Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Mitt Romney in Class Warfare Mode

GOP nominee Mitt Romney claims President Obama is waging a class warfare campaign.

“If you look at the ads that have been described and the divisiveness based upon income, age, ethnicity and so forth,” Romney said in the quote of the day, “it’s designed to bring a sense of enmity and jealously and anger… the president seems to be running just to hang on to po wer. I think he’ll do anything in his power to try and get re-elected.”

It is amusing Romney should use this argument. Romney selected Paul Ryan as his VP candidate. Ryan peppers his speeches with talk of "makers" and "takers."

"We're coming close to a tipping point in America where we might have a net majority of takers versus makers in society and that could become very dangerous if it sets in as a permanent condition. Because what we will end up doing is we will convert our safety net system — which is necessary I believe to help people who can’t themselves, to help people who are down on their luck get back onto their feet — into a hammock that ends up lulling people into lives of dependency and complacency which drains them of their incentive and the will to make the most of their lives."

Glenn Hubbard, a member of of Romney's economic team advocated cuts in Medicare and Social Security in a Wall Street Journal oped. Hubbard was a member of the George W. Bush economic team that destroyed the surplus left by President Clinton. Hubbard went against Treasury Sec. Paul O'Neill's wishes and pushed for the 2003 tax cuts. >P>

Romney can hardly be accused of surrounding himself with people concerned about the plight of the common man.

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