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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Have it your way

Mitt Romney is a lame duck pretending to be engaged with his job. Mitt Romney is an unannounced GOP presidential candidate. Mitt Romney tries to have it both ways. Which view is correct? All of the above.

One month after saying he's done everything he can and it's time to move on, Mitt unveils an ambitious agenda marked by the Republican trademark of more spending and less taxes. Mitt's looking for a win to carry him on the campaign trail and he doesn't care who he bankrupts to do it.

Don't get me wrong -- trying to get movement on a health care insurance proposal is a good thing. Ditto for increased local aid and education funding. But Mitt's into classic GOP avoidance. In this case he's avoiding the thorny question of "how are you going to pay for this?"

Certainly not with state income tax funds. Trying to set himself apart from Democratic wanna-be Tom Reilly Mitt has come up with a variation on the theme of a rollback: break it up over two years. In fact, that's a proposal the Legislature approved awhile back -- staggering a based on the ability to afford it.

The Romney speech suggests he's none to concerned about the ability to afford things and his FY07 budget that will reflect Bushonomics at its base level: more spending and fewer dollars. Because let's face it, that message plays with the right wing of the GOP that is active in the presidential primary process.

So Mitt's recipe is simple: run for president on the platform of insult the state and its people and leave it bankrupt. It worked for George Bush. Why shouldn't it work for Mitt?


Anonymous Blue Cross of California said...

Great blog I hope we can work to build a better health care system as we are in a major crisis and health insurance is a major aspect to many.

January 23, 2006 1:54 PM  

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