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Sunday, October 15, 2006

A view from the other side: Romney is a "Bush Lieutenant"

Wisconsin politics looks like it is getting slimy. The Wisconisn Democratic Party recently sent out this press release aiming to "kill two birds with one stone" (Degrade the current GOP candidate for Governor--Mark Green and lay some groundwork against Romney's 2008 presidential bid). They list 5 areas where Romney and Green have similar records of bad governance.

Under Romney’s Governorship, between 2002 and 2004, Massachusetts had the largest reduction in K-12 spending in the nation.

They forgot to mention that in late 2005 (after these "horrible cuts" occured) that Massachusetts "blew away" the rest of the nation on the NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress) exam, marking the only time in history that one state had the top performance in all 4 categories (4th grade Reading & Math and 8th grade Reading & Math). Sounds like vintage Romney . . . do more with less!

Romney has cut funding for higher education in Massachusetts by $12 million.

Mostly these cuts were for duplicative administrative positions and the "patronage" problem that Romney has been trying to fix in Massachusetts.

Romney cut almost $3 billion from public schools, health care, and other public services to finance tax breaks that disproportionately benefited the wealthy.

This one is completely unfounded. Romney has tried to cut taxes in MA but the money-hunger MA legislature froze the voter initiative to bring the income tax rate to a lower level. The only truth to that comment is that he did gut the budget upon taking office in 2003 and turned a $3 billion deficit into a nearly $1 billion surplus.

Romney has increased government spending every year he’s been in office, increasing spending by 19 percent over his four years in office.

Oh, they conveniently left out that essentially all of his vetoes to cut spending each year are over-ridden by the Democrats in the legislature. Also, he balanced the Mass Budget and has consitantly called for spending restraint . . . but it falls on the deaf ears of the spend-happy legislature.

This accusation also flies in the face of their first three complaints . . . that he cut spending to all of these institutions.

Accusing Romney of "fiscal mismanagement"??? Now that's a good one!

Romney has vetoed legislation to require doctors to offer emergency contraception to rape victims and has vetoed a bill to expand access to emergency contraceptives.

Good for him!

I just think it's funny to read this stuff that the Dems put out. Some of it is just music to my ears.

In other Wisconsin politics news, it looks like former Wisc Governor Tommy Thompson is strongly weighing a bid for POTUS in 2008. He could be a player in the Iowa Caucus, but I don't see his candidacy "catching on" elsewhere.

1 comment:

David said...

$12 million in higher education? $12 million is a rounding error. Give me a break!