Romney and Politics of Deception
In this election we hear a lot about the government standing in the way of private-sector growth and about the government taking people's money through taxes. The people making such claims fail to tell you two things. One is that private-sector growth was strongest under Democratic president Bill Clinton, whose intelligent policies produced 23 million private-sector American jobs. And the other is that the government is and always has been a large part of producing private-sector prosperity.
Science - a government-funded endeavor - is at the root of all technology, which means that it is at the root of all prosperity.
The government-built Interstate system makes possible for there to be interstate commerce, so that anti-government truckers can deliver products made by anti-government government-subsidized farmers to big liberal cities that are their markets.
The government-made Internet has provided an informational backbone for business growth and expansion, as well as a place for anti-government right-wingers to spread their propaganda.
The government-funded education makes people employable outside the manual sector.
The government-funded police protects people's life and property rights, so that a Republican businessman does not get shot by another Republican businessman who is his competitor.
And the government-funded military protects the United States.
One does not need to be a Communist to understand things of this sort. Nor does one need to be a Communist, or to believe in class wars, in order to advocate for a progressive taxation system. This is simple reason and simple sense. A rational revenue collecting system will be designed to maximize revenues and minimize suffering. And that means that the person who has more money should pay more, and the person who has less money should pay less.
The debt problem, like the sluggish economy problem that existed both before and after, had been solved by the Clinton administration. This accomplishment was destroyed by Bush Jr., whose unnecessary and irresponsible tax cuts for highest incomes threw America into a huge debt hole and an economic crisis. Obama was bequeathed a vast and unnecessary calamity. His policies have not solved the debt problem, but they did prevent things from becoming worse than they did for the average American.
Whereas Romney's policies are the policies of deception. If someone tells you that he will cut taxes, cut the debt and raise the military spending at the same time, then he is lying. This math does not work, however much non-military spending is cut. This lying of course is very characteristic given the source.
Romney's people had a chance; indeed they had much more of a chance than they ever merited. They took America down the garden path under Bush. And during the Obama administration they did everything that they could to sabotage any proposal, good or bad, that came from Obama. What we are seeing here is a pattern of deliberate aggressive sabotage. And I am far from the only person to say that focusing all of one's energies upon thwarting a sitting president is absolutely unpatriotic. Filibustering at every occasion, aggessively spreading lies to deny reality of global warming, promoting irresponsible fictions about a Satanic New World Order conspiracy, and wasting everyone's time on the ridiculous attempt to claim Obama not to be fit for presidency when the previous Republican president was not even legitimately elected, is not the behavior of a responsible political force, nor is it the behavior of an honest political force. It is the behavior of conmen; and that's what we are seeing standing behind Romney today.
If one wants to vote for values and for integrity, then the least he could do is vote for somebody who is honest. And what we see in Republican leaders of today is complete dishonesty. Which means that they do not begin to be fit to run the world's most powerful country or to command the vote of people with ethics, values or integrity.
There will be all sorts of lies in the media financed by people who are behind Romney; and in all cases it is important to remember where these lies come from. They come from the same people who caused the problem in the first place and did everything that they could to keep it from being solved. Do not expect Romney to save America; do not expect Romney to fix America. Expect him to be yet another conman in a litany of many others, in no way better than either Bush and in no way beneficial to America.