Another head-spinning Romney flip-flop
We may have a new land-speed record on flip-flops, even for Mitt Romney, who earlier today said America is in "peacetime" and has been so for at least the past two years. Now he says he disagrees with what he said earlier, and didn't even mean to say it in the first place, even though he wrote it.
Team Romney has an explanation for that: It was a mistake.
"He meant to say since World War II," said Romney's PAC spokesman, Eric Fehrnstrom, in an e-mail.
Uh, say what now? How do you go from making a point about "peacetime" spending to saying you meant post-WWII? And how do you make that mistake in the first place?
Dave Weigel thinks it's because Romney meant to talk about domestic spending, but if we're not talking about military spending, then World War II is irrelevant. Plus, it's silly to talk about spending since 2001 without talking about the military. According to data available from the CBO on discretionary spending, from 2001 to 2010, defense spending increased by 125%. Domestic spending went up by 92%. In dollar terms, if defense spending had just increased at the same rate as domestic discretionary spending, it would be $100 billion lower than it is today, saving well over $1 trillion over the next decade.
Of course, none of that helps explain what the hell Mitt Romney thought he was saying when he said America was in "peacetime." Or how in the world he could have confused post-WWII era with "peacetime."
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