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Aug 2, 2012

Crazy Like Fox

Last night, John Stewart noted a poll which said that more than 50% of the country would “vote for a generic republican over President Obama.”  Although this poll was taken sometime ago, Stewart used it as a possible explanation for Romney’s flip flopping, bet hedging, question evading approach to his campaign.  To wit:  Romney is making himself into the generic republican.

Yesterday, Rolling Stone magazine posted the following:

“Is  GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney “a strong believer in stating your position and not wavering,” as he once bragged? Or is he, as his onetime presidential rival Gov. John Hunstman called him, a “perfectly lubricated weathervane”? Take a read and decide for yourselves.

ABORTION

Flip
“I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country. I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years, that we should sustain and support it. I sustain and support that law and the right of a woman to make that choice.” — Debate with Sen. Edward Kennedy, 1994

“I will preserve and protect a woman’s right to choose and am devoted and dedicated to honoring my word in that regard.” — Massachusetts Gubernatorial Debate, 2002

Flop
“Look, I was pro-choice. I am pro-life. You can go back to YouTube and look at what I said in 1994. I never said I was pro-choice, but my position was effectively pro-choice. I changed my position.” — Iowa Straw poll debate, 2007

“What I would like to see happen would be for the Supreme Court to say, look, we’re going to overturn Roe v. Wade and return to the states the authority to decide whether they want to have abortion or not, state by state. That’s the way it was before Roe v. Wade. So I am firmly pro-life.” — Town hall meeting, Hopkinton, NH, 2011

HUNTING

Flip
“I purchased a gun when I was a young man. I’ve been a hunter pretty much all my life.” — On the campaign trail in Keene, N.H., 2007

Flop
“Any description of my being a hunter is an overstatement of capability.” — Comment to a reporter from the Austin American-Statesman, 2007

RONALD REAGAN

Flip
“I was an independent during the time of Reagan-Bush. I’m not trying to return to Reagan-Bush.” — Debate with Sen. Edward Kennedy, 1994

Flop
“When I was running for office for the first time in 1994, I was trying to define who I was….  I’ve said since, and continue to reiterate, that one of my heroes is Ronald Reagan.” — Q&A with Human Events, 2006

DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL

Flip
Romney once said he was in favor of  “gays and lesbians being able to serve openly and honestly” in the military. — Letter to Log Cabin Republicans, 1994

Flop
“[Don't Ask Don't Tell has] been the policy now in the military for, what, 10, 15 years – and it seems to have worked. This is not the time to put in major change, a social experiment, in the middle of a war going on.” — Presidential primary debate, 2007

VIETNAM

Flip
“I was not planning on signing up for the military. It was not my desire to go off and serve in Vietnam.” — Quoted by the Boston Herald, 1994

Flop
“I longed in many respects to actually be in Vietnam and be representing our country there and in some ways it was frustrating not to feel like I was there as part of the troops that were fighting in Vietnam.” — Quoted by the Boston Globe, 2007

GUN CONTROL 

Flip
“We do have tough gun laws in Massachusetts. I support them. I won’t chip away at them.” — Gubernatorial debate, 2002

“Deadly assault weapons have no place in Massachusetts.”  — Signing ceremony for bill banning assault weapons, 2004

Flop
“I don’t support any gun control legislation, the effort for a new assault weapons ban, with a ban on semi-automatic weapons, is something I would oppose.” — Interview with conservative bloggers, 2008

HEALTH CARE REFORM

Flip
“I like mandates. Mandates work.” — Presidential primary debate, 2008

“I’m proud of what we’ve done. If Massachusetts succeeds in implementing [Romneycare], then that will be a model for the nation.” — Speech in Baltimore, 2007

Flop
“At the time I crafted the plan in the last campaign I was asked is [Romneycare] something that you would have the whole nation do, and I said no. This is something that was crafted for Massachusetts. It would be wrong to adopt this as a nation.” — Presidential primary debate, 2011

Bret Baier: “Governor, you did say on camera and in other places, at times you thought [Romneycare] would be a model for the nation.”
Mitt Romney: “You’re wrong, Bret.” — Fox News interview, 2011

CLIMATE CHANGE

Flip
“I believe the world’s getting warmer. I can’t prove that, but I believe based on what I read that the world is getting warmer. And number two, I believe that humans contribute to that. … And so I think it’s important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases that may well be significant contributors to the climate change and the global warming that you’re seeing.” — Town hall meeting, Manchester, NH, June 2011

Flop
“My view is that we don’t know what’s causing climate change on this planet. And the idea of spending trillions and trillions of dollars to try to reduce CO2 emissions is not the right course for us.” — Q&A session, Pittsburg, PA, October 2011

