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Friday, September 14, 2012

Governor Deval Patrick - Speaking from Experience at Democratic National Convention,

"In this great future, you can't forget your past" (Bob Marley)
It makes sense to highlight the Democratic National Convention speech by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, because of his first hand experience picking up the pieces of his predecessor's administration. Governor Mitt Romney was the one term governor of Massachusetts from 2003-2007, who now wants to be President. Governor Patrick's message is that Romney can't do the job.

President Clinton's extraordinary support speech at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte NC solidified the party loyalists for President Obama's re-election. Maybe, his explanatory speech even convinced a few Independent voters to make an informed choice for President Obama. But, his speech was preceded by experienced points emphasized by Governor Patrick:

"In Massachusetts, we know Mitt Romney. By the time he left office, Massachusetts was 47th in the nation in job creation—during better economic times—and household income in our state was declining. He cut education deeper than anywhere else in America. Roads and bridges were crumbling. Business taxes were up, and business confidence was down. Our clean energy potential was stalled. And we had a structural budget deficit. Mitt Romney talks a lot about all the things he's fixed. I can tell you that Massachusetts wasn't one of them. He's a fine fellow and a great salesman, but as governor he was more interested in having the job than doing it."

"Today—with labor at the table—we've made the reforms in our pension and benefits systems, our schools, our transportation system and more, that Mr. Romney only talked about."  

Applying Governor Romney's past performance to current events certainly emphasizes Governor Patrick's statements:

1.  A litany of lies spooling out of the Romney campaign - the income assistance issue is one among many.  President Obama did not lessen "welfare to work" requirements in the income assistance laws.  This administration reform was a waiver requested by Republican governors.

"Independent news organizations, President Clinton, and a Republican author of welfare reform have already called (the Romney) attacks blatantly dishonest, but Romney’s campaign continues to run with them. Here are the facts: President Obama helped lead the welfare-to-work effort in the Illinois Senate in 1997, drawing praise from his Republican colleagues for his willingness to break with members of his own party. Under the Obama administration’s order, states would only be granted flexibility if they help 20 percent more people find work."

2.  Although the label "flip-flopper" is overused, there's no better way to describe Governor Romney's continual inconsistencies.  In fact, to coin a Jimmy Buffet line, Romney blew out a flip flop when he told David Gregory on "Meet the Press" how he would surely support some of the Obamacare, Affordable Care Act, provisions, like covering pre-existing conditions.  In multiple past interviews, Romney said he'd "repeal Obamacare".  What's worse than this recent flip-flop is how Romney doesn't explain how to support pre-existing conditions coverage, in the absence of a plan to provide for such coverage. Actuarial analysis shows, unless there's a mandate for people to buy health insurance, pre-existing coverage for everyone is unsustainable. (Republicans abhor "mandates")

"Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, who promised early in his campaign to repeal President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, says he would keep several important parts of the overhaul. 'Of course there are a number of things that I like in health care reform that I'm going to put in place,' he said in an interview broadcast Sunday on NBC's 'Meet the Press.' 'One is to make sure that those with pre-existing conditions can get coverage.'"

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3.  "Shooting before he aims...." paraphrasing President Obama. 
Governor Romney inappropriately assaulted President Obama in the middle of a national security crises in Egypt and Libya. This error in timing and tone by Romney, absent condolences for the victims of the Libyan violence, including the death of our American Ambassador Stevens, justifiably calls into question his leadership style.  Romney doesn't demonstrate that he can manage a crises.

Governor Patrick's DNC speech was delivered from the point of view of his experience.  Governor Romney was a one term governor of Massachusetts.  Governor Patrick was re-elected.

Americans must consider Romney's poor past political performance and evaluate this against how our current President Obama has performed.   

President Obama has a history we are comfortable with - inheriting a dismal economy and two wars, he nevertheless maintained consistent and cool headed leadership.  Governor Patrick gave us the best advice we could ever ask for and it's our responsibility to re-elect President Obama.

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