What a group. What a choice. The remaining field of Republican presidential candidates is one of the weakest in history. It is not just the liberal media that thinks so. Former Republican Congressman and current MSNBC host Joe Scarborough believes it and right wing pundit Charles Krauthammer called the candidates “embarrassing”.
Mitt Romney has not only proven himself to be out of touch with reality, he has proven that he will say and do ANYTHING to get the nomination. When running for Senate against Ted Kennedy in the 90’s and then for governor of Massachusetts in 2002, he was a pro-choice moderate. After he was elected governor, he vetoed a bill to give rape survivors information about emergency contraception. Fortunately, the state legislature overturned his veto. He has vowed to overturn Roe v. Wade and is against the ruling that most employers, including church-affiliated ones, must provide contraception in health care plans offered to employee. Romney wants to repeal “Obamacare” even though it is largely based on the insurance plan he championed as governor. He released two years of tax returns only after negative publicity could no longer be ignored. His 2010 and 2011 tax returns show unearned income of over $40 million on which he paid taxes at a rate less than 15%, numerous tax shelters and Swiss bank accounts. When he desperately wanted to be John McCain’s VP in 2008, he eagerly gave many years of tax documentation to the McCain campaign. Romney’s finances certainly caused concern to McCain, no slouch in the mega millionaire category thanks to his wife. Romney’s income is from his days at Bain Capital, from where he retired in 1999. Bain’s mission was buying up companies, taking out huge loans against the companies to pay itself enormous fees at low tax rates, selling off assets, firing people, underfunding the pension plan, defaulting on the loans and then running the companies into bankruptcy. Romney claims that while at Bain, he created thousands of jobs and believes if companies fail it is because they are weak and it is good for capitalism. His record as governor of Massachusetts does not reflect great CEO qualities either. He doesn’t worry about the poor because of the great safety nets they have. You know, the ones he wants to cut.
Newt Gingrich is amazing. What else can you say about a nasty megalomaniac who had an affair with his high school math teacher while he was still in high school and later married her, began an affair with a younger woman and dumped wife #1 when she was in the hospital for cancer surgery, started an affair with a much younger woman (who is now wife #3) and dumped wife #2 when she was diagnosed with MS. This is the same man who led the impeachment cries against Bill Clinton for his sex scandal. Gingrich’s reign was known for his government shutdown, ethics charges, reprimand and fine and resignation as Speaker and from the House. He went onto a successful lobbying career and amazingly resurfaced in politics with a penchant for placing his ego above the good of the party. He is running on a strong family values platform and does not believe in abortion for any reason, even in the case of rape, incest or health of the woman. Gingrich believes that English should be the official language. He and wife #3 (the oddly coifed and botoxed Callista), are good Catholics. Newt and Mrs. Gingrich (whomever she is at the time) will retire to the moon colony that he will create by the end of his second term as president.
Rick Santorum wants to bomb Iran, even though he would love to be an Ayatollah and impose sharia law – as long as it’s Christian (particularly Catholic). While he was in the Senate, he was pro-big government spending and earmarks. Now, he is anti-big government and pro- tax cuts. Tax cuts for the wealthy, that is. He wants government out of our lives but it’s OK in our bedrooms and for controlling women’s bodies. He has extreme social conservative views (just Google “santorum dog” or even just “santorum”). Santorum questions climate change and evolution and successfully added an amendment to No Child Left Behind requiring the teaching of Intelligent Design. His own 7 children are home schooled, and one of the reasons he lost his Senate seat by a landslide was because of the expense of his children’s “cyber school” billed to his Pennsylvania school district combined with the question of his Pennsylvania residency. He is against government-funded (public) schools and just recently announced that he is against coverage of prenatal testing (among many other procedures!) in health insurance plans.
Ron Paul is a principled person with a lot of extreme views. He does not change his stand on issues to win elections. He doesn’t participate in the congressional pension or accept Medicaid in his medical practice. He strongly believes that government should exist for national defense and a court system, and not much else. He is against most government spending, taxes, entitlements, the Federal Reserve and government agencies. Paul wants the US out of Afghanistan and is against most military intervention. He claims to be a strict Constitutionalist and believes that most matters should be left up to the states, including civil rights. Paul supports the right to bear arms, homeschooling, the repeal of Roe v Wade and corporate tax cuts. He vows to cut the federal budget by over $1 trillion. Why did someone who hates government choose to be part of the government?
For many reasons, Obama has not been able to accomplish some of his campaign goals. Besides inheriting an economic catastrophe that was shockingly worse than imagined, he is constrained by a Republican-controlled House that would rather destroy the country than work with him, and he does not have 60 Democrats in the Senate to prevent filibusters. It is amazing how much he has been able to accomplish, despite the misinformation and outright lies that have been spun. Racism plays a large role in the more than usual partisan politics game.
Think about it. Who is the best choice to be our next President? He’s already in the White House.
Mary Casey is a student in the MS in Business Leadership and Management program at CUNY School of Professional Studies and is an alumna of Lehman College. She is an administrator for a university in NYC. She loves to travel and wants to see as much of the world as possible. Mary created and maintained a community/political blog from 2002 to 2004.