — as sketchy as it is — would be revenue neutral without
making unrealistic assumptions."
• Romney claimed that
President Obama had "added almost as much to the federal debt as all the prior
presidents combined." Not even close.
• Romney claimed that ObamaCare
creates "an unelected board that's going to tell people what kind of treatments
they can have." This attempt to resurrect "death panels" was called "one of the biggest whoppers of the
night" by National Journal, which calls it a line Republicans "regularly and inaccurately" use.
In fact, the Medicare board created by ObamaCare is "explicitly restricted from
directly cutting Medicare benefits." Its charge is to keep overall spending
within a specific target. According to PolitiFact, "Romney's claim can leave
viewers with the impression that the board makes health-care decisions for
individual Americans, and that's not the case."
• Romney claimed that
half the green energy companies given stimulus funds had failed, but three out
of nearly three dozen is far less than half. Romney's claim is "a gross
overstatement," according to John M. Broder in The New York Times.
• Romney said, "I’m not going to cut education
funding. But in the past Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan have said they
would do just that, particularly aid to students such as Pell grants and student
loans. Romney is on the record as saying that students should borrow from their
parents: "Take a risk, get the education, borrow money if you have to from your
parents." But many parents don’t have enough money to finance their children’s
educations. Romney’s father was the CEO of a major automaker, AMC, but few
American children are beneficiaries of such wealth. Romney's own position
paper on education says he would "refocus Pell Grants dollars on the students
who need them most," suggesting that fewer people would qualify. Democrats also
interpret the budget plan of his running mate, Paul Ryan, to suggest a steep cut
in the size of the program. The Obama camp also points to Romney’s position that
he would allow banks bank into the federal student loan system as evidence that
he would cut Pell Grants. Mr. Obama eliminated the banks’ role as middlemen
servicing the loans, saving billions of dollars in fees – money that is helping
pay for the Pell expansion. In a speech to donors in Florida that was overheard
by reporters, Mr. Romney said he would either merge the federal Education
Department with another agency "or perhaps make it a heck of a lot smaller." As
always, Romney’s "plans" are very hazy, and light on specifics, but it seems
that he does intend to save money by reducing educational opportunities for less
• Romney vowed to repeal ObamaCare, but doing so
would actually increase the federal deficit. This summer, after Republicans in
the House of Representatives passed a bill to repeal the law, the
Congressional Budget Office estimated that doing so would increase the
federal deficit by $109 billion over the next decade. That is because the parts
of the law that would require more spending to expand coverage would be offset
by the parts of the law that raise new revenues and curb spending — including
provisions calling to curb the growth of Medicare costs and several new taxes
and fees. Repealing the law would also mean that 30 million fewer people would
have health insurance in 2022, it projected.
• Romney promised to
create 12 million jobs over the next four years if he is elected president, but
that is about how many jobs the economy is already expected to create, according
to some economic forecasters.
Willard Mitt Romney is a High Priest of the Mormon Church, and once served as a
Bishop over a diocese (called a "stake"). While I would not normally be
concerned about a presidential candidate's religious beliefs, I would if he was
a Moonie, for obvious reasons. I think we should all be concerned about a High
Priest and Bishop of a bizarre cult running for president. Here are just a few
of the many strange teachings of the Mormon church:
• God the Father is a polygamist who lives on the planet
Kolob, where he has sex with his harem of wives.
• God the Father had physical sex with Mary.
• Mormon men will become Gods.
• Mormon wives can only enter heaven if their husbands consent; in heaven they
will remain eternally pregnant, bearing innumerable spirit children.
• Jesus was and is a polygamist.
• Human beings are not saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, but by
participating in the secret sacraments of the Mormon temple.
• Because salvation depends on temple sacraments, Mormon priests can sentence
people to hell, by excommunicating them.
