Skip to comments.Mitt Romney: It’s not like the president can “precisely set the price at the pump”
Posted on 03/07/2012 3:31:20 PM PST by Para-Ord.45
Yesterday, Mitt Romney said hes not going to say outrageous things about the president. Trouble with that statement is that outrageous is a pretty subjective adjective. Outrageous to whom? Apparently, Romney meant to say hes not going to say anything about the president that would outrage the left because he doesnt seem to be afraid to say something about the president that would outrage the right. In fact, he did just that earlier today, when he essentially said the president shouldnt be held responsible for the high price of gas.
I think people recognize that the president cant precisely set the price at the pump, Romney said in an interview on CNBC.
Oh, Romney, youre right technically but dont you realize that precisely setting the price at the pump is also precisely what Obama longs to do? He wants to set the price of gas not so as to alleviate the burden on American consumers but so as to make his favored forms of energy more economically appealing to them.
In an excellent article in National Review magazine this month, Kevin D. Williamson illuminates this clearly. Williamson writes:
"As it happens, the Obama administration has been busily undermining domestic energy production in the United States, because its central-planning manifesto says that the U.S. economy should cease to run on petroleum and begin to run on other forms of energy: wind, hydro, geothermal air, water, and earth being the favored elements, fire being in the political doghouse. (Like I said: occultism.) In his latest budget proposal, President Obama proposes to continue offering tax benefits to U.S. manufacturers in the hope of increasing exports, but he intends to exclude from that benefit energy firms which just happen to be positioned to export a great deal of natural gas to a world market hungry for the stuff
So we are to double our exports, which were going to double anyway, but were to do so by favoring goods that nobody wants and that are not made here over goods that are made here that everybody wants and that just happen to fall into the category of goods that represent the majority of our trade deficit."
Thats the trouble with Romneys pledge: If hes unwilling to unmask the president for who and what he is, he doesnt stand a chance in November.
So, the RINO leftist thinks that despite his ideological pal Barry Hussein EXPLICITLY stating he wants higher gas prices, his Energy secretary ADMITTING high gas prices is POLICY, and Barry Hussein ADMITTING his policies mean electricity rates will NECESSARILY SKYROCKET , it`s not his fault !?
This is precisely why I will not be able to bring myself to vote for this man. He is not an instinctive conservative. His initial impulse is to “reach across the aisle.” Guess what, every time you do that you get back a hand covered in sh*t, enough already...
Rmoney must like the taste of foot...
We are toast if this man becomes POTUS OR 0bama gets reelected.
With 0bama at least he is professed as being a member of the party of jackasses, Romney is attempting to be an impostor of one who isn't but still is a jackass.
So we may have a choice of a jackass or a donkey come November.
he must be getting coaching from McCain.
Gosh, what was your first clue my FRiend?
Was it Romney care or just his general all around spinning of his head to talk a different direction at will to politically please?
This guy has a total tin ear when it comes to politics. He’s done less with more than any politician in recent memory.
I think his initial impulse is that government is good, and makes markets “function better”. As has been shown time again when the government intervenes it makes the problem worse, and only results in more government intervention.
Did you do that intentionally? That is great!
1. A Stern Warning to the Conservative Elites about Mitt Romney
Published by Peter LaBarbera at 1:00 pm under Pro-Family Compromise, Romney
Contact: John Haskins
A Stern Warning to the Conservative Elites about Mitt Romney
Through their silence, the elites are assisting a political cancer that has profound consequences for our children and grandchildren
We write the following because we must oppose the deception of the American people by powerful and influential conservatives. Many in the conservative grassroots no longer trust the conservative media, lawyers and leaders, whom they see as serving the GOP establishment regardless of the will of the conservative base, regardless of the truth.
Most of us are not allied with any presidential candidate. But we are troubled by the unethical and Orwellian cover-up of Mitt Romneys role in catastrophic events in Massachusetts, once the cradle of American liberty. Actions he took as governor were beyond the pale. As Romney twice explained to the homosexual Log Cabin Republicans, it would take a Republican to enact their agenda (www.boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2006/12/romneys_thought.html ).
Attorneys, journalists and pundits must be fearless and selfless watchdogs of politicians and guardians of democracy. This is a sacred trust that is being defiled. Silence about ugly truths, such as the points enumerated below, is a betrayal of the lofty status we claim in a constitutional republic. Pay the price of courage. Tell America the truth.
