Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on Reddit Tell A Friend Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites
OpEdNews Op Eds

Romney, Marx and GOP Brand

By   Follow Me on Twitter     Message Bennet Kelley       (Page 1 of 2 pages)     Permalink    (# of views)   1 comment

Related Topic(s): ; , Add Tags
Add to My Group(s)

Must Read 1   Supported 1   Interesting 1  
View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com Headlined to H3 10/16/12

Author 1863
Become a Fan
  (2 fans)
- Advertisement -

There is a long-standing strain in conservative thought that America is essentially a conservative country that has been led astray and duped by the "liberal media" and Hollywood. The most recent articulation of this view is in books like "Obama Zombies" and documentaries like "The Obama Deception," that contend that the election of Barack Obama was the result of a brainwashed electorate.

If that were the case, then one would think conservatives would relish the few hours of live televised debates as their only chance to reach voters unfiltered by the black magic of the liberal media. One would expect this to be the moment when they make an impassioned plea for conservative principles.

- Advertisement -

So when Mitt Romney took the stage in Denver to debate President Obama, this should have been the moment when the former Governor made the conservative case for his agenda. Instead, Romney turned to Marx -- Groucho not Karl -- and adopted the "who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes" approach to questions about his agenda.

Romney could not run fast enough from the details of his plan which all facts to the contrary suddenly did not (a) have a $5 trillion tax cut proposal; (b) which reduced taxes for the wealthiest; (c) raised taxes on the middle class; and (d) exploded the deficit. Nope, not his plan, we must be thinking of some other guy running for President.

- Advertisement -

In debating health care with the President, this was not the moment when he planted the flag for free market solutions but rather he claimed to have a plan that competed with Obamacare and even covered preexisting conditions (which his staff later conceded was untrue).

This was nothing new, as George W. Bush took the same tact when debating Al Gore in 2000, contending that his tax plan primarily benefited lower brackets and assuring voters that that he would use half of the surplus towards Social Security. This could not have been farther from the truth.

As President, Bush continued this same pattern, leading a number of bloggers such as myself to catalog with astonishment the hundreds of lies emanating from Pennsylvania Avenue. As John Dean would explain in his book "Worse than Watergate", the Bush administration had elevated mendacity to public policy with all major initiatives cloaked in deception.

- Advertisement -

After his reelection Bush tried to "cash in" the political capital he believed he had accumulated to achieve a longtime conservative dream -- privatizing Social Security. Once the proposal was subject to the cold sun of public scrutiny, the major policy initiative of Bush's second term died a quick death despite a nationwide campaign by the President.

Next Page  1  |  2

 

- Advertisement -

Must Read 1   Supported 1   Interesting 1  
View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com

Bennet Kelley is an award-winning columnist, a political commentator, radio host and the former Co-Founder and National Co-Chair of the Democratic National Committee's Saxophone Club (its young professional fundraising and outreach arm during (more...)
 

Bennet Kelley Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Follow Me on Twitter     Writers Guidelines
Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

Please Donate

STAY IN THE KNOW
If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEdNews Newsletter
Name
Email
   (Opens new browser window)
 

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Tiny Iowa County Takes on the King of Online Defamation

Three Simple Questions for Voters on Tuesday

From the Clinton Wars to the New Shut Down Confederates

The Bush Presidency in Four Words

Tragedy in Tucson: A Somber Anniversary's Call to Repudiate Right-Wing Extremism

Wash Post Columnist's Myopic Call to Repeal the Internet