Obama Takes Credit For Friday Open Comments

President Obama decided to drag his teleprompters to a pipe yard near Cushing, Oklahoma yesterday to take credit for something he had nothing to do with and to blame everyone but himself for stalling a pipeline project where he was the sole decision-maker.

In short, he did what he always does: takes credit for the sun rising and blaming some other kid when he throws a rock through a little old lady’s window.

The above is a satellite view of oil storage tank farms in Cushing. While it looks like a truly huge amount of storage, it really only acts as a buffer between different pipelines and different loads within the same pipeline.

The southern portion of TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline will run from Cushing to Port Arthur, relieving a crude bottleneck in the midwest caused by the recent increase in production primarily in North Dakota.

Obama claimed he is and will be removing roadblocks to the pipeline’s construction. TransCanada said “Meh.” in response.

But TransCanada Vice President Robert Jones told reporters after the President’s speech their timeline remains the same.

“What I think I heard today was the administration will continue with their cooperation and that schedule we have to start full construction by midyear remains the secure.”

A spokesman for John Boehner made a couple of cutting remarks about Obama’s jump to claim unearned credit.

“After rejecting and personally lobbying against Keystone XL and thousands of new jobs, the president plans to tout that he’s now interjecting himself on behalf of a routine permit that is normally handled by bureaucrats,” aides to the House speaker, John A. Boehner, Republican of Ohio, wrote in a blog post on Thursday. A Boehner spokesman, Brendan Buck, added, “This is like the governor holding a press conference to renew my driver’s license.”

The man makes an empty suit look like a genius,

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96 thoughts on “Obama Takes Credit For Friday Open Comments

  1. Yesterday;

    21 squawkbox says:
    March 22, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Translation:
    Those stupid saps. Who are they going to vote for? Barak Obama? Muhwahahahahahaha.

    Last night;

    89 Darren says:
    March 23, 2012 at 12:59 am

    There’s no pleasing you “NotRomney” crowd is there? Romney’s going to win the nomination, not Gingrich, not Santorum. I say get behind him sooner rather than later. The real target is Obama and I’d be very glad to replace him with Romney.

    They’re not even gonna buy us dinner first.

  2. Those stupid saps. Who are they going to vote for? Clinton?

    A tried and true strategy, why not use it again.

  3. To all those who work in the oil & gas industry from design to operations, stay vigilant and safe as we remember those who lost their lives in the BP Texas City Isom explosion seven years ago today. Somebody’s family is depending upon you to ensure their loved one makes it home at the end of the day.

  4. G’Morning All

    The “expedite Claim” is purely BS to start with. Being a domestic pipeline, his approval is not required.

  5. Darren
    From last PM

    There’s no pleasing you “NotRomney” crowd is there? Romney’s going to win the nomination, not Gingrich, not Santorum.

    Absolutely the number one wrong thing to say to me. If you think for one minute anyone should back someone because they are perceived as the inevitable candidate you are sadly mistaken, The fat lady has not sung yet. You would do much better giving me 5 policy issues of Romney’s that would cause me to vote for him. But nope you just got engage mouth and stick foot in it.

    You have not presented his national security policy me. Quick no Googling what is Romney’s national security policy?

    You have not offered to me Romney’s plan how he says he is going to cut taxes. Quick no Googling what is Romney’s tax policy?

    You have not told me of what Romney’s plan is to cut government? Quick no Googling what is Romney’s spending policy?

    You have not told me what Romney’s foreign policy is. Quick no Googling what is Romney’s foreign policy?

    Here is a real easy one, what is Romney’s stance on energy? Drill Baby Drill is not his answer by the way. No googling the answer, quick what is his energy plan?

    And while i am at it toss in a historical decisions that Romney has made in Mass that would endear him to me.

    I know the answers to those questions and more I’d bet you do not. I know what the other candidates stances are on those issue and I know their history. All I saw last night (and other days) form you is the usual main stream media horse race calling and the usual “the other guy is a bad guy stuff”. You give me something more than the usual stump speech crap and then you might get away with your comment:

    I say get behind him sooner rather than later.

    Right now the real target is choosing a Republican candidate and I do not want a candidate that is going to campaign to the right and govern form the left which Romney’s history tells me he is going to do more than the other guys.

    Past performance of politicians, unlike a financial plan, is indicative of future returns.

