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You Don’t Know Mitt: 99 Facts About Mitt Romney
1. As head of the investment company Bain Capital, Mitt Romney laid off thousands of workers.
[CBS News, 01/28/2008]
2. Mitt Romney’s advice on the foreclosure crisis: “Don’t try and stop the foreclosure process.”[Mother Jones, 10/18/2011]
3. The former Bain Capital managing director said of Mitt Romney’s tenure: “We had a scheme where the rich got richer.”[Los Angeles Times, 12/16/2007]
4. Mitt Romney set up shell companies in the Cayman Islands and Bermuda to avoid U.S. taxes.[Los Angeles Times, 12/19/2007]
5. Mitt Romney calls Obama’s payroll tax cut that would save middle class/lower income families $1,500 a year “temporary little band aids.”[Yahoo! News, 10/18/2011]
6. Mitt Romney’s first budget as governor included $240 million in fee increases.[Meet the Press, 12/16/2007]
7. As governor, Mitt Romney made it more expensive to use an ice skating rink, register a boat, take the bar exam, and transport hazardous waste.[Associated Press, The Boston Globe, 08/28/2007]
8. Mitt Romney’s plan for a “middle class tax cut” would provide zero benefits to 73.9 percent of the middle class.[ThinkProgress, 10/14/2011]
9. In 2008, Mitt Romney proposed a $233 billion “stimulus package” to boost the economy.[USA Today, 01/20/2008]
10. Under Mitt Romney’s leadership, Massachusetts ranked 47th among the 50 states in job creation.[ThinkProgress, 06/2/2011]
11. During Mitt Romney’s tenure, Massachusetts’ job growth was at 0.9 percent, far behind the national average of over 5 percent.[ThinkProgress, 06/2/2011]
12. A Northeastern University economist found that Massachusetts lagged on virtually every economic indicator while Mitt Romney was in office.[ThinkProgress, 06/2/2011]
13. Mitt Romney has proposed tax cuts for the rich and corporations that would cost $7.8 trillion over 10 years.[ThinkProgress, 09/7/2011]
14. Mitt Romney boasts a record for creating private-sector jobs, but as governor, state employment grew twice as fast as the private sector.[ThinkProgress, 09/6/2011]
15. Mitt Romney called the Occupy Wall Street movement “dangerous.”[ThinkProgress, 10/4/2011]
16. Mitt Romney’s top economic adviser Greg Mankiw said the “offshoring” of American jobs was a good thing.[Washington Post, 02/11/2004]
17. Mitt Romney called for taxes on the poor, saying low-income Americans having no income tax liability is “a problem” that will “kill the country.”[ThinkProgress, 09/21/2011]
18. Mitt Romney called the auto bailout “tragic.” After it succeeded his campaign claimed he “had the idea first.”[ThinkProgress, 05/25/2011]
19. Back in 2002, a spokesman for Mitt Romney derided an anti-tax pledge as “government by gimmickry.” He signed the Americans for Tax Reform pledge in 2011.[ThinkProgress, 06/29/2011]
20. Mitt Romney admits he couldn’t reduce Massachusetts’ multi-billion dollar budget deficit without new revenue.[The Boston Globe, 04/6/2003]
21. Mitt Romney would repeal the Dodd-Frank bill, which regulates the risky practices that led to the 2008 crisis.[ThinkProgress, 08/25/2011]
22. Mitt Romney, who lambasts the “failures” of government-backed mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, profits from investments in the firms.[ThinkProgress, 09/20/2011]
23. Mitt Romney: “Corporations are people, my friend.”[ThinkProgress, 08/11/2011]
24. In 1996, Mitt Romney called the flat tax a “tax cut for fat cats.” In 2011, Romney said “I love a flat tax.”[New York Times, 10/24/2011]
25. Mitt Romney supports privatizing Social Security.[ThinkProgress, 09/8/2011]
26. Mitt Romney defended his belief that we “should consider a higher retirement age” for Social Security and Medicare to preserve tax breaks for corporations.[ThinkProgress, 08/11/2011]
27. Mitt Romney signed a budget that cut K-12 spending by $181.6 million (4 percent) and higher education spending by $100 million (10 percent).[The Boston Globe, 10/24/2005]
28. Mitt Romney said he wants to “get the federal government out of education.”[ThinkProgress, 09/23/2011]
29. As governor, Mitt Romney vetoed a minimum wage increase to $8 an hour.[The Boston Globe, 08/1/2006]
By Will Rahn
During his unsuccessful run against Sen. Ted Kennedy in 1994, Mitt Romney decided that he would run on a pro-choice platform after being advised that a pro-life candidate could not win in liberal Massachusetts.
