Skip to comments.Club for Growth Blasts Gingrich for Bain Attacks
Posted on 01/09/2012 10:01:52 PM PST by Saundra Duffy
In a press release this afternoon, Club for Growth criticized Newt Gingrich for his attacks on Mitt Romneys career at Bain Capital, calling them unbecoming a Reagan Conservative. Club for Growths statement:
Yesterday, Gingrich said Those of us who believe in free markets and those of us who believe that in fact the whole goal of investment is entrepreneurship and job creation we find it pretty hard to justify rich people figuring out clever legal ways to loot a company, leaving behind 1,700 families without a job. Gingrichs attack was echoed that same day that by the Democratic National Committee, which also attacked Romney for his job creation record at Bain Capital.
Newt Gingrichs attacks on Mitt Romneys record at Bain Capital are disgusting, said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. There are a number of issues for Mitt Romneys Republican opponents to attack him for, but attacking him for making investments in companies to create a profit for his investors is just wrong. Because of the efforts of Bain Capital, major companies like Staples, Dominos Pizza, and the Sports Authority now employ thousands of people and have created billions in wealth in the private economy. Attacking Governor Romney for participating in free-market capitalism is just beyond the pale for any purported Reagan Conservative. Newt Gingrich should stop his attacks on free markets and apologize to Governor Romney for them.
oops did I forget the /s tag? lol, sorry I was channeling Newt.
That works both ways. I reject Pauls principles. I am old enough to have read what Senator Taft stood for, and Paul is more of an isolationist than Taft was in 1940 or ‘48
FLIP SLICK WILLARD RINO ROMNEY is NOT a conservative, in fact he is a degenerate con man, liar, cult member, and filthy parasite.
“Capitalists” like him end up swinging from a rope.
FLIP SLICK WILLARD RINO ROMNEYS cultist father has THREE GRANDMOTHERS!!!
Romneys grandparents were polygamous Mormons who fled the United States with their children because of the federal governments opposition to polygamy. His maternal grandfather was Helaman Pratt (18461909), who presided over the Mormon mission in Mexico City before moving to the state of Chihuahua and who was the son of original Mormon apostle Parley P. Pratt (18071857). Romneys uncle Rey L. Pratt (18781931) would in the 1920s play a major role in the preservation and expansion of the Mormon presence in Mexico and in its introduction to South America. A more distant kinsman was George Romney (17341802), a noted portrait painter in Britain during the last quarter of the 18th century.
George Wilcken Romneys parents were American citizens Gaskell Romney (18711955) and Anna Amelia Pratt (1876-1926); they married in 1895 in Mexico and lived in Colonia Dublán, Galeana, in the Mexican state of Chihuahua (one of the Mormon colonies in Mexico) where George was born on July 8, 1907. They practiced monogamy. George had three older brothers and would gain two more brothers and a sister. Gaskell Romney was a successful carpenter, house builder, and farmer who headed the most prosperous family in the colony.
The Mexican Revolution broke out in 1910 and the Mormon colonies were endangered in 19111912 by raids from marauders, including Red Flaggers Pascual Orozco and José Inés Salazar. Young George heard the sound of distant gunfire and saw rebels walking through the village streets. The Romney family fled and returned to the United States in July 1912, leaving their home and almost all of their property behind. Romney would later say, We were the first displaced persons of the 20th century.
Paul is a non-interventionist not an Isolationist.
Politics is war...so in the case of taking Romney down...any method is valid if it brings us a conservative. I could care less what ‘conservatives’ think...hell most of these so-called real conservatives take out their own.
Companies like Bain serve a function, but generally it is negative. Not destructiveness is a necessary part of a capitalist system. I compare them with eagles, who eat carrion and cull the weak of a species.
Saundra, why not admit that your are bigoted in favor of Mormons?
But regarding Bain, there is a fine line between venture capitlist and vulture capitalist. I suspect we will soon know where Mitt falls on that spectrum and I guarantee much worse will be thrown at Rmney by Dems should he be the nominee.
We have yet to see the ‘crazy Mormon’ attacks that the Republicans are too polte to start but Obama will certainly unleash.
Only you know and I know what a bunch of faggy little open borders, free traitor libertarians the Club for Growth is. They are like Cato but smaller. They aren’t all bad, neither is Cato. But you know what I mean
No problem. I have become so jaded by this campaign, I wouldn’t be surprised that this is proposed by Perry, Santorum or Gingrich in the next couple of weeks. And then cheered by the FR crowd. Who knows, Harry Reid might seem like Barry Goldwater by the time this all ends. Ronaldus Maximus must be spinning in his grave right now. The current state of the Two Pary system, one party the Democrats are Hard Left, while the other the Republicans are insane.
Newt’s old collegues!
...After only four years with his Party still in power, his own members forced him out...
Oh yeah, and many of those Republicans are still in Congress. They are part of the ongoing problem of business as usual in Washignton, D.C. Under a Republican president, they added over $3 trillion to the federal deficit, shunned conservative policy in favor of Beltway influence-peddling, and so damaged the GOP brand that we lost the majority Gingrich had worked years to forge.
Do you really think I give a damn that Newts fabulous colleagues think his reemergence would be a disaster for Republicans? No.
The elections of 2010 were NOT a merit promotion; the Republicans were the only alternative in town!
Captialism is about growth and building things, creating wealth - not tearing things down or screwing workers over!
The only reason Saundra Duffy supports Romney is because he is a fellow Mormon. That, dear Saundra, is a poor reason to support a man who is basically anti-Republican and a liberal stool pigeon.
