Skip to comments.N.H. should shun our fiscal phony (Mitt Romney)
Posted on 02/13/2007 5:20:12 AM PST by RWR8189
Dear New Hampshire Republican Primary Voter:
Its early yet, but I, for one, am pleased that your dominant role in the presidential primary process remains intact. The no-nonsense vetting, for which you are rightly recognized, of the people who wish to be our partys nominee is needed more than ever before.
Why, you ask. Well, neighbor to neighbor, Republican to Republican, I feel compelled to confide in you: The newest official entrant into the 2008 race is a fiscal phony.
I covered Mitt Romneys governorship for four years, from the singular vantage point of a former Republican operative turned journalist. You see, I was chief of staff to both of Romneys Republican predecessors and no one was more thrilled than I when this businessman-turned-politician decided to run for governor. His election ensured that the Republican winning streak in this decidedly liberal state would continue for the foreseeable future. And his election ensured that the solid no-new-taxes policies of his predecessors would continue to shape the states fiscal debates.
So no one was more disappointed than I when Mitt Romney failed to live up to his billing. After an unremarkable four-year term, we have seen what happens when a Republican governor refuses to take a no-new-taxes pledge, and then, not surprisingly, raises taxes (and morphs into a social conservative and runs full time for president instead of governing.) A Democrat wins. Now in Massachusetts, we are in the pitiable position of being one of a handful of states whose governor wont even issue a proclamation honoring former President Ronald Reagans birthday. To which we GOPers in the Bay State say: Thank you, Mitt!
Plenty has been written about Romneys conservative conversion on social issues, but you in the New Hampshire GOP have historically been more concerned with how a candidates record affects your wallet than your bedroom. And on that score, Romneys candidacy should give you pause.
Your own governor, Democrat John Lynch scored better (receiving a B) on the annual fiscal report card issued by the libertarian Cato Institute than Romney (who got a C). The 2006 Cato report described Romneys message that he was a governor who stood by a no-new-taxes pledge as mostly a myth.
Rather than forcing the Legislature to close the budget gap through spending cuts alone, Romney raised some $500 million in fees.
Romney raised corporate taxes by an estimated $210 million and only backed down under pressure from pushing for even higher taxes on business.
Romney watered down a voter-approved immediate rollback of the income tax, by proposing to spread the final phase of the cut over two years.
Romney flip-flopped on rebating capital gains taxes to taxpayers that had been collected unconstitutionally. Id far rather see tax cuts in the future than tax cuts applied in the past, he said as the states highest court wrestled with the issue.
Until his presidential run, Romney had refused to back President Bushs call to make federal tax cuts permanent.
The Cato report on Romney concludes with this thought: If you consider the massive costs to taxpayers that his universal health care plan will inflict once hes left office, Romneys tenure is clearly not a triumph of small-government activism.
So New Hampshire, its up to you. Do you really want Mitt Romney to do for the country what he did for Massachusetts?
take a look at you house and senate
Thank you very much for your excellent advice, and clear statement why Mitt is not a fit candidate to represent a conservative Republican party.
It's a good thing that Bucky didn't let her hormones cloud her brain like they did to Ann Coulter.
Gee, what's not to love?
Who does "Ginny" work for now? I'd think there would be plenty of political jobs up for grabs especially for an ex- "chief of staff" for the two previous Governors (Swift and Celluci?)
Singling Romney out as a fiscal phony is just a waste of breath. New England, and indeed all of America, is full of fiscal phonies.
The real question is whether you can find one who's NOT a fiscal phony.
Anyone who votes for a pol MA (or NY) elects/elected to statewide office needs his/her head examined.
And what happens if someone like him or a pro-choice gun-grabbing former mayor runs for president? A Democrat wins.
Try telling that to the resurgent Rockefeller wing of the party.
Keep in mind, Romney erased a $400 million dollar operating deficit that was there when he entered office.
Yeah, the Mass healthcare plan is not the mark of a fiscal conservative, but Romney did attempt some tax reform in Mass, and a rollback in state personal income tax rates.
I think Giuliani is less of a fiscal conservative though.
Paging Newt Gingrich: your moment is here, please declare!
'Rats. RINOs. No diff.
People aren't bugging out of MA because Romney, along with their state legislature, were God's gift to good governance.
"Keep in mind, Romney erased a $400 million dollar operating deficit that was there when he entered office."
Yeah, he raised nearly a billion a year in taxes, fees and fines....for each year. And now what? The Democrats spent the extra 3.5 billion and we have a billion dollar debt.(Who would of thought? I guess you have to go to somewhere other than Harvard to figure that out). No wonder he 'closed' the deficit. Did he cut taxes? Nope. Did he veto the budgets? Nope. Did he upset the temple and throw out the Democrat money(tax) changers? What I mean is did he rock the boat and go full out, or did he just 'manage' his governorship as a ladder rung to the presidency? Pick one of the two.
Fees ARE Taxes
Ginny ran MASSPORT when some Muslims decided to fly some planes.
And your point is?
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