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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Lil' Barry Bailout (Revised Downward)

April 29th, 2012
4:10 pm

Actually, we’re three years into the recovery bequeathed by our President Bush to Obozo. Obozo has blown it, though, and his recovery is producing one-third the growth our President Reagan achieved after the disastrous Carter years.

Obozo: Inferior to our Presidents Reagan and Bush.

Bo Jiden

April 29th, 2012
5:03 pm

Thanks to our crony capitalist Obama administration the UAW was keep alive and is living large, while the unemployed non-union American taxpayers were left jobless and remain dying in debt.

Don’t mess with me on this one, okay guys

getalife

April 29th, 2012
6:26 pm

Nothing but lies and the corporate media gives you a free pass.

When they start looping willard’s lies and flip flops over and over for a week they might gain back some credibility.

We know kyle and you cons have none.

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

April 29th, 2012
6:40 pm

It would be nice if people on BOTH sides of the aisle stop using the term “lie” when describing another person’s difference of opinion, or when that person was wrong about something.

There is nothing wrong with being wrong (unless you make a habit out of it like our current Disaster-in-Chief or most liberals), but there is something terribly wrong with somebody who lies. Even more so when they use an opposing candidate’s own words parsed very carefully to make a point not in keeping with the candidate’s views.

Fox News showed THE ENTIRE Mitt Romney 2007 quote being used by the lying President Obama in his recent ad about Bin Laden, and it showed not only did Mitt Romney have a complete grasp of the situation regarding international terrorism, it showed the depth to which this Disaster-in-Chief is willing to LIE to keep himself in power.

getalife

April 29th, 2012
6:43 pm

The truth is willard lies and has no foreign policy experience.

rubio tried and failed on his flop of foreign policy so he will need a VP with foreign policy experience.

saywhat?

April 29th, 2012
6:45 pm

Romney has to attack Obama, because he nothing else to run on.

He can’t run on job creation, because at Bain he destroyed more jobs than he created. The economic policies he espouses are the same ones that had the economy losing 800,000 jobs per month before Obama’s policies took effect.

He can’t run on foreign policy experience because he has none.

He can’t run on healthcare reform without shooting himself in the foot and looking like an idiotic hypocrite based on his record in Massachusetts.

He can’t run purely on personality a la Reagan, because, well, see foreign policy experience.

He can’t run on political experience because Romney only has experience as a state governor, not the four years of Presidential experience of his opponent. (I always knew the Republican nonsense talking point of “experience” would come back and bite them in the butt. Karma is a biatch)

All Romney can do is hurl insults and lie, and real Anericans aren’t buying it.

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

April 29th, 2012
6:47 pm

getaclue, your link showed no lies from Mitt Romney, but disagreements of opinion or problems with his choice of words.

I’d say up your game, but you’ve never had anything remotely resembling any game to begin with.

getalife

April 29th, 2012
6:53 pm

ti,

Your media will give them a free pass but Americans are sick of the gop insulting our intelligence with their lies.

You need to move left out of la la land.

saywhat?

April 29th, 2012
6:57 pm

“problems with his choice of words”
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When he chooses words that do not convey the truth, that is called a lie, not “a problem with his choice of words. Maybe Tiberius is sympathetic due to his own frequent problems with his choice of words. Wait! Its a miracle- I’ve doscovered a republican with empathy!

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

April 29th, 2012
6:57 pm

“He can’t run on job creation, because at Bain he destroyed more jobs than he created.”

I suggest you research the actual success story of Bain Capital UNDER Romney’s leadership, rather than using DNC and his opponent’s talking points.

“The economic policies he espouses are the same ones that had the economy losing 800,000 jobs per month before Obama’s policies took effect.”

And yet they are not.

“He can’t run on foreign policy experience because he has none.”

See: Obama, 2008

“He can’t run on healthcare reform without shooting himself in the foot and looking like an idiotic hypocrite based on his record in Massachusetts.”

See: Healthcare done at the state level vs. un-Constitutional Obamacare.

“He can’t run purely on personality a la Reagan, because, well, see foreign policy experience.”

Yeah, ’cause the American Idol President is why we need to re-elect him. What has Joe Cool really done for us?

“He can’t run on political experience because Romney only has experience as a state governor, not the four years of Presidential experience of his opponent.”

See: Obama, 2008. And a really bad record for Obama 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

“All Romney can do is hurl insults and lie, and real Anericans aren’t buying it.”

Nothing worse than when someone uses the term “real Americans”. It is silly, it is arrogant, it is disingenuous, and it is juvenile. Oh, and it is an insult to ALL Americans when you use it to complain about insulting the Disaster-in-Chief. It is also inaccurate when using it to describe Romney’s appeal given the most recent polls, as many “real Americans” are apparently buying his message of economic hope and directional change.

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

April 29th, 2012
7:01 pm

Still waiting for someone – anyone – to provide proof that Mitt Romney had deliberately lied about anything.

