Mitt Romney's America

  • Article by: E.J. DIONNE JR. , Washington Post
  • Updated: September 21, 2012 - 8:31 PM

The more you think about Romney's words, the more you wonder how he really feels about the country he wants to lead.

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gandalf48Sep. 20, 12 9:45 PM

Yeah, Romney's America would be horrible...unemployment rate would drop to 5% like under Bush. The deficit would be under $1 trillion again. Food stamp usage would drop back down to pre-Obama levels. Tax revenues would increase due to the improved economy and the 47% of people who don't pay FIT would drop down to 25%. But EJ Dionne will have hurt feelings because he was offended by the truth...the price we pay for progress...completely worth it if you ask me.

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pumiceSep. 20, 12 9:49 PM

From the commentary: "Romney misses something else about America: We do believe in a certain amount of 'redistribution' toward those in need." That's true, Mr. Dionne, and as you noted providing those in need with "health care, food, housing, you-name-it" was the basis of Bush 43's compassionate conservatism. Bush 43 said to an audience similar to Romney's Boca Raton audience: "This is an impressive crowd: the haves, and the have-mores. Some people call you the elite, I call you my base." But he also said, "We have always found our better selves in sympathy and generosity, both in our lives and in our laws. ... Our national character shines in our compassion."

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arielbenderSep. 20, 1210:47 PM

gandalf48Sep. 20, 12 9:45 PM Yeah, Romney's America would be horrible...unemployment rate would drop to 5% like under Bush.____________Based on what? And by the way, Bush had the worst job creation record of any modern president.

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pumiceSep. 20, 1211:41 PM

Re: "The more you think about Romney's words, the more you wonder how he really feels about the country he wants to lead." In my opinion, E.J. Dionne Jr., the headline writer captured Romney's feelings about the country he wants to lead--literally: It's "Mitt Romney's America!" Not his alone, of course... According to WSJ, Romney ranks in the upper 1% of income earners. According to the IRS in 2010: The top 10% collect 45.77% of American's adjusted gross income.

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PrivateSep. 21, 12 2:06 AM

Of course Romney and his ilk don't "hate" the country. But they surely don't trust the citizens. The citizens-- the voters-- can't be trusted to make informed decisions without being manipulated by limitless funds buying deceptive propaganda-- no limits to the private campaign money, no regard for facting-checking. Just deception and fear-mongering to win power because their ideas alone would never win a majority.

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orpheus90Sep. 21, 12 5:21 AM

The more you think about Romney's words... The more you realize how little Romney thinks through what he says. Of course, nor does it help much that the republican mindset is disastrously out of touch on the economy - not to mention a whole range of other issues. In fact, there isn't much thinking going on at all in either the candidate or the party. After the meltdown in '07 and the longstanding recession that has severely hit the middle class, it boggles the mind to think the republicans believed they could run a campaign that demonizes government assistance programs, saddles a declining middle class with a greater share of the tax burden and promises to hand even more money back to the richest. Bugs Bunny cartoons have more fealty to common sense and the realities of daily life. Nothing the republicans say reflects any understanding of what the country has gone through over the last decade or - even more damning - the central role republican policies have played in creating the problems we now face or the party's obstructionism that has prolonged them. The polls are moving incrementally in Obama's favor and we're fast approaching the tipping point where it become plain Romney can't win. That only means one thing: Republicans are going to double down in their efforts to suppress the vote in November.

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chuckdancerSep. 21, 12 5:56 AM

Other than tax cuts and expanded business deductions, I cann't think of any other federal income tax changes made during the current administration. I would believe then that the percentage of people having a net federal income tax liability or not has been relatively stable over a long period of time. I would say then, that the "issue" of federal income tax is purely a political strategy, one that depends entirely on the ignorance of a vast group of Americans and their willingness to be led around like heifers at a county fair. That is a very sad comentary on the American people.

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owatonnabillSep. 21, 12 6:18 AM

Well, E.J. Dionne is nothing if not predictible (read "kneejerk"). I have grave reservations about Romney. I distrust his ideology because I don't think he has one, and his tendency to be on all sides of every issue certainly does not inspire confidence. But the one thing he HAS proven is that, if hired for a certain job, he gets that job done. The only thing the current administration is really good at is producing excuses rather than results. Which is preferable?

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kleindropperSep. 21, 12 6:54 AM

RE:"He speaks as if hardworking parents who seek government help to provide health care for their kids are irresponsible," - WELL, THEY ARE! Why are they having kids if they can't take care of them? Why don't they vote for people that will deregulate the insurance industry so they can buy a low cost out-of-state cafeteria plan for their children? Why is the first instinct for people to go into their neighbor's wallet to augment their lifestyle? And now for your disturbing stat of the week: Over 50% of the babies born in the U.S. were paid for by Medicaid! 50%!!! Third world, here we come.

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bizsmithSep. 21, 12 7:03 AM

Time for my worn thin quote: Obama says government will make you richer, taller, smarter and remove the crabgrass from your lawn. Romney says government doesn't work and wants to be elected to prove it.

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