On April 4, 2012, in remarks to the Newspaper Association of America, Mitt Romney made the following statement:
“Unlike President Obama, you don’t have to wait until after the election to find out what I believe in – or what my plans are.”
Only one week later, however, Romney declined to respond to a direct question on whether he supports the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which provides legal recourse for women who, in violation of federal law, are denied wages equal to those of men doing equal work for the same employer. Ironically, this gaffe occurred the same week that Republicans began a feeble attempt to push back on the concept that their party was engaged in a “war on women” (LINK LINK LINK LINK LINK).
More recently, Romney has stumbled badly trying to explain his criticism of the president’s recent order halting deportations of immigrants illegally brought to this country as children, many of whom have become model citizens. Curiously, the candidate says only that he will put “something” long term in place which will be “better,” but spells out few details other than that those who serve in the military will get special treatment and that he will complete the border fence. How’s that for being clear about what he believes in and what his plans are?
Romney HAS said SOME things he wants to do as president. He’s said he wants to cut taxes even more, eliminate the deficit and increase military spending. Okay, everyone already knows (don’t you?) that we’re running a deficit on the order of $1.3 trillion, which means that we’re spending that much more than we’re collecting in taxes.
To anyone with more than a first grade sense of arithmetic, then, quickly comes the question: Just what are you going to cut in order to reduce taxes even more, increase already bloated military spending AND eliminate the deficit? Hey, food stamps, foreign aid and health insurance for poor kids won’t get you even 10% of the way there. So what’s it gonna be? Social Security? Medicare? Your home mortgage interest deduction on your income tax? Employers’ tax deductions for providing insurance to their workers?
Those are the biggies, the only ones (other than defense) that you can cut that will make a big enough difference to come close to what Romney SAYS he wants. Well, wait. You COULD cut 100% of Medicaid. But most of that goes for two things: (1) the elderly and (2) the disabled. More than half of all nursing home patients are covered by Medicaid (no, Medicare DOESN’T cover that, Medicaid does and only for people with no money and no assets). It also covers many people on critical life support (remember Terri Shiavo?).
So, is he going to unplug grandpa and toss granny out into the street? No? Then what IS he going to cut? You guessed it. He won’t say what his plans are. Guess you’ll just have to wait until after the election.