Mitt Romney‘s “new” strategy to say whatever is necessary to steer voters away from the truth about whom he really is isn’t any different from what he’s been saying since day one. He’s just saying it louder and more cocky. While some may find such rhetoric entertaining in some way, we need to remember that ninety-nine percent of what Romney says about his opponent isn’t true. Much of it is taking the President’s record and words and twisting them into something totally different, amounting to no more than jargon or gobble-de-gook. And it really gets weird when Romney flip-flops on that jargon. Now that’s an art form for sure, but it’s not a reason to vote for someone as commander-in-chief of our country.
When will Romney and his Party get it that the American people are tired of sideshows, consisting of who can best dress up a lie and make it seem like the truth? We want the real truth and transparency. We want responsible discussion on substantive issues that matter to us in our daily lives. It’s not enough for Romney and his Party to constantly repeat the word “economy” or phrases with embedded lies about the President’s citizenship. Buzz words and phrases don’t pay bills or create jobs.
As for House Speaker John Boehner‘s comment, delivered with all manner of assumed righteous indignation, that the public is not interested in Romney’s tax records, of course we are. That’s part and parcel of the litmus test a person goes through when seeking to run this country. Is it intrusive? Absolutely; its how the public has the opportunity to kick the tire and go for a test drive before we buy the car. Romney’s unwillingness to participate in a test drive speaks volumes on the minus side. It’s like a used car salesman conjuring up all sorts of reasons why he or she can’t show you the car fact sheet, causing any reasonable prospective buyer to walk away from the deal, fast.
So while we wait for Romney to get serious about real issues and become fully transparent by disclosing his tax records (at least match what his father did), we do have his record of his service as governor of Massachusetts. He cut taxes for millionaires and raised taxes for everyone else, and that added $2.6 billion to the state’s debt (reminiscent of the Bush tax cuts we’re still suffering from). His state lost 40,000 manufacturing jobs (twice the national average at the time) and was 47 out of 50 in job growth in the country. In addition, Romney outsourced call center jobs to a company in India. [....] For sure, lots of money was made but not by the 40,000 people who lost their jobs.
We can see the same business expertise being applied in the closure and outsourcing of the remaining jobs at Bain’s Sensata Technologies plant in Freeport Ill. It’s public knowledge that Romney owns about $8 million worth of Bain funds that hold 51 percent of Sensata’s shares. If Bain closes Sensata, Romney will most likely make more money from that closure. Sound business practice? Some say yes. But what about the hundreds of jobs lost over time at this plant?
It’s not just the job loss of people inside the plant, it’s also the loss of revenue and business by vendors who supply the plant, by cottage industries such as diners, restaurants and mom and pop stores, who loose out. Big chain stores move out of small towns when a factory closes taking with it jobs, taxes for municipalities and more. That kind of business talent is not what we need in a commander-in-chief. Every job counts.
None of this is new news; but it needs to be repeated and often. What’s missing from this picture is a lack of compassion and humanity for ordinary people and the communities they live in. Mitt Romney clearly show’s he gets it for those that have by both word and deed. His record also clearly shows that those who are less fortunate are expendable to suit the needs of a bigger picture shared by only two percent of the people in this country. His recent comments that the President begrudges, in so many words, the success of others is nothing more than campaign jargon. Americans want and deserve something better. Instead of focusing on winning a campaign just for the sake of winning, Republicans need to start working with President Obama for the sake of everyone.
- WATCH: Stewart Rips Romney’s Tax Return Defense (huffingtonpost.com)
- Sensata Employees Ask Mitt Romney To Save Their Jobs (crooksandliars.com)
- Romney video crops Obama’s words to fabricate the quote they wish he’d said (dailykos.com)
- Another, more perilous, embarrassment for Romney (prairieweather.typepad.com)
- Former Employees Of Bain-Owned Companies GST Steel & AMPAD Have First-hand Expereinces & Consequenes Of Mitt Romney’s Leadership Sytle (3chicspolitico.com)
- Illinois City Calls On Mitt Romney To Stop Bain-Owned Company From Outsourcing 170 Local Jobs (fromthetrenchesworldreport.com)
- Workers ask Mitt Romney to keep Bain from sending their jobs to China (dailykos.com)
- Why won’t Romney release more tax returns? (cnn.com)
- Romney Wouldn’t Have Run If He Had to Release Taxes (politicalwire.com)
- Mitt Romney Juggled Stock To Avoid Major Tax Hit (huffingtonpost.com)