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60 Things You Should Know About Romney
1. The former Bain Capital managing director said of Mitt Romney's tenure: "We had a scheme where the rich got richer."
[Los Angeles Times, 12/16/2007]
2. Mitt Romney's advice on the foreclosure crisis: "Don't try and stop the foreclosure process."
[Mother Jones, 10/18/2011]
3. Mitt Romney set up shell companies in the Cayman Islands and Bermuda to avoid U.S. taxes.
[Los Angeles Times, 12/19/2007]
4. Mitt Romney's first budget as governor included $240 million in fee increases.
[Meet the Press, 12/16/2007]
5. As governor, Mitt Romney made it more expensive to use an ice skating rink, register a boat, take the bar exam, and transport hazardous waste.
[Associated Press, The Boston Globe, 08/28/2007]
6. Mitt Romney's plan for a "middle class tax cut" would provide zero benefits to 73.9 percent of the middle class.
7. In 2008, Mitt Romney proposed a $233 billion "stimulus package" to boost the economy.
[USA Today, 01/20/2008]
8. Under Mitt Romney's leadership, Massachusetts ranked 47th among the 50 states in job creation. Massachusetts' job growth was at 0.9 percent, far behind the national average of over 5 percent.
9. A Northeastern University economist found that Massachusetts lagged on virtually every economic indicator while Mitt Romney was in office.
10. Mitt Romney boasts a record for creating private-sector jobs, but as governor, state employment grew twice as fast as the private sector.
11. Mitt Romney called the Occupy Wall Street movement "dangerous."
12. Mitt Romney's top economic adviser Greg Mankiw said the "offshoring" of American jobs was a good thing.
[Washington Post, 02/11/2004]
13. Mitt Romney called for taxes on the poor, saying low-income Americans having no income tax liability is "a problem" that will "kill the country."
14. Back in 2002, a spokesman for Mitt Romney derided an anti-tax pledge as "government by gimmickry." He signed the Americans for Tax Reform pledge in 2011.
15. Mitt Romney admits he couldn't reduce Massachusetts' multi-billion dollar budget deficit without new revenue.
[The Boston Globe, 04/6/2003]
16. Mitt Romney would repeal the Dodd-Frank bill, which regulates the risky practices that led to the 2008 crisis.
17. Mitt Romney, who lambasts the "failures" of government-backed mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, profits from investments in the firms.
18. Mitt Romney: "Corporations are people, my friend."
19. In 1996, Mitt Romney called the flat tax a "tax cut for fat cats." In 2011, Romney said "I love a flat tax."
[New York Times, 10/24/2011]
20. Mitt Romney defended his belief that we "should consider a higher retirement age" for Social Security and Medicare to preserve tax breaks for corporations.[ThinkProgress, 08/11/2011]
21. Mitt Romney opposes troop withdrawal from Iraq.
22. Mitt Romney says the U.S. should cede humanitarian aid and global leadership to China: "We ought to get the Chinese to take care of the people."
23. Mitt Romney vowed to increase the size of the military by 100,000 troops.
[Associated Press, 10/8/2011]
24. Many of Mitt Romney's foreign policy advisers helped push the U.S. into war with Iraq.
25. Asked if Iraq was a mistake, Mitt Romney said "Well, the question is kind of a nonsequitur."
[Media Matters, 06/6/2007]
26. Mitt Romney named Walid Phares, a radical Islamophobe tied to a militia that committed atrocities, to his foreign policy team.
[The New Republic, 10/24/2011]
27. Mitt Romney three out of the six green energy companies funded in Massachusetts are now defunct or struggling.
28. Mitt Romney supports drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
[The Boston Globe, 12/13/2005]
29. Mitt Romney considers liquid coal a "clean" technology, though it emits more greenhouse gasses than oil.
[USA Today, 09/27/2007]
30. Mitt Romney said the Clean Air Act doesn't apply to carbon emissions.
31. Mitt Romney said a cap and trade program would have "devastating results for people across the planet." In 2005, Romney said he was "convinced" that cap and trade was "good business."
32. Mitt Romney's energy policy adviser works for a lobbying firm for a major coal company.
33. Mitt Romney used to say he was pro-choice, and now he's "avidly pro-life."
[Sioux City Journal, 12/27/2007]
34. In 2005, Mitt Romney vetoed a measure that would have increased access to emergency contraception by allowing pharmacists to provide the pill without a prescription.