  6. Good morning Hamsters. Ground fog gathering and 53 at 6, fog gone by 8:30, and today promises to be a 10. Spring is here and emerald green (with a sprinkle of yellow pollen dust). Enjoy, and thank you, Lord.

    Strong hunch here that come May 29 Texas will have her say, and it will not be a whisper.
    :)

  7. I think Santorum’s comment yesterday about if you want to vote for Mittens over Santorum, you may as well just vote for Obama was disgraceful. It was the wrong thing to say and points to desperation and panic on Santorum’s side. It is demonstrably false that Romney would be no better/the same as Obama; the very notion is absurd. Santorum castrated himself in my eyes with that statement. Or one could say he inserted the rhetorical grenade suppository and pulled the pin. I am not impressed. I wish that he would not have acted so, I liked him better than Romney, he has just proven himself to be a loser. I am still firmly in the “not Romney” camp for the primary; HOWEVER I would vote for Homer Simpson before I would vote for JugEars in Nov.

  8. Darren last night — Could you describe your “brain zap”? I never heard the term, but Google has a lot of info, mostly about withdrawal symptoms for certain medicines.

  9. #11 Bones

    HOWEVER I would vote for Homer Simpson before I would vote for JugEars in Nov.

    No R/Conservative is going to vote for Obammy. But we can’t afford to have them sit at home and sulk on Nov 6, if Romney is the candidate. Santorum’s campaign has been a big disappointment. He’s certainly in the not-ready-for-primetime category.

  10. The problem with Mitt is that he is a liberal. The problem with Santorum is that he is a big government, big spending liberal wearing a social conservative duster. The problem with Obama is that he is an anti-American moosleum Marxist. Back when McSwine thought he would be opposing her thighness, I was thinking that voting for a known liberal might be better than voting for an erratic old fool whose only goal in life seems to be to get a good obit in the New York Times. A known enemy is always better than an unknown or unpredictable one. Make of this whatever you will. I’m not even sure what it says myself.

  11. If the president could give us an ECONOMICAL alternative fuel, we would all switch but for right now its fossil fuels. And I don’t care what propaganda the president puts out about trying to solve the gas price problem, the voter will realize it in their “pocketbook” when they go vote.

  12. Since 1300 yesterday I have been out at Brazos Bend Park, camping with Scout The Wonder Dog & some folks from the Hammock Forums. Safely ensconced in the seldom used Equestrian Area Primitive Camp, with only the birds & several thousand skeeters. All of my companions have gone down to the main park to show the guy who drove down from Minnesota where the alligators are. I volunteered to stay behind & guard the gear. I am now forced to lay in my hammock & nap until they get back. Try THAT in a tent.

    The attitude of the Romney campaign, and that of his supporters is what will keep people from being active in his campaignin the general election, which makes him the worst candidate & will lead to his defeat,which they will then blame on us…..again. Some folks new to the fight don`t quite understand that yet.

  13. Current events are driving intelligent – and some not so intelligent – discussions about Mormonism.

    The front page blog at First Things has a lively ongoing debate….

    …which was occasioned by a February article here by Stephen Webb titled Mormonism Obsessed With Christ.

  14. They are all Etch-a-Sketch men. Twist the knobs a little and they will be whatever you want them to be. Sadly, that is where we are today.

    Simple

  15. So here is a question for the local brain trust.

    Does ANYONE really believe that should the “R”s actually win the White house, do you REALLY believe the “R”s are gonna roll back Obamacare?

    Let’s face it, the “R”s said they were going to roll back the dept of edumacation that Jimmah Carter gave birth to. That was what 36 years ago.

  16. Here’s one reason to look forward to January 2013.

    This one will be long gone. Good riddance.

    “I do think that the governor needs to sit down with the federal government and work it out so that we can have our share, our fair share,” she added.

    Perry spokeswoman Catherine Frazier fired back, accusing Texas’ senior senator of siding with the Obama administration “and its pro-abortion political allies.”

    “We suspect if the senator was fully aware of the fact that the Obama administration is the one responsible for denying these funds, she would support working with the Texas delegation and state officials to reverse this misguided decision,” Frazier said.

    On air, Todd also asked the retiring senator whether Planned Parenthood should be excluded from the Women’s Health Program.

    Hutchison appeared to hesitate before responding, “Well, you know, I can’t say. … I think Planned Parenthood does mammograms. They do so much, so much of the health care — the preventive health care, and if they’re doing that, then we need to provide those services. Absolutely.”

