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The Romney Scorecard: RINO

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September 24, 2009. Updated; October, 2011

“We don’t intend to turn the Republican Party over to the traitors in the battle just ended. We will have no more of those candidates who are pledged to the same goals as our opposition and who seek our support. Turning the Party over to the so-called moderates wouldn’t make any sense at all.”

“A political party cannot be all things to all people. It must represent certain fundamental beliefs which must not be compromised to political expediency or simply to swell its numbers. “Let our banner proclaim… and if there are those who cannot subscribe to these [conservative] principles, then let them go their own way.”

Don’t give up your ideals, don’t compromise, don’t turn to expediency — and don’t, for heaven’s sake, having seen the inner workings of the watch — don’t get cynical.” Ronald Reagan

Romney is No Conservative

As we enter the 2012 presidential race, many are questioning why Mitt Romney is being touted as the ‘perceived’ Republican Party leader. Do Tea Party activists, social and fiscal conservatives and other key voting blocks really know who this cat is? If you will permit me…

Maybe it is just hard to understand who Romney is… Mitt’s a flipper. A flopper. Maybe even a full-fledged flip-flopper (unless he reverses an already reversed belief). Unprincipled? Yes. Consistently inconsistent? Yes. Convictions? Questionable. A chameleon? Yes. An opportunists? Seemingly. But, I hate having to guess.

“He can argue any side of a question. And sometimes you think he’s really believing his argument, but he’s not.”Ann Romney, the wife of Mitt Romney

You see. Mitt Romney has a truth problem.

As you compare what Romney stood for in Massachusetts with what he says now, it seems fair to ask, was Mitt Romney telling us the truth about himself then, or is he telling it now? Which leads many to ask the question what he is willing to do to get elected. Would he fabricate the truth? What can be seen cannot be unseen.

INTRODUCTION

In the 1994 campaign, Romney proudly labeled himself a moderate. “I’m not a partisan politician,” he said in an interview with The Post that fall. “My hope is that, after this election, it will be the moderates of both parties who will control the Senate, not the Jesse Helms’.

Mitt Romney opposed the two most successful conservative policy efforts of the last 30 years… the Reagan policies of the 1980`s and the Contract With America of the 1990`s. In fact, in his 1994 debate with Kennedy, Romney refused to endorse the “Contract With America,” which House Republicans had proudly presented as their campaign manifesto, and he balked when Kennedy tried to link him to the Reagan administration. “I was an independent during the time of Reagan-Bush,” Romney retorted.

“He does not appear to be credible in his deathbed conversions — pro-life, anti-homosexual agenda and so on,” says Paul Weyrich, a founder of the Heritage Foundation and the Moral Majority, the intellectual and religious bulwarks of what was once known as the New Right. “People simply do not believe him.”

Mitt Romney was governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007. Critics say his four years in office produced very little. “There’s two ways to look at this guy. One is that the glass is half empty. The other is that the glass is totally empty,” says Stephen Crosby, a Republican who served in the Swift administration and is now dean of the graduate school of policy studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

McRomney-3 Mitt Romney represents everything that is wrong with our party and everything that has left us dying in a ditch. Romney is a RINO. A progressive Republican. A pretend conservative. Pretend conservatives are what got us to where we are and are what will completely destroy us if allowed. Romney will be an exact repeat of John McCain.

ALL politicians play to their extremist base to get the nomination. WINNING politicians then play to the moderates in the general election. That is simple campaign 101 stuff. Walk to the extreme during the primary to win over the base and then run to the middle as party nominee. But who is Romney’s extremist base? It’s not conservatives. And, isn’t that exactly the type of RINO politician that Tea Party members and conservatives rally against?

Conservatism cannot be redefined to fit the mold of whoever the candidate is. It can’t be reshaped, reformed, bent or molded. Yet, Romney wants to redefine the term conservatism to fit his narrative, such as his socialized medicine plan in Massachusetts or his big brother mandates. By the end of his first and only term, Romney managed to limp out of his governorship with an approval rating at an embarrassing 34%. Put another way, Romney managed to get barely-over 3 in 10 people who thought he was competent.

There is nothing in Mitt Romney’s record that indicates that he is anything other than a tax and spend liberal Republican, once again, ‘masquerading’ as a conservative. This man was Governor from the liberal bastion of Massachusetts: Frank, Dukakis, Kennedy, Kerry, and Mitt Romney. Why would conservatives consider nominating a Republican from blue New England, especially from the state of MA? Romney can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube. His governing record spells doom.

Despite recent statements across the country by Romney claiming he’s pro-life, pro-family and a committed conservative, if you investigate his actual statements, actions, and public positions over the years one will learn that he has spent his entire career speaking and governing as a liberal Republican and that his new found conversion to conservatism very likely coincides with his candidacy for the presidency. A quick cursory of his 2002 website as he ran for Governor is testament to his Progressiveness; increasing and indexing minimum wage, anti-2nd Amendment, pro-choice, socialized medicine and government mandates.

Mitt Romney is no Reagan mitt_romney_for_presidentconservative… And, as this Huntsman ad illustrates, he is another two-faced politician willing to say whatever is necessary to get elected. Romney is the Republicans version of Bill Clinton but shares a commonality with Barack Obama: a resonant voice, good looks, statesman-like bearing and he’s a liberal in his party-thinking masquerading as something more palatable.

And, Rush Limbaugh agrees. On his radio show, Thursday, October 13, Limbaugh said what a lot of Republican voters have been thinking all along:

“Romney is not a conservative. He’s not, folks. You can argue with me all day long on that, but he isn’t… What he has going for him is that he’s not Obama. This isn’t personal, not with what country faces and so forth. I like him very much. I’ve spent some social time with him. He’s a fine guy. He’s very nice gentleman. He is a gentleman. But he’s not a conservative.” [Listen to the audio here]

THE CASE AGAINST ROMNEY

For starters, as Governor, Romney pledged to build the Massachusetts Republican Party, but in fact he did nothing. During his tenure there were two elections for the entire Legislature (2004 and 2006). In each election the Republicans lost seats. After Romney was through, Republicans held the fewest seats in the Legislature since the Civil War. According to the Boston Globe (11/2/2006), during the four years of Romney’s tenure, the number of registered Republicans in Massachusetts fell by 31,000. During that same period, the Massachusetts Democratic Party gained 30,000.

Another politico that you can compare Mitt’s new found conversions to is Al Gore. Like Gore, Romney has flip-flopped on abortion, only in the other direction. Here is Romney and his wife on abortion; you be the judge. And, besides his wife’s $150 dollar donation to Planned Parenthood, the Boston Globe published a photo showing Romney at a Planned Parenthood fund-raiser. And, while he now claims to be pro-life, he supported legalization of the “morning-after” abortion pill, RU-486, known as Plan B. This report from the “Boston Catholic Insider” is so well documented, so well laid-out chronologically, that I have no reason to doubt its veracity. It shows overwhelmingly that Romney forced Catholic hospitals  to provide abortifacients. And, as recently as his 2002 run for governor – his platform stated:

“The choice to have an abortion is a deeply personal one. Women should be free to choose based on their own beliefs, not the government’s.”

Of course, Romney says that his views have “evolved.” But one can strongly suspect his adaptation and intellectual journey relates more to the evolution of political ambitions than that of conscience. Call me cynical, due to this document, but unless you’ve been cloistered in an ancient monastery for the duration, I’m very suspicious of deep personal growth occurring between ages 55 and 65. Romney is 64.

And Romney and his high-profile stand against anti-marriage has garnered him much publicity. But here, too, Romney has been about as consistent as March weather in Chicago, with a track record that belies his new-found traditionalism. Romney supported gay rights until it was time to run for president. And, during his 2002 gubernatorial run his campaign distributed pro-gay right bright pink flyers during Pride that declared ‘Mitt and Kerry [running mate Kerry Healey] wish you a great Pride Weekend! “All citizens deserve equal rights, regardless of their sexual preference.” Then, Romney opposed the Boy Scouts’ policy prohibiting homosexuals from serving as scoutmasters and prevented the organization from participating publicly in the 2002 Olympics.

