You Can Never Find A Hooker When You Need One, But We’ll Always Have The Mitten (Romney, That Is) And Plenty Of Customers In Michigan

Today’s Globe features a story by Michael Levenson and Robert Gavin illustrating that Willard ‘The Mitten’ Romney missed his calling in life. Apparently whatever God he worships actually intended him to be a whore. He already has the money, but what he really wants are votes and he’ll say anything to please a voter.

Campaigning in Michigan for tomorrow’s primary, he’s telling the voters what they want to hear. They want to believe that they don’t have to join the rest of us in this century but can go back to the middle of the last one, when the American automobile industry was the top dog in the four-wheeled world.

In a speech to business leaders and at an international auto show, he was especially critical of new fuel efficiency standards signed into law last month by President Bush. “Instead of throwing over a life preserver, Washington has dropped yet another anvil on Michigan,” Romney told the Detroit Economic Club. “And now it’s passively sitting back to see if car companies can swim, and the answer is: just barely.”

But as governor, Romney imposed tough emissions standards in December 2005 that added Massachusetts to a growing list of states seeking to force the auto industry to produce cleaner-burning cars – which automakers considered a back-door attempt to raise fuel standards. Under the rules, cars sold in the state after 2015 must emit 30 percent less carbon dioxide, 20 percent fewer toxic pollutants, and as much as 20 percent fewer smog- causing pollutants than under federal standards.

Massachusetts voters wanted clean air and a hand in working against global climate change. The Mitten said okay, finding a few minutes to sign the legislation when he wasn’t galumphing around the country hurling insults at Massachusetts while he sought votes at gatherings of conservatives.

Now he’s on his knees in Michigan, denigrating conservation efforts, sucking up to voters who apparently haven’t figured out that the year is 2008, not 1958.

The same voters don’t want to hear John McCain tell them that they have to adapt to changing times. That would take too much thinking, too much mental work, so they’re flocking to the Mitten, who conveniently blames ‘Washington’ for Michigan’s misery.

How about putting the blame on the so-called leaders of the automotive industry who refused to adapt to changing conditions? Who refused to meet the challenge of foreign automakers and kept on making the same crappy cars for a couple of decades while Toyota and friends crushed them in the marketplace?

And Willard, whatever happened to conservatism’s free market babble? You want the taxpayers to bail out an industry that couldn’t stop tripping over its own executives’ feet? That’s not very conservative of you, Willard, now is it?

Detroit could have been putting out highly fuel efficient, minimally polluting cars for a couple of decades now, but they didn’t. There’s much more money in ugly-ass, inefficient, polluting SUVs that don’t have to meet Federal fuel standards. And of course those SUVs work just as well on three and four dollar a gallon gas, don’t they?

So Detroit whines, and Michiganers whine, and now they bow down to any snake-oil salesman like Willard who promises them that they won’t have to live in the real world if they make him President.

But what about Willard’s record?

Another central point that Romney has made in Michigan is that he would use his business acumen to create jobs. Yet during his four-year term as Massachusetts governor, which began in the depths of a recession, the number of jobs grew by just 0.5 percent, compared with 5.5 percent nationally, according to Labor Department statistics. Only three states did worse: Ohio, Louisiana, and Michigan.

Manufacturing employment in Massachusetts slid 12 percent, more than double the national average; the state fared only slightly better than Michigan, which lost more than 15 percent of manufacturing jobs during that period.

And let’s not forget The Mitten’s previous life as a capitalist sort of fella who bought up companies, stripped out employees like so much trash, and sold the companies to line his pockets with cash.

And as if to demonstrate just how out of touch with reality he is, as well as the Michiganers who buy his line, he finished off with this gem:

“I will roll up my sleeves in the first 100 days I’m in office, and I will personally bring together industry, labor, congressional, and state leaders and together we will develop a plan to rebuild America’s automotive leadership,” he said to applause.

Apparently his plan is to make SUVs popular, because the auto industry is so far behind the rest of the world in building what’s really needed that by the time they catch up, Lake Erie and Lake Huron will have joined up and put Detroit under twenty feet of water. (Never mind that what’s actually needed is for the world to minimize cars and to create effective mass transit systems.)

And while little Willard is focusing on Detroit for his first hundred days, what’s going to be happening with the two wars that are sucking the country’s treasury dry? What’s going to be happening in the rest of the country as it reels under the crashing of the real economy (that would be the economy other than the stock market)? And what about healthcare, Willard – there’s a problem that affects a hell of a lot more people than ever lived in Michigan? (Never mind, Willard, we already know you’re in bed with your wealthy friends in the health insurance terror business, so we know your answer to that one.)

So what’s it gonna be, Michigan? Snake oil from a pandering hypocrite and liar? 1958 or 2008? Or do you want to get with reality and dump an industry that’s failing and has failed you?

Romney wants you to tilt at windmills.

Today you would be a lot better off building windmills.

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One Response

  1. Good post. Mitt Romney’s pandering is incredibly shameless and transparent.

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