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Romney’s principles still evolving

Published 11:05am Friday, October 26, 2012

USA Today, on its opinion page this week claimed Mr. Romney has mastered what the paper referred to as “double flips,” an ice skating term representing the ability to hold any position on any issue in front of any audience in its political application.

An unfair charge for a man very close to the U.S. Presidency?

Yes, according to Romney supporter and Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell. McDonnell argues Mr. Romney is “a man of steadiness and principle who will stand for the values he has embodied throughout his life.”

So what are those abiding principles that guide Mitt Romney? Well certainly there is more than ample evidence that Romney has been guided in his life by faith and family.

And, no one can doubt that Mr. Romney has held capitalistic success and profit-making as guiding principles in his career.

Certainly, for anyone to achieve as much as Governor Romney has, there has to be a high degree of personal ambition as a guiding principle.

But Mr. Romney has another core principle that few have named, that he is a first generation postmodernist believer and leader in America.

In the 1970s European philosophers suggested that Western culture was finding it impossible to continue to believe in what they called the “metanarrative,” that is the fundamental truths of society.

Those essentials truths, trust in government, science, education, even knowledge, were, according to the postmodernists, going to undergo a breakdown in their assumptions of creditability. And truth itself, to some postmodernists, was taking a turn to subjectivity.

Now, 40 years later we can see the evidence of their argument both in institutional breakdowns and in the rise of subjective truth. Mr. Romney is the first U.S. presidential candidate to represent those new arguments.

Of all the postmodernists the core principles of Mitt Romney most completely mirror are the words of the American philosopher, Richard Rorty “…we should do what works.”

And so the Romney campaign has done exactly that, what works.

In campaigning in the very conservatively driven Republican primaries Mr. Romney presented himself as “an extreme conservative.”

In his presidential campaign he avoided controversial issues and said little about social policies, arguing he would basically just “do better” than President Obama.

But in the presidential debates, targeting undecided voters, women and all Ohioans, Mitt Romney became a passionate moderate.

While once Romney argued if the federal government bailed out GM you could kiss the auto industry goodbye, he now says he was the one who saved the industry with his plan.

While he argued for private financing of GM in a structured bankruptcy, he was fully aware there was no private financing available in the banking crisis, meaning GM would have been broken up and sold off.

Yet in the third debate he insisted he supported the bailout by Presidents Bush and Obama that actually did save the American automobile industry.

Romney’s position here, like many of his postmodern “whatever works” before an audience, is, in simple terms, a lie.

There are far too many postmodern lies in the arguments Mitt Romney offers to different audiences at different times.

His conservative base does not believe Mitt means what he says now in the debates, so they remain silent and supportive while Mitt says what he must to win, at the expense of the truth.

But if his conservative followers are right, that any lie to get elected is a good lie, and the newly minted Moderate Mitt is just a postmodern convenience, then what should you think of Mr. Romney and his core principles?

 

Jim Crawford is a retired educator and political enthusiast living here in the Tri-State.

 

  • Noesis

    Keta: when Mitt’s upside-down in the polls, it’s a pollster conspiracy.
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    When you over sample democrats by a higher margin than democrats voted in the 2008 elections when the same polls show that republican enthusiasm is greater than democrats then yes, there is hanky-panky going on.

    And wasn’t it the Obambi campaign that was crying to Gallup about methodology? And when they wouldn’t change, all of a sudden an old lawsuit was resurrected?

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  • keta

    new conspiracy theory
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    LOL…when Mitt’s upside-down in the polls, it’s a pollster conspiracy. When unemployment falls below 8%, it’s a government conspiracy. When the president has a good week, it’s a media conspiracy. My prediction: Since most of Ohio isn’t for sale to the Koch Brothers, it will hold. Obama will win a second term.

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    • Noesis

      Koch brothers? How about all the money Obambi has received from George Soros and from overseas donations?

