I Wish He Had Succeeded……Huh???

Like for the first two days of the GOP convention I was trying to find a fact check article that had some substance but was pretty much unsuccessful.  It seems that Clint Eastwood’s rambling rants to an empty chair was the highlight of the night.

Of course, Mr. Romney pulled out the “Obama Medicare $716 billion cut which has been already thoroughly discounted.  The other big announcement was that he plans to create 12 million new jobs. The only jobs a president can actually create is in the federal government  and I don’t think that is what he has in mind. Here is what one expert said about that

If Mitt Romney were elected president in November, he is likely to oversee an economy that gains 12 million new jobs in the next four years. But, as Mark Hopkins, a senior analyst at Moody’s told the Washington Post, “the baseline forecast is for payroll employment to increase by 12 million jobs from the start of 2013 to the end of 2016.”

So I guess what he is saying is that he will take credit for the jobs if they actually occur 🙂 It would be interesting to compare what Mr. Romney said last night to what Mr. Obama said four years ago. As I remember they have a lot of similarities. A bunch of promises and little substance to go along with them. But that just seems to be the way of politics now.

To me the crowning words of the night were these from Mr. Romney:

“I wish President Obama had succeeded because I want America to succeed. But his promises gave way to disappointment and division,” Romney said. “This isn’t something we have to accept. Now is the moment when we can do something. With your help we will do something.”

If only those words were actually true. If Mr. Romney really wanted President Obama to succeed he would have urged his fellow Republican to come together with the Democrats in doing what they can agree is good for America and not filibuster everything that could have actually accomplished something. It is a fact that the last two congresses have been the least productive in the last one hundred years.  But then again since the new radical base of the GOP just doesn’t trust Romney they likely would not have listened to him anyway.

If President Obama had succeeded it would be very unlikely that Mr. Romney would be elected. So five years and millions of dollars of his personal payments would be for naught. I kind of doubt the sincerity of his words above. In order to get to where he is today Mr. Romney had to basically deny almost all of his life’s crowning achievements to appease the now radical base of his party. He had to say that all the work he did to get almost universal healthcare for his State was a big mistake! This alone make me doubt that he has any foundational beliefs that he is not willing to deny in order to gain the Presidency.

The final observation that I want to make before personally putting politics back on the shelf for a while is that the last three nights have firmed up my belief that without some very substantial change the GOP is bound for oblivion. The reason I say that is that when you look at the convention crowd all you see is primarily white faces and old white faces at that.  Our country is become a more diverse nation as the years go by. If the GOP can’t find some way to stop alienating those who are not WASPs they are doomed.

But what do I know….

8 thoughts on “I Wish He Had Succeeded……Huh???

  • Thanks Anonymous although I wish I could call you by your name. It is nice to see someone who can disagree and not be so loud about it. I guess all channels now have some sort of bias. I watched it on PBS. In my mind they are unbiased but you probably have another opinion on that..

    You say there were tons of people of color at the convention but the statistics say that it was 93.2% white folks. That is a far cry from even coming close to the makeup of the country as a whole. I will have to wait for the convention next week to see tons of people of color. 🙂 I’m happy that you see your party as just how you want it but I see it as just representing an ever decreasing minority of voters now. I have voted for Republican presidents but none since Reagan as I see the party as taking a right hand turn then away from my altruistic values about then. I guess we will just have to wait and see if the GOP can survive on to such a narrow slice of electorate. I kind of doubt it myself.

    As far as your comment that when people succeed they turn Republican. Of course I don’t see it that way. I was a Republican into my thirties but then I lost much of my self centered ways and realized I was more aligned with the Democratic party and yes I did succeed in the business world during that time. So I and a lot of people I know went the other way.

    Yes, I am disappointed in what President Obama has been able to accomplish also. I think he was naive when he thought he could reach across the aisle for things that were for the common good. I’m sure he knows better in his next term at least until something comes to shake the do-nothing mentality of the current GOP.

    But given the total mess our country was in when he took office I think he has done a pretty good job. As my hero Will Rogers says the president really can’t do much as far as turning the country in a different direction especially when the private sector is in such turmoil. Until we as a country convince ourselves that full employment means a more educated workforce we will likely never have enough jobs for our high school graduates or drop-outs. There is just too much cheap labor in the world now. I have NOT seen Obama’s America since the GOP is doing absolutely everything to prevent him from realizing even a small slice of it. It would be wonderful if folks like you had just given him a slight chance. You say he had a Democratic congress in his first two years. That is true but those were also the two years where the filibuster was used to shut essentially everything down. Republican filibusters have been used more in the last four years than in the previous two hundred and forty odd years. If that is not the definition of obstructionist I can’t imagine what would be.

    One thing I can agree on is your last two words. Peace is what I dream about and I do try to look at everyone as a brother or sister in the world as the Lord taught me to.

    So, peace back at you brother or sister, whichever the case may be……

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  • Hi Janette. I considered it too but the alternative is just too scary for me. I don’t want Ryan anywhere near my social security or Medicare. Romney is just a guy who flaps with the wind.

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  • I don’t think Romney flaps in the wind- but then I have read several books about him, as I did Obama before I voted for him. Have you read nothing or just depend on the snippets from the news medias?

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  • Mr. Romney has been on the stage for five constant years now so I think we see him pretty well. But as you say that picture is shaped by both those for and against him. As long as you see both sides I think the picture comes through. He spend years as governor getting healthcare for all in his State and then because his party didn’t like it had to renounce it. That is a major flip flop to me.

    As you say I wish he had succeeded too but I will not vote for the party that did absolutely everything to make sure he couldn’t succeed! I will not reward them for this very spiteful behavior by putting them back in power again.

    If he happens to get elected I can only pray that he returns to his moderate roots and reigns in his VP. That guy scares me.

    I look forward to seeing these two guys go head-to-head in the debates. That is where I will make my final decision.

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  • I just saw a clip from Romney on Larry King in 2009 emphatically saying that he wants to see President Obama and all his liberal policies totally fail. So I guess that is another flip-flop or “I was against it before I was for it”.

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  • So the actual answer is “I only know what I know from what I watch on snippets of Television”. There are some great books out on both of the men. You might want to read what they actually think. That is what convinced me to vote Obama last time. His lack of leadership abilities and reading Romney’s book has made me move on.

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  • Hello again Janette. Since I don’t personally know any of the people I vote for I must rely on what others say about them and what they say themselves. The Larry King thing came directly from Mr. Romney’s mouth. Do I put more emphasis on what he says in the spur of the moment (actually many spurs of the moments) or a well prepared and polished autobiography? I think my answer would be the former as long as there is a consistent body of evidence includes many snippets as you call them and thousands of media articles. With Mr. Romney being in the full campaign mode for five years now there is a very substantial body of spur of the moments that follow him.

    Like you I did read Obama’s books and thought well of the man. He proved to be less of a leader than his books showed me. But then again with the very high wall of total resistance against his every move I”m not sure anyone could have been successful in the last three years.

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