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Mitt Romney criticizes Obama for focusing on health care, instead of jobs

By Garance Franke-Ruta
Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney had some sharp words Friday for President Obama's economic and foreign policies, criticizing him for spending the past year on health-care reform instead of focusing narrowly on job creation.

Appearing at the National Press Club, the potential 2012 Republican presidential primary contender accused Obama of having the most anti-business, anti-enterprise, anti-employment agenda "since the days of Jimmy Carter" and taking an approach that "has prolonged the recession."

"When you have an enterprise in trouble, the Number One rule is this: Focus, focus, focus," said Romney, the former chief executive of a management consulting firm, Bain & Co. "Make sure you concentrate on the Number One priority with all your energy and passion."

Instead of getting the economy back on track and creating jobs, "the president decided to focus his energy on health care," said Romney. "As a result of his agenda, the opposite of what he has hoped for has occurred."

Skipping over the $862 billion economic stimulus bill that was Obama's first major legislative achievement, Romney said the focus on health-care, coupled with other domestic policy goals, have created an environment of uncertainty for American businesses that was impeding the economic recovery.

Obama's support for union initiatives, increased taxes, a cap-and-trade policy for greenhouse gases and "larger and larger deficits" had left investors uncertain about the long-term strength of the dollar and wondering "What will happen 10 years from now?" and even, "Should I be investing now -- or holding on or buying gold?"

It was the GOP message of the day -- "Instead of trying to ram through a health care overhaul ... the President and Speaker Pelosi should focus on getting our fiscal house in order and getting Americans back to work," House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said Friday in a statement -- but it also represented a new opportunity for Romney, who ran for president in 2008, to present himself as a businessman who could put America back to work.

Romney said he would spend much of the next year visiting states with critical election contests, as well as on a book tour that would take him through 49 states. Asked if he'd be visiting places like Des Moines, Manchester and Cedar Rapids, Romney quipped, "Some of those places are lovely in the summer," and he reminded his audience that he owns a summer home in one of them -- New Hampshire.

His book "No Apology: The Case for American Greatness" was published March 2 by St. Martin's Press.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  |  March 5, 2010; 4:03 PM ET
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Massa has been made to wear the Scarlet Letter. Mitt & Rick are not in the DNC kill zone today, but then Massa does not need to leave. ObamaPlan fears his vote and will stop at nothing.

Posted by: RayOne | March 8, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Republican's Promises Never-Ever Fulfilled Or Brought To Vote.
____________________

Republican Senator Alexander Says "The GOP will Campaign On Repealing The Health Care Bill"

[Borderline-Bull-Spit]
____________________

Note:Republicans Campaign Every Election Cycle On Repealing [Something-Anything] Passed by the Democrats, though the Republican Senate-Congress Used Reconciliation [16 Times] Out Of 22 Times it was Ever Used..

But Note: Did The Republicans Ever Repeal the Following..

1. Medi-Care [No]

2. Social Security [No]

3. End The FED [No]

4. End The IRS [No]

5. Vote Ever On Implementing the Flat-Tax [No]

6. Did Bush and His 2001-2006 Majority Republican Senate-Congress Repeal Roe Vs. Wade [ Hell-No !!]

But Every Damn Year the GOP Pulls Their Dusty Treasure Chest, Clear the Moth Balls and Hits Republican AM-Hate Radio & Fox News Circuit Touting this Bull-Spit, they Know they'll Never-Ever Bring Up for a Vote, Moreover Pass, Yet these GOP Talk Meisters are Supposedly the Real Deal when it comes to Standing Up for their Fringe-Extreme Followers Wants and Desires. Knowing they'll Never-Ever Deliver On Such Promises.

Bush had a Majority Ruling Senate & Congress from 2001-2006 and they Never Voted for the Things they Proposed on the Campaign Stump.