  17. The lines at passport control go almost to squack’s house. Less than 1/3 of the desks are manned by a CBP officer.

    I love international borders and US ports of entry.

  18. Washed the company truck for the first time since January.
    Probably increased mileage by 20%.

  19. My Houston 2040 schemes and envisions what Houston will look like by 2040. I’ve not looked, but I bet they see overhead light rail criss crossing the city and everyone on bicycles or in Chevy Volts.

    They know good and well it will be painted turquoise and pink and everyone in a 1985 Ford Crown Victoria.

  20. I can’t remember how old Katfish’s Crown Vic is but I don’t think its that old.
    He’ll fit right in, anyway.
    ( The interior looks that old, or worse. His mama would have a heart attack.)

  21. Squawk;

    Absolutely the number one wrong thing to say to me.

    Actually, I consider you an “NOTanyone” for president person as opposed to strictly a “NOTRomney” person.

    If you think for one minute anyone should back someone because they are perceived as the inevitable candidate you are sadly mistaken, The fat lady has not sung yet.

    Heh, you said “fat lady“.

    Also, as I’ve said before, Romney was not the first person I supported. in fact, the guy I liked most initially, Herman Cain, you came right out and said that he has no snoball chance in h*ll to win and connected that to your not supporting him. At least, that’s how I read it. I myself dropped supporting him after it seemed clear that he didn’t have a plan to take on the issues both poltical and personal. Romney does. I think he’s addressed all the poltiical issues (and, no, not all to my satisfaction) and he really has no personal skeletons in his closet. 43 years mof marriage and a fine group of young men he’s raised. Besides developing a personal relationship with God, this is by far his greatest achievement in this world (there’s definitely a connection there as well) and i don’t think we’ll learn of any mistress or that he’s really gay.

    But nope you just got engage mouth and stick foot in it.

    But not after I dip foot the into chocolate. It’s exquisite.

    (No Googling or Binging)

    National security: He’ll maintain the US military as the prime militarty force in the world. He’ll kill jihadists before they kill us.

    Taxes: Cut all income tax by 20%

    Government: No specifics except Planned Parenthood and something else he said on Hewitt.

    Foreign policy: Stop appologizing for the US and make sure Iran never gets nukes.

    Energy: Allow Us to develop it energy. As far as turning off the printing presses, he’s never addressed that (neither has any other candidate as far as I know of) but that should take care of itself if the budget is balanced and spending cut.

    Also, he’ll return much decision making to the states.

    Just out of curiosity, what was Reagan’s specific plans on these issues during his campaign against Carter?

    And while i am at it toss in a historical decisions that Romney has made in Mass that would endear him to me.

    He balanced the budget without raising taxes. That’s kinda good and he will not repeat universal healthcare on the nation. Though here what does concern me is how much will he support government interefering with healthcare. That I do not know for sure.

    Right now the real target is choosing a Republican candidate and I do not want a candidate that is going to campaign to the right and govern form the left which Romney’s history tells me he is going to do more than the other guys.

    Like I said, you’re a “NOTanyone” for president. Good luck with that when the two real choices are Romney and Obama this Novemeber.

    And Darren all that other stuff you posted last night are observations of Romney. No hint of a plan.

    If I were running I’d avoid specifics myselfs as my interests would be to get the most number of votes while alienating the least. Those who fall into the Squawk category of voters are a minority at present and therefore I would have little to no interest to cater to you. I do agree with you in that we need a candidate who ideally limits the federal government and allows states to govern themselves within original and in some cases evolved constitutional parameters. If you don’t like Romney then you don’t like him. If you won’t vote for him then don’t vote for him. I don’t know what you’re going to prove in the end but if that’s you conscience, then follow it.

    Now, who DID you last vote for for president and what was his specific plan that caused you to vote for him?

  22. mharper #13;

    Darren last night — Could you describe your “brain zap”? I never heard the term, but Google has a lot of info, mostly about withdrawal symptoms for certain medicines.

    Just before I had my T.I.A. last year I experienced a tingly sensation on my brain. It built itself up until suddenly it was like I was passed out but yet fully conscious and physically functioning. That is except for speaking. I mumbled words incoherently despite knowing exactly what I wanted to say. I think it was Wednesday (maybe Tuesday) that I visited the Apple Store to try out Apple TV and see what internet apps it offered. It was on either You Tube or another video site which displayed displayed several rows of video to play and each row had about 6 videos to choose from. Scrolling down those rows and I got a sudden tingly sensation kind of like a shock though no strokelike after affects. so I wondered if that was the beginnings of a seizure. I really don’t know. I’d hate to have my life altered if it were and cannot be brought under control.

