Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Who do you trust is the right question
In (Romney, Obama) we trust? Pick one and ask ourselves whom we can trust to do what. Here is a case for trusting Pres. Obama over Gov. Romney . Obama is on to something when he couches Romney’s last minute 90 degree turn to the center on both domestic and foreign policy issues as “Romnesia” . Making “who do you trust?” is the logical follow up question Obama is now asking .
The question we should be asking ourselves is which Romney can we trust to show up in the White House if he is elected? Whose interests will he represent in negotiating the profound budget reduction issues and in making the judgment calls on foreign policy in a very dangerous world?
We can trust Obama to carry on, to support legislation that even Congress stopped in his first term. His newest “pamphlet” on his plans for the next term is simply a compilation of these. Staying the course will also 12 million jobs in four years anyway, according to two of our most respected business analysts.
The GOP’s favorite line is that Obama did not live up to promises so he has failed to earn your trust by his own measure . That has a hollow ring since so many of those promises Obama made were uttered before he was sworn in and the depth of the recession was known. Otherwise, the stimulus did create 3 million jobs as promised; the auto industry bailout worked, and the health care law was passed. The economy did not fall into the Great Depression 2, as it was headed in 2008, and the current trend lines show recovery in every sector, including jobs. . On foreign policy, Obama’s pledge to get Bin Laden, to keep us safe from attack , and to get us out of our long wars have been or are being kept.
When Congress flipped into Tea Party control in 2010, the GOP in Congress was able to block any of Obama’s remaining agenda, from short term job creation to a Grand Bargain on deficit reduction.
Do we believe Romney’s true moderate self has emerged and we should take his last most current position as the real deal, even though it contradicts the position he held the prior month? Or do we look at it as a candidate willing to do what it takes to be elected, realizing the track he was on for the past year of campaigning was not winning? Or do we consider to whom he is beholden?
Romney has shown no consistent allegiance to ideological values or even economic realities , abandoning them and supporting them when it advances his political fortunes or caters to his political backers. He even proposes an age old political ploy of proposing a tax reduction to the middle class, even though there is no mathematically plausible possibility to pay for it.
If he dreams of a second term, Romney will have to live up to his obligations to the advisers and supporters who are responsible for his success to date.. They are Tea Party people, big corporations and the wealthy, and neo cons who have supported intervention in middle east conflicts in the Bush administration. By his friends shall you know him.
What we can trust Romney to do is to carry through on commitments he made through the primaries and the general election campaign that have not changed: overturn Roe v Wade, repeal of Obamacare, keeping 27 million in the ER for health care , restoration of high costs for women's health and senior’s medication, and elimination of the guarantee that Medicare will cover future health care costs .We can trust Romney to favor the “job creators”, the code word for the already wealthy, in any tax reform , budget proposals and regulatory policy negotiations.