Friday, August 12, 2011

Romney channels McCain

Feels kind of like 2008 all over again:

Think Progress has more video of other surly conservative questioners:

The first questioner asked Romney if he would raise the cap on payroll taxes, so that the rich pay more into the system. Romney — who has a net worth of more than $200 million — said that raising the payroll tax cap for Social Security was tantamount to “attacking people because of their success”

And Steve Benen reminds us of Romney's jobs problem:
Romney slashed American jobs as if his career depended on it — and it did. Frank Rich recently explained, “In [his 1994 Senate] campaign, Romney was stalked by a ‘Truth Squad’ of striking workers from a Marion, Indiana, paper plant who had lost jobs, wages, health care, and pensions after Ampad, a Bain subsidiary, took control. Ampad eventually went bankrupt, but Bain walked away with $100 million for its $5 million investment. It was an all-too-typical Romney story.”
And yet, he won the gubernatorial race in the very liberal Commonwealth of Mass against an old line Democrat. Of course Shannon O'Brien was an extremely weak candidate and had her own baggage in connection with her previous office in the state but Romney turned out to a formidable candidate in that race. Frankly, he makes me nervous. I think he's the most likely to win in the general against Obama.

On the bright side, he probably won't win the nomination. Poor Mittens is just not pure enough to please the cons in the present environment. So there's that.

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Blogger Diane said...

Today it's Mitt's nomination to lose. Tomorrow, when Gov. Rick Perry announces, it's a whole new ballgame.

Frankly, as weird as Gov. Good Hair is, I think he's got a decent chance at beating Obama.

4:56:00 PM  
Blogger TDC said...

Romney's answer to the SS question was not particularly good to say the least

What Romney should have noted was the SS benefits are capped, therefore the payroll tax is capped.

The solution to SS is fairly easy, and not all that painful

To fix SS at current benefits, simply increase the payroll tax by about 2% and Violla..its solvent. In addition, those that will benefit most will pay for the program.

Change the retirement age for future retirees, tweak the COLA formula, etc.. and the 2% increase would be far less.

Why should the "rich" pay more for the same dollar benefit than the "not rich"?

5:40:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Agree that Good Hair will change the dynamic. Not sure I think he has a better chance at winning than Mittens, but that may just be my residual shock from when he won the gubernatorial. He ended up waging a very slick campaign. Then again, he seems to have lost some of that mojo when trying it on the national level.

All I'm sure about is it's going to be a very long 15 months to the conventions.

11:18:00 PM  

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