thewayne: (Cyranose)
"Our esteem around the world has fallen. I can't think of a major country, it's hard to think of a single country that has greater respect and admiration for America today than it did five years ago when Barack Obama became president. And that's a very sad, unfortunate state of affairs."

-- Mitt Romney, earlier this year, making an assertion that is contradicted by Pew Global Attitude Project polls in 2006 and 2014 regarding confidence in the U.S. president to do the right thing regarding world affairs: the only two countries where confidence in Bush was stronger than confidence in Obama were Russia and Pakistan.

I saw a breakdown of this lie and of some of the lies he told during his presidential run. Basically, he's very good at doubling-down on lies even when they've been rigorously disproved.

Sounds to me like he's considering running again in '16.
thewayne: (Cyranose)
"He wanted to be president less than anyone I've met in my life. He had no desire to...run. If he could have found someone else to take his place...he would have been ecstatic to step aside."
—Tagg Romney on his father Mitt

Granted, this year's crop of RNC candidates was perhaps the biggest bunch of idiots that I've ever seen, he did not enter the race late, he entered it early and ran with some impressive fervency. One part of his campaigning that didn't make any sense to me was him taking time off after the convention when he officially received the nomination.

No, he was in it to win.

Huh?

Jun. 28th, 2012 11:17 pm
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"I believe in an America where millions of Americans believe in an America that's the America millions of Americans believe in. That's the America I love."
—Mitt Romney

And here I thought George W. Bush wasn't clear. Politics is truly the art of saying nothing and getting people to vote for it.
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"We offer a range of services that provide our clients with a one-stop shop for their outsource requirements."
—Modus Media, one of several firms that Bain Capital invested in that specialized in helping other companies move operations overseas

I've been waiting for this shoe to drop. My biggest problem with Wall Street is that once you incorporate and issue stock, you are practically required to make quarterly profits and to provide returns for your stockholders. This is not a sustainable model, but modesty and long-term viability are not part of the Wall Street equation.

I am especially amused by the horror stories of out-sourced programming projects that require almost an equivalent amount of re-work to make the final code viable. I'm not convinced that there's serious savings to be done there.

Heh

Jun. 15th, 2012 07:47 am
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"[Obama] wants to hire more government workers. He says we need more firemen, more policemen, more teachers. Did he not get the message?"
—Mitt Romney

This just boggles the mind. Our education sucks, unless you have the $$$ to send your kids to exclusive private schools for grades K-18. Fire departments are being consolidated, resulting in poorer service, police departments have been chronically underfunded for ages. These are fundamental public services that more than 99% of the country cannot afford to buy for themselves. But I guess that's not the RNC's problem.

I so fervently hope that they get a real nasty slap upside the head in November and get thoroughly refudiated across the country.
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"I longed in many respects to actually be in Vietnam and be representing our country there, and in some ways it was frustrating not to feel like I was there as part of the troops that were fighting in Vietnam."
-- Mitt Romney, 2007

"It was not my desire to go off and serve in Vietnam, but nor did I take any actions to remove myself from the pool of young men who were eligible for the draft."
-- Mitt Romney, who sought and received four draft deferments, 1994

And just didn't want to bother looking it up. Now I know, and I'm not in the least bit surprised. I looked at a chart comparing military service along party lines a decade or so ago, with the notable exceptions of Bob Dole, George Bush Sr, and John McCain, the Republican side is almost entirely National Guard and deferments while the Democratic side is very heavily represented in the military. I found it quite interesting.
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"President Obama tucked away the Clinton doctrine [of no more big government] in his large drawer of discarded ideas, along with transparency and birpartisanship. It's enough to make you wonder if maybe it was a personal beef with the Clintons. Probably, it runs much deeper than that."
—Mitt Romney

Yeah, he has a personal beef with the Clintons, that's why he appointed the former First Lady to be Sec State. Interesting that he talks about Obama discarding the doctrine of no more big gov't and doesn't talk about Bush first trashing it and destroying the surplus that Clinton was building up.

In order to have bipartisanship, you must have the cooperation of BOTH parties, and clearly he has made some efforts to reach out to the proverbial other side of the aisle and they will have nothing to do with anything if they don't get tax cuts for the wealthy and spending cuts for any social programs. When an elected member of the RNC says that the best thing the democrats can do is come over to the republican way of thinking (or lack thereof), then there is very little hope for bipartisanship.
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"I'm not familiar, precisely, with exactly what I said, but I stand by what I said, whatever it was."
—Mitt Romney, standing by his earlier comment that Obama wanted to make America "a less Christian nation"

I especially love when politicians forget that freedom of religious expression also means freedom from religious imposition.
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"If General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get the bailout that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye."
-- Mitt Romney, 2008

"Bailout of enterprises that are in trouble, that's not the way to go. I know President Bush started it with the auto industry. I thought it was a mistake."
-- Mitt Romey, 2009

"I pushed the idea of a managed bankruptcy, and finally when that was done, and help was given, the companies got back on their feet. So, I'll take a lot of credit for the fact that this industry has come back."
-- Mitt Romney, 2012

I didn't like having to bail out the auto industry, but I supported it. There were far too many other industries dependent on it, and it would have been a catastrophe. I was quite surprised when Ford, who was also in trouble, went it alone and pulled it together. And I'm very happy that the Big Three are on solid footing again. I was not nearly as much in favor of bailing out Wall Street, their industry is largely based on gambling and they've rigged the game in such a way that they absolutely cannot lose.

And to the best of my knowledge, Mitt Romney was not involved in the construction of the Eiffel Tower. I think it was some guy named Smith or something.
thewayne: (Default)
"Take a risk, get the education, borrow money if you have to from your parents, start a business."
-- Mitt Romney

"A critical, early $10 million."
-- Mitt and Ann Romney's investment in their son Tagg's private equity fund, according to a New York Times account

But at least he's appealing to wealthy conservatives who can slide him lots of money through PACs. And that's all that matters, isn't it?
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"The real war on women has been the job losses as the result of the Obama economy."
—Mitt Romney

I read that when the economy started tanking in '08 that men lost more jobs than women. I would expect that this also represents that more men than women are employed, but I can't back that up. I read recently that employment numbers are showing that more men than women are getting the new jobs that are coming online, but I don't remember if that percentage reflects how the jobs were originally lost.
thewayne: (Default)
"Baltimore radio interviewer:
"One of the things, Ann Romney, that folks talk about with your husband, Mitt Romney...Sometimes he comes off stiff..."

Ann Romney:
"Well, you know, I guess we better unzip him and let the real Mitt Romney out, because he's not!"
thewayne: (Default)
"What I can promise you is this -- when you get out of college, if I'm president you'll have a job. If President Obama is reelected, you will not be able to get a job."
— Mitt Romney to a New Hampshire college student

The problem is fairly simple. The best way to grow an economy and add jobs is increased manufacturing, and we don't do that very much any more. We have a jobless recovery: employers found that they could do as much or more with fewer staff, and now they have little incentive to add positions if there's no direct promise of increased sales/profit.
thewayne: (Default)
"I'm not going to eat Barack Obama's dogfood."
— Mitt Romney

Umm, Mitt, you're mixing analogies. I think you're looking for the phrase "I'm not going to drink Obama's Koolade." Eating your own dog food is normally associated with software companies. Microsoft eats their own dog food: their employees use MS operating systems, office software, etc. If they didn't, they would be roundly ridiculed. Technically, as long as you're accepting money as a Congresscritter, you're eating Obama's dog food. If you stop taking your Congressional pay check and benefits and health care, pay for all of your staff yourself, pay rent for your Congressional office, then I would say you're not eating his dog food.

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