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Less Than A Week

By my countdown, I’m on Day Five of An Election.  It’s Wednesday.  The election is on Tuesday.  To me the choice is clear, as it was four years ago.  I’ve spent the last week providing examples of how Mitt Romney is a fundamentally flawed candidate.  He has no political soul and he has showed an alarming willingness to shape-shift throughout the entire course of this election, dating back to the very beginning.

Why vote for Barack Obama?

What I hear almost universally from those who oppose him is that he didn’t do enough to solve the economic woes this country was in when he took office.  I marvel at this contention.  When he took office, our economy was losing 700,000 jobs a month.  Just stop and ponder that number for a moment.  Let’s make it bigger — if that job loss had continued, it would have been 8.4 million lost jobs over the course of a year.  As well, the auto industry was on the verge of collapse and the American financial system was right behind it.  If the auto industry had not been “saved” a couple more million jobs would have been lost and entire communities throughout the Midwest would have been devastated.  If the financial system had failed, we would be in a Depression.

What did he do?  His programs saved the auto industry and also saved the benefits autoworkers have bargained for with their employers.  Romney’s idea for “saving” the auto industry never would have worked.  It depended on two things.  First, going through bankruptcy — which would have likely resulted in autoworkers losing their pensions, benefits, and other compensation they had bargained for with their employers.  Romney’s plan would have done to the auto industry exactly what he did when he was at Bain — strip companies down and leave the carcass behind.  Pay attention to what he was proposing for the auto industry and you have an idea of what he wants to do if he’s elected.

Second, and more important, is that Romney’s idea for the auto industry depended on private capital coming to the rescue and bailing out the auto industry instead of the government.  Guess what.  The capital markets were completely frozen at the time.  There was no investing going on, no lending.  There would have been no interest or ability of the banks and investment firms to invest the billions of dollars it would have taken to rescue the auto industry.  So, remember this … Romney’s idea was a sham.

Barack Obama, however, did what needed to be done to save those millions of jobs and, in the face of significant opposition from Republicans, he engineered bailouts of the auto industry and the banks to keep a depression at bay.  Was everything done perfectly?  Of course not.  I’d love to see the people responsible for engineering the crisis be punished.  I’d love to see the banking system massively overhauled.

So, where are we now … 31 months of job creation.  Yes, the numbers aren’t huge, but going from losing 700,000 jobs a month to 31 consecutive months of job growth says something.

Barack Obama hasn’t done enough?  I say he has done everything he could on these particular issues, particularly when you measure the progress and his policies against the intransigence of the Republican Party which was united in being more concerned with defeating him than with doing the right thing for this country.

And, here I’ll ask the question I keep asking and not getting an answer to … if he didn’t do enough, what would you have had him do?  If he didn’t do enough, what would the Republicans (or Mitt Romney) have done that would have produced a better result than where we are now?

Day 6

Mitt Romney on Gay Marriage

And on the seventh day …

Mitt Romney is clueless.

We have fewer ships now than we did in 1916 (or was it 1917).  Yes, and back then, our naval power represented only 11% of naval power in the world and we now have a navy that is larger than all of the other navies in the world combined.

Which means, he is also wasteful.

Spend more on defense.  We must.  We must.  Why?  We already have a military that is larger, better equipped, more capable of responding to any crisis than any other military in the world.  We just need more.  More ships.  We don’t have enough.  Why?  Who the hell knows, he’s too clueless to tell us.  All we know is he thinks tax cuts for the wealthy and increased defense spending will do miracles for the federal budget.  Sounds like Reagan — who produced his own record-breaking deficits.

Let’s go back to clueless, however …

Oh, never mind.  I think I’ve made my point.  Mitt Romney is the most disingenuous, dishonest, incompetent candidate we have had for the Presidency in years.  He has no idea how the middle class and poor live.  He has no interest in them.  He is running to protect a narrow slice of America at the cost of everybody else.

He is cynical and believes America can be fooled.  My only hope is that he is wrong and that enough voters will not be fooled by his tactics.  He was for it before he was against it only to be for it again in the final weeks of this election.  There is simply no way anybody can credibly claim to know what his positions are on any major issue.  You, the voter, can decide not to let it happen.  Is President Obama perfect?  No.  Has he failed to live up to all of his promise?  No.  Is he like other politicians?  Yes.  It is a game they play.

The problem is that Mitt Romney has decided that the game is more important.  It’s not about establishing who he is and persuading America to vote for who he is.  It’s about being what he needs to be to get elected.  There is nothing else that explains his actions of the last couple of years.  Remember it was a fellow Republican who stated “how do you debate a liar” about Mitt Romney.  How do you vote for somebody who is so willing to lie in his effort to become President?  I’ll never get the level of support he has.  If he prevails it will say a lot regarding the American electorate and not much of it is any good.

A little bit o’ Andrew Sullivan on Day 8

Because this was posted on Andrew Sullivan’s blog yesterday, I’m linking to it today.  I’ll be back with two more anti-Romney days before I head to the pro-Obama days to wind down my 12 days of an Election.

The moral case for President Obama’s re-election.


The Nine Lies of the Ninth Day

1.  “I don’t have a $5 trillion tax cut.”

2.  “I will not cut taxes on wealthy Americans.”

3.  I’m going to cut taxes on the middle class by eliminating taxes on interest, dividends and capital gains.

4.  “Pre-existing conditions are covered in my plan.”

5.  “We’ve got 23 million people out of work.”

6.  “Regulations have quadrupled.”

7.  He claims Obama doubled the deficit.

8.  The 47% who support Obama pay no income tax.

9.  Has repeatedly said that Obama has not signed any free trade agreements.

Well, wait, there’s more…

10.  He came up with the idea for the binder full of women.

11.  His tax cuts won’t add to the deficit.

12.  Obama care puts in place an unelected board that will tell people what health care they can hav.e

13.  20 million Americans will lose their health care as a result of Obamacare.

14.  Half of the green firms the Obama administration invested in have gone under.  (In fact only 3 out of 26 have.)

I could go on … but I think you get the point.  The Etch-A-Sketch candidate is also a liar.


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