Top 5 Reasons NOT to vote for Mitt Romney

1. Romneycare?

The Massachusetts health care reform that Romney enacted in 2006 while he was governor poses serious concerns for conservatives.

“That work inspired our own health care plan,” said former White House senior adviser David Axelrod, just two months after he left the White House in 2011.

One of the aspects of Romneycare that makes it problematic is the imbedded individual mandate, which the Cato Institute called “a significant infringement on individual choice and liberty” in a 2008 report. The mandate requires Massachusetts residents to have health insurance, whether they buy private insurance or sign up for the “free” government insurance – which of course is supplied by tax dollars.

Romney’s claims that his healthcare plan is nothing like Obama’s care are shaky. The Washington Examiner’s Philip Klein wrote an article in September of last year, explaining the similarities of the two health care plans, and stated that Romney was unable to support his claim that they are different.

Voters would be wise to remain wary of the fact that no one seems to know what he regrets about his plan.

2. Romney’s “Job creation” claims are a joke

Romney has played off the importance of job creation in a slow recovery from recession, but his ability to create jobs is doubtful.

Romney claims that his experience in business has equipped him with the abilities to create jobs. The experience he cites is his role in Bain Capital LLC, a private assessment management firm that spun off of Bain & Company. However, his role in actually creating jobs is questionable.

Bloomberg reported in July of last year that 1,600 jobs were cut from companies in which Bain invested, and many companies Bain Capital controlled ended in bankruptcy. “Employees who lost jobs at Bain-controlled companies more than a decade ago say they still hold Romney responsible,” Bloomberg said.

Their research showed “a picture of an operation that wasn’t focused on expanding employment,” but instead on making money for their investors. The article states that a former managing director of Bain had no data to prove that the company had created a net positive number of jobs.

 

3. Flip-flops – Abortion

Mitt Romney has become the brunt of numerous videos and articles poking at his reputation for being a flip-flopper.

One of the most famous of these is the DNC video, which aggregates a series of video clips showing Romney changing his tune on a laundry list of issues. His most famous flip-flop is on abortion. Slate offers one of the most thorough run-downs of Romney’s history on this issue, but it can be summarized in a short Video uploaded by Realitycheck2008.

The video shows Romney in 1998 saying, “I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country. I believe that since Roe V. Wade has been the law for 20 years, that we should sustain and support it.”

In 2002, “I will preserve and protect a woman’s right to choose.”

Seconds after that he is shown saying that he is firmly pro-life.

4. Flip-flops – Does Mitt own a gun, or doesn’t he?

FLIP: ”I have a gun of my own. I go hunting myself. I’m a member of the NRA and believe firmly in the right to bear arms,” Romney said.

FLOP“Asked by reporters at the gun show Friday whether he personally owned a gun, Romney said he did not. He said one of his sons, Josh, keeps two guns at the family vacation home in Utah, and he uses them ‘from time to time.’” (Scott Helman, “Romney Retreats On Gun Control,” The Boston Globe, 1/14/07)

5. Flip-flops: Super Pac Coordination

Among the Romney flip-flops, the following stands out because of the proximity of his two claims.

In MSNBC’s Meet the Press debate, Newt Gingrich demanded that Romney admit that ads run by his former staff members contained untrue claims about Gingrich.

Mitt Romney responded, “With regards to their ads, I haven’t seen them…if there is anything that is in there that is wrong, I hope they take it out.”

Seconds later, he said “the ad I saw” had stated only correct things.

Unlike the years that span his positions on abortion, or the several days that separate his claims about owning a gun, the seconds between these two claims provide no justification for the flip-flop.

 

 

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