BUSH TAX CUTS

Flip
“[R]omney spoke at the 10th annual legislative conference organized by U.S. Rep. Martin T. Meehan (D-Lowell) and met with the Massachusetts delegation. … Congressional sources said that a point of contention arose when Romney refused to take a position on Bush’s massive, 10-year tax cut plan.” — Boston Herald, 2003

Flop
“McCain opposed President Bush’s tax cuts, Romney noted. ‘I supported them,’ the former governor said.” — Quoted in The State (SC), 2007

TAX PLEDGES

Flip
“I’m not intending to, at this stage, sign a document which would prevent me from being able to look specifically at the revenue needs of the commonwealth. ” — Quoted in Union-News, Springfield, MA, 2002

“Signing the pledge now sends a very clear message to those in Washington who have voted against tax relief and for tax hikes that such actions will never grow our regional and national economies.” — Romney spokesman quoted in the Boston Globe, 2007

FLIP-FLOPPING

Flip
“I’m a strong believer in stating your position and not wavering.” — Comments to NARAL Pro Choice Massachusetts, 2002

Flop
“I changed my position.” — Iowa straw poll debate, 2007

Romney is not brilliant, but he is not a stupid man.  Romney is arrogant, but doing his best to hem it in.  Romney knows that all of this stuff is on video tape, but he proceeds in changing his position whenever he feels he must.  Generic Republican?  Romney is crazy like FOX.

Jul 5, 2012

Republicans Give Shout Out to Public Unions

Being fought by government workers…

Republic Presidential Nominee : Romney said of Obama, “he wants another stimulus, he wants to hire more government workers. He says we need more fireman, more policeman, more teachers. Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It’s time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.

Ohio Governor John Kasich: “If they want to strike, they should be fired,” Mr. Kasich said in a speech. “They’ve got good jobs, they’ve got high pay, they get good benefits, a great retirement. What are they striking for?”

In the 2010 elections, Republicans emerged with seven more governor’s mansions and won control of the legislature in 26 states, up from 14. That swing has put unions more on the defensive than they have been in decades.

Wisconsin Governor Scot Walker: Some new governors, most notably Scott Walker of Wisconsin, are even threatening to take away government workers’ right to form unions and bargain contracts.        “We can no longer live in a society where the public employees are the haves and taxpayers who foot the bills are the have-nots,” Mr. Walker, a Republican.

…in some cases — mostly in states with Republican governors and Republican statehouse majorities — officials are seeking more far-reaching, structural changes that would weaken the bargaining power and political influence of unions, including private sector ones.

In Wisconsin, new Republican Gov. Scott Walker is going for it all — the elimination of collective bargaining rights for public employees plus sharp increases in their health care and pension payments. His plan advanced quickly to the Republican-led Senate, despite several days of protests that drew tens of thousands of demonstrators to the Capitol. Then Senate Democrats suddenly fled the state, bringing the legislative process to a halt.

Texas Governor Rick Perry: Friday, Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, chairman of the Republican Governors Association, urged people to show their support for Walker in what he described as “a defining moment for our country and the conservative movement.” And governors from Nevada to Florida have been touting the need to weaken union powers and extract more money from government employees to help balance out-of-whack budgets.

“We need to ensure that state and local governments are accurate and honest in detailing their financial liabilities, including the cost of pension plans for public employees. The Public Employee Pension Transparency Act will make government more accountable to taxpayers by shining a light on the financial soundness and unfunded obligations associated with these plans, and I’m honored to join Representatives Nunes and Issa in sponsoring this common-sense legislation.” — Rep. Paul Ryan

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer: The fight over union rights may be headed to a new battleground in Arizona, as the state’s Republican legislature and Gov. Jan Brewer (R) are gearing up to push a full slate of anti-union legislation targeting public workers.

Michigan Governor Mitch Daniels:  I think really government works better without them. I really do. You know, in our state, we had a 16 year run with so- called collective bargaining. And we did end it.

And I want to say that although it led to the savings of large amount of tax dollars, it was not principally about that. We had 160 pages of shackles really on government’s ability to deliver better. And seven years later we are delivering services. We could never made the reforms tied down to 160 pages of thou shalt not.

Really.  We could be fighting those fires without them.

Jun 28, 2012

Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts Next

One of my regular readers has expressed the hope that I could find something positive to say in my blog, which of course immediately set my mind to thinking about how I could be negative about the support of the Affordable Care Act by a 5-4 vote of the Supreme Court.

First let me say I am pleased that Justice Roberts agreed to side with his ideological enemies on the court, leaving the super-cons apopletic about the outrageous sins which Romenycare/Obamacare commits. I was especially pleased with comments I heard about Antonin Scalia’s reaction, which said he was “visibly depressed” about the decision, confirming earlier comments that Scalia is a “big fat cry baby.”

