January 16, 2008

Objectively Unfit Mitt Romney Roundup (011608)

Filed under: Business Moves,Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 2:29 pm

I am pleased to report that the word about Mitt Romney’s myriad weaknesses is spreading, and continues to be enhanced by the contributions of others.

This is the third of a series of several daily links to others who have news about Objectively Unfit Mitt.

Here goes.

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IBDeditorials.com compares Romney and McCain on taxes, and guess who’s past record is better? –

McCain, of course, voted against the Bush tax cuts in 2001 and 2003, while Romney didn’t support them as governor of Massachusetts. Noteworthy, however, is the fact that McCain favored the Reagan tax cuts in the 1980s, while Romney indicated a lack of support for the Reagan program during his unsuccessful 1994 Senate run against Ted Kennedy.

So McCain should be leading on the tax issue. But hard-line tax-cutting strategists like Cesar Conda and Vin Weber have been working to position Romney as a supply-side tax-cutter. According to the New Hampshire results, this is paying off.

In other words, Conda and Weber are positioning Romney as something he’s not, and never has been, for a quarter of a century. I am sooooo not surprised.

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Stephen Bainbridge says Romney is the weakest Republican. By far.

In this post, he assails Romney for Mitt-Flopping on immigration in a major. And Bainbridge is right.

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Mitt Romney, circa 1994:

On why the gay community should support Romney over Kennedy, given Kennedy’s record of supporting both civil rights and the gay community:

“Well, I think you’re partially right in characterizing Ted Kennedy as supportive of the gay community, and I respect the work and efforts he’s made on behalf of the gay community and for civil rights more generally, and I would continue that fight.

“There’s something to be said for having a Republican who supports civil rights in this broader context, including sexual orientation. When Ted Kennedy speaks on gay rights, he’s seen as an extremist. When Mitt Romney speaks on gay rights he’s seen as a centrist and a moderate.”

Doing radical things and passing himself off as moderate while doing it. This should have been seen as a precursor to the man who became Objectively Unfit Mitt in 2004.

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On Monday, Romney proposed spending an additional $16 billion on research that profit-motivated industries should be engaging in:

(he would) increase funding five-fold — from $4 billion dollars to $20 billion dollars — in national investment in energy research, fuel technology, materials science, and automotive technology;

He then proceeded to get into a back-and-forth with McCain about whether auto industry jobs in Michigan that have gone away will ever come back. They both missed the point. Those jobs aren’t being lost overseas. They’re being lost to Indiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and several other states that are doing a better job of attracting new automotive plants and suppliers.

Couldn’t Help But Notice (011608)

Obviously, Alan Greenspan and the hedge-fund firm he is joining don’t particularly care about the appearing to be independent, or conveying the impression that they have access to insider information. In fact, that is probably going to be one of the firm’s selling points.

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There are thugs, dictators, horrible multiple murderers, and depraved people all around, but Keith Olbermann earlier this week decided that someone else should be his nominee for “Worst Person in the World”:

No, according to Keith Olbermann — that blinkered liberal extremist who plays a newsman on TV — Wendy Wright, President of Concerned Women for America (CWA), is “the worst person in the world.”

While discussing abstinence education during a recent interview on the Fox News Channel’s Special Report, Wright accurately pointed out that the most strident devotees of that abysmal failure tagged “comprehensive sex education” are most likely to benefit financially when children and teens become pregnant or contract sexually transmitted diseases.

Well they are, Keith.

It gets better, as Olbermann tried a “joke” that actually reflects an unfunny reality:

Toward the end of his decidedly obtuse monologue, Olbermann — whose joke writer is also apparently on strike — smugly quipped, “And the condoms the sex educators keep trying to make available to the kids, those are for what … water balloons?”

Well, Pinfeather, yes, in fact. That’s precisely what kids are using them for. Take the African AIDS epidemic. As CWA reported a few years back, Dr. Margaret Angola of Kenya testified at two United Nations conferences that, “‘family planners’ have put so many condoms into Kenya that the children use them as balloons and play with them in the streets.”

Tragically, we all know how “comprehensive sex education” has worked-out in Africa.

Unfortunately, it’s no better right here at home.

