Mitt Romney, Republican Presidential Nominee?
Millions of people watched the first and second presidential debates between President Barack
Obama and his Republican contender, former governor Mitt Romney.  Additionally, millions
watched the VP debates between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan, but I wonder.

Does everyone know where each candidate actually stands?

I wonder, is Romney actually the presidential nominee?  Have the People listened to him?  Has
HE heard himself?

When Romney is on the campaign trail talking to his supporters face to face, he says he supports
the color orange.  When he does a conservative radio interview or on Fox News, he says he
supports the color purple.  Then on national news stations, he picks green.  I can only hope The
People are paying attention because this can be confusing.

It is only human that there will be mistakes, as it sometimes difficult to speak to a crowd of
strangers.  Sometimes there are Freudian slips, stupid gaffs and just downright stupidity.  It
happens to the best of us no matter how prepared we are.  I have made my share of mistakes in
just writing simple commentary, let alone having someone stare at me while I speak.  However, I
am neither a professional commentator nor a proficient orator.  Although I have gotten better with
speaking before an audience, the rest needs work.

Notwithstanding, I honestly believe that Romney actually meant to say, "I like firing people."  And
I honestly have no qualms about him saying that.  To his credit, his comment was taken out of
context.  What I believe he meant was that he appreciates the opportunity to be able to fire people
who were not doing what they were hired to do.  Although we may not appreciate it, sometimes
we have to let people go.

All our politicians - Left and Right - are incapable of avoiding mistakes no matter how prepared
the speech.  However, saying anything just to appease the crowd, begging for votes, should take
some skill.  If you are going to skirt the issues, at least make your answers plausible, and it is
apparent that Romney needs to either loosen up, or hire someone who is proficient in public
relations.

When Romeny said, "I'm not concerned about the very poor…There's a safety net there,
and if it needs repair I'll fix it.  I'm not concerned about the very rich, they're doing just
fine.  I'm concerned about the heart of America, the 95% of Americans who are right now
struggling.
"

I can honestly say that this may have indeed been a Freudian slip, but what about his remark "
I'm
concerned about the heart of America, the 95% of Americans who are right now
struggling.
"?
                     Willard Mitt Romney,
                    Republican Presidential Nominee?
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Below, are just SOME of the issues Mitt Romeny has publicly expounded on:  (Others can be found HERE.)

  • Abortion:
    When Romney ran for governor and the senate, he was pro-choice.  However, he now supports a ban in all cases
    except rape, incest, or when the life of the mother is at risk.

  • Auto Industry:
    Romney said that yes, he did want Detroit's auto industry to go bankrupt, as it would "make them come back
    stronger just as 7-Eleven, Macy’s and Continental Airlines."  Romney appears to agree with Obama, as this is
    exactly what happened, so we can agree to disagree.  However, Romney failed to mention that he and his own co-
    investors and partners overturned the deal that the U.S. government had made to save that auto parts division, and
    shut it down.  They bought it out, shut it down and ultimately moved it to China, and consequently, every UAW job
    was lost.

  • Defense Spending:
    Admittedly, I do not understand Romney's stance on defense spending, but noted that he would spend $2 trillion
    more than President Obama over the next 10 years.  President Obama's plan is to cut defense spending and
    ultimately use the money currently being used in Afghanistan for deficit reduction and/or non-defense spending.

  • EPA:
    Romney has switched his truths about the EPA; therefore, it is uncertain where he stands on the issue.

  • Food Stamps/SNAP
    Romney has said that he does not want to cut the SNAP Program but wants to create "good jobs" so that people
    would be able to get off the program.  In addition, he proposes to cap federal spending at 20 percent of GDP to
    force drastic cuts to SNAP and other programs.

  • Gay adoption:
    Romney has not said that he opposes gay adoption, but "acknowledges" the right of same-sex couples to adopt.

  • Gay Marriage:
    Romney says he will "champion" a constitutional amendment "defining marriage as a union between one man and
    one woman."  He said he would appoint an attorney general who will "defend the Defense of Marriage Act
    (DOMA).

  • Gun Control:
    When Romney was governor of Massachusetts, he signed an assault weapons ban saying,  "These guns are not
    made for recreation or self defense.  They are instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down
    and killing people."  However, as he runs for president, he has not mentioned any plans to change or implement any
    changes in gun laws.

  • Health Care:
    Romney has promised to begin work to repeal President Obama's Affordable Care Act ("ObamaCare") from "day
    one."  He said that he would work on a better health care plan in the future.

  • Immigration:
    Romney opposes the DREAM Act, but supports permanent citizenship for military veterans as well as building a
    border fence and Arizona's controversial immigration law.

  • Israel and Palestine:
    Romney explicitly states that he does not support talks with Iran.  Furthermore, he said that he would end aid to
    Palestine if their leaders continued to push for recognition at the United Nations.

