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It's not exactly a flip-flop if you take both sides (Orig. photo: Pool/Reuters)
 
Yesterday, Mitt Romney gave a speech in Iowa in which he vowed to cut spending dramatically and slammed President Obama for spending too much:
Today America faces a financial crisis of debt and spending that threatens what it means to be an American. [...] The people of Iowa and America have watched President Obama for nearly four years, much of that time with Congress controlled by his own party. And rather than put out the spending fire, he has fed the fire. He has spent more and borrowed more.  [...] Washington has been spending too much money and our new President made things much worse.
Romney singled out President Obama's stimulus plan for particularly harsh scorn:
President Obama started out with a near trillion-dollar stimulus package – the biggest, most careless one-time expenditure by the federal government in history.
Leave aside the fact that it was actually a $787 billion plan and that Romney himself had praised it in January of 2009. Instead, check out what Mitt Romney told a town hall audience last week about spending:
I'm not going to cut a trillion dollars in the first year. And I heard a question. Why not? And the answer is: taking a trillion dollars out of a $15 trillion economy would cause our economy to shrink and would put a lot of people out of work.
So from one side of his mouth, Romney says President Obama's "trillion-dollar stimulus plan" as the single worst expenditure the federal government has ever made. From the other side of his mouth, Romney says he wouldn't immediately cut a trillion dollars in spending because it would "shrink" the economy and "put a lot of people out of work." From one side of his mouth, Romney says President Obama's spending policies threaten "what it means to be an American," yet from the other side of his mouth Romney says departing from those policies would be bad for the economy.

And the thing about Romney is that he says this kind of stuff every single day. Keeping up with his two-faced inconsistency is exhausting—and we've got nearly six more months of it ahead of us.

Originally posted to The Jed Report on Wed May 16, 2012 at 08:26 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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Comment Preferences

  •  No doubt for you (4+ / 0-)
    Keeping up with his two-faced inconsistency is exhausting
    It's a breeze for Mitt - he doesn't have to remember anything he says.
  •  When the trillion goes to Romney and friends (6+ / 0-)
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    Wee Mama, lcbo, annieli, Inland, venger, Spoc42

    it's investing.  They are businessmen you know.

    When the trillion goes to the USA it's spending.  They don't need no stinking bridges, there will be no jobs to commute to anyway.

    So now you know.

    . . . from Julie, Julia. "Oh, well. Boo-hoo. Now what?"

    by 88kathy on Wed May 16, 2012 at 08:42:04 AM PDT

  •  And again I ask (4+ / 0-)

    Is this man fully sane?

    In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra En théorie, il n'y a aucune différence entre théorie et pratique, mais en pratique, il y a toujours une différence. - Yogi Berra

    by blue aardvark on Wed May 16, 2012 at 08:42:33 AM PDT

  •  Knuckle Up Jed.....or you'll be subbing for (0+ / 0-)

    Waldeman on Congessional Matters......lol

  •  Mittens needs a mascot - 'Willy the Weather-Vane'? (0+ / 0-)

    'Sprinkles' the orbital sprinkler? Jerry the Gyroscope? Get Disney to design a suit and have the mascot pose for photos with the kids at campaign events!

    Romney 2012 - So what else are you gonna do.... vote for the BLACK GUY??

    by Fordmandalay on Wed May 16, 2012 at 08:46:15 AM PDT

  •  Who needs facts? Just make it up as you go along (3+ / 0-)
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    JML9999, lcbo, Spoc42

    Does Romney have a clue about anything?  It would appear he's like a pre adolescent playing make-believe.

    I like your point.  How can it be a "flip flop" if opposite positions are taken on a single issue within the same sentence or paragraph ??

    I think that Republicanism is revealing itself as a personality disorder, not so much an ideology." -- Naomi Klein

    by AllanTBG on Wed May 16, 2012 at 09:55:28 AM PDT

  •  Mitt Romney (4+ / 0-)
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    fuppet, Zack from the SFV, tb mare, Spoc42

    is severely fucked up.  The good thing is he doesn't "grow on you"; in fact, the more you see him, the less you like him.

    No one man can terrorize a whole nation unless we are all his accomplices...Edward R. Murrow

    by maxcat06 on Wed May 16, 2012 at 11:27:16 AM PDT

  •  Seems to me (0+ / 0-)

    there is a difference between increasing existing budgetary outlays by a trillion and cutting the budget by a trillion.  I don't think even the most extreme rightwingers on the Hill would propose an immediate 6.6% cut to the budget but I could be wrong.    

