Mitt Romney Quotes
Stupid is, as stupid does.
There is no sin, except stupidity.
The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.
I've been as consistent as human beings can be.
—Willard Mitt Romney, aka Multiple Choice Mitt, Flip Flopney, Mitt Megaflop,
Mitt the Flopple, etc.
There is no doubt that Willard Mitt Romney is book smart, since he has two
Harvard degrees. But is he "heart smart," an important qualification for an
American president? The Pharisees were highly educated, "book smart" and
cultured, but according to Jesus Christ, they lacked something essential:
empathy for their fellow human beings. This made them pious shams. Is the man known as the Romneybot equally
lacking in empathy? If a robot was running for president, just think of the
strange things it might say in its attempts to connect with human beings ... but
these are things actually said by Willard Mitt Romney, a man even stranger than
his name ...
We should double Guantanamo!
Planned Parenthood, we're going to get rid of that!
Let Detroit go bankrupt!
I'll take a lot of credit for the fact that this industry's come back!
(Referring to the auto industry he wanted to go bankrupt.)
I would repeal Obamacare! (Even though Obamacare is modeled after his
claim to fame, Romneycare.)
I like being able to fire people.
(And he did fire people a lot, as he outsourced thousands of American jobs to China,
while investing millions in Chinese sweatshops.)
Corporations are people, my friend ... of course they are ... human beings, my
Now, the banks aren't bad people. They're just overwhelmed right now.
They're overwhelmed with a lot of things. One is a lot of homes coming
in, that are in foreclosure or in trouble. (Romney wants us to
have compassion for banks overwhelmed from repossessing so many
Let it [the home foreclosure crisis] run its course and hit the bottom!
Don't try and stop the foreclosure process. Let it run its course and hit the
I love the Constitution.
If we properly parse and interpret Romney's remarks above, it seems he has more
compassion for banks and corporations than he does for human beings.
He opposed temporary loans for cash-strapped American automakers and the
millions of workers and subcontractors they employ. He opposed any financial aid
for millions of Americans facing home foreclosures. But he favored much larger
bailouts for his fellow Wall Street tycoons and the big banks that created the
foreclosure crisis with their greed and irresponsibility. What does that tell us
about his priorities and values?
American Soldiers are too Unimportant to Mention,
per Mitt Romney
When you give a speech you don’t go through a laundry list, you talk about
the things that you think are important."
(Mitt Romney, when asked about failing to mention the troops in his
nomination speech at the Republican National Convention, Fox News interview,
Sept. 7, 2012.)
As Hurricane Sandy threatened 50 million American with devastating floods, I was
reminded of Mitt Romney's statement that it is "immoral" to borrow money to help
flood victims. Romney, a former Mormon Bishop and therefore someone who should
presumably understand the term, didn't call it "immoral" for the federal
government to borrow billions to bail out the Olympic games, or his rich Wall
Street cronies. He obviously doesn't consider it "immoral" to borrow the better
part of $7 trillion dollars to rescue the super-rich and increase defense
spending for things the Pentagon hasn't even requested. According to Bishop
Romney, it seems the only people it's "immoral" to help are the
47% of Americans who need help the most, including flood victims, distressed
auto workers, and poor girls and women who need Planned Parenthood’s help with
contraceptives, family planning and preventive healthcare.
Romney's Weird and Insulting Attempts at Humor
I live for laughter. But, you know in debates, you ask the questions, you
answer the questions. You don't tell jokes. And—as a matter of fact, my sons
are little tired of my jokes. I actually like jokes as well as things that are
sort of fun. My sons like spontaneous humor, not jokes, but I like it all.
Anytime you could laugh—may I go back? I used to watch Laurel and Hardy, the
Three Stooges, you know even Keystone Kops ... I watched The Honeymooners. I
I don’t like vampires personally.
I was a rodent and rabbit hunter, small varmints.
The most notable Romney jokes
during the presidential race have usually involved insulting people:
Romney: I know, you haven't got your makeup on yet.
Voter: "I do!"
Oh! You do, you do ... ha! ha! ha!
I should tell my story. I'm also unemployed, Romney told a group of unemployed
people in Florida in June 2011.
I'm not sure about these cookies. They don't look like you made them. No, no.
They came from the local 7-Eleven bakery, or whatever, Romney said of some
Pennsylvania voters' homemade cookies in April, the joke being that the voters
were too lazy to bake their own cookies and that store-bought cookies were beneath
I like those fancy raincoats you bought. Really sprung for the big bucks,
Romney mocked NASCAR fans wearing plastic rain ponchos at the Daytona International Speedway.
Now I love being home in this place where Ann and I were raised, where both of
us were born ... No one's ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that
this is the place that we were born and raised, Romney said on August 24,
2012, the joke
being that white people accuse President Obama of not really being an American
citizen. Is racism funny, really?
"Look at my record: I vetoed any bill that was in favor of choice."
Where does Mitt Romney stand on a woman's right to choose? As a Mormon Bishop
with a Diocese, called a "Stake," by his own admission he told
girls to bear unwanted babies, and as governor of Massachusetts he vetoed
all pro-choice legislation that crossed his desk, even
birth control [RU486] and sex education. In 2007, while
campaigning in Iowa, Romney appeared on WHO-AM 1040. The host, Jan
Mickelson, brought up abortion, questioning
Romney's pro-life credentials. In a video of the encounter, a
visibly agitated Romney explodes in defense of his record as an arch
anti-choice conservative: "Let me help you understand. You don’t understand my
faith like I do. So give me for a moment the benefit of the doubt, that having
been a leader of my church, and a Bishop and a Stake President, I understand my
church better than you do ... I was beaten up in Boston because I pointed out
time and again that I encouraged girls not to get abortions, that I
told them to have adoptions ... The [Mormon] Church says, "We are
vehemently opposed to abortion ourselves, and for ourselves. But we allow other
people to make their own choice. I disagree with that view
[i.e., he disagrees with freedom of individual conscience and other
people's right to choose]. Politically, I looked at it and said, That's wrong!
It's not a Mormon thing, it's a secular position to say, You know, I was wrong.
We should have a society with a prohibition on abortion in the following
circumstances ... I was governor four years—it’s not just what I’m talking
about—I was governor four years. I had a number of pieces of legislation that
came to my desk that dealt with abortion, abstinence education, RU486, and so
forth. I vetoed any bill that was in favor of choice
... So it’s not just my word you can take—look
at my record."
And perhaps we should study his record, and think about what it tells us, before
Mitt Romney’s War on American Women and Children
Planned Parenthood, we're going to get rid of that!
(What happens to millions of women and children?)
The actions [sic] I’ll take immediately are to remove funding for
Planned Parenthood. (What happens to millions of women and children?)
As president, I will end federal funding for abortion advocates like Planned
(What happens to millions of women and children?)
I support the reversal of Roe v. Wade, because it is bad law and bad medicine.
(But Romney has never had to face bearing a baby he can't afford.)
I would repeal Obamacare!
(What happens to millions of women and children?)
Well they can go wherever they’d like to go. This is a free society.
(Yes, for rich elitists, but not for poor women and children.)
What Romney fails to understand is that in states like Texas and Tennessee,
Planned Parenthood is the only provider of last
recourse for women. Getting rid of Planned Parenthood, which he seems so
anxious to do, is detrimental to the nearly three million patients who rely on
its health centers for lifesaving cancer screenings, well-woman
exams, and birth control.
Don't try and stop the foreclosure process. Let it run its course and hit the
(What happens to millions of women and children?)
I'm not concerned about the very poor. (Not even poor women and
didn’t ask you a question! (Romney's high-handed dismissal of Cheryl
Arnett, a Craig, Colorado first grade teacher.)
Mitt Romney called the "war on moms" a "gift" to his
political campaign, as if the oppression of mothers is good as long as it
benefits him personally.
During a 2007 presidential debate, Romney said that he would welcome a consensus
that "we don’t want to have abortion in this country at all,
Romney said that he would be "delighted" to sign a bill
overturning Roe v. Wade and banning all abortions.
I support that [the Human Life Amendment] being part of the Republican platform.
(The HLA would make all abortions illegal, even in
cases of rape, incest and a pregnant woman's life being endangered.)
When asked if he believes the Supreme Court should overturn Roe v. Wade,
Romney's answer was simple: "Yes, I do."
When asked if the repeal of Roe v. Wade would be a good day for America, he
Romney publicly announced his support for the Blunt amendment, a bill that was
introduced to restrict access to birth control by allowing any
employer the right to deny health insurance coverage for any benefit based on a
"moral" conviction. Governor Romney is on the wrong side of the public on this
issue: 67 percent of American voters opposed this measure . He has aggressively
supported this stance, even launching a petition against the Health and Human
Services ruling to include birth control as basic preventive care.
Romney once commented that the landmark case of Griswold v. Connecticut — which
overruled the state’s right to ban contraception nearly 50 years ago — was
wrong, proving just how dangerous he is on women’s health issues.
