Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Mitt Romney on the Issues

All Romney statements were taken from Mitt Romney's official web site.

Romney's site says:
In place of Obamacare, Mitt will pursue policies that give each state the power to craft a health care reform plan that is best for its own citizens. The federal government’s role will be to help markets work by creating a level playing field for competition.
What the hell does "The federal government’s role will be to help markets work..." mean? The only way a government can help markets work is to get the hell out of the way. This statement shows a fundamental misunderstanding by Romney of free markets.

Romney's site says:
Government has a role to play in innovation in the energy industry. History shows that the United States has moved forward in astonishing ways thanks to national investment in basic research and advanced technology.
Sounds like national planning to me and another indication that Romney does not understand free markets.

Romney's site says:
Mitt Romney believes that it is unacceptable for Iran to possess a nuclear weapon. Should Iran achieve its nuclear objective, the entire geostrategic landscape of the Middle East would tilt in favor of the ayatollahs. A nuclear Iran will pose an existential threat to Israel, whose security is a vital U.S. national interest.
As clear an example of the view that the U.S. should be the world's policemen, where the U.S. gets to pick favorites. Israel has a huge payload of nuclear weapons. IF Iran successfully built a nuclear weapon and then shot it at Israel, Israel would destroy Iran within 20 minutes.

Romney's site says:
As Commander-in-Chief, Mitt Romney will keep faith with the men and women who defend us just as he will ensure that our military capabilities are matched to the interests we need to protect. He will put our Navy on the path to increase its shipbuilding rate from nine per year to approximately fifteen per year. He will also modernize and replace the aging inventories of the Air Force, Army, and Marines, and selectively strengthen our force structure. And he will fully commit to a robust, multi-layered national ballistic-missile defense system to deter and defend against nuclear attacks on our homeland and our allies.

This will not be a cost-free process.
Looks like a major expansion of the military-industrial complex will take place under Romney.

Romney's site says:
Mitt Romney will pursue policies that work to decrease the reliance of European nations on Russian sources of energy.
What the hell is this? Why the hell should we care where Europe buys its energy? It looks like out of control Empire initiative.

Romney's site says:
Mitt Romney will approach retraining policy with a conservative mindset that recognizes it as an area where the federal government is particularly ill-equipped to succeed. Retraining efforts must be founded upon a partnership that brings together the states and the private sector.
Oh boy, even more government involvement in the economy---with that favorite of crony capitalists: public-private partnerships.

Note: I couldn't find a damn word on the site about ending the Fed.

BOTTOM LINE: Romney is about national planning, government intervention in markets, crony public-private schemes, Empire building and other global meddling. And appears to have no fundamental understanding of free markets. In short, he's kind of a Mussolini on steroids. If you feel you could reach grand compromises with Mussolini, then Romney is probably your man.


  1. I will paraphrase what Mario Vargas Llosa (author) said about the Peru election candidates: "it's like choosing between aids, and cancer"

  2. Maybe that Grecian Formula is seeping into his brain.

  3. If Ron Paul endorses this asshat I may never participate in the political process again.

    1. I don't think he will but yeah, if he does I'm out completely too.

  4. And yet for some reason Rand Paul moronically endorses the guy.

    How is this Roney character any different than Obama? Oh wait...He has an "R" beside his name. Well I guess that settles it eh?

  5. If mussolini analogy is hinting towards Rand Paul's endorsement of Romney it somewhat fails. Obviously if you were in Mussolini's party and your only other choice was death (in Rand's case alienation from party not on issues but on just an endorsement) then it wouldn't be wrong to agree with Mussolini up front, stay alive and stick to your principles in action, maybe in overthrowing what Mussolini stands for. Compromise on endorsement can be different than compromise on issues. Examples of this can be seen in Ron Paul's life as well. Obviously the other case is also possible maybe you endorsed Mussolini because you were secretly fooling everyone.

  6. For a guy who's been running for president for nearly half a decade, these don't seem very well developed points. Maybe that's why no one wants to get behind the guy. Just saying republicans. I don't see anything that screams "conservative" about this guy.

  7. Mussolini-on-Steroids vs. Class Warfare-Spouting Community Organizer

    The cancer vs. AIDS line sums it up nicely (or horridly).

  8. Gee, what a choice, Mitt Obamney or Barack Obushma. Maybe that's why I only vote on bond issues, initiatives and propositions. Even that is probably a waste of time.

    Don't you just love this gem - "The federal government’s role will be to help markets work by creating a level playing field for competition". What exactly is a "level playing field" anyway and who gets to decide when it's level? This is exactly the sort of rhetoric The Left uses routinely. It's just a code phrase for influence peddling, regulatory excess and cronyism.

    Another gem is this one - "A nuclear Iran will pose an existential threat to Israel, whose security is a vital U.S. national interest." Pure Zionist bovine excrement. When did Israel get admitted to The Union as the 51st state anyway? If Israel disappeared tomorrow how would that damage U.S. interests in the region? If anything it would probably reduce tensions in a very unstable part of the world and simplify our foreign policy objectives immensely. More proof that Neo-conservatism is just the bastard child of Zionism and Statism.

  9. If Obama's campaign motto is "Forward", then I think Romney's should be "Credere, Obbedire, Combattere" (“Believe, Obey, Fight”).

  10. Don't forget his support for a National ID card/database:

    Mitt Romney opposes all “magnets” that entice illegal immigrants to come to our country illegally and stay here. He will establish a tamper-proof employment verification system like E-Verify that will enable employers to hire only those legally permitted to work and deny jobs to those here illegally. This will turn off the jobs magnet that attracts so many unskilled workers to cross the border illegally or overstay their visas.

    And don't we WANT people to work in the United States? He doesn't mention any plans to get rid of entitlements for immigrants:

    Mitt also opposes all other magnets. As governor, he vetoed in-state tuition benefits for illegal immigrants and opposed driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants.