Romney’s Plan: Details, shmetails, just elect me! It’s my turn!

Posted on July 5, 2012

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It’s very easy to determine why Mitt Romney refuses to discuss or elaborate on the details of his economic plans for America.

A quick trip to his lead campaign website shows that the first half of his plan to increase employment is to give corporations billions of tax dollars to “retrain workers.” Romney’s plan has four parts:

  •     Eliminate redundancy in federal retraining programs by consolidating programs and funding streams, centering as much activity as possible in a single agency
  •     Give states authority to manage retraining programs by block granting federal funds
  •     Facilitate the creation of Personal Reemployment Accounts
  •     Encourage greater private sector involvement in retraining programs

Yes, you read that correctly:  Two of the ways Romney plans to facilitate the creation of Personal Re-employment Accounts and encourage greater private sector involvement in retraining programs is to ” facilitate the creation of Personal Re-employment Accounts and encourage greater private sector involvement in retraining programs.” In Romney-ese, nothing answers a question more completely than repeating the question as a statement.

Part two of Romney’s plan is to dramatically increase the number of H-1B work visas issued by the federal government to import foreign workers, who will work for less and have no right to vote. The two steps in Romney’s “Attract the Best and Brightest” plan are:

  • Raise visa caps for highly skilled workers
  • Grant permanent residency to eligible graduates with advanced degrees in math, science, and engineering

That’s the entirely of Romney’s idea for America’s workforce. And the fact that he delivers this on his website under a section called “Human Capital” tells you all you need to know about Romney viewing people as nothing more than resources that exist for nothing more than the advancement of corporate profit.

That’s it. That’s the entirety of Mitt Romney’s plan for the American workforce: Bring in more non-Americans … at least, bring them in for the jobs that aren’t delivered to them in their own country.

And what about after your career?  Don’t worry, Mitt’s got that covered.  The primary point of his plan for Social Security is to INCREASE THE RETIREMENT AGE. By making you work longer, you won’t be eligible for Social Security until … what … age 70? 75? 80?  That’s his grand idea:  Make you work longer, wait longer to be eligible to collect, and pay you for a shorter time.  That’s how he’s going to “save” Social Security.

And then there’s the issue of international trade. What’s the number one objective of Romney’s plan — and remember, this is from his own campaign website – “Reinstate the president’s Trade Promotion Authority.”  That’s right. Mitt wants to be able to personally select and approve trade contracts. It will be interesting to see how he plans to buy small countries and sell them off for parts at a profit.

And Mitt’s got a tax plan, too. Of course, it all but ignores anyone making less than $250,000 a year, with ideas like:

  • Cut the corporate rate to 25 percent
  • Maintain current tax rates on interest, dividends, and capital gains
  • Eliminate taxes for taxpayers with AGI below $200,000 on interest, dividends, and capital gains (notice that doesn’t include “income,” only investment gains)

I’m sure you’ll be shocked to learn that nowhere on the website is there an explanation of how Romney would pay for these tax measures.

And, of course, no discussion about Mitt Romney would be complete without mentioning health care. I’m not going to reiterate the sheer two-faced nature of Romney’s “for you it’s a tax, for me it was a penalty” nonsense.  Instead, I’ll just point out that the primary points in Romney’s plan for your health care include:

  • Limit federal standards and requirements on both private insurance and Medicaid coverage;
  • Offer innovation grants to explore non-litigation alternatives to dispute resolution, and;
  • Cap non-economic damages in medical malpractice lawsuits.

Translation: Further deregulate the bloated, ineffective, for-profit health care and insurance industries, and protect health care and insurance conglomerates from lawsuits.  Nuff said?

I’d like to point out, also, that the words “Mitt continues to work on refining the details of his plan, and he is exploring different options” appear 11 times on his site in 11 different explanations of plan specifics. Another 13 points have no plan detail; just an empty summary of “what needs to be done.”

I’d also like to point out that – without exception – every single issue included on Romney’s website has three times as much content under “Obama’s Failure” than there is under “Mitt’s Plan.”

So, apparently, the core message from Romney’s campaign site is “Vote for me … because I’m not Obama.”

You’re right, Mitt. You’re much more like Gordon Gecko, without the personal warmth and conscience.

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