The revelation comes from a new book, “Mitt Romney: An Inside Look at the Man and His Politics,” by journalist Ronald Scott. Journalist Byron York reported on Scott’s disclosure in an article published Friday in The Washington Examiner.
“According to Scott, Romney revealed that polling from Richard Wirthlin, Ronald Reagan’s former pollster whom Romney had hired for the ’94 campaign, showed it would be impossible for a pro-life candidate to win statewide office in Massachusetts,” York writes. “In light of that, Romney decided to run as a pro-choice candidate, pledging to support Roe v. Wade, while remaining personally pro-life.”
A Mormon who lives in Boston, Scott has known Romney for decades, and even accompanied him on a trip to explain the abortion stance to church leaders in Utah. According to Scott, Romney made the trip because he “probably was obliged to let them know as a matter of courtesy before he would take some stands on various issues that would raise eyebrows, because he was a fairly important officer of the church.” Romney was also Scott’s stake president, a role in the Mormon church somewhat analogous to that of a bishop in the Catholic church.
It’s no secret that Romney argued forcefully for abortion rights both in 1994 and during his successful run for governor of Massachusetts eight years later. His Republican primary opponents made much out of his apparent “flip flop” on the issue in 2008, and this year the Democratic National Committee has frequently highlighted Romney’s old pro-choice stance in their videos attacking the GOP front-runner.
Columnist Kathleen Parker wrote earlier this year that Romney changed his mind on abortion after meeting with a Stanford biomedical ethics professor in 2005. Romney now describes himself as an “unapologetically pro-life” Republican who would be “delighted” to sign a bill overturning Roe v. Wade.
A Romney spokesperson told The Daily Caller that the campaign had “no comment” on Scott’s book.
http://www.RonPaul2012.com – Congressman Ron Paul’s new ad titled “Life”
The Obama administration released a Statement of Administration Policy today threatening to veto a bill the House plans to vote on tomorrow that ensures no federal taxpayer funding for abortions under Obamacare.
On September 9, 2009, President Barack Obama addressed a joint session of Congress and claimed about the Obamacare legislation: “And one more misunderstanding I want to clear up—under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions, and federal conscience laws will remain in place.”
To hold him accountable to that pledge, the House of Representatives will vote Thursday on legislation that would stop abortion funding in the program. H.R. 358, Protect Life Act, makes it clear that no funds authorized or appropriated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), including tax credits and cost-sharing reductions, may be used to pay for abortion or abortion coverage. It specifies that individual people or state or local governments must purchase a separate elective abortion rider or insurance coverage that includes elective abortion but only as long as that is done with private funds and not monies authorized by Obamacare.
But the new Obama administration statement says: “The Administration strongly opposes H.R. 358 because, as previously stated in the Statement of Administration Policy on H.R. 3, the legislation intrudes on women’s reproductive freedom and access to health care and unnecessarily restricts the private insurance choices that women and their families have today.”
“Longstanding Federal policy prohibits Federal funds from being used for abortions, except in cases of rape or incest, or when the life of the woman would be endangered,” the new Obama administration statement says, referring to the Hyde Amendment, which does not apply to the Obamacare law.
Obama officials rely on the disproved argument that Obamacare, and a subsequent executive order Obama signed related to it, prohibit taxpayer funding of abortions under the law, even though pro-life groups almost unanimously say the bill and the order are not sufficient to stop abortion funding.
“The Affordable Care Act preserved this prohibition and included policies to ensure that Federal funding is segregated from any private dollars used to fund abortions for which Federal funding is prohibited,” the administration claims. “The President’s Executive Order 13535 reinforces that Federal funding cannot be used for abortions (except in cases of rape or incest, or when the life of the woman would be endangered) and ensures proper enforcement of this policy.”
Obama officials issue the veto threat, saying, “H.R. 358 goes well beyond the safeguards found in current law and reinforced in the President’s Executive Order by restricting women’s private insurance choices. If the President is presented with H.R. 358, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill.”
The pro-life movement has already worked to stop taxpayer funding of abortions that state attempted to implement under Obamacare. The Obama administration came under heavy fire from a pro-life group that discovered, in three states, officials had approved paying for abortions under new high risk insurance programs created under the national health care law. The National Right to Life Committee exposed the abortion funding and the Obama administration responded at first by claiming the executive order Obama signed prohibits the funding NRLC uncovered. Then, Obama officials revised the statement to say they promised the high risk insurance programs would not fund abortions in Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Maryland or any other states.