Romney closes out the primaries by attacking Obama’s unfairness

The news from last night was not that Mitt Romney easily swept the five states that held primaries; that was assured once Rick Santorum left the race, if not before. Nor was it the prospect, which is being confirmed this morning, that Newt Gingrich would also drop out of the race as a result.

No, the news is that Romney finally gave the speech some of us have been waiting for him to give. (Click here to see a video of the speech, which lasted about 13 minutes, or here to read the prepared remarks; he didn’t stray too far from them.)

The heart of it was the contrast he drew between himself and President Obama. First, what he said about the president:

Government is at the center of his vision. It dispenses the benefits, borrows what it can’t take, consumes a greater and greater share of the economy. You know, with Obamacare fully installed, government would have control of almost half of the economy, and we would have effectively ceased to be a free enterprise society.

This President is putting us on a path where our lives will be ruled by bureaucrats and boards, commissions and czars. He’s asking us to accept that Washington knows best — and can provide all.

We’ve already seen where that path leads. It erodes freedom. It deadens the entrepreneurial spirit. And it hurts the very people it’s supposed to help. Those who promise to spread the wealth around only ever succeed in spreading poverty around. Other nations have chosen that path. It leads to chronic high unemployment, crushing debt, and stagnant wages.

And then there’s his counteroffer:

I have a very different vision for America, and for our future. It’s an America driven by freedom, where free people, pursuing happiness in their own unique ways, create free enterprises that employ more and more Americans. And because there are so many enterprises that are succeeding, the competition for hard-working, educated, skilled employees is intense, so wages and salaries rise.

I see an America with a growing middle class, with rising standards of living. I see children even more successful than their parents — some successful even beyond their wildest dreams — and others congratulating them for their achievement, not attacking them for it.

The repeated mentions of free enterprise, and the good line about congratulating people on their success rather than attacking them for it, are welcome. But here’s where Romney signaled an important theme leading to November:

This America is fundamentally fair. We will stop the unfairness of urban children being denied access to the good schools of their choice; we will stop the unfairness of politicians giving taxpayer money to their friends’ businesses; we will stop the unfairness of requiring union workers to contribute to politicians not of their choosing; we will stop the unfairness of government workers getting better pay and benefits than the very taxpayers they serve; and we will stop the unfairness of one generation passing larger and larger debts on to the next.

When an opponent — as Romney correctly said Obama would do — wants to run not on his record but on distractions and distortions and fuzzy notions of “fairness,” you hit back at what other people might consider unfair. And there is a great deal of unfairness to be found in Obama’s conventional liberal positions, some of which Romney catalogued.

This is a promising start to turning Obama’s raw populism on its ear.

– By Kyle Wingfield

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Dusty

April 25th, 2012
11:12 am

Kyle,

An excellent synopsis of a good speech. I am glad to see Romney accurately defining the problems we face and from where they come. A “promising start” indeed to a new beginning.

getalife

April 25th, 2012
11:19 am

willard’s big speech was a flop.

A flip flop.

Anyhoo, looks like your boy the newt is finally dropping out to stop embarrassing Georgia.

Tiberius - Banned from Bookman's and proud of it!

April 25th, 2012
11:23 am

Romney had a great speech last night. I love the signal that the current Disaster-in-Chief isn’t going to get away with his phony “fairness” argument.

Unfortunately, we see more coverage of Joe Cool reading news on Fallon last night than we have of Romney’s speech.

getalife

April 25th, 2012
11:28 am

“British deploy GOP’s economic plan, return to recession” Jay Bookman.

Lets read you cons admitting you are dead wrong on austerity.

Jefferson

April 25th, 2012
11:29 am

You GOP supporters are as easy to sway as soap oprera watching housewives choose washing powders. Romney cares only about his crowd, not working folks.

clyde

April 25th, 2012
11:37 am

Romney made a good speech.Maybe there’s hope.

Jefferson—You smoking something???

Tiberius - Banned from Bookman's and proud of it!

April 25th, 2012
11:37 am

Hate to clue you and Bookman in on a little secret, getaclue, but our double-dip recession here in the U.S. is beginning even as we speak. Just as many of us predicted years ago.

Our next recession just cost a whole helluva lot more in debt than Britain’s did.

Tiberius - Banned from Bookman's and proud of it!

April 25th, 2012
11:40 am

Jefferson, just who, exactly, do you believe Romney’s “crowd” is?

People who make $350k per year while only working part-time, perhaps?

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

April 25th, 2012
11:51 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=CZ-4gnNz0vc

Hint to the Romney Campaign- They don’t want America to fail, they want it to be like North Korea.

How would first lady Super Tush keep blinging up if there’s no America left to suck dry?

duuuhhhh

Stephenson Billings

April 25th, 2012
11:57 am

almost Reagan-esque. Hope he governs the same way.

