10 Constituent Groups Mitt Romney Would Screw Over
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Last week President Obama delivered a speech in which he reminded his audience that everyone who succeeds in America has done so with the help of other Americans. We are all mutually dependent on the resources and civic projects that keep this country humming. The president made the point that even he was a beneficiary of the social and economic collective advancement that’s historically been a part of our nation’s framework. He noted that “Somebody gave me an education. I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth. Michelle wasn’t. But somebody gave us a chance.”
However, in the past few decades, something changed in our country. As Dylan Ratigan says in his book Greedy Bastards,
“[S]omething has gone wrong in America. For the last few decades, the rising tide has been lifting only the yachts. Almost anywhere you look, if you just open your eyes, you will see ordinary, hardworking people struggling. Not far away you’ll find a few greedy bastards making out like bandits. What defines greedy bastards? It’s not merely that they’re rich. [...] Greedy bastards have given up on creating value for others and instead get their money by rigging the game so that they can steal from the rest of us.”
That’s the heart, and what passes for the soul of Mitt Romney, who somehow extracted an interpretation of the president’s words which led to this absurd criticism: “This is a president more intent on punishing people than he is on building our economy.”
Even a cursory examination of the facts makes it clear that it is Romney who is The Punisher. His policies, if enacted, will punish a broad spectrum of Americans from almost every possible constituent group. For instance:
1. Women. Despite telling representatives of Planned Parenthood that he supported Roe v. Wade when he was running for governor of Massachusetts, he now says he believes that life begins at conception and that the historic Supreme Court ruling should be overturned. And while the healthcare plan he implemented as governor included coverage for abortions and contraception, he is now fervently opposed to such coverage. He has also expressed his opposition to the Lilly Ledbetter Act that Obama signed in order to assist women seeking equal pay and relief from workplace discrimination.
2. The Poor. Earlier this year Romney famously declared that he is "not concerned about the very poor [because] We have a safety net there." Clearly Romney has never had to avail himself of the services provided to those reliant on the safety net, or he might be a little more concerned. He might also not have developed a tax plan that would further cut taxes for the wealthy while raising them for lower-income citizens.
3. Workers. Once again, Romney let his true feelings be known when he gushed that he “like[s] being able to fire people.” That being the case, it is no wonder that he regards unions as impediments to his goals. He blames unions for many of the nation’s economic problems and promised a policy to forbid union preferences in federal contracting beginning on his inauguration day.
4. Gays and Lesbians. Romney is adamantly opposed to same-sex marriage and open homosexuality in the armed services. This is another position that conflicts with his record in Massachusetts, where in 1994 he campaigned for a senate seat saying that he would be even an stronger advocate of gay rights than Ted Kennedy.
5. Auto Companies/Employees. Romney considers Michigan, where his father was once governor, one of his many home states. Nevertheless, he was so against a stimulus package for the auto industry that he publicly stated his preference that it should be allowed to go bankrupt. The stimulus was provided by the Obama administration and today GM has retaken its position as the number-one car manufacturer in the world. That was achieved with no help from Romney who even traveled around the country giving speeches disparaging the company’s products, particularly the Chevy Volt which now receives high praise from industry experts and consumers.