      Get used to saying President Romney, Keta…

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  • indieVoter

    “Actually, I do it all the time by pointing out that you really don’t know what you are talking about. ”

    See, that’s the kind of stuff I’m going to be quoting a lot after next Tuesday. You’d better get all that venom out of your system now Noesis because I seriously doubt you have the spine to stick around after America speaks and Obama wins…in my opinion, of course. ;)

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    • Noesis

      Indie: See, that’s the kind of stuff I’m going to be quoting a lot after next Tuesday.
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      Well, it’s true… lets look at your last two predictions…

      Obama is going to trounce Romney in the first debate.

      Obama has a special plan to totally trounce Romney and that will give him a huge bounce in the polls and seal his victory.

      And I’m going to disappear? Really? I was here 4 years ago wasn’t I after Obambi’s win? I wasn’t on much since I was in Hawaii. This year we are heading for Kentucky day after the election but I have my smart phone. I once again won’t be on as often since that would probably lead to a divorce.

      The question is, you going to make your statement after Romney wins and disappear or are you going to stick around?

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      • indieVoter

        Oh, I’m sticking around either way.

        As you know, on numerous occasions I offered a little deal to you that whichever one of us “loses” volunteers to “retire” from posting but you never took me up on it.

        If it’s Romney in the driver’s seat, I’ll give him a fair shot. For all we know, he’s liable to be more liberal than Obama if elected. Now that’s way more than you guys can say about Obama in his first term.

        I’m not even going to ask if you’d commit to changing your tone after he wins because, frankly, I don’t trust you. This is a little game to you, in my opinion. For example, you’ll be the first one to jump on the opportunity to demagogue the abortion issue….but you personally are pro-choice.

        Between you and Mitt there’s so much flip flopping and jiggling around the issues, it’s like sitting down to flapjacks and Jello.

        Just enjoy your propaganda because it’s got an expiration date that’s about the same as the milk at the grocery store right now. Next week it will be sour and spoiled.

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      • Noesis

        I didn’t “volunteer” because I didn’t want you to go away when you lose. I like hearing what the looney left is really thinking. Keeps me amused.

        And abortion… I don’t agree with it but I support it.

        My propaganda? Facts are propaganda now? So says Pravda Indie? I’m surprised that you aren’t claiming that Obambi’s going to win 99.9% of the vote.

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  • mikehaney

    In the past, we’ve seen less powerful storms knock out power for well over a week. Flooding has already taken place on a massive scale, meaning that property owners across the East, and hundreds of miles inland, will be coping with water in their cellars, living rooms, stores and offices. There are schools that may still be closed. This means there’s a very good chance that voters—maybe hundreds of thousands of them—will be coping with urgent, personal affairs, and the trip to the polls may simply be one burden too many.

    Now consider where these voters are: overwhelmingly, they’re in states where Obama is all but certain to win, and with huge pluralities. (The latest poll out of New York gives the President a 61-35 advantage over Mitt Romney, which translates to a 2-million-vote plurality.)

    This enormous lead, combined with the post-storm burdens, suggests that there’s markedly less incentive than usual for Obama voters in deep-blue states to vote.

    The likely result? An increased chance that Obama will lose the national popular vote to Romney, and thus an increased chance that we’ll see, as we did in 2000, a split between the popular vote and the Electoral College tally that in fact decides the presidency.

    Should Obama win the election this way, it would be historic: We’ve never had an incumbent president returned to office while losing the popular vote. (Gerald Ford came close; despite losing the popular vote by 1.7 million votes, a shift of barely 11,000 votes in Ohio and Hawaii would have kept him in the White House).

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  • Noesis

    Maybe a new conspiracy theory??
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    Yes, we are used to them…

    Diebolt machines, Secretary of States, Supreme Court, disenfranchising voters… What will you be coming up with this time?

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  • Noesis

    Indie: I don’t believe you can say this but this is the ONE time you can upstage me.
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    Actually, I do it all the time by pointing out that you really don’t know what you are talking about.

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  • indieVoter

    I was taking the word of Republican Governor Chris Christie from New Jersey, who complimented President Obama profusely just this morning. If you say your guy’s a liar, whatever.

    On a more general note, I just can’t wait until next Tuesday. I can’t WAIT to hear you’re angle on all this after Obama wins.

    Will you just disappear?

    Maybe a new conspiracy theory??

    Something so nutty none of us could predict???

