Squaring the Culture

"...and I will make justice the plumb line, and righteousness the level;
then hail will sweep away the refuge of lies,
and the waters will overflow the secret place."
Isaiah 28:17

12/09/2011 (10:21 am)

What Nobody Has Said About Mitt Romney

I have plenty of reasons to oppose Mitt Romney’s candidacy, but I am shocked that nobody has brought this up about him: he is Barack Obama’s ideal choice for an election opponent.

Barack Obama is weak as a candidate because his administration has instituted draconian, top-heavy policies that are draining the national coffers. The campaign that will successfully overthrow him is the one that emphasizes smaller, less intrusive, less costly government.

Mitt Romney, however, cannot run that campaign. He instituted the same draconian, top-heavy policies that are now draining the Massachusetts government.

Barack Obama’s strongest campaign strategy will be to polarize the nation against the rich 1%, blame the 2008 crash on Wall Street capitalists, and paint the Republicans as the defenders of the rich capitalists.

Mitt Romney made his money and reputation as one of those Wall Street capitalists. He is the perfect target for Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.

So Mitt Romney is the worst possible candidate to unseat Barack Obama, and the best possible candidate for Obama to run against.

Now do we all see why the press has been calling Romney the inevitable Republican nominee, and has been avoiding any negative stories about him? The notion that Romney is the only Republican who can beat Obama is pure nonsense. The notion that Romney can beat Obama at all is nonsense. Romney is Obama’s choice for opponent.

03/22/2010 (12:22 pm)

The Campaign, Yes. The Leader, No.

Mitt Romney has penned the correct words.

America has just witnessed an unconscionable abuse of power. President Obama has betrayed his oath to the nation — rather than bringing us together, ushering in a new kind of politics, and rising above raw partisanship, he has succumbed to the lowest denominator of incumbent power: justifying the means by extolling the ends. He promised better; we deserved better.

He calls his accomplishment “historic” — in this he is correct, although not for the reason he intends. Rather, it is an historic usurpation of the legislative process — he unleashed the nuclear option, enlisted not a single Republican vote in either chamber, bribed reluctant members of his own party, paid-off his union backers, scapegoated insurers, and justified his act with patently fraudulent accounting. What Barack Obama has ushered into the American political landscape is not good for our country; in the words of an ancient maxim, “what starts twisted, ends twisted.”

His health-care bill is unhealthy for America. It raises taxes, slashes the more private side of Medicare, installs price controls, and puts a new federal bureaucracy in charge of health care. It will create a new entitlement even as the ones we already have are bankrupt. For these reasons and more, the act should be repealed. That campaign begins today.

Great words. Amen.

RomneyPublicHowever, the campaign needs a leader. Mitt Romney, as governor of Massachusetts, championed a health insurance plan for citizens of Massachusetts that looks remarkably similar to the main elements of the Congressional Democrats’ health care plan. I have heard him say not a single word in criticism of that plan, nor any explanation why it would be good for Massachusetts, but bad for America.

I can attest from my own experience here in Massachusetts that the plan does not solve any significant problem, and causes several. It is nearly impossible for a citizen receiving the forms of insurance for earners of below-average income — that’s 50% of the citizens, keep in mind — to find a doctor. The state, meanwhile, is going bankrupt, and the medical plan is horribly above budget.

So, yes, the campaign starts today, and yes, the campaign needs an aggressive, forward-looking and savvy leader. But Mitt Romney is not it. He’s just an opportunist running for President. We’ve had our fill of opportunists.

Nice try, though, Mitt. Great tactics. Now, please step aside for citizens of conscience.

For the record, I would be thrilled to have Mr. Romney as head of the Office of Management and Budget, or possibly as Treasury Secretary, under a genuinely conservative President. He’s a highly competent financial administrator.