A new study shows that when women have equal access to no-cost birth control
methods, it leads to drastically lower rates of unintended pregnancy and
abortion. It's a preview of what Obamacare could look like when fully
implemented — and it shows that it works.
Within two days of Todd Akin's "legitimate rape" fiasco, we learned that
Akin is actually far less extreme than his party, when the Republican platform committee approved
language seeking a constitutional amendment to ban abortions with no exceptions
for rape, incest, or danger to a pregnant woman's life. The wording of the GOP’s
renewed call for a "Human Life Amendment" echoes what the party approved in
2004 and 2008, so this is nothing new. Reince Priebus, the Republican National Committee chairman, noted
that the absolute abortion ban "is the platform of the Republican Party." The
Romney campaign declined to comment on the platform committee’s vote, but in the
past Romney has endorsed identical language. In 2007, during his first White
House bid, Romney told ABC News: "I support that [the Human Life Amendment]
being part of the Republican platform." During a Republican presidential debate
in 2007, Romney said that he would welcome a consensus that "we don’t want to
have abortion in this country at all, period." He added that he would be "delighted" to sign a bill banning all abortions.
So Romney is obviously much more extreme than Todd Akin. And yet Romney
told a New Hampshire TV station that Akin’s remarks were "deeply offensive" and
that he and Ryan "can’t defend" Akin. (Ryan, seated beside Romney, nodded his head
in agreement). But Akin effectively tied Ryan to his comment when he confirmed on
Mike Huckabee's radio program that by "legitimate rape" he meant "forcible
rape," the term that appeared in the "No Taxpayer
Funding for Abortion Act." bill co-sponsored by Akin and Ryan!
The bottom line is that—as stupid, evil and offensive as
Akin's comments were—Paul Ryan is just as bad, and Mitt Romney is far worse.
Mitt Romney is leading the ever-escalating Republican full-frontal assault on
American women's rights. If there was an Olympics for male chauvinism, Romney
and the Romulans would undoubtedly sweep gold, silver and bronze.
A recent Guttmacher Institute report reveals the startling extent of the GOP's war on
reproductive rights: "By almost any measure, issues related to reproductive
health and rights at the state level received unprecedented attention in 2011.
In the 50 states combined, legislators introduced more than 1,100 reproductive
health and rights-related provisions ..."
I have spoken with medical professionals to determine whether the drug
contemplated under the bill would simply prevent conception or whether it would
also terminate a living embryo after conception. Once it became clear that the
latter was the case, my decision was straightforward. (Romney reversing
himself on emergency "morning after pill" contraception, in the Boston Globe.)
Mitt Romney claims he supports women’s access to contraception, but he also
supported legislation that would allow employers to deny coverage for birth
control. He claims he wouldn’t take away a woman’s right to choose, but he said
he’d be "delighted" to sign a law banning abortion. As President Obama said at a
rally today in Virginia, it seems Romney is suffering from a case of Romnesia.
When discussing how the candidates' policies would affect women’s health and
rights, Mitt Romney said, "I don't think bureaucrats in Washington should
tell someone whether they can use contraceptives or not..." OH, REALLY?
I went to a number of women's groups and said, 'Can you help us find folks?' and
they brought us whole binders full of women.
(It turns out that the women's rights activists sought out Romney and
brought him the resumes, which he had not solicited.)
The View is high risk because of the five women on it, only one is
conservative. Four are sharp-tongued and not conservative.
Romney, only conservative women are reasonable; all other women are "high risk,"
sharp-tongued harpies and viragos.)
The GOP Go-Back Team, led by Romney and Ryan, is simply wrong for women. (A
Planned Parenthood website post.)
Ann Romney, like her husband, has a remarkable ability to sound condescending:
I love the fact that there are women out there who don’t have a choice and
they must go to work and they still have to raise the kids. Thank goodness that
we value those people too.
The Romneys' disdain for "those people," by which they obviously mean
us, seems obvious. What Ann Romney means seems clear to me: we (the
successful people) value (have some minimal concern for) those people (the less
successful ones). Thank goodness that we (the successful people) are such
saints, considering the other people (ordinary Americans) we have to put up with!
Mitt and Ann Romney: War on Moms is a "Gift" to their Political Campaign
During a closed-door fundraiser in Florida, Ann Romney told the audience that
Hilary Rosen's remark that she had never worked was
a boon to her and her husband's political campaign: "It was my early
birthday present for someone to be critical of me as a mother, and
that was really a defining moment, and I loved it."
Mitt Romney obviously agreed because, speaking after his wife, he called the
ensuing "war on moms" a "gift."
I find it hard to understand why a man running for president of the United
States, and his potential first lady, would consider a war on mothers to be a
"gift." But that was not Rosen's intention. Rather, she had criticized the
Mormonator for turning to his wife for advice on women's economic concerns, when
she had never entered the job market and has long lived a life of incredible
luxury because Willard Billhard is one of the world's wealthiest men. Most
American mothers these days have to work for pay and
be their children's primary caregivers. While Rosen's choice of words may have
been unfortunate, her point seems valid. Especially when Ann Romney has made
statements such as: "My horse has more style and more class in its hoof than
they [presumably less affluent people] do in their
Also, the Romneys have made it clear that only rich
stay-at-home moms should get credit for working.
Romney has flip-flopped repeatedly on women's reproductive
I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country.
I sustain and support that law [Roe v. Wade] and the right of a woman to make
that choice [abortion].
I will preserve and protect a woman's right to choose and am devoted and
dedicated to honoring my word in that regard.
I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years we should sustain
and support it ... [but] ... Roe v. Wade has gone too far.
His position was clear and he gave his solemn word to NARAL Pro Choice ...
[but] ... "I never really called myself pro-choice.
Willard Mitt Romney is a High Priest of the Mormon Church, and once served as a
Bishop over a diocese (called a "stake"). Here are just a
few of the many strange teachings of the Mormon church:
• God the Father is a polygamist who lives on the planet Kolob, where he has sex
with his harem of wives.
• God the Father had physical sex with Mary.
• Jesus was and is a polygamist.
• Mormon men will become Gods.
• Mormon wives can only enter heaven if their husbands consent; in heaven they
will remain eternally pregnant, bearing innumerable spirit children.
• Human beings are not saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, but by
participating in the secret sacraments of the Mormon temple.
• Because salvation depends on temple sacraments, Mormon priests can sentence
people to hell, by excommunicating them.
• This, of course, gives the Mormon church and its High Priests and
Bishops (like Romney) tremendous power over
There are many credible reports of the Mormon church using that power to
brainwash and control its members. And it turns out that Bishop Romney has been
accused of using ruthless, cold-blooded and high-handed tactics himself,
especially against women (which is not surprising in a cult whose most famous—or
infamous—teaching is polygamy). For instance, Peggy Hayes, who once babysat
Romney's children, said that when she was single and expecting, he showed up at
her house one day, demanding that she surrender her baby to the church, via
adoption. When she indignantly refused, Romney "somewhat casually" threatened
her with excommunication, which was, in effect, to threaten her with hell. It
seems Bishop Romney had appointed himself a God, here on earth, with the power
to save women or condemn them to hell. Today, Peggy Hayes says, "My son was a
gift to me" and "I'm so glad that I didn't listen to Mitt's advice." She thinks
Romney is unfit to be president because "He follows the doctrines [of the Mormon
church] so closely that he can't waver from it much."
A Concerned Mother Explains Why Mitt Romney Cannot Be Trusted
"My two-year-old daughter, Zoe, was born with half a heart. For her, that is and
will forever be a 'pre-existing condition'—she required two open heart surgeries
already, and she'll need one more within the next year. At the [first] debate,
Mitt Romney told you, me, and everyone else in America that repealing Obamacare
would be his first priority as president, including the part of Obamacare that
says insurance companies will no longer be able to deny coverage or charge more
based on pre-existing conditions. He said his repeal plan will take care of
people with pre-existing conditions, but then his top campaign aide 'clarified'
after the debate that all he means is he would go back to the inadequate system
that existed before Obamacare, which allowed insurance companies to deny
coverage and resulted in bankruptcies and broken families. In other words,
despite what he said in the debate, his campaign says he has no intention to do
anything to help people like my daughter, Zoe, if she ever loses coverage. I
don't say this stuff because I'm a political junkie. I'm not. I pay attention to
this because I have to ... The stakes couldn't be higher in this
More Sh*t Mitt Romney Says
We have a president who I think is a nice guy, but he spent too much time
at Harvard, perhaps.
(Mitt Romney has two Harvard degrees.)
I like those fancy raincoats you bought. Really sprung for the big bucks.
(Romney insulting NASCAR fans for wearing plastic rain ponchos at the Daytona 500.)
I'm in this race because I care about Americans
I'm not concerned about the very poor [and] he dismissed 47% of Americans,
or roughly 150 million people, as lazy, irresponsible freeloaders who
only think they are entitled to food, housing and healthcare, implying that they
are not really entitled to live, in his opinion, since a decent human
life requires food, housing and healthcare.