    I’m really looking forward to it. I can save you the predictable response and tell you that in the very unlikely event Romney wins, I’ll respond with congratulations and a great big “let’s move on.”

    I don’t believe you can say this but this is the ONE time you can upstage me. I’m giving you a wide open door to do that. I hope that after Obama wins you drop this “campaign schtick” and demonstrate yourself to be a class act and admit that the American people have spoken.

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    • Noesis

      Yeah, I don’t think Christie had time to read the news reports documenting Obambi and FEMA’s failures.

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  • Noesis

    Indie: Barack Obama – Doing his job (well)
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    Yeah, he’s sending all the information to those poor people without power to follow the instructions on the internet. How does a computer operate again without power?

    Politico: FEMA, W.H. send storm victims to Internet

    When President Barack Obama urged Americans under siege from Hurricane Sandy to stay inside and keep watch on ready.gov for the latest, he left out something pretty important — where to turn if the electricity goes out…

    A call to FEMA’s news desk, however, found even they didn’t have any non-Internet information readily available beyond suggestions that people call 911 in an emergency.

    Yessirreee Bob! Smartest President ever! Mwhahahahaha

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  • Noesis

    Indie: Looks like Romney’s principle this week is not only to play politics campaigning during this epic storm
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    LOL Indie… it’s so easy to show that you are totally clueless. Notice the time? Just when Sandy was coming ashore:

    From: Michelle Obama
    Subject: I know we’ve asked a lot of you, but we’re almost there
    To:
    Date: Monday, October 29, 2012, 7:44 PM

    Friend –

    There’s still time to meet Barack and get two of the best seats in the house on Election Night. If you make a donation today, you’ll be automatically entered to join us in Chicago for his big speech.

    You’ll be right in the middle of all the action on Election Night, and if Barack wins, you’ll know you played an important part in making that happen and moving our country forward.

    We’ll fly you and a guest to Chicago, put you up in a hotel, and make sure you’re right up front when Barack gives his speech.

    What he’ll say that night depends entirely on what we do right now.

    I don’t have to tell you, this election is close.

    Barack needs you. Please chip in $5 or whatever you can today:

    I know we ask a lot of you. Thank you for everything — we’re almost there.

    Michelle

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  • bigkahuna

    Not sending help to the ebbassy under attack was the act of a COWARD.

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  • indieVoter

    I guess kahuna is in agreement with Chris Christie since he had to reach back to a different example.

    First of all, kahuna, this is very weak tea you’re serving up. Enough of the conspiracy theories already. What we know about the terrorist attack on our embassy in Libya is that our President has made it absolutely clear that those guilty of this attack will be brought to justice. After what he did to Bin Laden, I believe the President.

    Now, if you’re criticizing the President on the basis that there was a terrorist attack in the first place…OK. I think that the idea of per-emptively stopping all terrorist attacks is unrealistic.

    However, especially considering kahuna’s remark, President Obama should get HUGE CREDIT for the fact that we haven’t had one successful terrorist attack on American soil under his watch. Then ahead, he did cut off the head of the snake by taking out Bin Laden.

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    • mikehaney

      Arab spring,embassy tells us the snake has more than one head.

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      • indieVoter

        I thought Obama gave an inspiring sermon at the service for the people we lost in the terrorist attack. If you took time to notice, by the way, he did reference scripture from the Bible (not the Koran, not the Book of Mormon) in that sermon.

        As for the terrorists, they’ll end up at the bottom of the ocean with Bin Laden since Obama will make hunting them down a priority too.

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    • Noesis

      The issue was that they (White House) watched the attack for 7 hours and did nothing. One of the CIA agents had a laser pointer on the mortar that was being used on the attack. Three times assistance was requested and each time they were told to stand down. The CIA operatives that got killed disobeyed orders and attempted to help the embassy.

      This shows extreme cowardice on the part of the Obama White House. They saw this as mostly a lose-lose situation for them. They could have another Black Hawk down incident or be accused of killing a bunch of Muslims if they did sen soldiers.

      So they took the easy way out and let our people die… all the time watching it on TV.

