It’s not Governor Romney’s fault that he seems to change his mind so often. Apparently he just suffers from Romnesia. What else could explain how he’s changed his mind on:
Roe vs. Wade
Capital gains and taxing the rich
A woman’s right to choose
Assault weapon ban
Stem cell research
Saving the auto industry
Campaign spending limits
Privatizing Social Security
Carbon emission standards
Of course, Romney handlers don’t see anything wrong that their candidate suffers from Romnesia. In fact it was Romney Communications Director, Eric Fehrnstrom, who attributed, although inadvertently, the Governor’s Romnesia and Etch-a-Sketch moniker to his boss when he explained how Romney could have strong views one way and diamtrically opposite views later. Fehrnstrom said, “Well, I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign. Everything changes. It’s almost like an Etch-A-Sketch, you can kind of shake it up and we start all over.”
Examples of Romnesia
We’ve listed a dozen examples of how Romnesia has effected the Republican candidate. But here’s an even better cataloging of Romney’s many flip-flops. It from Liberals Unite, an online haven for Liberals or anyone who wants to pin Romney down to find out his real opinion. (Hint: It depends who he’s talking to.)
“I don’t line up with the NRA.” Source
“I’m a member of the [NRA].” Source
“I like mandates. The mandates work.” Source
“I think it’s unconstitutional on the 10th Amendment front.” Source
“I respect and will protect a woman’s right to choose.” Source
“I never really called myself pro-choice.” Source
“I saw my father march with Martin Luther King.” Source
“I did not see it with my own eyes.” Source
“I supported the assault weapon ban.” Source
“I don’t support any gun control legislation.” Source
“I think the minimum wage ought to keep pace with inflation.” Source
“There’s no question raising the minimum wage excessively causes a loss of jobs.” Source
“I will work and fight for stem cell research.” Source
“In the end, I became persuaded that the stem-cell debate was grounded in a false premise.” Source
“I would like to have campaign spending limits.” Source
“The American people should be free to advocate for their candidates and their positions without burdensome limitations.” Source
“I’m a strong believer in stating your position and not wavering.” Source
“I changed my position.” Source
“Detroit needs a turnaround, not a check.” Source
“I’ll take a lot of credit for the fact that this industry’s come back.” Source
“I’m not in favor of privatizing Social Security or making cuts.” Source
“Social Security’s the easiest and that’s because you can give people a personal account.” Source
“I’m not trying to return to Reagan-Bush.” Source
“Ronald Reagan is… my hero.” Source
“I’ve been a hunter pretty much all my life.” Source
“Any description of my being a hunter is an overstatement of capability.” Source
“If Massachusetts succeeds in implementing it, then that will be a model for the nation.” Source
“What works in one state may not be the answer for another.” Source
“It was not my desire to go off and serve in Vietnam.” Source
“I longed in many respects to actually be in Vietnam and be representing our country there.” Source
“It’s a tax cut for fat cats.” Source
“I believe the tax on capital gains should be zero.” Source
“It’s not worth moving heaven and earth spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person.” Source
“He’s going to pay, and he will die.” Source
“Relative to the leading candidates, some people see me as being more conservative.” Source
“I’m not the most conservative candidate.” “I’m not the most conservative candidate.” Source
“The TARP program… was nevertheless necessary to keep banks from collapsing in a cascade of failures.”Source
“When government is… bailing out banks… we have every good reason to be alarmed.” Source
“These carbon emission limits will provide real and immediate progress.” Source
“Republicans should never abandon pro-growth conservative principles in an effort to embrace the ideas of Al Gore.” Source
“This is a completely airtight kennel mounted on the top of our car.” Source
‘They’re not happy that my dog loves fresh air.” Source
“Those… paying taxes and not taking government benefits should begin a process toward application for citizenship.” Source
“Amnesty only led to more people coming into the country.” Source
“When I first heard of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, I thought it sounded awfully silly.” Source
“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell has worked well.” Source
So please give the Governor a break. After all, he suffers from Romnesia. And remember whatever he says, well, he doesn’t really mean it.
Finally, we have a clear statement from Governor Romney on how he can offer a $5 trillion tax cut, raise military spending and still reduce the national debt without putting a $3 trillion tax burden on the middle class.