    •  It's actually worse than no difference. (1+ / 0-)
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      DollyMadison

      If spending and lowered taxes are necessary now while the economy is weak, they were certainly necessary then when Obama was handed the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.  Deficit spending could only be less necessary now.

      But because Romney's an asshole, he's setting it up to criticize Obama's deficits while making it safe to run the same size ones as the economy recovers.   Sorta like  Bush, who continued to use the "fragile recovery" over seven years as his reason to run huge deficitis during relatively good economic times.

      Romney is campaigning to be President SuperBain; his cure is to cut wages, end pensions, let companies go bankrupt, and let the assets of production go dark or be sold to China. He really thinks thats the best of all possible Americas.

      by Inland on Wed May 16, 2012 at 11:55:20 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  It was (0+ / 0-)

        inexusable to run those deficits as you note.  I am not an economics guru but that at least I can appreciate.  I think your point about SuperBain is an interesting one as Romney definitely would like the electorate to have the impression that he can run a tight ship, cut costs etc.  

        •  But Mitt just gave you the excuse. (0+ / 0-)

          He just pretends that it's an excuse that only HE can use.  We're used to Rs talking a big game and then creating the biggest deficits around.    Mitt's telling us in advance that he's going to be a big fucking hypocrite who is going to hurt America.  

          Romney is campaigning to be President SuperBain; his cure is to cut wages, end pensions, let companies go bankrupt, and let the assets of production go dark or be sold to China. He really thinks thats the best of all possible Americas.

          by Inland on Wed May 16, 2012 at 12:07:51 PM PDT

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          •  Grim Assessment (0+ / 0-)

            you have made.  Which suggests no matter who wins, continued substantial deficits are in the future.

            •  No, because Obama's got a plan for deficits while (2+ / 0-)
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              blueyedace2, DollyMadison

              Mitt's got a plan for more tax cuts for the rich.

              Like Clinton before him, Obama is making a plan for revenues and spending when times are good.   Mitt's making a plan to give out extra tax cuts for the rich while times are good and boost defense spending year after year.   There's no situation where the R answer to deficits is not more deficits.  Just listen to Mitt.

              Romney is campaigning to be President SuperBain; his cure is to cut wages, end pensions, let companies go bankrupt, and let the assets of production go dark or be sold to China. He really thinks thats the best of all possible Americas.

              by Inland on Wed May 16, 2012 at 12:44:50 PM PDT

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  •  and the spending in the stim was only ~$400B (1+ / 0-)
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    Inland

    We really need to reinforce the fact that the stimulus was half tax cuts, making the "obama spent a trillion in his first four seconds" even less true than it already is.

    •  One of the O adm's biggest errors (0+ / 0-)

      was not sending out tax rebate checks like Bush did for the 2001 tax cuts.  The largest middle class tax cut in history is a closely guarded secret to 95% of this country.

      It also would have made it harder to peddle Romney's "wasted a trillion dollars" carp.

      The GOP: "You can always go to the Emergency Room."

      by Upper West on Wed May 16, 2012 at 12:03:22 PM PDT

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  •  Demand the Media keep him honest (0+ / 0-)

    That Mitt contradicted himself in this "major" economic speech should have been part of every media story regarding it.  We should be demanding that the media cover these statements honestly and when they don't they should be called on it.   If they do their job then it will become harder and harder from Romney to play these games.

    The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones! - John Maynard Keynes

    by Do Something on Wed May 16, 2012 at 11:37:30 AM PDT

  •  A couple of take-aways from Romney's speeches (2+ / 0-)
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    Upper West, Inland

    First, there is a clear shift away from talking about jobs to talking about debt.  I believe this coincides with Boehner seeking to threaten default again.  The GOP believes they lost the edge in the election after the Occupy movement changed the national conversation from debt to jobs.  Obama seized on it, rebranded himself and has put himself into a good position to win the election.

    Now, it seems the GOP wants to shift the conversation back to where they think they can regain the advantage for the national elections.  The message, however divorced from reality, is backed by millions of dollars and top tier speechwriters, ad-men and consultants.  It's a boondoggle operation for Rove.

    Second, what it tells me is that by talking about debt instead of jobs, the GOP seems to think that job numbers for the spring and summer are going to be pretty decent and so it's not a winning argument for them.

    Third, I agree with what some WAPO columnists wrote when they decried the blatant dishonesty in the ads and the Media's unwillingness to call out Camp Romney.  It is a reprise of Bush's campaign against Gore when all manner of lies and falsehoods went un-rebutted.  

    By focusing on the theme of disappointment in Obama and highlighting government spending, they think they can get an electorate that resembles 2010, which is an election they can win.