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  • bigkahuna

    Just ask Charles Woods the father of Tyrone Woods how did Obama do during the attack on the United States Embassy.
    GOD BLESS AMERICA !

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  • indieVoter

    Looks like Romney’s principle this week is not only to play politics campaigning during this epic storm…he’s actually trying to use it in his campaigning.

    Yesterday, in Ohio, he held a “relief” rally and told anyone who wanted to that they could bring donations to his “victory center.”

    Mitt Romney – Playing politics
    Barack Obama – Doing his job (well)…just ask Chris Christie

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    • mikehaney

      Now if Obama would just go back to Washington(or the golf course) and let the professionals do their job.
      Romney, being experienced, will be able to help next month. Obama would just have been in the way.

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      • indieVoter

        Mitt Romney’s already said that if he had his way FEMA would be privatized. Even republican Chris Christie would disavow Romney’s naive and foolhardy approach.

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      • Noesis

        Private sector is the way to go. They do things cheaper than the government. Always have and always will.

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    • mikehaney

      FEMA doesn’t worry me. Homeland Security, created by Bush, may be our next threat to freedom waiting in the wings to pounce. And with Obama in charge presently,scares the be-jeebies out of me.

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  • Noesis

    “In 2008, millions of voters developed a malady that Andrew Klavan has diagnosed as “electile dysfunction.” They voted for Barack Obama because their capacity for critical thinking had been rendered flaccid by content-free mottos like “hope and change” and meaningless slogans like “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.”

    Thankfully, the majority of the voters have become immune to meaningless slogans although it is reported that there are still some weak minded people that are affected by the Forward slogan…

    Forward = Forewarned.

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  • Noesis

    Speaking of fuzzy math:

    CNN’s Erin Burnett took only four minutes on October 23 to destroy the Obama administration’s claim that the president’s budget plan would eliminate $4 trillion in deficit spending over the next decade, a television segment that sent the Obama campaign into damage control mode for the past week.

    While the Obama administration followed up with new figures for CNN reporters, Burnett concluded in an October 25 segment that even with the new figures the Obama campaign’s math “it still doesn’t seem to add up.”

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  • Noesis

    Hey Mick… did you hear the story where a couple had OBAMA keyed into their car because it was parked in front of a lawn that had Romney signs in it? Turns out the couple was visiting his parents house who are Romney supporters. Turns out that the couple who’s car was keyed…

    Are Obama supporters.

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  • Noesis

    Keta: His supporters don’t mind incoherence, fuzzy math, or outright lying. They’re fueled by pure hatred.
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    What fuzzy math?

    Politifact: Obam says economists Harvey Rosen and Martin Feldstein have said that “paying for (Mitt) Romney’s tax cuts would require large tax increases on families making between $100,000 and $200,000.”

    Our ruling

    Either way, both economists’ analyses include clearly worded passages that disagree with the Obama campaign’s claim that middle-class tax increases would be “required” under a Romney plan. We rate the Obama campaign’s claim Mostly False.

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    And lets look at one of the author’s that Obama claims backs him up has to say:

    “I can’t tell exactly how the Obama campaign reached that characterization of my work. It might be that they assume that Governor Romney wants to keep the taxes from the Affordable Care Act in place, despite the fact that the Governor has called for its complete repeal. The main conclusion of my study is that under plausible assumptions, a proposal along the lines suggested by Governor Romney can both be revenue neutral and keep the net tax burden on taxpayers with incomes above $200,000 about the same. That is, an increase in the tax burden on lower and middle income individuals is not required in order to make the overall plan revenue neutral.”
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    Fuzzy math you say? It may be fuzzy just because you guys are terrible with numbers.

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  • mikehaney

    keta–hatred?
    No, sheer terror.
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    Obama,biden,clinton,pelosi,reid,gore,moore,podesta,jarrett,rouse,emanuel,richardson,holder,geithner,rice,panetta,salazar,vilsack,sebelius,chu,napolitano,jackson– 0:)
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    happy holloween!!

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  • mickakers

    Noesis; Your diagnoses of “Obamitosis” (I enjoyed that) was only partially correct. It has also left a bad stench.