[THINK]

Posted by: omaarsblade | March 6, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse


Why should Romney praise Obama. It is politics. Obama is fair game.The fact of the matter is that Omaba did concentrate on
his health care reform. He made a mistake.
He should have Hedged and tackled unemployment which ranks higher in people's concerns. He does now but he lost
a whole year ! Obama has two major challenges: Unemployment and security. The
U.S should 1) stop outsourcing. 2)Cut off
existing tax incentives for companies who
invest abroad.3)Push banks to finance the
economic recovery.His stubborness is going
to cost quite a few seats to the Democrats
at the Mid Term Elections.Amazing. To add
insult to injury Democratic congressmen are
having affairs in a country where morality
rates high ( thanks God ) in people's mind.
The Democrats are simply comitting Hara Kiri. I thought Banzai was for the ages. I was wrong.As for security if the U.S suffers another 9/11 Obama may be done unless he is Machiavelic enough to take the
opportunity as a pretext to attack Iran. Bush must have thought Bin Laden to be a God send and hed was right. Let us not forget what Von Klausewitz ( Prussian atrategist ) wrote: "war is the continuation olf politica through other means "


Posted by: jeanpierregamet | March 6, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

I Didn't know Richard Nixon was a Republican-Socialist President For 7 years, WoW...

"Turning now to the rest of the agenda for 1974, the time is at hand this year to bring comprehensive, high quality health care within the reach of every American. I shall propose a sweeping new program that will assure comprehensive health insurance protection to millions of Americans who cannot now obtain it or afford it, with vastly improved protection against catastrophic illnesses."

(Richard Nixon, January 30, 1974)
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"Nixon first proposed national health insurance as a conservative California congressman in 1947. He grew up poor and lost two brothers to tuberculosis, which marked him for life. He frequently pointed to the cure for tuberculosis as a medical marvel that underscored the need for a public-private partnership on health care.

"It was something personal for him,"

Price said of Nixon's Health-Care Push."
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Nixon's and Obama's reform proposals are not radical changes to the current health care system, and neither are socialist. As Steve Pearlstein notes, the past 30 years has seen the political center to the right after the Presidency of Ronald Reagan, and proposals that would be moderate in Nixon's time seem more radical today. Obama and today's progressives need to push the political center more to the left again, to be able to define the debate on progressive reforms on more fair terms. I'm not a fan of Richard Nixon, but his advocacy of health care reform is something that many people can support. If someone like Nixon has advocated universal health care proposals that are similar to Obama's, then it should show people that those proposals aren't socialist, but work to improve the capitalist system of its flaws.

In his 1992 book, "Seize the Moment,"

Nixon wrote a passage that eerily echoes the arguments of Democrats today:
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Posted by: omaarsblade | March 6, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

It's easy, when you're out of power, to be captious. But what prescriptions for economic growth do the Republicans have?

*Incentives for small businesses? Obama has done that, in the form of tax cuts.

*Repeal of the so-called "death tax"? The Dems have done so, for estates under 7 million $. That represents more than 99.5% of all estates.

*General, across the board tax cuts? Hmmm, we did that twice under W. I must have missed the great economic take-off!

*Cut spending? Where? Oh, you mean like Jim Bunning's idea to cut unemployment benefits at a time of 9.7% unemployment. Real fine idea!! And who is going to do it? Republicans proved just as spend-thrift when they ruled Washington as Dems.
And the single-greatest source of govt spending remains entitlement programs. And yet the Repubs have no serious plan (neither do Dems) to tackle the problem.

Fact is, Republicans need some new ideas. Democrats have co-opted some of their best ideas, and the rest of their "plan" amounts to empty slogans, not realistic policy.

Posted by: Schtoon | March 6, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Looks like the Obots all came out to post on this site.

Who set them out on this mission?

moveon? Acorn? Rahm? Obama? Axelrod?

Not one coherent post on this site.

Perhaps the WP should wash this site and let it begin anew in the daylight hours.

Posted by: letscheck | March 6, 2010 4:14 AM | Report abuse

Mitt Romney, is a well dressed piece of trash, a first class criminal and lowlife.
Just shoot the bast_ard and his family as well.
As major of New York on 9/11 2001 he threathed people with gun spray if they wanted to start an investigation on ground zero.
Romney is a very unamerican pig. He should stick his head were it belongs right in his a_ss.

Posted by: jwholtkamp | March 6, 2010 12:00 AM | Report abuse

FukMittRomney.

Posted by: jeffc6578 | March 5, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

"...presidential primary contender accused Obama of having the most anti-business, anti-enterprise, anti-employment agenda "since the days of Jimmy Carter" and taking an approach that "has prolonged the recession."
So all those bailouts to big business and banks were anti-business, anti-enterprise and the jobs bill is anti-employment? Health care for unemployed and pre-existing conditions is worthless? Without the bank bailouts the pundits said we would have had a depression. Is Romney in this country?