Hey nutjobs, GTF out of here with your backpacks and join the Army like REAL Americans, unlike the degenerate predator homosexual marriage and in the military supporting romneycare douchebag FLIP SLICK WILLARD RINO ROMNEY, WHO'S ENTIRE FAMILY including his 5 sons has managed to avoid serving in any war including WWI and WWII.
When he's not busy cannibalizing companies and destroying peoples lives, he's busy lying to people with a straight face that he is a conservative.
He's not buying his way into the nomination.
This is the last election cycle he will be allowed to pollute.
Somebody tell me the Club for Growth isn’t supporting Mittens..
So you think attacking Romney or any other Republican candidate for being in business is a good idea for a Republican candidate? So you share Gingrich’s DC/Dim tendencies?
“Gingrich was on a Board of Advisors for Forstmann Little, an equity firm that did the same thing as Bain.”
Really? Didn’t Bain use “junk bonds”???
Nov 24, 2011
Forstmann, the Big-Hearted Prodigy
WASHINGTON — On Sunday morning we lost a big-hearted prodigy: Teddy Forstmann, financier, political player, philanthropist (especially for the young and those in education) and a bit of an adventurer. I know — I accompanied him on some and feared for my life. He was a member of the Board of Directors of The American Spectator in the 1980s and early 1990s.
Teddy died of brain cancer, and we shall miss him.
Teddy would not use junk bonds. That was, he would say, “funny money. It’s wampum.” Over lunch, he would try to explain it to me. He was famous for coining the phrase “barbarians at the gate.” It served as the title for Bryan Burrough and John Helyar’s best-seller about the $25 billion deal for RJR Nabisco, which Forstmann bid on but lost to private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts.
Teddy had an eye for “the deal” but was also extremely well-read, athletic and civilized. He was a conservative too. He donated millions to the Republican Party, though his real interest was in education and the young. He teamed up with John T. Walton, son of Walmart founder Sam Walton, and donated millions to the Children’s Scholarship Fund. He was an advocate of voucher programs and charter schools.
Teddy also had a sense of humor. He created a rivalry with Henry Kravis from the battle for RJR Nabisco. Teddy prided himself on using subordinated debt. KKR used junk debt. Teddy lost, but in “Barbarians at the Gate,” Burrough and Helyar testify that Teddy “fervently believed junk bonds had perverted not only the LBO industry but Wall Street itself.” .....
Bain is a very mixed bag. They financed some companies like Staples and got them off the ground. They straightened out some companies, kept them alive, revamped them so they could compete. Often people had to be fired as these companies were made leaner
Then we get to category three where Bain acquired a company. Stripped out tens of millions in management fees while raiding the pension plans. These pension plans were then bailed out by the Feds. So the taxpayer actually paid for Bain’s profits. These companies went bust
Am reading your second link to the WSJ. Thanks
I knew this was going to be a really nasty election cycle but I did not think it would get this bad this fast. The general is going to be open warfare at the rate we are going.
They sure will, even as they are thanking him for creating the communist healthcare scheme known as "Obamacare". Mittens is a surefire loser no matter how you cut it.
Or is he exposing the worst of Wall Street and crony capitalism? Newt is my 80/20 guy. 80% I agree with is fine with me. No one else even comes close.
Also, I've been thinking, who do you want to take the 3 am call? . . Think about it. . I did and came up with Newt. He would immediately weigh all the options, talk with real adults, talk with his cabinet and not make a purely 'political' decision. He might just make the decision that's best for the country. .
Speaking of cabinet, can you imagine Newt's picks? They would be All-Stars. Bolton, Palin, Trump, Cain, DeMint, Daniels, Rubio, Christie, Ryan, Walker and Cantor. At last, real Americans back at the helm. Don't blow this America! I want America revived, restored and put on Go again!
Bob Taft was a non-interventionist. Pat Buchanan even to this day makes a cogent argument for that. But Paul is too much influenced by the anti-colonialism of the 50s, and he seems blind to the implications of religious fanaticism. His posture toward the wave of Islamism sweeping from the Indus to the Atlantic is very like Obamas.
SECTION 3. Chapter 6A of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 16I the following 6 sections: . . . Section 16M. (a) There shall be a MassHealth payment policy advisory board. The board shall consist of the secretary of health and human services or his designee, who shall serve as chair, the commissioner of health care financing and policy, and 12 other members: 1 member appointed by Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts (Massachusetts General Court Website, www.mass.gov, Accessed 2/5/07)
BUMP what you said.
I like the way you post!
barbarians at the gate was a great movie, i should buy the book, bet that is even better then the movie.
I have to admit, I’m enjoying all of the Romney RINO defenders coming out for air.
Ron Paul is a non interventionist too. I can post the definition of an isolationist and a non interventionist if you like. Paul is not an isolationist.
How many jobs did Gingrich create while accepting 1.5 million dollars in consulation fees from Freddie Mac?
It is not suprising that Gingrich does not seem to like capitalism.
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The Mitt Romney Deception
by Brian Camenker, MassResistance
Despite recent statements across the country by Governor Mitt Romney claiming he's pro-life, pro-family and a committed conservative, a broad investigation of his actual statements, actions, and public positions over the years indicates that he has spent his entire career speaking and governing as a liberal - and that his new found conversion to conservatism very likely coincides with his candidacy for the presidency.
The information in this report is gleaned from public records, press accounts, internet web sites and research (as well as personal observation) by my organization, MassResistance, a grass-roots pro-family group that has observed Governor Romney for over a decade. We have analyzed his legislation, met with his staff, lobbied for and against his agenda (depending what it is) and otherwise compiled considerable research on his administration.