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  • bigkahuna

    Some of us are fueled by pure love of our Country.
    GOD BLESS AMERICA !

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  • keta

    Everybody shifts to the center
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    Yes they do, Noises. What everybody DOESN’T do is travel from the right of Rick Perry to the left of the president, as needed. I nearly fell out of my chair during the last debate, when Mitt sounded like a cross between a Miss America contestant and a zen Buddhist during his plea for world peace and harmony. Normally, the right would have crucified the candidate who took a night off from saber-rattling, but this guy’s running against Barack Obama. His supporters don’t mind incoherence, fuzzy math, or outright lying. They’re fueled by pure hatred.

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  • Noesis

    Mick… I believe that you are suffering from a condition of Obamitosis. The symptoms are… The past four years, have left a really bad taste in your mouth.

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  • http://www.tytandan.com 79Tiger

    In my opinion, if Obama goes, so does Crawford. He is an embarrassment to your paper Tribune.

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  • bigkahuna

    Lockheed Martin is preparing to lay off 123,000 workers just after the election due to military downsizing.

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    • Noesis

      They were required by law to send out the layoff notices 60 days before the layoffs (Jan 1st) but that would have been 5 days before the election. So democrats told the companies to ignore the law.

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  • Noesis

    Keta: Noises, you’re nuts. You’re comparing Romney, who displayed one set of beliefs to get nominated and a totally different, and contradictory, set to try to win the White House.
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    LOL Keta, you are so silly… everybody shifts to the center, even your messiah:

    TIME:
    Obama’s Supreme Move to the Center
    By Massimo Calabresi/Washington Thursday, June 26, 2008

    When the Supreme Court issues rulings on hot-button issues like gun control and the death penalty in the middle of a presidential campaign, Republicans could be excused for thinking they’ll have the perfect opportunity to paint their Democratic opponent as an out-of-touch social liberal. But while Barack Obama may be ranked as one of the Senate’s most liberal members, his reactions to this week’s controversial court decisions showed yet again how he is carefully moving to the center ahead of the fall campaign…

    But Obama’s sudden social centrism would sound more convincing in a different context. Since he wrapped up the primary earlier this month and began to concentrate on the independent and moderate swing voters so key in a general election, Obama has consistently moved to the middle…

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  • Noesis

    Keta: Obama’s statement about Planned Parenthood and mammograms is true in that Planned Parenthood is the only health provider many poor women see.
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    Today (3/3/11), Live Action released videotaped footage of calls to 30 Planned Parenthood centers nationwide in 27 different states where abortion facility staff were asked whether or not mammograms could be performed on site. Every one of the Planned Parenthood centers admitted they could not do mammograms. Every Planned Parenthood, without exception, tells the women calling that they will have to go elsewhere for a mammogram, and many clinics admit that no Planned Parenthood clinics provide this breast cancer screening procedure.
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    In fact Keta, Planned Parenthood does not have a single mammogram machine.

    So yes, Obama lied.

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  • mikehaney

    The revenue Planned Parenthood receives in “Government Grants & Contracts” has gone from $165 million in 1998 to $363.3 million in the organization’s fiscal year ending June 30, 2009. During the same time, and at roughly the same rate, abortions have more than doubled at Planned Parenthood, from 165,509 in 1998 to 332,278 in 2009. All this while abortions in the U.S., as a whole, dropped by about 25%. To say that Planned Parenthood is committed to reducing abortions is to go against decades of evidence that shows the exact opposite.

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  • keta

    Planned Parenthood helps “poor women”

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    …and you put quotes around the words “poor women’ because…the women aren’t really poor? Planned parenthood doesn’t really help them? The reason you “see no constructive benefit” is because you’re an old fellow, a Florida retiree, for heaven’s sake. You have no idea what you’re talking about. Try being a woman who’s the head of a household, trying to feed kids with a job that doesn’t pay much. Contraception, basic health care, preventive screenings, can mean you get to live in a house or apartment instead of in a shelter, or in your car. You’ve dropped a few IQ points since you became a republican.

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  • mickakers

    As a PS: Planned Parenthood helps “poor women” wallow in their ignorance. I see no constructive benefit of Planned Parenthood. I feel the organization, Planned Parenthood, is a detriment to the advancement of the moral integrity and health of society.