  • Iran:
    Romney has said he would not stand in the way of an Israeli air strike on Iranian nuclear sites.

  • Job Training Programs:
    Romeny wants to setup personal spending accounts for unemployed workers.  The $3,000 spending accounts
    would allow the account-holder to spend the money as they chose to pay for their own job training services.  Any
    left over money is a bonus to the account-holder if a job is found within 13 weeks.  I.E. an account holder, could
    spend $2,500, find a job, and receive a $500 bonus, or spend $500, find a job, and receive a $2,500 bonus.  This
    could be a great incentive for those who are unemployed, as $3,000 is a lot of money - when you are unemployed.  
    Alternatively, the money could be easily spent if the account holder has been unemployed for a length of time and
    has bills due.  In a worst-case scenario, the account holder could spend $3,000 on training, not find a job, and
    receive nothing.

  • Labor Unions:
    Romney says, "Liberalism once taught that unions would ensure lasting prosperity for workers.  Instead,
    they too often contributed to disappearing companies, disappearing industries and disappearing jobs."
    He has made it clear that he does not support higher wages, benefits, good schools and environmental protections.

  • Medicare:
    Romeny's plans for changes in Medicare could hurt current Medicare beneficiaries.  His plan includes
    implementing a "premium support" plan, where Medicare would no longer pay doctors but the beneficiaries would
    be given a stipend check and would pay the doctors themselves.
    Romney's website states the following:
    Romney is out of touch if he actually believes that 95% of the people are
    in the middle.  The poverty percentage level is growing while middle-class
    is diminishing.  And a "safety net", and "if it needs repair I'll fix it."  What
    does he mean "IF" it needs repair?  There is no "IF it needs repair",
    instead it SHOULD have been, 'I will repair what is DEFINITELY
    wrong and  broken for the poor,' as well as 'this is what I have in mind or
    plan for a "safety net."'


Instead of correcting himself or apologizing for his choice of words regarding poor people, he stuck his foot further in his
mouth when he said, "
No, no, no, no.  You've got to take the whole sentence, all right, as opposed to saying, and
then change it just a little bit, because then it sounds very different.   I've said throughout the campaign my
focus…my concern… my energy is gonna be devoted to helping middle income people, all right?  We have a
safety net for the poor in, and if there are holes in it, I will work to repair that.  And if there are people that are
falling through the cracks I want to fix that.
"

I have always been considered pragmatic, as I automatically assumed his FIRST statement was a simple Freudian slip,
which all of us are known to have, but the second one was simply downright asinine.

Some liberal news pundits laughed at Romney when he said, "I'm unemployed too."  Now, I can understand why
the pundits would make fun of what Romney said, but…well…I think they took it too far.  Yes Romney is worth more
than $200,000 million, and yes he is a highly paid speaker…  Okay, I got nothing.  I can only assume the pundits where
proving once again how out of touch he was with the average Joe, as the average is unemployed and is begging,
borrowing and stealing; borrowing from Peter to pay Paul.  Technically, Romney is unemployed by choice with the means
to earn more money.

However, one of the funniest or at least oddest and uncomfortable gaffs is the one he had during a town hall event at a
senior center in New Hampshire.  Stupidly, Romney asked the elderly audience if anyone was over 100 years old.  Here's
the exchange:
    "Anybody here over 100 years old?" Romney asked.
    Crickets
    "Not yet, but we're getting there, right?  We're on our way," continued Romney.  "We're hopefully going to
    get there soon.  Well, not so soon.  We hope to get there safe and sound."

It seemed as though he got nervous about his audience, perhaps knowing that they knew that he was threatening their
way of life.  It is obvious that Romney does not know his audience.

On Tuesday, January 17, 2012, Romney said that $374,327 a year was not a lot of money.  (That "little bit of money"
comes from book earnings and speaker fees.)

Although he quickly said (afterwards) that he gave away most of the money, he still did not help his position with working
class Americans.

In Iowa, Romney ordered a plate of fried chicken, corn and baked beans, and curiously noted that the meal was a
"product."  A "product" that most Americans would have referred to as a cheap and fair balanced meal.

Romney thinks that the term "middle class" is those workers earning $200,000.  Well, that remains questionable, as only 4
percent of Americans earn $200,000 annually where as 96 percent earn less.  Although the average American earns less
than $50,000 annually, I am not making a point to agree or disagree with Romney, but question his definition of middle
class and just how much in touch he is to the average American wage.

It has been reported that on several occasions, people have tried to reach out to Romney but he often comes across as
detached.

A woman name Ms. McClanahan claimed she shared a flight with Romney and tried to give her opinion about ways to
improve America's health care system.  "
He looked at me blankly and said, 'I understand,' then put his iPad
headphones in and kept reading,
" she said.  When another passenger asked Romney for a restaurant recommendation
in Boston, he told her "
I can't give you any .. You'll have to ask someone else."