We believe this report is necessary due to a calculated effort by the Romney campaign to revise his history and portray the Governor as far more conservative than the record indicates. Already, the Governor's staff is making appointments with the nation's leading conservative leaders to convince them that he should be the standard bearer for the conservative movement in the upcoming presidential elections.
We have also been alarmed by misleading and glowing accounts about Romney which have appeared in the conservative media over the past year. The fact that these articles were based upon sloppy research and material supplied by the Romney camp gave us great incentive to set the record straight. Few national political writers have bothered to speak with any MassResistance member, or for that matter anyone critical of Romney's record.
One of the few conservative publications to expose Romney's liberalism is the conservative weekly Human Events which (in a 2005 article) listed Romney at number eight on its list of "Top Ten Republicans in Name Only (RINOs)." Indeed, this report will demonstrate that Romney was probably the most pro-abortion and pro-gay rights Republican official in the nation for the last decade. The idea that he has suddenly become a conservative after a decade of liberal actions and statements would be merely amusing were it not for the fact that he's running for the presidency and that many conservatives are falling for this act.
On the other hand, it's particularly interesting to note that Bay Windows, Boston's major homosexual newspaper, has reviewed Romney favorably. That same newspaper regularly prints extremely vicious and even obscene attacks on all conservative politicians, the "Christian Right" and even parents who challenge the liberal political agenda.
The November elections were clearly a turning point for the conservative movement. While President Bush has done some good things for the conservative movement, in many areas his administration has been a great disappointment. Movement activists across the country have become disillusioned with the Republican Party as a result of Bush's massive spending spree, his failure to veto wasteful programs, his inattention toward illegal immigration, and his token attention to social issues. As a result, we paid a price at the polls.
In two years, the presidential elections will be upon us and the GOP will have an opportunity to redeem itself. However, if we elect another President who demoralizes our base even further, it could spell the end of the conservative movement as we know it. Many conservative organizations are already reporting that segments or our base are dropping out of politics altogether or joining the Libertarian and other small parties. Another four or eight years of "big tent" Republicanism or "compassionate conservatism" will kill our base and CPAC meetings will be held in a phone booth.
Thus, it is imperative that the movement carefully scrutinize the record of all candidates seeking the presidency and if none of the existing candidates meet our standards, then it would be prudent for the conservative movement to draft someone we can all be supportive of. Let's review Governor Romney's positions on the hot-button issues and his actions as Governor of Massachusetts.
(Note: News source web links are listed at the end of this document by date. All bolding has been added by the author of this report.)
Romney supports abortion in general, and believes in sustaining Roe v. Wade.
Romney campaigned for Governor of Massachusetts as a pro-choice candidate, and was endorsed by a pro-abortion political group
Romney is willing to support some embryonic stem cell research
Romney Approves of Abortion Pill and Supports the Legalization of RU-486
Romney signs "Right to Privacy" Proclamation celebrating birth control availability
Gov. Romney has a long history of promoting and furthering the homosexual agenda, and working closely with leading gay activists
Romney twice sought and received the endorsement of the homosexual Log Cabin Republican Club
Romney's campaign distributed pro-gay rights campaign literature during Boston's "Gay Pride" events
Romney supports homosexual "anti-discrimination" laws
Such laws are usually carried out at the expense of freedom of religion and speech. For example, they would allow lawsuits against a Christian book store owner for refusing to hire a homosexual activist applicant.
Romney advocates homosexual couples' adoption rights be recognized by the government
Romney supports homosexual domestic partnerships
Romney supported and promoted legalizing homosexual civil unions
Romney Opposes the Boy Scouts' Ban on Homosexual Scoutmasters
Romney barred Boy Scouts from public participation in 2002 Olympics
Romney appointed prominent homosexuals to key positions in his administration
Romney appointed prominent homosexual activists and Democrats as judges
Romney Rewards one of the State's Leading Anti-Marriage Attorneys by Making him a Judge
Romney announces he won't fill judicial vacancies before term ends
Romney's Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth used huge taxpayer funding to promote homosexuality in the public schools
Romney's Commission organized public gay "Youth Pride Day" parades and "transgender proms" which promote unhealthy and risky behavior
Romney issues a proclamation celebrating gay "Youth Pride Day"
Romney's Department of Education promotes the homosexual agenda
Romney's Department of Public Health (DPH) cooperates with the homosexual activist movement
Romney opposed federal legislation that would stop public schools from promoting homosexuality
Romney's Dept. of Social Services honors homosexual "married" couple as adoptive "Parents of the Year"
Romney refused to endorse the original 2002 Mass. constitutional amendment absolutely defining marriage as one man and one women
Romney unnecessarily (and unconstitutionally) implemented homosexual marriages in Massachusetts
Romney had marriage licenses changed to allow same-sex marriages
Romney administration ordered Justices of Peace to perform homosexual "marriages" when asked - or be fired!
Romney administration's training of Town Clerks (on how to issue same-sex marriage licenses) states that marriage statutes were not changed
Romney signs bill eliminating Sexual Transmitted Disease (STD) testing requirement for marriage
When requested of him, Romney personally issues special one-day certificates to allow otherwise unqualified people to perform homosexual "marriages"
Was Romney's public opposition to homosexual "marriage" based on expediency, not principle?