Posted by: boleson02 | March 5, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Business refuses to earn a dime extra to tax for Obamaland plans. The Prepper movement is growing huge, as a No Confidence depression verges from the people.

Apparently,they will not try until repeal of all the Nuttiness.

Posted by: dottydo | March 5, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Who cares about jobs. Obama is a ROCK STAR! First Jay-Z, now I just saw that he's going to be on America's Most Wanted!!! Makes me want to vote for him.

Posted by: island1 | March 5, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

The private sector creates and sheds jobs based on financial and economic forecast. How has the administration got anything to do with it, but in keeping interest rates low and tax rates low?

Blaming the President is silly and irresponsible.

Blame it on the economic conditions created by the recession. Debt financing is stupid.

Posted by: mdsubramonia | March 5, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans are good in opposition. In power, they are the most hopeless "do nothings" as doing nothing is their philosophy. Keep them always as watchdogs. Perpetually, in opposition benches, that also in a minority. Good for us, good for them, good for the nation.

Posted by: mdsubramonia | March 5, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Jobs are not being created. 36 thousand jobs lost is to Obama a good month. What a joke. We need insurance reform not a bureaucracy that takes over health care and wrecks it and the economy simultaneously.

Mitt Romney is a Harvard Lawyer and MBA cum laude and a Baker Scholar. He saved the Salt Lake City Olympics from financial disaster and brought home a winner. He saved Masschusetts and worked with Democrats like Kennedy and Kerry. Mitt Romney brought out companies like Dominos and Staples and Timberland to name a few.

Mitt Romney is smarter than Barak Obama, he has better judgment than Barak Obama and he could have saved America.

Mitt Romney is the best candidate the GOP had and they made a huge mistake. Next time they might just get it right.

Posted by: mharwick | March 5, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Romney obviously believes he is the next Great White Hype, I mean Hope.

Forget it.

They both probably mean the same thing when it comes to these Republican politicians.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | March 5, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Republican's Promises Never-Ever Fulfilled Or Brought To Vote.
____________________

Republican Senator Alexander Says "The GOP will Campaign On Repealing The Health Care Bill"

[Borderline-Bull-Spit]
____________________

Note:Republicans Campaign Every Election Cycle On Repealing [Something-Anything] Passed by the Democrats, though the Republican Senate-Congress Used Reconciliation [16 Times] Out Of 22 Times it was Ever Used..

But Note: Did The Republicans Ever Repeal the Following..

1. Medi-Care [No]

2. Social Security [No]

3. End The FED [No]

4. End The IRS [No]

5. Vote Ever On Implementing the Flat-Tax [No]


But Every Damn Year the GOP Pulls Their Dusty Treasure Chest, Clear the Moth Balls and Hits Republican AM-Hate Radio & Fox News Circuit Touting this Bull-Spit, they Know they'll Never-Ever Bring Up for a Vote, Moreover Pass, Yet these GOP Talk Meisters are Supposedly the Real Deal when it comes to Standing Up for their Fringe-Extreme Followers Wants and Desires. Knowing they'll Never-Ever Deliver On Such Promises.

Bush had a Majority Ruling Senate & Congress from 2001-2006 and they Never Voted for the Things they Proposed on the Campaign Stump.

[THINK]

Posted by: omaarsblade | March 5, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Keep On Protecting The Big Insurance Companies and their Rates are Going To Increase.

Most Americans are Not Covered 100%

They have Pitiful Policies Covering 30%-60% If that of their Health Care Coverage and within those Policies there are LIMITS to what the Insurance Companies will Cover.

Bye By You Limited Sap Suckers.

Can't Wait Til You Private Insurance Defenders Come up with a Major Illness, Lets see You Defend Big Insurance Companies When it Happens To You.

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Today: Insurance Set To Raise Prices, To Walk Away From Consumers: Says Goldman-Sachs Report
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The market concentration for health insurance is so monopolized in some areas that insurance companies are willing to raise prices and lose customers in an effort to improve their bottom line, a leading insurance broker told Wall Street analysts on Wednesday.

In a conference call organized by Goldman Sachs Global Investment Research, Steve Lewis, a highly regarded broker at the world's third largest insurance broker, Willis, painted a picture of the health insurance market in which employers seem likely to be priced out of coverage.

Noting that "price competition" between insurers was "down from a year ago," Lewis relayed that "incumbent carriers seem more willing than ever to walk away from existing business."

