Skip to comments.Romney Is Not a Conservative, Not a ‘Reagan Republican’
Posted on 04/23/2012 9:43:36 AM PDT by SoConPubbie
ROMNEY IS NOT A CONSERVATIVE
Mitt Romney has a record of supporting higher taxes on American workers
As governor of Massachusetts, Romney raised taxes by over $700 million dollars a year on working families and job-creators, according to a 2006 analysis by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. (Brian Mooney, Analyst Puts Increase In Fees, Taxes At $700m, The Boston Globe, 9/27/06)
The free-market Cato Institutes annual Fiscal Policy Report Card on Americas Governors gave Romney a C as a final grade when he left office, noting: Romney will likely also be eager to push the message that he was a governor who stood by a no-new-taxes pledge. Thats mostly a myth. His first budget included no general tax increases but did include a $500 million increase in various fees. He later proposed $140 in business tax hikes through the closing of loopholes in the tax code. (Stephen Slivinski, Fiscal Policy Report Card on Americas Governors 2006, Cato Institute, 10/24/06)
The number and scope of fees were outrageous, affecting almost every aspect and every demographic group. The Lowell Sun noted in 2003 that: Gov. Mitt Romney is vehemently opposed to raising taxes. Yet new fees proposed in his budget would hit a broad spectrum of people, including the blind, mentally retarded, veterans, drivers, hunters, lawyers, boaters, skaters, inmates, developers, aircraft owners and golfers. (Jennifer Fenn, Romney Budget Raises Fees, Lowell Sun, 2/28/03)
For more information about Romneys record of raising taxes, go to www.RomneyTaxes.com ■Mitt Romney has a record of supporting taxpayer funded abortions
A key component of Romneycare is the Commonwealth Care program, which provides taxpayer-subsidized health insurance for low-income Massachusetts residents. When the program was launched in October 2006, Romneys office touted it as an innovative health insurance product that will allow thousands of uninsured Massachusetts residents to purchase private health insurance products at affordable rates. (Romney Unveils First New Healthcare Reform Product, States News Service, 10/2/06)
Commonwealth Cares taxpayer-subsidized health insurance plans cover abortion. (Kay Lazar, Health law adds coverage red tape, Boston Globe, 3/24/10)
According to Massachusetts-based non-profit MassResources, Commonwealth Care is run by the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority and funded by the state. The web site notes that the benefits Commonwealth Care plans cover include doctors visits, surgery, radiology and lab, abortion, community health center visits. (massresources.org, Commonwealth Care: What Benefits Will I Get?,http://www.massresources.org/commonwealth-care.html#benefits)
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Mitt Romney has a record of nominating liberal, activist judges
Mitt Romney regularly overlooked Republicans in favor of liberal, activist judges when making judicial appointments as governor of Massachusetts. In 2005, his hometown Boston Globe revealed: Romney, who touts his conservative credentials to out-of-state Republicans, has passed over GOP lawyers for three-quarters of the 36 judicial vacancies he has faced, instead tapping registered Democrats or independents. (Raphael Lewis, Romney Jurist Picks Not Tilted Toward GOP: Independents, Democrats Get Call, Boston Globe, 7/25/05)
Of the 36 people Romney named to be judges or clerk magistrates, 23 are either registered Democrats or unenrolled voters who have made multiple contributions to Democratic politicians or who voted in Democratic primaries, state and local records show. In all, he has nominated nine registered Republicans, 13 unenrolled voters, and 14 registered Democrats. (Raphael Lewis, Romney Jurist Picks Not Tilted Toward GOP: Independents, Democrats Get Call, Boston Globe, 7/25/05)
But just two months after he switched his position on abortion, Romney nominated a Democrat who ran for the state legislature as a pro-choice candidate to a perch on a state district court .Matthew J. Nestor, a longtime Democrat who headed the Division of Securities under the Democratic secretary of state, was confirmed in March 2005 to serve in a lifetime post on the Somerville District Court. When he ran for a state representatives seat as a self-described conservative Democrat in 1994, Nestor made clear that he considered himself pro-choice, according to news reports from the time. (Rick Klein & Jake Tapper, ABCNews.com, 6/14/07)
ROMNEY IS NOT A REAGAN REPUBLICAN
Mitt Romney opposed President Ronald Reagan
During his 1994 campaign for Senate in Massachusetts, Romney disowned any connection to or affinity for Ronald Reagan: I was an independent during the time of Reagan-Bush. Im not trying to return to Reagan-Bush. (Joe Battenfield, Conservative Group Yanks Its Support For Mitt, Boston Herald, 10/27/94)
Mitt Romney opposed efforts to elect Republicans
In 1992, Romney voted in the Democratic presidential primary for left-wing former Massachusetts Sen. Paul Tsongas, a fact he still proudly touts today. He proclaimed in 1994, Im not a partisan politician. (David Broder, Kennedy Tries To Polish Faded Image, The Washington Post, 10/7/94)
Romney proudly defended donations to Democratic congressional candidates that he made in 1992. He told reporters: I dont think theyre mortal sins for Republicans to make contributions to good people and to their friends, irrespective of their party. The 1992 election had consequences: Democrats took simultaneous control of the White House, House of Representatives, and Senate for the first time since 1980, and Bill Clinton and the Democratic Congress would quickly raise taxes in 1993. (Wayne Woodlief, Romney: Religion No Issue In Senate Race, Boston Herald, 2/3/94)
Just days before the 1994 Congressional mid-term election, Massachusetts Senate candidate Mitt Romney vigorously opposed the Contract with America in his debate with incumbent Senator Ted Kennedy. Romney said the Contract with America, signed by over 350 Republican candidates for the House of Representatives, was not a good idea and a mistake.
Mitt Romney opposed the Contract with America
In his failed 1994 Massachusetts Senate campaign, Mitt Romney vigorously opposed the Contract with America. Running on the Contract as a solemn promise to the American people to accomplish the items of the Contract, Republicans took back the House of Representatives for the first time in 40 years, and proceeded to cut taxes, balance the budget, and reform welfare. (Rod Dreher, Kennedy Avoids Haymaker In Final Debate With Romney, The Washington Times, 10/28/94; video available here: Senate Debate, October 27, 1994. WCVB-TV (Boston).)
During his October 27, 1994 senatorial debate against Ted Kennedy, Romney declared in my view, it is not a good idea to go into a contract, like what was organized by the Republican Party in Washington, laying out a whole series of things that the party says these are the things we are going to do. I think thats a mistake. I think instead that if you want to get something done in Washington, you dont end up picking teams, with Republicans on one side and Democrats on the other, entering into a contract and saying were all gonna do this. Then of course, if that works, then the other side feels like a loser. But if they win they feel like winners. I dont like winners and losers in Washington, Id rather say, lets get together and work together. (Rod Dreher, Kennedy Avoids Haymaker In Final Debate With Romney, The Washington Times, 10/28/94; video available here: Senate Debate, October 27, 1994. WCVB-TV (Boston).
Romney is not even close to a conservative.
He is a BHO wana be.
I understand your frustration, but we’ll be OK as long as we saddle him with a Tea Party Congress - but we will not survive another 4 years of the Zero no matter who’s in Congress.
Of course not . . . he's a DEMOCRAT!
So what's the news flash! Why is anyone amazed at this? We put a democrat through our primary! The only thing more pathetic than that is putting an avowed Kenyan muslim in our White House who is so stupid that he doesn't even know how many states we have.
So is Rhino Romney to the right or left of Rhino McCain?
I'll alert the media ...
Mittens is not even a “Reagan Democrat”!
Romney needs to be in a prison cell with zero.