  23. Squawk #21;

    That was Buu, the most powerful villain Goku ever fought. Even at Super Saiyajin level 3, he had a very hard time defeating him. Even fusing with Vegetta, Buu proved formidable.

  24. Bonecrusher #11;

    I think Santorum’s comment yesterday about if you want to vote for Mittens over Santorum, you may as well just vote for Obama was disgraceful.

    Yup, and Santorum’s been shaking that sketch of Romney ever since he made it.

  25. #1 simp

    Товарищи, не ешьте дерьмо!

    Nростак – Проверьте правильность написания, N?

  26. Shannon #19;

    Thanks for the heads up on that article. When I have time I’d like to read through the posts there. As for the piece itself, overall it is thought-provoking, but this part, unless Howard P. Kainz is referring t ohaving a majorp olitical party’s nomination for president, “however, the fact that Mitt Romney, the first Mormon candidate for the presidency in our nation’s history…” is factually incorrect. Joseph Smith was the first Mormon to run for president. Considering the timeframe, it’s kinda hard for a Mormon to pre-date him. ;)

  27. “Actually, [Squawk] I consider you an “NOTanyone” for president person as opposed to strictly a “NOTRomney” person.”

    Dang. I hadn’t considered that.

    I think you’re on to something there, Bubba.
    :)

  28. She arrives home and tells this story:

    Friday evening.
    Rush hour at the (only) (so-called) grocery store in Bellville.
    Six check out lines are backed up to the back of the store.
    Announcement over PA system.
    “Our computer system has crashed. Just leave your baskets where they are, if you wish. We’ll put the groceries back on the shelf. We have no idea when things will be back to normal.”

    :)

  29. The President has made an interesting choice to head the World Bank

    The White House on Friday named Jim Yong Kim, the president of Dartmouth College and a global health expert, as its nominee to lead the World Bank. ….
    Highly respected among aid experts, Dr. Kim is an anthropologist and a physician who co-founded Partners in Health, a nonprofit that provides health care for the poor, and a former director of the department of H.I.V./AIDS at the World Health Organization.

  30. Darren, I share mharper42’s concern about the “brain zap.” Just a suggestion that medications can do odd things that are not mentioned on that wallpaper strip filled with tiny print that accompanies the prescription. If a symptom isn’t listed on it, doesn’t mean it isn’t real and connected. The pharmacist is likely more immediately available for consultation than the doc when you notice something unusual. In many instances, we the public are the laboratory in which new reactions are discovered.

    Pass the cheese, please. :)

  31. 49
    Now that’s an impressive resume for running the World Bank.
    He must have missed the cut for Death Panel Czar the first time around.

  32. One of President Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board has been busted for insider trading.

    The board’s inspector general said Terence Flynn violated ethics rules by sharing confidential details on the status of pending cases and the likely votes of other members before decisions were released.

    Democrats are aking for the Justice Department to investigate.

  33. Roman Catholics are up to their old Social Justice tricks.

    The organization that represents Texas’ Catholic high schools on Thursday called for a comprehensive review of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, calling TAPPS’ treatment of Jewish and Muslim schools unacceptable.
    “Failure to sufficiently improve the structure and management of TAPPS will require a re-examination of our 43 Catholic schools’ continued affiliation with TAPPS,” wrote Margaret McGettrick, education director of the Texas Catholic Conference Education Department.

    Good for them.

  34. Darren
    You crack me up.
    Ya need to go back and re-evaluate Romney’s success in Mass balancing the budget. Mass is in big trouble because of Romneycare……. big time.

    Cain did not have a snowballs chance because I knew going in he was going to get torpedoed big time and it happened. there was NO WAY the “R”establishment was going to let him get very far and the DNC was sure not going to have a Black man running against their black boy. Pure and simple it was not going to happen.

    Nice job pulling out the Romney bullet points. Ya need to look a whole lot deeper to really discover his (cough cough) policies. As for him running the government like he did with Mass. I dang sure do not want him. He has a poor record on baisc rights not to mention he is a micro manager. Google is now your friend, go back and look at his past comments on those issues.

    Reagan outlined exactly whathe was going to do and how he was going to accomplish it. His speeches are archived all over the web.