Equally disturbing, is what the Boston Globe wrote in 2005: “Governor Mitt Romney, who touts his conservative credentials to out-of-state Republicans, has passed over GOP lawyers for three-quarters (75%) of the 36 judicial vacancies he has faced, instead tapping registered Democrats or independents – including two gay lawyers who have supported expanded same-sex rights.” Judicial appointments are one of the most lasting effects of any U.S. President’s years in office, so it’s vitally important to examine this aspect of Romney’s record.

Mitt Romney's appointments favored Democrats and Independents

Mitt Romney’s appointments favored Democrats and Independents

The Boston Globe in 2005 said the following: ‘Of the 36 people Romney named to be judges or clerk magistrates, 23 are either registered Democrats or unenrolled voters who have made multiple contributions to Democratic politicians or who voted in Democratic primaries, state and local records show.’ In all, Romney nominated nine registered Republicans, 13 unenrolled voters, and 14 registered Democrats to be judges or clerk magistrates.

Mr. Romney also continued [former Governor] Weld’s tradition of appointing openly gay people to key positions in his administration and promoting “gay rights” stating: “We must make equality for gays and lesbians a mainstream concern.” Click here to learn why InsideCatholic.com does not trust Romney. Romney and his Department of Education also opposed federal legislation that would stop public schools from actively promoting homosexuality. And in 2004, Romney issued an official state proclamation celebrating “Gay Youth Pride Day” even though there was no legal reason requiring him to do this. Here is the Proclamation from the Governor’s office.

Significantly, two of Romney’s appointments also now found a home in the Obama White House. Gina McCarthy, the chief EPA clean air regulator, leads the fight to make coal fired electric generating plants extinct. And, John Holdren, Obama’s Director of Science and Technology Policy is leading the effort to regulate “greenhouse gases”. Dr. Holdren has some exotic views. In 2003, Romney also chose a hard-core environmental activist to be Secretary of Commonwealth Development, Douglas Foy. In this position, he was charged with developing a scheme to restrict “greenhouse gas” emissions.

But, it is Romney’s association with Holdren that is most concerning. Holdren has spoken in favor of forced abortions, confiscation of babies, mass involuntary sterilization, bureaucratic regulation of family size, and a planetary regime to enforce climate regulation and population control. In 2005, a memo, from the governor’s office noted Holdren’s input and advice in crafting the carbon tax legislation in Massachusetts, and in 2006, the state became the first in the nation to pass legislation to regulate carbon emissions. This is what Team Obama is trying to do through the EPA’s job-killing regulations and mandates. Click here to learn more about Romney’s Troubling Appointments.

In 2005, the Boston Globe reported Romney lauded Cap-and-Trade as “good for business.” And, as this video shows, Romney, while campaigning in Manchester, NH on December 27, 2007, briefly answers a question about carbon caps saying: “I support Cap-and-Trade on a global basis but not the USA going alone. I want to do it with other nations involved and on a global scale.” This is sufficient reason to eliminate Mr. Mitt for consideration for national office forever.

Romney’s position on global warming is clear. In a June 3rd, 2011, speech he stated “I don’t speak for the scientific community, of course, but 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.” To recall, Romney ‘likes mandates’, so don’t expect Mitt to rid the nation of the EPA.

Equally damning, though, is that in a very ominous way Mitt can be compared to yet another infamous poseur, Hillary Clinton. In 2006, Romney signed a bill into law that creates a universal health system intrusive enough to be the envy of socialists everywhere. The plan mandated that every MA resident must obtain health insurance by July 1, 2007, or face a fine. Sound familiar? Of course, this scheme includes the creation of a new bureaucracy, one that will, using Big Brother’s infinite wisdom, determine how much you can afford to pay.

Mitt_Romney,_2006 Yes, it’s called RomneyCare. RomneyCare is Obamacare done at the state level. And yet, when Governor Mitt Romney instituted a universal healthcare plan for Massachusetts in 2006 he proclaimed it a conservative idea! Click here and here and here and here to learn more about the disastrous RomneyCare. Or click here to watch a video by the Cato Institute on the parallels of RomneyCare and Obamacare. Better yet! Click here to watch Romney state he’d keep ObamaCare: ‘repeal the bad. Keep the good.”

Notably, A 10-member Massachusetts state healthcare advisory board (sound familiar?) unanimously recommended in July, 2009 that the state begin rationing healthcare to keep the state’s marquee universal health care program afloat financially.

Romneycare is the cadaver that proves Obamacare would be a national disaster. Yes, Romneycare explicitly provided government funding of abortion and was included under covered benefits and ‘illegal aliens’ received publicly subsidized care at virtually no cost to them.

Romney used his line-item veto authority to strike eight sections of the bill that he found objectionable, including the expansion of dental benefits to Medicaid recipients. Yet, he did not strike Planned Parenthood’s guaranteed Board representation and he did nothing to prohibit taxpayer-funded abortions as part of his plan. The Massachusetts plan:

• Punitive To Individuals. Everyone must buy health insurance or face tax penalties equal to 50% of cost of standard policy.

• Hundreds of millions of dollars being spent on free hospital care were converted into subsidies to help the needy buy insurance.

• A health insurance “exchange” was established to help connect the uninsured with private health plans at more affordable rates.

• Health plans can offer consumers higher deductibles and more restrictive physician and hospital networks in order to lower costs.

• Punitive to Businesses with 11 or more workers that do not offer insurance must pay a $295 per employee fee.

• Established payment policy advisory board; one Board member must be from Planned Parenthood. No pro-life organization represented.

• Provides Taxpayer-Funded Abortions for copay of $50.

Source: Massachusetts Health Connector Authority

So how is the Massachusetts health-care system these days? “Romneycare” has, in fact, not made healthcare better or saved costs in Massachusetts. It’s done just the opposite. Massachusetts has the highest state borne health care costs in the nation. Since the bill became law, the state’s total direct health-care spending has increased by a remarkable 52% and Medicaid spending has gone from less than $6 billion a year to more the $9 billion. Many consumers too, have seen double-digit percentage increases in their premiums. In this Beacon Institute report, dated September 2011, research reveals how the MA health care reform escalated costs on families, businesses and the MA economy.

Even more striking, the 2006 law has done little to ease the burden on emergency rooms, a central goal of all heath care reform plans. Then, the Boston Herald on Oct. 29, 2011 revealed that 55,000 illegal aliens received a whopping $100 million of free healthcare for illegal aliens paid courtesy of the Massachusetts taxpayer. A state budget watchdog is now asking for a full accounting of all state spending on illegal’s and how much the bill for illegals has increased since Romneycare was introduced. Massachusetts is still afloat thanks only to generous federal subsidies (50%), Medicaid waivers and gobs of recent stimulus money. Most disturbing is that Romney once touted parts of ‘Romneycare’ as a national model as witnessed in this video.

To this day, Romney defends his own RomneyCare policy. At Sen. Jim DeMint’s (R-SC) presidential forum on Sept 5, 2011, Mitt stated RomneyCare is “one of my best assets.” It’s going to be difficult to criticize Obamacare when you’re defending Romneycare. To justify his socialist brainchild, Romney used the argument that it is no different from requiring people to carry car insurance. All of the key features in the Obamacare national health care plan were in Massachusetts Romneycare plan. ObamaCare is RomneyCare 2.0.

Then on October 11, 2011, came this damning report from NBC News: “Newly obtained White House records provide fresh details on how senior Obama administration officials used Mitt Romney’s landmark health-care law in Massachusetts as a model for the new federal law, including recruiting some of Romney’s own health care advisers and experts to help craft the Act now derided by Republicans as “Obamacare.”” Three Romney Advisers silently met at the White House a dozen times.

On fiscal policy, remember this when Romney touts his credentials as a fiscal conservative. While he may boast of his steadfast refusal to raise taxes, it rings hollow when he turned around and mandates citizen expenditures and levies fines. Moderates and liberals are adept at revenue-raising sleight-of-hand; when another tax increase would raise voter ire, they simply deem it a toll, fine, fee or a “surcharge.”

