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The Fox and the Henhouse

First off, let’s begin with a clear disclosure….I would no sooner vote for Willard M. Romney than I would lick a salty razor blade. I regard him as a symbol of what is wrong and broken in America and, more particularly, what is wrong and broken with the Republican Party.

But….I love a good story, and Willard is spinning a remarkable tale these days. From a purely political perspective I think he remains unelectable. I hold that view because I remain hopeful about our country and the few of us who bother to vote. If we elect this man we have become the fools that the French have long believed us to be. If Willard wins, and he may very well do so, his election will be emblematic of how utterly uninformed and apathetic we have become.

The key issue in this year’s campaign is the economy (my apologies to Mr. Trump and that hillbilly ass of a sheriff in Arizona) I just don’t think that many non-racist people who can read are that concerned with where the President was born. There’s that optimism again…but just humor me and agree for the sake of discussion that we are all fairly concerned with the economy. So what are Mr. Romney’s qualifications to lead us in the economic realm? Romney has steadfastly held to the message that he knows how to create jobs. Let’s briefly examine….

It is a fact that Mr. Romney can create wealth; his record at Bain Capital should eliminate any doubt on this point. The guy can make money….but the only question before the American electorate today is whether he can make jobs? If we look at his record in politics, he failed by any measure in Massachusetts. Yes, the economy slowed during Romney’s term, but since Mitt isn’t willing to give Mr. Obama any slack for the current economy’s impact on job creation I’m at a loss as to why we should give Mitt a break because the economy was bad during his tenure as Massachusetts governor. Here it is. During Romney’s one term as Massachusetts Governor, the state job rate dropped to 47th in the nation. As Governor, Romney did not create jobs unless you count the state jobs he outsourced to India. In the purest of sense, old Willard did make jobs, he just failed miserably in terms of making AMERICAN jobs.

In the private sector we all know how Mitt made his money, and let’s be crystal clear: it was 100% legal and we should not condemn him for Bain’s success. The real question we should be asking is whether the Bain experience can be viewed as a measure of Romney’s job creation skills. The Washington Post has reported that Bain was something of an outsourcing “pioneer” during Romney’s fifteen year tenure running Bain. Here’s where the story gets good. Romney is using the following stump speech (reprinted in the Post article) to cast himself as the savior of American jobs:

“They’ve been able to put American businesses out of business and kill American jobs,” he told workers at a Toledo fence factory in February. “If I’m President of the United States, that’s going to end.”

Speaking at a metalworking factory in Cincinnati last week, Romney cited his experience as a businessman, saying he knows what it would take to bring employers back to the United States. “For me it’s all about good jobs for the American people and a bright and prosperous future,” he said.

The first part of the statement is true “They’ve been able to put American businesses out of business and kill American jobs,” I guess the question he fails to address is who are the “They” that he is talking about. One could make an argument that Mitt is actually talking about his own business partners but since that is what the man says… HE has made his Bain experience relevant and material to this election. Electing a man who played an integral part in the early outsourcing of American jobs to the Presidency as a “jobs creator” is much the same thing as allowing the Board of Directors of Goldman Sachs to manage the Federal Reserve because they knew how we got screwed four years ago. I seem to remember an old line…something about hiring the fox to watch the henhouse.

Mitt Romney certainly created jobs. Not all of Bain’s acquisitions were leveraged to their teeth and bankrupted….but a large number of them were, so it is fair game to question Romney’s “jobs creator” claims. I’ll bet that nobody at Ampad recalls Mitt’s reign of terror too fondly.

Like all Republicans running around today, Willard regards the “Tax” word as profanity. You see to be a modern day Tea Party infused Republican you must at least say that you are opposed to taxes (all taxes), government expenditure and government itself. In this realm Romney has not let us down. He is dead set against taxes and promises that he will not tax us. Here he steals some Clinton logic….to Mitt it all depends on what the word tax is. You see as Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney proved to be a proficient taxer. During Romney’s term there were a total of thirty three new “fees” created and passed on to the citizens of Massachusetts and 57 more were increased. Romney doubled many state fees and pushed for and got a “special fee” on gasoline. But because he didn’t use the word “tax”, he can claim that he did not raise “taxes” here in the Baystate. O.K. I’ll play along…what is a tax?

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary (for all of you under 30 it was that book you used to prop up your couch in college) a tax is defined as “a charge usually of money imposed by authority on persons or property for public purposes”. In Mitt’s world, when the government of Massachusetts imposed a “special fee” on gasoline and used the money to run the government…that was not a tax. It is only a tax if we call it a tax. I guess I get it…sort of reminds me of that line that the Vietnam War was not a “War” it was a “conflict”. OK so Mitt is not a “taxer”, he’s just a mad fee increaser and I have to admit that when I’m paying a fishing license fee that doubled with one swipe of Mr. Olympia’s pen I am comforted to know that at least Mitt didn’t tax me.

Mitt Romney is a good family man and I take no issue with his character or his general sense of decency, but I struggle to understand why he thinks he should be President. I pay attention and I cannot honestly tell you what Mitt is going to do if we have a collective brain fart and elect him. I had the exact same reaction to John Kerry, another pretentious entitled do-nothing who was destined to be President. People like Romney, Kerry and so many others run for the Presidency because …well…because the job looked available. Clinton wanted to create a national healthcare bill, “W” wanted to prove that a mentally challenged former drunk could destroy an economy, Obama wanted to prove that he could clean up Bush’s trillion dollar disaster, and Mitt is running because they won’t let him run the Olympics anymore.

Romney doesn’t have any core message….he’s but an extension of John Boehner’s unprecedented unwillingness to work with the Democrats without the ignorance that is Sarah Palin. Romney wants to be our President because he figures he can win. Hopefully enough of us vote to protect what’s left of our henhouse.

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5 Responses to The Fox and the Henhouse

  1. Scott says:

    Would that be the same henhouse that had a deep fryer installed as a new “therapeutic spa” while the Democrats (Foxes) controlled the house and Senate since the 2006 election? Or could it be that the Democrat held senate hasn’t passed a budget since April 29, 2009? So while I admire your desire to re-elect the man that thinks only 50% of the country needs to “pay their fair share”, I will take my chances with an unknown. If he manages to trim down the amount of government workers to a level that are actually needed, as a real business would, I will be happy. Our President can’t run on his record, so he has to trash someone else’s, it must be a lawyer thing.

  2. Mike says:

    I don’t take issue with most of what you say…my primary concern with Romney is where has he said anything that can be taken as a plan to address the economy? All I hear from his is that he “knows” what to do, I’d like him to share some of that with us.

  3. Scott says:

    That is a fair request. We have already been hoodwinked once on vague ideas.

  4. dieta says:

    That all changed last week when Obama’s campaign posted a video describing the Romney governorship as a series of broken promises on jobs, taxes and debt. The Republican challenger shot back with this “Strong Leadership” video that tells a very different story about his record.

  5. Mike says:

    Dieta…you are quite right about the fact that Mr. Romney shot back about his leadership here in Massachusetts. What he failed to mention is that he raised 55 state fees and imposed 37 new “fees” (many of which were fairly substantial) including a gas tax…err I mean “fee” it was NOT a tax….no no no….it was a fee because Mitt said it was a fee. You say tomato…..

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