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  • mickakers

    Planned Parenthood, health Provider? Really? As their name exemplifies, they promote the murder of the unborn. A prime example of ignorance and selfishness. I think it behooves us to step up to the plate and accept our responsibility when it comes to the moral fiber of our being. We will answer for our efforts or lack of.

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  • keta

    Noises, you’re nuts. You’re comparing Romney, who displayed one set of beliefs to get nominated and a totally different, and contradictory, set to try to win the White House. Only a rich old white guy could get a pass on a stunt like that, and only from republicans. Obama’s statement about Planned Parenthood and mammograms is true in that Planned Parenthood is the only health provider many poor women see. You can’t get a mammogram without a referral. Planned Parenthood also helps poor women find a way to pay for it, and mobile mammogram units visit Planned Parenthood clinics regularly. But, like it says at ObamaLies dot com, they don’t actually DO the mammograms……sigh. Ditto Obama’s claim that the Wall Street bailout was paid back. Let’s see. $700 billion to the banks, and the CBO says $24 billion is still outstanding….scandalous! It’s juvenile to pretend that’s on a scale with Mitt changing his mind about every belief he ever claimed to hold. You’re just making noises, Noises.

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  • mikehaney

    The left is like the fat ole possum looking for some free cat food left out. If you challenge the fat ole possum it will turn around and snarl at you. :)

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  • Noesis

    Keta: In other words, you don’t mind at all that your candidate is astonishingly dishonest, a lump of putty who’ll say anything it’s politically expedient to say . It’s puzzling that you think this slippery fellow who obviously has no convictions at all, shares your convictions.
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    You know Keta, as Joe Biden would say, “you really have b8lls the size of cue balls” to talk about a politician that is willing to say anything to get elected.:

    Hope and change?
    His pledge to bring people together for a bipartisan agenda?
    Transparency?
    A new way of doing business in Washington?

    Now has turned into the following lies:

    Romney has killed a guys wife!
    Romney never has paid taxes!
    Romney shipped jobs overseas!
    “Planned Parenthood provides mammograms”
    “We got back every dime we used to rescue the financial system”
    My budget will cut the deficit by $4 Trillion over 10 years.

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  • indieVoter

    Left right and center.
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    1. Left: The middle-class and poor will be LEFT behind if Romney is elected.

    2. Right: Mitt Romney doesn’t care what’s RIGHT, just what’s best for Mitt and his rich buddies.

    3. Center: America will be at the center of a worldwide crisis, including a new war in Iran, if Romney is elected.

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    Left, right and center. Mitt can make a failure out of all of them.

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  • keta

    Left right and center
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    Good description of Mitt, who supported Roe v. Wade and scolded coal-fired power plants for killing people, before he became the tea party candidate. There’s no way to pretend this lump of dough stands for anything, except how very much he wants to be president. People who hate the president couldn’t care less about his dishonesty. Weirdest election ever.

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  • mikehaney

    Left right and center. Center is the bulge of voters that the mainstream media knows will send Obama packing.
    Their frustration is so blatant that their antics remind me of sat morning cartoons.
    Tom and Jerry or the roadrunner of yesterday.

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  • keta

    It’s interesting, the way the usual suspects have whizzed past Crawford’s point to say the things they always say: that abortion is wrong, that the president is bad. His point deserves attention. Romney is a conservative and a moderate, a hawk and a dove, an affordable health care champion and an affordable health care opponent, a corporate elitist and a populist, and so on and on and on. Your response to that is: the president didn’t manage to keep all his promises, and fetuses are people. In other words, you don’t mind at all that your candidate is astonishingly dishonest, a lump of putty who’ll say anything it’s politically expedient to say . It’s puzzling that you think this slippery fellow who obviously has no convictions at all, shares your convictions.

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  • mickakers

    bigkahuna; My apologies. I failed to mention my thanks for your concern. We in Florida take these storms very seriously.

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  • mickakers

    Noesis; My compliments on your last post, a rather enlightening array of failures on the part of Barack Obama.