Phony Pro-Life Conversion
Issue # 1. Mitt Romney established abortion as a healthcare benefit in his own government-run healthcare plan at $50 per abortion after his supposed pro-life conversion. (http://www.mahealthconnector.org/portal/binary/com.epicentric.contentmanagement.servlet.ContentDeliveryServlet/About%2520Us/Connector%2520Programs/Additional%2520Resources/cc_benefits1220_pt234.pdf ;;;) He created a permanent, official government role for an unelected Planned Parenthood representative on the health care board.
Issue #2. Romneys well-timed pro-life conversion for the Republican primary pulled a states rights committment out of nowhere to hedge his political bets. His claim that states rights trump the unalienable right to life is inconsistent and unprincipled: he simultaneously opposes an amendment to protect human life, but claims to support one to preserve marriage! What happened to Romneys committment to states rights?
Issue #3. Unforced by anyone, Romney overruled his own Commissioner of Public Health and lied about state law in order to compel Catholic hospitals to issue abortifacient pills in violation of their freedom of religion enshrined in the United States and Massachusetts Constitutions. Using exactly the crafty political theatre he employed to cover his actions on same-sex marriage and homosexual adoption, Romney posed as defender of the very thing he was destroying, gallantly asking the legislature to create a special religious exemption for Catholic institutions. Even Democrat former governor Mike Dukakis publicly agreed with Romneys commissioner of public health that state law already grants a religious exemption.
Gay Marriage, Gay Adoption and Pro-Homosexuality Propaganda In Schools
Issue #1. In another flagrant lie about the law, Romney told Catholic Charities adoption and foster agency they had to give children to homosexuals even when normal mother-father families were lined up to give them a home. Again, he deployed his standard smokescreen, gallantly proposing a special exemption, with a wink of his eye to the militantly pro-homosexuality legislature. Again, he got caught. Former governor Dukakis pointed out that the state law that Romney was citing as requiring gay adoption was non-existent. It was merely an executive regulation that a governor can rescind with a few strokes of his pen. Romney was apparently fulfilling secret 2002 campaign promises (http://massresistance.blogspot.com/2007/12/is-romney-working-with-log-cabin.html ;;;) to Republican homosexual power brokers whose endorsement he coveted and received. He had sought no backing from social conservatives.
Issue #2. Romney says the Boy Scouts should accept homosexual scoutmasters and that homosexuals have a legitimate interest in adopting or producing and raising children.
Issue #3. Though Romney pretends he opposed homosexual marriage, he did the opposite. In 2002 he opposed a marriage amendment that would have prevented homosexual marriage. 120,000 citizens, including his wife, son and daughter-in-law signed the amendment petition. Romneys militant pro-homosexuality Republican predecessor, Governor Jane Swift, and Democrat legislators openly violated the constitution to deny the citizens their right to vote on the amendment. Even the ultra-liberal Massachusetts court ruled that they were violating their oaths and the Constitution. Romney failed to oppose their subversion of the law or to defend the peoples right to amend their own Constitution. ( www.lifesite.net/ldn/2007/may/07051409.html )
Issue #4. Since the notorious Goodridge court opinion discovering a constitutional right to gay marriage, Romney has methodically lied about the judges legal authority and his own legal duty to enforce the Constitution. As professor of jurisprudence Hadley Arkes pointed out, under the state Constitution, the court has no jurisdiction over marriage law. An opinion issued without jurisdiction is legally void and cannot be enforced. Romney also knew that the same judges had recently admitted they have no power over the legislature or governor.
The Legislature never obeyed the judges by changing the marriage statute to legalize gay marriage. Under the state constitution that was the end of the line. The court neither ordered nor even suggested any intervention by the governor. Many lawyers and law professors (including Hugh Hewitt:http://massresistance.blogspot.com/2007/12/hugh-hewitt-told-romney-to-defy-mass.html ;;;) told Romney to ignore the unconstitutional Goodridge opinion and embarrass the judges. Mysteriously, Romney rejected their advice. Why? The New York Times finally revealed four years later that, to win a coveted endorsement, Romney secretly promised the homosexual Log Cabin Republicans in 2002 that he would not defend the constitution against an illegal attempt by the judges to sneak same-sex marriage past the voters. ( www.nytimes.com/2007/09/08/us/politics/08romney.html?_r=3&hp=&oref=slogin&pagewanted=print&oref=slogin )
When the Legislature did not legalize homosexual marriage, to fulfill his secret promise, Romney claimed that the judges had. This is a blatant lie plainly refuted by the state constitution Romney swore to uphold! He quickly found willing conservative lawyers, pundits and pro-family leaders to back him up. Rather than challenge the motives, integrity and expertise of their own friends and colleagues, most of the conservative establishment suddenly went silent. Ignoring his oath to faithfully enforce the statutes, Romney ordered officials to violate the marriage statutes and perform homosexual marriages. His Department of Public Health illegally bypassed the legislature by changing the marriage certificates from husband and wife to Party A and Party B.
