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Chait writes: "Last night, Brian Williams asked Romney to distinguish his approach to economic growth from Bush's. The answer was a mere recapitulation of his plans..."

Mitt Romney's economic plans are similar to George W. Bush's. (photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)
Mitt Romney's economic plans are similar to George W. Bush's. (photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

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+13 # pernsey 2012-07-26 17:27
Mitt = Bush, without a conscience and a rubber stamp for the GOP.

Any one who thinks Mitt gives a rats bottom about the average person is kidding themselves. If he gets in the richest of the rich will be dancing in the streets!
+5 # ABen 2012-07-27 04:36
Mitt Romney is probably a very nice person to know personally, that is assuming one has the wealth and indifference to fit in his social circle. Viewed from a somewhat higher perspective, he appears as little more than a well polished and painfully scripted, platinum plated shoe salesman (with apologies to Ed Bundy).
+3 # ericsongs 2012-07-27 11:43
I agree completely .... assuming you are talking about Al Bundy. (Al, at least, had a heart)

Deny "Wrongway Romney" even one minute at the helm of our ship of state!
+2 # Floridatexan 2012-07-27 09:44
The Republicans haven't had an original plan since Reaganomics. They're still convincing themselves that they hold the high ground (after all, they go to church). The right is using every base tactic imaginable to undermine the President, including a shameless appeal to racists, "Christian" extremists, and elitists who think they're the only ones with jobs. ABen, I doubt Romney is a "nice person".
+3 # angelfish 2012-07-27 11:14
I'm beginning to believe my own sarcasm and actually think Romney IS an Alien! Never have I seen anyone so inept! Insulting the British, on their Home Turf no less, speaks volumes as to the kind of fool he truly is! You would think that someone with his breeding and background would be more skilled in the social graces. The ReTHUGlicans have NO new ideas for economic recovery and continue to beat the same old drum they've had since Reagan's Inauguration. I'm beginning to think their are ALL unable to learn! The Democrats have, at least, realized that you stop hitting yourself over the head with the SAME hammer and try a different tool!
0 # ericsongs 2012-07-27 11:52
"Wrongway Romney" is just another fool with an unquenchable taste for more, more, more, more, more, more ............... ..
+3 # motamanx 2012-07-27 11:41
@ngk63 - It was Liberal ideas and liberal actions that gave The United States the freedoms and the benefits that make it the United States. Why do people castigate liberals?
+2 # tabonsell 2012-07-27 15:40
A point of contention here. Lower spending will never "help the long-term budget picture." Never has, never will

Try the two most-severe spending cuts in history and the aftermaths. After years of rebuilding the military following WWI, the US budget was slashed from $18.4billion in 1919 to $6.4billion in 1920. The result was the depression of 1920-21. Spending of $92.7billion in 1945 was reduced to $29.8billion in 1948 and the result was the severe recession of 1948-49.

In 1932, Herbert Hoover cut spending to address the faltering economy and a normal depression became the Great Depression. In 1937, after four years of recovery from that Depression, FDR gave in to right-wing whining and cut spending. The result: the GDP lost considerable wealth and a 14% unemployment rate became 19% within a year.

We got out of the 1930s recessions by government spending more. We got out of the 1920s and 1940s economic problems because Americans, with nothing to buy during the wars, had huge cash stashes, which they used to go on spending sprees once the nation was back to peacetime production.

Severe cuts in government spending would send us into another recession, but American consumers don't have the cash to rush in and rescue the economy. The only answer is to end the freeloading by corporations and get them to pay taxes as they once did when we had a healthy economy.
+4 # LeeBlack 2012-07-27 16:17
W. Bush policies under Romney will be even worse - Bush started out with a surplus.

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