Gm

April 25th, 2012
12:15 pm

Ok, now Mitt can unite all the old white males over 50, undeducated and blame Obama for not getting the technical skills to compete with the world in the 21st century.

Ok,, now Mitt has some concerns for the poor and middle class, Obama campaign please start rolling the tapes of the last year, just maybe the idiots on the right will start to say we have two people, Mitt who wanted to wipe out the poor and Romney who wants to help the poor , no party can be this naive.

Kyle Wingfield

April 25th, 2012
12:18 pm

getalife: The U.K. has increased spending each of the past four years. You read that right: Each. Of. The. Past. Four. Years. Check the EU’s official stats agency, Eurostat, if you don’t believe me. Britain lowered the “tycoon tax” this year after the tax increase last year didn’t bring in nearly the expected revenue. That is indeed a lesson for America. The U.K. may be slipping into recession, but it has nothing to do with the GOP economic plan because the U.K. didn’t follow it.

Oh, and before you bring up Ireland … from the same source: Dublin did in fact cut spending in 2011 by 27 percent — after it raised spending in 2010 by 33 percent. The net effect is that spending over the past two years combined was 15 percent higher than it would have been if it had been kept flat at 2009 levels.

The only country that has experienced true austerity is Greece. Spending has been cut sharply there — by 5.5 percent last year and 8.4 percent the year before. It’s biting the economy hard, for sure. But you may recall that the reason for the cuts is that Greece had increased spending by so much before 2009 — by 8.5 percent a year (!) on average between 2002 and 2009 — that it couldn’t keep up and had to be bailed out by the rest of the EU in order to make its debt payments. (On, and btw: Spending in 2011 was still higher than it was in 2007.)

So, if we’re going to talk about what’s happening here vs. there, let’s invite the facts to join us.

ByteMe

April 25th, 2012
12:21 pm

Unfortunately, we see more coverage of Joe Cool reading news on Fallon last night than we have of Romney’s speech.

That’s ’cause there was more honesty in Obama’s slow jammin’ than in Romney’s entire flip-flopping speech. Hate it for ya, Ti.

Cutty

April 25th, 2012
12:22 pm

Republicans: Ok w the Patriot Act, but think Obama is taking their freedom.

md

April 25th, 2012
12:28 pm

“British deploy GOP’s economic plan, return to recession” Jay Bookman.”

While Greece tried spending it’s way out………recession or doom……you choose.

Jefferson

April 25th, 2012
12:34 pm

Romney know fair, reckon the boys take turns mowing the grass ?

Dearie

April 25th, 2012
12:42 pm

Good column Kyle. So happy to finally hear this from Romney.

jconservative

April 25th, 2012
12:43 pm

“… and we will stop the unfairness of one generation passing larger and larger debts on to the next.”

Well we started doing this in 1981. And the train keeps going faster and faster with no one putting on the brakes.

So I welcome this hint that maybe, finally, someone will lay out a detailed plan that both stops deficit spending and starts paying off the $16 trillion debt.

We started this debt trip with the idea that cutting government revenue and increasing government spending would result in smaller and smaller deficits. We have been doing this for 31 years and somehow, someway, we still believe it will work.

Lil' Barry Bailout (Revised Downward)

April 25th, 2012
12:44 pm

Obozo talks about folks being “left to fend for themselves” like it’s a bad thing.

Why do you pathetic libtards fear real freedom?

Lil' Barry Bailout (Revised Downward)

April 25th, 2012
12:47 pm

Germany followed the Reagan/Thatcher prescription for economic growth and have gone from economic weakling to powerhouse.

md

April 25th, 2012
12:49 pm

“Republicans: Ok w the Patriot Act, but think Obama is taking their freedom.”

Bad comparison considering Obama extended the PA…….

carlosgvv

April 25th, 2012
12:50 pm

It’s a shame he did not say “We will stop Big Business completely owning our Republican Party”.

Lil' Barry Bailout (Revised Downward)

April 25th, 2012
12:50 pm

Democrats: Ok w the Patriot Act, as long as Obozo is the one massively expanding domestic spying programs.

carlosgvv

April 25th, 2012
12:51 pm

Barry

Germany also has universal healthcare. So we should also. Right?

libtard

April 25th, 2012
12:53 pm

“real freedom” a cologne for chicken hawk regressive cons….