The phenomenon of insurers pricing their policies beyond where consumers can afford it seems to be already taking place. Last month Anthem Blue Cross told customers it would hike their health insurance premiums by as much as 39 percent (with the expectation that some would drop coverage altogether).

Report Aetna was planning on losing more than 600,000 customers by raising prices on their consumers in 2010.

Insurers are able to do this in part because the markets in which they operate have no adequate competition, suggests Lewis. The broker noted that "the smaller client segment" was "increasingly frustrated" with the renewal of their coverage and was "evaluating potential self-funding with stop loss protection" instead. Lewis added that employers in many markets knew "that they're not going to be able to trade down pricing very significantly" (i.e. find cheaper coverage) and, as such, would likely only change plans or become self-insured if there was a "fairly significant" disruption in service.

"As I mentioned at the outset, it was without a doubt the most challenging renewal cycle in my 20 years of this business with employers really struggling with how and what was going to drive their decision, combined with the lack of aggressive and competitive pricing in the marketplace," Lewis said.

Posted by: omaarsblade | March 5, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

If at all possible, see if you can't find the footage of the entire speech and watch the whole thing, if only to experience the spectacle of Romney -- whose personal wealth is, according to media reports, as LOW as $190 million and as high as $500 million -- recommending that the American people use health savings accounts and then, when medical care is in order, comparison-shop using price as a consideration. That way, claimed Romney, the markets will be able to work, the providers (not doctors and nurses, "providers") will improve their quality, and the whole exercise will be more cost-effective.

It fairly boggles the mind that someone whose net worth reaches towards the half-billion mark would could stand up and tell the American people, with their stagnant (or nonexistent) wages and rising cost of living, that if they just try very, very hard to get a good price on that chemotherapy, all will be well. I can't even imagine Romney's level of chutzpah, or the cold, bleak selfishness of his heart.

Posted by: AnotherHagman | March 5, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

@runmon is right, I guess this is a Washington Post site and that explains so many left wing Obama supporters! Fortunatelly the country knows better!

Posted by: josedfarias | March 5, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Employers won't hire and bankers won't lend because they don't know how much Obama's socialist agenda will cost them.
1. Health Reform Bill's real cost is $2.5 trillion over 10 years.
2. Cap and Trade Carbon Tax will cost everyone $2,000 to $3,000 more for electricity.
3. Stimulus Bill $862 billion plus interest equals $1.1 trillion democrat slush fund.
4. Omnibus Spending Bill is $410 billion with 9,000 pork barrel projects.
5. Obama tripled 2009 budget deficit from $455 billion to $1.4 trillion.
6. 2010 Defense Spending Bill is $636 billion with 1,800 pork barrel projects.
7. Obama’s 2010 spending budget is a record $3.6 trillion.
8. Obama’s 2011 spending budget is a record $3.8 trillion.
9. Obama wants to freeze some 2011 spending for discretionary programs. This is around $13 billion. Not much of a spending freeze, just smoke and mirrors to hide spending increases and to confuse people. Obama is very good at that.
10. The national debt is $12.3 trillion. Can our children and grandchildren repay it?
11. Congress voted, December 24, 2009 to raise the debt ceiling to $12.4 trillion.
12. Congress voted, January 28, 2010 to raise the debt ceiling $1.9 trillion to $14.3 trillion.
13. Obama’s administration is made up of 1960s leftist radicals, big government socialists, Chicago thugs, union bosses, liars, and incompetent boobs.
14. Investigate ACORN, SEIU, CZARS, Apollo Alliance, Van Jones, Jeff Jones, Anita Dunn, Mark Lloyd, John Holdren, Susan Crawford, Kevin Jennings, Valerie Jarrett, Ron Bloom, David Axelrod, Wade and Dale Rathke, and Andy Stern.

Posted by: runmon | March 5, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

How short-sided, greedy, and ignorant can this fancy politicians be? If your party, Mr. Romney, would allow for reform of health care that in itself would create more jobs. Then Mr. Obama could focus on sexier topics like infrastructure, education, & bring our young men & women home out of harm way. He's only concerned about the lack of income he & his d-bag corporate friends make. It's the republican agenda to steadfastly do nothing to help the people the represent that is crippling our society and, frankly, make me more cynical and pessimistic about the role of government in my life.