I suspect it will be as long a wait as I have had regarding any lib on here posting a factual policy position Mitt Romney has, and describing their reasoned, logical opposition to it. Been waiting about 4 days for a single post on that particular challenge.

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

April 29th, 2012
7:05 pm

The latest poll by Purple Strategies, conducted in 12 states that will make or break this race electorally, shows a swift tightening in those key battlegrounds, with Romney making remarkable gains on Obama in a very short time.

obozo is dog meat.

Er, pardon my choice of words.

saywhat?

April 29th, 2012
7:14 pm

“Nothing worse than when someone uses the term “real Americans”. It is silly, it is arrogant, it is disingenuous, and it is juvenile……..”
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…….unless you are a republiconserviteatardibiterian using it to denigrate Democrats and liberals, in which case Karl Rove, Newt Gingrich and Frank Luntz et al say its o.k.

saywhat?

April 29th, 2012
7:16 pm

“Still waiting for someone – anyone – to provide proof that Mitt Romney had deliberately lied about anything.”
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Come post that challenge on Bookman’s blog and I will be sure to give you a detailed answer.

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

April 29th, 2012
7:32 pm

Saywhat, I don’t like it when ANYONE uses that term.

And I can’t post that challenge on Bookman’s blog, as you can read from my moniker. Man up and post it here.

getalife

April 29th, 2012
7:48 pm

Google Mitt Romney lies ti.

getalife

April 29th, 2012
7:53 pm

ti is intellectually dishonest and gullible enough to believe a pol does not lie:

http://www.politifact.com/personalities/mitt-romney/

Owned.

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

April 29th, 2012
7:53 pm

getaclue, stop being lazy. Everything I have read regarding “Mitt Romney’s lies” have been columnists taking exception with some campaign hyperbole, or disagreeing with his policies or pointing out what they consider his flip-flops.

Not one post where they can claim that Mitt Romney made a statement that was untrue when he KNEW it to be untrue.

Do the work. Make the case.

getalife

April 29th, 2012
7:58 pm

I did but you are not man enough to admit it.

This is the reason I do not engage much with lying cons.

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

April 29th, 2012
8:02 pm

getaclue, you posted a link to an opinion columnist – nothing more.

The reason you don’t engage is that you are incapable of making a reasoned logical argument.

getalife

April 29th, 2012
8:17 pm

No, you will never cede a point and you cons march lock step, no questions asked.

You are not that gullible to actually believe a pol does not lie on purpose.

Give me a break con.

getalife

April 29th, 2012
8:36 pm

“Ed Balls, the Labour shadow chancellor, said: “We consistently warned that their austerity plan was self-defeating and that cutting spending and raising taxes too far and too fast would badly backfire. David Cameron and George Osborne arrogantly and complacently dismissed people who warned of the risk of a double-dip recession and the country is now paying a very heavy price. Their economic credibility is now in tatters.” Guardian.

You know when people lie to you, they are disrespecting you.

Stand up and call them liars.

Man up.

saywhat?

April 29th, 2012
8:39 pm

saywhat?

April 29th, 2012
8:42 pm

“Romney also claimed that Obama is proposing new laws to restrict gun ownership, and he promised to only enforce existing laws. President Obama has not proposed any new gun ownership laws. He has proposed zero new laws that would restrict gun ownership. When pressed on this claim, the Romney campaign can’t name any specific gun laws that Obama has proposed.”

saywhat?

April 29th, 2012
8:44 pm

“Romney actually broke out the Obama banned light bulbs super duper lie, “But the problem is: he’s still Barack Obama. And under this President, those pioneers would have faced an uphill battle to innovate, invent, and create. Under Dodd-Frank, they would have struggled to get a loan from their community bank. A regulator would have shut down the Wright Brothers for their “dust pollution.” And the government would have banned Thomas Edison’s light bulb. Oh, that’s right. They just did.”

http://www.politicususa.com/mitt-romney-wins-illinois-and-lies-his-ass-off-about-president-obama/

No, they didn’t. The truth is that it was George W. Bush who signed the Energy Independence and National Security Act into law in 2007. (Notice how George W. Bush has been erased from the collective Republican Party memory). This is the law that mandated higher energy standards for light bulbs. There is no ban on light bulbs, but if there was it was George W. Bush who signed it.”

saywhat?

April 29th, 2012
8:45 pm

Man up tib- Romney is a liar. Guess what it makes you when you deny it?

getalife

April 29th, 2012
8:51 pm

This is a great opportunity for kyle to stand up and say he can’t lie anymore for a failed party.

Like the two cons that finally told the truth and said the gop are the problem.

It would make you famous kyle.

Lil' Barry Bailout (Revised Downward)

April 29th, 2012
9:02 pm

raising taxes too far and too fast would badly backfire…the country is now paying a very heavy price.
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Obozo agreed after Democrats got whupped in November 2010 and extended our President Bush’s tax cuts. With luck, that will be enough to keep the U.S. out of a double dip recession.