There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter
what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon
government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a
responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health
care, to food, to housing, to you name it. That, that's an entitlement.
(Romney seems to be saying that 47% of Americans, or around 150 million people,
are not entitled to food, housing or healthcare, which means they are not
entitled to live. That seems like a very callous statement coming from someone
who has sheltered up to $100 million from taxes. Whose is the greater sense of
My job is not to worry about those people (the 47%)—I'll never convince them
that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives. (But
the 47% includes soldiers, firefighters, cops, teachers, retirees who worked all
their careers, and other hardworking Americans. Romney has lived on Easy Street
compared to most of them, and seems to have gone out of his way to avoid paying
his full share of income taxes. Who is the bigger freeloaders, really?)
Atta girl! (Taunting a closeted gay high school student, Gary Hummel.)
He can't look like that! That's wrong! Just look at him!
(Before tackling a gay classmate, John Lauber, pinning him
to the ground and cutting off his long, bleached-blonde hair.)
One of Romney's former classmates compared him to the Lord of the Flies, because
of incidents like those above.
didn’t ask you a question! (This was Romney's insulting comment to
Cheryl Arnett, a first grade teacher from Craig, Colorado, when she tried to suggest a
solution to an educational problem during a roundtable discussion.)
We'll use enhanced interrogation techniques [waterboarding, etc.] which
go beyond those that are in the military handbook right now.
I support the use of appropriate and necessary interrogation techniques [waterboarding,
etc.] to obtain information from high-value terrorists who possess knowledge
critical to our national defense. I do not believe it is wise for our country to
reveal all of the precise interrogation methods we may authorize for use against
captured terrorists, and I strongly condemn the actions taken by President Obama
to do so. [In other words, Romney thinks it is wrong to say
that the U.S. will not employ torture, and the "strongly condemns" President
Obama for putting an end to torture.]
John Glaser, in a blog post for Antiwar.com, says that Charlie Savage's story
for the New York Times shows that "Romney knowingly
signaled that he would reinstitute torture of terrorist subjects." Furthermore,
Savage — a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter — wrote that Romney was
asked urgently by a reporter at the Charleston press conference "whether he
thought waterboarding was torture, and Mr. Romney replied, 'I don't.'"
Mitt Romney explains why he is not qualified to become president:
If I had paid more [federal income taxes] than are legally due, I don’t
think I’d be qualified to become president. (But Romney
chose not to claim all his charitable contributions on his 2011 tax return, in
order to keep his tax rate from falling below the13% he said he never fell
below when he disclosed his 2010 taxes.)
In his speech at the Virginia Military Institute, Mitt Romney said:
I’ll implement effective missile defenses to protect against
[unspecified] threats. And on this, there will be no flexibility with Vladimir
The Cold War finally ended when Ronald Reagan formed a friendship with Mikhail
Gorbachev that was based on
mutual respect and a willingness on
both sides to
compromise for the sake of peace.
Now Romney and his bellicose neocon advisers want to junk detente and return to
the days of nuclear brinksmanship. But the US already has its hands full in the
Middle East and with China. Do we really want to bully Russia and risk another
No one's ever asked to see my birth certificate.
(Goody for Matinee Mitt, but should we be applauding the racism of birthers who
only ask to see the birth certificates of people with darker skin?)
I bathe in statistics. (?)
I love this state. The trees are the right height. The streets are just right.
I had catfish for the second time. It was delicious, just like the first time.
I am learning to say y'all and I like grits,
and ... strange things are happening to me.
Morning, ya'll. I got started this morning
right with a biscuit and some cheesy grits. (No one calls them "cheesy"
I was going to suggest to you that you serve
your eggs with hollandaise sauce and hubcaps. Because there's no plates like
chrome for the hollandaise.
These pancakes are about as large as my win
in Puerto Rico last night, I must admit. The margin is just about as good.
Look at us in here! We are all nice
together, all nice and wet, you know, like a can of sardines. ("Nice"?)
That's a big lava lamp, congratulations!
Davy, Davy Crockett. King of the wild
I'm an unofficial southerner.
Please give us a big hug, that's the girls.
I've been getting hugs from the Southern girls ... from 12, to well, a lot more
I never imagined I'd be up here like Larry
the Cable guy!
I love the hymns of America, by the way.
Ha ha. We’re in the stretch aren’t we? Look at those clouds. It’s beautiful
[pointing to the sky].
Look at those things!
I should tell my story. I'm also unemployed.
(Quite a story, indeed!)
I know what it's like to worry whether you're
gonna get fired. There were a couple of times I wondered whether I was going to
get a pink slip.
I've got a lot of good friends, the owner of
the Miami Dolphins and the New York Jets, both owners are friends of mine.
I'm running for office, for Pete's sake, I
can't have illegals. (Presumably when he wasn't running for office, it was
okay to have illegals.)
I like being able to fire people who provide
services to me. ("Like"?)
I saw my father march with Martin Luther King. (Romney's campaign later
admitted that they never marched on the same day, in the same city.)
My dad, you probably know, was the governor of Michigan and was the head of
a car company, but he was born in Mexico. And had he been born of Mexican
parents I'd have a better shot at winning this, but he was unfortunately born of
Americans living in Mexico ... it'd be helpful if they'd been Latino.
Can you imagine working every day, taking a couple of jobs, saving your
money so that your brother could go to—I mean, I would never do that for my
brother—that he could go to college.
Everything that Ann and I have we earned the old-fashioned way, and that's
by hard work. (But Ann Romney described how they avoided working while Mitt
Romney obtained two Harvard degrees, by selling AMC stock given to them by his
father whenever they needed spending money. His father bought them a house and
paid for Mitt's undergraduate degree and two Harvard graduate degrees. Having
two Harvard degrees enabled Mitt to land a plum job and command a high salary
right out of college.)
Frankly, I was born with a silver spoon, which is the greatest gift you
could have, which is to get born in America. I'll tell ya, there is—95 percent
of life is set up for you if you're born in this country. (Well, yes, if
your father happens to be the CEO of a major car manufacturer, a millionaire,
and the governor of Michigan. Not everyone is so incredibly fortunate.)
When I was back in my private equity days, we went to China to buy a factory
there; [it] employed about 20,000 people, and they were almost all young women
between the ages of about 18 [to] 22 or 23. They were saving for potentially
becoming married, and they worked in these huge factories. They made various
small appliances, and as we were walking through this facility, seeing them
work, the number of hours they worked per day, the pittance they earned, living
in dormitories with little bathrooms at the end with maybe ten rooms. And the
rooms, they had 12 girls per room, three bunk beds on top of each other ... And
around this factory was a fence, a huge fence with barbed wire, and guard
towers. (Rather than reporting the dire condition of the
girls to the proper authorities, the American government and the American
public, Mitt Romney invested millions of dollars in the company that owned the
factory, Global Tech Appliances, owning from 6% to 10% of the company before
finally selling his shares. This fact alone should disqualify Romney from being
elected dogcatcher, much less president of the United States.)
... the Fed's buying like three-quarters of the debt that America issues.
(Not true. American households and foreign governments buy and hold more
American debt than the Federal Reserve, which currently holds less than 20% of
outstanding treasury securities.)
It's important to look at your food as you're eating it. Noticed you putting
a fork in your finger here, all right … (Romney instructs millionaire
donors how to eat at a fundraiser.)
I'm not a big-game hunter. I've made that very clear. I've always been a
rodent and rabbit hunter. Small varmints, if you will. I began when I was 15 or
so and I have hunted those kinds of varmints since then. More than two times.
(Rodents and varmints, really?)
Liquefied coal, gosh. Hitler during the Second World War — I guess because he
was concerned about losing his oil — liquefied coal. That technology is still
there. (Romney gushes admiration for Hitler?)
Her positions are not terribly relevant to my campaign. (Ann Romney's $150
donation to Planned Parenthood over a decade ago is, in itself, not that
surprising or scandalous. After all, the Governor was pro-choice in 1994 — he's
gone out of his way to say he isn't any more, but his past record is clear. What
is surprising is that the man who's tried to wed himself to "family values"
would throw his wife under the bus so casually.)
In France, for instance, I'm told that marriage is now frequently contracted in
seven-year terms where either party may move on when their term is up. How
shallow and how different from the Europe of the past. (In this bizarre
comment, Romney used the occasion of a commencement address at Regents
University to condemn a non-existent French marriage policy. The line was picked
up, without comment, by the Washington Post; when reporters tried to
determine what the candidate could possibly be referring to, a spokesman
referred them to France's civil union agreements, but they have no set end
dates. One possible source: seven-year marriage contracts are a plot point in
the Memories of Earth science fiction series by Mormon author Orson
Scott Card, itself a retelling of the Mormon theology in which the limited
marriages stand in for the other non-traditional marriage practices of that
faith. What's Romney really trying to say here? That the French are Mormons?
That they're from outer space?)
