Follow up to: Weekly Link Roundup #49: Obama/Biden Edition
In honor of the upcoming US Presidential election, I’m continuing special editions of the Weekly Link Roundup featuring articles about the election. By a coin flip, it was determined that the first in this three-part series is about the Obama/Biden ticket. This installment will be about Romney/Ryan ticket, and next week there will be more generic articles pertaining to economics and politics.
- Mitt Romney Needs a Working Calculator: “To the annoyance of the Romney campaign, members of Washington’s reality-based community have a habit of popping up to point out the many deceptions in the campaign’s blue-sky promises of low taxes and instant growth. The latest is the Joint Committee on Taxation, an obscure but well-respected Congressional panel — currently evenly divided between the parties — that helps lawmakers calculate the effect of their tax plans.”
- Romney’s Tax Plan, By the Numbers: “There are three fallacies and two dangers at the heart of Mitt Romney’s tax policy. [...] The first is the argument that cutting personal income tax rates would lead to economic growth robust enough to help pay for a big chunk of the cuts. The second, related, fallacy is the contention that raising rates on top earners would hurt growth. The third is that raising capital-gains rates would be even more harmful.”
- Romney the Product: “As he tries to engineer a comeback in this week’s presidential debate, President Obama needs to recognize two things. First, when it comes to politics, Mitt Romney treats himself as a product, not a person. Second, Republicans cannot defend their proposals in terms that are acceptable to a majority of voters. [...] There’s no other way to explain why a candidate would seem to believe he can alter what he stands for at will. His campaign has been an exercise in identifying which piece of the electorate he needs at any given moment and adjusting his views, sometimes radically, to suit this requirement.”
- Romney’s Sick Joke: “‘No. 1,’ declared Mitt Romney in Wednesday’s debate, ‘pre-existing conditions are covered under my plan.’ No, they aren’t — as Mr. Romney’s own advisers have conceded in the past, and did again after the debate. Was Mr. Romney lying? Well, either that or he was making what amounts to a sick joke. Either way, his attempt to deceive voters on this issue was the biggest of many misleading and/or dishonest claims he made over the course of that hour and a half. “
- Which Romney Will Show Up to the Denver Debate?: “Wednesday’s presidential debate promises sharp contrasts. One candidate wants to repeal Obamacare, one candidate invented it. One opposed the auto industry bailout, one takes credit for it. One doubts the scientific consensus about climate change, one believes in it. One wants to “voucherize” Medicare, one wants to save it. One dismisses nearly half of Americans as a bunch of moochers, and one claims to champion the struggling middle class. It promises to be an epic clash: Mitt Romney vs. Mitt Romney. Oh, and President Obama will be there, too.”
- The Real Romney Captured on Tape Turns Out to Be a Sneering Plutocrat: “Presidential campaigns wallow so tediously in pseudo-events and manufactured outrage that our senses can be numbed to the appearance of something genuinely momentous. Mitt Romney’s secretly recorded comments at a fund-raiser are such an event — they reveal something vital about Romney, and they disqualify his claim to the presidency.”
- Thurston Howell Romney: “There are sensible conclusions to be drawn from these facts. You could say that the entitlement state is growing at an unsustainable rate and will bankrupt the country. You could also say that America is spending way too much on health care for the elderly and way too little on young families and investments in the future. But these are not the sensible arguments that Mitt Romney made at a fund-raiser earlier this year. Romney, who criticizes President Obama for dividing the nation, divided the nation into two groups: the makers and the moochers. “
- The Foreign Relations Fumbler: “Diplomacy is a minefield, and Mitt Romney spent the last week blowing up his foreign policy credentials to be president. He raised doubts about his capacity to deal with global crises, and we were left hoping that if that 3 a.m. call ever went to him, he’d have set up call forwarding. The essential problem is that every time Romney touches foreign policy, he breaks things.”
- Mitt Romney’s ‘Binders Full of Women’ Remark Tells Voters Everything They Need to Know: “First of all, who SAYS something so completely condescending and sexist like that — referring to potential female hires as “binders full of women”?! Sure, blame that tired old excuse that “words don’t always come out the right way,” but there’s a reason that phrase jumped out at people. It’s because it reflects how Mitt Romney really feels about women. But binders aside, there was still plenty of other proof tonight of where the Real Romney stands on crucial women’s issues”
- For Mitt Romney, a Change in Tone, Not Policies: “For the most part, Romney has shifted his tone and emphasis, not his policy. All along, he has proposed tax reform, not merely tax cuts. He never opposed all federal financial regulations — though this is not the kind of thing a Republican emphasizes in the primaries. In these cases, Romney hasn’t changed his plans. He has merely refuted caricatures of his plans. You can hardly blame a man for refusing to be a straw man. [...] The accusation of lying shuts down all genuine policy debate. [...] Those who urge Obama in the next debate to call Romney a liar, or close to it, are doing him no favors. It is one thing to do this on the stump, where taunting and mocking result in applause.”
- An Appeal to America’s Heart: “The last days of the 2012 presidential election are a study in contrasts. Barack Obama has chosen to end his final campaign with an appeal both sour and small — Big Bird, binders and Romnesia. [...] The Romney campaign is ending larger than it has been. [...] Paul Ryan’s recent speech at Cleveland State University was an important part of the Romney campaign’s “go large” strategy — a presentation on political philosophy amid the normal stump speeches. [...] The speech had gaps. I would have preferred a more specific assurance that government retrenchment will not come at the expense of the poor and vulnerable. [...] But Ryan has done something important. He has provided a Romney administration with a domestic policy approach — the promotion of social mobility — that is consistent with conservative principles while appealing to the good heart of a nation.”
Followed up in: Weekly Link Roundup #51: More Politics and Economics
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