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  • mickakers

    bigkahuna; Sandy is passing by us at the present time, no big deal, cloudy and winds from ten to thirty miles per hour but not much rain. Wish we could receive more rain. In these southern climates, there is need for plenty of water. God’s Speed To You.

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  • mickakers

    Bluemule; You kinda got lost in the shuffle. My compliments on your perception. I do have concerns about who will win the election. Are the American people mature and responsible enough to recognize the more important issues facing them? I fear we will follow in the footsteps or our European brothers and succumb to the influence of Relativism.

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  • bigkahuna

    Mick,May hurricane Sandy by kind to you and the entire State of Florida.

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  • Noesis

    Indie: In fact, Obama delivered on a lot of his campaign promises from 2008
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    Promises Broken:

    Repeal the Bush tax cuts for higher incomes

    Phase out exemptions and deductions for higher earners

    Sign the Employee Free Choice Act, making it easier for workers to unionize

    Lift the payroll tax cap on earnings above $250,000

    Forbid companies in bankruptcy from giving executives bonuses

    Allow workers to claim more in unpaid wages and benefits in bankruptcy court

    Allow imported prescription drugs

    Prevent drug companies from blocking generic drugs

    Allow Medicare to negotiate for cheaper drug prices

    Increase the capital gains and dividends taxes for higher-income taxpayers

    Expand the child and dependent care credit

    Create a foreclosure prevention fund for homeowners

    Provide option for a pre-filled-out tax form

    Create a mortgage interest tax credit for non-itemizers

    Require automatic enrollment in 401(k) plans

    Require automatic enrollment in IRA plans

    Create a retirement savings tax credit for low incomes

    End income tax for seniors making less than $50,000

    End no-bid contracts above $25,000
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    That was page 1 of 5 of broken campaign promises

    Create a $60 billion bank to fund roads and bridges

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  • mickakers

    And Jim; I hope all of our principles are still evolving. Without growth there is stagnation.

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  • mickakers

    Come on Jim; This article is a little far fetched and exaggerated. It wouldn’t have something to do with being biased or prejudiced would it? Mitt Romney, “postmodernist believer and leader in America”? You gotta be kidding. Postmodernism = Relativism. A prime example of Postmodernism or Relativism is Barack Obama, who believes in and supports the Killing Of The Unborn (Abortion), Same Sex Marriage and the disregard of Freedom Of Conscience when it comes to Religious Beliefs. This is the height or depth of Postmodernism or Relativism. You should be ashamed of yourself, Jim Crawford.

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  • indieVoter

    Obama promised health care reform and he delivered it. He promised to end the war in Iraq and he ended it. He promised to make it a priority to get Osama Bin Laden and he did. In fact, Obama delivered on a lot of his campaign promises from 2008.

    No President has ever delivered on every campaign promise they made and it’s inconceivable any ever will. Understanding the nature of politics, Barack Obama has a darn good record of his record as President matching up with what he said while campaigning.

    Last time Mitt Romney was in public office he was pro-choice, he was for gays as scout leaders and he disowned Ronald Reagan saying that he was definitely not someone who bought into Reagan’s conservative politics.

    Look at Romney now.

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    • Noesis

      And Obambi was against gays marrying and look at where he is now. He knew African-Americabns were against it but knew they wouldn’t leave him over it. The hardcore liberals on the otherhand he knew they would sit on their hands…. errrr I mean wallets if he didn’t do anything.

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  • Noesis

    Indie: with all respect I believe the title of this story is misleading. It implies that Mitt Romney has ANY principles to begin with.
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    Voted against increasing the debt limit; then supported raising it.

    Campaigned against the Bush tax cuts; then extended all of them.

    Promised to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term; then proposed trillion dollar deficits.

    Promised shovel ready jobs; then admitted they weren’t shovel ready.

    Said if you like your health plan you can keep it; but then threw seniors off Medicare Plus and employers are now saying they’ll dump people onto the public exchange.

    Promised to have health care negotiations on live TV, but then reversed himself.

    Indicated Bush violated the Constitution; then carried out warrantless wiretaps, indefinite detentions, secret renditions, quadrupled drone attacks, and kept Guantanamo Bay open. Voted against the Patriot Act, but then supported its extension.

