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Truth Matters

Mitt Romney’s credibility gap calls into question his suitability to be President of the United States. Voters have no idea which Mitt would inhabit the White House.

Mitt Romney’s credibility gap calls into question his suitability to be President of the United States. Voters have no idea which Mitt would inhabit the White House.  His stance on many major policies are ever changing according to the audience he wants to persuade.  

HEALTH CARE

It is simply not true, no matter how often Republican candidates declare, that the Obama health care law represents socialized medicine or that it took over one-sixth of the economy.  Socialized medicine is a single-payer system,  in which the government pays medical bills and controls costs (much like Medicare.).  President Obama refused to commit to single-payer health care system,
against the wishes of Liberal Democrats.  Instead, Obama’s proposed law,hoping to draw the support of Republicans,  was modeled closely on the law passed by
Romney when he was governor of Massachusetts; this is an inconvenient fact that
Romney tries hard to ignore.  Both plans try to deal with the problem of the uninsured by requiring an individual mandate.  Originally Romney, the Heritage
Foundation and conservatives over the past two decades felt that the mandate
encouraged individual responsibility. Now it's a government takeover.

And so on day one Mitt Romney will try to reverse Obamacare and in so doing would deny access to health care to 40,000,000 Americans

FOREIGN POLICY


On foreign policy, the President has done everything that Republicans said was important:

  • Kept us safe from attacks at home
  • Eliminated Osama bin Laden
  • Got our troops out of Iraq
  • Decimated Al Qaeda, not by going starting an unnecessary war in Iraq where Al Qaeda didn’t exist but by going after them in Pakistan and Afghanistan where they actually were

And yet Romney paints the President as weak on foreign policy.  At the same time, in the third debate, Romney said that he agreed with the President’s foreign policy. 

On the issue of a two-state solution in Palestine, Romney said in a private recorded conversation that because the Palestinians only want to see the destruction of Israel, the problem will remain unresolved.  He said “and we
kick the ball down the field and hope that ultimately, somehow, something will
happen and resolve it”.  And yet, in his foreign policy speech, Gov. Romney said— “Finally, I will recommit America to the goal of a democratic, prosperous Palestinian state living side by side in peace and security with the Jewish state of Israel.  On this vital issue, the President has failed”. 

In a period of a month, Romney’s position on Libya evolved into distinct
contradictory ones.  In March of 2011, Romney criticized the Obama Administration for being weak and too slow to get
involved.  When the U.S. and our NATO allies enforced a no-fly zone to help rebels oust Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, Romney refused to answer reporter’s questions on his own position.  Then in April Romney posted and op-ed at
Nationalreview.com in which he said that he agreed with President Obama’s
“specific, limited mission” but then criticized Obama for getting further
involved in what Romney termed “mission creep”. 

First the President is too weak and slow and then he didn’t go far enough.  We have no idea what Romney feels on the issue.  He is too erratic and inconsistent.  Is this the person we want running our country’s foreign policy?

JOB CREATION

As far as job creation, Gov.  Rick Perry of Texas said during the Republican Primary debates, “Well, Governor Romney left the private sector, and he did a great job of creating jobs in the private sector all around the world.  But the fact is, when he moved that experience to government, he had one of the lowest job creation rates in the country.  So the fact is, while he had a good private sector record, his public sector record did not match that.”  

Perhaps that was true because Bain Capital did not create jobs.  It created wealth for its investors.  In fact in January of this year, Republican candidate Newt Gingrich called the Romney's former private equity firm "exploitive." The Bain model has meant "leverage the game, borrow the money, leave the debt behind and walk off with all the profits."

Romney refuses to acknowledge the facts of the Great Recession that President Obama inherited. And he offers no concrete alternatives to job creation.  In January of 2009, when Obama took office, this country lost 700,000 jobs.  The recession killed off 7.9 million jobs, many of which may never come back.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that the recession, which began in December 2007,  officially  ended in June 2009.  Job recovery has been slow but the huge
monthly losses were stopped and reversed by the President.  What single man could have completely reversed the job losses in this short period of time?   Had Congress done its job and passed some of the American Jobs Act, progress surely would have been faster.  Economists today say that no matter who becomes president in 2012, over 12 million jobs will be added in the coming decade
due to policies that were put in place during the past 4 years.

WOMEN’S RIGHTS

On the issue of women’s rights, I’ve seen claims on this website that there is no Republican war on women.  However, the facts contradict this.  Since the day the Republicans took control of the House in January, 2011 they have attempted to pass legislation that affects our health.  As an example, House bill H.R. 358 or the “Protect Life Act” would have amended the part of the 2010 health care that deals with abortion coverage.  It would allow hospitals that receive federal funds but are opposed to abortions to turn away women in need of emergency pregnancy termination to save their lives.


