Romney is all about style over substance.
Some Romney quotes and my reactions to them.
"I believe with all my heart and soul that we face another time of choosing, one that will have profound consequences for our country" and underscored his belief that "America will remain as it is today, the envy of the world."
I believe that we are facing a time of choosing. There is nothing profound in saying that, it's called an election year. This election will have "profound consequences". I agree. We will either have business as usual or we will have an opportunity to change the road we're on.
The road we are on is one to ruin. For politically connected insiders it is a gilded road. The American Empire isn't likely to fall this year, or even this decade. There is still time to milk America. There are still sweetheart deals, no bid contracts, and shovel ready lucre to be had. If you are an "elite" or an "insider" or anywhere near the government gravy train, there is still time to enjoy sucking off Uncle Sam's tit.
What happens if a truly independent person gains control of the White House? What if the man with the hair gets in? What if he actually does, or even tries to do some of what he has promised? That would lead to "profound consequences", like maybe less room on the teat for the parasitical class.
And then he got to the point: "Let me put it very plainly: If we Republicans choose Donald Trump as our nominee the prospects for a safe and prosperous future are greatly diminished."
He probably should have added, "for me and my buddies that depend on working the inside track for our lifestyle".
What will be "less safe"? Our military has bases in 130 countries according to Ron Paul. There are only 189 countries, meaning we have a military presence in 68% of the planet. Alexander the Great never had such power. How would Trump make us less safe? His "plans" aren't much more than expecting the nations of the world, who have been free loading on Pax Americana for over 60 years, to start footing more of the bill for their individual nations. Imagine that, expecting Japan and Germany, our former enemies, for those of you who graduated from public school, to pay for their own defense. How radical. How dangerous.
Trump's economic plan would "sink the country into depression," launch a trade war, and "balloon the deficit," he said.
Balloon the deficit? The only way the deficit grows is by spending more money than the government takes in in taxes. FWIW on Bush's last day in office the national debt stood at $10.6 trillion dollars; today its over $19 trillion. Obama is still an "establishment" approved candidate.
Launch a trade war? How? Do you mean industry, manufactures, employers and employees right here in America would get a shot a fighting back? The last year real wages grew in the United States was 1973. Our manufacturing and industrial base has shrunk every decade since then. To me, a war means fighting back. Fighting back, in my book, is better than rolling over and dying.
Is sinking the country into a depression really a concern at this point? By "depression" what does he mean? Less than 50% of the folks in America earn enough wages to pay federal income tax. Over 1/3 of people who are able and would work are out of the work force. Government bureaucrats continue to throw up roadblocks to economic growth.
He then said: "But you say wait, wait, wait, isn't he a huge business success, doesn't he know what he's talking about? No, he isn't and no he doesn't. His bankruptcies have crushed small businesses and the men and women who worked for them."In case anyone has missed it, America is broke. No matter who the next president is, America will still be broke. We have a on the books national debt of $19 trillion. We have an additional $205 trillion in unfunded entitlement obligations, for a total of over $224 trillion in outstanding future payments.
In comparison the value of all work for the entire year, the GDP in the US is $16.7 trillion. Total tax revenues were $3 trillion in 2014. If interest rates were just 3% the interest owed on just the debt would exceed $500,000,000,000 each year. If we were paying (and we will be if nothing changes) interest on the entire $224 trillion it would exceed $6.72 trillion, or more than 2 times the entire tax revenue of the country.
The only way to fix this economic reality is to drastically cut government spending to levels that are significantly below tax revenues, then pay off debt and radically axe entitlement programs. Doing that (Trump hasn't said he will) requires leadership and a willingness to go against the establishment self interest.
This kind of radical fiscal action isn't on anyone's, including Trump, list of campaign promises. America is playing an economic game of musical chairs. The music is going to stop. The question is do we let elites keep milking us dry or do we try to reduce the damage by facing yesterdays failures today?
Mitt Romney's preference is clear, anyone but Trump. But why? Trump wants to temporarily halt mass Muslim migration into the US. His reason? He wants to screen out people who are coming here to kill us. According to Romney this policy would make us "less safe". Trump wants to cut tax rates. His reason? To provide an economic self interest for people to participate in growing our economy. Trump wants to kick out folks that come here illegally. The reason? The labor participation rate is less than 66%. Maybe if we had less illegals we would have more citizens working instead of increasing the cost of entitlement programs.
America there will be profound consequences. Why not pick the guy who is at least saying some of the right things?