Decoding the Secret Agenda in Mitt Romney’s Better America Tonight Speech

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:

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Romney said,

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.

10 Replies to “Decoding the Secret Agenda in Mitt Romney’s Better America Tonight Speech”

  1. Mitt doesn’t realize that not everyone has 30k a year for their kid’s high school. I wish someone would make him figure out how the average american would pay for the school he went to. let’s see, 28k subtracted from 30k leaves the parent 2k in debt and no money to pay for food, rent, car, insurance, gas….

  2. Good ole’ Willard, Cut schools, keep people stupid so they won’t know they’ve been screwed until their…nevermind.

  3. out of curiosity as a functional thing, how do parents get to send their children to the schools of their choice? The functional part is how do they get their children to the schools that could be scattered across city and urban areas? What is the cost of buses running across each other’s paths constantly? What will the cost to America be that the conservative Christian schools of these people are talking about that will not be putting out college-level students?

    mitt Romney is giving the Democrats so much ammo to bury him with. How long will it be before funding to charter or private schools ends because it cost too much? Why doesn’t Romney ever mention the fact that we are 47th in the world in terms of income disparity? Why doesn’t he mentioned that his love of the Ryan plan will tax more heavily the very people who were standing there waving their hands in front of him? You’d better bet Barack Obama will.

    as Grover Norquist said, all Romney is going to be is a rubber stamp for the Congress

  4. i must be getting better at hearing the “dog whistles”.. i listened to willard last night, only because i was too lazy to tune him out while watching MSNBC..

    the applause lines he received.. just made me shiver Scott Walker on steroids

  5. Reading past the veneer of education, romney’s core agenda is having a society ruled by the rich in every aspect, and to let the rest of us bow and scrape to honor them and their success.
    We are going back to feudal times with a leader like that. romney is the most dangerous man in America right now.

  6. In the rural area where I live the great push for conservatives/fundamentalists is to home school their kids. One family I just met have 4 children, 2 school age. The oldest child has a severe speech problem which makes her very hard to understand. The parents are oblivious to her problem, since they understand what she is saying. The three younger children are emulating their older sibling’s speech pattern. If she were in our public school she would already be in speech therapy and be well on her way to correcting the problem.

    The idiotic attacks on public education are insane. But the GOP keeps selling this garbage and a lot of folks are still buying it. Mittens is doubling down hoping the divide and conquer GOP concept will work its magic one more time.

  7. How do schools remain private if everyone can go there because they choose to? Who will pay for this? I paid for private school for my child on a single Mom’s salary and it was a struggle, but it was my choice. I never once, not once, thought that the government should give me money that funds public schools to pay my child’s tuition. Private schools don’t accept everyone and what will we do, force them to? Once they start being paid with tax payer money, they will no longer be private schools. Society has an obligation to educate children and our tax dollars should be used to provide the best education we can with those funds, not drain it off to pay for private schools. Fix the failing public schools and provide a decent education for everyone but leave the private schools alone and free from government dollars and interference. That’s the only way there can be real choice. I strongly support Public education but I also respect a person’s choice to spend their own money on something else.

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