Mitt Romney supports the Personhood Amendment that several states have tried to pass into law.  In fact, this embryo personhood concept is included in the Republican platform. This amendment to state constitutions would have changed the definition of when life begins.  It states that a human being, with all its rights and privileges, exists at the point that an egg is fertilized by a sperm.  Besides
outlawing all abortions, with no exceptions for rape or incest or when a woman's life is in danger, this law would affect a woman’s (and her husband’s) family planning.  That is because it would outlaw many forms of birth control including the pill and IUDs since it would ban any contraception that may prevent  implantation of a fertilized egg, including birth control pills and the IUD.  There are implications of the law that include preventing embryonic cell research and closing fertility clinics.

Other evidence of a war on women include:

 

  • Maryland Republicans ended all county money for a low-income kids' preschool program.  Why?  No need, they said.  Women should really
    be home with the kids, not out working.
  • Congressvoted for a Republican amendment to cut all federal funding from Planned Parenthood health centers, one of the most trusted providers of basic health care and family planning in our country
  • Republicans have introduced over twenty bills seeking to mandate that a woman obtain an ultrasound procedure before having an abortion.  Of these,
    seven states are trying vaginal probe type.

Moreover, no one single vote demonstrates to me the Republican legislators’ and Romney’s opinion of women more than their unwillingness to endorse the Lily Ledbetter Act.  This Act, passed by Democrats in 2008, guarantees equal pay for equal work for women.


Newt Gingrich himself weighed in on the question of  Romney’s truthfulness  in May 2012, on CNN's The Situation Room.  Host Wolf Blitzer asked Gingrich if Romney is a liar.  Gingrich said "I still believe that the
Romney campaign said things that weren't true,"


Not only has the candidate Romney changed his policy stance on many major issues but he has also misrepresented the truth about President Obama’s record during his administration.

I challenge the readers, no indeed I expect, them to find any errors in this blog.  But the caveat is that you must at the very least point to facts from a reputable source that discredit the statements I have made.  I will not respond to any comments that do not site a source for the information or that attack other participants on this blog.

 



