The MIT professor sounds like he's the one not being Intellectually straightforward. What he doesn't explain is that the half from the federal government was money already given to Mass. for everyone's free care., so Romney just used it to help those who couldn't pay get market based health insurance. Then, he also makes it seem as if Romney didn't have to raise taxes because taxes has already been raised....in 1988!!!! That the Fed Gov didn't have that luxury...Intellectually straightforward? I don't think so.
These are dishonest attacks. They're making connections where none exist.
Just because a 2700 page FEDERAL program got core ideas from a 72 page STATE program does not make them the same. It does not mean the author of the 72 page state plan likes or endorses the 2700 page plan.
They are not the same and it's deception that keeps people claiming they are.
oh well Romney certainly can't run as a Dem against Obama for crying out loud. So like Perry who was Dem - he'll run as a Liberal Republican hiding his past. BUT - can not do that. We are vetting him. Now What? Now Who? we are sunk.
The real question here is why on earth would Larry here be helping us with this? I suppose he sees the writing on the wall in that if Obama can't get elected, we might as well support the guy that will keep his legislation efforts in tact. This can't happen.
The one thing I'm wondering, among other things, including this, is I have not seen where Romney stands on the Second Amendment reported anywhere recently...
Governor Romney vocally supports second amendment rights for all legal purposes. However, his track record and statements show that he strongly supports an assault weapons ban, background checks, and gun registration.
In 2002, Mitt Romney stated in a debate that he supported the tough gun laws in Massachusetts and that he believed they help protect us and keep us safe. He vowed not to chip away at those laws. After being elected Governor, Romney fulfilled this commitment by signing a state-wide continuation of the assault weapons ban. He noted that such weapons were made for killing only and have no place in Massachusetts.
Before becoming Governor and during his time in office, Governor Romney supported the Brady bill and a waiting period. He stated that his views did not line up with the NRA. After initiating his Presidential campaign, Governor Romney joined the NRA with a lifetime membership. He asserted in a taped speech that he supported second amendment rights for all legal purposes, including the common defense.
In interviews, Governor Romney also stated that the assault weapons ban that he signed into law was good for gun owners as it loosened registration requirements. He also stated that he supported a waiting period because it was necessary to complete a background check. With the advent of instant background checks, a waiting period is no longer required. He has stated that he does not believe that the nation wide assault weapons ban should be re-instituted.
That is just a summary, you can find the rest of this report here; http://www.thepoliticalguide.com/rep_bios.php?rep_id=64410102&category=views&id=20110610165116
Every candidates positions on almost all the issues can be found at this site.
The federal money used for Romney care was already going to Massachusetts in the first place. Romney and Kennedy just had to get permission from the federal government to use it for that purpose. Just a reminder Rick Perry is going to lose.
While I agree 100 percent with what you said dd, I have to think that the GOP elite could care less, probably knows all about it already and are chewing their fingernails wondering how to put a lid back on this...
If I were in the running, I'd be on this like white on rice. What is holding them back? I mean squabbling back and forth on minor issues I can understand them wanting to be above that- but come ON people!! We are so sick of this kind of crap and we want it talked about!!!
Why is Romney better than Newt, or Santorum, or Cain, or Bachmann? The fact is, he is not. Now don't listen to all this hype about Romney. Vote for a conservative and you will always come out OK.
I don't know what's holding them back; the MSM is going to grill them no matter what they say. If any of the candidates want to shut down this nonsense that Romney is the front-runner, they need to attack Romney on Romneycare and use cold, hard facts. I realize Gingrich wants to put a stop to candidates attacking each other in debates, but it doesn't help any candidate, nor does it help the American people to continue to dance around the issue of Romneycare.
Heck, it might even take one bit of grilling to tear Romney's campaign apart.