Posts Tagged ‘Earmarks’

After Hammering Gingrich, Santorum Over Earmarks, Romney Is Exposed

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

Do as He Says...

Mitt Romney’s big government reflex was revealed in a video captured by a Democrat operative back in 2002, but what makes this situation so bad is the hypocrisy it demonstrates in Mitt Romney’s attempt to win the nomination at any cost, including going after Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich for their support of various “earmarks” over the years.  In point of fact, Mitt Romney was determined to get his share of earmarks for the Salt Lake City Olypmics, bragging about it while running for Governor. In the debate in which he said every Olympics went to the Federal government for assistance in the areas of security and transportation, the truth is that he even solicited assistance from the Department of Education, and received it.

Here’s the ABC News video:

It should be obvious from all of this that Mitt Romney is every bit as hooked-in to the Washington DC process as anybody else.  The fact that Romney has never served in Washington DC is irrelevant to the fact that he has leveraged plenty of Washington connections to his advantage, including while running the Salt Lake City Olympics, but also while governor of Massachusetts, funding much of the “Romneycare” health reforms in Massachusetts with healthcare dollars from the Federal government.

It’s bad enough to be a hypocrite, but it’s even worse to do so by misleading debate audiences about the matter.  This is a significant part of the reason that I don’t accept the narrative that Mitt Romney is an anti-Washington candidate.  He’s always been willing to use Washington’s influential permanent political class to his benefit, or the benefit of whatever he’s pursuing at the time.  It’s a laughable claim, in fact, because what Romney doesn’t admit, but the record proves is that he has had his hands out for those federal earmarks while others created them.  Outsider?  Hardly.  What Mitt Romney has done in this instance is to try to have it both ways, but conservatives shouldn’t permit it.