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Romney, Candidate of 'Whatever is good for the 1% is good for America'

By January 9, 2012

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I hate it when Mitt Romney exudes presidential-like competence and intelligence, as he clearly did in the New Hampshire debate a few days ago and throughout his campaign in New England.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Romney never seems more confident or leader-like than when he's amid a sea of moderate Republicans and business-friendly Democrats... which, of course, defines both New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

I cringe when when Mr. Romney speaks at a forum moderate enough to permit him to declare :

  • "I would totally and completely oppose any effort to ban contraception." or...

  • "... there's every right for people in this country to form long- term committed relationships with one another... There can be domestic partnership benefits or -- or a contractual relationship between two people, which would include... hospital visitation rights and the like." or...

  • "We want to bring our troops home as soon as we possibly can." or...

  • "I find it extraordinary that -- that a very few number of families are paying the price of freedom in America. So the -- the hurdle to actually putting our troops in harm's way is very, very high." or...

  • "Well, there are certain things that government can do to encourage an economy. And rebuilding an infrastructure that's aging is one of those." or...

  • "We have to make sure they're preserved, our entitlements, that is, so we don't kill the future of the country... this election is about the soul of America." or especially...

  • " We have the right in this country to pursue happiness as we choose and as people pursue education and work hard and take risks and build enterprises of all kinds, they lift themselves and don't make us poorer, they make us better off."

    (Note - All quotes are from the ABC News Republican presidential debate in New Hampshire, held on January 7, 2012)

I detest when Mitt Romney plays his familiar role of moderate Republican leader appeasing liberal-leaning voters because he sounds more like a caring, common-sense Democrat than does Barack Obama, the actual Democrat in the 2012 presidential race!

I'm loathe to admit it, but Romney's firmly spoken sentiments are soothing to my liberal ears. Seriously, Romney knows how to schmooze and smooth-talk Democrats...

Problem is, in his vaunted business career as a venture capitalist, Mitt Romney amply demonstrated that he is an enthusiastic pro-Wall Street, pro-corporation, anti-worker Republican who unabashedly supports:

  • Outsourcing of U.S. jobs to outside the United States, the workers be damned
  • Downsizing of businesses to increase profitability and executive pay, the workers be damned
  • Privatizing of government services, the workers be damned
  • Avoidance of labor unions at all costs, the workers be damned

Mitt Romney is part of the 1% of wealthiest Americans. Romney's actions and deeds illustrate that he believes that whatever is good for the 1% is good for America. And that "Corporations are people too!"

Mitt Romney is decidedly not a Democrat, but his campaign rhetoric rings Democratic... which explains his success as a Republican in blue-state Massachusetts.

My political fear is that pro-business Democrats, also known as Reagan Democrats, might vote for Romney over Obama in 2012.... which would be a terrible economic blow to the 99% of hard-working Americans who have suffered mightily through this recession.

Potential Democratic crossovers to Republican Romney need to remember that what is good for the 1% of wealthiest Americans is NOT good for America.

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