Skip to comments.Stats Comparing Conservative Accomplishments of Newt and Mitt
Posted on 04/15/2012 11:06:22 PM PDT by Windflier
It is terrible that conservatives are out there distorting the records of each candidate. Or worse passing along wrong information without checking facts. All of them have qualifications and disqualifications. But can we get away from what they SAY they will do and compare what they actually DID when they were afforded governing power?
I was talking to a nationally published conservative author and speaker today who had absolutely no clue that Newt Gingrich gave the keynote rebuttal AGAINST Al Gore on Cap and Trade legislation. This is a travesty not just of conservative media, but those we surround ourselves with who will only hear it from us.
Sorry in advance to those supporting Santorum and Paul. For Florida at least, this is a 2 man race. My apologies in advance for the lack of objectivity. The more I read about how wildly Romney lies about his record (and distorts Newts), I realize I simply cant address this without showing emotion. But I am trying to give an ACCURATE snapshot of anything that could be considered conservative or liberal on both. (Read why the Founder of the Heritage Foundation and Moral Majority was ready to lead a revolt against the GOP in 2008 if McCain selected Romney as VP.)
What are their biggest accomplishments ACTUALLY governing?
Mitt Romney as MA Governor:
4 years as governor 220 days absent his last year.
Scored a 55 on CATO scorecard of Governors.
Had a Democrat Controlled Congress.
Promised no new taxes and raised them excessively.
In 2003, Romney actually set the record for the most fee increases enacted by a state, according to the National Conference of State Legislators. In addition, he raised over $300 million dollars from businesses by closing loopholes on subchapter S corporations but this loophole closing actually resulted in doubling the tax rates. Indeed, as Peter Nicholas, chairman of Boston Scientific stated, when Mitt Romney became governor in 2003, subchapter S corporations that were owned by Massachusetts business trusts were taxed at 5.3 percent
..By the time Romney left office, the tax rate on these corporations had climbed to 9.8 percent. *
Was 47th out of 50 in job creation of all Governors. If Katrina had not hit he would have been lower. (RomneyCare cost MA 18,000 jobs alone.)
State spending ended $5.2 billion dollars higher when he began office.
He left a $3 billion $2 billion deficit via RomneyCare in unfunded liability. (Romney also claimed he turned $3 Billion deficit into $1 Billion surplus. Truth is it was only a $1.2 Billion deficit cut with gutting education and raising taxes. The rainy day fund ended up only being $77 Million surplus NOT a $1 Billion surplus.)
He spent millions on pork projects such as buying new cars for welfare recipients.
Initiated most liberal progressive socialized health care of any state in history. 50% (2010 poll) dislike it, and costs are higher than other states.
Allowed Planned Parenthood to be incorporated into MA law by name as part of the oversight of parts of the program.
A key MIT Economist and architect of RomneyCare admits its the same f'***ing bill as ObamaCare, and gave Democrats a blueprint.
Used executive orders to implement gay marriage.
Romney spent millions of state money pursuing Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and although they dumped it, then created the Massachusetts Climate Protection Plan.
Romney dramatically limited emissions on six power plants, even going so far as to claim with radical environmentalists at his side that one power plant had killed 59 people.
He continued to grant state aid to four sanctuary cities in Massachusetts with no effort made to restrict this assistance. Contrary to his campaign propaganda there was no bill or effort to give drivers licenses to illegals that he fought.
One of his own endorsers (Powerline) admit, there is no question that Governor Romneys initial fiscal discipline slacked off in the second half of his term Note: Said another way, he couldnt even be fiscally responsible for more than 2 years.
As Chairman of the Republican Governors Association lost 6 GOP seats in 2006 election and 20 of 36 races. *
As Governor Romney Massachusetts GOP lost seats and local media castigated him for speaking ill of the very liberal programs he himself tried to work on with Massachusetts Democrats trying to portray himself as a conservative outside of the state. Romney lost a net of 2 GOP seats in the MA Senate over his term and 5 seats in the MA House.
Romney closed a $1.2 billion deficit when he took over as Governor, and reinstated most of the initial salary cuts in 2006 as the economy grew.