    I do not believe we will ever know the full story (or at least the truth)
    about what happened between Romney and rapper Sky Blu from the
    group LMFAO.

    In February 2010, some news reports described the incident as a scuffle
    on an airplane.  A Romney spokesperson initially said that a passenger
    became "physically violent" after Romney asked him to move his seat
    upright for takeoff.

    Sky Blu said that Romney loudly told him several times to straighten his
    seat and then ultimately reached forward and grabbed his shoulder.
Sky Blu said he knocked Romney's hand away.  Later, Sky Blu said, if Romney had asked nicely, he might have put his
seat up, but since he was so rude…  "I didn't take it any further than that.  I just wanted the man not to touch me; that's
it."

News reports have said that the plane was not ready to take off at the time Sky Blu was relaxing and there was no need
to lift his seat in the upright position.  However, Romney wanted the seat up because his wife Ann's laptop was too close
to her face.  Someone - perhaps a witness said that Romney "slammed" the back of the seat.  Again, we may never
know, but one thing we do know, is that is no way for a president-wanna-be to behave in public.  It certainly does not
suggest that Romney was in need of any and all support.

I doubt the incident will hurt Romney's chances, but he needs all the support he can get - from both sides of the aisle,
class of citizens as well as men and women.  Romney needs to be honest and admit that he is not good at pandering for
votes.  Sadly, he has not learned to how to grovel.

A fox News report said, "virtually every time Romney spoke, he misrepresented the platform on which he and Paul Ryan
are actually running.  The most prominent example was on taxes.  Romney claimed, against considerable evidence, that
he had no intention of cutting taxes on the rich or enacting a tax cut that would increase the deficit."  But we know that is
NOT TRUE, as Romney has already said that he wants to expand the Bush-era tax cuts.  In addition, he said that he
wants to end the estate tax and the gift tax, wants to preserve the generous rates on capital gains that benefit him
personally and others at his economic level.  Moreover, he said that he would increase tax rates by 20 per cent.

Sadly, former Bain Capital colleagues had an office joke about Romney's intense perspiration when involved in tense
meetings.  Saying that he would "nervously flap his tie" and ask, 'Oooohhh, what do we do now?'"

Just as sad, was when Romney entered the 2008 presidential race and released a 13-minute video of his family aimed at
humanizing him.  The video, titled "The Decision," went viral, but not for the reasons Romney wanted.  In the video
Romney's son, Tagg Romney warned him saying, "
The country may think of you as a laughing stock."

As stated, we can only hope and pray that The People are paying attention.
...he proposes that tomorrow’s Medicare should give beneficiaries a generous defined contribution, or “premium
support,” and allow them to choose between private plans and traditional Medicare.
Mitt’s plan honors commitments to current seniors while giving the next generation an improved program that offers the
freedom to choose what their coverage under Medicare should look like. Instead of paying providers directly for medical
services, the government’s role will be to help future seniors pay for an insurance option that provides coverage at least
as good as today’s Medicare, and to offer traditional Medicare as one of the insurance options that seniors can choose.
With insurers competing against each other to provide the best value to customers, efficiency and quality will improve
and costs will decline. Seniors will be allowed to keep the savings from less expensive options or choose to pay more
for costlier plans.
Key Elements of Mitt’s Plan
  • Nothing changes for current seniors or those nearing retirement
  • Medicare is reformed as a premium support system, meaning that existing spending is repackaged as a fixed-
    amount benefit to each senior that he or she can use to purchase an insurance plan
  • All insurance plans must offer coverage at least comparable to what Medicare provides today
  • If seniors choose more expensive plans, they will have to pay the difference between the support amount and the
    premium price; if they choose less expensive plans, they can use any leftover support to pay other medical
    expenses like co-pays and deductibles
  • “Traditional” fee-for-service Medicare will be offered by the government as an insurance plan, meaning that
    seniors can purchase that form of coverage if they prefer it; however, if it costs the government more to provide
    that service than it costs private plans to offer their versions, then the premiums charged by the government will
    have to be higher and seniors will have to pay the difference to enroll in the traditional Medicare option
  • Lower income seniors will receive more generous support to ensure that they can afford coverage; wealthier
    seniors will receive less support
  • Competition among plans to provide high quality service while charging low premiums will hold costs down
    while also improving the quality of coverage enjoyed by seniors

Frequently Asked Questions About Mitt’s Plan
What are the immediate effects of this plan?
This plan has no effect on current seniors or those nearing retirement. It will go into effect for younger Americans
when they reach retirement in the future.