Romney favors "Assault" Weapons Ban
Romney Favors Waiting Periods
Romney supports minimum wage laws
Romney Balances Budget with $500 Million in New Fees
Romney imposes "socialized" health care on Massachusetts
Romney's dismal record as the Republican leader in Massachusetts
For over ten years MassResistance has observed Mitt Romney and his actions. On issue after issue, Romney would search for a way to look like he was governing as a conservative, but in every case, the liberals would ultimately be the victors. He would double the money for programs that promoted homosexuality in the schools but then turn around and veto what he himself had allocated, knowing full well his veto would be overturned.
On the marriage issue, he made it look like he was "forced" into recognizing homosexual marriages, but he refused to pursue other options that would have rallied anti-gay marriage forces and perhaps turned this issue around.
He would issue statements critical of obscene pro-homosexual books and about the treatment of David Parker, yet it was the actions of his own agencies that created these controversies to begin with. Nor would he lift a finger to make internal changes to prevent his agencies from promoting the liberal agenda or reprimand any employees possibly engaged, for example, in illegal activities.
To any observer, his seemingly contradictory tactics and strategies looked as though he was preparing a "conservative track record" for his run for higher office. He has issued enough conservative sounding statements and engaged in enough "battles" with liberals (as fake as many of them were), that to an uninformed observer, it may look like he was an embattled conservative triumphing over the forces in liberalism in one of the most liberal states in America.
Both that's the myth his campaign staff wants to perpetrate. Any close observer will tell you that the pro-abortion and pro-homosexual forces never lost any battles under his tenure and that in fact, they grew in power and influence. Romney did nothing to restrain the groups who have launched a jihad on America's Judeo-Christian culture.
On so many occasions, the liberal agenda could have been slowed down or even defeated with the smallest internal regulatory decision or executive order and yet he never used the power he had to do that. He gave up the battlefield to our enemies over and over again.
This is why every conservative in America needs to question his overly hyped conversion to conservatism. How can we trust a man who has done so much damage to causes dear to our hearts who has suddenly become a conservative only after deciding to run for President?
Fourteen years ago the country was duped by a charming, smooth talking "moderate" Democrat named Bill Clinton who used the power of the Presidency to inflict great damage to America's military, to our intelligence agencies, and to our culture. The gap between how Clinton appeared to most Americans and how he really governed was huge. We cannot afford another President like that.
Boston Herald, 5/19/1994 (re: morning after pill) - archive
Boston Herald, 8/1/1994, "Gays split in Governor race; Both Weld and Roosevelt are laying claims for support," - archive
Bay Windows, 8/25,1994, "Romney: I'll be better than Ted for gay rights."
Boston Globe, 10/17/1994, "Kennedy, Romney continue trading charges over facts" - archive
Boston Globe, 10/27/1994 (re: Boy Scouts) - archive
Lawyers' Weekly, 2/14/2000 (re: Stephen Abany)
NewsMax, 12/18/2000, "2002 Salt Lake Committee Bans Boy Scouts From Olympics" by David M. Bresnahan
Boston Globe, 3/19/2002, "Supporters want to see real Romney" - archive
Boston Globe, 3/22/2002, "Romney kin signed petition to ban same-sex marriage" - archive
Bay Windows, 3/28/2002, "Gay GOP touts Romney as good for the community"
Romney 2002 Campaign web site
Associated Press / South Coast Today, 10/3/2002, "O'Brien, Romney tout abortion rights credentials"
Bay Windows, 10/24/2002, "Don't dismiss Romney, gay Republicans say"
Washington Times, 11/20/2003, "Romney pursues law on gay unions"
Wall Street Journal, 2/5/2004, "One Man, One Woman - A citizen's guide to protecting marriage," by Mitt Romney
Patrick J. Buchanan, 2/9/2004, "Mitt Romney: Meet Calvin Coolidge"
Boston Globe, 3/11/2004, "Republican gay rights group hits Bush, Romney Stances" - archive
Boston Globe, 3/30/2004, "In crucial shift, governor sways 15 in GOP to support measure"
Boston Globe, 4/11/2004, "Weeks ahead crucial for foes, supporters of gay marriage"
Associated Press, 4/12/2004, "Clerks to receive training on gay marriage licensing, while governor weighs options"
Boston Globe, 4/18/2004, "Justices of the peace confront dilemmas on gay marriage; Opponents face wedding quandary"
Associated Press, 4/24/2004, "Mass. Seeks Compliance on Gay Weddings"
New York Times, 4/26/2004, "Obey Same-Sex Marriage Law, Officials Told" - archive
WorldNetDaily, 5/8/2004, "9 Days to Same-Sex Marriage"
Boston Phoenix, 5/14-20/2004, "Schiz Romney: Do national aspirations explain the governor's switch from nice guy to anti-gay-marriage activist?"
National Review Online, 5/17/2004, "The Missing Governor," by Prof. Hadley Arkes
New York Times, 5/19/2004, "Governor Moves on Non-Massachusetts Couples" - archive
U.S. Senate testimony by Gov. Mitt Romney, 6/22/2004
Citizen (Focus on the Family), 7/2004, "Massachusetts Marriage Chaos; Gay Marriage a Reality in Massachusetts; No Opt-Out Clause for Justices of the Peace" (archived)
National Review Online, 2/11/2005, "Romney vs. Harvard" by Kathryn Jean Lopez
American Spectator, 2/23/2005, "Mitt Romney's Choice" by W. James Antle III
Associated Press / WIS-TV10 News, 2/23/2005, "Some say Gov. Romney changed tune on gay civil unions in Spartanburg Mon."
Bay Windows, 3/3/2005, "Mitt Romney's secret gay history!"