    Said lobbyists wouldn’t work in the White House; then gave them waivers to work there.

    Vowed to take public financing for his 2008 campaign; then refused public financing when he realized he would receive more money without it.

    Obama was against the individual mandate before it became a central part of his signature legislation.

    n 2003, as an Illinois state senator, Obama said, ”I happen to be a proponent of a single-payer universal health care program.” In 2009, Obama said, ”I have not said that I was a single-payer supporter.”

    In 2008, Obama said that, as President, he would introduce comprehensive immigration reform legislation in his first year. He did not. He has now made the same promise for the first year of his second term.

    Obama promised that he would “not sign [a healthcare bill] if it adds one dime to the deficit, now or in the future, period.” Yet, a new analysis determines that his bill will add quite a bit to future deficits.

    In 2008, Obama’s campaign said that, as president, he would ”close the detention facility at Guantanamo.” And, in January 2009, Obama signed an executive order calling for the Guantanamo Bay facility to be closed. It remains open.

    Obama said he would repeal the Patriot Act in a 2003 questionnaire, but later voted to renew it in the Senate.

    In 2008, Obama said that, as president, he would convert the White House fleet of cars to plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles. He has not done so.

    Obama’s position on this issue is constantly changing. President Obama openly opposed gay marriage during the 2008 election. Obama also supported states deciding the issue at that point. However, later on Obama opposed California’s ban on gay marriage and has said his views on the issue are “evolving.”

    Dang… I give up there’s just to many Obambi flip-flops!

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  • Noesis

    Once again Mr Crawford like and good liberal makes stuff up:

    “Yet in the third debate he insisted he supported the bailout by Presidents Bush and Obama that actually did save the American automobile industry.”
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    “MR. ROMNEY: I just want to take one of those points. Again, attacking me is not talking about an agenda for getting more trade and opening up more jobs in this country. But the president mentioned the auto industry and that somehow I would be in favor of jobs being elsewhere. Nothing could be further from the truth. I’m a son of Detroit. I was born in Detroit. My dad was head of a car company. I like American cars. And I would do nothing to hurt the U.S. auto industry. My plan to get the industry on its feet when it was in real trouble was not to start writing checks. It was President Bush that wrote the first checks. I disagree with that…”

    And then Crawford said: “While he argued for private financing of GM in a structured bankruptcy, he was fully aware there was no private financing available in the banking crisis, meaning GM would have been broken up and sold off.”
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    Romney said “government backed” guarantees. Of course private financing is going to jump at that.

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  • indieVoter

    Jim, with all respect I believe the title of this story is misleading. It implies that Mitt Romney has ANY principles to begin with. He does not so, therefore, there are no principles evolving.

    If anything, Romney has ONE principle and THAT has never changed. That principle? Easy. “Do That Which Is Best For Mitt Romney.”

    Beyond that, he’s a blank slate like George W. Bush and the Neo-Con handlers like John Bolton and Dick Cheney are waiting in the wings, drooling, because they know exactly what would be the centerpiece of a Romney administration.

    War with Iran.

    Now Obama will make sure they don’t get nukes just like Obama made sure Bin Laden isn’t getting oxygen anymore. Difference is, Obama won’t take us to war unless it’s absolutely the last option. More than likely, he’ll get the job done much more efficiently, with a lower cost and less (if any) loss of American lives.

    Remember. Bush was a “Uniter, not a Divider” who “didn’t believe in nation building” before he got elected. Look what we got afterwards. No difference with Romney.

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  • Bluemule

    There he goes again….doesn’t he remember that one their heroes Bill Clinton moved a great deal to the center, especially in his second term and the results were a booming economy and a balanced budget! He must of also forgot how Reagan was viewed as a war hawk determined to start a war with Russia, yet two terms later the cold war was over. If only our current President had been convinced to move a little to the right after their crushing defeat in the mid terms, and work with the Congress to bring down the debt, maybe his lead in the polls would not be disapearing before his eyes. Much like 1980 between Carter/Reagan, while a close race now, Mitt will come away with a big win.

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