I don’t often blog overtly about politics although I am a very politically minded person. My views are generally liberal (or left wing as we are not afraid of saying in Europe). I sometimes get criticized by American right wingers for daring to comment on political events in their country. They don’t seem to realize (or care) that what happens in America (the richest, most powerful and influential country in the world) has a direct baring on the lives of people in other parts of the world.
I tend to ignore such criticisms.
So here are my thoughts on some parts of Romney’s speech.
I am running for president to help create a better future. A future where everyone who wants a job can find one. Where no senior fears for the security of their retirement. An America where every parent knows that their child will get an education that leads them to a good job and a bright horizon.
And unlike the President, I have a plan to create 12 million new jobs. It has 5 steps.
First, by 2020, North America will be energy independent by taking full advantage of our oil and coal and gas and nuclear and renewables.
Emm..How? It’s not like no other President has ever hoped for that. But this is an aim, not a policy. It will depend for one thing on good relations with Canada and an enormous investment in pipelines connecting the USA and Canada. And for all the talk of renewables, where is the investment in that coming from? How environmentally friendly will these ideas be? See later!
Second, we will give our fellow citizens the skills they need for the jobs of today and the careers of tomorrow. When it comes to the school your child will attend, every parent should have a choice, and every child should have a chance.
This is a slogan not a policy. How is he going to do this? Does he think potential voters are too stupid to ask these questions themselves?
Third, we will make trade work for America by forging new trade agreements. And when nations cheat in trade, there will be unmistakable consequences.
How? What agreements? What consequences?
Fourth, to assure every entrepreneur and every job creator that their investments in America will not vanish as have those in Greece, we will cut the deficit and put America on track to a balanced budget.
HOW????? One suspects the answer may be by removing all safety nets from the poor…
Oh and is anyone going to remember that it was not Obama, but the last Republican administration that caused the present American deficit and which nearly lead to the total collapse of the international financial system?
And fifth, we will champion SMALL businesses, America’s engine of job growth. That means reducing taxes on business, not raising them. It means simplifying and modernising the regulations that hurt small business the most. And it means that we must rein in the skyrocketing cost of healthcare by repealing and replacing Obamacare.
So we will deregulate (that did the world banking system a lot of good didn’t it?) We will reduce taxes and pay for it by removing health care for the poor! Gotta love those American values!
Today, women are more likely than men to start a business. They need a president who respects and understands what they do.
As president, I will protect the sanctity of life.
So, not pro choice then, except of course in the case of legitimate rape!
I will honour the institution of marriage.
But not for gays or lesbians.
And I will guarantee America’s first liberty: the freedom of religion.
As long as it doesn’t disagree with Mormon or fundie Christian beliefs.
President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet. MY promise . . . is to help you and your family. (If you are a rich, middle class entrepreneur)
And who gives a fuck about the environment anyway?
In his first TV interview as president, he said we should talk to Iran. We’re still talking, and Iran’s centrifuges are still spinning.
President Obama has thrown allies like Israel under the bus, even as he has relaxed sanctions on Castro’s Cuba. He abandoned our friends in Poland by walking away from our missile defence commitments, but is eager to give Russia’s President Putin the flexibility he desires, after the election. Under my administration, our friends will see more loyalty, and Mr Putin will see a little less flexibility and more backbone.
We will honour America’s democratic ideals because a free world is a more peaceful world. This is the bipartisan foreign policy legacy of Truman and Reagan. And under my presidency we will return to it once again.
In other words force and bluster rather than statesman-like diplomacy; the same qualities that brought us shock and awe in Iraq. But with Iran and Israel in the mix we could be talking about world war three. But hey, perhaps with the apocalyptic Mormon/fundamentalist Christian agenda in full swing the battle on the plains of Armageddon is something we should expect and look forward to. Are we all ready for judgement day?
- Editorial: Mr. Romney Reinvents History (nytimes.com)