Boston Globe, 3/25/2005, "Roe v. Wade omitted from proclamation"
Governor's Office, 5/14/2005, "Romney Names Stephen Abany to Wrentham District Court"
State House press conference, 6/15/2005, transcript
Boston Globe, 7/1/2005, "Governor's vetoes raise more questions on national run" - archive
Boston Globe, 7/3/2005, "Clarity sought on Romney's abortion stance"
Boston Globe, 7/7/2005, "Eyes on Romney as morning-after pill OK'd"
Boston Globe, 7/22/2005, "Birth certificate policy draws fire; Change affects same-sex couples"
Boston Globe, 7/25/2005, "Romney jurist picks not tilted to GOP; Independents, Democrats get call"
WBUR (PBS) Radio Boston / AFA Michigan, 12/9/2005 "Romney changes position on morning after pill"
Human Events, 12/27/2005, "Top 10 RINOs"
Boston Globe, 1/2/2006, "Some see conflict for Romney on gay marriage; Ceremonial licensing belies his opposition"
National Review Online, 1/26/2006, "Unhealthy in Massachusetts - The Romney plan doesn't cut it," by Sally C. Pipes
Bay Windows, 2/9/2006, "Will Bay State switch to names reporting of HIV cases?"
Boston Globe, 3/2/2006, "Romney's Revolving World" by Joan Vennochi
Boston Globe, 3/2/2006, "Seven quit charity over policy of bishops; Deplore effort to exclude same-sex adoptions"
Boston Globe, 5/12/2006, "Romney to limit gay panel activities"
AFA Online (American Family Association), 5/30/2006, "GOP Presidential Hopeful Blamed for Massachusetts' Marriage Fiasco"
Boston Globe, 7/1/2005, "Governor's vetoes raise more questions on national run"
Boston Globe, 7/25/2006, "Romney jurist picks not tilted to GOP"
Waltham Daily News Tribune, 8/4/2006, "Parents of the Year: Newton Couple Honored by DSS"
Boston Globe, 8/17/2006, "Romney aided conservative groups"
Boston Globe, 9/10/2006, "Romney keeps tight rein on health dept."
Boston Globe, 11/2/2006, "Romney pledges no flurry of lame-duck appointments"
Boston Globe, 11/2/2006, "GOP ranks dropped by 31,000 since state elected Romney"
Boston Globe, 11/8/2006, "For Republicans in Mass., a feeling of out and down"
Boston Globe, 11/8/2006, "After Romney" by Steve Bailey
Boston Herald, 11/12/2006, "Bold Rx for Bay State GOP," by Holly Robichaud
As for the Paul Ryan sabotage, I had to go out into the net to find out if there was something behind Newt's behavior. Why did he do it, is the question.
First of all, Newt is a close friend of Paul Ryan. Back in May 17th, 2011, Newt called Paul and apologized for calling his plan right-wing social engineering.
In a May 15th Meet the Press interview, Newt revealed this about himself:
"One of my great weaknesses is that part of me is a teacher analyst. And part of me is a political leader. And I've--one of the most painful lessons I've had to learn, and I haven't fully learned it obviously, is that if you seek to be the president of the United States, you are never an analyst, you know, you're never a college teacher because those folks can say what they want to say. And somebody who offers to lead America has to be much more disciplined and, and much more thoughtful than an analyst. Analysts can say anything they want to because there's no downside. But the person to whom you're entrusting the leadership of the United States had better think long and hard before they say things. I think that's a fair criticism of me."
As to the "right-wing social engineering." comment, in that interview Newt says this:
"I don't think right-wing social engineering is any more desirable than left-wing social engineering. I don't think imposing radical change from the right or the left is a very good way for a free society to operate. I think we need a national conversation to get to a better Medicare system with more choices for seniors. But there are specific things you can do. At the Center for Health Transformation, which I helped found, we published a book called "Stop Paying the Crooks." We thought that was a clear enough, simple enough idea, even for Washington. We --between Medicare and Medicaid--we pay between $70 billion and $120 billion a year to crooks. And IBM has agreed to help solve it, American Express has agreed to help solve it, Visa 's agreed to help solve it. You can't get anybody in this town to look at it. That's, that's almost $1 trillion over a decade. So there are things you can do to improve Medicare . . . I think what you want to have is a system where people voluntarily migrate to better outcomes, better solutions, better options . . . I would be against a conservative imposing radical change."
10 reasons Christians should reject Romney
Exclusive: Gordon James Klingenschmitt notes none of them involve Mormonism
Published: 10/27/2011 at 5:55 PM
Weve all heard the controversy about presidential candidate Mitt Romneys faith. Is he a Christian? He claims to be, yet 75 percent of American Protestant pastors disagree with the statement: I personally consider Mormons to be Christians. Wherever you stand, here are the top 10 reasons Christians can never vote for Mitt Romney and they have nothing to do with his Mormon faith.
Romney forced homosexual marriage upon Massachusetts.
When the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decided in 2003 to recognize homosexual marriage, ignoring the voters and the Constitution, the court admitted it did not have power to issue licenses or force participation by justices of the peace to solemnize the weddings. But as governor, Romney didnt wait for the legislature to act, he just ordered the marriage licenses and weddings to go forward, all by himself. Earlier this month, Romney said in New Hampshire, What I would support [nationwide] is letting people who are of the same gender form if you will partnership agreements. And despite the over 2,500 pedophilia cases now on record involving homosexual Scout leaders, Romney once stated, I feel that all people should be allowed to participate in the Boy Scouts regardless of their sexual orientation.
Romney is pro-abortion.