How is this different from the Ryan Plan?
Shortly after Mitt presented the proposal described here, Congressman Paul Ryan and Senator Ron Wyden introduced a
bipartisan proposal that almost precisely mirrors Mitt’s ideas. Unsurprisingly, the Obama administration immediately
rejected the proposal. Mitt has applauded the Ryan-Wyden effort and looks forward to working as president with leaders
from both sides of the aisle to implement meaningful reforms that will preserve Medicare for future generations.

How high will the premium support be? How quickly will it grow?
Mitt continues to work on refining the details of his plan, and he is exploring different options for ensuring that future
seniors receive the premium support they need while also ensuring that competitive pressures encourage providers to
improve quality and control cost. His goal is for Medicare to offer every senior affordable options that provide coverage
and service at least as good as what today’s seniors receive. Lower income seniors in the future will receive the most
generous benefits to ensure that they are able to get care every bit as good as that provided in the current Medicare
program.

How will the plan impact total Medicare spending?
The total impact on spending will depend on a number of factors, including the rate of premium support increase and
the effect of competitive pressure on providers.  By replacing the inefficiency of the current system with a competitive,
market-oriented system in which every provider – including the government – wants to find the most efficient way to
provide high quality care, the plan puts the future of Medicare on a sound footing to meet the needs of future
generations.

How will traditional Medicare remain an option?
Traditional Medicare will compete against private plans. It will be operated by the government and funded by premiums,
co-insurance, and deductibles that are set at the level necessary to cover its costs. The attractiveness of this option to
future seniors will depend on how its efficiency and quality compares to that offered by other providers in the
marketplace. Future seniors will benefit from the innovation and competition among options.

How will seniors be affected by the costs of different options?
Future seniors will be able to enjoy the savings from selecting less expensive plans, or choose to pay more for costlier
options. When the insurance premium costs less than the support provided, the balance will be available in an HSA-like
account to pay for other out-of-pocket health expenses.
  • Minimum Wage:
    At first, Romney said that he wanted to "allow the minimum wage to rise with the Consumer Price Index or with
    another index so that it adjusts automatically over time."
    Later, he said, "The level of inflation is something you should look at, and you should identify what's the right way
    to keep America competitive.  So that would tell you that right now there's probably not a need to raise the
    minimum wage."

  • Regulation:
    As posted on Romney's website:
"A Romney administration will act swiftly to tear down the vast edifice of regulations the Obama administration has
imposed on the economy.
  • Russia:
    Romney was very critical of President Obama's "restart" program with Putin's government.  Although the U.S.
    and Russia are cutting their launcher fleet in half, Romney said he would want to analyze the New START treaty.

  • Segregated Schools:
    To a room with predominately Black students, Romney said he wants to privatize schools by making them charter
    schools, give more federal money to the states, and modify the classroom with more testing, fewer teachers, and
    more internet learning.

  • Social Security:
    Romney wants to change Social Security and his website points to two ways he would change it. "First, for future
    generations of seniors, Mitt believes that the retirement age should be slowly increased to account for increases in
    longevity. Second, for future generations of seniors, Mitt believes that benefits should continue to grow but that the
    growth rate should be lower for those with higher incomes.  Mitt’s proposals will not raise taxes and will not affect
    today’s seniors or those nearing retirement."
    According to analysis, his ideas would help the deficit, but would decrease the benefits.
    A medium earner (someone bringing in about $45,000 a year today) retiring in 2050 at age 65 would receive 32
    percent less in annual benefits than under the current formula.  By 2080, the reduction would amount to almost 40
    percent.
    A high earner (someone with income of about $70,000 currently) retiring in 2050 would get 40 percent less and, by
    2080, almost 50 percent.

  • Taxes:
    Romney wants to make Bush's tax cuts permanent, keep the current rates on interest, capital gains and stock
    dividends.  For corporations, Romney proposes lowering the rate from 35 percent, where it is now, to 25 percent.

  • Trade:
    Romney vehemently supports NAFTA and is pushing for more as soon as possible.

  • The Arab Spring:
    Romney said that he would support Egypt and Tunisia, but did not state how much or what type of support would
    be given.  He also supports arming Syrian rebels.

  • Voter's Rights:
    Although Romeny has not said where he stands on voter's rights, he has BLATANTLY lied to his supporters
    when he told them that President Obama wanted to suppress our military from voting.  Fact: President Obama
    filed a lawsuit to "restore in-person early voting for all Ohioans during the three days prior to Election Day."

  • War:
    Romney said President Obama is wrong to set an exit date out of Afghanistan.  He went on to say, "It's
    unthinkable that you say: 'Here's the date we're gonna leave, regardless of the circumstances.'"  
    Romney favored the 2007 "surge," but condemned President Obama's decision to end combat operations in 2011.  
    The campaign has said a President Romney would manage the transition in Iraq by using a "broad array of our
    foreign-policy tools — diplomatic, economic, and military."

  • Women:
    Romney has made it very clear how he feels about women, as it seems hard for him to find women to hire.