• This, of course, gives the Mormon church and its priests tremendous power over
There are many credible reports of the Mormon church using that power to brainwash and
control its members. And it
turns out that Bishop Romney has been accused of using ruthless, cold-blooded
and high-handed tactics himself, especially against women (which is not
surprising in a cult whose most famous—or infamous—teaching is polygamy). For
instance, Peggy Hayes, an ex-Mormon who once babysat Bishop Romney's children,
said that when she was single and expecting, Bishop Romney showed up at her
house one day, demanding that she surrender her baby to the church, via
adoption. When she indignantly refused, Bishop Romney "somewhat casually"
threatened her with excommunication, which in effect was to threaten her with
hell. It seems Bishop Romney had appointed himself a God, here on earth,
with the power to save women, or condemn them to hell. Is this the person we
want in our nation's highest office?
Today, Peggy Hayes says, "My son was a gift to me," and "I'm so glad that I
didn't listen to Mitt's advice." She rejected Bishop Romney's male chauvinism
and false religion. And she thinks he's unfit to be president because "He
follows the doctrines [of the Mormon church] so closely that he can't waver from
Mitt's Magical Undies
As a High Priest of the Mormon Church, the devout Bishop Romney must wear
magical undergarments with special occult symbols that, according to Mormon dogma, protect
lust, supernatural entities (demons) and various other dangers.
Kay Burningham, a lawyer who left Mormonism, explains: "It’s very cultish in its
behavior and what it demands of its people. It doesn’t allow free thought and it
makes them perform these legalistic, symbolic, very strange behaviors, and tells
them that those are required of God for their salvation." When Kay married a
Mormon she was given magical underwear on her wedding day. She recalls that on
the morning after her wedding night, "I awoke drenched in sweat, and found
symbolic markings over the magic undergarments I was wearing." Bizarre occult
signs had been placed over her breasts and naval: "They resembled pagan signs,
Masonic markings and had nothing whatsoever to do with God or religion." She was
required to wear these church-endorsed undergarments every day, beneath her
Park Romney is a former
Mormon high priest. He is also Mitt Romney’s
second cousin and bears a striking resemblance to his famous relative. He calls Mormonism
"an insidious contemporary fraud"
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints "an American cult."
Bishop Romney, he claims, would be conflicted in office because "obedience to
the leadership of the Mormon Church is part of the covenant of the temple
ordinances to which Mitt Romney is absolutely a party."
The two visions of Mormonism the Romney
cousins represent are starkly opposed. Mitt Romney
was a Mormon missionary to France in the 1960s,
studied at the almost-exclusively Mormon Brigham Young University, and rose to
become first a Bishop, then a "Stake President" (diocesan leader). He led Sunday services, ran Bible classes for children and
presided over a 4,000-strong congregation in Boston for five years in the 1980s.
Like all Mormons, he is expected to give 10% of his annual income to the Church and not drink tea, coffee or alcohol. Committed Mormons
wear magical underpants, and Romney is believed to follow this tenet of his
Park Romney's criticisms of the LDS church are fundamental. Along with
other ex-Mormons, he questions founder Joseph Smith's prophecies: for example,
his "translation" of an Egyptian scroll, part of the Mormon book of Abraham,
which Egyptologists say is a fraud. Mormons believe Smith found golden
scripture plates buried by an angel, but according to Park Romney, "There's compelling evidence that
the Mormon Church leaders knowingly and willfully misrepresent the historical
truth of their origins and of the Church for the purpose of deceiving their
members into a state of mind that renders them exploitable." Such
accusations are rarely heard in the US, a nation founded on the principle of
freedom of religion. "It's not something you're supposed to talk about," says
Professor Robert Putnam of Harvard Kennedy School. "Whenever the issue of Romney's
Mormonism has come to the surface, there's been lots of condemnation across the
political spectrum for raising the issue of his religion. I'm not
saying it's not relevant, but it's not talked about in polite company."
According to Park Romney
the Mormon leadership are "masters of mendacity" who brainwash their
followers in order to take their money and control their lives. If he's right, Mitt Romney is either hopelessly gullible, or one of
the cynical manipulators. In either case, he is not presidential material.
