29 April 2013

Why Mitt Romney won the 2012 election


Almost six months after Barack Obama's reelection, it turns out that all the things Democratic Party functionaries told us would happen if Mitt Romney was elected have happened anyway.  Here is a partial list:

1.  Abortion rights rolled back

Kansas women have seen their reproductive rights evaporate (the trigger for this measure's effect being a Supreme Court decision that no president can directly control).  Other states are pushing ahead in "targeted regulation of abortion providers" that make it all but impossible for safe and legal abortions to happen.

2.  Irresponsible military adventurism

Instead of improving the disgraceful state of veterans' health care, or indeed doing anything to benefit needy Americans at all, the administration has spent over $100 million on aid to Syrian rebels.  This is virtually guaranteed to be diverted from the ostensible purposes of "sanitation, food, medicine and education" towards lining the pockets of warlords who have no lasting goodwill to the United States.  (A true cynic might say that the administration is hoping they would misuse the money by buying assault rifles from American manufacturers).

And, of course, without an international treaty (merely a gentleman's agreement between Obama and Karzai) we really have no idea when the Afghanistan war will end.


3.  Deepening poverty

Cutting Social Security benefits, as well as failure to enact real universal health care, is going to increase poverty in this country.  We can speculate as to how much more Romney would have squeezed poor people in his budget proposals, but the fact is Obama is doing it too.


4.  Total inaction on climate change

Aside from some passing mention in the State of the Union speech, Obama has shown no interest in talking about climate change.  His State Department released a brain-dead report on the Keystone XL pipeline and there is clear evidence of oil-industry corruption in the department.


The Romney clan, though it cannot baptize dead people in the White House, continues to rake in money, of course, by exploiting the carried interest tax loophole, which Obama has not succeeded in ending.


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