Romney gave orders that illegally usurped the exclusive constitutional authority of the Legislature, as proven in this devastating Letter to Governor Mitt Romney from Pro-Family Leaders. (www.massresistance.org/docs/marriage/romney/dec_letter/letter.pdf ). He violated multiple Articles of the Massachusetts Constitution, including one of the most vital principles of American government, which John Adams stated more forcefully than anywhere else in American law:
In the government of this commonwealth the executive shall never exercise the legislative and judicial powers, the judicial shall never exercise the legislative and executive powers, to the end it may be a government of laws and not of men. Article XXX, Part The First
We deplore the glaring refusal of the conservative establishment to face the implications of a devastating article by a leading constitutional scholar, illuminating why pro-establishment attorneys have covered up Romneys unconstitutional actions:
The deeper failure must go to the man who stood as governor, holding the levers of the executive. And if it is countdown for marriage it is countdown also for Mitt Romney, whose political demise may be measured along the scale of moves he could have taken and the record of his receding, step by step [I]t became clear that even conservative lawyers had come to incorporate, and accept, the premises that gave to the courts a position of supremacy in our constitutional schemes. Hadley Arkes, Professor of Jurisprudence, Amherst College ( The Missing Governor, National Review Online May 17, 2004 )
We equally deplore the refusal to acknowledge the obvious truth in highly respected conservative attorney Phyllis Schlaflys assessment:
Massachusetts public officials
are groveling before the four judges
(Romney) said: We obviously have to follow the law as provided by the [Court] and
decide what kind of statute we can fashion which is consistent with the law.
But what law? There is no law that requires or even allows same-sex marriages. Phyllis Schlafly ( Its Time To Rebuke The Judicial Oligarchy (EagleForum.org, Dec. 3, 2003 )
Schlafly was right, as any honest and competent lawyer knows. The Massachusetts Constitution powerfully refutes Romneys entire story that the judges changed marriage law and forced him to give unconstitutional orders:
[T]he people of this commonwealth are not controllable by any other laws than those to which their constitutional representative body have given their consent. Article X, Part the First of the Massachusetts Constitution
The power of suspending the laws, or the execution of the laws, ought never to be exercised but by the legislature Article XX, Part the First of the Massachusetts Constitution
Mitt Romney created homosexual marriage. His conservative legal experts are aggressively covering up both his role and the plain language of the Supreme Law of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Issue #5. Though Romney admitted the Goodridge opinion was not based on the Constitution and that the judges had exceeded their power, he opposed a citizens drive to remove the four rogue judges who violated their oaths. ( http://massresistance.blogspot.com/2007/09/iowa-patriots-seek-to-remove-gay.html ;;;)
Issue #6. Though Romney says same-sex marriage will damage religious freedom and harm children, who need both a mother and a father, he personally issued more than 190 special one-day certificates to allow homosexual marriages to be performed by legally unqualified persons. He claims he was just applying the marriage statutes evenly. But as Phyllis Schlafly reminded America, and even the outlaw Goodridge judges admitted, the Massachusetts statutes do not allow homosexual marriages, despite Romneys false claim that the court legalized homosexual marriage. Moreover, a governor is not obliged to issue any special marriage certificates to anyone. Since Romney says same-sex marriage will harm children and erode religious freedom, why did he violate the marriage statutes and issue hundreds of special permits? (www.massresistance.org/docs/marriage/romney/record/ )
Issue #7. As governor, to please Massachusetts militant homosexual groups, Romney aggressively BOOSTED government funding for pro-homosexuality indoctrination, starting in kindergarten. He refused to defend schoolchildren and parents rights against this indoctrination. He refused to order his education officials to obey the law guaranteeing that parents can protect their children from sexual brainwashing. ( www.massresistance.org/docs/marriage/romney/record/ ) This is a continuation of his views since 1994 when he opposed congressional efforts to protect children by banning federal funding to public schools that encourage homosexuality as a positive lifestyle alternative. His deference to militant homosexual groups right to indictrinate other peoples children was jaw-dropping:
I think thats a dangerous precedent in general. I would have opposed that. It also grossly misunderstands the gay community by insinuating that theres an attempt to proselytize a gay lifestyle on the part of the gay community. I think its wrong-headed (www.boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2006/12/romneys_thought.html )
With their silence about the illegal actions and toxic legacy of Mitt Romney, the elites are assisting a political cancer that has profound consequences for our future. If anyone has convinced themselves that so-called same sex marriage is a fringe issue and not a grave threat to the rule of law and to children they should read Maggie Gallaghers stunning article Banned in Boston. They should also investigate the pro-homosexuality indoctrination of Massachusetts children (Its 1984 in Massachusetts And Big Brother Is Gay) which had been covert, but in the aftermath of Romneys illegal orders imposing homosexual marriage, is swallowing up parents most fundamental right to protect their children and control their moral education. To remain silent about the re-engineering of the human family and child psychology, and the active and dishonest role Romney has played, is a dereliction of our highest duties.
