Category Archives: Romney
MA Governor Deval Patrick chided Mitt Romney on his record indicating that “household income was declining” during Mitt’s term. Again, no need to let the facts get in the way of the story.
According to the US Census Bureau data the record tells a different story. In 2002, the year before Romney took the reins in the governor’s office, the Median Household Income in MA was $51,085. When Romney left office, the MHI was $59,930, or 1.17 times the 2002 level.
Median Household Income (source: http://www.census.gov/cgi-bin/saipe/saipe.cgi)
Governor Patrick made the claim during his DNC speech on Tuesday that under Romney, “Massachusetts was 47th in job creation.” However, according to the W. P. Carey School of Business jog growth tracking, Romney’s track record paints a considerably different picture. In the year prior to Romney coming into office, 2002, MA ranked 50th in the nation for job growth. In his first year in office, 2003, MA rose to 46th; in 2004 49th; in 2005 46th; and in 2006 31st.
Just a side thought, as the Obama campaign continues to blame our current economic woes on Bush-era policies, using that same ideology we should credit Romney-era policies for the three years following his term in office where MA was 24th in 2007 and 17th in 2008 and 2009. I’m just saying.
During his DNC speech on Tuesday, Deval Patrick, Governor of Massachusetts, condemned Mitt Romney for education cuts that were “deeper than anywhere else in America.”
Well, good for Mitt, because amid those cuts, and during his governorship, Massachusetts rose from 5th place in 2002, the year before he took office, to 1st in 2005 and 2006, Romney’s last two years in office. As they say in the Marines- “Oorah!”
President Obama complained in a recent interview referring to Romney’s RNC speech that “Romney spent a lot of time talking about himself and he spent a lot of time talking about me. He didn’t spend a lot of time talking about the American people and how their lives will get better” (Can’t wait to hear Obama’s speech, and how few comments he will make about Romney).
Yes, Romney spoke about himself, because in part the critics kept complaining about how little we know about Romney personally. He told us something about himself. Yes, Romney spoke about Obama and his failed policy to help set a contrast against his policies. As for not spending much time talking about America, and how to help improve the lives’ of its people, I must have heard a different speech.
For example, Romney said this about how to help make American lives get better:
What is needed in our country today is not complicated or profound. It doesn’t take a special government commission to tell us what America needs.
What America needs is jobs.
Lots of jobs.
I am running for president to help create a better future. A future where everyone who wants a job can find one. Where no senior fears for the security of their retirement. An America where every parent knows that their child will get an education that leads them to a good job and a bright horizon.
I have a plan to create 12 million new jobs. It has 5 steps.
First, by 2020, North America will be energy independent by taking full advantage of our oil and coal and gas and nuclear and renewables.
Second, we will give our fellow citizens the skills they need for the jobs of today and the careers of tomorrow. When it comes to the school your child will attend, every parent should have a choice, and every child should have a chance.
Third, we will make trade work for America by forging new trade agreements. And when nations cheat in trade, there will be unmistakable consequences.
Fourth, to assure every entrepreneur and every job creator that their investments in America will not vanish as have those in Greece, we will cut the deficit and put America on track to a balanced budget.
And fifth, we will champion SMALL businesses, America’s engine of job growth. That means reducing taxes on business, not raising them. It means simplifying and modernizing the regulations that hurt small business the most. And it means that we must rein in the skyrocketing cost of healthcare by repealing and replacing Obamacare.
As president, I will protect the sanctity of life. I will honor the institution of marriage. And I will guarantee America’s first liberty: the freedom of religion.
I will begin my presidency with a jobs tour.
If I am elected President of these United States, I will work with all my energy and soul to restore that America, to lift our eyes to a better future. That future is our destiny. That future is out there. It is waiting for us. Our children deserve it, our nation depends upon it, the peace and freedom of the world require it. And with your help we will deliver it. Let us begin that future together tonight.
I thought it would be interesting to compare the thoughts and opinions of those with whom our presidential candidates associate as this can give us some insight into the character of the candidate- we can learn much about the character of a man by understanding the company he keeps.
Inasmuch as the candidates are running for the highest office in the government of the United States of America, this post takes a look at some of the things that have been said by leaders of the respective churches to which Obama and Romney belong or have attended regarding this nation.
Obama’s spiritual leader:
Jeremiah Wright: “We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye. We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back to our own front yards. America’s chickens are coming home to roost.”
And, “The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing ‘God Bless America.’ No, no, no, God damn America, that’s in the Bible for killing innocent people. God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human. God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme.”
Romney’s spiritual leaders:
Gordon B. Hinckley: “I am certain that if we will emphasize the greater good and turn our time and talents from vituperative criticism, from constantly looking for evil, and lift our sights to what may be done to build strength and goodness in our nation, America will continue to go forward with the blessing of the Almighty and stand as an ensign of strength and peace and generosity to all the world” (Source: “Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled”, BYU Speeches of the Year, October 29, 1974, pp. 267-68).
Ezra Taft Benson: “With all my heart I love our great nation. I have lived and traveled abroad just enough to make me appreciate rather fully what we have in America. To me the U. S. is not just another nation. It is not just one of a family of nations. The U. S. is a nation with a great mission to perform for the benefit and blessing of liberty-loving people everywhere” (Source: An Enemy Hath Done This 28; from an address given at a luncheon of the American Chamber of Commerce in Frankfurt, Germany, 12 May 1964).