June 8th –
Romney said of Obama, “he wants another stimulus, he wants to hire more government workers. He says we need more firemen, more policemen, 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.”
From : http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/06/08/496799/romney-says-america-doesnt-need-more-fireman-more-policemen-more-teachers/
June 12th –
‘But during an appearance on Fox News (WHERE ELSE?!) Tuesday morning, Romney contradicted his own remarks, saying that the Obama campaign was making “a very strange accusation” when it claimed he didn’t want to hire more teachers’:
KILMEADE: ‘He says you’re out of touch. He says you want to cut firefighters and teachers, that you don’t understand what’s going on in these communities. What do you say to that, governor’?
ROMNEY: ‘That’s a very strange accusation. Of course, teachers and firemen and policemen are hired at the local level and also by states. The federal government doesn’t pay for teachers, firefighters or policemen. So obviously that’s completely absurd’.
From : http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/06/12/498019/romney-teachers-absurd/
Misinformation. Disinformation. Lies.
Make outlandish statements and then run and hide from reporters asking for clarification.
Is this the ‘real’ Romney leadership we can expect?
‘At first it seemed as if Romney’s statement about President Obama – “He says we need more firemen, more policemen, more teachers. Did he not get the message in Wisconsin? The American people did. It’s time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.” – was an unfortunate phrasing or combination of thoughts’.
‘But today, the campaign didn’t provide any clarification on the record of what else Romney might have meant to say. Asked repeatedly for elaboration, Amanda Henneberg, a Romney spokeswoman, provided this statement in response to an Obama campaign ad that makes use of the comment’:
“President Obama’s opinion that the private sector is ‘doing fine’ shows how out of touch he is with what’s happening in America. The president has had three and a half years to get the economy growing again, and it hasn’t worked. 23 million Americans are struggling for work and the economy remains stuck in neutral. But President Obama is doubling down on policies that are hostile to job creators and have impeded economic growth. Mitt Romney will do what President Obama hasn’t – get the American economy back on the right track.”
‘Four of Romney’s economic advisers didn’t respond to emails seeking an explanation of whether laying off firefighters, police officers and teachers is a good policy proposal’.
‘A difference between the two episodes is that Obama clarified his regrettable phrasing almost immediately, speaking to a press pool after a diplomatic meeting at the White House. Romney, meanwhile, has been absent from the public eye and hasn’t given himself a chance to clear up any confusion’.
From : http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/06/would-romney-cut-firefighters-campaign-wont-say/
What is Mitt Romney hiding?
“We’ve released all the information required by law and then some,” Romney said last month about his tax returns’.
‘He’s indicated that part of the reason for his secrecy is to avoid political problems in his race against President Barack Obama’.
‘He has said of his election foe: “He’s going to try and make this campaign about the fact that I’ve been successful, that I’ve made a lot of money. So he wants to be able to get all the details on each year and how much money I made this year and that year. I’m not going to get into that.”
‘Candidates aren’t required by law to release their personal tax returns, despite longstanding precedent for doing so – set by Romney’s father, George Romney, who ran for the Republican nomination in 1968. In 2008, Obama released seven years’ worth of returns. McCain released two years’ worth’.
‘In January, Romney released his 2010 return under pressure from Republicans. That forced him to amend the personal financial disclosures he had filed earlier in the year because those documents didn’t mention a Swiss bank account or a series of funds that were set up in foreign countries. Romney has yet to release his 2011 tax returns; he filed for an extension. His advisers say he’ll release them before the Nov. 6 election’.
‘The Republican presidential candidate refuses to identify his biggest donors who “bundle” money for his campaign’.
‘He often declines to say who’s meeting with him or what he’s doing for hours at a time’.
‘He puts limits on media access to his fundraisers’.
‘And he resists releasing all of his tax returns, making just a single year public after facing pressure to do so’.
‘But Romney, whose views have been shaped both by his years in politics and his nearly three decades in private business, has made a keep-it-under-wraps approach a hallmark of his campaign. He’s often broken precedent set by presidential candidates of both parties’.
“He is reluctant to disclose information that is standard for disclosure and has become the norm,” said Angela Canterbury, policy director for the Project on Government Oversight. And she and others say there’s no reason to think that style would change if Romney becomes president’.
‘Romney has had the Republican nomination locked up for months, but he has yet to start traveling daily with the journalists who are assigned to cover him. He hasn’t agreed to what’s called a “protective pool” of reporters, who go wherever a candidate goes. Romney aides fear the arrangement would push the candidate off the message of the day, so they are loath to agree to it until they absolutely must’.