If I were Iran, and a crazed fanatic ... (But according to Israel's top
general, Benny Ganz, and former heads of the Mossad and Shin Bet who chose to
"come clean" publicly, the leaders of Iran are rational actors, not "crazed
We really don't have any option but to keep Iran from having a nuclear
weapon. (There is an option other than war and the threat of war, which has
worked with Russia, China, North Korea and other nations that have nukes. It's
called Mutually Assured Destruction, or MAD.)
We should have been aggressively supporting the voices of dissent in Iran,
and when there was an effort towards revolution there we should been
aggressively supporting [it.] (Romney seems not to understand how almost
every act of American aggression in the Middle East has backfired, costing many
lives and trillions of dollars, and making things worse rather than better.)
My own view is that that the centerpiece of American foreign policy has to
be strength. Everything I do will be calculated to increasing America's strength
... When you have a big military—that's bigger than anyone else's—you're
stronger. (This is why Romney wants to increase military spending to $8
trillion over the next ten years. But George W. Bush proved that having massive
military superiority does little good, even against backwater nations like
Afghanistan and Iraq. Richard Nixon proved the same thing in Vietnam. Why spend
trillions of dollars on wars of aggression that accomplish nothing? It would
make far more sense to spend reasonable sums of money on defense and stop using
the US military to bully other nations into submission, because it just doesn't
For me, everything is about strength and communicating to people what is and
is not acceptable. It's speaking softly but carrying a very, very, very big
stick. (This is the definition of fascism, if the big stick is used to
unjustly dominate weaker people and nations.)
If you can't act, why, don't threaten. (Since Romney is ready, wiling
and able to use force preemptively, according to his logic, he can threaten
other nations, such as Iran. Here, he is criticizing President Obama for not
being willing to act belligerently, because that makes his threats less
credible. It seems not to occur to Romney that real diplomacy is better than
either threatening or acting on threats.)
I'm just gonna taste this by the way. I just wanna show you how it's done:
You take this in your fork … you put it in …That's good, that's good.
(Romney instructs millionaire donors how to eat at a fundraiser.)
This president's failure to put in place a status forces agreement allowing
10-20,000 troops to stay in Iraq? Unthinkable! (Romney thinks we should
keep our troops in Iraq, where they would be targets of terrorist attacks and
inflame anti-American sentiments. Also, Iraq refused to grant American troops
immunity from prosecution, so they could be hauled into Iraqi courts on false or
If something of that nature [Americans being held hostage] presents
itself, I will work to find a way to take advantage of the opportunity.
The Palestinians have no interest whatsoever in establishing peace. (Not
true. Most Palestinians and most Israeli Jews want peace. But the leaders on
both sides have resisted the compromises necessary for a negotiated peace. Many
Jewish intellectuals and peace activists claim that the Israeli leadership is
primarily at fault for the stalled peace process, preferring to keep acquiring
Palestinian land in the West Bank to ending the military occupation and
returning sufficient land for a Palestinian state.)
The thing which I find most disappointing in this president is his attack of
one American against another American, the division of America based on going
after those who have been successful. (President Obama and the Democrats
are not attacking Americans for being successful. They have criticized the
current tax system because it favors the super-rich over other Americans. But
that is something the majority of Americans agree about. Romney has up to $100
million in Cayman Island "IRAs" so he seems to be a prime example of why the tax
code needs to be made fairer.)
Our Navy's smaller in number of ships than anytime since 1917, and this
president wants to shrink it. The list goes on. Our Air Force is older and
smaller than anytime since '47 when the Air Force was formed, and he wants to
shrink it. (But according to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, our navy is
larger than the next 13 largest navies, combined, and 11 of those belong to our
allies. The second-largest air force in the world is our navy's air force.
Russia has only one aircraft carrier, as does China. We are not in danger of
losing our military supremacy. The real danger is going bankrupt by using our
military for offensive, rather than defensive, purposes.)
If we win on November 6th there will be a great deal of optimism about the
future of this country. We'll see capital come back, and we'll see—without
actually doing anything—we'll actually get a boost in the economy. (A
Romney win will magically boost the economy? Will pigs also fly and the moon
I can tell you I have a very good team of extraordinarily experienced,
highly successful consultants. A couple of people in particular who've done
races around the world. I didn't realize these guys in the US, the Karl Rove
equivalents, they do races all over the world. In Armenia. In Africa. In Israel.
I mean, they work for Bibi Netanyahu in his races. (Romney has the same
political advisers as Bibi Netanyahu, who presides over a system of racism,
apartheid and ethnic cleansing that has been criticized by Nobel Peace Prize
laureates Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu and Jimmy Carter, among others. Is that a
good thing, really?)
You know that I'm as poor as a church mouse.
We use Ann sparingly right now, so that people don't tired of her, or start
attacking. (And yet, miraculously, they don't get tired of Matinee Mitt!)
I will never apologize for America.—Mitt Romney, in a speech to the Clinton Global Initiative, Sept. 25, 2012
No Apology: The Case for American Greatness is
the title of Romney's 2010 book.
We may make mistakes as a nation from time to time and step on others’ toes,
and we’ll say we’re sorry for that, but apologizing for America is something I
will never, ever do.
—Mitt Romney, flip-flopping in a single sentence during a Mississippi town hall
speech, March 9, 2012
Internationally, President Obama has adopted an appeasement strategy.
— Mitt Romney, blatantly lying in a speech to the Republican Jewish Coalition, December 7, 2011
"He is not going around the world apologizing for everything. I take exception
—Colin Powell, rebuking Sean Hannity for repeating
Romney's bald-faced lie that President Obama goes all around the world
constantly apologizing for America
"Come on Mitt, think! That isn't the case."
— Colin Powell, a retired four-star general and Chairman
of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, a former Secretary of State and Ronald
Reagan's National Security Adviser, responding to Mitt Romney's backward-looking
comment that Russia is "without question the number one geopolitical foe"
of the United States, which of course has not been true since the end of
the Cold War and the freeing of Eastern Europe from the old U.S.S.R. communist
"I don’t know who all of his advisers are, but I’ve seen some of the names and
some of them are quite far to the right. And sometimes they might be in a
position to make judgments or recommendations to the candidate that should get a
— Colin Powell, explaining why Romney seems so anxious to go to war with Iran,
for the same reason that his neo-con advisers launched the invasion of Iraq
(i.e., over nonexistent WMDs) while working for George W. Bush, MSNBC, May 2012
"I think he really needs to not just accept these cataclysmic sort of
pronouncements. I think he really needs to think carefully about these
statements because they’re now on the wall for people to see … Let’s not go
creating enemies where none yet exist ... Let’s be mature people and look at the
reality of the situation and not find ways to see if we can hyperbolize the
—Colin Powell, explaining why Romney needs to grow up and start acting like an adult
Host Andrea Mitchell noted that Romney has been attacking President Obama on his
Iran policy, saying he’s showing weakness. "Well I don’t know what Mr. Romney
would prefer to do," Powell said, "The fact of the matter is we need a
negotiated solution and the only way you can get a negotiated solution is to
talk to the other side."
Multiple Choice Mitt is America's first ultra-liberal conservative!
For me the central issue is that people who are here illegally should be
able to apply for citizenship; that should not be prohibited.
[Immigrants] should not be allowed to stay in this country and be given
permanent residency or citizenship.
I believe abortion should be safe and legal in this country. I have since my mom
took that position when she ran [for Senate] in 1970.
I will preserve and protect a woman's right to choose and am devoted and
dedicated to honoring my word in that regard.
I was an avidly pro-life governor; I am a pro-life individual. I never really
called myself pro-choice.
It's not worth moving heaven and earth, spending billions of dollars just
trying to catch one person.
Of course I would have ordered taking out Osama bin Laden.
I believe the world is getting warmer ... I believe humans contribute to that.
My view is that we don't know what's causing climate change on this planet.
I longed in many respects to actually be in Vietnam and be representing our
It was not my desire to go off and serve in Vietnam. [He avoided Vietnam by
living in a French palace as a 19-year-old "missionary."]
I believe the tax on capital gains should be
It’s a tax cut for fat cats.
I’m going to take burdens off the back of the
auto industry. [Romney later wrote an essay titled "Let Detroit Go
I'm a big believer in getting money where the money is, and the money's in
If our goal is jobs, we have to stop spending over a trillion dollars [more]
than we take in every year.
We can raise taxes on the people that are under the age of 55 … I said we could
With regards to taxes, if the economy is in trouble, what you'd like to do is
I like [compulsory health insurance] mandates. The mandates work.
Being called the "grandfather of Obamacare" is a "compliment."
I would repeal Obamacare ... because it's a "costly disaster."
Multiple Choice Mitt is America's first ultra-liberal conservative!
I’m a strong believer in stating your position and not wavering.
— Mitt Romney
But as we will see, Romney changes his positions more frequently
than even the most adventurous porn stars. (Romney's onetime presidential rival John Hunstman called him a
"perfectly lubricated weathervane.") Here are examples of why Romney
has earned nicknames like Flip Flopney, Mitt the Flopple and Multiple Choice
"I respect and will protect a woman's right to choose."
"I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country."