Bishop Rotney Ridicules NASCAR Fans
While Bishop Romney is not a fan of NASCAR racing, he has "some great friends
who are NASCAR team owners." But he doesn't seem to think much of NASCAR fans.
He mocked race-goers he saw wearing plastic rain ponchos, saying: "I like those
fancy raincoats you bought. Really sprung for the big bucks."
Why does Romney speak and act so boorishly to people who are not incredibly
wealthy? In his own words he explains that being rich and famous is
the key to happiness: "When I was a boy ... when I was a boy ... I used to think
that becoming rich and becoming famous would make me happy ... boy was I right!"
So according to Romney, money really does make the world go 'round, and he seems
to be unhappy with anyone who's not in his economic class.
Bishop Romney Accuses Ordinary Americans of Envy
Mitt Romney has accused President Obama of promoting the "bitter politics of
envy." And according to Romney, if you question the motives and tactics of Wall
Street and the big banks, you too are full of bitter envy. Here's an
illuminating exchange on the Today Show ...
MATT LAUER: When you said that we already have a leader who divides us with the
bitter politics of envy, I'm curious about the word "envy." Did you suggest that
anyone who questions the policies and practices of Wall Street and financial
institutions, anyone who has questions about the distribution of wealth and
power in this country, is envious? Is it about jealousy, or fairness?
ROMNEY: You know, I think it’s about envy. I think it's about class warfare.
When you have a president encouraging the idea of dividing America based on 99
percent versus one percent, and those people who have been most successful will
be in the one percent, you have opened up a wave of approach in this country
which is entirely inconsistent with the concept of one nation under God. The
American people, I believe in the final analysis, will reject it.
LAUER: Are there no fair questions about the distribution of wealth without it
being seen as envy, though?
ROMNEY: I think it’s fine to talk about those things in quiet rooms and
discussions about tax policy and the like. But the president has made it part of
his campaign rally. Everywhere he goes we hear him talking about millionaires
and billionaires and executives and Wall Street. It's a very envy-oriented,
attack-oriented approach and I think it will fail.
So if you and I question the way Wall Street and the big banks act, then according to
Mitt the Ripper, we must be envious!
Bishop Romney Expresses Compassion for Corporations and Banks, but not
One of the strangest things about Mitt Romney is that he seems to care more
about banks and other corporations than human beings. He actually said:
Corporations are people, my friend ... of course they are ... human beings, my
Banks aren't bad people. They're just overwhelmed right now ... scared to death
... feeling the same thing that you're
Romney opposed bailouts for Detroit autoworkers and homeowners, but supported
much larger bailouts for the bankers and Wall Street tycoons who helped create
the debt crisis. One of the oddest things I have ever heard a politician
say is this statement by the Romneybot:
Now, the banks aren't bad people. They're just overwhelmed right now.
They're overwhelmed with a lot of things. One is a lot of homes coming
in, that are in foreclosure or in trouble ...
In other words, we should have compassion for banks, because they are
foreclosing on so many houses that they're having trouble keeping up! Romney also said:
The banks are scared to death, of course. They're feeling the same thing that
you're feeling. And so they just want to pretend that all this is just going to
get paid some day.
But banks don't have babies and children to feed. They don't have elderly
parents and grandparents who face health and financial problems as they age.
Yes, banks can have problems. But how can anyone equate a bank's
problems with those of families that confront suffering and possibly death if
family members become homeless or can't obtain proper medical care?
The statements above were made by Mitt Romney during campaign speeches in
Florida, as he asked people to have compassion for banks because they were being
overwhelmed with foreclosed houses. Speaking in shirtsleeves beneath a blazing sun, Romney
reinforced earlier statements
he had made about the need to let the foreclosures continue:
Let it [the foreclosure crisis] run its
course and hit the bottom.