Rockerbabe

April 25th, 2012
12:54 pm

Blah, blah, blah. Romney is a desperate to be President and it is written all over him. He, like so many rich men of his ilk, talk a good line, but when the record is examined closely, not so good a deed was done. Obama is not the one being unfair. He isn’t the one who pushed and pushed for unequal tax treatment for the top 1-2%; he isn’t the one who supports the GOP war on women and their rights. Obama didn’t take us to two immoral, unnecessary wars of choice, which to this day are not paid for. Obama isn’t the one striping public schools of their resources, so as to give to private and religious schools – without accountability to anyone. Obama isn’t the one who isn’t trying to enforce immigration control; but only so much can be done with the money allocated from Congress. Obama isn’t the one being so unfair as to try and limit the voting rights of everyone, but white males and their wives. Romney is just a good ole boy from MA, who wants to relive the “glory days of the 1950 and 1960’s” at everyone else’s expense.

Lil' Barry Bailout (Revised Downward)

April 25th, 2012
12:55 pm

carlosgvv, you know who Wall Street gave the majority of their donations to in 2008, right?

Tiberius - Banned from Bookman's and proud of it!

April 25th, 2012
12:55 pm

“That’s ’cause there was more honesty in Obama’s slow jammin’”

Honesty from the current Disaster-in-Chief, ByteMe? Really?

That man hasn’t told the truth on policy matters since entering public life.

Dusty

April 25th, 2012
12:56 pm

Romney obviously made a very good speech. Why else would the local liberals here run in circles and howl at the moon in desperation? That is a sure sign they see the dire future of their political persuasion.

Happiness may yet come to Washington.

Jefferson

April 25th, 2012
12:56 pm

Hard not to be successful when your daddy gives you everything. I’m sure many of you can relate.

Lil' Barry Bailout (Revised Downward)

April 25th, 2012
12:58 pm

Germany also has universal healthcare. So we should also. Right?
———-

Universal healthcare doesn’t cause economic growth. Nice try with the red herring, now please try to stay on topic.

Ayn Rant

April 25th, 2012
12:58 pm

What a hypocrite! Romney’s vision for America cannot be accomplished by his proposals, which will expand the oligarchy of Big Business and High Finance, push the middle class further into poverty, and starve the poor, the elderly, and disabled.

So, Obama is too centered on government, is he? What do you expect from the President of the United States? Should he be shouting that “government is the problem” while expanding the government and jacking up the national debt, like Reagan? And, RomneyObamaCare will ruin the country will it? Why is Massachusetts doing just fine after several years of it?

Romney hasn’t got a clue about how to achieve the noble goals he “envisions”. All he has is a grab bag of Republican dogma that failed in the 20th century and could finish us off in the 21st!

getalife

April 25th, 2012
12:59 pm

“Obama: Romney Can’t Say ‘Everything I’ve Said For The Last 6 Months, I Didn’t Mean’” Aol.

Check and mate.

You are clinging to a failed ideology cons and are marginalized by the American voters.

It don’t get any better than that :)

getalife

April 25th, 2012
1:00 pm

Facts Kyle?

Austerity failed.

Admit that fact.

md

April 25th, 2012
1:03 pm

“He isn’t the one who pushed and pushed for unequal tax treatment for the top 1-2%;”

Yeh, our progressive tax system is designed solely on fairness……especially since we choose everything we do……..

As for the rest of your talking points…….at least you have been watching tv to get them…..

Lil' Barry Bailout (Revised Downward)

April 25th, 2012
1:04 pm

“Romney Can’t Say ‘Everything I’ve Said For The Last 6 Months, I Didn’t Mean’
——–

Let us know when Romney says that.

Obozo: Failure. Liar.

ByteMe

April 25th, 2012
1:06 pm

In what Romney campaign insiders are hailing as a sign that the party faithful are rallying around the former Massachusetts governor, a new poll released today shows that a majority of Republican voters agree with the statement, “I guess I have to support f****ng Romney.”

When asked why they were now ready to cast their vote for Mr. Romney, a majority of those Republicans polled “strongly agreed” with the statement, “Why do you think? No one else is f***ng running anymore. Stop asking such stupid f***ng questions. I don’t need this s***.”

Underscoring the sense that he is now the presumptive nominee, the Romney campaign unveiled a new slogan this morning, “You Have No Other Options Anymore. Start Dealing With It, Losers.”

(h/t Andy Borowitz)

getalife

April 25th, 2012
1:06 pm

lil bar.

Our President will quote the “severely con” willard’s words.

Game over.

Lil' Barry Bailout (Revised Downward)

April 25th, 2012
1:07 pm

Economic growth doesn’t come from government. It comes from the productive class.

If the strength of your economy depends on government spending, you’ve already lost.

Democrats: Creating an An America built to finish last.

md

April 25th, 2012
1:07 pm

“Hard not to be successful when your daddy gives you everything. I’m sure many of you can relate.”

And the race cards cousin is played…..the envy card.

His father came from nothing, and he helped his children……..is that now a bad thing to do?? Hope you don’t give your child an allowance, as there are many children in this world that don’t get one. After all, that wouldn’t be “fair”……….