35. Mitt Romney pledged to expand a Bush-Era policy of permitting doctors to deny women access to contraceptives.
36. Top Mitt Romney legal adviser Robert Bork said women "aren't discriminated against anymore."
37. Mitt Romney refused to condemn the booing of a gay soldier at a GOP debate.[ThinkProgress, 10/4/2011]
38. Campaigning in 1994, Mitt Romney said "I don't line up with the NRA." Today, Mitt Romney is a lifetime member of the NRA.
39. Mitt Romney criticized Ted Kennedy for not being tough enough on guns.
[The Boston Globe, 08/27/1994]
40. Mitt Romney falsely claimed he was endorsed by the NRA in 2002.
[Washington Post, 12/16/2007]
41. Mitt Romney's former health care consultant, an MIT economist, claimed the former governor is being "dishonest" when he says he didn't have to raise taxes in order to pay for Romneycare.
42. Mitt Romney said he supported the Ryan Republican budget plan that would effectively end Medicare.
43. Mitt Romney's first act as president would be to allow all states to opt out of health reform through executive action, which would be illegal.
44. Mitt Romney would repeal the broad prohibition against denying coverage to individuals with pre-existing conditions.
45. Mitt Romney claims Massachusetts is not a model for health reform, after saying in 2009 his state "is a model for getting everyone insured."
46. Mitt Romney criticizes "Obamacare" but it is functionally identical to Romneycare.[ThinkProgress, 01/19/2010]
47. Mitt Romney reversed his campaign position, enacting abstinence-only sex education in schools.
[The Boston Globe, 06/30/2007]
48. Mitt Romney's health care advisers played a key role in drafting the Affordable Care Act.
49. Mitt Romney: "I'm running for office, for Pete's sake, I can't have illegals."
50. Mitt Romney initially supported the Bush plan for a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants. He later denounced it.
[Washington Post, 02/4/2008]
51. The landscaping company Mitt Romney used to tend his mansion for 10 years employed illegal immigrants.
52. Mitt Romney criticized Rick Perry for providing government benefits to undocumented immigrants, but Romneycare provided free health care to undocumented immigrants.
[Los Angeles Times, 10/23/2011]
53. As of October 2011, Mitt Romney raised $1.5 million from Wall St. employees[ThinkProgress, 10/16/2011]
54. Mitt Romney in 2004: "From now on, it's me me me."
[The Boston Globe, 06/30/2007]
55. Mitt Romney refused to pardon an Iraq war veteran's BB-gun conviction but called Bush's commutation of Scooter Libby's prison sentence "reasonable."
56. Mitt Romney considers himself "in sync" with the Tea Party.
57. Mitt Romney feels Americans' pain because he's "also unemployed." Romney was worth $250 million in 2008.
58. Mitt Romney's Olympics office refused to give free or discounted tickets to family of firefighters who died in 9/11, though it provided tickets to Utah legislators.
[The Boston Globe, 06/28/2007]
59. Mitt Romney made millions investing in companies that did business in Iran.
[CNN Money, 07/12/2007]
60. Mitt Romney falsely claimed he saw his father march with MLK Jr.
[The Boston Phoenix, 12/21/2007]
The Founders constructed the electoral foundations of each branch to frustrate seizure of the whole government by any unified agent. First, the Founders staggered the length of terms across the presidency, the House, and the Senate, and then further staggered them within the Senate. Consequently, none operates on the same electoral clock.
In turn the American voter cannot install adherents of a given party in key positions in one fell swoop. (At least that is how it is supposed to work) At least two elections over four years, and possibly three over six years, are required.
Despite the different clocks and the different methods of aggregating voter preferences, the range of disagreement between branches is probably tightly bounded, provided voters’ preferences are neither too heterogeneous nor too mercurial. If voter preferences are such that the median senator is a socialist, the median representative is unlikely to be a libertarian (or constitutional).
“One of the great tragedies of human history is the difficulty of escaping from tyranny, since tyrants so ruthlessly maintain their power.”
For those who continue to support the status quo, you send a clear message to Washington that our Constitution, it’s Laws, and the value of liberty just doesn’t matter and in return they send another wannabe liar-in-chief for the 2012 election. Is this what you want for America’s future?
“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must undergo the fatigue of supporting it” ~ Patrick Henry
“If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.” ~ Thomas Paine
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