    I have a candidate in my mind. The beauty of our system of electing representatives allows me to keep my choices private. Outside of Reagan you will never know for sure who i have voted for or if I voted at all. Great country isn’t it?

    The point of this exercise Darren is everything you have typed comes out of Romeny’s talking points with no depth. And tell me or anyone we should just get behind the guy as if it is already written in stone just chills my ****. That is straight out out of the “R”elites playbook. I do not do well with marching orders since I got out of the service. In other words if you are going to be so bold to tell people just to lay back and enjoy it you best be damned prepared to tell obstinate old farts like me why.

    But other than that I still lubs ya anyway. ;)

  35. A reminder for the hoi-polloi, the Bayou City Arts Festival is this weekend in Memorial Park.
    This isn’t your farts and crap show with angels made from toilet paper tubes and Bibles made from Reader’s Digest condensed books.
    No siree, this is genuine artsy-fartsy stuff, one of the ten best in the country.

  36. For the mere hoity-toity, the Mercer Arboretum March Mart is also this weekend. If you are interested in over 2000 varieties of plants that actually grow in our area or 120+ gardeners on hand to talk thumbery, green or otherwise; this is the place to be. Bring a wagon.

  37. #57 tt

    Strange how our local media didn’t catch any of that.

    I’l speak to someone on the Chronicle’s Denmark television desk. ;)

    Give it a day.

  38. Shannon #47;

    Dang. I hadn’t considered that.

    And we know that it is sooooooooooooooooooo true. :)

    I just finished two posts on your First Thing’s link. If approved, they should pop up by tomorrow I guess.

  39. #49 shamaal

    Jim Yong Kim ain’t no big deal, outside of his own mind.

    Scott Johnson, John Hinderaker and former colleague, Paul Mirengoff, of Powerline blog are all Dartmouth alumni and very active in university affairs.

    At Dartmouth President Kim cultivated a cult of personality that resulted in his chosen speaker at the 2010 commencement ceremony paying tribute to none other than President Kim himself. I do not think there will be many tears shed over the departure of Dartmouth’s dear leader. He was liberally loathed by the faculty, and not for petty reasons.

    Jim Yong Kim has been there just long enough to warrant a gold star on his resume, most popular among those elitists who collect them like trinkets – the Tim Geithners, Paul Krugmans and Larry Summers of the world. Really, I can’t think of anyone less qualified for the job than Kim. Surely they are out there, but they just don’t come to mind at the moment.

  40. I didn’t sleep until three, and I’ve had a very rough day. I’m headed out. I have a full day tomorrow – it’ll start early and probably end late. Don’t know if I’ll be around much.

    Don’t set the couch on fire. If you spill something, clean it up. No porn on the TV. And keep your hands to yourselves!

    ‘less’n it’s your spouse, of course. Then go home or get a room.

    Hammy’s Grammy wants no hanky-panky on Hammy’s Comfy Couch.

  41. #69 tt

    A remarkable achievement that should provide fodder for graduate theses for many years.

    Generally speaking these things are audited for a statistically significant sample, which are then scrutinized and the results statistically analyzed to determine whether there are enough eligible signatures, I look forward to seeing the comparison results.

    Well Done!

  42. Squawk #55;

    Mass is in big trouble because of Romneycare……. big time.

    Yes it is now but the budget was balanced while he was governor, no? And I still do not think he’ll do universal healthcare on the nation but allow the states to decide. It is at that point which I have concerns as to what federal incentives he’d support for states to do their own healthcare, if at all. And I’m absolutely no fan odf Romneycare, nor of tax hikes or abortion which Governor Reagan supported in California (tax hikes on certain things as president as well).

    Cain did not have a snowballs chance because I knew going in he was going to get torpedoed big time and it happened.

    But, as you just noted, you were speaking of him not being establishment at that time and as I recall you did not offer any support for him because of that. Also, there’s no way you could have predicted him having a mistress. I think that blindsided everyone. But even before that killer blow (no pun intended, this is a family site), it came clear to me that Herman Cain had no plan to run his candidacy. On abortion he seemed to want to say that he was absolutely against abortion but absolutely against the state to prohibit abortion but absolutely for protecting the life of the unborn. I was quite confused. So now that the DNC prevented the R blackboy to run against theirs they’ll now have the Mormon to contend with. Fine with me. The mormon’s much better prepare to take it to Obama than Cain was. And as i said before, I highly doubt we’ll suddenly learn of infidelity from romney. Not going to happen. I think his life is well known and his personal integrity is solid. (His political integrity is definitely questionable at times).