Posted by: CA420skinsFan | March 5, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

How short-sided, greedy, and ignorant can this fancy politicians be? If your party, Mr. Romney, would allow for reform of health care that in itself would create more jobs. Then Mr. Obama could focus on sexier topics like infrastructure, education, & bring our young men & women home out of harm way. He's only concerned about the lack of income he & his d-bag corporate friends make. It's the republican agenda to steadfastly do nothing to help the people the represent that is crippling our society and, frankly, make me more cynical and pessimistic about the role of government in my life.

Posted by: CA420skinsFan | March 5, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Well, lots of left wing comments here! Well, has anyone read the article where the CBO is contesting the White Deficits/debt projection by 1.2T, yes, ladies and gentlemen, by 1.2T. And the CBO is stating that the direction Obama is taking us is "unsustainable!" Incredible that I am reading too many people defending Obama! People, wake up! This individual is the worst thing that could have happened to America! Where do we get this many left wing people? On reading the article about the deficits/debt, I did not read one, NOT ONE, left wing comment? Why is it? They don't even have the courage to read such articles??? And I come here, on a criticism of Obama not focusing on jobs (which is true, however, it is a good thing that he is not focusing on jobs, who wants another big government stimulus package???) But, again, incredible to read the comments defending Obama, but, again, that is probably the profile of Washington Post readers, since, for the most part, their pundits are left wing ones!

Posted by: josedfarias | March 5, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Oh, dear, three years of having to listen to what plastic Ken doll Romney has to say about whatever. Tedious, tedious, tedious. At least Sarah Palin is entertaining.

Posted by: Aquarius1 | March 5, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

I've never agreed with Romney's views, however I didn't think he was an absolute idiot, until tonight. His outlandish accusations and criticism of President Obama are not only 100% wrong, they are dangerous and destructive to America. I was shocked to hear him tell Wolf Blitzer that he thinks Sarah Palin is qualified to be President of the U.S.!!!! She is the most inept (on every level) person in 'serious' republican politics! Any given fifth grader speaks far better English than she does, and knows more about science, geography, history, and world affairs. Mitt Romney just proved to America that his judgment is reckless and incompetent.

Posted by: bonvivant2 | March 5, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

"But as a politician on the national stage, he seemed wooden. He was ridiculed because of a remark in 1967 that he had originally supported the war in Vietnam because he had been "brainwashed" by generals and diplomats during a visit there in 1965. As Housing Secretary, he was outside President Nixon's inner circle and was relegated to pleading in vain for an expansion of urban and other domestic programs." [NYTimes obit of George Romney]

Romney's already repeated the performance of his dad on the national stage. Wooden -- and that's on a good day. Unfortunately, there is no Nash-Kelvinator Co. or Hudson Motors for him to run to show us his business cred (and no, the Winter Olympics don't count.) Romney's already proved he cannot live up to the liberal -- yes, liberal -- popularity of his dad, re-elected three times as Michigan governor.

He simply continues to demonstrate he is less sage and more stooge.

The best he can manage now is a weak impersonation of perennial presidential candidate Harold E. Stassen or better yet, Pat Paulsen, comedian. But wait.... Romney ain't that funny.

Posted by: jade_7243 | March 5, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

You have to love the ignorance of the American people to look at the WHO figures on life expectance and see the relevance of that to health care. We have an epidemic of obesity far to many Americans are eating far to much food and red meat. The world comes here for health care people

Posted by: wbindner | March 5, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse


http://thinkprogress.org/2010/03/05/mccain-medicare-recon/
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After Supporting Medicare Cuts Through Reconciliation, Maverick McCain Now Opposes Them

McCainMedLast night, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) introduced legislation preventing Democrats from using reconciliation to change Medicare spending. If adopted, the amendment would prohibit lawmakers from making changes to a program that makes up some 20% of the federal budget through the reconciliation process:

SA 3427. Mr. MCCAIN (for himself and Mr. GRAHAM) proposed an amendment to amendment SA 3336 proposed by Mr. BAUCUS to the bill H.R. 4213, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend certain expiring provisions, and for other purposes; as follows:

At the appropriate place, insert the following: SEC. lll. PROTECTING MEDICARE. Section 310(g) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 (2 U.S.C. 641(g)) is amended by inserting before the period the following: ‘‘or to the medicare program established by title XVIII of such Act’’.