    For Obama, the response is simple:  highlight the jobs, and the story behind how we got here and how Mitt will take us back to those bad old days.  

    It's a great opportunity to make Mitt's character and his policies the focus of the election, which could really help Obama in a lot of close states.  

    Alternative rock with something to say: http://www.myspace.com/globalshakedown

    by khyber900 on Wed May 16, 2012 at 11:41:58 AM PDT

    •  Is debt a winning issue? It never has been. (0+ / 0-)

      Given that Mitt is saying that he too would keep the deficits high, I'm wondering if this isn't just more shoring up of the support from the base.

      Romney is campaigning to be President SuperBain; his cure is to cut wages, end pensions, let companies go bankrupt, and let the assets of production go dark or be sold to China. He really thinks thats the best of all possible Americas.

      by Inland on Wed May 16, 2012 at 12:04:10 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  leaving the low-info voter to vote on skin color (0+ / 0-)
    So from one side of his mouth, Romney says President Obama's "trillion-dollar stimulus plan" as the single worst expenditure the federal government has ever made. From the other side of his mouth, Romney says he wouldn't immediately cut a trillion dollars in spending because it would "shrink" the economy and "put a lot of people out of work." From one side of his mouth, Romney says President Obama's spending policies threaten "what it means to be an American," yet from the other side of his mouth Romney says departing from those policies would be bad for the economy.

    slutty voter for a "dangerous president"; Präsidentenelf-maßschach; Warning-Some Snark Above"Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) "Sciant terra viam monstrare." 政治委员, 政委!

    by annieli on Wed May 16, 2012 at 11:43:34 AM PDT

  •  The ads create themselves... (0+ / 0-)

    he's on video supporting the stimulus in 2009.

    It should be trivial to create a Etch-A-Sketch ad based on that.

    Mitt Romney treats people like things. And he treats things - corporations - like people.

    by richardak on Wed May 16, 2012 at 11:44:51 AM PDT

  •  C'mon Jed... (0+ / 0-)

    Are you being purposely dense here?

    You surely know just about everyone who calls for balancing the budget also says it cannot be done in a single year.  Anyone who is serious, that is.  There are some far-right GOPers that think passing a balanced budget amendment would cut spending by a Trillion in a single year.  But they're idiots.

    Romney is telling those idiots it ain't gonna happen quickly.

    But, it does need to happen slowly.. these deficits are unsustainable.

  •  Don't worry, the media will call him on his BS.... (0+ / 0-)

    They will speak truth to power and reveal the two faced liar Romney is so the Amer...Ameri....aaa...mer....hahaha

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA...

    Damn, almost said all of that with a straight face....

    Tax and Spend I can understand. I can even understand Borrow and Spend. But Borrow and give Billionaires tax cuts? That I have a problem with.

    by LiberalCanuck on Wed May 16, 2012 at 12:42:59 PM PDT

  •  actually, this one is pretty easy. (0+ / 0-)

    whatever mr. romney says, just assume he'll be for it or against it shortly, or that he's already been for it or against it in the past.

    as overtly stupid as he's (i'm assuming here) pretending to be about the effects of the (only half big enough) stimulous bill in 2009, you have to wonder who was really running the show at bain? i say this because, for a guy with both an mba and a jd, he'd have his constituents believe he's a complete maroon, with respect to basic economics. i know most of his constituents know little to nothing about how economies work at the macro level, so do most most democrats. one (reasonably, i think) expects the guy who wants to sit in the big swivel chair to demonstrate a level of understanding higher than the average bear. if he doesn't, why should he be elected? we've already had multiple republican presidents who knew nothing about economics, and they trashed the economy, he simply promises to trash it some more.

    let's be blunt, multi-millionaire mitt romney trying to act like "joe six-pack" isn't going to cut it. he might as well be himself, and at least attempt to show the general voting public he is smarter than they are, and knows about economics and such, and prove he has a better plan to move the country forward. ok, i realize that's asking a lot, but no one likes him personally anyway, he should stop embarrassing himself and us by pretending, and just cut to the chase.

    of course, mr. romney's biggest weakness is that he does understand economics, and knows, deep down, he has no original thoughts, and the standard republican "policies" will destroy a romney presidency. in short, he's fucked either way.

  •  Have you noticed? (0+ / 0-)

    The only time Romney opens his mouth is to change feet.

    FOSI: Full Of Shit Information - Both my sister and I are trivia freaks...

    by Spoc42 on Wed May 16, 2012 at 05:43:41 PM PDT

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