But I digress:  Roberts found a way to agree to agree because the Act conforms with Congress’ power to “lay and collect taxes.”    Needless to say, our friends in the Republican party have pounced ~ saying that Obama just levied the largest tax in history on poor people.   They seem to “forget” that their own candidate for President is the original architect of the Act.

It is evidently estimated that four million people who can afford it will elect not to get healthcare and pay the penalty instead.   So the decision, in fact, was an effort by Justice Roberts to make people just a little bit like Corporations.  It is a well know fact that Corporations will almost always pay the fine (penalty) for any problems they have caused –versus actually solving the problem.  So now, people can behave like corporations, choosing to pay a fine instead of solving their healthcare problem.

After Citizens United and the Ledbetter decisions, it’s hard to believe that this Court would support anything good for the majority for any reason whatsoever.

But God works in mysterious ways:  Outsmarted by the black guy once again.

Jun 28, 2012

NRA Changes Name to NAWA

NAWA’s World Massacre Shirt

After Wayne LaPierre and his stooges in the Republican Party concocted the MRCTOAT (most ridiculous conspiracy theory of all time), the National Rife Association (NRA) has decided to come out of the closet and call itself what it really is:  The National Assault Weapons Association (NAWA).

At this writing, NAWA has its eye on the contempt vote  regarding Attorney General Holder, something about which they really don’t know anything.  NAWA has made an early effort to conduct its usual voter suppression program, saying they will “count the vote” and grade the Congress people how how they vote.

After several failed launches of conspiracy theories (beginning with “just you watch, he will eliminate the second amendment” to “okay, so he did nothing:  that really means he is going to eliminate it now”), La Pierre has corralled the get-along-to-be-able-to-go-along Republicans and so far, five Democrats, into casting yet another vote on something they know nothing about.  Remember, more than a few members of the Republican Party have called LaPierre “over the edge” and a “wing nut.”  And yet they vote…

It is doubtful that even the vaunted criminal-led oversight committee and its members have actually read the more-than 7600 documents or pages (I can’t remember which) that have been turned over.  I know this to be true because page number 3,451 says “a pot of gold is hidden behind toilet number five in the men’s bathroom,” and no one has gone to look for it.

NAWA will be celebrating its new name with updated t-shirts like the one pictured above, celebrating the AK-47 and its worldwide tour of violence.  Remember, if Bella Santorum can have an assault weapon, so can you!

Updated December 21:  Wayne LaPierre has upped the ante on craziness… talk about bad guys with a gun!!!

 

 

 

Jun 26, 2012

Republicans Favor Auto-defenestration

cartoon credit: handsthatfeedsyou.blogspot.com

Once again, Republicans are backing up their belief in American individualism by acknowledging today that they will pursue a policy that relies on autodefenestration to address the problems of the poor and elderly when they have eliminated entitlements including medicare and social security.

“Much like self-deportation, auto-defenestration relies heavily on individuals to do what is good for them, and for the nation,” noted one Republican source.  The source went on to say that “although self-deportation as a concept was originally a joke that mocked America’s immigration policies, we “the people” (aka Republicans) are serious about this.”

The source also noted that “you can tell how serious we are about this because Romney frequently brings it up.  The problem with the Dream Act is that it is a dream … as in not real ... and besides, Romney does not have a sense of humor about our great country.”

Republicans anticipate that Romney will be elected because people like him will pour money into making it happen, voter ID laws in swing states will give Romney the lead he needs, and we all know that poor, uneducated white males prefer their oppressors (rich white males) over blacks (Obama).

Once Romney takes the reigns,the programs which help those who cannot help themselves will be abandoned once and for all. Then, Romney will begin speaking about the auto-defenestration solution.  Surely, if people are willing to embrace the idea of self-deportation, acceptance of auto-defenestration is next.  ”    ”They embraced it in the ’20s and ’30s. so why shouldn’t it work now?  It if was good enough for their grandfathers, it is should be good enough for them.”

“Most of the people who we want to auto-defenestrate live in walk up apartments so  the government site www.autodefenestration.com will have clear directions on how many floors one has to go up to get the right result when one auto-defenestrates.”

Once self-deportation and auto-defenestration programs start to gather steam, the people known as corporations will be able to stop paying their share of social security and medicare, because the programs will have self-destructed.

Gloria. Circa 1955.



Gloria. Circa 2012.




Other than working for the American Red Cross in Korea for two years, Gloria Garvey has lived in Hawai`i since 1971. Her opinion and other writing has appeared in: The American Philatelist. Honolulu Weekly, The Honolulu Advertiser, The Honolulu Star Bulletin, The Star Advertiser, Hawai`i Reporter, Pacific Business News, Island Scene, The Design Management Journal.

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