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The Guys You'll Meet on Earth But Not in Heaven: Mitt Romney - Let's Make Him Somebody That We Used to Know

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Clearly, this kind of person doesn't worry about the 47% who are more needy or even the 99% who have smaller houses, smaller bank accounts and smaller pensions than he does.

As a native New Yorker, I have rarely found myself in agreement with friends and acquaintances from Massachusetts. Just wearing my Yankee cap generates grimaces and negative comments, and I remember one day when I was stopped in Boston and surrounded by a few guys who yelled out, "Gutsy move!" But, I clearly felt in a dominant position up until 2004, when the Red Sox embarrassed us by coming from behind to sweep the Yankees and go on to become World Series Champs. Since then, I've had to tolerate years of listening to how great Tom Brady is, and this only stopped last year when the Giants made model Gisele Bundchen blame the Patriot receivers for her husband's woes and the Giant's Super Bowl win.

I must say that, since the 2012 Presidential Election Campaign began, I have never felt so close to my northerly neighbors. These days, whenever I talk with just about anyone from Boston or Springfield or Cape Cod or anyplace in the Bay State, I am serenaded by critical and hateful damnation of their former Governor, Mitt Romney. They knew him well from 2003 to 2007, and apparently to know him was to despise him. No doubt all of us should listen carefully to these Red Sox and Patriot fans before we vote on November 6th.

Okay, it's 2003 and Mitt Romney has become Massachusetts' first Mormon Governor. This is how he starts things off ------

1. He capped Medicaid payments to the poor which limited hospital stays to 20 days no matter how sick the person was.

2. He made it more difficult for people to qualify for Medicaid.

3. He limited access to some prescription medications for Medicaid patients.

All in all, over 36,000 Massachusetts' residents lost their Medicaid.

In addition to these healthcare budget cuts----additional cuts by Romney in 2003 limited treatment for schizophrenia and mental illness in general.

Later on, Romney then cut funding to public colleges and universities.

But no, Romney's austerity measures didn't end in 2003. In 2004, he cut funding to local communities by up to 20%. He specifically cut community services by laying off teachers and police officers and limiting seniors' access to nursing homes. 

All in all, Romney built a reputation of saying "No" to essential services for his adopted state. During his term, he issued 844 vetoes which annoyed citizens to the point that most of them had to be overturned by Democrats and Republicans. Romney's response to this was "I know how to veto, I like vetoes."

As the Romney years in Massachusetts excruciatingly went on, he seemed to become more and more conservative, no doubt in preparation for a planned run for the presidency in 2008. In fact, by 2006 he attempted to make Massachusetts into a Tea Party version of Arizona, by signing an agreement that would have allowed Massachusetts State Troopers to stop, arrest and seek deportation of suspected illegal immigrants they might meet during a normal day's duties. Most Massachusetts' citizens were overjoyed that this act was never implemented. No doubt Romney would have implemented it, but Deval Patrick who replaced Romney as governor revoked the agreement as soon as he was sworn in.

Now, what kind of person can say "No!" -- over and over again to programs that make life more doable for others? 

And what kind of person can say "Yes!" --- to programs that make life more frightening for some?  

Clearly, this kind of person doesn't worry about the 47% who are more needy or even the 99% who have smaller houses, smaller bank accounts and smaller pensions than he does.

And the answer is to our question is ---definitely Not a Leader!

Back in 2003, the people of Massachusetts welcomed Mitt Romney as their Governor and leader with a 66% approval rating. But, this so-called leader turned out to be an "Uncaring Boss" who did not lead, but rather took advantage of his position. Get this! Unbelievably, this Uncaring Boss during his last year as governor in 2006 spent all or part of 212 days out of state, incurring the wrath of most citizens who by then gave him a 65% disapproval rating. Mass citizens had gotten the message that he cared more about himself than anyone else.

And for sure the people of Massachusetts have not forgotten any of this, which explains why Mitt Romney doesn't even campaign there in 2012.

Recently, a rabid Red Sox fan who is now someone I have a lot in common with, reminded me that the #1 song in the world last year was "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye. One of the reasons it became so popular was its theme that we should keep away from people who are no longer who we knew them to be. Well, let's make Mitt Romney "Somebody That We Used to Know" before he makes our country "Someplace That We Used to Know!"

 


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