"I sustain and support that law [Roe v. Wade] and the right of a woman to make
that choice [abortion]."
"I will preserve and protect a woman's right to choose and am devoted and
dedicated to honoring my word in that regard."
"I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years we should
sustain and support it." ... [but] ... "Roe v. Wade has gone too far."
His position was clear and he swore to support a woman's
right to choose ... [but] ... "I never really called
"I like [compulsory health insurance] mandates. The mandates work." ... [but]
... "I think it's unconstitutional on the 10th Amendment front."
"Being called 'the grandfather of Obamacare' is 'a compliment.'" ... [but] ...
"I would repeal Obamacare" ... because it's a "costly disaster."
"I saw my father march with Martin Luther King." ... [but] ... "I did not see it
with my own eyes." [Because they never marched together.]
"I think the minimum wage ought to keep pace with inflation." ... [but] ...
"There's no question raising the minimum wage excessively causes a loss of
"I longed in many respects to actually be in Vietnam and be representing our
country there." ... [but] ... "It was not my desire to go off and serve in Vietnam."
"I will work and fight for stem cell research." ... [but] ...
"The stem-cell debate
was grounded in a false premise."
"Ronald Reagan is ... my hero/" ... [but] ... "I'm not trying to return to
"This is a completely airtight kennel mounted on the top of our car." ... [but] ...
"[Animal lovers] are not happy that my dog loves fresh air."
His favorite novel was Battlefield Earth ... [but] ... after people
pointed out the book's mountainous flaws, he switched to
"I don’t line up with the NRA." ... [but] ... "I’m
a member of the [NRA]."
"I believe the tax on capital gains should be
zero." ... [but] ... "It’s a tax cut for fat cats."
"I’m going to take burdens off the back of the
auto industry." ... [but] ... He wrote an essay titled "Let Detroit Go
"It's not worth moving heaven and earth, spending billions of dollars just
trying to catch one person." ... [but] ... "Of course I would have ordered
taking out Osama bin Laden."
In a 1994 letter to the Log Cabin Republicans, Romney wrote that he was in favor
of "gays and lesbians being able to serve openly and honestly" in the military.
But during the 2007 presidential debates, he insisted that they should continue
to serve secretly and dishonestly, under "Don't Ask Don't Tell," which he wanted
"I've been a hunter pretty much all my life." ... [but] ... I have hunted
varmints since then. More than two times."
After his staff corrected the first statement above by saying that Romney had
only been hunting twice in his life, he issued the second statement as a
"clarification." The only "varmint" hunter I can think of is Elmer Fudd, so it
seems obvious that Romney is utterly out of his element when talking about
"Deadly assault weapons have no place in Massachusetts." ... [but] ... "I
don’t support any gun control legislation, the effort for a new assault weapons
ban, with a ban on semi-automatic weapons, is something I would oppose."
"I believe the world’s getting warmer. I can’t prove that, but I believe based
on what I read that the world is getting warmer. And number two, I believe that
humans contribute to that. ... And so I think it's important for us to reduce
our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases that may well be significant
contributors to the climate change and the global warming that you're seeing."
... [but] ... "My view is that we don’t know what’s causing climate change on
this planet. And the idea of spending trillions and trillions of dollars to try
to reduce CO2 emissions is not the right course for us."
"These carbon emission limits will provide real and immediate progress." ...
[but] ... "Republicans should never abandon pro-growth conservative principles
in an effort to embrace the ideas of Al Gore."
"I would like to have campaign spending limits." ... [but] ... "The American
people should be free to advocate for their candidates and their positions
without burdensome limitations."
"Those… paying taxes and not taking government benefits should begin a
process toward application for citizenship." ... [but] ... "Amnesty only led to
more people coming into the country."
"I’m not in favor of privatizing Social Security or making cuts." ... [but] ...
"Social Security’s the easiest and that’s because you can give people a personal
Mitt Romney's Nixonian Meltdown: Let's get rid of the half of Americans
who don't vote for me, by letting them starve to death!
Here's what Mitt Romney told fellow millionaires at a closed-door fundraiser:
There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the President no matter
what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon
government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a
responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health
care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that's an entitlement. And the
government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no
matter what ... These are people who pay no income tax ... My job is not to
worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal
responsibility and care for their lives.
First, it is the president's job to care about all
Americans, even those who didn't vote for him. Second, to say that no Democrat
works, or pays income taxes is a blatant lie. Third, to call food an
"entitlement" is ridiculous. Is it an "entitlement" not to starve to death, in a
land of plenty with more than enough food for everyone? Has any American
president ever suggested that we should let half the people starve to death if
they didn't vote for the president? That seems to be what Romney is saying, in a
Nixonian meltdown, as he shares his obvious disgust with the 150 million
Americans who have the temerity to think independently and disagree with him.
Lewd, Crude, Rude and Obnoxious
Willard Mitt Romney has a long history of insulting and bullying other people.
Here is a transcript of the filmed testimony of Cheryl Arnett, a Craig, Colorado
first grade teacher who was invited to participate in a roundtable with Mitt
Romney: "When I was asked to speak with Mitt Romney, it seemed like a very
important thing to me and I wanted to put a lot of careful thought into what I
would say, so I went to the roundtable discussion, very optimistic and
interested in hearing what he had to say. When he sat down one, of the questions
he asked was: 'I understand there’s a teacher here today, which one of you is
the teacher?' So I raised my hand thinking that’s a good thing, he’s interested
in education. But it wasn’t a good thing. I – I felt like his view was a little
old-fashioned. I was surprised by it. He went on to kind of lecture me about
schools and how bad they are. He talked bad about the teachers' union. He was
talking about the importance of private schools and voucher systems. At one
point, I said to him: 'I have an answer for that.' And he said: 'I
didn’t ask you a question!' When I think of Mitt Romney I don’t
think of a person that could really relate to small-town Craig, Colorado.
Although he came here, I don’t think that his life experience would allow him to
really understand the perspective of people that live in a small town. One of
the things I like best that Obama has done for education is that he is releasing
states from 'no child left behind.' Colorado is one of the states lucky enough
to be released. I did not become a teacher to become wealthy or powerful. I
became a teacher to make a difference. It’s important to us to have a government
and a leader that respects us, who will listen to us even if he doesn’t agree
with us. We need to have open conversation and open communication between
educators and government, and I think President Obama is the one to do that."
Mitt the Ripper Accuses Ordinary Americans of Envy
Mitt Romney has accused President Obama of promoting the "bitter politics of
envy." And according to Romney, if you question the motives and tactics of Wall
Street and the big banks, you too are full of bitter envy. Here's an
illuminating exchange on the Today Show ...
MATT LAUER: When you said that we already have a leader who divides us with the
bitter politics of envy, I'm curious about the word "envy." Did you suggest that
anyone who questions the policies and practices of Wall Street and financial
institutions, anyone who has questions about the distribution of wealth and
power in this country, is envious? Is it about jealousy, or fairness?
ROMNEY: You know, I think it’s about envy. I think it's about class warfare.
When you have a president encouraging the idea of dividing America based on 99
percent versus one percent, and those people who have been most successful will
be in the one percent, you have opened up a wave of approach in this country
which is entirely inconsistent with the concept of one nation under God. The
American people, I believe in the final analysis, will reject it.
LAUER: Are there no fair questions about the distribution of wealth without it
being seen as envy, though?
ROMNEY: I think it’s fine to talk about those things in quiet rooms and
discussions about tax policy and the like. But the president has made it part of
his campaign rally. Everywhere he goes we hear him talking about millionaires
and billionaires and executives and Wall Street. It's a very envy-oriented,
attack-oriented approach and I think it will fail.
Do you question the way Wall Street and the big banks act? Then according to
Mitt the Ripper, you must be envious!
The Romneybot Expresses Compassion for Corporations and Banks, but not
One of the strangest things about Mitt Romney is that he seems to care more
about banks and other corporations than human beings. He actually said:
Corporations are people, my friend ... of course they are ... human beings, my
Banks aren't bad people. They're just overwhelmed right now ... scared to death
... feeling the same thing that you're
Romney opposed bailouts for Detroit autoworkers and homeowners, but
supported much larger bailouts for the bankers and Wall Street tycoons
who helped create the debt crisis. And one of the oddest things I have ever
heard a human being say is this:
Now, the banks aren't bad people. They're just overwhelmed right now.
They're overwhelmed with a lot of things. One is a lot of homes coming
in, that are in foreclosure or in trouble ...
In other words, we should have compassion for banks, because they are
foreclosing on so many houses that they're having trouble keeping up with the
paperwork! Romney also said:
The banks are scared to death, of course. They're feeling the same thing that
you're feeling. And so they just want to pretend that all this is just going to
get paid some day.
But banks don't have babies and children to feed. They don't have elderly
parents and grandparents who face health and financial problems as they age.
Yes, banks can have problems. But how can anyone equate a bank's
problems with those of families that confront suffering and possibly death if
family members become homeless or can't obtain proper medical care?