The problem isn’t just that McCain has voted for “nine out of 13 reconciliation bills that have been offered during his time in the Senate”; it’s that he has previously supported reducing Medicare spending using the reconciliation process — some of which cut Medicare by more than what the Senate health care bill is proposing:

- Balanced Budget Act of 1995: would have cut Medicare and Medicaid by a combined $452 billion over 7 years.

- Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1989: overhauled doctor payments for Medicare, included a number of other provisions designed to slow the growth in Medicare spending.

- Balanced Budget Act of 1997: cut Medicare by $115 billion over 5 years.

- Deficit Reduction Act of 2005: cut Medicare spending by $6.4 billion.

It’s difficult to see this as anything more than a message amendment designed to help McCain win a tough primary in Arizona. And it’s surprising that McCain chose to offer such a broad amendment, rather than drafting something that would have only protected the Medicare Advantage programs from reconciliation.

But, McCain can rejoice in the fact that Republicans who complain about out of control entitlement spending on one hand, but criticize Democrats for reducing wasteful Medicare spending on the other, are still taken seriously on the Sunday morning talk shows.

Posted by: omaarsblade | March 5, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Well Mitt dodged the draft by going to France to fake studing the bible. He has 5 son's who he wouldn't let serve in the US Military and his famous statement is he would get advice from his lawyers on illegally invading a country because he didn't know the US Constitution. Then Gov. Romney along with Senator Ted Kennedy made sure the people of Mass. got insurance now says no one shouldn't have it if they can't efford the very high premiums. Mitt used his own money to run for President and now will sell a book to get back his loses. Sarah Palin sucked in people with her fake book so can Mitt. Now as the Economy gets better Mitt will suck up to the Obama Administration as Mitt is the businessman and loves taxpayers money. Who know Cosmo Scotty Brown won election with a Center Fold maybe Mitt might do the same for the vote.

Posted by: qqbDEyZW | March 5, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Can't we reduce the election season a bit? We just elect one president, and his opponents for the next election start in with their sniping. How about reducing the campaign season to six months? Until then prospective candidates keep their mouths shut. We've got cranky McCain who hasn't gotten over the last election and Mitt, et al making snide comments. Even our governor has lost his mind and instead of being thoughtful about things is making corny anti-Obama jokes. Enough!

Posted by: MNUSA | March 5, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

What a tool.

Romney has some cojones accusing Obama of a lack of focus when the Republicans have spent the past year slowing down everything from healthcare, to defense spending to unemployment benefits in order to make the claim that Obama is failing.

If Obama had known that Republicans would turn a push for reasonable health care reform into an anti-Socialist, death panel jihad he might not have started with it either. Health care was not supposed to take more than six months! But the blame for the chaos that the process has become rest solely on Republicans and their push for power at America's expense.

Posted by: bidalah | March 5, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2010/mar/03/mitt-romney/romney-says-americans-pay-more-health-care-die-soo/
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Politi-Fact: "The lifespan of the Average American is [Less] than that of people in Nations that Spend Far Less (on Health Care). ...

To put it Bluntly, We Spend More and Die Sooner."

Mitt Romney on Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 in the book 'No Apology'

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Specifically, life expectancy in the United States was 77.8 years. That put it behind the following nations, in descending order: Japan (at 82.4 years in 2006), Switzerland, Iceland, Spain, Australia, Italy, France, Sweden, Norway, Canada, New Zealand, Austria, the Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, Greece, Finland, Belgium, Luxembourg, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Portugal and Denmark.


The United States ranked 24th on the WHO list with exactly 70 years of DALE. It trailed Japan (with 74.5), Australia, France, Sweden, Spain, Italy, Greece, Switzerland, Monaco, Andorra, San Marino, Canada, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Norway, Belgium, Austria, Luxembourg, Iceland, Finland, Malta, Germany and Israel.


"We have fallen behind other countries in tackling the root causes of mortality and disease," Mokdad said. "We know, for example, that just reducing salt in people’s diets can save more than 100,000 lives a year, but there is much more discussion in this country about health insurance, which would save, at best, about half as many people."

Whatever the reason, and however you measure it, Americans "spend more and die sooner," as Romney so bluntly put it. We rate his statement True.

Posted by: omaarsblade | March 5, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

One would think that he would know that Health Insurance premium hikes IS probably the most threatening economic issue to all Americans.

