Romney went into a level of detail not usually seen by the public in the speech, which was overheard by reporters on a sidewalk below. One possibility floated by Romney included the elimination of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Cabinet-level agency once led by Romney’s father, George.
“I’m going to take a lot of departments in Washington, and agencies, and combine them. Some eliminate, but I’m probably not going to lay out just exactly which ones are going to go,” Romney said. “Things like Housing and Urban Development, which my dad was head of, that might not be around later. But I’m not going to actually go through these one by one. What I can tell you is, we’ve got far too many bureaucrats. I will send a lot of what happens in Washington back to the states.”
Asked about the fate of the Department of Education in a potential Romney administration, the former governor suggested it would also face a dramatic restructuring.
“The Department of Education: I will either consolidate with another agency, or perhaps make it a heck of a lot smaller. I’m not going to get rid of it entirely,” Romney said, explaining that part of his reasoning behind preserving the agency was to maintain a federal role in pushing back against teachers’ unions. Romney added that he learned in his 1994 campaign for Senate that proposing to eliminate the agency was politically volatile.
Wheee! Government Fire Sale!
Romney seems to be taking the same approach to government as he did to his business ventures at Bain. It seems like he really wants to fire the government, but he won’t be honest about it because he got burned back in 1994. Why be upfront about your policies when you can not be upfront about your policies! Looks like our Romneys is learning.
And besides, Romney hasn’t quit figured out what sort of fuckery he will wreak on this country because no one has told him yet, so we all have to wait with bated breath.
For her part, Miss Ann demonstrated that for all of her “outrage” at Hilary Rosen, she is as politically calculating as the best of them, calling Hilary Rosen’s totally true remarks, critical of her as a mother (they weren’t) and a birthday gift (I guess years of living with Romney has lowered her gift standards):
Romney’s wife Ann also spoke briefly, where she described her role in a controversy over women in the workplace and Republicans’ efforts to make inroads with female voters.
Mrs. Romney acknowledged Republicans’ deficit at present with female voters, and urged the women in attendance to talk to their friends, particularly about the economy. She also discussed the criticism she faced this week, and her pride in her role as a mother.
“It was my early birthday present for someone to be critical of me as a mother, and that was really a defining moment, and I loved it,” Mrs. Romney said.
Does this sound like a woman who identifies with your struggle and feels your pain, ladies? The answer is no — no it does not.
For the big finale, Willard the Liar talked about how he plans to con Latinos into voting for him. He realizes that his vehement opposition to the DREAM Act isn’t going to help him win the hearts and minds of Latinos, so he’s just going to straight up lie to them by proposing — wait for it — A DREAM ACT:
Predicting that immigration would become a much larger issue in the fall campaign, Romney told his audience, “We have to get Hispanic voters to vote for our party,” warning that recent polling showing Hispanics breaking in huge percentages for President Obama “spells doom for us.”
Romney said the GOP must offer its own policies to woo Hispanics, including a “Republican DREAM Act,” referring to the legislative proposal favored by Democrats that would offer illegal immigrants a limited path to citizenship, to give Hispanic voters a real choice between parties.
Nice one. He’s going to be Lucy, holding the dream act football until after the election when he’ll wrench it away, laughing while Carlo falls on his ass and is subsequently deported.
This should come as no surprise to anyone reading this blog. The Romneys are who we thought they were. They are privileged one percenters who don’t give a rat’s ass about average Americans, but who will say and do anything as they attempt to grab the presidential brass ring.
Mitt Romney is a liar. He is a lying liar to whom pathological liars pay tribute so that they might drink from Romney’s Fountain of Lies and thus be blessed with the power to lie as mightily as Mitt Romney. All hail Mitt the Liar!
The following is what will immediately come to mind each and every time Mitt Romney opens his trap:
***Seriously, y’all — Mittens lies so much that Steven Benen over at Maddow Blog has compiled thirteen volumes of Mitt’s lies. Reading through the thirteen volumes is somewhat appalling, actually. Mitt lies. A LOT. Shamelessly.
ABL aka Angry Black Lady aka Imani Gandy is a recovering attorney with a burning love of fire and perfectly-constructed sentences. The “anger” portion of her moniker stems not from her displeasure at the hellscape that American politics has become, but rather is a symptom of the pituitary tumor which has been indefinitely detained in her brain since 2006. When she’s not pointing out that people are wrong on the Internet – or writing for Balloon Juice, The Grio, The Team Uterati Wiki Project, or RH Reality Check -- she likes long sits on the beach. Also, she thinks gravity is a real downer. You can follow her on Twitter at @AngryBlackLady.
Raw Story is a progressive news site that focuses on stories often ignored in the mainstream media. While giving coverage to the big stories of the day, we also bring our readers' attention to policy, politics, legal and human rights stories that get ignored in an infotainment culture driven solely by pageviews.
Founded in 2004, Raw Story reaches 5 million unique readers per month and serves more than 19 million pageviews.