Here are some things to think about, if you’re still thinking about whom to elect president. One of Mr. Romney’s criticisms about the President is the loss of certain “green” businesses that the administration backed. Of those receiving funds, about 8 percent went into bankruptcy. “The Wall Street Journal, aiming for a comprehensive assessment, examined 77 businesses Bain invested in while Mr. Romney led the firm from its 1984 start until early 1999, to see how they fared during Bain’s involvement and shortly afterward. Among the findings: 22% either filed for bankruptcy reorganization or closed their doors by the end of the eighth year after Bain first invested, sometimes with substantial job losses. An additional 8% ran into so much trouble that all of the money Bain invested was lost.” So much for business acumen.
Mitt’s claim of saving the Olympics neglects to mention the $1.5 billion in federal funds he requested. Mitt’s claim about turning around Massachusetts fails to mention its 47th place ranking in job creation or his 38 percent approval rating.
But if you’re still undecided, based on documented speeches and policy statements, a vote for the GOP will (in no particular order, except for Day One): eliminate the EPA, FEMA, Departments of Energy and Education. ObamaCare will be thrown out, as will Dodd-Frank (Wall Street regulations) and pesky drilling regulations. You will get the Bush-Cheney advisors, as 17 of the top 24 Romney advisors are from the Bush administration. Despite their claims, women’s rights, gay rights, worker’s rights will all be under attack. Ryan is against all contraception and abortion. Romney is against the minimum wage. Mitt said there are too many teachers, fire fighters and police.
Vote for Romney/Ryan if you agree that more war and military spending is a good thing. Or if you believe Iran is landlocked. Vote for Mitt if you feel converting Parisians to Mormonism qualifies as serving your country. Or that Mitt’s 5 sons should all have avoided the service.
Vote for President Obama because you understand that we are headed in the right direction. Because we are.
Craig S. Chisesi