A little discussed excerpt in Mitt Romney’s Better America Tonight speech revealed his true intentions using the White House to attack public schools and unions.
Here’s the video:
I see an America with a growing middle class, with rising standards of living. I see children even more successful than their parents – some successful even beyond their wildest dreams – and others congratulating them for their achievement, not attacking them for it.
This America is fundamentally fair. We will stop the unfairness of urban children being denied access to the good schools of their choice; we will stop the unfairness of politicians giving taxpayer money to their friends’ businesses; we will stop the unfairness of requiring union workers to contribute to politicians not of their choosing; we will stop the unfairness of government workers getting better pay and benefits than the taxpayers they serve; and we will stop the unfairness of one generation passing larger and larger debts on to the next.
In the America I see, character and choices matter. And education, hard work, and living within our means are valued and rewarded. And poverty will be defeated, not with a government check, but with respect and achievement that is taught by parents, learned in school, and practiced in the workplace.
Notice that Mittens managed work a little self-pity in there with the line about children who were more successful than their parents being attacked. Poor Mitt just doesn’t get the fact that he isn’t being attacked. It is merely being pointed out that Romney made his quarter billion dollar fortune by ruthlessly killing the jobs of middle class Americans. Romney may not like that fact, but it’s the truth.
However, the most revealing part of the soon to be Republican nominee’s entire speech focused on what Romney considers inequality to be. Inequality according to Mitt Romney is not the wealthy paying less in taxes than everyone else. Inequality is not corporations who get to dodge their tax bills, while the burden is passed on to those who can afford it least. Inequality is not Citizens United, which has allowed a few wealthy billionaires and corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money to drown out the influence of everyday Americans. Inequality is not ALEC writing legislation in secret behind closed doors that is designed to marginalize entire segments of the population.
Inequality according to Mitt Romney is the fact that we fund a public education system with taxpayer dollars. Inequality is the fact that unions are allowed to collect dues are allowed to use that money to engage in political free speech. Inequality is the fact that public sector employees belong to unions, and inequality is also the deficit, which has been created and exploded by Republicans.
Mitt Romney who never attended public school is determined to defund them. It is rather amazing that Romney is promising to defund public schools, when federal funding only makes up 10.8% of public school system budget. Much like Scott Walker and Rick Snyder, Mitt Romney is using the language of a moderate to hide an extremist conservative agenda. Romney wants to take Scott Walker’s union busting plan national.
What Mitt Romney unveiled tonight was a far right agenda coded in the language of the center. Romney tried to do positive, but the aw, shucks I’m just a family guy, please don’t look at my record at Bain shtick was insincere. He quickly pivoted back to the negative realm where he is most comfortable.
At one point Mitt Romney told America that he doesn’t think we’re stupid, but he must believe that we are dumb enough to buy what he tried to sell tonight. Romney can’t talk about the true intentions of his agenda, so he is speaking in code.
The problem for Romney is that code was cracked after the 2010 elections, and America isn’t going to be tricked into going down that road again.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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