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Old 29 Apr 2012, 06:32 AM   #359755 / #1
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Default How right-wing is Romney?

Comparison with dubya:

http://thinkprogress.org/special/201...ush/?mobile=nc

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1. Bush passed a huge tax cut plan, mostly benefiting the wealthy. Romney’s tax cut plan is four times larger, more heavily weighted to benefit ultra wealthy...

...2. Bush signed the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law. Romney supports repealing virtually all campaign finance laws...

...3. Bush supported comprehesive immigration reform, a path to citizenship for 12 million undocumented immigrants and provisions of the DREAM Act. Romney opposes all of it...

...4. Bush enacted a historic expansion of Medicare. Romney wants to end Medicare as we know it...

...5. Bush signed a substantial increase to the minimum wage. Romney opposes increasing the minimum wage....

...6. Bush created higher fuel efficiency standards. Romney says even current standards are too high...

...7. Bush acknowledged global warming is caused by humans. Romney says “we don’t know.”...

...8. Bush lauched one of the biggest land conservation programs in U.S. history. Romney says the federal government owns too much land...

...Romney is positioning himself as the most conservative Republican nominee since Barry Goldwater in 1964.
Who'd have thought we might be nostalgic for GWB?
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Old 29 Apr 2012, 07:02 AM   #359758 / #2
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The answer: however much people want him to be. He does not strike anyone as principled.
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Old 29 Apr 2012, 02:42 PM   #359846 / #3
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I don't even think Romney knows how far right he is, since it varies from day to day depending on his audience.

And yeah, there are days when I look at today's conservatives and become nostalgic for Bush.
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Old 29 Apr 2012, 03:42 PM   #359852 / #4
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I agree that even Romney doesn't know how conservative he is. It all depends on what he thinks he needs to do in order to get power and stay in power. He has been on both sides of just about every major issue. That would seem to bode poorly for his chances of getting elected, because everyone knows that he lies. It has become a national joke. But it may just work in his favor, because people have a tendency to believe that he is lying about the policies that they don't want him to carry out, not the ones they do want him to carry out. Americans are, by nature, optimists.
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Not very, but he's beholden to the extreme right (as all Republicans are), so it may not matter.
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Not very, but he's beholden to the extreme right (as all Republicans are), so it may not matter.
Assuming that Romney wins election, he will do what he thinks necessary to retain power and have a shot at reelection. I don't think anyone other than those living in the Fox News bubble think that the radical right wing social agenda is a winner for the future. One thing you can count on is that you can't count on Romney's promises of future behavior. He isn't going to repeal "Obamacare", which was his idea in the first place. And he isn't going to go after Medicare or Social Security. He is already claiming that the GM bailout was his idea in the first place, even though he wrote an opinion piece at the time to urge the government to let the auto companies go bankrupt.
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How right-wing is Romney?
Just left of Obama, he was able to get his social health-care through a legislature without having the courts strike it down.
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Old 30 Apr 2012, 11:43 PM   #360271 / #8
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Comparison with dubya:

http://thinkprogress.org/special/201...ush/?mobile=nc

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1. Bush passed a huge tax cut plan, mostly benefiting the wealthy. Romney’s tax cut plan is four times larger, more heavily weighted to benefit ultra wealthy...

...2. Bush signed the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law. Romney supports repealing virtually all campaign finance laws...

...3. Bush supported comprehesive immigration reform, a path to citizenship for 12 million undocumented immigrants and provisions of the DREAM Act. Romney opposes all of it...

...4. Bush enacted a historic expansion of Medicare. Romney wants to end Medicare as we know it...

...5. Bush signed a substantial increase to the minimum wage. Romney opposes increasing the minimum wage....

...6. Bush created higher fuel efficiency standards. Romney says even current standards are too high...

...7. Bush acknowledged global warming is caused by humans. Romney says “we don’t know.”...

...8. Bush lauched one of the biggest land conservation programs in U.S. history. Romney says the federal government owns too much land...

...Romney is positioning himself as the most conservative Republican nominee since Barry Goldwater in 1964.
Who'd have thought we might be nostalgic for GWB?
You can usefully compare general-election-candidate Bush to general-election-candidate Romney, or you can usefully compare primary-election-candidate Bush to primary-election-candidate Romney, but it is useless to compare President Bush to primary-election-candidate Romney. The primary race is over, and Mitt Romney is shaking up the Etch-a-Sketch as we speak, so it shouldn't be long before you have a better argument.
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Romney truly believes in pillaging people for the benefit of him and his buddies. If we're calling "right-wing" policy that which pursues anti-democratic, pro-dictatorial effects, then Romney is further to the right than, well, anybody
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Romney truly believes in pillaging people for the benefit of him and his buddies. If we're calling "right-wing" policy that which pursues anti-democratic, pro-dictatorial effects, then Romney is further to the right than, well, anybody
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I don't like the look of him one bit.

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