While Romney ran in 2008 on a platform that claimed he hadn’t raised taxes as governor of Massachusetts, the claim was based upon a simple deception: he called his tax increases “fees.” During the presidential campaign, NBC’s “Meet the Press” host, the late Tim Russert, exploded Romney’s claim he hadn’t proposed tax increases as Massachusetts governor. Click here to read that transcript.

Barbara Anderson of Massachusetts’ Citizens for Limited Taxation revealed that many of Romney’s “fees” had nothing to do with services and everything to do with the purpose of taxes: raising revenue. Romney increased fees upon gun owners and for people who needed duplicate licenses. Neither of these are “services” that the government provides; they are simply licenses needed to comply with government-established mandates. One such ‘fee hike’ was clearly excessive – a 2-cent-per-gallon increase in a special gasoline fee.

As governor of Massachusetts, Romney raised state government fees and taxes by three quarters of a billion dollars a year. During his four year tenure, Romney nickeled and dimed Massachusetts families and individuals with over a hundred fee increases. Cato found that Romney increased annual state fees by $500 million as governor and proposed two corporate tax increases totaling close to $400 million a year. The local tax burden increased from 10% to 10.6% of per capita income during Romney’s governorship, according to analysis by the Tax Foundation [Boston Globe, 6/29/07]. In real dollars, the per capita tax burden increased $1175.71 during Romney’s term.

Under Romney’s stewardship, Massachusetts manufacturing jobs declined by more than 14% – double the national rate (Boston Globe, 7/28/07) and the third worst record in the country. Nationally, manufacturing dropped only 7%. Romney also refused to endorse the Bush tax cuts. On his watch, state spending grew from $22.3 billion to $28.1 billion, an annual budget increase of 6.5% during his tenure. Romney’s spending record started off good, but like most politicians, it degraded over time.

During his first two years in office, the general fund budget grew at 0.1% and 4.1%, respectively. The next two years, however, spending skyrocketed. In FY 2006, spending jumped 7.6%, and in FY 2007, it grew a whopping 10.2%, hardly indicative of “fiscal conservatism. ”Overall spending increased 20.7% and government employment in Massachusetts also grew 7.2% during Romney’s tenure. Empirical evidence shows that RomneyCare failed to control health care costs, increased the size of government, and by its very nature, introduced more sizable government.

Romney claims to have cut the MA budget by ‘2 billion.’ Sometimes he claims he cut it ‘3 billion.’ These cuts were merely budget games. According to Factcheck.org, the deficit was $1.3 billion and Romney balanced the budget with mostly tax and ‘fee increases’; with spending cuts predominantly coming from government consolidation and duplicative waste. Romney’s last budget was 10.2% larger than the preceding fiscal year and, per Deval Patrick, Mr. Mitt left a billion dollar deficit for his successor. As government grew under Romney, private sector jobs did not. Massachusetts ranked third lowest in job creation and would have ranked second lowest if Hurricane Katrina had not devastated the Louisiana economy.

By the end of his fourth year in office, Massachusetts jobs growth was an ‘anemic’ 0.9%, compared with job growth of 5.3% for the nation as a whole during the same period. This, after four years! And notably, the decline in the state’s labor force, which was influenced in large part by high levels of out-migration of working-age adults, helped hold down the official unemployment rate of the state. And, ‘that’ is what Romney doesn’t want you to know. This high level of net domestic out-migration was equivalent to 3.5% of the state’s population, the third highest rate of population loss in the country.

Between July ‘02 and July ‘06, over 222,000 residents left Massachusetts for other states than came. The rest of New England created nearly 200,000 jobs. Yes. The state’s unemployment rate fell from 5.6% to 4.7% during the same four-year period, but, it took four years and out-migration contributed to a lower unemployment rate. On all key labor market measures, Massachusetts not only lagged behind the nation as a whole, but often ranked at or near the bottom. Mitt Romney’s jobs record was worse than Michael Dukakis’. Nobody can choreograph political theater and distortions of failed policies like Romney and Obama. Romney has gone beyond exaggerating his dismal fiscal record.

Massachusetts was 47th among all 50 states in job creation from 2003 to 2007. Net result: 50th out of 50 after first year, 47th after four years. That puts Romney and Obama on a level playing field. What makes this worse for Romney, according to MarketWatch, is that he actually ran on a jobs platform. The Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank, published a fiscal-policy report card for 2006 that gave Romney a C grade, ranking him behind 11 other governors, including former Democrat Bill Richardson, then governor of New Mexico, but ahead of Mike Huckabee, Governor of Arkansas, who received a D grade.

Romney’s history is marked by statements at odds with his gubernatorial record and his campaign rhetoric; overstate the accomplishments and understate the side-effects. His state ranked 47th in job creation, wages for workers fell nearly 2%, and he raised taxes on individuals and businesses. While Romney might like to claim that he’s the Republican candidate with the economic experience needed to be president, his record tells a very different story. Business experience does not guarantee a person will govern as a conservative.

No matter how you slice the data, under Romney’s stewardship, job growth was devastated by Romney’s policies. The level of real output of goods and services over this four-year period was 9% in Massachusetts while the rest of the nation was 13%. And, this chart from the Boston Globe on Massachusetts’s economic performance during Romney’s tenure brings home the point. No wonder then, that out of the 25 freshmen Republican Governors rated by the Cato Institute on fiscal issues, Romney had the 2nd worst score.

Presenting his fiscal plan in USA Today in early November 2011, Romney’s spending “cuts” would expand the federal budget, not decrease it. According to Jacob Sullum’s excellent analysis of Romney’s budget plan, “he does not eliminate a single cabinet-level department. That doesn’t suggest a strong commitment to fiscal responsibility. Using honest math rather than DC math, Romney’s budget plan would increase spending by 8% over the next four years [2016]. By contrast, the plan outlined by Ron Paul, would balance the budget by 2015.”

While Romney claims he wants to “eliminate every government program that is not absolutely essential.” That sounds good until you realize his plan follows the business-as-usual Washington scam of claiming that a reduction in the projected growth of spending is actually a spending cut. It is not. The implication: Mitt Romney thinks 89% of what the federal government does is “absolutely essential.” And, Dan Mitchell of International Liberty agrees; ‘Jacob’s analysis is on the mark.’

To note, President Bush was often romney excoriated for betraying his conservative base, a perception that contributed to his poor poll numbers. What is forgotten, however, is that while campaigning for the presidency in 2000, Bush accused the Republican Congress of trying “to balance the budget on the backs of the poor,” a line that could have been culled from Democrat talking points.

Bush never cast himself as anything other than what he exactly was – a pro-life social conservative. Nothing more. We just weren’t listening. Are we listening now?

While visiting Manchester, NH on June 3rd, 2011, Romney also stated that global warming is real and influenced by man. Video here. Mitt, of course, was just being consistent, as he was with his ethanol support statement earlier in the same week. On May 27th, while visiting Iowa, Romney stated, per the Wall Street Journal: “I support the subsidy of ethanol, I believe ethanol is an important part of our energy solution for this country.” Romney supported ethanol subsidies during his unsuccessful 2008 presidential run too. If eliminating wasteful subsidies is a litmus test for any candidate. Romney fails.

Beyond RomneyCare and a love for government mandates, you remember TARP, right? The $700 billion mortgage-bailout turned bank-bailout, turned auto-bailout, turned everybody-bailout, turned government-union slush fund. Yeah, that TARP. Well, Romney supported TARP, with gusto! In 2005, Human Events listed Romney as one of the Top 10 RINO’s in the Republican Party. Romney was listed as No. 8. Romney is a “Country-club Rockefeller Republican,” a manufactured candidate, bearing no verifiable resemblance to a conservative.

During his tenure, at least four Massachusetts cities enacted or renewed legislation declaring themselves sanctuaries for illegal immigrants. As far as anyone was able to determine in research, Romney made no attempts to penalize, censure, or cut funding to them. And, as you will see from his own lips, Mr. Mitt believed that illegal aliens here in the U.S. should be able to receive residency or citizenship, aka, Amnesty.