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Antonio November 08, 2012 at 02:31 AM
The Obama victory is a victory for progressive thinkers. This is only the beginning of the ascendency of the Democratic party. For a take on why Obama won and Republicans lost the following link to the Financial Times of London is an excellent summary and points to why the Republicans will continue to diminish. http://blogs.ft.com/the-a-list/2012/11/07/why-obama-won/?ftcamp=crm/email/2012117/nbe/ExclusiveComment/product#axzz2BYTew9TA
Diana November 08, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Hey American, I was looking all over for you and everyone else seems as tho everyone disappeared from here since yesterday, yeppers we're doing this all wrong we need to stop working our asses off and join the gimmes, only thing about that is I don't know how to do that LOL Hey it is what it is, I'm over it and we are screwed.
Diana November 08, 2012 at 02:32 AM
I'm here for some reason all my posts are pending approval?
Diana November 08, 2012 at 02:34 AM
window licker, tee heeeeeee so funny
Diana November 08, 2012 at 02:42 AM
Well the American people have spoken and the democrats are having fun with the big fat I told you so's. Let's all make sure we stay in contact as we move forward so we can share the Obama experience together. I myself can hardly wait to see what the next four years bring, hey for that matter I am waiting for new beginnings the first of 2013. I am over the ugliness, the name calling and the slamming, time to move on, let the chips fall where they may.
Diana November 08, 2012 at 02:47 AM
American where is everyone?
Antonio November 08, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Truth be told. The extreme right-wing agenda, voodoo economics, lavishing the rich, narrow mindedness, bigotry, opposing policies which benefit society, etc. of the Republicans scared the hell out of people: both the Democrats and the independents.
Diana November 08, 2012 at 03:15 AM
Helllloooooooooooo GF where are you :)
Diana November 08, 2012 at 03:16 AM
Be nice Caroline, you got your raspberry in can't we move past this ugliness now?
Anon November 08, 2012 at 04:11 AM
Lyn every single Republican I know is a middle class normal person. You are so paranoid. Go take a pill!
Anon November 08, 2012 at 04:13 AM
Bunch of fools!
Anon November 08, 2012 at 04:14 AM
Hey I just got home from Chilis. WHAT UP??
Diana November 08, 2012 at 04:59 AM
You know I so agree with you, and the end of democracy is here and a live. Funny a prediction, and now a reality.
Diana November 08, 2012 at 05:01 AM
Cocktails....where shall we go to celebrate life as we knew it? Where is Uncle Viinny?
Diana November 08, 2012 at 05:02 AM
Lyn, if any body scares the hell out of anyone it should be our President, are you kidding me?
Roberto November 08, 2012 at 05:07 AM
It's now Carte Blanch on tax increases with repricussion of another election. This Socialist Clown with the likes of Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro bring nothing but misery to the Western World. Let's hope the Republican majority in the house can hold this punk off until the next election.
Diana November 08, 2012 at 05:27 AM
Welcome to the new world!
Carl Petersen III November 08, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Roberto 9:07 pm on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 "It's now Carte Blanch on tax increases with repricussion of another election. This Socialist Clown with the likes of Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro bring nothing but misery to the Western World. Let's hope the Republican majority in the house can hold this punk off until the next election." You guys just will not learn. It's the same old thing every time a Democrat is elected President. You demonize him, refuse to accept that a majority of Americans had a different viewpoint than you, hope that he screws up and hold your breath like some bratty toddler until the next election. I have news for you - the map is not going to look any better for you guys next time. If the next Republican Primary is another race to see who can be the most Conservative candidate you are just going to galvanize the Liberals and scare the Moderates. If that race includes pissing off the Hispanics, you won't even have Arizona on the table next time. The biggest support for Romney in this last election was old white guys. That doesn't seem like a party with a future! Your side needs to move beyond the name calling and made up boogie men President. Obama isn't a Socialist, he wan't born in Kenya and he isn't out to end freedom as we know it. (continued...)
Carl Petersen III November 08, 2012 at 03:45 PM
(continued) Almost 400 posts in this blog and not a single one disputed with facts what the author had to say. It was all about name calling and how Obama was some kind of devil. Don't you think it would be more productive to exchange ideas? In watching the Republican bloodletting begin yesterday the most interesting thing I saw was the far right complain about how Romney wasn't a true Conservative, that his positions were all over the map and they weren't convinced that a Moderate wouldn't have shown up in the White House. How is that different from what the author said here?
Carl Petersen III November 08, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Diana 9:00 pm on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 "You know I so agree with you, and the end of democracy is here and a live. Funny a prediction, and now a reality." Re-ELECTING a President brought the end of democracy? You use funny logic!
Carl Petersen III November 08, 2012 at 03:55 PM
From http://electoral-vote.com/ "Liberals Did Well on Tuesday Although Republicans like to say the United States is center-right country, liberals did quite well in this year's election. Among other things: The new Democratic Senate caucus will be more liberal than the current one Same-sex marriage was approved in three states and an attempt to ban it was defeated in one Tea party superstars Allen West and Joe Walsh were beaten in House races An openly lesbian woman, Tammy Baldwin, was elected to the Senate A rising tea party star, Mia Love, was defeated in a House race Billionaires spent close to a billion dollars and got nothing to show for it The use of marijuana for recreational use was approved in Colorado The much-maligned 18-29 year-olds showed up in great numbers and 60% voted Democratic"
BLUESGUITAR777 November 08, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Still tootin' your own horn, eh? You've stolen your mother's spotlight and made this the Carl Peterson show. lol
Caroline G. Ross November 08, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Hey, Carl, I, for one, am up for renewing your show for a second season. Love the most recent episode "What's Logic Got to Do With Anything?" and the previous one, "My Facts are Better Than Your Facts." Great storyline, great writing. I nominate you for the "Bullsh*t Can't Beat Facts" award. You highly deserve it. Keep 'em coming, Carl.
Carl Petersen III November 08, 2012 at 05:33 PM
BLUESGUITAR777 8:13 am on Thursday, November 8, 2012 "Still tootin' your own horn, eh? You've stolen your mother's spotlight and made this the Carl Peterson show." 1) You still can't resist responding to me. 2) You still don't have anything to say. 3) You are so brilliant that you can't even spell my name correctly even when it is sitting right in front of you.
BLUESGUITAR777 November 08, 2012 at 05:35 PM
1) So what 2) Yes I did, can't you read? 3) I really could care less about your name to even look up to verify spelling. You're nothing special.
Carl Petersen III November 08, 2012 at 06:25 PM
And Hard Rock Drummer drowns out Blues Guitar every time! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9ADbq9-JWA
Carl Petersen III November 08, 2012 at 08:05 PM
BLUESGUITAR777 9:35 am on Thursday, November 8, 2012 "1) So what 2) Yes I did, can't you read? 3) I really could care less about your name to even look up to verify spelling. You're nothing special." 1) BLUESGUITAR777 3:01 pm on Monday, November 5, 2012 "Constant - I know. Obviously Carl is not 'firing on all thrusters.' I'm bowing out now because he/she is simply completely wasting my time." And chances are you'll respond again. 2) I can read just fine and there was absolutely no information contained in your post. Just another attempt at a personal insult. 3) Just showing your ignorance once again.
Carl Petersen III November 11, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Diana 3:16 pm on Monday, November 5, 2012 "Valerie Jarret sounds like a real sweetheart, she may just have to eat them words now won't she." Or she won't.
Antonio November 11, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Roberto ever heard of CITGO oil company. You may want to check it out and its connection to Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, who has been re-elected by the people of Venezuela.
Antonio November 11, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Recent election is just the start. It was the death knell of the ultra conservative wackos and tea party which were spawned by the economic malfeasance by the 8 years of the GW Bush administration. Under GW Bush, Dick Cheney infamous quote (lie) "budget deficits don't matter." As he tried to spin the justification for tax cuts for the wealthy and 2 unwise wars.

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