The statements above were made by Mitt Romney during campaign speeches in
Florida, as he asked people to have compassion for banks because they were being
overwhelmed with foreclosed houses. Speaking in shirtsleeves beneath a blazing sun, Romney alluded to earlier statements
he had made about the need to let the market wring out excesses in the real estate sector so
that prices can rebound, as they are slowly starting to do here:
Let it [the foreclosure crisis] run its
course and hit the bottom.
His comments echoed his sentiments expressed to the Las Vegas Review-Journal
Don't try and stop the foreclosure process. Let it run its course and hit
Romney then took a swipe at Newt Gingrich, who at that time led him by four
points in Gallup's rolling Florida polls. Recycling a line from his recent
debate in Tampa, he said Gingrich was "peddling influence" as a consultant to
Freddie Mac, the mortgage giant that Romney said was one of the biggest causes
of the housing crisis, built on a pile of government-guaranteed debt. "We can't
have an influence peddler leading our party," said Romney, standing on a
makeshift stage in front of a one-story house that is in foreclosure.
Gingrich in his response pointed out that Romney made millions of dollars from
his investments in Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and
Goldman Sachs: "So maybe Governor Romney in the spirit of openness should tell
us how much money he’s made off of how many households that have been foreclosed
by his investments?"
But as always, Romney refuses to explain why his money and his rhetoric don't
[Russia] is without question our number one geopolitical foe. (Not true since
the fall of the Iron Curtain and end of the Cold War.)
England is just a small island. Its roads and houses are small. With few
exceptions, it doesn't make things that people in the rest of the world want to
buy. And if it hadn't been separated from the continent by water, it almost
certainly would have been lost to Hitler's ambitions. (The Romneybot
insults our closest friend among the nations of the earth, ignoring the obvious
fact that the US was protected from invasion by Germany and Japan by two large
bodies of water. And what on earth is wrong with small houses? Many Americans
live in small houses. Also, some of the most coveted things in the world are
made in England, by companies like Rolls Royce, Bentley, Jaguar and Lotus. Mitt
Romney's father ran AMC, which produced lackluster cars like the Pacer and
Javelin. Perhaps the Romneybot should try computing facts rather than fiction,
for a change.)
I must admit, I can’t imagine anything more awful than polygamy. (Not rape,
incest, murder, infanticide, matricide or genocide?)
I like the Twilight series. I thought that
was fun.(We assume he thinks the Cold Ones are comedians; well, perhaps
compared to him, they are.)
Who let the dogs out? Who, who? (During an awkward photo op with a group of African American kids.)
Conservatism has had from its inception vigorously positive, intellectually
rigorous agenda and thinking. (Oh, really?)
I am in favor of stem-cell research. (Romney later changed his stance
on federal funding of stem cell research.)
My view is that we don’t know what’s causing climate change on this planet.
(The scientific consensus is that excessive carbon dioxide is the primary
I believe in an America where millions of Americans believe in an America that's
the America millions of Americans believe in. That's the America I love.
I'm not familiar precisely with what I said, but I'll stand by what I said,
whatever it was.
I'm Mitt Romney—and yes Wolf, that's also my first name.
(Romney's first name is Willard; Mitt is his middle
When John King asked Mitt Romney about federal disaster relief for tornado and
flood victims during a Republican presidential debate, Mitt Romney called such
spending "simply immoral." But he favored trillion-dollar bailouts for his
super-rich Wall Street cronies. When asked about affordable healthcare (i.e.,
"Obamacare"), Romney accused average Americans of wanting "free stuff."
But Romney favors giving billions in "free stuff" to his rich friends in Israel,
where every citizen enjoys universal healthcare, thanks to more than $130
billion dollars donated by American taxpayers since 1949. And it seems Romney
has no problem with taking "free stuff" himself, since it seems he somehow
managed to shelter up to $100 million dollars in offshore Bermuda and Cayman
Island "IRAs." Why does Romney begrudge affordable healthcare to average
Americans, while providing all sorts of "free stuff" to himself, his super-rich
cronies, and citizens of other nations?
Mitt the Twit
claims London's unfit,
leaves every proud Brit
convinced he's a s**t ...
"Mitt the Twit" is what the British press started calling Mitt Romney after he
insulted England during his first attempt at international diplomacy, when
he questioned whether London could pull off the Olympics. His rather
obvious inference was that London probably couldn't accomplish what Salt Lake
City accomplished, because it lacked the leadership (not to mention
hyper-inflated ego) of
Mitt Romney, the Olympic gold standard. Then, as if to
prove that what happened in England was no fluke, Romney insulted more than
three hundred million Arabs during his trip to Israel, when
he suggested that Jewish culture is superior to Palestinian culture. (The
Palestinians are predominately Arab.)
If you could learn anything from the economic history of the world it's
this: culture makes all the difference.—Mitt Romney
Mitt really is an insufferable Twit! This is a deeply offensive comment when directed at
Palestinians, because their economic problems have very little to do with
culture and much more to do with Gaza enduring a naval blockade and the West
Bank being subject to a crushing military occupation. Also, there are many nations whose per-capita GDPs exceed
Israel's, so Romney's remark was an insult to Jews as well as to Palestinians. A reasonable analogy would be the economics of Jews suffering greatly when the
Nazis robbed them of their land, homes, property and jobs, during the early
stages of the Holocaust. Were the better economics of Germans compared to Jews
the result of superior German culture, or wild injustices? Well, something very
similar happened during the Nakba ("Catastrophe") of 1948, when Israeli Jews
used superior firepower to rob Palestinians of their land, homes, property and
jobs. During the Holocaust, millions of Jews ended up living on the margins of
existence in walled ghettos and concentration camps, not because their culture
was inferior, but because they were outmuscled and outgunned. Today millions of
Palestinians live on the margins of existence in walled ghettos and refugee
camps for the same reasons. It is an unfortunate fact that culture alone can do
for the victims of ethnic cleansing and apartheid. So Romney just comes across
as a racist cad, perhaps because that's what he is, or perhaps because he's
woefully uninformed, like so many Americans. But at least most of them don't go
to other parts of the world to tell the victims of racial injustices that they are
responsible for their own misfortunes.
I recognize the hand of providence in selecting this place.—Mitt Romney
This is another racist statement from an Arab point of view, because it suggests
that God is a bigot who favors Jews over Arabs. What Romney seemed to do, in his
quest for Jewish approval, votes and money, is write off millions of Arabs as being
culturally inferior and despised by God. But some Arab nations have much
higher per-capita GDPs than Israel, thanks primarily to oil, which has nothing
to do with culture. So Romney is shooting blanks ... perhaps because his brain
cartridge is empty?
Romney's international act was so pitifully inept that The China
Post questioned whether "Mitt's fumbling foreign policy foray" had been
planned by the Obama campaign! The Jerusalem Post explained the reason
for Romney's racist comments succinctly: it was a question of "how much Romney
would abase himself by saying whatever the Israeli right wanted to hear and how
big a jackpot of donations [billionaire Sheldon] Adelson would shower on the
Romney campaign in return." In other words, the Israel gaffes were blatant vote
and money pandering that went awry because Romney is either a racist, or tone
deaf to the feelings of Palestinians and their sympathizers.
Rather than admitting his mistakes and promising to do better in the future, Romney proceeded to insult the world press by saying, "I
realize that there will be some in the fourth estate or whatever estate
who are far more interested in finding something to write about that is
unrelated to the economy, to geopolitics, to the threat of war, to the reality
of conflict in Afghanistan today, to a nuclearization of Iran."
But what Romney said was newsworthy because he is running for president of
the United States, and thus to be the most powerful person on the planet. People
have the right to know if he may be an egomaniac, insensitive, or a racist. Here are other
quotes that make me question whether Mitt Romney has any business running
for dogcatcher, much less the White House ...
We should double Guantanamo!—Mitt Romney
Should we double the size of an extraterritorial prison camp best known around
the world as a symbol of torture, indefinite detention and illegal incarceration of prisoners as young
as 13 and as old as 98?
No apology!—Mitt Romney
No Apology: The Case for American Greatness is the title of Mitt
Romney's book, which he claims to have written himself. And "no apology" is a
constant theme with Romney. But Ronald Reagan
apologized for mistakes made by the US government. The idea of never apologizing
is literally insane. We can imagine Hitler or Saddam Hussein refusing to ever
apologize, but they were sociopathic madmen. Can we imagine a wise man like
Lincoln, Gandhi, Einstein or Mandela refusing to ever apologize? Of course not.
And based on the contents of the book, Romney should immediately apologize for having
written it. As reviewer Spencer Ackerman noted, "the remarkable conflation of
conservative shibboleths, paranoid global fantasies and deterministic myopia in
No Apology makes it difficult to avoid the conclusion that the
perennial GOP candidate might have been better off saying nothing at all."