This year hes the only major Republican presidential candidate who has yet to sign the Susan B. Anthony List pledge to defend life and defund Planned Parenthood nationwide. Candidates Bachmann, Perry, Gingrich, Paul, Pawlenty and Santorum all signed the pledge, although it should be noted Herman Cain supports everything in the pledge except the Fetal Pain Act. (Cain is not fully pro-life, either.) And who can forget Mitts famous 2002 campaign debate bragging repeatedly that hes more pro-choice than Ted Kennedy?
Romneycare is the reason we have Obamacare.
Long before President Obama forced a socialist health-care system on America, Mitt Romney seized control of private hospitals for the Peoples Republic of Massachusetts. Then he forced Christian hospitals and taxpayers to subsidize and facilitate abortions for just a $50 co-pay, proof here.
Romney wont defund abortion, and he wont protect the conscience rights of Christian health-care workers who refuse to help in child-murder.
Romney opposes our Second Amendment rights.
Gun Owners of America recently rebuked Romney for saying he promised not to do anything to chip away at Massachusetts extremely restrictive gun laws. We do have tough gun laws in Massachusetts; I support them, he said during a gubernatorial debate. I wont chip away at them; I believe they protect us and provide for our safety. Even worse, Romney signed a law to permanently ban many semi-automatic firearms. Romney said in 2004, They are instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people. Romney also spoke in favor of the Brady laws five-day waiting period on handguns. The Boston Globe quotes Romney saying, I dont think (the waiting period) will have a massive effect on crime, but I think it will have a positive effect.
Romney appoints liberal Democrats as judges.
The Boston Globe confirmed that as a so-called Republican governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney appointed 14 Democrats, 13 Independents and only 9 Republicans as judges. Thats 27 of 36, or 3 of every 4, Romney judges that are liberal. So if President Romney someday appoints even one Supreme Court Justice, theres a 75 percent chance theyll vote with Kagan and Sotomayor 100 percent of the time. If we wouldnt trust Romney himself on the Supreme Court, why let him appoint more Massachusetts Democrats to the federal bench?
Mitt Romney supports adoption of innocent children by homosexual cohabitaters.
As if orphans dont have enough troubles, Gov. Romney has consistently said that gay adoption should be assessed on a state-by-state basis, his spokesman said this month. On Oct. 17, 2006, CNNs Wolf Blitzer asked Romney: Should do you believe that gays and lesbians should be able to adopt children?
Romney responded: Well, they are able to adopt children.
Blitzer followed: But do you think thats good?
Romney said: And Im not going to change that.
And Romney wont veto any pro-homosexual bill passed by Congress. Hed start by supporting ENDA, the so-called Employment Non-Discrimination Act that would force churches, religious schools, and Christian charities and bookstores to hire immoral people who oppose their religious mission. Tim Russert once asked Romney on Meet the Press:
Russert: You said [in 1994] that you would sponsor [Sen. Ted Kennedy’s federal] Employment Nondiscrimination Act. Do you still support it?
Romney: At the state level. I think it makes sense at the state level for states to put in provision of this.
Romney wont protect the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), or actually campaign to repeal Dont Ask, Dont Tell to protect our chaplains and Christian troops from harassment. Hes in bed with the homosexual movement at the same time he avoids Christians in Iowa like the plague.
A shocking new book shows Romney actively hurt pro-family causes.
According to Amy Contradas new book, Mitt Romneys deception, His Stealth Promotion of Gay Rights and Gay Marriage in Massachusetts, Gov. Romney, from 2003-2006:
worked closely with homosexual activists and pro-gay rights advisers;
implemented gay marriage through his executive departments without legislative authorization, violating the Massachusetts Constitution;
pushed a constitutional amendment strategy doomed to failure, and ignored the call to remove the activist judges who ruled for gay marriage;
funded and promoted GLBT indoctrination in the public schools through his Governors Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth, and his Department of Education Safe Schools programs;
undermined religious freedom, failing to defend Catholic Charities in the homosexual adoptions fiasco;
continued or implemented radical homosexual and transgender programs in his executive departments.
Romney is not a fiscal conservative.
While he wishes to appear pro-business, Romneycare proved him just another Obama-clone socialist. And Romney still hasnt told the truth about how he opposed the Bush tax cuts.
Romney supported liberal amnesty programs.
He hindered Americas national security and economic independence, as Americans for Border Security reports: In 2006 Gov. Romney supported the presidents immigration policy as well as the McCain-Kennedy bill. He expressed support for an immigration program that places large numbers of illegal residents on the path toward citizenship. [without requiring they return home and wait their turn, allowing them to cut in line before law-abiding immigrants]
Never mind that Romney hired (then fired) illegal aliens to landscape his yard. If Romney supports unlimited amnesty without any rule of law, how will he stand on national security?
Romney made the Top 10 list of worst RINOs.
According to the official list keepers of Republicans-In-Name-Only at Human Events, hes listed eight-worst in America because he said, I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country. He supports civil unions and stringent gun laws. After visiting Houston, Romney criticized the citys aesthetics, saying, This is what happens when you dont have zoning.
Bottom line: Evangelical Christians who care about pro-family, pro-freedom, pro-life, pro-marriage and pro-law/order issues can NEVER support Mitt Romney for president, even if he wins the Republican primary, and it has nothing whatsoever to do with his Mormon faith.
Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt is a former Navy chaplain who runs The Pray In Jesus Name Project, which delivered 2.5 million fax petitions to Congress last year for Christian causes.
5. Romney appointed pro-abortion judges
Governor Romney appointed 36 judges but a check of their political affiliation confirms that only 9 of them are Republicans. Two are radical gay activists and 14 are registered Democrats. The remainder are unenrolled. Since Massachusetts Democrats are among the most pro-abortion Democrats in America, we have to assume that the majority of Romney’s judicial appointments are NOT pro-life.