We are among those who believe that same-sex marriage, homosexual adoption and pro-homosexuality indoctrination of schoolchildren hasten the decline of Western Civilization in its most crucial aspects, whether the elites face that and comprehend it or not. Yet many who have the greatest obligation are cowering in the shadows or even aiding the deception. Our silence is a fatal abdication of duty to our children and future generations, a breech of faith. It is a betrayal of the honor of young soldiers dying overseas for principles that we decided in our hearts long ago require no profound sacrifice from the elites.
The truth is this: Mitt Romneys fictional defense of natural marriage, childhood innocence, life in the womb and constitutional governance is sustained only by our silence in the face of overwhelming propaganda. Edmund Burke famously said, All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.
Dante went further: The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in times of great moral crises maintain their neutrality.
It is very telling of todays conservatism an endless regression of sophist ironies and nuances, dissolving, in the end, into absolutely nothing at all that dire warnings from ancient voices seem like faint, distant echoes bouncing absurdly against rock walls far below our feet, beneath a precipice that we scaled long ago in the conceits of our modern conservative minds.
To continue in silence or in support of the craftiness and ruthless ambition of Willard Mitt Romney betrays generations past, present and future, including our own children and grandchildren.
Pay the price of courage, friends. Tell America the truth.
Judge Ned Kirby (ret.), former Assistant Minority Leader, Massachusetts Senate
Atty. Edgar Kelley, former Assistant United States Attorney, Massachusetts District
Atty. Robert Paine, author: The Governors New Clothes; How Mitt Romney Brought Same-Sex Marriage To America
Dr. William Greene, President, RightMarch.com
Dr. Ted Baehr, Chairman, Christian Film and Television Commission
Linda Harvey, President, Mission America*
Gary Glenn, President, American Family Association of Michigan*
Michael Heath, Executive Director, Christian Civic League of Maine*
Ray Neary, Director, Pro-Life Massachusetts (former President, Massachusetts Citizens for Life)
John OGorman, Member of the Board of Directors, Massachusetts Citizens for Life
Peter LaBarbera, Founder, Republicans For Family Values; President, Americans for Truth*
Diane Gramley, President, American Family Association of Pennsylvania
John Haskins, The Parents Rights Coalition
Gregg Jackson, Co-host, Pundit Review, author: Conservative Comebacks to Liberal Lies, contributor, TownHall.com,
William Cotter, President, Operation Rescue: Boston*
Brian Camenker, President, MassResistance
Mark Charalambous, Spokesman, CPF-Fatherhood Coalition, Massachusetts
Nedd Kareiva, President, Stop the ACLU Coalition
Phillip Magnan, President, Biblical Family Advocates
Rev. Earle Fox, D. Phil, (Oxford), President, Road to Emmaus, School of Judeo-Christian Apologetics (www.theroadtoemmaus.org)
Janet Folger, author, columnist, President, Faith2Action
Michael W. Calsetta, Former President, Conservative Democratic Alliance
Allyson Smith, Director, Americans for Truth-California*
* For identification purposes only. All persons are signing as concerned private citizens. This information is solely for educational purposes and not in support of any candidate.
The irrefutable proof that Romneys conservative lawyers are lying to America:
Letter to Governor Mitt Romney from Pro-Family Leaders.
Governors New Clothes; How Mitt Romney Brought Same-Sex Marriage To America, by Robert Paine, Esq. http://robertpaine.blogspot.com/2006/06/governors-new-clothes-how-mitt-romney_17.html
Brave Sir Robin Romney
Romney hasn’t been a Conservative long enough to understand Conservative principles.
But you would think he would understand basic supply & demand.
Romney hasn’t been a Conservative long enough to understand Conservative principles.
But you would think he would understand basic supply & demand.
True but irrelevant sophistry.
You don't need to parrot the Idiot-in-chief.