Ackerman goes on to succinctly explain why Romney has no business writing about
American foreign policy, much less trying to run it: "So many things are wrong
with Romney’s view of an imperiled America that it is difficult to know where to
begin. First, the idea that the U.S. is locked in a struggle for global
supremacy with 'violent jihadists' overlooks the exponential differences in
economic resources, military strength, and global appeal between America and an
increasingly imperiled band of Waziristan-based acolytes of Osama bin Laden.
Al-Qaeda can attack us; it cannot displace the U.S. as a global leader. It
manufactures nothing, trades with no one, and has absolutely nothing to offer
anyone except like-minded conspiratorial murderers. In order to disguise these
glaring asymmetries, Romney has to use an empty term — 'the jihadists' — which
he cannot rigorously define and with which he means to absorb the vastly
different aims and ambitions of rival terrorist groups and separate nations like
Iran. 'Violent jihadist groups come in many stripes across a spectrum,' Romney
writes, 'from Hamas to Hezbollah, from the Muslim Brotherhood to al-Qaeda.' But
al-Qaeda exists because it considered the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt too accommodating of the Egyptian
government. Hamas has literally fought al-Qaeda attempts at penetrating the Gaza Strip; and
Sunni al-Qaeda released a videotape just this weekend that derides 'Rejectionist Shiite Hezbollah.'
There is absolutely nothing that unites these organizations in any programmatic
manner except Romney’s ignorance, and the expansion of ignorance is insufficient
to topple an American superpower."
In the past, the neocons justified the Vietnam War with the "domino theory,"
which stated that if South Vietnam fell to communism, all the rest of the
earth's nations would fall to communism like a row of dominoes. But after more
than 58,000 deaths, more than 300,000 casualties, and more than $700 billion (in
adjusted 2011 dollars), South Vietnam did fall to communism, without any
profound effect on the rest of the globe.
Today the neocons have justified spending more than a trillion dollars on wars
in Afghanistan and Iraq with the ludicrous idea that tiny groups of terrorists
will "take over the world" if the US doesn't stop them, despite the fact that
they don't have navies, air forces, armies or anything it would require to take
over even one Western nation. The incredible cost in lives, amputations, mental
disabilities and dollars cannot be justified by the threat posed by small groups
of terrorists. It's like a herd of elephants being scared out of their wits by a
mouse, then destroying their habitat in their wild panic.
...as we seek to establish full equality for America's gay and lesbian
citizens, I will provide more effective leadership than my opponent.—Mitt Romney
When running for senate in 1994, Mitt Romney wrote a letter promising a gay
Republican group, the Log Cabin Republicans, that he would be a stronger
advocate for gay rights than Ted Kennedy, who staunchly supported equal rights
for gays, including marriage. But Romney has more flip-flops than Daytona Beach
and recently chickened out on the Chick-fil-A versus gay marriage affair, so
it's hard to say what he really believes or would do as president. Romney now
favors a constitutional amendment forbidding gay marriage and says that he
opposes even civil unions between gays. But when asked to comment on Chick-fil-A-gate,
he declined. Is that leadership? Don't Americans deserve to know what he plans
to do as president? Romney is no stranger to the chicken franchise. In his
commencement address to Liberty University, an evangelical Christian school,
Romney praised Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy, whose son Dan sparked the
current controversy by saying gay marriage invites "God's judgment." Chick-fil-A's
stance against gay marriage is hardly new. The Cathy family has donated millions
to groups supporting anti-gay-marriage constitutional amendments and makes no
secret of its socially conservative views. But Romney's 1994 comment above, his
contrary comments made before conservative audiences, and his failure to address
the larger American public all seem to add up to one thing: Romney either has no
firm convictions or he refuses to make them known if that may cost him votes. It
seems Romney would turn the White House into Waffle House. When it comes to
personal convictions, Romney is no Ronald Reagan, and he falls far short of
George W. Bush, Rick Santorum, Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann, who will at
least say what they really believe, however bigoted that makes them appear to
people with more liberal views.
I'm not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there.—Mitt Romney
Not concerned, when the Grand Old Pontiffs, led by men like Romney, are actively
slashing the safety nets, which they deridingly call "entitlements," while preserving tax cuts
for the rich and planning more trillion-dollar wars in the Middle East,
starting with Iran? Who will end up dying in those unwinnable wars? Obviously, the
children of the very poor. So we should all be extremely
concerned about the very poor, and the rich, powerful warmongers like Romney who
threaten their existence.
When I mentioned [that] I am going to get rid of Obamacare they [the NAACP] weren’t happy
... That’s okay. I want people to know what I stand for, and if
I don’t stand for what they want, go vote for someone else; that’s just fine …
But I hope people understand this, your friends who like Obamacare, you remind
them of this, if they want more stuff from government tell them to go vote for
the other guy ... more free stuff.—Mitt Romney
But Romney seems to be all about "free stuff" ... for himself and his
super-rich friends. Even if it's "wrong" for poor people to want affordable
healthcare for their children and aging parents, isn't it vastly worse from
someone richer than Midas to insult them while ripping apart their safety nets
so that he can get even richer? (As I wrote this paragraph, I had a vision of
Ebenezer Scrooge denying raises to Bob Cratchit while Tiny Tim wasted away
without a life-saving operation.)
If you're like most middle-class Americans, Mitt Romney wants to raise your
taxes. This is the conclusion of report released by
the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center. They dug into the details of
Romney's plan, ran the numbers, and determined how it all shakes out for real
people. Middle-class families
with children will pay an average of $2,000 more in taxes under Romney, while
multi-millionaires would see an average $250,000 tax cut. In other words, Mitt
Romney's plan asks 125 families (roughly) to foot the bill for just one of the
big tax cuts he'd give one of his super-rich cronies. Meanwhile, President
Obama has been working to extend the middle-class tax cuts worth $2,220 a year to a
typical family. But Romney and his allies in Congress oppose these tax cuts
unless they are attached to even more large tax cuts for the most fortunate
families. The Romney campaign disputes this new nonpartisan report, but it
won't provide a single new detail about just how they'd pay for tax cuts for
millionaires without raising taxes on middle-class families. It's not hard to
understand why they don't want to talk about the actual numbers here. But if
they have a secret tax plan, they ought to put it on the table.
In the hands of the ayatollahs, a nuclear Iran is nothing less than an
existential threat to Israel. Iran’s suicidal fanatics could blackmail the
But Israeli intelligence begs to differ. Former heads of the Mossad (the Israeli
equivalent of the CIA) and the Shin Bet (the Israeli equivalent of the FBI) have
recently stated publicly that Iran's leaders are rational, not "suicidal fanatics." Benny
Ganz, the chief of staff of the Israeli military, has also called Iran a
"rational actor." Ehud Barak, Israel's Defense Minister, and the man most
responsible for defending Israel, recently told the L.A. Times that
Israel has the most powerful military within a thousand-mile radius of
Jerusalem. Thus Israel is more powerful than any nation south of Russia, despite
its tiny size, thanks to more than a hundred billion dollars in
US-taxpayer-provided money and weapons over the years. Barak is not frightened of Iran, in the
least. So why is Romney lying about the "threat" posed by Iran?
Romney seems to be doing what Hitler and the Nazis did, when they claimed that Jews were "dangerous" and that Poland was "dangerous" as
pretexts to rob weaker people and launch offensive wars. As reported by The Nation, "The
Romney campaign released a white paper [on the "dangers" faced by the US] to
coincide with a major address at The Citadel. The cornerstone of Romney’s speech
was a gauzy defense of American exceptionalism ... The speech and white paper
were long on distortions—claiming that Obama believed 'there is nothing unique
about the United States' and 'issued apologies for America' abroad—and short on
policy proposals. The few substantive ideas were costly and bellicose:
increasing the number of warships the Navy builds per year from nine to fifteen
(five more than the service requested in its 2012 budget), boosting the size of
the military by 100,000 troops, placing a missile defense system in Europe and
stationing two aircraft carriers near Iran. 'What he articulated in the Citadel
speech was one of the most inchoate, disorganized, cliché-filled foreign policy
speeches that any serious candidate has ever given,' says Steve Clemons, a
senior fellow at the New America Foundation."
Shades of Hitler and the Nazis, indeed.
I will not surrender America’s role in the world. This is very simple: If
you do not want America to be the strongest nation on Earth, I am not your
But what Romney and the neocons obviously want is not only for the United States
to be the most powerful nation on earth, but to use that power, in the form of
unremitting intimidation, violence and war, to force other nations to do
America's bidding. And that is fascism, the philosophy of Hitler and the Nazis
that "might makes right." If Americans want peace and good relationships with
other nations, we need to understand the need for justice, fairness and a level
playing field. Just because the United States is more powerful than Switzerland
or Iran, does not mean that the United States should dictate unjust terms to
Switzerland or Iran.
As President of the United States, I will devote myself to an American
Century. And I will never, ever apologize for America.—Mitt Romney
But of course the United States is far from infallible, and when a nation makes
mistakes, it should apologize for its errors. Ronald Reagan apologized for
mistakes made by the United States and its government, because he was not
operating under the delusion that Americans can do not wrong. Hitler and the
Nazis had a philosophy of "Deutschland Uber Alles" ["Germany over all"], and we
know where that idea of infallibility led the German people: to destruction.
