Point of View Columns

Weekend Edition – November 2, 2012

The November 6th election is a major event, right? But someone forgot to tell Mother Nature. Hurricane Sandy not only proved the unpredictability of this planet, it also proved that the Teapublican theory of small government only works if there are no problems, disasters or tragedies. Meanwhile the RomneyRyan Lyin’ Machine has shifted into high gear falsely claiming that Jeep is shipping American jobs to China. And finally, is it possible that Mitt Romney is going to actually make it to November 6th without making a full financial disclosure? Shame is too weak a word.

The Big Government Exception

The power and fury that was Hurricane Sandy absolutely demolished huge swaths of the Northeastern United States. Death and destruction and disruption instantly became the universe of over sixty million Americans.

To the rescue came the federal government as well as multiple state and local governments. Hundreds of thousands of public employees – police, fire, sanitation, hospital workers, etc. – saved lives and provided support and hope in the midst of tragedy. The government did not discriminate so Teapublican victims received the same treatment as everyone else.

Mitt Romney has been quoted as saying that emergency management and disaster relief should be the sole province of state governments and moved over to the private sector “if possible”. He has said that it is immoral to spend taxpayer dollars on emergency relief.

Clearly he didn’t mention this to Chris Christie, the governor of storm-ravaged New Jersey who was more than pleased to host President Obama and all of the representatives of the federal government who were bringing relief to his beleaguered constituents. And just as clearly, the RomneyRyan vision would leave victims of nature, economic downturn or health tragedies to depend on the kindness of strangers.

It didn’t work for Blanche Dubois and it won’t work for Americans.

The Great Jeep Lie

Perhaps the RomneyRyan Lyin’ machine senses impending defeat. That is the only explanation for the outrageous and transparent lies that emanate from the campaign that it promotes.

Most recently and infamously, the RomneyRyan campaign has claimed that Jeep is planning to ship American production jobs to China and that this is the legacy of the Obama Administration’s bailout of Jeep’s parent, Chrysler.

This lie was so outrageous that the CEO of Chrysler sent a letter to every Chrysler employee stating that it was untrue that any Jeep production jobs would be sent to China, or anywhere else. The RomneyRyan Lyin’ Machine response was to deluge Ohio voters with the same lie over and over.

Politics is not the province for angels, but that doesn’t mean that absolute lies should be thought of as a winning strategy. Winning at all costs, including the cost of the truth, is dangerous and shameful.

Where Are Your Papers?

It is four days before the election and Mitt Romney continues to defy a political tradition started by his father that is almost a half century old. He is aiming to be the first major presidential candidate not to divulge his finances to the American people since 1968.

There can no longer be a question as to whether Mitt Romney has something to hide. He is clearly hiding in plain sight. Whether it is his Bain financial dealings or his foreign bank accounts and investments, there is something that Mitt Romney does not want the American people to know.

No company would hire a CEO without a full background check, including a financial background check. That Mitt Romney would not provide this information is damning evidence of his complete disdain for the American people.

Someone should tell Mr. Romney that he is running for president not king. But don’t tell him until November 7th.

Have a great weekend!