‘On the campaign trail this year, Romney’s aides have at times tried to limit reporters from approaching him when he shakes hands with voters at events. And his aides often don’t allow a camera and microphone on stage to record those interactions – though that’s been customary in past campaigns’.
‘Also, Romney’s schedule is closely held – and his campaign typically won’t say what he’s doing when he’s not at one of the few public events he holds each week’.
‘Romney’s campaign also usually won’t disclose with whom the candidate meets – regardless of whether they are high-ranking officials or simply voters. He kept reporters away from a private meeting with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell last month, and says he regularly holds “off the record” meetings with middle class families, though he won’t say who they are’.
‘Romney’s secrecy goes beyond the details of his campaign schedule or his policy proposals’.
‘Late last year, he acknowledged that just before he left office he authorized a sweeping purge of electronic data from his executive office, allowing top aides to purchase and remove their computer hard drives. He also benefited from a law that widely exempted the governor’s office from state public records disclosure requirements’.
‘He is the first winning candidate of either party in more than a decade to refuse to give the public a list of the people who tap their business and social networks to raise tens of thousands of dollars for him. In 2008, Obama and McCain both released lists of bundlers. Bush released his in 2000 and 2004’.
From : http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/06/11/2129617/romney-keeps-secrets-unless-law.html
From The Maddow Blog – “Nobody’s opposed to cops or firefighters or teachers — but they aren’t private sector jobs,” Limbaugh said. “They do not contribute to economic growth’.
From : http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/11/12170122-ignorance-and-sophistry-101?lite
When you have your Conservative friends repeat this after of course saying that they DON”T listen to Limbaugh, ask them this :
Teachers, police and firefighters don’t buy homes?
Homes that create jobs in manufactoring of lumber, nails, tools, wire, plumbing?
Homes that create jobs in construction?
Homes that create jobs in maintenance from carpenters, plumbers, electricians, home improvemnet stores, lawn care?
Teachers, police and firefighters don’t buy cars or trucks?
Cars and trucks that create jobs in manufacturing in the auto industry?
Cars and trucks that creat jobs in the part supply industry to those manufactures?
Cars and trucks that create jobs in the part supply industry for DIY’s and local auto repair and service businesses?
Cars and trucks that create jobs in the convience store and gas station industry.
Teachers, police and firefighters don’t buy food?
Food that creates jobs in the farming industry?
Food that creates jobs in the transportation industry?
Food that creates jobs in the retail sales sector?
Food that creates jobs in the restaurant industry?
Teachers, police and firefighters don’t buy clothes, appliances, cell phones, computers, musical lessons, fast food, books, music?…?….?…?…?…?
Teachers, police and firefighters ‘do not contribute to economic growth’.
‘Republicans learned long ago that they win more easily when they lie’.
‘And the biggest impediment to a GOP lie is a fair and balanced media. And rather than play the refs, like folks on the left do, the GOP figured they’d simply make their own media to replace the real one’.
‘Get rid of the fact checkers and you can get rid of the facts’.
‘But even by GOP standards, it’s pretty sleazy what’s happening in San Diego’.
‘The local paper, bought by a conservative activist, now investigates government entities that don’t do what the paper management wants’.
‘It’s the kind of thing you hear about in Europe, and particularly Russia (or the Third World), but now we have it in America too (like we used to a long time ago)’.
From : http://www.americablog.com/2012/06/fox-news-ificiation-of-american.html
‘There is a growing worry that the falling value and failing business models of many American newspapers could lead to a situation where moneyed interests buy papers and use them to prosecute a political and commercial agenda’.
‘That future appears to have arrived in San Diego, where The U-T San Diego, the daily newspaper bought by the local developer and hotelier Douglas F. Manchester, often seems like a brochure for his various interests’.
‘Public agencies that have not gotten the hint have found themselves investigated in the news pages of The U-T. A sports columnist who was skeptical of the plans found himself out of a job, and the newspaper has published front-page editorials and wraparound sections to promote political allies who share its agenda’.
‘In San Diego, there’s a strong weekly, The San Diego Reader, and a great news Web site, Voice of San Diego. But The U-T has the brawn and ubiquity of a daily newspaper. As the only game in town, it seems determined to not just influence the conversation, but control it’.
From : http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/11/business/media/san-diego-union-tribune-open-about-its-pro-business-motives.html?_r=1