His comments echoed his sentiments expressed to the Las Vegas Review-Journal
Don't try and stop the foreclosure process. Let it run its course and hit
Romney then took a swipe at Newt Gingrich, who at that time led him by four
points in Gallup's rolling Florida polls. Recycling a line from his recent
debate in Tampa, he said Gingrich was "peddling influence" as a consultant to
Freddie Mac, the mortgage giant that Romney said was one of the biggest causes
of the housing crisis, built on a pile of government-guaranteed debt. "We can't
have an influence peddler leading our party," said Romney, standing on a
makeshift stage in front of a one-story house that was in the process of foreclosure.
Gingrich in his response pointed out that Romney made millions of dollars from
his investments in Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and
Goldman Sachs: "So maybe Governor Romney in the spirit of openness should tell
us how much money he’s made off of how many households that have been foreclosed
by his investments?"
After Bishop Romney refused to disclose more than two years of his tax returns and
his wife Ann imperiously told the American public that "you people" have no
right to question how the Regal Romneys live so affluently, it turns out
that Mitt Romney required the people on his short list of potential VP
candidates to provide him with ten years of their tax returns!
Once again he declines to lead by example. In response to
questions about the ten-year requirement for potential VPs, Romney campaign
press secretary Andrea Saul declined comment. "We do not discuss the VP
selection process," she wrote in an email. It seems Hypocrite Mitt intends to
keep the game rigged, by having one set of rules for himself and his super-rich
patrons, and a more "taxing" set of rules for everyone else. Mitt's modus
operandi is "Do as I command, not as I do myself."
Last August, Obama campaign chief Jim Messina suggested a compromise: If Romney
agreed to release five years of tax returns, Team Obama would declare a cease-fire
and stop calling for more years of returns. Romney rejected the offer. Thus, it
seems clear that he was doing something prior to 2010 that he doesn't want the
American public to know about. Even staunch conservatives like Rick Santorum,
Newt Gingrich and William Kristol have castigated Romney for failing to disclose
more tax returns.
Lewd, Crude, Rude and Obnoxious
Willard Mitt Romney has a long history of insulting and bullying other people.
Here is a transcript of the filmed testimony of Cheryl Arnett, a Craig, Colorado
first grade teacher who was invited to participate in a roundtable with Mitt
Romney: "When I was asked to speak with Mitt Romney, it seemed like a very
important thing to me and I wanted to put a lot of careful thought into what I
would say, so I went to the roundtable discussion, very optimistic and
interested in hearing what he had to say. When he sat down one, of the questions
he asked was: 'I understand there’s a teacher here today, which one of you is
the teacher?' So I raised my hand thinking that’s a good thing, he’s interested
in education. But it wasn’t a good thing. I – I felt like his view was a little
old-fashioned. I was surprised by it. He went on to kind of lecture me about
schools and how bad they are. He talked bad about the teachers' union. He was
talking about the importance of private schools and voucher systems. At one
point, I said to him: 'I have an answer for that.' And he said: 'I
didn’t ask you a question!' When I think of Mitt Romney I don’t
think of a person that could really relate to small-town Craig, Colorado.
Although he came here, I don’t think that his life experience would allow him to
really understand the perspective of people that live in a small town. One of
the things I like best that Obama has done for education is that he is releasing
states from 'no child left behind.' Colorado is one of the states lucky enough
to be released. I did not become a teacher to become wealthy or powerful. I
became a teacher to make a difference. It’s important to us to have a government
and a leader that respects us, who will listen to us even if he doesn’t agree
with us. We need to have open conversation and open communication between
educators and government, and I think President Obama is the one to do that."
Romney's Healthcare Solution: Wait until the Uninsured are on Death's
Door, then let them go to Emergency Rooms!
CBS News: Does the government have a responsibility to provide health care to
the 50 million Americans who don’t have it today?
