Friday, October 19, 2012

Mr. Romney, Please explain...

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I occasionally run into someone who says,” President Obama had his chance and he hasn’t solved our national problems – so I’m ready to give Romney a chance.”  This is a dangerous position because:

·  * It doesn’t recognize the complete mess that Obama inherited from George Bush.
·  * Doesn’t recognize how much progress has been made in the economy, jobs, housing, medical  care, foreign policy, women’s issues.
   * And it shows a lack of knowledge of  the harmful policies being proposed by Mr. Romney.

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Here are 5 policy areas which Mr. Romney has not clearly explained his plans  to the American people:

1.     In this week’s debate Governor Romney presented his latest tax proposal.  He said “I'll pick a number -  $25,000 of deductions and credits, and you can decide which ones to use."  
Here is what the Romney plan would do:(Data from the non partisan Tax Policy Center ):
*An average family in the top 1% would get a $104,563 tax cut,
*The average family in the middle 1/4  would get a $722 tax cut.

     What would that mean for the average federal tax rate paid by different segments of the US population? 
·     *Taxes paid by the top 1% would drop by nearly one-fifth.
·     *The federal tax rate of the middle 1/4 would fall by 8%,
·      *The tax rate of the bottom 1/5 of the population would go up by about two-thirds.

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The clincher: The Tax Policy Center found that the proposal to cap deductions would not raise nearly enough money  to pay for Romney's proposed tax cuts. They show that his plan is mathematically impossible.  But it sure would be great for the top 1%!

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Detains on Romney’s plan:
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2.  It’s scary how much Romney’s over all plans compare to those of George Bush.

* They both offer over-all economic plans without full explanation of their details– saying “trust me”.   We all know how well Bush’s economic plan turned out.

* Bush actually offered a more fully developed domestic policy than Romney. Romney and Bush are using very similar words  to describe their economic policies toward China, South America, and growing  small business.

* There are differences. Romney’s plans do not include outreach policies like Bush’s ‘Compassionate Conservative’ message.  He has nothing like "No Child Left Behind", faith-based initiatives, or immigration reform.

* Neither Bush nor Romney nor the Republicans have supported organized labor in America, despite the evidence that strong unions lead to a strong middle class and a growing economy.

*Romney's  record is one of opposition to regulations that conflict with business making profits. Regulations on everything from food safety, to labor practices, to care of our environment,insurance rates would be in jeopardy.

*Romney  has not proven a record on protecting the environment or dealing with the growing reality of Global Climate Change.

*For all Romney says about China he says nothing about tax policies to give incentives to companies that grow jobs here in America v. moving operations to China.

3.  Health care: When ObamaCare is fully implemented it is projected to reduce the number of uninsured in every state, age group and income level.

Mitt  Romney's plan, according to a new report by The Commonwealth Fund, would repeal Obama Care.  Families with children, low, .and middle-income Americans would be hardest-hit.    With the Romney plan in place,
* about 72 million Americans will be without coverage.
* By 2022, according to the organization, an estimated 18 million kids under the age of 19 would be without insurance under Romney's plan.
4. Women'sWomen's issues:  Romney spoke of his efforts to get 'binders full of women' – suitable to be part of his Massachusetts staff when he became governor.   In fact the Massachusetts Women's' Political Caucus created the binders of potential staff persons and left them on the desk of the new governor before the election was even  decided.

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b.     He spoke of needing to adjust to the special needs of women to not work long hours because they needed to be home to cook dinner – In present day families both men and women have special scheduling needs, and often share child care responsibilities. – and both often have to be adaptable to the demands of their jobs.
c.     Romney also failed to give any answer to the pay equity question.  It is clear that he has never faced the reality of the “glass ceiling”.  Ask professional women! A pay gap and opportunity gap still blocks women from reaching their highest potential.
d.     Romney has been all over the map in his positions of women's health issues.  Most recently he is sounding almost middle of the road – But he and his party have made their positions clear on contraceptives, abortion, and a woman's' right to choose her own health care. He would defund Planned Parenthood.

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5. Foreign Policy;

a.   "Gov. Romney also wants to spend $2 trillion on additional military programs, even though the military's not asking for them."  While the Obama budget calls for shrinking the size of the Army and Marines by 100,000 troops, Romney proposes adding 100,000.  What does he have in mind?
b.   A recent poll by the Washington Post finds:
Obama holds
* a 14 point edge over Romney on who is more trusted to handle terrorism 53-39.
* Among independents it’s 51-43;
* among moderates it’s 62-32.
Obama holds a 10 point edge on which candidate would do a better job handling an unexpected major crisis, 52-42.
*Among independents, that’s 51-43;
*among moderates it’s 60-33.
*Obama holds a five point edge on who is trusted to handle international affairs, 49-44.    *A recent Fox News poll found that only 37 percent of voters think the Obama administration has not been supportive enough of Israel,
*versus 42 percent who say it’s been about right (and another 10 percent who say it’s been too supportive.

Source: Washington Post:
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c.    Romney suggests that we should arm the Syrian rebels.  This stand on Syria  don’t take into account the possible destabilizing effects of sending U.S. arms into the middle east. U.S.'s involvement could increase tensions between Sunni and Shiite  and help Assad’s claims that foreign elements are supporting the rebels.  Recent reports show that arms coming from other mid east countries to the rebels often end up in the hands of extremists.
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6.  There are many other issues – but you get the flavor of  differences from these 5 examples.  Before you vote do your homework – educate yourself – go beyond the hype of sound bytes and paid political announcements.  Know what you are voting for!
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