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    Romney’s Sequester Proposal

    By MARK HALPERIN | August 3, 2012

    HALPERIN: “I want to ask you about two big issues that you have to deal with that aren’t part of your plan now. One is the cuts to the Pentagon. How urgent do you think it is for addressing that? What are your ideas for addressing that? And the other is, some people are saying tax reform, which you also think is a big part of boosting the economy and provides uncertainty until that’s resolved, could take up to a year. What’s your view of how long major tax reform would take if you were elected President?”

    ROMNEY: “Well, let’s go back first to the sequestration. I would like to see the President and Congress come together and say we’re going to put a year’s runway from where we are right now, through the next several months, into the term of the next president, hopefully me, but if not me, President Obama, and give me or the next president the capacity to reform our tax system and make sure that our military plans are consistent with the needs of American leadership. I think the idea of massive cuts to our military is a terrible idea. It is going to cause layoffs. It’s going to cause the cessation of various programs essential to American workers and, I presume, to our defense capabilities as well. The Secretary of Defense called these cuts “disastrous.” And, so, I think the Congress and the President, clearly – with the President’s leadership, he should step forward and say, look, these sequestration cuts are unacceptable. The kinds of cuts to our military are unacceptable and the uncertainty caused by the tax changes – some call it a tax cliff or Taxmaggedon – these things don’t help the American economy. We need to have stability here so let’s have at least a year of runway or even six months of runway after the new president is elected so we can have the tax reform and the military spending plans and the budget plans that are consistent with that individual self-leadership and views.”

    Two things the bolded portion of the quote tells us that are different from Mitt and Ann are saying today.

    1) He did expect to deal with sequestration as President and 2) he would have dealt with it not putting it off for a year and telling Congress to sort it out.

    There was no mention here of knocking heads, back when he was convinced that he would be President.

    Mitt is making it clear that he is going to join the John McCain/Dick Cheney School of Elder Statesmanship, where you look at national problems and instead of offering solutions, you say 'I do not have all of the facts or any solutions but I am certain you are doing it wrong, wrong, wrong and that I would do it better.'

    "I am not interested in picking up crumbs of compassion thrown from the table of someone who considers himself my master. I want the full menu of rights." (From "You Said a Mouthful" by Bishop Desmond Tutu - South African bishop & activist, b.1931)

    by FiredUpInCA on Sun Mar 03, 2013 at 07:36:54 PM PST

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