Romney: Well, we do provide care for people who don’t have insurance,
people—we—if someone has a heart attack, they don’t sit in their apartment and
die. We pick them up in an ambulance, and take them to the hospital, and give
But should we wait until people are on death's door before we think about ways
to help them? Doesn't waiting until they need ambulances and emergency rooms
drive up the cost of healthcare? When people don't have bread to eat, should we
echo Marie Antoinette and say, "Let them eat [nonexistent] cake!" When they have
chronic health conditions, should we let their health deteriorate until their
conditions become acute, then cavalierly say, "Let them go to emergency rooms!"
Romney loves to talk about American exceptionalism. During his recent visits to
England, Israel and Poland, he praised each nation's culture and economy. But
all three nations have universal healthcare, as do all the more advanced free
world democracies. How can Americans be exceptional if they can't do what so
many other nations have done successfully? And Romney himself helped establish
universal healthcare for Massachusetts, when he was governor there. So why does
he attack President Obama for trying to help all Americans have access to
quality healthcare, before they need ambulances and
Mr. Flip Flop
Willard Mitt Romney finally released a tax return for 2011, showing that he paid
a higher tax rate than required, by not deducting all his contributions to
charity. The press immediately unearthed a Romney quote from July: "If I had
paid more [federal income taxes] than are legally due, I don’t think I’d be
qualified to become president." So by his own definition, Mitt the Flopple is
also Unfit Mitt. He has pulled off a sort of reverse miracle, by managing to
become even less convincing than Richard Milhous Nixon. Even their names sound
eerily similar. Tricky Dick, meet Wily Willy.
What Romney's Conservative Allies Say about Him
Here is what his Republican allies have to say about "Multiple Choice" Mitt
Romney's serial flip-flopping, lack of honesty, various other deficiencies, and
general money-grubbing madness ...
Republican senator and former presidential nominee John McCain: "Gov. Romney has taken
two positions on every issue."
Another widely respected Republican presidential candidate, Texas Congressman Ron Paul,
said: "We just
call him a serial flip-flopper."
Former New York mayor and hero of 911, Rudy Giuliani: "I have run a lot of
elections, supported a lot of people, [and] I have never seen a guy change his
position on so many things, so fast, on a dime."
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum: "This is someone who doesn’t have
a core. He’s been on both sides of every single issue in the past ten years.
This is someone who will say anything to get elected. People want the genuine
article. If Romney is an economic heavyweight, we’re in trouble, because he was
47th out of 50 in job creation in his state of Massachusetts when he was
Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee told CNN:
"I think he's certainly being dishonest about his own record. When he said that
he had the endorsement of the NRA, he did not. When he says that he didn't raise
taxes, in fact there were $500 million in fees that were raised during his time
[as governor of Massachusetts] ... He's making up stuff ... It's just incredible
... It's not true ... "
Another Republican presidential candidate, Newt Gingrich, in a campaign ad said:
"Mitt Romney will do and say anything to become President. Anything."
Asked directly by CBS News chief White House correspondent Norah O’Donnell if he
thought Romney was a liar, Gingrich said bluntly, "Yes."
Brit Hume on FOX News Sunday: "You're only allowed a certain number of flips
before people start to doubt your character. And I think Romney exhausted his
quota sometime back. And these fresh ones, I think are over the limit, and I
think they hurt, and I don't think the fact that he's flipping in the direct
that the Republicans would like will help very much because I think they don't
Another Republican presidential candidate, Jon Huntsman, told CNN:
"You can’t be a perfectly lubricated weather vane on the important issues of the
day, whether it’s Libya, whether it’s the debt ceiling, whether it’s the
discussion around the Kasich bill in Ohio, where Gov. Romney has been missing in
action in terms of showing any kind of leadership."
Rand Paul told National Review: "I do not yet know if I will find a Romney presidency more acceptable on foreign
policy. But I do know that I must oppose the most recent statements made by Mitt
Romney in which he says he, as president, could take us to war unilaterally with
Iran, without any approval from Congress."
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