We can all agree than when he said, without prompting, that his policies would necessarily mean energy prices woud skyrocket, that our most abundant producer of energy, coal, would be shut down, that no new drilling would be allowed Where the oil is known to exist and the gas pipeline from Canada would not be allowed to be built, then...
Yeah, an ignorant incompetent president can have a prolonged inevitable negative effect on the price of gasoline at the pump.
You really still feel competent to run for president?
I’ve heard Romney attack Obama on the price of gas and energy policy in every speech. I know most people here don’t actually listen to his speeches but having done so, taking this sentence out of context is just silly. He attacks Obama on this all the time. The statement that he doesn’t claim Obama sets the precise price is not controversial.
There was an episode of The Simpsons back in ‘96 where Clinton and Dole were replaced by alien look-alikes. They held hands throughout the campaign and praised one another while hectoring the voters. Sounds a lot like Obummer and Romney.
From The Blaze and other locations.
Actually, here is what Romney said in its entirety:
[President Obama] can decide how much money for oil and gas is going to other nations, and to get that money here and to create jobs here and to stabilize prices here, Romney said. He ought to be taking advantage of all of our offshore, and ANWR, and North Dakota and Oklahoma and Texas gas resources instead of trying to hold them off. Natural gas is a huge win for us and through the EPA hes been trying to hold that off.
Watch for Romney to tell us: “You don’t have to be afraid to have Obama in the White House.”
That's because he's a very inexperienced politician, having spent a mere 4 years doing so, as governor of Massachusetts. No city council, state legislature or congressional stints. Gaffe-a-minutes performances like this is why it's generally a mistake to run political novices for high office. Starting from a City Council position in 1992, Palin spent 16 years in office before serving as McCain's running mate in 2008. This was why most of her missteps related to lack of substantive knowledge (re foreign policy and federal issues) rather than outright gaffes. Like every other experienced politician, she knows how to say things, although not necessary what to say. Romney has the opposite problem - lots of substantive knowledge, but no political reflexes in terms of avoiding gaffes. If Romney becomes the candidate and keeps on making rookie mistakes like this, I see Obama getting re-elected, and Palin running in 2016.
Soros says Romney’s the same as Obama.
That’s enough to make me hate him.
” So, the RINO leftist thinks that despite his ideological pal Barry Hussein EXPLICITLY stating he wants higher gas prices, his Energy secretary ADMITTING high gas prices is POLICY, and Barry Hussein ADMITTING his policies mean electricity rates will NECESSARILY SKYROCKET , it`s not his fault !? “
You nailed it!
Romney appears to be taking a page (or three) from the McCain 2008 playbook. Yeesh.
Of course, picking Sarah Palin as VP would be the one useful page from the playbook the he “O-Mitts”.
Now thats funny raught thar, lemme tell ya, Idon’t care where ya from!!!
And they pummeled Rick Perry for his gaffes...
I predict the republican party is toast after this election...
It’s almost unbelievable. Reminds me of mccain. As far as I’m concerned a vote for Romney is an act of treason.
My first choice was Perry, because of his record as governor, in spite of my disagreement with him with respect to immigration. However, it has to be said that Perry seriously lacks the fast twitch reflexes needed to be a debater. The reason a lot of gaffes get made is because of the time pressure - people get put on the spot and need to say something quickly. A slow response under the glare of TV cameras makes the interviewee look stupid. Well, Perry alternated between non-responses and factually-wrong responses. Romney is better than Perry in this regard. His phraseology is crummy, and clearly that of a political novice, but his facts are accurate, as you might expect from someone with a sterling academic and business background.
From a biographical standpoint, I think Romney has a lot of advantages vis-a-vis Obama compared to McCain. McCain was a lousy student going up against Obama*, a Harvard Law graduate and Chicago Law professor. Romney's Harvard Law and Business School degrees, combined with his record of being a founding partner of a multi-billion dollar private equity firm neutralizes Obama's aura of being highly-qualified.
So why did I prefer Perry? Because Perry is a conservative.
* You and I know that affirmative action means McCain was probably a better student than Obama, but that's not the way these things get reported in the media.
But I look at it this way...I do not want a good debater in the WH...
I want a leader who understands their position in this government, and looks for ways to get that government out of our lives (physically, economically and socially) as much as possible...
We no longer have that kind of government...
We have a government, by the government, for the government on the backs of its citizens, utilizing socialistic methodologies to ensure and justify its existance and power over the very people they are supposed to serve...
How the hell can we beat that animal back into submission...Instead of the other way around???