As part of their Meet the Candidates 2008 series, NBC’s “Meet the Press” host, the late Tim Russert, nails down Romney on his Immigration and Amnesty position: “My own view is consistent with what you saw in the Lowell Sun, that those people who had come here illegally and are in this country–the 12 million or so that are here illegally–should be able to stay sign up for permanent residency or citizenship.” Click here to read the transcript, or watch “The Meet the Press” video …or watch this interview of Mitt stating: “12 million illegal immigrants should be granted citizenship.”

On gun control, Romney favored support of the federal assault weapons ban and the Brady Bill. And, despite claiming so, Romney did not receive support from the NRA; his Democrat opponent received a better grade. Watch Romney speak with forked tongue on “Meet the Press” as the late Tim Russert smokes him out on his record and click here to watch Romney discuss gun control at a Town Hall meeting in New Hampshire. No one can doubt that Romney is a shape-shifter par excellence even when he claims he’s “been as consistent as a human being can be”. Excuse me for being a skeptic.

On Affirmative Action, Romney believed there should be disclosure, by income group, on the number of women and minorities in top positions of public companies and federal agencies in government. As a supporter of minimum wage, Romney proposed indexing the Massachusetts minimum wage with inflation, telling the Boston Globe: “I do not believe that indexing the minimum wage will cost us jobs. I believe it will help us retain jobs.” – Boston Globe, 7/25/2002. Time and time again, as governor, Romney worked to reassure liberals as a “token Republican”.

Romney supported ‘No Child Left Behind’, according to an August 31, 2006, AP report. Then there’s his 2002 gubernatorial bid in which Romney came out opposed to school vouchers after aggressively supporting them in his 1994 campaign against Ted Kennedy. And, while he said he supported charter schools, he never met with charter schools leaders. Then in September of 2011, Romney came out in favor of Obama’s education reforms, and praised Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan’s ‘Race to the Top’. Want to see how Romney operates? Here is vintage Romney praising Arne Duncan’s reforms then denying it the next day. Obama’s ‘Race to the Top’ program epitomizes everything that is terrible about the liberal approach to education policy.

And then there is this. Everyone wants to believe the Massachusetts governor’s Mormonism won’t be a problem, but, think again. If the Gallup poll and other polls are to be believed, Mormons, who are good citizens, rank among America’s most disliked religious denominations. While Americans have indeed become more religiously tolerant, a significant number of voters – especially evangelical Protestants – say they would be less likely to vote for Romney. Click here to read journalist David Frum discuss this issue. Click here .

But, Romney’s big weakness is his character. No one fabricates a story and embellishes better while looking at you straight in the eye than Romney. He is a Republicans version of Bill Clinton. Mitt’s just another opportunist who has no driving principles other than self interests. When the facts don’t fit the data, Romney just changes the facts. Obama is in the Oval because the Republicans sold its soul to becoming more liberal and Progressive. And, as you will see in this video below, Romney has no soul:

Romney is also not a team player. Romney is poison who, it is alleged, sent silent attack teams against Sarah Palin. The evidence keeps piling up that Romney plays by a very different and underhanded set of rules. Mitt’s folks can never resist the temptation to engage in character assassination whenever they are confronted by an uncomfortable reality they can’t explain away. It’s vintage Romney.

Romney’s little “motor” is always backstabbing supporters, and conservatives. Conservatives4Palin.com has identified Mark Mckinnon, Tucker Eskew, Nicole Wallace, John Feehery, Carl Forti, Kevin Madden and Michelle Laxalt as Romney supporters who worked for McCain’s camp. Click here and here and here to learn more about Romney members spreading snipes and rumors about Palin and Fred Thompson. This is a “Tee-It-Up” or “Divide & Conquer” mentality.

And now, it looks like Romney is going negative on Rick Perry. On Oct, 19th, 2011, the Washington Post reported Romney for President Inc. launched several anti-Perry websites aimed at undermining his best funded opponent. The Romney camp just bought $2,851 worth of domain names at GoDaddy.com. Anti-Perry Web domain names gobbled-up include stickittorick.com, rickperrynot.com, and buryperry.com.

Romney has a major identity problem. Mr. Mitt has tried to go from claiming to be a super-moderate New England Republican to being a super-conservative national primary-type Republican. “Romney has some issues with authenticity,” says Whit Ayres, a GOP pollster. “It’s very difficult to make a seamless transition of being a governor of a liberal state to being the nominee of a very conservative party.” Yes. Mitt Romney has an identity problem. And, it starts with flip flops:

THIS is a prime example of why Romney should never be president. He has no core beliefs and people do not trust him. There is nothing conservative about him. Romney will be “untruthful” as often as required to get his desired outcome. He is not true to any convictions, changes his platform with the wind, and he is not someone conservatives can trust! During 2008, Romney lamented, “My campaign is not based on Washington lobbyists.” But, click here to see Romney deny to a AP reporter and argue that lobbyist do not work for his campaign.

Fast forward to today, and among Romney’s supporters are some of the biggest Republican lobbyists in Washington. Romney is the favored candidate for wealthy special interest groups and lobbyist-linked political action committees, according to disclosure reports. He has raised more money from lobbyists than all of the other Republican candidates combined. The watchdog group Public Citizen, states Romney’s lead in lobbyist cash “strongly suggests that Romney is the favored candidate for wealthy special interest groups, especially K Street.

CLOSING

Romney is bad news for conservatismxd5dn5 — all you have to do is to read his words and listen to his speeches in their entirety, not just to the grand-sounding platitudes that are music to conservatives’ ears. Platitudes are like that — the devil is in the details, and Romney’s “details” always entail more, bigger government, mandates, and meddling, the opposite of what his platitudes promise. If you can accept John McCain again then you should accept Mitt Romney.

There’s just one requisite for being a conservative political leader, and that is that you actually are one. Fabricating about being one doesn’t make you one. Clearly, too many GOP insiders within the ‘DC Establishment’ are somehow smitten with Romney. Former Republican Charlie Crist is the best example of how the GOP Beltway brass will support a Republican that ‘they think’ can win. There is a disconnect between Party leaders and grassroots that may only be addressed at the polls.

Romney is that type of politician that believes government does belong in every aspect of our lives, how much is the only question. Mitt honestly believes he accomplished something with Mass’ Healthcare. But, as Massachusetts has shown us, mandating insurance, restricting individual choice, expanding subsidies, and increasing government control has produced a system riddled with waste, diminished quality of care and higher cost to taxpayers.

Once you learn about Romney’s record, you learn that his selective memory is disingenuous, at best. On his watch, Massachusetts saw unemployment rise, jobs leave, higher taxes and fees, increased cost of living and a 65% disapproval rating at the end of his governorship. While Romney changes his position on every issue he once supported to once again appeal to the right wing, it raises the real question of why he thinks they will believe his new positions this time, when they didn’t buy his makeover last time. Mitt couldn’t pull it off against McCain, who couldn’t pull it off against Obama. Expect the same results if Mitt wins the primaries.

Romney is the enemy within and should never be put in a position of leadership within the party. What he promises today, he flip-flops on tomorrow. It all depends on which way the political winds are blowing. Republicans won’t ‘win’ by voting in progressively more liberal Republicans. Romney is another globalist stooge. Under his leadership, UN Agenda 21, open borders, 50-state Romneycares and carbon taxes will be promoted as conservative ideas.

Lets recap: What Romney supported as Governor of Massachusetts:

1. Pro-abortion with full taxpayer funding.

2. Pro-state mandated healthcare.

3. Pro-government mandates in taxes and fees.

4. Pro-gay marriage; full-state sponsorship (1rst Governor).

5. Pro-transgendered education in public schools.

6. Pro-global warming caused by humans hysteria.

7. Pro-amnesty for illegal immigrants.

8. Anti-second Amendment.

9. Support of Ethanol Subsidies..

10. 75% of his Appointments were of Liberal Judges.

11. 47th state out of 50 in job creation.

