"A wise and frugal government which shall restrain men
from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government."
(Thomas Jefferson)

Monday, April 16, 2012

No wonder there is daylight between Republicans in Congress when no one is sure where Romney is going to stand tomorrow or next week.

Mitt Romney is also now the 'non-presumptive nominee' according to RNC Chair Priebus after calling him the 'presumptive' nominee for sometime. Guess he spoke too soon as Romney does not have 50% of the delegate votes to day.  How can they be doing joint fundraising when he doesn't have 50% of the delegates? This chair doesn't seem to let rules stand in his way.  Did he get stopped in his tracks since he has backed way off the "presumptive" nominee he kept using?

Know candidates pander but Romney is taking it to a new low.  His arrogance to go along with pandering treats conservatives like none of us have the brains to look up his past stances and wants us to automatically believe everything he says.  If I don't take Obama at face value why would I take Romney?  Republicans are falling into the same trap that because a candidate has a (D) or (R) behind their name you should not question candidates from your party.  How alike are the DNC and RNC with their attitudes today and forcing candidates on the members of their individual parties refusing to listen to reality.  Too many Republicans at high levels of convinced themselves they can snap their fingers and we are going to vote like we are told.  We are not Democrats and never will be no matter how much the leaders of the Republican Party want a bunch of lemmings -- not going to happen.

Any member of Congress who thinks they can take it to the bank what he says better think again.  Romney says he will repeal ObamaCare -- it is not that simple -- words are cheap.  His words are even cheaper when you discover he wants to have state mandates following his RomneyCare which FL Attorney General Pam Bondi let out of the bag after the FL primary when she said she was joining his health care tax force and they would implement mandatory health care in every state.  Noted that a lot of conservative pundits ignored what she had to say or tried to spin it as they turn themselves into pretzels supporting Romney.

He wants to put Americans back to work -- this coming from the leader at Bain who put companies out of work and shipped their jobs overseas.  This is one issue that has a lot of people concerned that Romney is no conservative and follows a liberal agenda:
Romney has also previously embraced raising the minimum wage, suggesting it should be indexed to inflation. His campaign in March walked back those comments, saying Romney does not currently support an increase to the minimum wage. 
Raising the minimum wage has devastated a lot of college students who have jobs for their expenses who were let go when they raised the minimum wage the last time.  It never should be automatic.  Another case of where his campaign walked back those comments but he still said them which is a liberal philosophy.

Wonder how the Romney camp is going to spin this one new item about his differences with Congress?  Money cannot buy everything but Romney is making a stab at it with targeting to raise $600M for his campaign and $100 for his Super PAC.  Will all that money cause House Leadership to change their stances to Romney's?  How can he target raising money for the Super PAC when there is to be no coordination?  He has people going between all the organizations.  Will the FEC who was short handed during 2008 give Romney the same pass they gave Obama -- doubt it.

Are members of Congress now worried that Romney will try to run over them now like the 'scorched earth' he used to take out other candidates with his Democrat lite campaign?  Just maybe some are concerned the is the real Romney with his true liberal beliefs is going to stand up, and they will be left holding the bag.  There are too many signs pointing to the fact he is a Massachusetts liberal to ignore.  A year ago Romney believed in global warming and carbon tax but now panders to conservatives but will that new stance stand if he is elected?  How could so many members of Congress sell out conservatives by endorsing Romney so early when they knew he was not conservative?  A lot of us will never forget comments that were made about other candidates in order to support Romney.

Whose is going to blink?  Romney or Congress?  We will shortly find out if money really talks if the members of Congress change their stance on key issues to favor Romney.  Stay tuned as this is far from over.
Daylight emerges between Romney, GOP
By Bob Cusack - 04/16/12 10:27 AM ET 
Mitt Romney and Republican leaders in Congress have a surprising number of policy differences, ranging from energy to term limits to immigration. 
The policy daylight is significant because Romney is attempting to unify the party in the wake of his bruising primary. The fact that Romney and Republicans in Congress have different approaches on high-profile issues could hamper that effort. 
Romney and Republicans on Capitol Hill certainly do agree on big-picture items, including repealing President Obama’s healthcare law, lowering taxes and cutting spending. 
But there are an array of other policy areas where Republicans and Romney are at odds and/or have dealt with the same issue differently. Perhaps not coincidentally, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) was tapped earlier this month to develop a joint agenda with congressional Republicans and the GOP presidential nominee. 
In a front-page story Monday, The New York Times deemed the situation between Romney and GOP legislators a “delicate tango.” 
Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul told The Hill in an e-mail, "Mitt Romney is in this race to turn the economy around and get Americans back to work, and he will need the help of Congress to do that. Under President Obama, more people have lost their jobs than at any time since the Great Depression, and all the president does is blame others and avert responsibility. 
Gov. Romney will welcome the help of Congress to enact his agenda and get the country back on track." 
The following are examples of policy differences between Romney and congressional Republicans: 
Yucca Mountain
Speaker John Boehner (Ohio) and other GOP legislators have been outspoken in their support of storing the nation’s nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. 
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Obama, however, have thwarted the initiative. 
Romney’s position is closer to Reid and Obama’s than congressional Republicans'. At an October debate in Nevada, Romney said, “If Nevada says, ‘Look, we don’t want it,' then let other states make bids and say, ‘Hey, look, we will take, here is a geological site that we have evaluated, here is the compensation we want for taking it.’ ” 
China currency 
Romney has accused China of currency manipulation, claiming he would be more aggressive on the issue than Obama. 
The Senate has passed China currency legislation, which was strongly backed by 16 Republicans in the upper chamber. House Democrats have called for the bill to be brought up, but GOP leaders have not heeded that call. Boehner has dubbed the Senate measure “dangerous.” 
Congressional term limits 
In January, Romney endorsed term limits for members of Congress. He said at the time, “I would love to see term limits for congressmen and senators. We have one for the president. It’s a good idea.” 
Romney has not detailed the lengths of the term limits he supports. 
The 1994 GOP "Contract With America" included terms limits, but the House Republicans’ 2010 “Pledge to America” does not. 
Romney strongly supports E-verify legislation, which would mandate that employers check their employees’ legal work status. But the bill has attracted criticism from Democrats and some Republicans. Not one senior House Republican leader has co-sponsored the measure, and the measure is not expected to hit the lower chamber floor before the election. 
Excerpt:  Read More Differences at The Hill

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