    I have a candidate in my mind.

    I was wondering who that one person was tha wrote in my name in 2008. Thanks but I’m really not interested in becoming president.

    And tell me or anyone we should just get behind the guy as if it is already written in stone just chills my ****

    I honestly never thought of your **** (whatever that is) while promoting Romney but I think he’ll be a fine president. He’ll uphold the military prestige, not allow Iranians to get nukes, cut taxes overall, do far better to balance the budget (if not completely), and he’ll have better looking hair than our current president. By all means impart your insights and wisdom to refute these superficial claims of mine. (Hey, I’m a PC guy afterall, give me a break).

    I also say he’ll nominate a constitutional judge to the Supreme Court. When I’m wrong on that then you have my permission to my car engine to thaw out your ****. I won’t watch, I promise.

    Reagan outlined exactly whathe was going to do and how he was going to accomplish it.

    Which was……

    But other than that I still lubs ya anyway.

    I’ve never doubted that you can’t quit me. :)

  43. DARREN
    NO Romney’s budget was never balanced. He used the same accounting tricks that Clinton used to claim there was a surplus when there was none.

    I had no reason to ring Cain’s bell because I knew he was going to get torpedoed. It did not matter if Cain was Boehner’s best buddy he was not going far. It did not matter if he had a mistress or he was clean and green he was going to be stopped one way or another for the express reason that he is a Black Man. And it was NOT just the DNC that torpedoed him.

    The RNC has been active in a divide and conquer campaign because they knew that the Tea Party Conservatives would blow their choice out of the water. Their choice? Romnutz aka McCain II. Lookit what we got left from the original 9.

    a doddering old fool
    another doddering old fool that wants to go to Mars
    a big government guy
    another micromanaging big government guy.

    The “conservatives” are gone.

    Romney but I think he’ll be a fine president. He’ll uphold the military prestige, not allow Iranians to get nukes, cut taxes overall, do far better to balance the budget (if not completely),

    I am going to shoot that down, all of it with 2 words
    Obamacare.

    Romney has flip flopped on Obamacare. He has said that he thought that it can “be fixed”. He erased his etch-a-sketch and started saying he would do away with it. But ummm let give you a headsup. It is going to take a willing congress. do not hold your breath on those clowns. They go to bed every night praying that SCOTUS does their job for them. If SCOTUS don’t, with BoehnerCos record do you really thing they are going to have the testacles to roll back programs that people are already depending on? NO. And that would suit Romney just fine because he has his political cover. Ah Gee guys oops.

    There are two Squawkbox rules that have never failed me. You really think Romney would nominate a Scalia or Robertson? Not happenin. Remember what bush submitted before we got Roberts? BTW did i menation the Bush family is behind Romney? Which brings me to rule #23 that has never failed me:

    Birds of a feather all look the same, sing the same and fly to the same roost.

    And the number one rule in politics that has never failed me:

    When it comes to politics, past performance is indicative of future returns.

  44. Squawk;

    with 2 words

    Since that’s a compound word, I guessthat’ll count as 2.

    Like Reagan, Romney inherited a huge, Democrat-created budget deficit. The existing Massachusetts deficit was already more than half a billion dollars when Romney took office halfway through a fiscal year, with a projected deficit of $3 billion for the following fiscal year.

    And yet, Romney balanced Massachusetts’ budget each year he was in office and left the state with a surplus, without raising taxes.

    To the contrary, every single budget Romney submitted included income tax cuts — all of which were rejected by the 85-percent Democratic Legislature. (The last time Massachusetts legislators approved an income tax cut was when it was attached to a bill raising their own salaries by 55 percent.)

    Romney balanced the budget by slashing spending, eliminating ridiculous corporate tax loopholes and increasing user fees for government services consumed by only some citizens, such as court filings, taking the bar exam, boating, hunting and golf licenses.

    And Ann don’t lie.

    And State Budget Solutions (whoever they are), don’t lie.

    Romney hasn’t talked about those fees much in recent debates. But back when he ran for president four years ago, he defended his fee hikes at CNN’s 2008 Republican presidential debate.

    “We had a $3 billion budget shortfall,” Romney explained.