Take for example, Steve Abany, a hard left Democrat and a prominent gay activist involved with the effort to legalized homosexual marriage in Massachusetts. Romney appointed him to the bench in May of 2005, which was, again, well after his pro-life “conversion.” Any bets that he’s pro-life?
Nor can we find any evidence that the Governor tried to recruit judges who respect life. Romney’s defenders claim he had no choice because a entity called the Governor’s Council controls the process and is composed of Democrats, but we’ve found that this council serves mostly as a rubber stamp and is set up purely to ensure judicial nominees are qualified, not to oppose them on ideological grounds. Indeed, there is no evidence that the Governor’s Council has ever blocked any judicial nominees on ideological grounds.
Many of these judicial appointments were made in the last three years, SINCE Romney’s alleged conversion.
The Romney campaign also claims that his judicial selections as governor had nothing to do with abortion and was more about the nominee’s stance on local issues such as crime. However, the Los Angeles Times has revealed that notes taken at a 2002 NARAL endorsement meeting attended by Romney, reveal that he assured its leaders his judicial picks would be more likely to protect abortion rights than those of a Democrat governor!
These notes demonstrate that he did indeed use the abortion issue to inform his judicial selections, but not in the way we would have wanted. Once again, the Romney campaign is not being truthful.
With the next president appointing 1-2 justices to the U.S. Supreme Court and a slew of Federal judges, Romney’s judicial selections should alarm those who care about family values and the sanctity of life. The fact that only five years ago he assured NARAL’s leaders that he would appoint pro-abortion judges should cause every pro-lifer in the country to doubt his sincerity on this issue.
It is also notable that Romney is still listed as a prominent member of the Republican Main Street Partnership which publicly praised Senator John Chafee for his vote against the confirmation of Judge Sam Alito to the Supreme Court. This may be the biggest pro-life achievement of the Bush Administration, but Romney’s group was not happy about it. There is no evidence that Romney opposed this action.
It really doesn’t matter how often Romney announces he will appoint “strict constructionists” to the bench; if he can’t be truthful about the criteria he used to select judges while Governor and didn’t even bother to fill all the judicial vacancies in his own state, how can he be trusted to appoint solid judges while president?
6. Romney’ opinion on the Terry Schiavo case: Let the courts force euthanasia.
On March 10th, Romney was questioned on television about the Terri Schiavo case in which heroic efforts were made by the State and by Congress to save her life. Without his professional handlers by his side to tell him what to say, here what the press reported him as saying:
He’s campaigning hard for support from Republican socialconservatives, but presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Saturday he disagreed with the government’s intervention in the Terri Schiavo case. ‘I think it’s probably best to leave these kinds of matters in the hands of the courts.’
However, this view is consistent with his abortion stance. Forget about the life involved, let the people decide or let the courts decide. Once again, Romney doesn’t seem to understand the moral implications involved here.
What happens if I do not meet the mandate?
If you dont have health insurance by Dec. 31, 2007, you will lose your personal income tax exemption for 2007. That exemption gives you a Massachusetts tax savings of approximately $219.
In 2008, the cost of the penalty goes up. The fine will equal half of the cost of the lowest-priced Health Connector-certified plan for each month that you dont have coverage
Waivers will be available for those who cannot afford a plan that meets the rules. Check back for updates.
How is the mandate enforced?
The Massachusetts Department of Revenue will enforce the individual mandate through the tax process.
Steve Raznick Wrote:
Entertaining indeed to read the usual drivel, to be expected of that most trenchant genus, the WSJ-reader.
“Leveraged Buyouts.” This industry changed their name in a weak attempt to distance themselves from what everyone knows about the industry, they often destroy things, the leveraged business, peoples lives, et cetera. Not one LBO genius has ever created a business from scratch, LBO guys use other peoples work, leverage it, financial engineer their way to “Profits.” If the company fails, ehhh so what, I am a Master of the LBO!
Leveraged Buyout, one trick pony, net job creator? Not one truly impartial study indicates that the industry as a whole has created jobs in America, not one. If this business technique was so beneficial, the ability to create jobs would not be so difficult to identify! Special dividend anyone?
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Lorenzo Dubois Replied:
All it is is glorified paper shuffling operation. Nothing is created in the process, giant scam perpetuated in today’s society.
I remember back in the 80’s at least people understood what it was. It was looked down upon. Today society either dropped too many iq points or just don’t care.
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You wrote: “...Then we get to category three where Bain acquired a company. Stripped out tens of millions in management fees while raiding the pension plans. These pension plans were then bailed out by the Feds. So the taxpayer actually paid for Bains profits. These companies went bust.”
Yep! See this from legalinsurrection.com (hot links are embeded at the link below):
Bain drip drip drip
Posted by William A. Jacobson Friday, January 6, 2012 at 4:34pm
Its so frustrating, the failure of conservative media and Republican campaigns to vet Mitt Romneys Bain days.
Instead of hiring cartoonists to turn Newt into Marvin the Martian, National Review should have been digging deep into the public filings, court filings, and the financial history of the companies Bain acquired and sold. You better believe there isnt a court document or SEC filing which the Obama campaign hasnt digitized and analyzed.
Maybe there is nothing damaging, but my gut tells me otherwise. That Romney inexplicably refuses to release his tax returns should have leading conservative pundits screaming warnings at the tops of their lungs; instead we get psycho-babble comparing Newt to Ahab seeking the Great White Mitt.