On another note:
Dow Rises on Better than Expected Jobs Report
http://www.usatoday.com/money/markets/2010-03-05-stocks-friday_N.htm

Posted by: JRM2 | March 5, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

There are phonies, frauds, and hypocrites.

And then there is Mitt Romney.

The only idiot ever to claim -- with a straight face -- that his four putrid sons didn't need to serve in the military to serve their country when working on Dad's campaign was the essentially the same level of "public service."

Please, oh please - if Insipid Sara Palin doesn't get the GOP nomination, please let it be this plastic-haired cardboard cutout.

Posted by: SwellLevel5 | March 5, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

yet that was HIS pivot as governor of Massachusetts. What I HATE about politics is what political animals like Romney are, out to upstage Daddy... PRESIDENCY as trophy gun notch.

Posted by: Geopolitics101 | March 5, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

If there's a more unscrupulous contender for the presidency out there, it's escaped my notice.

This is the guy who ran to the left of Ted Kennedy on abortion rights and gay rights when he ran for Kennedy's US Senate seat, the guy whose signature accomplishment as governor was...um...a state health care program that looks *remarkably* like the one Democrats are currently trying to pass.

Don't get me wrong, I have no doubt that the man is free from taint of personal scandal having to do with money or sex. I'd actually prefer a politician whose moral weakness was limited to those realms of life, rather than this man whose besetting sin is precisely his lack of political scruples.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | March 5, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Romney supported similar measures as governor of a liberal state. Now he opposes them as he tries to woo the fruitcake right that votes in GOP primaries. He is a liar and a fraud and the only consolation is that even Republicans can't stand the little weasel.

Posted by: davidscott1 | March 5, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Mittens needs a change of moral underwear.

Posted by: Genefox1 | March 5, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Too late Mitt the Democrats have cut the rope twice and it's still to short. This country is doomed.Last week one lone senator tried and failed to have congress live up to the new law they passed known as PAYGO this law was enacted to force congress to pay for all new legislation they passed. The bill in question was a measly 10 billion dollars. Now if they can't find a way to pay for something that small what does that tell you about the courage our elected officails lack in doing something to save this country. They are enamored with their power and care only about getting reelected so they pretend they can give everyone healtcare,homes, unemployment,food, housing, pensions, social security, medicare and medicaid and no one will have to pay for it

Posted by: wbindner | March 5, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Did Romney take into account the amount of time Republicans have spent attempting to delay, derail, diminish, and defeat the passage of the health care bill? They've used every parlimentary trick in the book to stall the bill.

Posted by: warren5 | March 5, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

"Obama's support for union initiatives, increased taxes, a cap-and-trade policy for greenhouse gases and "larger and larger deficits" had left investors uncertain about the long-term strength of the dollar and wondering "What will happen 10 years from now?" and even, "Should I be investing now -- or holding on or buying gold?" - the next president of the USA Mitt Romney...


Romney's not only correct but he is the most qualified person in ALL of America to be the next POTUS.

America's economy is the biggest enterprise on the planet.......

Who do you Americans want running that "largest enterprise at $13 trillion per year"?

Obama or Mitt Romney ?

Who will you hire in 2012? Obama or Romney?

Posted by: allenridge | March 5, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Willard Mitt Romney's dad George was a far more reasonable person who did not pander to the looney fringe of the party.

Obamacare is quite similar to Mass care which is quite similar to Dole-Chaffee which is similar to Dick Nixon 1971.

Posted by: MerrillFrank | March 5, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Apparently Romney didn't notice that Obama passed the stimulus and 10 other pieces of legislation before taking up healthcare. And that he just passed another jobs bill before taking up healthcare again. And doesn't expanding the availability of health insurance help everyone who has lost a job? What happens if they get sick? The health care bill is just like the one Romney touted when he was Gov. of Massachusetts.

Posted by: fmjk | March 5, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Mitens lost crediblity a long time ago. He's just a well-coiffed gasbag.

Posted by: Gatsby10 | March 5, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

This is such a great line of reasoning: Obama should have put a great deal more effort into correcting the mess Bush made of the economy, and he should have corrected the mess by continuing the Bush policies that made the mess in the first place.

Mitt might just as well go to work for the WAPO as another ex-Bush commentator, because in the very unlikely event that he actually gets to run for anything Niational any time in the proximate future, he is going to have to debate himself more than he ever debates his opponent.

Posted by: ceflynline | March 5, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

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