You have to give him points for sheer moxie (if not character) but how can you possibly know which Mitt you are going to end up with? Who would vote for the guy whose policy statements have been all over the place, from left to right to middle and then back again depending seemingly on the needs of the moment?
But that’s precisely the question the Romney campaign is asking in a new spot, presenting a fantasy-version of reality since the real thing is not Romney-friendly.
In Jacksonville on Thursday Romney introduced the spot to reporters by saying,
“I certainly hope that you’ll get a chance to see our first ad that will come up in a couple of days. It will be a positive ad about the things that I will do if I am president,” Romney said, apparently sharing with us disbelief that he would want to admit what he’s planning (at least at the moment the ads were made) to do on his first day as president.
Watch the ad, which began airing in Iowa, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia starting this past Friday:
President Romney immediately approves the Keystone pipeline, creating thousands of jobs that Obama blocked. President Romney introduces tax cuts and reforms that reward job creators, not punish them. President Romney issues order to begin replacing Obamacare with commonsense healthcare reform. That’s what a Romney presidency will be like.
(Romney’s campaign thought spending $1.2 million to air this collection of lies through Tuesday in those battleground states was a worthy investment. For those Romney plans to target with Arizona-style Nuremberg laws (or doesn’t depending on the day of the week) there is a Spanish-language version.)
It is no surprise that Romney’s broken moral compass leads him to embrace the Keystone XL boondoggle. We’ve shown here the level of corruption (here , here and here) surrounding the proposed pipeline; we have shown how the Keystone XL pipeline will not actually create all those “thousands” of jobs Romney talks about and that in fact John Boehner has admitted this; and that in fact the GOP support was essentially purchased by pipeline backers; and we have shown how Boehner and his fellow Republicans continue to sell the myth of the Keystone XL as some sort of prosperity panacea when in fact it is no more than a prosperity panacea for oil companies and their bought members of congress – not for those seeking new jobs.
The White House itself answered Mitt’s second promise, of job-creating reforms:
“Romney said he would use his business experience to cut spending and debt- but both increased under his watch and he left Massachusetts with the largest per-capita debt in the nation,” Obama spokeswoman Lis Smith said in a statement. “Romney promised he’d use this same private sector experience to create jobs, but Massachusetts ranked 47th out of 50th in job creation and lagged the nation in almost all key economic indicators. And the one thing he did accomplish-implementing health care reform that was a model for federal reform-is now something he would undo on day one of his presidency.”
You shudder to think what “commonsense healthcare reform” might mean to Romney at this point. It must be remembered that the much maligned Obamacare he promises to replace is essentially his own healthcare system.
Remember when he said back in 2008 while campaigning for president that he “was able to put in place a plan that helped get health insurance premiums down, and gets all our citizens insured. If we can do that nationally, we help…the entire nation.”
Then in with the Tea Party hating on his healthcare plan he said on July 4, 2011, “One thing I’d never do would be to impose a state’s plan on the entire nation, that makes no sense. I’ll repeal Obamacare.”
Skip forward to October 18, 2011, when he insisted that “At the time I crated the plan in the last campaign I was asked is this something you would have the whole nation do, and I said no. This is something that was crafted for Masschusetts. It would be wrong to adopt this as a nation.”
Watch Romney flip-flop on WhichMitt.com:
I guess the logic at work here is if you love a lie, stick to it (at least until it becomes inconvenient) and Romney thinks his day one promises are a pretty good lie: just pretend none of his claims have been refuted or even addressed and press on. It is the equivalent of being caught with your hand in the cookie jar and a cookie in your mouth and insisting to your mom over and over again, “I didn’t steal any cookies from the cookie jar!” It seems to be working for Romney, at least with his fellow dissonance-challenged conservatives.
It is America’s independents and moderates who must wake up to the fact that you can’t trust Mitt on what he says he will do on Day One, Day Two or any day since he changes his story every day. Republicans love to accuse Obama of lying about what he would do when he became president (when in fact he kept many of his promises and still others would have kept if not for Republican – and sometimes Democrat – obstructionism) but Romney hasn’t even kept his stories and promises straight through the election cycle and Americans need to recognize the risk they take by casting a vote for the Apex Flip-Flopper, Mitt Romney.
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.
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