12. Increased State spending 20.7% during his tenure.

13. Government employment grew 7.2% during his tenure.

14. Pro-Affirmative Action.

15. Romney will say whatever is necessary to get elected.

The list goes on… Support of Arne Duncan’s “Race to the Top”, support of Obama’s education reforms, support of man-made global warming and TARP bailouts. Romney has friends on the left. Don’t let the media play you like a fiddle. They like Mitt. They want Mitt to be the GOP candidate. If you look at his political history, Romney would search for a way to look like he was governing as a conservative, but in every case, the liberals would ultimately be the victors.

Romney is undeniably a liberal Republican, not a conservative. On almost every single important issue facing America today, Mitt Romney has fought against conservatism. In the October 11, 2011 debate at Dartmouth, Romney said: ‘I can work with ‘good’ Democrats.’ Do we not learn? With no principles or a core, Romney will say anything, and do anything, to get elected. So much so, even his Republican label is beginning to peel off.

The Tea Party’s goal may be to beat Obama and flip the Senate, but it is NOT to elect a progressive Republican in its place. Romney would be disastrous for the conservative movement and for the country. And, as Ronald Reagan proclaimed: “We will have no more of those candidates who are pledged to the same goals as our opposition and who seek our support.”

The next President will likely name two Supreme Court Justices and numerous appointments to Federal benches. Romney’s record on appointments in MA is deplorable. His support of man-made global warming is inexcusable. And, equally disturbing is Romney’s nanny state health care blueprint. It’s going to be very difficult to criticize Obamacare when you’re defending Romneycare. I rest my case, your honor.

For a ‘bulletized’ Talking Points version of Mitt Romney;s governing record, click here.

“It is now my pleasure to introduce my collaborator and friend, Senator Edward Kennedy.” – Mitt Romney

    VIDEOS

In his own words… Drip, drip, drip…

Mitt Romney on Ted Kennedy.

Romney Doublespeak?

Will the real Mitt Romney stand up?

The Real Romney?

Romney likes Mandates…

Shoo-be-doo-be-doo…. So essentially, Mitt Romney is just an offbrand Democrat. A world-class fraud and con-artist. A nation that allows itself to be governed by the lying & the corrupt deserves the polluted government it gets.

MittRomney

ARTICLES:

In depth analysis & history of Romney’s shameful flip flops

Governorship of Mitt Romney – Wikipedia

America Needs Bold Conservative Leadership, not a Manufactured Candidate. – Romneyexposed.com

Brian Mooney, Boston Globe: “The Making of Mitt Romney”

Mister PowerPoint Goes to Washington

The Mitt Romney Deception

Anyone But Mitt.

1994 Mitt Romney letter to the Log Cabin Republicans

Campaign and personal financial disclosure filings

16 Reasons Why Mitt Romney Would Be A Really, Really Bad President

151 Comments leave one →
  1. Dennis L Thompson permalink
    January 16, 2011 2:24 pm

    this is ignorant and stupid

    • klsouth permalink*
      February 27, 2011 1:21 pm

      Facts hurt, I know.

      • November 4, 2011 10:46 am

        Consistent as morning sun in the Western sky: when people can’t argue with fact, they’ll call you names. I had high hopes for Romney when he became Governor in MA – I cannot describe my disappointment in this man in strong enough terms. During the 0Care ‘debates’ I even wrote BEGGING him to admit mistakes in RomneyCare in the hopes that my ‘lying eyes’ were deceiving me. Not to be – and this man would be an awful choice for president.

    • October 12, 2011 2:15 am

      Yes, Willard is very ignorant & stupid. I’ve been vetting him for over 4 years so, no one knows better than I do.

      Mitt squeezes onto the global warming couch with Newt & Pelosi http://is.gd/l4Vfdv

      Romneycare For Farmers http://bit.ly/jVcXj0

      The Mitt Romney Deception http://bit.ly/dkXndL

      The Mitt Romney Report http://bit.ly/g5ZfiO

      True Romney http://bit.ly/i7u0zN

    • Barb permalink
      October 12, 2011 4:52 am

      Dennis, I am appalled that a conservative such as yourself could defend Romney. Nothing about this article is fabricated. It’s backed up with verifiable fact after fact. So what’s the problem? Why so loyal to a man who opposes everything you stand for? I’m puzzled.

  2. May 23, 2011 7:22 pm

    Amen to this article. I cannot BELIEVE Romney is still doing so well in the polls. If that is what the Republican party has become, we need a new party. How is he any different from Obama?

    • July 20, 2011 6:12 pm

      Excellent article. I used it as a reference in my blog, The People’s County on why I don’t like Mitt.

    • Go West Tim permalink
      August 1, 2011 6:30 am

      Romney is such a rino and turn-coat. He must be defeated by 2012 have a

      real Conservative running. otherwise, another John MdCain, Give us Bachman or Perry with O’Rubio as the vP nominee. someone has to have the guts and record and fire to stand up to Oblunder and the
      rinos.

      Tim

  3. Sean permalink
    June 21, 2011 10:02 am

    I am from MA and every bit is true.

    He created Obama care because his advisors told him to
    because he did not have any accomplishments as Governor.

    He also could have said no to homosexual marriage but
    went right along with this destructive policy.

    • October 12, 2011 2:17 am

      “There’s something to be said for having a Republican who supports civil rights in this broader context, including sexual orientation. When Ted Kennedy speaks on gay rights, he’s seen as an extremist. When Mitt Romney speaks on gay rights he’s seen as a centrist and a moderate. It’s a little like if Eugene McCarthy was arguing in favor of recognizing China, people would have called him a nut. But when Richard Nixon does it, it becomes reasonable. When Ted says it, it’s extreme; when I say it, it’s mainstream.”- Willard ‘Mitt’ Romney

      Romney and same-sex “marriage” in Massachusetts http://bit.ly/nzD824

      Romney responsible for same-sex marriage fiasco http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=45869

  4. Go West Tim permalink
    August 1, 2011 6:15 am

    mitt romney is a doomed rino just like mccain. it is best to defeat him all the primaries or have anothe mccain like 2008. Get him out the sooner the better. He is a flip-flopper, anti-abotion, socialized menicine wolf in sheeps clothing. How can he be the front runner??

    Give us
    bachmann or Ridk perryl mark o’rubia munt be the vp nominee. time for the inside the beltway career ‘rino Gop to be sent packing in 2012!!; So you love your contry? then vote your convictionw Oblunder, the senate demacrats and Rino republicans are ingnorng the peopes’ mandate in 2010 midterms, vote the bums out i 2012.
    america, take bake our contry.

    GowestTim

    • Barb permalink
      October 12, 2011 4:49 am

      Cute. Looks like we have a liberal here incognito.

  5. Andrew permalink
    August 6, 2011 9:09 pm

    I, unfortunately, recognize these statements to be true. Rather than simply dismiss them, the author provides articles, transcripts and clips featuring Mr. Romney in his own words. As a member of the Tea Party Patriots and a Mormon, there is no way I can support Mr. Romney. His flip-flop on abortion, liberal views on many subjects that are incompatible with Conservative philosophy and his desire to tell people whatever they want to hear in order to get elected are all quite disturbing. It is unfortunate that no one else who is running thus far is anyone that I would consider voting for.

  6. Rosco1776 permalink
    September 18, 2011 10:57 am

    Perry the Bilderberger pick, no thanks! Cain the fed chairman, no thanks!
    The rest just parrot Paul now because they know the people are awake and see their lies.

    Ron Paul 2012 or BU$T !!

  7. October 6, 2011 12:00 am

    You’ve done AGAIN Kel. This the most concise INDICTMENT of MITTens RINOmney I have seen yet! Kudos my friend.

  8. October 10, 2011 6:08 pm

    Very true.

    Here’s a video of Romney on Gun control.

    Those who do not know, Massachusetts has some of the most ridiculous Gun control in the entire country.

  9. October 10, 2011 6:31 pm

    Absolutely fantastic.
    We’ve been chatting and discussing Romney on Facebook.
    Flip-Flopping has definitely been mentioned, but this is the thorough information America needs.

    Why Romney and others are being thrust into the lime-light while men like Cain and Santorum are not is beyond my comprehension.

    Unless I begin to suspect an agenda….
    And i hesitate to go there yet…..

    Regardless, the facts are, I love the article.
    I love the links and facts.
    Thank you for this invaluable resource.

