While stopping off in Weatherly, Pa., Republican candidate Mitt Romney called out President Obama for his time as….Governor — the President was formerly a Senator — then moved onto referring to Obama as “president last time” which is additionally incorrect — this is Obama’s first term. Romney apparently gives no additional credit to Obama’s three and a half years presiding over this country during the most partisan time America had ever witnessed — that is experience. In fact, much of what Mitt said is incorrect, but he did leave a tempting opening to delve into his own Governance of Massachusetts.
New York Times reports:
After starting to comment about how Mr. Obama did not understand entrepreneurship in the free economy, Mr. Romney stumbled briefly, confusing Mr. Obama’s political résumé: “He upon becoming governor — excuse me, president last time — governor might have been a better job for him to have started with,” Mr. Romney said, to applause.
Then Mr. Romney ran with the conceit, adding that Mr. Obama might have been better served by spending time as a governor, as Mr. Romney did in Massachusetts.
“I say that because I actually think you learn from experience,” Mr. Romney said. “I think it helps to have been in business before you actually start to run something in government. And then after you’ve done something in government, it helps to start perhaps a little lower level before you become president.”
Government should not be run as a business, although ideologues may and likely will differ. Mitt left an opening to scrutinize his own Governance. Romney tried to install as many Republicans as possible during his term, but when that failed miserably, he told the Boston Globe, “From now on, it’s me-me-me.” And it’s been all about Mitt ever since.
Within weeks, Romney unveiled a universal health insurance plan that would become his signature accomplishment as he launched a 2008 bid for the White House — this plan was used as a model for ObamaCare, which Mitt claims he will strike down immediately if elected to the Presidency even though he previously stated, “Either the individual pays or the taxpayers pay. A free ride on government is not libertarian,” the published op-ed stated. In a line that didn’t make the edited version, Mr. Romney added: “An uninsured libertarian might counter that he could refuse the free care, but under law, that is impossible—and inhumane.”
“What is noteworthy is the uncharacteristic collaboration of so many individuals and groups and partisans,” Romney said at the time. “And how did that happen? I think it’s because of what this bill can lead to — every citizen with affordable, comprehensive health insurance.”
Governor Romney kept busy in office, issuing 800 vetoes, most of them were overridden, at times unanimously. Gov. Romney blocked an anti-bullying guide for discussing transgender and bisexual identities.
Romney’s approval rating at the end of his term in Massachusetts was only 34 percent. Job growth was sluggish during his term. And, even if that is spun, we can look at how the former Governor does business — using the words from Republican mouths.
Think Progress reports:
1. “The idea that you’ve got private equity companies that come in andtake companies apart so they can make profits and have people lose their jobs, that’s not what the Republican Party’s about.” — Rick Perry [New York Times, 1/12/12]
2. “The Bain model is to go in at a very low price, borrow an immense amount of money, pay Bain an immense amount of money and leave. I’ll let you decide if that’s really good capitalism. I think that’s exploitation.” — Newt Gingrich [New York Times, 1/17/12]
3. “Instead of trying to work with them to try to find a way to keep the jobs and to get them back on their feet, it’s all about how much money can we make, how quick can we make it, and then get out of town and find the next carcass to feed upon” — Rick Perry [National Journal, 1/10/12]
4. “We find it pretty hard to justify rich people figuring out clever legal ways to loot a company, leaving behind 1,700 families without a job.” — Newt Gingrich [Globe and Mail, 1/9/12]
5. “Now, I have no doubt Mitt Romney was worried about pink slips — whether he was going to have enough of them to hand out because his company, Bain Capital, of all the jobs that they killed” — Rick Perry [New York Times, 1/9/12]
6) “He claims he created 100,000 jobs. The Washington Post, two days ago, reported in their fact check column that he gets three Pinocchios. Now, a Pinocchio is what you get from The Post if you’re not telling the truth.” — Newt Gingrich [1/13/12, NBC News]
7. “There is something inherently wrong when getting rich off failure and sticking it to someone else is how you do your business, and I happen to think that’s indefensible” — Rick Perry [National Journal, 1/10/12]
8. “If Governor Romney would like to give back all the money he’s earned from bankrupting companies and laying off employees over his years, then I would be glad to then listen to him” — Newt Gingrich [Mediaite, 12/14/11]
9. “If you’re a victim of Bain Capital’s downsizing, it’s the ultimate insult for Mitt Romney to come to South Carolina and tell you he feels your pain, because he caused it.” — Rick Perry [New York Times, 1/8/12]
10. “They’re vultures that sitting out there on the tree limb waiting for the company to get sick and then they swoop in, they eat the carcass. They leave with that and they leave the skeleton” — Rick Perry [National Journal, 1/10/12]
Mitt Romney’s former advisor admits that Republicans Are ‘Rooting Against The Economy.’ The GOP can no longer be trusted and Mitt is their candidate. With Mitt’s experience in business and politics, he’s still dramatically unqualified — he lacks compassion and leadership.
I’ll end this post with a Romney quote, “Let Detroit go bankrupt.”