He consolidated the social service and public health bureaucracy and restructured the Metropolitan District Commission.
Romney even eliminated half of the executive branchs press positions, saving $1.2 million. (yes million, less than the office supply budget).
In May of 2004, he proposed cutting the states income tax rate from 5.3% to 5.0%. He failed. Three times.
He pushed for legislation that increased the number of hours each week recipients must work and establishing a five-year limit for receiving benefits.
He forced Medicaid recipients to make co-payments for some services and for new state workers to increase contributions from 15% to 25%.
He changed the state pension system by moving it from a defined benefit system to a defined contribution system.
He vetoed a card check system for unions.
He vetoed a minimum wage law.
The Economist summation of his Governorship.
Romney left office without running for a second term with approval ratings under 35%.
Newt Gingrich as GA Congressman and Speaker of the House:
33 years as Congressman including 4 as Speaker of the House
Lifetime American Conservative Union rating of 90% (most recent year was for 1998 at 100%)* **
He had a Democrat controlled Congress up until 1994, a Democrat President
Helped Reagan pass biggest tax cut in 50 years as Minority Whip, called out George Bush on breaking his promise and led (as a legislator) a Democrat President to do the same.
Art Laffer confirms Gingrich helped on a team that designed Supply Side Economics.
Supported/Championed policies that created 11 Million jobs.
National Taxpayers Unions Annual Scorecard on reduced spending and taxes gave Gingrich an A, for his last four years in office, ranking him #1, #4, #2 and #11 and as one of the most conservative members in Congress.
Led a Balanced Budget initiative with a Democrat President. He did this AS A SPEAKER, not an Executive Branch Leader and not in control of the Senate or Executive Branch. He balanced the budget 4 times creating the first SURPLUS in decades.
$400 billion in debt was paid off during time as Speaker, although Gingrich agreed with Reagan on deal that ended up running deficits until 1988.
Fought and defeated HillaryCare both in strategy, as well as political and legislative maneuvering.
On third try got a Democratic President and Senate to initiate Welfare Reform that put 60% of recipients to work.
Gingrichs pro-life voting record is 98.6%, 70 out of 71 votes.
Brought two partial birth abortion bills to Clinton that served as the model for what was passed under George W. Bush.
He helped Reagans initiative to eliminate 12 of 94 programs and cut budgets of many others like the SBA more than 50%. (Life Lesson: SBA grew afterward to over 10X its original budget. If you dont eliminate a it, it will always grow bigger.)
He identified, recruited, campaigned for and helped organize the biggest minority opposition swing in US modern history getting 367 Congressional candidates to sign the Contract With America. This resulted in a NET GOP pickup of 52 seats in the House, 8 in the Senate and 11 Governorships. GOPAC founder Pete DuPont and Paul Weyrich both didnt believe it could be done.
Multiple conservatives congressmen got their political start including:
Contract With America - (1995 Description): represented the culmination of 30 years of creative conservative thinking dealing with the basic social and economic problems of modern America. The ideas provided the background for the widest range of legislative initiatives, certainly since the 1930s, and possibly at any time in American political history.
The ten items in the Contract were all acted upon in the first 100 days of the new Congress, which is what the signatories had pledged. Nine of the ten items in the Contract passed the House: Only the constitutional amendment on term limits (which required a two-thirds vote) was defeated. Out of a total of 302 roll call votes on issues related to the Contract With America, the conservatives prevailed on 299 of them. A balanced budget amendment passed in the House by a 300-123 margin but was subsequently defeated as it fell one vote short of the two-thirds needed for passage in the U.S. Senate. The overall margin by which the items in the Contract were passed averaged about 70 percent despite the fact that the Republicans only held a 12-seat margin over the Democrats (52-48 percent, the smallest House majority margin in 40 years). Given the notorious lack of party discipline in the American Congress, the passage by a large majority of nearly all of the items in the Contract was a remarkable achievement.
I cant adequately cover all 10 initiatives and their profundity but they include:
Congressional Reform including Congress being subject to the laws they pass.
