Mitt Romney’s Internal Policy Conflicts aka Flip Flops

Well as our readers know we love strong graphics so enjoyed this one especially as it is backed by detailed source footnotes in case anyone doubts the flip flops: from


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5 Responses to Mitt Romney’s Internal Policy Conflicts aka Flip Flops

  1. Kyrie Eleison says:

    Come now, cut the guy some slack.

    It’s not like he’s the real candidate, he’s just a paid spokesperson.

    (This goes for both “sides”.)

    • @Kyrie Eleison. Well I guess the Republicans made a big deal of the fact that John Kerry changed his mind on Vietnam and so was an unreliable flip flopper. So I kinda like the fact that Mitt Romney having changed his mind on almost every single policy item I can think of, and that he has changed in most cases from a sensible approach to a crazy one, that this should be highlighted for our information in the coming election and I like this graphic for doing so. No President Obama has made plenty of mistakes but changing his mind on every major policy front is not one of them….

      • Kyrie Eleison says:

        Support of things like the Patriot Act, the refusal to close Gitmo, the continuation of our Machiavellian approach to foreign policy and the use of drone warfare, his consistent stance on refusing to pursue financial criminals (keep in mind that the decision to prosecute is a political one) and his abject ambivalence to transparency are ample enough for me to have lost all respect for the man. He is just as plastic and malleable as Mitt, he’s just not as blatantly obvious about it.

        (As an aside, I can understand why Willard prefers the name “Mitt”, I bet he has that luxurious Isotoner feel to those working him like a sock puppet. Take that marketing idea and run with it – the “Mitt” mitt.)

        Then again, it’s not like I expected much to begin with. I believe it was Emma Goldman who once said that if voting could change anything, they’d make it illegal. Hasn’t that already begun? We are searching for a democratic solution to a systemic economic problem, which in my mind is an impossible task. Hugo Chavez has said that democracy and capitalism are mutually exclusive. The SCOTUS apparently disagrees. Regardless of your opinion of the man, based on your observations and experiences can you see where he is coming from?

        It’s not in our culture to value morality. We all like to masquerade that it is, because it makes us feel better about that abyss staring back at us, but it is in word only – it’s fairly obvious by our collective actions that we only pay it lip service. Titus 1:15-16.

        Any thinking person who is truly honest with themselves would already know this about our ways of doing things, and anyone who does not will not be convinced nor swayed no matter how strong the argument is. It’s why things like Nike shoes and iPhones sell like hotcakes, but if one of us had to work in the conditions of the factories that produce them for a single day we’d never buy them again (unless we thought it was funny, or just did not care). But hey, what’s a little detachment if it’s to our own benefit?

        I suppose it feels good to know that we’re not alone, even if nothing else comes of it. However, I think perhaps we’ve been feeling good for far too long and it’s time to step it up. It’s not healthy for us as we have become totally complacent and insensitive to the suffering of others… and those chickens are coming home to roost.

        When I say these generalizations, please do not take it personally. This goes for anyone who happens to come across my rantings. I am fully aware that there are good people all over the world. But as you know, I am a “big picture” person, and the net effect of those among us who strive for justice and ethics is far, far outweighed by those who lust after power and constantly seek to game the system in their favor.

        In closing, I suppose I feel at least a little bit of sorrow for people like Mitt because, like Frankenstein’s monster, he is the product of our own creation, be it active or passive involvement. In the end we will meet our demise not by some external bogeyman but by our own hands. You’ve said yourself that those we promote signal the behaviors we value to others, and that many of us apparently do not take this very seriously at all.

    • Tony Gee says:

      Thank you Kyie We agree!
      We need to find a nice chart from the opposition that shows Obamas flip flops. I disagree with Creative I think Obama has flipped the script on all the major policy.
      Whether it is Mitt, Obama or R or a D it’s politics and that’s what is sad. Making statements like, “what I will do for you” all depends on were the candidate is and who they are speaking to. Kinda reminds me of grade school middle school and high school class officers campaigns, can we all remember. The only difference now these clowns spend our real money that we have worked hard for, while they play and make easy money, flying around the world saying they are doing the work of the people. Give me a brake.
      This is what caused me to become more of a Libertarian and I am surprised not more Liberals aren’t flocking to that philosophy.
      Maybe Ron Paul was the better candidate but even he flopped off his table a few times.

      • Kyrie and Tony. I was not expecting much of President Obama. Merely that he would be better than Bush II and I think he is better than Bush II, as it was almost impossible not to be; though in many ways he has continued the policies of Bush II especially his tax cuts.But he has nevertheless disappointed me. What Democratic and Republican Parties share is a total ignorance of how real sustainable wealth is created and neither has a clue how to stimulate it. I would prefer that the election be fought between say Hilary Clinton and Chris Christie but we have what we have. And you may recall from a previous posting, the last President I liked was Dwight Eisenhower And I liked FDR too. This may say something about our political system??

        As for the Libertarian approach, I have some sympathy for it, but it ignores the Rhinoceros in the room: corporate power. John McCain did a magnificent job of getting McCain-Feingold passed, only to have the Supreme Court negate it. Libertarian-ism would have looked more appealing with strict campaign finance limits, but without them, the great threat to our liberties is from corporate interests, and the very rich. Not that corporations don’t play an essential role in wealth creation, but having worked in them for 35 years, I think they are last organizations we should let buy politicians and policies. They should stick to business and job creation. Corporations are not people and don’t deserve the rights we give citizens. I always remember that it was funding from industrialists like Krupp and I G Farben (who made the gas used in Auschwitz) that gave Hitler the final lift he needed to take power….

        In relation to government, I don’t see it as Tony sees it, but I do want much smarter, leaner government that is far more impactful where it counts like counter cyclical economic policy and I would like to see much tougher bank and Wall Street regulation….Judging by Singapore and China intelligent government is well placed to rebuild an economy around manufacturing and needed services, while reducing the Wall Street casino sector. Again a finance sector that provides insurance, raises capital for sound businesses, provides foreign exchange for trade is all well and good. But this is the tail of the economy not the bloody dog….

        On balance, then I guess I support President Obama but only as the lesser evil, not the lesser evil of Mitt Romney but the lesser evil of who Mitt Romney represents. Heck they used to say of Mitt’s father George Romney when he was governor of this state: ‘deep down he is shallow’ and I think that is true of Mitt too. Pity because we have better candidates on both sides….

        Oh and if either of you guys find the Obama flip flop Venn Diagram please send me the URL . We aim to annoy both sides, if not equally, at least somewhat….

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