I have maintained from the outset that Mitt Romney cannot win this election. Even if all we do is consider the electoral college which I hate, Mr. Romney cannot overcome losing Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania-all of which he is certain to fall short in. The calculus just isn’t there for him. For that matter he may not win Florida, Nevada, New Mexico, and other states he likewise must have as well. So I remain steadfast in my opinion that he cannot win. However, the enthusiastic manner in which he told his lies at the first Presidential debate gave him what is proving to be a short lived bump in the polls, and so I began to wonder about the holistic picture one can paint of a Romney/Ryan administration.
First and most obvious is the economics. Romney is a dyed in the wool trickle down economics adherent. If we take him at his word, and I rarely do, he will give the wealthy a three hundred thousand dollar tax break, and taxes for the middle class will go up. He has pledged to increase military spending by two trillion dollars for some unfathomable reason. He has promised not to cut medicare or social security despite his earlier campaigns to privatize both. The most confounding thing about Romney is that he rarely is specific and when he is, he flip flops before you can do the math on his latest idea. But if we cobble together some puzzle of his equation we find the same thing the Tax Policy Institute found and that is his financial plans are unworkable. Unworkable translates into sliding back into recession or even worse, depression. All the while Romney and his peer group insulate themselves from the carnage by walking away with even more millions.
Next up, foreign policy. Once we move past our memories of the Mittster as a walking talking gaffe machine, we have to think about the fallout of this potential administration. Sandwiched between his military buildup and repudiation of Obama’s choice to use negotiations and sanctions, is a curious tough talk about Iran that seems to actually crave a war, a la Bush. It is my belief that Romney will have us in a war within two years if he is elected. Remember the majority of his foreign policy advisers are veterans of the Bush administration. Romney and Ryan have stated they want to stay in Afghanistan beyond our 2014 withdrawal schedule. They want to overtly not covertly arm some segment of Syrian fighters. What we will get is never ending war even for the sake of war itself, inflaming the middle east even further and more well founded anti-American sentiment for generations. And the brutal irony is that not one member of Mitt Romney’s family has EVER worn a military uniform, or is likely to ever do so.
Healthcare. Say goodbye to the Affordable Care Act and don’t hold your breath for the alternatives Romney promises. The rest of the republican party simply will not reform health care. We will go back to children, seniors, and poor people having no health care and our emergency rooms being overwhelmed. Say goodbye to ending pre condition discrimination and ending the two thirds of our medical related bankruptcies.
It is believed as many as two Supreme Court judges may retire during the next administration. Ruth Ginsburg is 79 and two others are 76. What sort of justices do you think a man who believes corporations are people, will nominate? Further, he has stated he will appoint judges who will overturn Roe v Wade. Throw in ending Obamacare and defunding Planned Parenthood and women will find their reproductive rights resembling circa 1950.
Even if the most galling thing about this ticket is the dishonest deception of a campaign the republican candidates are running, we have to consider the ramifications of their actually being elected. It seems to me there is potential of a whole stew of our worst fears becoming reality. It will represent several steps back for the country as a whole. If these things appeal to you, then by all means cast your vote for the GOP. But if these potential realities scare you the way they scare me, then for God’s sake get to the polls and vote Obama/Biden. Some states will be decided by razor thin majorities. so let your voice be heard.