Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Thank You GOP for Strapping America with 4 more years of Obama - The Problem of a Romney Presidency - The Book On Mitt Romney, 2008 McCain Fires Back at Romney - February 2008: Lessons from the Fall of RomneyCare - Is Being Mormon a Problem for Romney? - Black website asks: Did Mitt Romney Lie About Father Marching With MLK?


The Problem of a Romney Presidency - The American Prospect
The first is that Mitt's reputation for pandering is so firmly entrenched that it would make it easy for the Obama campaign to paint him as, well, an untrustworthy panderer who'll say anything to get elected. And since this has been widely viewed as Romney's principle character flaw for some time, it will be the topic of extensive press discussion during a general election. He won't be able to escape it.
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"If you don't want to spend the better part of the next year trying to drag this sad sack of Mitt across the finish line so he can disappoint us for the next four years, then stand up, speak out, and stop letting the mainstream media and a bunch of Beltway conservatives tell you that the race has to be over with just 1.8% of the delegates needed for a victory awarded. The Tea Party didn't rise up, fight Barack Obama, and help the GOP have its best year in half a century just to see the Republican Party ideologically slide all the way back to the pre-Reagan years as a reward. If the establishment manages to grease the wheels for Mitt to such a degree that it turns out he's unstoppable, then it's still better to go down brawling instead of supporting a candidate you know is a mediocrity because you think he's "probably going to win the nomination." (Link)

January 28, 2008:
McCain Fires Back at Romney
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — John McCain used his first appearance of the day to go after Mitt Romney for alleged “flip-flopping.”
At a shipyard in Jacksonville, Mr. McCain swatted aside Mr. Romney’s charge that he is a “liberal Democrat” by saying, “He is consistent. He has consistently taken both sides of every major issue. He has consistently flip flopped on every major issue.”
He cited as examples of flip-flopping Mr. Romney’s support, as governor of Massachusetts, for a regional greenhouse gas emissions control program, for a lenient policy toward illegal immigrants and for campaign finance revisions, all positions he has reversed as a presidential candidate.
“People, just look at his record as governor,” Mr. McCain said.”He has been entirely consistent. He has consistently taken two sides of every major issue, sometimes more than two. So congratulations.”

Mr. McCain also went after Mr. Romney for his work as head of Bain Capital, a leveraged-buyout firm. “As head of his ‘investment’ company he presided over the acquisition of companies that laid off thousands of workers.”
Barely pausing to catch his breath, he also answered Mr. Romney’s criticism of his sponsorship of global warming legislation, which Mr. Romney charged would cause steep increases in energy prices and drag down the American economy.
“If he thinks the American economy will suffer by us cleaning up the environment, reducing pollution, and embracing green technology, including nuclear power,” Mr. McCain said, “then we just have a profound difference of opinion.”
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The Book On Mitt Romney: Here Is John McCain's Entire Opposition Research File - Buzz Feed 
Politics Buzz A document found online by BuzzFeed appears to be John McCain's entire, 200-page opposition research file — or “book” — on Mitt Romney from 2008, the year they were bitter rivals. Segments of the book have been posted on RedState.com, but this the first time the document has been shared for public consumption in its entirety.
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Did I or did I not say the left will pounce on Romney’s Mormonism. Well since the GOP has secured the nomination for him it is now time for them to enact their action plan…


Is Being Mormon a Problem for Romney? - Daily Kos
I told my parents several months ago that Romney was going to be the GOP candidate.  Besides not believing me, my mother said, “But, he’s a Mormon.”
I’m not here to knock Mormons.  I have known and been friends with many of them all my life.  I have lived most of my life in AZ¸ and there are many towns in AZ that are considered Mormon enclaves, having been settled and still populated by mostly Mormons.  St. John’s, St. Davidand Greer,  to name a few.  This is also true of Idaho and other states that border Utah.
When the Mormons were settling the west, Brigham Young sent many settlers to AZ to spread their territory and influence in a sparsely settled area at that time.  Some of the towns are gone, many are still thriving.  Lee’s Ferryon the Colorado River was a famous hideout for John D. Lee, who ended up being the only Mormon to be convicted and executed for the Mountain Meadows Massacre in Utah.  It is still a place you can go and put your feet in the Colorado River.

I have read many books about Mormons and known many, but I’m not here to talk about their history or beliefs.  I’m here to talk about how most Christians in this country do not consider Mormons traditional Christians.  Since the GOP is made up of a large percentage of fundamentalist Christians, that’s a problem for Romney.
This could be one reason the LDS church is running ads in my state and other states called “I am a Mormon”.  The people in the ads don’t talk about their beliefs.  They talk about how they are scientists or teachers or some kind of a go getter, and then they end with “I am a Mormon.”
 See.  I’m normal.  I’m Mormon.
But most fundamentalist Christians do not believe Mormons to be Christians like in this site asking:
Question: "I am a Mormon. Why should I consider becoming a Christian?"

