Robert Reich makes the case that the American people have a right to be skeptical of the newly-improved (repackaged) Mitt Romney on the campaign trail who suddenly cares, who said this week: “There are so many people in our country that are hurting right now. I want to help them.”
Hahaha. In summary:
- This is, after all, the same Mitt Romney who told his backers in Boca Raton that 47 percent of Americans are dependent on government and unwilling to take care of themselves.
- It’s the same Romney who was against bailing out GM and Chrysler.
- This is the same Romney who has been against extending unemployment benefits. Or providing food stamps or housing benefits for families that have fallen into poverty. Or medical benefits.
- This is the same Mitt Romney who doesn’t worry that Wall Street financiers — including his own Bain Capital — have put so much pressure on companies for short-term profits that they’re still laying off workers and reluctant to take on any more.
- And the same Mitt who doesn’t want government to spend money repairing our crumbling infrastructure, rebuilding our schools, or rehiring police and firefighters and teachers.
“Mitt Romney’s real compassion is for people like himself, whom he believes are America’s “job creators.” He aims to cut taxes on the rich, in the belief that the rich create jobs — and the benefits of such a tax cut trickle down to everyone else. [...] In Ohio Romney is repeating his claim that, under his tax proposal, the rich would end up paying as much as before even at a lower tax rate because he’d limit their ability to manipulate the tax code. “Don’t be expecting a huge cut in taxes because I’m also going to be closing loopholes and deductions,” he promises. But Romney still refuses to say which loopholes and deductions he’ll close. He doesn’t even mention the “carried interest” loophole that has allowed him and other private-equity managers to treat their incomes as capital gains, taxed at 15 percent.”
Where’s this “added empathy” coming from? TPM reports that it’s because Romney is trailing in the polls — anything to win, even empathy, meaning even Romneycare: “Not all Republicans are so sure of this strategy. On the ideologically rigid tea party wing of things, some reject the idea that Romney should be going for the empathy vote at all. Said Ryan Rhodes, a tea party activist from Iowa: ‘The thing Romney needs to do to beat Obama is show up in this debate and not have another empathy comment. Those comments are really hurting him far more than any 47% comments. The government’s not here for empathy, it’s here for the law. If we use empathy for everything we want to do, that’s how countries go bankrupt and bad policy is created.’”
To which Charles P. Pierce points out: “The problem with the Romney campaign is not the alleged ideological incoherence of his political resume. The problem is that he’s trying to appeal to a party full of moral monsters.”
Not a millionaire and still planning to vote for Romney? You might be a Republican base rube — or a moral monster.