I'm tired of tea-party folks and conservative Republicans calling Mitt Romney a RINO or a mushy moderate or a even liberal. He's not! He might appear more liberal to the casual observer because he went to Harvard (but remember he also went to BYU, the bastion of conservatism!) he governed in the Northeast, he lacks a cowboy swagger, and of course because of Romneycare... but he's actually pretty conservative.
A few things that people forget about Romneycare are that Mitt Romney vetoed much of it, and that the liberal Governor and liberal legislature who came after him has made it worse. That's why health care in Massachusetts is becoming higher in cost and lower in quality. I don't think it's Mitt Romney's fault. Another gigantic difference between RomneyCare and ObamaCare is that RomneyCare was started when the budget was balanced and there was in fact a surplus in the state coffers. ObamaCare, on the other hand, was done at a time when the debt and the deficit were out of control.
Look, if you read the chapter in No Apology: The Case for American Greatness on health care, you'll start to see Mitt Romney's side of things in regards to Romneycare. There's a lot of freeloaders in the emergency rooms, and that's driving up costs. And I agree that it would be inhumane to turn away the sick and injured from hospitals, just because they don't have the ability to pay. So, we're already treating medical care as a right in this country. Maybe it isn't such a bad idea to make everybody buy health insurance.
Mitt Romney's electable, OK? He's more electable than Newt Gingrich, according to the polls. And electability is one of the most important qualities the Republican party should look for when nominating someone. Just like Michael Medved writes, Presidents get elected with the support of the people in the middle. Like it or not, Obama has a really good chance of winning. He's the incumbent, and incumbents usually win. I was reading an article on Hot Air, one of my favorite political websites, and I found this comment and I thought I would copy and paste it here:
Again…Show me in Romney’s record here what is liberal, all of you who CLAIM to know so much about Romney!
Cut taxes in MA – Check
Closed loopholes and raised fees as Reagan did – Check
Voted pro-life bills as GOV – Check
Voted and eased 2nd Amendment bills in MA – Check
See here: “Massachusetts oldest, largest and premier pro-second amendment/gun rights group, Gun owners` Action League (GOAL) stated:“The bill was the greatest victory for gun owners since the passage of the gun control laws in 1998 (Chapter 180 of the Acts of 1998). It was a reform bill totally supported by GOAL. Press and media stories around the country got it completely wrong when claimed the bill was an extension of the ‘assault weapon’ ban”
Against illegal immigration – Check
Signed bill against Illegal Immigration Recv tuition breaks – Check
Build the complete fence along the border – Check
For Defense of Marriage Act – Check
For Cut, Cap, and Balance – Check
Pro expansion of the military and keeping GITMO open – Check
Drilling in ANWR – Check
Investing in new technologies for oil – Check
Develop energy technology like nuclear or liquefied coal – Check
Conservative Reagan could vote for Romney…Reagan: “I’m not retreating an inch from where I was. But I also recognize this: There are some people who would have you so stand on principle that if you don’t get all that you’ve asked for from the legislature, why, you jump off the cliff with the flag flying. I have always figured that a half a loaf is better than none, and I know that in the democratic process you’re not going to always get everything you want. So, I think what they’ve misread is times in which I have compromised.”
Many of you need to check Reagan’s Governing and POTUS (POTUS means President of the United States) record to Romney’s!
You all spout off and have nothing to back it up with while he was in office he Governed with as a conservative. Did you know that Reagan vetoed his Tip O’Neill Congress 78 times in 8 years.
Romney vetoed his Massachusetts legislature over 800 times in 4 years. Virtually all were overridden–including the entirety of his 8 “Romneycare” vetoes because he governed as a Conservative!