Romney's strategic failure on immigration

  • Article by: MICHAEL GERSON , Washington Post
  • Updated: June 27, 2012 - 10:40 PM

Romney is being careful and reasonable on immigration in the midst of a five-alarm political fire.

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kafantarisJun. 28, 12 1:33 AM

Why are we polarized over the insurance mandate when it actually makes us pay our medical bills; and gives help and dignity to millions of uninsured Americans? "The insurance mandate is socialism, plain and simple." If it's socialism, you'd have to buy it from the government, which would also tell you what doctor or hospital to go to. But you can buy health insurance from anybody, and you can get treated by the doctor and hospital you want. What's socialist about that? "Can't you see, the government is making us buy insurance. We have no choice in the matter." Do you have a choice not to get hurt, or not to get sick? Why then do you want a choice not to have insurance to pay for it when you do? States in fact already have an individual mandate for car insurance, and they have been putting uninsured drivers in jail for years. "That's different. Driving is a privilege." Then free health care must be a right in your book. Maybe this idea came from hospitals continuing to treat the uninsured the last half century. The trade off to us living in a civilized society is that we have to follow rules we don't agree with. In return, we get great many things, including goods and services that otherwise would be unavailable. But, we still have to pay for them. The mandate makes sure that we do. What's wrong with that?

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nancy12324Jun. 28, 12 5:30 AM

The day I hear criticism on Obama's failure to vote to avoid taking a position on important matters while a State Senator I'll take criticism of other politicians seriously. It took obama two weeks to even get the guts up to make a decision on dispatching bin laden. Seriously, does obama have anything positive to run on or will this be the ugliest race ever run by a democrat. Then again... he is fron Chicago and was taught well by the machine.

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mrnice50Jun. 28, 12 7:24 AM

They are critical of romney's position on immigration? He has not become President yet..... obama, while campaigning back in 2008 guaranteed the latino people that he would have immigration reform the first year in office, and yet 3 1/2 years later we hear him asking for immigration reform???????? That should be criticized....

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cstoney48Jun. 28, 12 7:42 AM

Romney has been on many sides of most issues--depending on time and audience. He simply has no core beliefs other than he wants to be president. Will what he says today reflect what he will do tomorrow? Who can predict? He has been everywhere. As cited by Franklin in 1758, "It is hard for an empty sack to stand upright"

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whallingJun. 28, 12 7:42 AM

Romney had control of the Presidency and both houses of Congress for 2 full years and did nothing on immigration. Romney only took action now for political reasons, as with every other action he takes. So the writer is correct, Romney should have done something else. Oh wait, it was Obama, not Romney.

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tbot2000Jun. 28, 12 9:41 AM

nancy1234, if i were obama, i'd run on: pulling the country out of the brink of economic destruction left by G.W., getting the guy G.W. couldn't get (Bin Laden) among other terrorist leaders, improving health care, saving GM,.. i could go on and on.. oh, but wait, what's Mitt accomplished? but you're right about one thing, this is going to be an ugly election

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mrnice50Jun. 28, 1210:39 AM

if i were obama, i'd run on: pulling the country out of the brink of economic destruction left by G.W...... He is already running on blaming bush, but what was his accomplishment except for greater debt, loss of national credit rating, higher unemployment, and bringing this country under socialism.

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