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From the “Where’s the outrage?” file

California wants to control home thermostats

Next year in California, state regulators are likely to have the emergency power to control individual thermostats, sending temperatures up or down through a radio-controlled device that will be required in new or substantially modified houses and buildings to manage electricity shortages.

….. The changes would allow utilities to adjust customers’ preset temperatures when the price of electricity is soaring. Customers could override the utilities’ suggested temperatures. But in emergencies, the utilities could override customers’ wishes.

Final approval is expected next month.

Rush made the excellent point last week that the state could declare “global warming” an emergency, and that “emergency” would become a permanent condition. If that were to happen, expect a run on relatively inefficient room air conditioners and, in colder areas, space heaters.

How does Schwarzenegger see this and not stop it?

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Ho hum hiring headline — Columbus, Georgia, has heard about the possibility of a recession, and has decided not to participate:

(There are) major projects in the development pipeline that should ease any economic ills that come the city’s way this year, and virtually makes it immune from a downturn over the next five years.

Supplemental insurer Aflac, headquartered in Columbus, is in the middle of an expansion that should add 2,000 jobs, while the Kia auto assembly plant in nearby West Point will begin hiring the first of 2,500 workers this year. Another 3,000 auto supplier jobs are anticipated in the region.

The thick icing on the cake is the congressional Base Realignment and Closure process that ordered the U.S. Army Armor School be moved from Fort Knox, Ky., to Fort Benning. It will generate about 10,000 jobs on the local post and 5,000 off post.

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Hot Air put on the hazmat suit, headed over to the Huffington Post, and found someone who wrote a column about the death of Ann Coulter’s dad — and used it as an occasion to tastelessly bash her. No, I’m not linking over to HuffPo.

GOP Michigan Primary Update — The Three Stooges

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 7:45 am

The only people who should be pleased with last night’s GOP primary results in Michigan are Democrats.

He may have gotten the most votes, but Objectively Unfit Mitt Romney didn’t win. Apathy did — and by a very wide margin.

Now I realize that this chart uses a percentage of the entire population (not just 18 and over), and that New Hampshire more than likely has a higher percentage of registered Republicans than Michigan. But those factors don’t change the overall huge point this chart illustrates (the chart used available info I had for 96% of the NH vote from this post last week and estimated what the final totals were, and 100% of MI):

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Romney got a much, much lower percentage of Michiganders to vote for him that he got to do so in New Hampshire. Some “victory.” More like “BFD.”

David Jackson of USA Today quoted an independent pollster who noted that Romney’s “victory” was helped by “low turnout and little crossover.” What an understatement.

Why such apathy? How about the lack of a genuine conservative candidate who put forth an effort to win in Michigan?

Who among the Three Stooges — Larry Mitt Romney, Moe McCain, and Curly Huckabee — is going to be able to draw out otherwise apathetic conservatives in South Carolina, or for that matter in the later primaries? The biggest thing Mitt Romney proved last night that is that he couldn’t do it, even in his “home” state. Meanwhile, McCain clearly faltered badly, and Huckabee has laid nothing but goose eggs since Iowa.

For now, the bettors have what they think is the answer to that question. On Saturday, South Carolina’s voters will give us their answer in a primary that, as I understand it, has rules that will prevent large-scale crossovers. I get the sense that they plan to tell us that they are not amused by the slapstick antics and positions of Three Stooges.

Positivity: Waitress gets $50,000, car from cranky Texan

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:58 am

From Brownsville, Texas:

‘I still can’t believe it,’ Luby’s cafeteria worker says of bequest

Updated 9:37 p.m. ET, Fri., Dec. 28, 2007

For nearly seven years Melina Salazar did her best to put on a smile and tend to the every need of her most loyal and cantankerous customer.

She made sure his food was as hot as he wanted, even if it meant he burned his mouth. And she smiled through his demands and curses. The 89-year-old Walter “Buck” Swords obviously appreciated it, leaving the waitress $50,000 and a 2000 Buick when he died.

“I still can’t believe it,” the Luby’s cafeteria employee told Harlingen television station KGBT-TV in an interview during which she described Swords as “kind of mean.”

Go here for the rest of the story.