In Bain drip drip I noted a NY Times article about Romneys post-Bain deal participation.
Now Reuters has a damaging story about how one of the companies bought by Bain left the feds to deal with underfunded pensions, Special report: Romneys steel skeleton in the Bain closet:
The young men in business suits, gingerly picking their way among the millwrights, machinists and pipefitters at Kansas Citys Worldwide Grinding Systems steel mill .
Apparently they liked what they saw. Soon after, in October 1993, Bain Capital, co-founded by Mitt Romney, became majority shareholder in a steel mill that had been operating since 1888.
It was a gamble. The old mill, renamed GS Technologies, needed expensive updating, and demand for its products was susceptible to cycles in the mining industry and commodities markets.
Less than a decade later, the mill was padlocked and some 750 people lost their jobs. Workers were denied the severance pay and health insurance theyd been promised, and their pension benefits were cut by as much as $400 a month.
Whats more, a federal government insurance agency had to pony up $44 million to bail out the companys underfunded pension plan. Nevertheless, Bain profited on the deal, receiving $12 million on its $8 million initial investment and at least $4.5 million in consulting fees.
Not illegal, part of that creative destruction thing. I get it. And Im sure there is plenty of blame to go around. My concern is were only hearing about it in drips. You can be sure Team Obama is holding the good stuff back.
Anyone acting “outraged” is in effect protecting Romney.
Go vote for one of those wimps that like to keep their gloves on, because the Democrats aren’t going to care about some dandies at CFG and their press releases when then dig into Romney for the same thing.
Even Jefferson intervened in the Med where American interests were at stake. But his opposition to a blue-water navy led us into a war with Britain. If we had had a few ships of the line, the British would have given us more respect.
Saundra, I have to say that I admire your dedication and belief in Romney. Such loyalty deserves respect.
We’ve been on the receiving end of companies like Bain. I don’t recommend it to anyone.
That’s all I have to say on the subject.
The commentary in Newt’s anti-Romney ad, King of Bain: When Mitt Romney Came to Town, that has everyone in a swivet is the following:
Capitalism made America great. Free markets. Innovation. Hard work. The building blocks of the American dream. But in the wrong hands, some of those dreams can turn into nightmares.
It has comments by affected workers: “We had to load up the U-Haul because we done lost our home,” one woman says.
Wall Streets corporate raiders made billions of dollars. Their greed was matched only by their willingness to do anything to make millions in profits nothing spared. Nothing mattered but profits. This film is about one such raider and his firm.
A story of greed, playing the system for a quick buck. A group of corporate raiders, led by Mitt Romney. More ruthless than Wall Street. For tens of thousands of Americans, the suffering began when Mitt Romney came to town.
spectacular returns for stripping American businesses of assets, selling everything to the highest bidder, and often killing jobs for big financial rewards.
Rick Tyler, a former long-time aide to Mr. Gingrich who helped set up the super PAC Winning Our Future, comments about the criticism that the video is anti-capitalist:
“Im a capitalist, Im a conservative,” he said. “Ive spent a lot of time defending free enterprise from a biblical perspective.”
“But Bain Capital,” he said, “did not fit the model of responsible corporate citizenship.” “If this is free enterprise, then conservatives should have nothing to do with it,” he said. “It is predatory paper-shuffling. Mitt Romney was engaged in the engineered destruction of free enterprise.”
The OWS prelims will be a powder keg to blow up Romney’s candidacy if he becomes the nominee. The Bain activities and Romney’s association with it will be the poster boy for corporate greed. They will hang everything Bain represents around the Republican neck and it will sink everything we have worked for since Zer0 took office. We will be like the little woman who said, “We had to load up the U-Haul because we done lost our home.
A knowledge of history is our eyes to the future. That is something Newt is keenly aware of. His attack on Willard has drawn blood. And I hope it begins the end of him.
By the way, has anyone figured out who initiated the bimbo eruptions against Herman Cain?
I hope there are voters in New Hampshire and South Carolina who are reading up. Posts like yours are what makes it good to have the Free Republic.
They are definitely the “Club for Romney” at this point in the game.
I’m voting for the Democrats/Axelrod dirty tricks people as who tripped up Cain.
did not fit the model of responsible corporate citizenship.
So you post more leftist clap-trap from the Newt camp. Businesses have a moral, ethical, and legal duty to make their owners as much money as possible. Any bs you read about “stakeholders” or responsible corporate citizenship is more leftist bilge trying to undermine the US economy. It more of the same kind of thinking that leads to sitting on that couch with Pelosi.
At one time it was commonly understood by the public that the duty of a business was to make its owners money. Again the instincts from the Newt camp are all DC and the buzz words of the left are everywhere as the Newt camp runs off the rails.
Gingrich has committed political self suicide. He’s done. Stick a fork in him.
You may describe it as leftist clap-trap, but once this “business as usual” episode is played out in the barrage of campaign ads, there will be a perception built that Romney will find difficult to correct. It is a warning to the Romney team of what is coming.
Axelrod is my bet too.
He is a degenerate LIAR, CON MAN, COWARD, THIEF, and SNAKE OIL SALESMAN.
There is a difference between capitalism and free enterprise of the AMERICAN MAIN STREET and greedy WALL STREET CROOKS who didn't miss a bonus check after being bailed out by the taxpayers.
Throwing thousands of people out of work by buying up viable businesses and then selling off the parts to make millions of dollars more for yourself and your friends is not CAPITALISM.
Get an effin dictionary and look the word up.
WILLARD is not going to buy his way to the nomination, I can guarantee you that.