Like the Nazis, Romney and his neocon advisors are
fascists, and thus a danger to the American people, and the people of the world. When
they speak of an "American Century" and "no apologies" they mean the same thing
the Nazis meant when they spoke of the "thousand-year Reich" and sang
"Deutschland Uber Alles." Sane people do not claim to be infallible, or above
and beyond accountability. Insane people sometimes do.
I will reverse President Obama’s massive defense cuts.—Mitt Romney
Romney is lying: there have been no defenses cuts, much less "massive" ones. The
US defense budget has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years. Our navy is
larger than the next 13 largest navies in the world, combined. The
second largest air force in the world is our navy's air force. We have hundreds
of military bases overseas, which cost American taxpayers billions of dollars
per year. When we use that military power to start wars, the costs quickly
skyrocket. Ronald Reagan was wise enough to use military power as a deterrent,
and to bring the USSR to the peace tables. But Reagan avoided major ground wars,
and when US peacekeeping troops were attacked in Lebanon, he withdrew them,
realizing that they could not accomplish their goal. While it is good to desire
peace in the Middle East, it is folly to believe that small numbers of American
troops can enforce peace or democracy on millions of people who see Americans as
foreign invaders (just as Americans would see Muslim troops if they came to the
United States telling Americans what to do).
Make no mistake, the ayatollahs in Iran are testing our moral defenses. They
want to know who will object and who will look the other way. We will not look
away nor will our country ever look away from our passion and commitment to
Romney loves to talk tough about attacking Iran and defending Israel, because
that gets him money and votes from Jews and conservative Christians. But
informed, thinking people understand that he is suggesting that the US must
attack Iran for the same highly dubious reason Iraq was attacked Iraq. We all
know how well that went. And the simple truth is that Iran does not have nuclear
weapons and is unlikely to have them anytime soon, while Israel has a large
cache of nukes, has never allowed inspections of its nuclear facilities, and has
never signed a nonproliferation treaty. From time to time the leaders of Israel
have issued not-so-thinly-veiled threats that they will use nukes if they can't
have their way, and having their way means robbing Palestinians of their
ever-dwindling land and water, while denying them freedom, human rights and
justice. That, of course, was the primary cause of 911 and two bloody,
unwinnable, trillion-dollar wars. The primary danger to the world is not Iran,
but Israel and its superpower patron, the US, whenever warmongers like Romney
are in power. Their passionate commitment to the Israeli Injustice Machine is
going to get a lot of people killed, including American children who enlist as
soldiers without understanding the real reasons for the conflict in the Middle
It is sometimes said that those who are the most committed to stopping the
Iranian regime from security [I think he means "securing"] nuclear
weapons are reckless and provocative and inviting war. The opposite is true. We
are the true peacemakers.—Mitt Romney
Romney is not a "peacemaker." His advisors and supporters include the same
neocons (emphasis on "cons") who engineered the illegal invasion of Iraq on
false premises. The chief neocon and engineer of the war with Iraq, former Vice
President Dick Cheney, recently gave Romney his seal of approval, saying he was
the "only" candidate to trust on tough foreign policy decisions. Cheney was the
real author of George W. Bush's "freedom agenda," which had nothing to do with
freedom and everything to do with "big oil" men like Bush and Cheney trying to
secure Iraq's oil fields. But their evil scheme only sent the price of oil
soaring, resulting in a decade-long global recession that has cost the citizens
of the world trillions of dollars and resulted in hundreds of thousands of
deaths and millions of people being left maimed, displaced and/or homeless.
As Ari Berman recently pointed out in a article for The Nation, "Romney
is loath to mention [George W.] Bush on the campaign trail, for obvious reasons,
but today they sound like ideological soul mates on foreign policy. Listening to
Romney, you’d never know that Bush left office bogged down by two unpopular wars
that cost America dearly in blood and treasure. Of Romney’s forty identified
foreign policy advisers, more than 70 percent worked for Bush. Many hail from
the neoconservative wing of the party, were enthusiastic backers of the Iraq War
and are proponents of a US or Israeli attack on Iran ... On some key issues,
like Iran, Romney and his team are to the right of Bush. Romney’s embrace of the
neoconservative cause—even if done cynically to woo the right—could turn into a
policy nightmare if he becomes president. If we take the candidate at his word,
a Romney presidency would move toward war against Iran; closely align Washington
with the Israeli right; leave troops in Afghanistan at least until 2014 and
refuse to negotiate with the Taliban; reset the Obama administration’s "reset"
with Russia; and pursue a Reagan-like military buildup at home.
The Washington Monthly dubbed Romney’s foreign policy vision the 'more
enemies, fewer friends' doctrine, which is chillingly reminiscent of the world
Obama inherited from Bush ... Romney's malleability is an advantage for his neocon advisers, giving them
an opportunity to shape his worldview, as they did with Bush after 9/11. Four
years after Bush left office in disgrace, Romney is their best shot to get back
Need I say more? Like Bush, Romney is putty in the hands of neocons
who see war as the "path to peace." But since the Vietnam War, their "freedom
agenda" has only resulted in mayhem, and their wars and covert operations have
turned the rest of the world against the US, which is now considered to be an
enemy of peace by billions of people, and understandably so.
Christopher Preble, a foreign policy expert at the Cato Institute recently
"Romney’s likely to be in the mold of George W. Bush when it comes to foreign
policy if he were elected."
I will reaffirm as a vital national interest Israel’s existence as a Jewish
Why is it in the "national interest" of the United States for Israel to be
defined in racist terms, as a Jewish state? Isn't that like asking black
Americans to pledge fealty to a "white United States"? Should American taxpayers
be forced to pay billions of dollars so that Israeli Jews can do to
Palestinians, what white supremacists once did to black Americans?
I should tell my story. I'm also unemployed.—Mitt Romney
Romney, speaking to unemployed Floridians, demonstrated an amazing
lack of empathy and concern for people who are actually down on their luck. His
net worth has been estimated at $200 to $250 million.
I get speaker's fees from time to time, but not very much. —Mitt Romney
Romney earned $374,000 in speaking fees in a single year, according to his
personal financial disclosure. Once again Romney demonstrated his extreme
disconnect from average Americans, who would consider making that kind of money
from a few speaking engagements a real windfall (please pardon the
I purchased a gun when I was a young man. I've been a hunter pretty much all
my life.—Mitt Romney
Romney's campaign later said he'd been hunting twice, once when he was 15, the
other time at a Republican fundraiser when he was 59. Hunting twice in 44 years
hardly qualifies one as the Great White Hunter, but perhaps more unsettling than
his blatant vote-pandering is Romney's desire to brag about his hunting/killing
Corporations are people, my friend… of course they are ... Human beings, my
Does the Romneybot confuse heartless corporations with human beings because he
lacks a human heart himself?
Planned Parenthood, we're going to get rid of that.—Mitt Romney
Getting rid of Planned Parenthood and denying women access to contraceptives
seem to be high on the Republican Party's agenda. But what happens to all the
girls and women who aren't ready to become mothers and/or can't afford to have
children? Where is there any empathy or compassion for them, or the unwanted
babies? Republicans have made it clear that they have no intention of helping
out people in need, so forcing girls and women to have babies they don't want or
can't afford seems truly heartless.
Romney says it's wrong to borrow money from China to fund Planned Parenthood,
but he seems quite content to borrow trillions from China to fund new wars in the Middle East. If it's wrong to borrow a few million
dollars to fund contraceptives, family planning and healthcare for girls and
women, isn't it much worse to borrow trillions of dollars to attack and destroy other
I would repeal Obamacare.—Mitt Romney
But "Obamacare" is obviously modeled after Romney's own health care plan,
Romneycare. Romney claims that the two plans
are radically different, but as President Obama pointed out: "We designed a program that actually previously had
support of Republicans, including the person who may end up being the Republican
standard bearer and is now pretending like he came up with something different."
Romney's Massachusetts health care plan served as a model for the Affordable
Care Act ("Obamacare"). Why does he now rail against a very similar plan? Probably because the
only way he can get elected is to appeal to right-wing conservatives who
despises anything President Obama does, on general principle, even if he does
what Republicans originally suggested. Repealing Obamacare without coming up with
something better might cause American citizens to suffer and die, but that
seems to be secondary to the all-important goal of Mitt Romney becoming
president, regardless of the cost.
I will never, ever apologize for America.—Mitt Romney
But obviously when the United States makes mistakes, apologies are in order.
Ronald Reagan signed legislation that apologized for the internment of Japanese
Americans during World War II. On August 10, 1988, Reagan said himself that "We
admit a wrong." Also, Reagan's Justice Department issued a formal apology to
France for protecting Klaus Barbie, a Nazi whom U.S. intelligence recruited and
shielded in the aftermath of World War II. Reagan also expressed regret for the
U.S. military shooting down an Iranian passenger jet over the Persian Gulf and
offered compensation to both Iranian and non-Iranian victims.