Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Why Romney is a Crappy Politician

From Pema Levy:
Romney just said: You can't just cut spending, because that will slow the economy. So you need pro-growth tax policies with it.
As much as he tries, he just simply can't bring himself to say things that conflict with basic macroeconomics.  My guess is that he probably doesn't believe that there are tax policies that would make up for the dint in growth that spending cuts would cause. Nevertheless, that kind of statement would never come out of the mouths of Newt Gingrich or Sarah Palin, which is precisely why he is struggling to nail down the True Patriot vote.

25 comments:

Bill said...

"GO MITT GO !" ;)

Anonymous said...

But he is spot on... our economy is based upon growth (you must buy) spending is growth... Pro growth tax policies mean dont hurt those with the money! It could mean to cut taxes ... what dont you understand about pro grow policies!!!!

Machtyn said...

Romney is a crappy politician, that's what makes him the best choice to be President. He will tell it like it is, he will research an issue and get back with you on the answer, he will do what he says he will do. None of this makes for great soundbites.

But he is also a great tactician, which makes him the best choice to be the GOP nominee. He has the resources in place to go head to head with Obama. Have you ever seen a field of candidates where most of the field has failed to get on the tickets of some states? I find it an interesting question, but not so much so that I want to do the research on it.

Dave said...

Romney's economic policy planks are big on cutting spending, but also include freezing the Obama Administration's regulations, cutting the Corporate Tax to make the country more competive, eliminating the Death Tax to increase incentives to work hard and save, granting what amounts to a permanent IRA to the Middle Class, cutting back on permit times to foster more drilling and energy development, and other planks designed to increase economic activity too numerous to mention.

So, it's not that he isn't going to cut spending a LOT, it's just that that's not ALL he's going to do.

Teemu said...

Depends on the context though, if he means that making the budget the budget tied totally to income, demanding balanced budget next, if he means that kind of demands are insane, he is right.

You should deal with the fluctuations of economy by not getting in debt that much but rather getting out if in good times, not just cutting the spending by 20% immediately if recession brings down revenues by 20%.

Teemu said...

*balanced budget next year in 2013

leighrow said...

I read in politico today that there is a rumor that Romney will be introducing a bolder tax plan this week.

AmiGov said...

But he is absolutely spot on. We have to cut spending and we need to pro-growth tax policies in order to stimulate the economy. How is that lacking basic understanding of macroeconomics?

Anonymous said...

leighrow, Romney said a month or so ago that he would be releasing a more detailed plan at the end of Feb. Should be interesting.

-Martha

Terrye said...

But he is right...spending cuts are necessary, but at this point there needs to be a tax policy that creates growth and with it more revenue.

Anonymous said...

I am a True Patriot and a Romney supporter. According to Pablo, those terms are mutually exclusive. So, do I take it that everyone who likes Romney is not a True Patriot?

AZ

Anonymous said...

Help me out. WHY does this statement make Romney a "crappy politician"? To attach a glaring heading like this to a single sentence strikes me as very odd. I don't get your point.

What, in your view, would a "good politician" have said to address the simultaneous need to reduce the deficit and increase growth? You mention Gingrich and Palin (presumably better politicians). How would they have addressed this same issue? Only one sentence, please!

Pablo said...

Anonymous,

Romney is admitting that cuts in government spending will have a negative effect on the recovery. This is not what his audience wants to hear. That's why he is not good at the red meat like Gingrich and Palin. That is my point.

Pablo said...

AZ,

I have no interest in getting into a discussion of who is a True Patriot or not. I assume that Democrats and Republicans for the most part are patriotic. I am poking fun at the people who think they need to sign their name as such in order to bolster the strength of their argument.

Terrye said...

Pablo..that is not exactly true..Romney also states that to continue spending means continued borrowing and that will have a negative impact on the economy.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Pablo, at 3:00 pm. I don't agree with your assessment of what Romney's audience wants to hear. Did the audience boo or groan or throw rotten eggs at him (just kidding)? However, I'm not a carnivore of red meat like Palin or Gingrich. I'll pass on both those overcooked dishes.

Anonymous said...

This post was a waste of time to look at and should be removed!

Anonymous said...

Pablo,

Romney is NOT admitting that cuts in government spending will have a negative effect on the recovery, he is saying that spending cuts ALONE will slow the economy. That does not mean he will not cut spending. Rather, he will not JUST cut spending, but will also combine it with pro-growth tax policies--thus the "with it" at the end of the second sentence.

Anonymous said...

Pablo, the wasy Obama spends he's choking our military to death and putting our grandchildren in debt slavery. Find out what real conservatives think. Why are you writing on a conservative site?

StatesmanSword said...

Not for cry babies. Cliff notes on Republican Primary 2012. Newt takes revenge on GOP. Great photo journal of Palin media malpractice. Who is Rick Santorum? Famous quotes from George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Ayn Rand.

Anonymous said...

http://statesmansword.blogspot.com/2012/01/florida-primary-cliff-notes-romney-only.html

Anonymous said...

Pablo, I don't think some people understand what you are saying, and don't know you support Romney.

-Martha

Anonymous said...

I figured that the True Patriot thing was meant as irony. I still can't like it, though.

I agree that Romney is a far better and competent CEO/businessman than he is a politician. I have noticed it time and time again. He has a hard time thinking or speaking in sound bites. Thankfully, people can look at the things he has actually accomplished (other than get elected) to see that he is competent and capable. I hope people will make sure and look!

AZ

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