The Economist writes a pretty brutal but honest piece on Romney HERE; my favorite parts:
All politicians flip-flop from time to time; but Mr Romney could win an Olympic medal in it.
In some areas, notably social policy and foreign affairs, the result is that he is now committed to needlessly extreme or dangerous courses that he may not actually believe in but will find hard to drop; in others, especially to do with the economy, the lack of details means that some attractive-sounding headline policies prove meaningless (and possibly dangerous) on closer inspection. Behind all this sits the worrying idea of a man who does not really know his own mind. America won’t vote for that man; nor would this newspaper.
I think everyone should read this article. Here’s my take … Romney really wants to win. He has decided to adopt whatever position needed to win the Republican primary regardless of his true or previous positions. Romney has flip flopped on more issues than any other politician in modern history; it’s embarrassing.
And like in 2008 – he is exceptionally dishonest in his campaign ads. Every campaign has some level of dishonesty but his ads take things to a new level. He will flat out lie about his opponent’s position whether it’s in the Republican primary or against President Obama. He just doesn’t care … he’ll say ANYTHING necessary to win the job of President.
The economist also has another very important discussion point. Romney has proposed cutting taxes by $4.3 TRILLION dollars but has said he will balance the budget. Like in 2001 and again in 2003 when the country had a surplus – Romney would have Americans believe that we can cut taxes and they won’t have to sacrifice anything for that. He is the have your cake and eat it too candidate; he says we’ll cut taxes but the cuts in government spending that will just be waste, fraud and abuse.
In reality – you can not propose cutting taxes by $4.3 trillion and still be taken seriously as a person looking to balance the national deficit. Romney’s plans would only further exacerbate the financial troubles and fiscal problems of this country. Medicare would become insolvent a full 8 years earlier if we followed Romney’s plans and the cuts in spending would not make up for the cuts in taxes. Anyone who thinks that Romney is serious about the budget deficit need only ask him what his plans are to solve it. His answer – we’ll work with Congress to fix it. You ask him how and he says that he won’t say because then his opponent would attack him for it.
Anyone who has actually looked at this man’s proposals will see that he’s not a man of substance. His only shot is that people blame the President instead of Congress for the current unemployment and he wins simply by not being named Barack Obama. He has willfully engaged in playing the birther game and winking to the racists among us. He has accused the President of being a weak leader even though he’s constantly whining about being attacked for his business record, time at Bain, his tax returns etc. He claims to have “no apologies” but he’s just a total f-cking wimp. If America elects him – they will have chosen a man who promises to cut taxes for the wealthy – the one issue he hasn’t flip-flopped on.
This is a make or break election; if a conservative magazine like the Economist can call Romney out for being a total farce of a candidate … the rest of America should be able to see it too.
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