    Shared on FB already.

    Leah

  10. John Brown permalink
    October 11, 2011 2:29 pm

    Romney is a RINO like Ronald Reagan. Let’s see, Reagan was pro abortion before he was against it. Was a union leader five times. Then gave millions of illegals amnesty. Not to mention consulting Nancy’s astrologer (scary for “Christians” everywhere!) Wow, seems like the quintessential paragon of conservativism would be boiled alive by some of today’s “conservative” voters.

    • Barb permalink
      October 12, 2011 4:54 am

      Except when Reagan flipped to the other side, he didn’t flop back again.

      • October 12, 2011 5:41 pm

        What was the flop back? Right. There wasn’t. Romeny signed legislation against abortion.

  11. October 12, 2011 3:15 am

    Great stuff Kelly! Always enjoy the info you provide in your blogs. This absolutely confirmed my suspicions about Mitt “Waffles” Romney.

  12. Dustin permalink
    October 12, 2011 4:33 pm

    This is very well done. It must have taken a lot of work. I appreciate it, and will use it.

  13. Eric Steele permalink
    October 13, 2011 11:38 pm

    Way to go Kelly. I like your style!

  14. October 14, 2011 8:43 am

    Well done! I call Romney Mittflippers. I like Romney, However I have no desire for him to be President.

    I cannot see him doing what is necessary nor being willing to make the very hard choices to do what is necessary to turn things around.

    Great piece of work.

  15. conservagirl (Susan) permalink
    October 14, 2011 9:27 pm

    I live in Massachusetts – you’ve pretty much captured it all. Romney did not stand against gay marriage, afraid of offending the rest of the liberals in Massachusetts.

  16. October 16, 2011 3:35 am

    Changing a political position is called a lie only by elitists and children. A lie is only a lie if deception is exposed and PROVEN!

    Most American voters have no idea what constitutes PROOF of a lie.

    So what makes your post any different from a liberal progressive’s attacks against Conservatives? The only difference that I see is that at least when a Democrat lies against Republicans or for Obama – at least it is not the political “cannibalism” of GOP against GOP, which is the ONLY thing that can re-elect Obama in 2012.

    • October 16, 2011 10:30 pm

      I say that tomorrow I will mow the lawn. Tomorrow, I don’t mow the lawn. What, do I say that I had a “conversion”? No, I freaking lied!

  17. October 16, 2011 10:29 pm

    Read ‘em and weep, douchebags. The neatly coiffed one needs to be combed out like head lice and then the GOP big tent burned.

  18. scott permalink
    October 17, 2011 10:23 am

    so whats your solution? Perry? He’s as liberal as Romney, and can’t even articulate a rehearsed soudbite ‘ cause he’s tired. At least Romney doesn’t call conservative heartless when he disagrees with them

  19. Mark Schumacher permalink
    October 19, 2011 8:29 pm

    Thanks for taking the time to put this together so well. It tells the story people need to hear. I pray enough of them will take the time to read and understand.

  20. October 22, 2011 5:28 pm

    Never supported him, and now never will.

  21. October 26, 2011 1:17 am

    Exactly right and a great article! I’ve been trying to tell people for ages what Mittens McRomneyCare is all about, now all I have to do is point them here. Thanks!

  22. November 4, 2011 8:52 am

    The look on Ted Kennedy’s face while standing behind Romney in the top picture says to me: “We OWN you … we have you right where we want you … you sap!”

  23. Mike Simmons permalink
    November 6, 2011 11:54 pm

    This article was a massive waste of time… nothing new here. Still no reason not to vote for Romney in my opinion.

    • klsouth permalink*
      November 7, 2011 2:28 am

      Romney is a Democrat. I suppose you are as well. If you claim to be a conservative, I pity your soul. You simply don’t understand ‘conservatism.’ Romney is no conservative. He is a liberal progressive Republican.

      • November 10, 2011 12:12 am

        By your definition most Republicans are Democrats then. I don’t consider myself a conservative because conservatives these days can’t see past their own noses. I always hear conservatives touting Reagan, yet go look at his record as California governor and he would be accused of the same types of things Romney is in today’s presidential race. Reagan was basically responsible for kick-starting no-fault divorce in Cali, which arguably led to higher divorce rates.

        I admire Reagan as one of the best presidents of the last century, not because he was a conservative, but because I don’t pretend he was something he wasn’t. Conservatives are leading their own demise because somewhere in the last 25 years they came up with the notion that being reasonable, judicial, and practical is somehow being weak and wishy washy. Have fun sinking your own ship.

      • klsouth permalink*
        November 10, 2011 1:15 am

        Try the veal.

      • Max permalink
        November 14, 2011 1:21 pm

        Romney is the most electable conservative.

        That was Bill Buckley’s standard. That should be our standard. Cain and Perry are jokes and Gingrich is a decade plus past his sell by date.

        CNN: Romney 51 Obama 47

        ’nuff said

      • klsouth permalink*
        November 15, 2011 4:53 pm

        Romney is not a conservative. He is disqualified from any Buckley rule.

  24. November 13, 2011 11:13 am

    Thank you so much for posting this excellent piece – and sorry about all of the negative comments you’ve received. My piece on Gingrich has attracted much of the same type of ire from conservatives who just want Obama to lose at any cost — http://www.thehightide.com/1/post/2011/11/a-reminder-to-all-of-my-conservative-friends-3-reasons-why-we-arent-voting-for-newt-gingrich.html — not that I don’t want Obama to lose: I just don’t think it’s worth selling out everything we’ve got. I also think that the media has deceived many people into supposing that there are only two (or three, or whatever) REAL candidates, and that no one else has a chance.

    We’ve added Furthermore to our blogroll, and would be honored to have The High Tide Journal (www.thehightide.com) listed on your blogroll, if you would be interested in having us. :)

    Thanks!

  25. lisarichardsusa permalink
    November 13, 2011 1:42 pm

    Excellent Kelly! You nailed the democrat Romney

  26. Barbara Jennings permalink
    November 13, 2011 2:44 pm

    Romney is going to be our next president. Get used to it. Looking forward to him fixing our economic problems.

    • klsouth permalink*
      November 13, 2011 3:07 pm

      Emotion is a poor substitute for reason. Praise a soldier. Not a politician. That is naive.

  27. Max permalink
    November 14, 2011 1:19 pm

    More anti-Romney crap, and not one single sentence about why Newt Scozzafava, Perry HPV, or Herman the harasser would be better.

    You know why? Becasue Romney is better than all of them. And the anti-Romney clowns know it.

    • klsouth permalink*
      November 15, 2011 4:55 pm

      You read this article about Romney with documented links and say more ‘crap?’ Emotion is a poor substitute fro reason. You are no conservative and doubtful you are a Republican.

  28. November 15, 2011 3:08 pm

    Interesting reading….

  29. November 30, 2011 4:33 pm

    He’s a flip flopper but he’s MY flip flopper! See you at the inauguration!

  30. December 9, 2011 6:30 pm

    Thank You for a well written Post ! The truth are all Here, I appreciate this.. Wake Up America,,,a Loyal Conservative who wants, prays for a major Change in America 2012…

  31. December 16, 2011 6:41 am

    Have you ever considered writing an ebook or guest authoring on other blogs? I have a blog based upon on the same information you discuss and would really like to have you share some stories/information. I know my subscribers would enjoy your work. If you’re even remotely interested, feel free to shoot me an email.

  32. AKing79 permalink
    December 19, 2011 3:20 am

    I would like to be convinced, but the prosecution is weak. The PDF “stat” sheet titled “Mitt Romney’s Record” has no citations of credible sources. There are percentages, dates, names, and events, but no sources. The only source I see acknowleged is the media which is as inadmissible as this argument. I see strategic arrangement of links, videos, and quotes ala Michael Moore. Not seeing the “ironclad case” against Romney as advertised. It’s early in the race – try again.

