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Who is the Real Mitt Romney?

  • Here are 500 reasons to vote against Mitt Romney and for Barack Obama.
  • He will say ANYTHING to get elected. He was for a woman's right to choose before he was against it. He was for tax cuts for the rich before he was against them. He was for-no, he wrote-health reform before he was against it.
  • His Campaign Insults Voters.
  • He called Roe v. Wade "one of the darkest moments in Supreme Court history," he supports overturning Roe v. Wade and he could be appointing up to three Supreme Court justices.
  • He would "get rid" of Planned Parenthood, let employers decide a woman's contraception coverage, and let insurance companies charge women more.
  • Romney endorsed a GOP senate candidate who believes rape victims should face life in prison if they get an abortion.
  • He picked Paul Ryan as his running mate - a man who tried to redefine rape in his efforts to limit a woman’s right to choose that would ban abortion in all circumstances, including rape, incest, and the life or health of the woman.
  • He has refused to release his tax records because he has Paid No Taxes for 15 Years.
  • He would make Middle-class Floridians pay more in taxes while millionaires pay less.
  • Jobs would decline across Florida.
  • His Drastic cuts to federal spending would shrink Florida's middle class.
  • Seniors in Florida would lose health care benefits and pay more.
  • Women in Florida would pay more for health care but receive less bang for their buck.
  • Young adults in Florida would lose access to their families’ health insurance.
  • Romney’s False Claims of Bipartisanship in Massachusetts
  • Ann Romney Says She Fears For Mitt's 'Mental Well-Being'.

By , Published: November 2

THROUGH ALL THE flip-flops, there has been one consistency in the campaign of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney: a contempt for the electorate.

How else to explain his refusal to disclose essential information? Defying recent bipartisan tradition, he failed to release the names of his bundlers, the high rollers who collected hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations. He never provided sufficient tax returns to show voters how he became rich.

How, other than an assumption that voters are too dim to remember what Mr. Romney has said across the years and months, to account for his breathtaking ideological shifts? He was a friend of immigrants, then a scourge of immigrants, then again a friend. He was a Kissingerian foreign policy realist, then a McCain-like hawk, then a purveyor of peace. He pioneered Obamacare, he detested Obamacare, then he found elements in it to cherish. Assault weapons were bad, then good. Abortion was okay, then bad. Climate change was an urgent problem; then, not so much. Hurricane cleanup was a job for the states, until it was once again a job for the feds.

The same presumption of gullibility has infused his misleading commercials (see: Jeep jobs to China) and his refusal to lay out an agenda. Mr. Romney promised to replace the Affordable Care Act but never said with what. He promised an alternative to President Obama?s lifeline to young undocumented immigrants but never deigned to describe it.

And then there has been his chronic, baldly dishonest defense of mathematically impossible budget proposals. He promised to cut income tax rates without exploding the deficit or tilting the tax code toward the rich ? but he refused to say how he could bring that off. When challenged, he cited ?studies? that he maintained proved him right. But the studies were a mix of rhetoric, unrealistic growth projections and more serious economics that actually proved him wrong.

This last is important ? maybe the crux of the next four years. History has shown that it?s a lot easier to cut taxes than to reduce spending. Republican presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush promised to do both, managed to do only the first and (with plenty of help from Congress) greatly increased the national debt.

Now Mr. Romney promises to reduce income tax rates by one-fifth – for the rich, that means from 35 percent to 28 percent – and to raise defense spending while balancing the budget. To do so, he would reduce other spending – unspecified – and take away deductions – unspecified. One of the studies he cited, by Harvard economist Martin Feldstein, said Mr. Romney could make the tax math work by depriving every household earning $100,000 or more of all of its charitable deductions, mortgage-interest deductions and deductions for state and local income taxes.

Does Mr. Romney favor ending those popular tax breaks? He won't say. But he did take issue with Mr. Feldstein's definition of the middle class: Mr. Romney said he would protect households earning $250,000 or less. In which case the Feldstein study did not vindicate the Romney arithmetic – it refuted it. Yet the candidate has continued to cite the study.

Within limits, all candidates say and do what they have to say and do to win. Mr. Obama also has dodged serious interviews and news conferences. He has offered few specifics for a second-term agenda. He, too, aired commercials that distorted his opponent's statements.

But Mr. Obama has a record; voters know his priorities. His budget plan is inadequate, but it wouldn't make things worse.

Mr. Romney, by contrast, seems to be betting that voters have no memories, poor arithmetic skills and a general inability to look behind the curtain. We hope the results Tuesday prove him wrong.

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