ByteMe

April 25th, 2012
1:07 pm

Honesty from the current Disaster-in-Chief, ByteMe? Really?

Awww, Ti, hate it for ya. Buncha losers have to support Romney now. Poor you. What’s it feel like to waste your vote? Kind of like it feels for me voting for someone… ANYONE… against that tool Tom Price, am I right? :lol:

getalife

April 25th, 2012
1:08 pm

Congrats to the progressive for purging the blue dogs.

Keep fighting because you are winning :)

Kyle Wingfield

April 25th, 2012
1:13 pm

Exactly what I expected from you, getalife.

Tiberius - Banned from Bookman's and proud of it!

April 25th, 2012
1:13 pm

“He, like so many rich men of his ilk, talk a good line, but when the record is examined closely, not so good a deed was done. ”

Yeah, ’cause balancing budgets, working across the aisle, actually creating jobs without government money and finding a legal way to provide healthcare for his state are really, really, bad deeds.

“Obama is not the one being unfair. He isn’t the one who pushed and pushed for unequal tax treatment for the top 1-2%; ”

And yet the top 1%-2% still pay most of the taxes. Doesn’t sound very unfair to me.

“he isn’t the one who supports the GOP war on women and their rights. ”

Nor does Romney, because the on GOP war on women is a figment of the DNC’s imagination.

“Obama didn’t take us to two immoral, unnecessary wars of choice, which to this day are not paid for. ”

No, he just hasn’t stopped them, and continues to pay for them. Which is worse? No difference to me.

“Obama isn’t the one striping public schools of their resources, so as to give to private and religious schools – without accountability to anyone. ”

Of course, taking money and students from public schools will drop the associated costs of public schools, therefore your argument is simply silly.

“Obama isn’t the one who isn’t trying to enforce immigration control; but only so much can be done with the money allocated from Congress. ”

Yeah, let’s blame somebody else for the failures. And btw, maybe he shouldn’t be suing states who ARE controlling immigration better than he could ever hope to do.

“Obama isn’t the one being so unfair as to try and limit the voting rights of everyone, but white males and their wives. ”

And yet no one else is, either.

“Romney is just a good ole boy from MA, who wants to relive the “glory days of the 1950 and 1960’s” at everyone else’s expense.”

Hate to clue you in, Rockerbabe, but Romney was merely governor of Massachusetts. He’s lived more outside of the state than inside the state in his lifetime, and he doesn’t speak with our accent.

And there is no such thing as a “good ole boy” from north of the Mason-Dixon line. You can be a Townie (if you were born there), a hack (if you spent your entire lifetime in a local or state government job that didn’t require you to work), a layabout (otherwise known as your common variety Democrat), or one of The Beautiful People (liberals like John Kerry, anybody named Kennedy, or Elizabeth Warren whose first words out of their mouths are usually, “Do you know who I am?”).

But you can never be labeled a “good ole boy” in any part of Massachusetts.

Tiberius - Banned from Bookman's and proud of it!

April 25th, 2012
1:17 pm

“Hard not to be successful when your daddy gives you everything.”

Of course, the truth is that “daddy” didn’t give Mitt Romney anything until after he died, but by then Romney was already hugely successful and tremendously rich, Jefferson.

“I’m sure many of you can relate.”

Only to facts, which is something you demonstrably cannot relate to.

Tiberius - Banned from Bookman's and proud of it!

April 25th, 2012
1:19 pm

“What’s it feel like to waste your vote?”

No vote cast with principle is ever a wasted vote, ByteMe.

I’m sorry you feel that way with yours.

getalife

April 25th, 2012
1:20 pm

Kyle,

When you are dead wrong you should admit it for credibility.

getalife

April 25th, 2012
1:21 pm

President Clinton was right about austerity.

Darwin

April 25th, 2012
1:23 pm

I know this is wasted on you and your ditto heads…but it’s called RomneyCare. He has the same vision of expecting people who use the health care system to pay into it. Free market does not work with healthcare. Never did and never will. He’s just flip flopping from the conservative view of mandate to the ignorant one of nothing but the status quo. He knows better.

On another note – Interesting programming last night on PBS (ooh, bad network I know – full of commies). It is “Money Power and Wall Street” It tells the tale of how the free market people (namely Hank Paulson) bailed out Wall Street with $700 billion (from the Bush administration). It is called TARP. Why? Because they feared a total collapse of the global economic system. The only guy in the room who knew what was going on and realized the brink of destruction we faced was the man who became president. McCain was totally clueless.

Keep deluding yourself Kyle and pushing your own brand of populism. Oh, it works here. But then again. look at the choir you’re preaching to.

Jefferson

April 25th, 2012
1:23 pm

Reckon someone ties his shoes for him ?