    • klsouth permalink*
      December 19, 2011 11:53 pm

      You must be a Romney relative. There are plenty of official government documents, YouTube videos with Mitts own words, quoted articles from mainstream papers such as New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Forbes, etc., along with sources from Cato Institute, Beacon Hill Institute. There are spreadsheets gathered from the Commonwealth of MA, Romney’s own fliers and Proclamations, MA Governor internal memos. You site one document out of over 100 links. What are you stoned or just an ironclad stooge?

      • AKing79 permalink
        December 29, 2011 9:34 am

        The liberal media does have a way with the American people, doesn’t it?

        You have insulted anyone who challenges the validity of this article. What do you stand for exactly? Liberty? Freedom? Am I a stooge?

        I am an ironclad veteran of the United States Navy.I fought for my country during the Clinton Administration before I was even old enough to drink – a scared kid exposed to tear gas regularly, running five miles a day on broken knee caps and standing watch for 24 hours straight, all to get money for college, and to protect your righteous ass, so I believe a little respect is due, sir.

        I am now 32, an American, an orphan, a single mother with a Bachelor’s in Environmental Science, a Libertarian, not a conservative, much less a supporter of Romney. Why did I land on this page in the first place? I saw your article post on Twitter during a #Romney search. Your profile was forgettable, to say the least, but this article and your involvement in bashing Romney supporters reminded me of why I am not conservative.

        Conservatives want to be run, washed, and handled because they are too weak to stand up for anything other than hearing their own voices squak. They hide behind their money and twisted adaptaptions of the Bible. They seek to persecute the weak, like gays, and declare it a “desecration of the institution” while failing to acknowlege that the core fundamentals of liberty and democracy have in turn been desecrated. They influence the media and vice versa. Freedom does not concern fellows like yourself who have only rules, oppression, and The Boston Globe to guide you. You end your comments to your opposers with charges of stupidity and intoxication in a vehement manner – persecuting the weak. What does it accomplish?

        Whether you (or I) like it or not, Romney is still front-runner so your argument, however eloquent and clever, at the end of the day, is futile.

  33. January 28, 2012 7:30 pm

    Great Stuff! Mitt Romney is NOT a true conservative, never has been and probably never will be. Rick Santorum is the ONLY true conservative left in the field. Do not believe the media (why would you start now?) that Santorum cannot win. He can! Be a part of the Santorum Surge!

  34. February 6, 2012 3:00 am

    The biggest problem with Romney is that he is part of an organization (The Republican Establishment) that is poised to dominate the Republican Party.

    If Romney won the presidency his organization would silence the Tea Party and Campaign for Liberty.

    Remember how the Libertarian voices of the Republican Party were pushed into the wilderness during the Bush administration?

    I don’t want to relive that.

    Both Gingrich and Santorum have many problems. Neither of them have the same organization. So, you would not see the same silencing effect.

    Ron Paul has a massive organization … they are mostly Libertarians and independents who are at war with the traditional Republican Establishment.

    Libertarians love to argue, but are not prone to silencing other groups.

    It is not the candidate I dislike, but the progressive establishment which uses underhanded tricks to dominate the party. I hope the GOP wakes up and chooses a different candidate.

  35. Berbs permalink
    February 13, 2012 8:13 pm

    Yes, keep taking all of his statements out of context and don’t give him credit for his conservative accomplishments and blame him for everything the liberal Massachusetts legislature passed and sprinkle in some innuendo, lies, and photoshopped photos and you eventually end up with a worthless article like this one. A credible author would have at least acknowledged a little bit of good in Romney, but this article is nothing but a disgusting hack job.

    • klsouth permalink*
      February 17, 2012 11:55 pm

      Conservative accomplishments? What would they be? I know of none.

  36. Jack permalink
    February 15, 2012 2:22 pm

    Here is some info on Rick Santorum I found troubling.

    In addition to attacking the Tea Party, supporting earmarks, endorsing Arlen Specter http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uv_Fp8tSlVs , and backing unions, here are some of Santorum’s other less-than-conservative positions.

    NEA

    Voted for taxpayer funding of the National Endowment for the Arts. . . .

    Defense and Foreign Policy. . . .

    Voted to require that Federal bureaucrats get the same pay raises as uniformed military.

    Voted to allow food and medicine sales to state sponsors of terror and tyrannical regimes such as Libya and Cuba.
    Voted to limit the President’s authority to impose sanctions on nations for reasons of national security unless the sanctions were approved by a multilateral regime.
    Voted against requiring Congressional authorization for military action in Bosnia. [Pro-Clinton!]
    Voted to give $25 million in foreign aid to North Korea. . . .

    Nominations. . . .

    Voted for Sonia Sotomayor, Circuit Judge . . .
    Voted for James Brady to be District Judge

    Labor

    Voted against National Right to Work Act. . . .
    Voted for mandatory Federal child care funding
    Voted for Trade Adjustment Assistance.
    Voted for Job Corps funding
    Voted twice in support of Fedex Unionization. . . .
    Voted for minimum wage increases six times here here here here here and here
    Voted to require a union representative on an IRS oversight board.
    Voted to exempt IRS union representative from criminal ethics laws. [!!!] . . .

    Guns

    Voted to require pawn shops to do background checks on people who pawn a gun.
    Voted twice to make it illegal to sell a gun without a secure storage or safety device
    Voted for a Federal ban on possession of “assault weapons” by those under 18.
    Voted for Federal funding for anti-gun education programs in schools. . . .

    Reform. . . .

    Voted twice for a Congressional pay raise.
    Voted to impose a uniform Federal mandate on states to force them to allow convicted rapists, arsonists, drug kingpins, and all other ex-convicts to vote in Federal elections.
    Voted for the Specter “backup plan” to allow campaign finance reform to survive if portions of the bill were found unconstitutional.
    Voted to mandate discounted broadcast times for politicians. . . .

    Taxes

    Voted against a flat tax. . . .
    Voted twice for internet taxes.
    Voted to allow gas tax revenues to be used to subsidize Amtrak.
    Voted to strike marriage penalty tax relief and instead provide fines on tobacco companies. . . .
    Voted to allow welfare to a minor who had a child out of wedlock and who resided with an adult who was on welfare within the previous two years.
    Voted to increase taxes by $9.4 billion to pay for a $9.4 billion increase in student loans.
    Voted to say that AMT patch is more important than capital gains and dividend relief.

    Waste. . . .

    Voted to increase spending on social programs by $7 billion
    Voted to increase NIH funding by $1.6 billion.
    Voted to increase NIH funding by $700 million. . . .
    Voted for a $1 billion bailout for the steel industry. . . .
    Voted to increase community development programs by $2 billion.

    Spending and Entitlements

    Voted to make Medicare part B premium subsidies a new entitlement.
    Voted against paying off the debt ($5.6 trillion at the time) within 30 years.
    Voted to give $18 billion to the IMF.
    Voted to raid Social Security instead of using surpluses to pay down the debt. . . .

    Voted to allow states to impose health care mandates that are stricter than proposed new Federal mandates, but not weaker.

    Voted twice for Federal mental health parity mandates in health insurance.
    Voted against a bill to allow consumers the option to purchase a plan outside the parity mandate.

    Education. . . .

    Voted to increase spending for the Department of Education by $3.1 billion. . . .

    Energy

    Voted to make fuel price gouging a Federal crime.
    The Republican party is being played like a fiddle. When Gingrich was surging in the polls they trot out Nancy Pelosi to threaten to reveal his secrets. She knows the right thinks of her as the wicked witch of the west, so what was her goal? If you want to ambush an opponent you don’t tell him where you’ll be hiding. Clearly she was trying to get the Repubs to circle the wagons around Gingrich so he would get the nomination.

    Now with Santorum surging they contrive a war on religion knowing it will help the socially conservative candidate who has made such issues the center of his campaign.

    The only candidate they have attacked personally has been Mitt Romney. Do you really believe the OWS movement started because of people’s outrage over the Wall Street bailouts? If so, why did it take three years to get organized? The left’s goal is to make this a class warfare campaign and their hope is to make Romney’s wealth an issue. If Republicans give in on this the left has won a huge victory – including a second term for Obama.