Well, that and electing Mitt Romney, an American who wants his country to succeed. A refreshing change from the last four years.

getalife

April 29th, 2012
9:20 pm

lil bar,

He cut a deal and it was your party that fought against our recovery for this election liar.

getalife

April 29th, 2012
9:47 pm

“The GOP has become an insurgent outlier in American politics. It is ideologically extreme; scornful of compromise; unmoved by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition.”

The truth shall set you free.

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

April 29th, 2012
10:31 pm

This is too easy.

Saywhat, your first link proves what I have said all along. If yo don’t agree with the policy, write that it is a lie. The remark that 92 % of jobs lost since Obama became President is true. It is his fault? Yes and no. His policies have done nothing to reverse that trend, and an argument can be made that his stimulus bill didn’t adequately address the issue. You may interpret that facts any way you wish, but the statement is true.

Your second post regarding this is once again one of semantics, but not a lie. Romney never said Obama has proposed new gun legislation but that he would. Between the two of them who is the likelier to propose gun restrictions? Obama. That is all he said. Too bad.

Your third one is already disproved in the very statement he made. Romney said “the government would have banned Thomas Edison’s light bulb”. And “the government” actually did. Now, here’s the million dollar question: Did Obama vote for the bill that banned them (or did he just vote “present” again)? Because if he did (and I just looked it up – he did :D ), then if Romney made the specific claim that Obama banned them, he’d be correct even more so than he is.

Nice try, son, but another epic fail on your part.

RW-(the original)

April 29th, 2012
10:38 pm

Are all the triple l’s mindlessly quoting the same op-ed that coward next door linked to?

Read and learn

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

April 29th, 2012
11:00 pm

“Are all the triple l’s mindlessly quoting the same op-ed that coward next door linked to?”

In a word, YES!

If intellectual honesty was responsible for size, you couldn’t find Bookman with an electron microscope. :D

getalife

April 29th, 2012
11:08 pm

Who is Karl RW?

A con blogger?

Hilarious.

RW-(the original)

April 29th, 2012
11:13 pm

Who is Karl RW?

A con blogger?

You could probably say that, but you would also have to say it’s a “con blogger” with a ginormous amount of linked evidence supporting his point.

Nite y’all

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

April 29th, 2012
11:16 pm

Stick to the CONTENT of the post, getaclue.

He correctly pointed out the dichotomy (I know it’s a big word, but look it up) of these two claiming it’s the Republicans fault, when they should have been focusing on BOTH parties, and particularly the Democrats.

getalife

April 29th, 2012
11:19 pm

The two gop think tank guys are not con bloggers RW.

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

April 29th, 2012
11:26 pm

The two GOP think tank guys are not GOP think tank guys, either, getaclue.

They represent the Washington establishment, not GOP or Democrat thought. They are the go-along-to-get-along crowd that got us into our current mess. They live and breathe Washington D.C. insider ball, and have zero knowledge of what is going on in Main Street politics.

getalife

April 29th, 2012
11:28 pm

ti,

It is bs,

I know the dems have been trying to purge blue dogs for a decade.

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

April 29th, 2012
11:45 pm

So you admit your party is just as much at fault with the extremist within the Democrat party?

saywhat?

April 30th, 2012
8:50 am

NOW I understand- Like Tib himself, Romney doesn’t lie, he simply uses a poor choice of words, or semantics, or whatever, to make remarks not intended to be factual statements. You see, tib, outside of rightwingnuttia, thats called lying.

Romney = Obama

April 30th, 2012
11:56 am

As someone who voted for Rick Santorum and donated $2K to his campaign, I just cannot and will not be supporting Mitt Romney this fall. We Republican’s need to have an open and honest conversation about this election and the perils of blindly following the Republican Party establishment and who they have been shoving in our collective faces and down our collective throats. Voting for Mitt Romney will just get us exactly what we’ve had for the past 30 years: more of the same reckless fiscal policies and fiscal mess. Until and unless we get behind a TRUE conservative and not someone who just pays us lipservice to what Conservatives truly stand for and believe in, then we as Republicans are doing ourselves and our country more harm than good.

As much as I think this country needs a stark change in Presidential leadership and direction, Mitt Romney is not the answer for leading our party or our country. How can we as Republicans ignore Mitt Romney’s record and all the things that he has said repeatedly while previously running for US Senate and Governor of Massachussettes? Was he lying then or is he lying to us now about what he truly stands for as a man? Deep in my gut, I don’t believe what he says, nor do I trust anything that he says he will do if he’s elected our President?

We as Republicans have to expect and DEMAND better from our party leaders, to do otherwise, by voting for Mitt Romney just sends the wrong message to our leaders. Aren’t we all tired of settling for less than what we deserve and pay taxes for?! WE CAN DO BETTER THAN THIS!

jezel

May 1st, 2012
8:11 pm

This man does not represent Republican ideals what so ever. A very sad representative of the GOP. Not a chance in hell that he can win. Out of touch, poorly informed, and completely without vision.