Mormonism teaches an inflated view of humanity that is completely inconsistent with biblical teaching. Mormonism teaches that any human can also become a god. Yet the Bible teaches repeatedly in hundreds of verses that we are all inherently sinful (Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:10-23; 8:7) and that God alone is God (1 Samuel 2:2; Isaiah 44:6,8; 46:9). Isaiah 43:10 records God’s own words: “Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me.” How Mormonism can assert that men will become gods in the face of such overwhelming scriptural evidence is a testimony to the depth of man’s desire to usurp God’s place, a desire born in the heart of Satan (Isaiah 14:14)
If anyone visiting this blog is a Romney fan let me be clear, this is not about attacking Mormonism. While I have my bias based on personal experience this is about electability. While in 2008 Romney was no real threat to get the nomination he of course has the nomination now. My issue with Ron Paul was simple electability; my issue with any candidate will always be electability. I’ve already had conversations with several I would say moderate more independent types those folks who are not particularly religious. I sent all links to a video you can find on You Tube an animated video about Mormons and they basically freaked and thought it was a spoof and it is in fact not a spoof. As harsh as the South Park episode was on Mormons it nailed them (I still laugh hysterically at the episode) “dumb, dumb, dumb” classic… Believe me when I tell you when Obama’s media machine starts their info campaign on Mormonism they will make damn sure the entire country knows what Mormonism is and that will destroy Romney’s campaign and I’m not even talking about his flip-flopping, tar baby, $10,000 bet bullshit. This is why I will say and keep saying making Romney the GOP challenger to Obama guarantees Obama a second term.

Black website asks: 
Did Mitt Romney Lie About Father Marching With MLK?
In December 2007, Mitt Romney was asked by “Meet The Press” host Tim Russert about the history of racism in the Mormon church, which excluded African Americans from participation until 1978. Romney claimed that his father marched with Martin Luther King. Romney would also claim that he “saw his father march with Martin Luther King” in a speech about his Mormon faith earlier that month. In 1978, Mitt Romney would tell the Boston Globe that he and his father both marched with Martin Luther King.
The problem is, Mitt Romney’s father, George Romney, the former governor of Michigan, never marched with Martin Luther King. Mitt Romney would concede that fact to the Boston Globe in 2007. The Boston Phoenix could find no record of Mitt’s father, George marching with Martin Luther King at all.
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February 2008: Lessons from the Fall of RomneyCare - Cato

By Michael Tanner
Michael Tanner is director of health and welfare studies at the Cato Institute. He is the author of Leviathan on the Right: How Big-Government Conservatism Brought Down the Republican Revolution and coauthor of Healthy Competition: What’s Holding Back Health Care and How to Free It, just released in a new edition.
When then-Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney signed into law the nation’s most far-reaching state health care reform proposal, it was widely expected to be a centerpiece of his presidential campaign. In fact Governor Romney bragged that he would "steal" the traditionally Democratic issue of health care. "Issues which have long been the province of the Democratic Party to claim as their own will increasingly move to the Republican side of the aisle," he told Bloomberg News Service shortly after signing the bill. He told other reporters that the biggest difference between his health care plan and Hillary Clinton’s was "mine got passed and hers didn’t."

Outside observers on both the Right and Left praised the program. Edmund Haislmaier of the Heritage Foundation hailed it as "one of the most promising strategies out there." And Hillary Clinton adviser Stuart Altman said, ‘‘The Massachusetts plan could become a catalyst and a galvanizing event at the national level, and a catalyst for other states."

Today, however, Romney seldom mentions his plan on the campaign trail. If pressed he maintains that he is "proud" of what he accomplished, while criticizing how the Democratic administration that succeeded him has implemented the program. Nevertheless, he now focuses on changing federal tax law in order to empower individuals to buy health insurance outside their employer, and on incentives for states to deregulate their insurance industry. He would also use block grants for both Medicaid and federal uncompensated care funds to encourage greater state innovation. He encourages states to experiment, but does not offer his own state as a model.

A Double Failure
There’s good reason for his change of position. The Massachusetts plan was supposed to accomplish two things-achieve universal health insurance coverage while controlling costs. As Romney wrote in the Wall Street Journal, "Every uninsured citizen in Massachusetts will soon have affordable health insurance and the costs of health care will be reduced." In reality, the plan has done neither.
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Report: Romneycare A Jobs Killer, Cost State 18,313
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The Real Problems With Romney: The Lies - Wickersham's Conscience

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Mitt and Mop - The American Spectator
When Newt Gingrich criticized Mitt Romney's record at Bain Capital, he raised the ire of many conservatives and may have unwittingly mobilized a Republican rank and file now prepared to bestow Romney with the GOP nomination on a silver platter.

Rush Limbaugh called Gingrich's criticisms "out of bounds for those who value the free market." Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was even blunter when he said, "What the hell are you doing, Newt? I expect this from Saul Alinsky!" But perhaps the most interesting defense of Romney came from Mike Huckabee, who took aim at both Gingrich and Texas Governor Rick Perry who famously accused Romney of practicing "vulture capitalism." Huckabee said, "It's surprising to see so many Republicans embrace that left-wing argument against capitalism." Yet in 2008, it was Huckabee who in a campaign ad aimed at Romney said, "I believe most Americans want their next President to remind them of the guy they work with, not the guy who laid them off."

Given that Romney has spent the vast majority of his professional life in the private sector and touts that experience in his bid for the White House, it seems strange that any criticism of that record from his Republican rivals is not only off limits but the equivalent of criticizing free enterprise itself. It is a curious line of argument when you consider that Bain Capital was the recipient of generous government grants, subsidies, and tax breaks and profited handsomely regardless of whether the companies in which it invested prospered or went into bankruptcy. Any business in which one can reap the rewards without suffering the consequences of risk can hardly be characterized as engaging in free enterprise.

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