    Santorum is a career politician. He is a government insider. He is socially conservative, but not financially conservative. What are the biggest problems our country is facing? Huge deficit spending and high unemployment. How do you elect a candidate who has no experience in job creation, who has been part of the spending problem, and think you’re going to solve any problems?

    Only one candidate has the money and organization to take on Obama!

    WAKE UP REPUBLICANS!

  37. omegahpla permalink
    April 3, 2012 11:44 am

    Looking at the deliberate deception of this “information” the half truths. The “conclusions” based on laughable so called basis, makes me wonder. It sure isn’t done in any Republican style. I mean the bald faced erroneous conclusion that people in Mass don’t like Romney, ignoring his 72% win in Mass Primary? His high level of popularity in the surrounding areas? It just defies honesty.

    Pinning on Romney the result of 85% Democrat Congress voting & liberal activist judges? Ignoring the fact that Romney had to get appointees through such a highly democrat area? It’s just deeply dishonest. If Kelly actually did the research he claims, he’s have to understand this.

    The sheer laundry list of inaccuracies & half truths make up about the entire piece. The fact is Romney was conservative, not perfectly, but compared to Newt or Rick Romney is the Most Conservative. Of course no one compares to Ron Paul, except in his foreign policy departure which can be called less than conventionally conservative.

    Compare Romney to Reagan, the used to be very liberal Democrat. The guy who was president of the hard left Sag Union. The Reagan who doubled government spending in California. Reagan’s record was liberal transitioning to Moderate at best.

    How are Reagan & Romney alike? Both have evolved over time … most of us do right? Neither had been tainted by Washington DC politics. Both learned how to get things done as CHIEF EXECUTIVE in a highly liberal zone. Both Reagan & Romney put their country over their own selfish interests. They didn’t desire political power, they desired to fix the country in peril.

    Are Romney & Reagan like Barrack Obama? Are you kidding me? lol! That’s about the most obtuse ill sighted observation I’ve ever heard in my life.

    Who is KLSouth? His style isn’t Republican or Conservative. It’s defamatory, Alinskiesque. He personally attacks respondents, and substance is weak. Who does that? Progressives do that. If Kelly isn’t a Progressive Double Dealing Subversive purposely, he’s doing the job pretty well as a dupe.

    Really dig in to what you hear & read. This article is great preparation for the twisted dishonest crap you’re going to see coming from the Obama administration. Do not fall for lies. Investigate deeply, tell others what you find. Propaganda in such convincing form is hard to overcome, but we have to do it to save our country. So get to it.

    • klsouth permalink*
      April 3, 2012 4:35 pm

      Let us all know when you start tossing beachballs from your nose.

      • omegahpla permalink
        April 3, 2012 6:15 pm

        You let us all know what your real agenda is Kelly, and why you think you can get there without being honest. Nothing good comes from deception of the voters informed choices. Nothing. I’d much rather lose my preference than win by destroying the voting process vital to self rule. That kind of corruption leads to no good place.

        I’m going to lay some things out to explain my position. I’m not paid, lol, though that’s flattering … got that off your time line & assume the balancing beach ball thing insinuates I’m not arguing my heart. I assure you that’s exactly what I’m doing, but the hearts position & the best way to achieve it is determined by a lot of study. I’m a hard line Constitutionalist & I want government out of our faces. We start violating the Constitution for what we want, it opens us up to anything as it gives politicians power to sell, and they will sell us out, or another will be put in their place who will sell us out.

        Romney’s past wasn’t perfectly Conservative. I’m not totally happy with it, but the more I study Romney he respect the will of the people & he doesn’t care about the power. Reagan’s record was even less perfect than Mitt’s.

        Newt’s history is filled with big government, and down right liberal moves. Rick is a pathological liar & someone who stole from his own charity. Rick’s ever bragged about being liberal to get elected in PA. He’s voted against ridding this country of Organized Crime style government backed government bribing Unions.

        While I love Newt, I really hate Rick because I can not abide what he is, but neither would stand a prayer in a general election.

        Get into the nasty & the weeds of what Obama can throw at these guys & it’s obvious why Obamaco fear & works against Mitt. Why the democrats voting for the weak Republican vote for Santorum. His mouth had produced sound bytes that will destroy him.

        The fact is the most Progressive, most destructive thing a politician can do is to violate the Constitution. The next is to push government on the people that they overwhelmingly don’t want. THAT is what Obama has done. THAT is also child’s play compared to what Obama has planned. Obama’s worked for Soros for decades, it’s a fact. Soros & those Obama’s been influenced by are all about bringing the USA down & implementing Oligarchy. There is a lot more to it than that, I’ve studied decades trying to fit missing pieces together. I’ll leave it there now for the sake of continuity if there is any left.

        What Romney did was give the people of Mass the government of their choice. It’s what a governor should do. The Federal Government has NO Constitutionally allowed role in deciding state policy on health care. The People of Mass wanted such a plan, Romney pushed it to the right.

        See the people should decide their government’s policy, and local control is more accountable to the people. Romney’s always said that one size fits all is a very bad idea, obviously, states are all different. Gov Tommy Thompson loved Romney Care & endorsed it & has endorsed Mitt. Thompson who was head of HHS under Bush, was the author of Wisconsin’s Welfare reform that was turned into National Welfare Reform (because the state wide experiment was a wild success). Newt Gingrich helped implement that law, and he loved it, and it was very effective.

        All of this ground work is important 1, because I’m not that great a writer and not very effective lol, and 2 because it explains Mitt’s philosophy. There are a lot of specifics brought up here, and a lotof gotcha like what the extremely liberal Mass media said about Romney, but that was distroted (we all know how that goes with liberal media right?).

        Much of the reality of what Mitt faced in Mass & what he should have done in representing what is probably THE MOST Progressive population in the country is lost in comparisons that don’t give context. Mitt’s been blamed for parts of laws that the liberal courts have forced. He’s been blamed for thing the Mass Congress over ruled him on. I mean he vetoed more than 800 pieces of legeslation, not like he was a willing accomplice right?

        There’s a lot out of context here, and I’ll take it one by one. We must make informed choices, or those choices are not really our choices.

        Is Mitt’s past Perfect? NO, none of the candidates records are or can be as they didn’t have benifit of hind site & they all learn along the way. ESPECIALLY REAGAN. I mean Reagan wouldn’t stack up if it was all about his past before his Nomination. Was he the right guy? HELL YES!

        What I see in Romney more than the others except Paul, is a respect for the people & self rule. A lack of greed for power. A reason I really like Palin as well. We don’t need someone in there for themselves, we’ve had enough of that. We need officials who serve us.

        Romney & Paul are the only Candidates who didn’t back a National Health Care Mandate. Newt and Santorum did.

        Much has been made of the Global Warming Scam. It’s been confused with caps on pollution which have nothing to do with it. That’s where it gets confusing with Romney. Romney spoke of caps, but not caps based on the global warming scam. I know Newt was really on the Global Wamring train, don’t know about Santorum, but I think he was involved but I can’t remember exactly why I got that impression so …

        We can make a case for or against any of these candidates. But an important point is when we get on a TEAM & become a FAN & throw ourselves into it we lose objective perception that is extremely important. How damaging is that? LOOK, I mean really look at Obama supporters. They’ve fallen in that trap. We wonder why they won’t listen to facts? Why won’t we listen to facts? Why do we hedge? What makes us thing one sided information is so great in the process of choosing the best candidate? The Primary Process shows us that WE ARE THEM & THEY ARE US. And that to amped up groups tribe ends up over riding logic.

        I know this is extremely long, I’m sorry. Do your objective weighing & thinking, be honest to yourself & others. The truth will set us free, corruption will bind us for a very long time in a very bad way. If you’re going to villify a candidate make sure you do it honestly.

        The whole thing about any one of these being equally bad as Obama? Please, that’s crazy. Don’t get caught up to the point you get to that kind of crazy place.

        Kelly, you posted my comments, I was surprized. I guess I have to modify my opinion a bit over that. Obamaco including Soros are so damned diaboloical there’s nothing they won’t do. Make no mistake, Obama is out to take all you have in this country, and it’s not even him, it goes much deeper than the puppet.

  38. December 28, 2012 10:30 pm

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