Romney’s performance at the debate may have had style, but once again he lied to voters about his plans to hurt the middle class. Romney didn’t tell the American people the truth about his plans for taxes, education, health care, Medicare because he knows they would hurt the middle class.The President knows that if you want to be president you owe the American people the truth. So here’s the truth:
Governor Romney cannot pay for his $5 trillion tax plan without blowing up the deficit or sticking it to the middle class. That’s the math. We can’t afford to go down that road again.
We can’t afford another round of budget busting tax cuts for the wealthy.
We can’t afford to gut our investments in education or clean energy or research & technology.
We can’t afford to rollback regulations on Wall Street, or on big oil companies or insurance companies.
We cannot afford to double down on the same top down economic policies that got us into this mess.
That is not a plan to create jobs. That is not a plan to grow the economy. That is not change – that is a relapse. We don’t want to go back there. We’ve tried it, it didn’t work, and we are not going back, we are going forward.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m still not satisfied that the President has done all he could have to add jobs to America. But I do know that whatever he tried, the Republicans tried to stop him every step of the way. Even if it would have been good for America, the Republicans couldn’t accept that it would also have been an accomplishment for the President.
Most people think that because I make Obama Watches I probably support the President on every issue. I don’t. Nevertheless I wholeheartedly support Obama/Biden, not Romney/Ryan.
Why? First of all, I believe that only one person is truly experienced enough to “run the country” for 4 years. That person is the current President, the only one who has had on-the-job training. It takes 4 years and granted, some mistakes, to know what America needs for the next 4 years.
Romney, to me, is so out of touch with ordinary Americans that I think he’d be a disastrous president. He reminds me of the first President Bush who saw a bar code years after most people in America knew what it was, but he had no idea what it was for. Or his son, the other President Bush, who responded to hurricane Katrina two days after most Americans would have sent in help.
Now I do believe in less government which is more a Republican idea than a Democrat one and I think we should start by firing our do nothing Senators and Congressmen/women. What a waste of time, money and opportunity most of them are! I am sure there are some conscientious lawmakers, but I’m ashamed of how both parties fail to act in America’s interest time and again.
Of course, you can’t ignore the fact that Republicans were anti-anything and everything Obama from Day 1. I get the feeling that even if they agreed with Obama they still insist on blocking his every move, appointment and legislative idea.
Of course, the Republicans idea of “less government” would solely benefit business interests. They’d get rid of every regulation including the ones that were put on the books to protect consumers from “Business Gone Wild”.
They’d eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Education two less than perfect entities than still do a lot of good.
Women’s rights and gay rights would be set back too.
So, I support the President’s re-election because I think he’s the best man for the job.
And I have another reason for supporting Obama/Biden over Romney/Ryan.
I’d sell a Hell of a lot more Obama Presidential Watches!
This is the transcript of the poster I published with the previous blog article from August 7th.
Why I Support Obama-
1. For 30 years I’ve heard politicians talking about health care reform, and he’s the first one to do something about it. The Affordable Care Act removes restrictions on pre-existing conditions, makes health care more affordable for small businesses, raises the age at which children can be on their parents’ policies, removes lifetime caps, and more. With the possible exception of insurance execs, who would not want these changes?
2. He ended the war in Iraq, and is drawing the war in Afghanistan to a close. Like he said he would.
3. He thinks women should have access to free preventative healthcare. Why is this still an issue?
4. He believes in equality for all people and signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to help women get equal pay for equal work and the repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.
5. He is promoting and investing in clean energy jobs. Finally.
6. He supports education by giving more flexibility to No Child Left Behind (thank you!) and by making college aid more available.
7. He thinks millionaires and billionaires should pay their fair share of taxes like the rest of us. Really, this is a no brainer.
8. Despite inheriting one of the worst economic messes since the Great Depression, he added 2.6 million private sector jobs to our economy, and indications are that the economy is slowly improving. To anyone who thinks it’s been too slow – don’t you know you can’t turn the Titanic around in a day?
I voted for him before and I will vote for him again.
Everyone has their own reasons for supporting the President’s re-election. And all of us at Obama Watches each have our own reasons. And certainly, to be fair and transparent, there are many who support an opposing point of view. But, Hell, let the latter get their own blog. I don’t see them selling any watches, do you?
My support goes beyond selling presidential watches
I thought this poster was one person’s excellent explanation of why she supports President Obama. I don’t know name of the person who created it. If any of my Readers known where it originated from, please let me know. I will check it out and post it on this blog.
Or better yet, add your own comments. Leaving a comment helps me out because Google gives credit the more a blog is linked to. The more credit, the more traffic. The more traffic, hell, you can figure that one out.