Balanced Budget with Line Item Veto (failed Senate, passed Veto but declared unconstitutional)
Anti-crime package (truth in sentencing, more law enforcement help)
Personal Responsibility (ultimately became Welfare Reform)
Tax Package Including Child Tax Credit, Elimination of Marriage Penalty, Savings Account, Middle Class Tax Relief
Disallow US Troops from serving under foreign authorites like the UN
Frivolous Litigation vetoed by Clinton but tort reform override veto. Job Creation act included capital-gains cuts and indexation, neutral cost recovery, risk assessment/cost-benefit analysis, strengthening the Regulatory Flexibility Act and unfunded mandate reform to create jobs and raise worker wages.
Other sections of the Contract include a proposed Family Reinforcement Act (tax incentives for adoption, strengthening the powers of parents in their children's education, stronger child pornography laws, and elderly dependent care tax credit) and the Senior Citizens Fairness Act (raise the Social Security earnings limit, repeal the 1993 tax hikes on Social Security benefits and provide tax incentives for private long-term care insurance).
The only bill that failed was Term Limits.
He is the longest-serving teacher of the Joint War Fighting course for Major Generals at Air University and taught officers from all five services as an honorary Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Professor at the National Defense University.
His Liberal Legislation?
Voted for Department of Education with Carter in first term.
Supported Reagan in Simpson-Mazzoli Amnesty Bill
Voted to raise taxes twice with Reagan.
Would vote for earmarks in exchange for conservative legislative votes.
When Newt became Speaker in 1995 congressional approval was about 20%. When he resigned the Speakership four years later, it was about 60%.
(Now it is at 11%).
It is interesting how Romney is mostly lauded for conservative positions he never implemented, or was able to pass, when he was a governing leader and Gingrich is chastised for supposed liberal positions for which there is no voting record evidencing it. When it comes down to what they accomplished when in power to govern Gingrich acted more like a Conservative President, and Romney more like a Compromising Legislator.
Similarly, why there is no evidence that Gingrich ever voted against something he campaigned on, Romney broke numerous pledges to both liberals and conservatives in his state.
So I leave it up to you to conclude who is more likely to do what they say.
(If I have omitted any MAJOR legislation that was passed into law for either please submit in CONTACT page so I can add it).
**Santorum lifetime ACU rating is only 83%, 84% for 1998 alone. David Keene, who headed the organization during most of Gingrichs 20 years in Congress, said Gingrichs rating is high in part because the issues on which he deviated were not voted on in Congress, and votes determine the groups scorecard. While hes not a conservative, hes a partisan. Hes done a lot for conservatives. His speakership was basically conservative, said Keene, who calls Gingrich a friend but is neutral in the 2012 race. Keene gives no substantive fact for his assertion and doesnt explain why Gingrich wouldnt vote for non-conservative positions if indeed he wasnt a conservative. He similarly doesnt comment on Santorums ideas that didnt make it into law or Romneys.
If you still want to argue a case for choosing Romney after reviewing the above documented FACTS, you'd better make it to an uninformed audience.
Hat to you for posting the link that led me to the original article. Thank you!
Ping to the original article that Marguerite linked earlier...
You’re most welcome :)
Chris Wallace missed that memo
Ping for later reading.
Thanks. How did I ever miss it?
I’ve got another very interesting link:
Meet Mitt Romney, the-Pro-Choice, Pro-Gay, Pro-Environment, Massachusetts Politician:
As governor, Romney worked to reassure liberals
CafeMom The Dirty Little File on Mitt Romney
MassResistence The Mitt Romney Deception
Captain RINO Etch-a-sketch:
"I bet $10,000 that this thingy is the perfect size.
Have some illegal alien
or one of our own paid voters
superglue it on the roof of my wifes
second Cadillac for more attention
Willard, what the hell is that child doing on the roof?
Captain RINO Etch-a-Sketch: Silly woman. Even if the 'thingy' falls off,
Matt Drudge, Fehrnstrom or my
FOX-Bain-Anchor-Wives-In-Training Brit Hume and Chris Wallace
will just dutifully hit my Reset-button again.
Seamus (in hiding)Is it safe to come out, yet?
Did Myth leave yet?
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