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By G. Michael Dobbs Managing Editor
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things we’ve got to stop doing, because we’re borrowing $1.6 trillion more this year than we’re taking in. We cannot …
“King: Including disaster
relief, though? “Romney: We cannot – we
cannot afford to do those things without jeopardizing the future for our kids. It is simply immoral, in my view, for us to continue to rack up larger and larger debts and pass them on to our kids, knowing full well that we’ll all be dead and gone before it’s paid off. It makes no sense at all.” Spoken like a multimillionaire
who has his and could care less about you. Spoken like a man whose time in office in Massachusetts was marked by his frequent trips out of state to try to fulfill his political ambitions.
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about the tornado that affected the state that supposedly he cared about? Offered any aid or made a contribution? Does Romney understand how disaster response works? Does he understand that local, state and federal funds have been combined as a response to the disaster? That non-profits and private businesses have helped tremendously? That ordinary people are giving their time and money to help people they may not know? Where are you, Mitt? What
have you done? Well, you’ve spun some nice Tea Party talking points. Drink more of that Kool-Aid, my friend.
If Romney was really interested in reining in federal spending where was he when President Bush started a war against a country that was totally wrong and was off the budget, propelling our debt even higher? Is he interested in revising the
tax code so all Americans pay their fair share? Does he support examining the privatization of government services – as used in the current Middle Eastern wars – and whether it has saved the nation money? How is he going to preserve
jobs, which would grow the tax base? He didn’t do much for jobs for us here when he was governor. I voted for Romney for
governor because I thought he actually might bring some common sense to Massachusetts politics. I was wrong. What a sap. He is merely a good suit and a
great haircut and we need a lot more than that to lead this country.
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