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Differing policies

August 14, 2012
The Mining Journal

To the Journal editor:

In response to Susan Harris' letter from Aug. 4 titled "Flip flopper cited," if the state of Massachusetts wants to enact legislation like Romneycare, that is their right. What works in one state may not be good policy in another.

Romney balanced the budget and got the fiscal house in order before implementing Romneycare. This demonstrated fiscal responsibility before introducing a new law that could affect spending.

Obama has done the complete opposite, increasing spending while enacting a massive new entitlement. If Romneycare didn't work out in Massachusetts, it would not have affected the rest of us.

Romney also took the time to build a consensus of approval in Massachusetts, unlike Obama and Co. who rammed it through despite a majority of Americans opposing.

Romney care also works in Massachusetts because before enactment, the state had a very low number of uninsured citizens, the lowest in the country. States like California, who have many more uninsured will incur much larger costs to implement Obamacare.

And do you really want to talk about flip flopping with these candidates? Who ripped Hilary for her health care plan centering around a mandate? Who said he would cut the deficit in half in his first term? Who called Bush's much lower deficits reckless and unpatriotic? Who recanted on broadcasting the healthcare debates on c-span? Who just flipped on gay-marriage? Who flipped on public financing for his campaign? Who said he would close Gitmo in year one?

Who flipped on approving the Keystone pipeline? Who in 2011 said in referring to the Dream Act, that "This notion that somehow I can just change the laws unilaterally is just not true... There are laws on the books that I have to enforce... We live in a democracy... You have to pass bills through the legislature."

Then in 2012 flips and signs and executive order ceasing deportation of illegals under the age of 30 and giving them work permits. They not compete with Americans who are seeking work. Who compaigned on transparency and then hides behind executive privilege on Fast and Furious? Who flipped and now supports super PACs? Who preaches civility in our political discourse and then remains silent when fellow dems say deplorable things about Republicans?

There's more examples. As far as what other Republicans said of Romney during the campaign, it's all standard. Remember the 2008 Hilary vs. Obama campaign? Oh never mind Susan. Forward!

R.C. Aboussleman




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