Mitt Romney Is This Election’s John McCain

1 Mar, 2012  |  Written by  |  under Politics

The Republican establishment along with the political establishment in general are always intent on putting up a Republican candidate who begins calling himself a conservative when the campaign begins.  Mitt Romney, unfortunately, is no exception to this.  Romney once called himself this way,

I see myself as a moderate republican with progressive views.  

At CPAC 2012 Romney insisted that he is a conservative by saying,

I fought against long odds in a deep blue state, but I was a severely conservative Republican governor.  

This is the first time I have ever heard the term, “severly conservative”.  I have never heard fellow conservatives or even liberals brand a conservative as “severely conservative”.  My point here is that Romney isn’t a true conservative by any stretch of the imagination.

It is not my objective here to go through every facet of Romney’s political career to prove that he is not a conservative.  From words that have come out of his own mouth, this fact can be seen.  It is my point here to say that just as with McCain and Dole, when the Republicans don’t offer up a candidate with true conservative pedigree, the Democrats win the presidency.  The reason is that important issues are taken off the table when a moderate, (read liberal lite), runs against a liberal Democrat.  

In the election coming up, if Romney is the Republican candidate, Obamacare is off the table as a campaign issue because Romney put Obamacare in place in Massechusettes before Obama did nationally. 75% of Americans say the mandate to purchase health insurance is unconstitutional.  Hardly ever do so many Americans agree about any one issue.  

Standing against Obamacare is a huge winner for the Republicans, but this will be off the table because Obama will beat Romney over the head with it since Romney had mandated healthcare in Massachuttes and one of Romney’s advisors helped write Obamacare for Obama and this advisor says that Romney’s version of healthcare has little difference from Obamacare.  The following exchange occured on MSNBC’s The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.  On the air with O’dennell was Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist Jonathan Gruber.  Gruber was the architect of Obamacare when it was set in place first in Massachusettes.  This aired on October 12, 2011.

O’Donnell: All right. Come on, come clean. You were in the room with President Obama discussing health care reform. And you did, in fact, work with the Romney administration in Massachusetts. Come on, professor, you have to tell us the truth.

Gruber: The truth is that the Affordable Care Act is essentially based on what we accomplished in Massachusetts. It’s the same basic structure applied nationally. John McDonough (the executive director of Health Care For All, a Massachusetts consumer health advocacy organization and) one of the other advisers who worked in both Massachusetts and advised the White House, said it’s the Massachusetts bill with three more zeros. That’s basically a good description of what the federal bill did.

When Romney was signing this bill into law he said,

I want to thank the many, many people in this room who were critical to crafting and coaxing the bold health care initiative that I’m about to sign. Jonathan Gruber at MIT devoted hours and hours to an essential econometric model.

This makes the issue of healthcare and repealing Obamacare a dead issue in the general election if Romney is the nominee of the Republican party.

My second concern is this.  If Romney is the only person that can defeat Obama, I am worried that we have already lost America, that is the constitutional America.  I say this because of Romney’s bent toward top down health care.  Romney has said he wants to repeal Obamacare. He says he wants to replace Obamacare with something else.  

Romney still supports his decision to impose top down healthcare on the state of Massachusettes.  My worry and fear is that he will impose on the states his brand of healthcare to replace Obamacare.  The designer of Romneycare in Massachusettes said, “what we accomplished in Massachusetts. It’s the same basic structure applied nationally”.

My first thought was that if Obama wins reelection, we (America) will soar toward the abyss with blinding speed and no brakes.  I thought if Romney wins, he will at least apply a bit of brake to slow us down.  My thought now is that Romney, if elected, will simply switch to a higher gear.

Obamacare must be repealed and replaced with a free enterprise healthcare system with less government intervention and restrictions than before if we are to survive as a free society.  I am certain this will not happen if Mitt Romney is the nominee of the Republican party or the President of the Untied States.  Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi appeared “On the Record” with Greta. Below are some things she said.  This is not the complete exchange, but excerpts that I have chosen.  The complete transcript can be found here:

BONDI: And let me tell you, I have been asked to be on Gov Romney’s task force. I am going to be part of his healthcare policy team, um, when he’s president to undo this and to create good healthcare. So I wholeheartedly support him, and I don’t think he contradicts it at all. In fact, he is doing everything that we agree with.

BONDI: Federal healthcare plan mandates that every person in this country buy insurance, and if not, we will be penalized or taxed. What we want is for each state to have the ability to regulate and create their own healthcare plans that best fit each state. That’s what we want. That’s what we mean when we talk about the mandate.

So Romney’s Health Care Czar is OK with and will attempt to force states to implement their own mandate for healthcare.  What is almost worse is the fact that Romney, Bondi, and so many Romney supporters see this as being an opposite plan to Obamacare.  The architect of Romneycare and Obamacare however sees no difference.

Exit Thoughts:  Do we want a nominee out of the same tired old blueprint that provided Bob Dole and John McCain as nominees?  Do we want a nominee who if he becomes president will not even apply the brakes to keep America from speeding of the cliff and into the abyss of socialistic utopianism? Why not go down swinging with a true conservative candidate?  Who knows we might just rise up from the ashes.  A true conservative won’t just shift gears, he wants a true change of direction for our country.  We need real change or we are going to lose our country.



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