The Secret Romney Video, in full. Watch it now….
Here it is, the full Secret Romney Video in two parts. You can see some of our analysis in yesterday’s article (See: Why do 47% pay no income taxes? Because of the Reagan and Bush tax cuts.) We’ll update with more, but in the meantime watch the video to see the real Mitt Romney in action.
It shouldn’t be too surprising that there are precisely zero questions or comments about the environment. Not a word about climate change, not a word about clean energy, not even a word about “job-killing” environmental regulations.
One thing that stands out is how disconnected these people are from reality.
At 3:20 a questioner asks about the Iranians releasing the hostages as Ronald Reagan is inaugurated. It’s his take that this was because the Iranians knew Ronnie was a tough ol’ cowboy and would come after them, so they got scared and let the hostages go… rather than, for instance, Reagan’s people had forged an agreement with the Iranians (remember the later Iran/hostage scandal?). These guys really believe that Obama is perceived as weak (ask Osama Bin Laden about that…) and Romney is perceived as strong (ask the London Olympics Committee about that).
At 3:56 Romney says:
“This President has failure to put in place a status of forces agreement to allow 10 to 20 thousand US forces to stay in Iraq – Unthinkable!”
But… The status of forces agreement IS in place, it was put in place and signed by Bush, and featured full and complete withdrawal of all US troops, which Obama has successfully carried out. Bush policy, GOP policy, Romney blames Obama. (This sounds like the whining of Romney’s neocon foreign policy advisory team, most of whom were gung-ho for long-term Iraq occupation even though they had said up-front that the war would be quick, cheap and easy and we’d all be home by Christmas. These are the same idiots who are now pushing for a quick, cheap and easy war with Iran… which Romney seems to be in favor of.)
At 5:00, a guy comes out with some of the most amazing stuff. What is it with GOPers who are convinced, despite the fact that there is zero evidence aside from internet forward and stuff that Rush pulls out of his draft-avoiding backside, of any corruption whatsoever in this administration? Obama and his team are boyscouts, especially compared to the mutliply-indicted Reagan/Bush team and the economy-demolishing Bush II team, and yet Romney’s well-educated audience comes out with stuff like this:
I think one of the aspects of hope and change that worked well for Obama our years ago was he promised to bring us more honest, transparent open government. … From what I’ve seen in my own personal involvement… the government is permeated with cronyism, outright corruption, our regulatory agencies that are supposed to be protecting the public are protecting the people they’re supposed to be regulating. And I think people are fed up with that.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re in the Tea Party or Occupy Wall Street, people see that the government is working for the powerful interests, and the people who are well-connected politically, and not for the common person. And this threatens the whole idea that we have had …that anyone from whatever background can become successful. …
You have cases like Solyndra …you have Eric Holder who is probably the most corrupt Attorney General that we’ve had ever, in American History.
That last bit is just breathtaking, when you draw comparisons with the actually indicted and convicted GOP Attorney Generals we have suffered under, but apparently this “Holder is most corrupt” is an article of faith among the GOP faithful.
In response, Romney rapid-fire tosses around some of his favorite ways in which Barack Obama has been a disappointment. There’s just one trouble with all of them – they just aren’t true.
- Obama promised the stimulus would reduce the unemployment rate below 8% – never happened. Two Obama advisors issued a report before the stimulus was passed, giving estimates of the possible impact. That’s very different from the President himself making a promise. It’s been debunked, but Romney doesn’t care, he just keeps repeating the lie.
- 50 % of graduating college students can’t find a job – Not true. Based on garbled statistics, fully debunked, but Romney keeps repeating the lie.
- 50 % of inner city high school students won’t graduate – True! See this Fox News article… from 2008! So… not exactly something you can lay at Obama’s feet as being another example of his “failed policies.”
But it’s the Obama administration that is the most corrupt in history?
UPDATE: So the Romney campaign is fighting back by releasing a video of Obama – from 1998! – saying “I actually believe in redistribution”. Ooooh, scary, SOSHULIST! … Except once again, they’re taking a tiny snippet of Obama’s words and putting them completely out of context to make them sound like something they’re not. Here’s the full Obama Quote, and then you can get on to watching the Secret Romney video…
I think what we’re going to have to do is resuscitate the notion that government can be effective at all. There has been a systematic—I don’t think it’s too strong to call it a propaganda campaign—against the possibility of government action and its efficacy. And I think some of it’s been deserved: Chicago housing authority has not been a model of good policy making and neither have been necessarily the Chicago public schools.
What this means, then, is that we try to resuscitate this notion that we’re all in this together, leave nobody behind, we do have to be innovative in thinking what are the delivery systems that are actually effective and meet people where they live? And my suggestion, I guess, would be that the trick—and this is one of the few areas I think that there are technical issues that need to be dealt with as opposed to just political issues—I think the trick is figuring out how do we structure government systems that pool resources, and hence facilitate some redistribution, because I actually believe in redistribution, at least at a certain level, to make sure that everybody has got a shot.
That’s a little bit different, isn’t it?