Thursday, August 30, 2012

Reactions to Romney's speech

Quotes taken from this transcript.
Many of you felt that way on Election Day four years ago. Hope and Change had a powerful appeal. But tonight I’d ask a simple question: If you felt that excitement when you voted for Barack Obama, shouldn’t you feel that way now that he’s President Obama? You know there’s something wrong with the kind of job he’s done as president when the best feeling you had was the day you voted for him.
There have been plenty of days I had better feelings about the job Obama's done than on Election Day, like the day he passed Obamacare, which will give millions more people access to primary care doctors, keeping them out of ERs and improving their health.  Or when he signed the bill ending "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", or when the last troops left Iraq, or when Wall Street reform was passed including the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, or when he cut out the subsidized banker middlemen from the federal student loan industry.

The President hasn’t disappointed you because he wanted to. The President has disappointed America because he hasn’t led America in the right direction. He took office without the basic qualification that most Americans have and one that was essential to his task. He had almost no experience working in a business. Jobs to him are about government.
This is an inconceivable attack.  Paul Ryan has way less private-sector experience than Barack Obama, and Romney chose him, out of all the people in the country, as his running mate.  Ryan was a Washington-based speechwriter and then was elected to Congress before he turned 30.  How is it possible to square this paragraph with his choice of running mate?  It can't be done!
 His trillion dollar cuts to our military will eliminate hundreds of thousands of jobs.
As previously discussed, there's no logical reason to think that military spending is any more likely to result in more jobs than any other kind of spending.  In fact, it's easier to imagine a school or a bridge leading to economic improvement than a billion dollar weapon.

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