Freedom's Foot Soldier

By EDITORIAL  |  March 16, 2011

Romney was the worse offender, enabled by the Boston Herald — whose front-page placement of Romney's op-ed should be reported as a campaign contribution.

Although some suggest our former governor is the "adult" in the 2012 GOP Presidential field, they are clearly mistaken. As evidenced by this silly essay — not to mention his literal rewriting of his opinion of his own health-care-reform law — Romney is deliberately dumbing himself down for the Tea Party crowd.

So much so, that he even apologizes in the Herald column for his "wonkish" proposals. They are not wonkish, they are nonsense. In fact, Romney's only two suggestions in the column — aside from "focus, focus, focus" — are contradictory: dramatically reduce taxes, and reduce the federal deficit.

These are not real prescriptions for job growth; they are sweet-sounding gibberish for the Sean Hannity crowd.

Worse, Romney mouths the right-wing fallacy that the 2009 economic stimulus package "failed."

He used to know better. A year ago, speaking at the Ford Hall Forum in Boston, Romney said that the stimulus had added around two percent to the gross domestic product — roughly in line with most analysis, including the Congressional Budget Office.

Brown's piece in the Globe boils down to the same message as Mitt's: Obama needs to get more people jobs by cutting taxes and reducing the deficit.

His op-ed is not as patently condescending — but that is only because, unlike Romney, we don't know whether Brown is smart enough to know better.

Unquestionably, the current level of unemployment is too high. Serious suggestions and debate about improving the jobs picture would be greatly welcomed. But all Romney and Brown have done is stick out their tongues as Obama's motorcade drove by.


SLOW DOWN, JOHN KERRY

Democratic Senator John Kerry, who admits he made a mistake when he endorsed President George W. Bush's invasion of Iraq, appears to be on the road to making another blunder by advocating that a no-fly zone be established over Libya. It is good news indeed that the Libyan people are fighting to overthrow strongman Muramar el-Qaddafi. But the U.S. is still not out of Iraq and is mired in Afghanistan. Does the nation really need to take military action that could lead us into yet another war?

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