    “We decided we were not going to raise taxes, and we found that some fees hadn’t been raised in as many as 20 years. These were not broad-based fees for things like getting your driver’s license or your license plate for your car, but instead something like the cost of a sign on the interstate and how much it was going to cost to publish a McDonald’s or a Burger King sign on the interstate. We went from, like, $200 a sign to $2,000 a sign,” said Romney.

    I fail to see any trickery in terms of balancing the budget. I know he used trickery to balance Romneycare’s books but not the state budget.

    Romney has flip flopped on Obamacare. He has said that he thought that it can “be fixed”. He erased his etch-a-sketch and started saying he would do away with it.

    And I’m glad he did erase the sketch. He made a better one afterwards.

    If SCOTUS don’t, with BoehnerCos record do you really thing they are going to have the testacles to roll back programs that people are already depending on?

    Not with Boehner. I think he has neuticles; but not real huevos.

    Doesn’t the President have at least some control over how allocated money is spent?

    You really think Romney would nominate a Scalia or Robertson?

    YES! And I say so fully knowing there is no absolute guarantee. Besides Bush, we got a really good justce and a really bad one from Reagan. But Romney will give us another good one. Obama sure as heck won’t.

    Plenty of linkies at your disposal.

    That’s a search engine, silly.

    I know I know, I should search Reagan’s declared plan as what he’d do as president. I say there is none from him any more clear than Romney’s and I say that knowing I can easily look the dunce here.

    /Somethines I’m too bold for my own good.

  45. Uhhh Darren This is exactly what I am talking about. Romneycare is in the freaking budget and if he fudged one the other had to be fudged.

    I fail to see any trickery in terms of balancing the budget. I know he used trickery to balance Romneycare’s books but not the state budget.

    The two are inseparable.
    DOOOOOOD palm/forehead

  46. Squawk;

    While Romneycare could, and did, go overbudget, the state budget could still be balanced; and I do believe it was.

  47. Darren that is simply not possible. For that to be possible that would mean there were other programs that came in under budget and those funds were transferred to RCare. That did not could not have happened. There is not one State budget that could absorb those losses and especially not Mass. C’mon man throw away the KoolAid and think for a minute here.

    And this
    “As Governor, Romney Balanced Budget By Hiking Fees”

    He did not cut spending he raised spending and he raised taxes. You can spin this every way you want FEES always = TAXATION.

  48. You can spin this every way you want FEES always = TAXATION.

    True if you for whatever reason cannot choose to cease to particiate in the activity which requires a fee. Other than that they are not the same exact thing. Closing business tax loopholes is not a tax increase though affectively it does result inthe same: more taxes to be paid.

    And having a balanced state budget simply means that overall spending was equal to the overall revenue collected. What year as governor did Massachusetts spend more than it took in by the end of the fiscal year?

    And here’s this:

    That said, Governor Romney’s single term contained some solid efforts to promote pro-growth tax policy. In May of 2004, Mitt Romney proposed cutting the state’s income tax rate from 5.3% to 5.0%—a measure Massachusetts voters had approved in a 2000 referendum, but was blocked by the State Legislature in 2002. The proposed tax cut would have provided $675 million in relief over a year and a half. When the Massachusetts Legislature refused to budge, Romney proposed the same tax cut in 2005 and again in 2006 with no success. Romney was more successful when he took on the State Legislature for imposing a retroactive tax on capital gains earnings. After a bloody fight, Romney succeeded in passing a bill preventing the capital gains tax from being applied retroactively, resulting in a rebate of $275 million for capital gains taxes collected in 2002. Governor Romney also signed legislation that provided property tax relief to seniors in 2005, along with a gimmicky two-day sales tax-free shopping holiday.

    2012 Presidential White Paper #5
    Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney

    Also, so much of his tax cutting proposals were rejected by the state legislature and his vetos overturned by the same branch of government. Yet, when was Massachusetts in debt by the end of f the fiscal year during any of Governor Romney’s terms?

    He did not cut spending he raised spending and he raised taxes.

    At times, yes but at other times, no. In the end, the budget was balanced.

  49. Squawk #89;

    LOl, I was just about to post a 4 minute version of that same debate but over that very segment. He promised to cut taxes, correct?

  50. Darren the Reagan argument is pointless. Romane on the other hand is current resents.

    You go on believin’ you dreamer you. Romane can’t run on his record and he damn sure cannot outline any meaningful policies cause he stands for nothing. Romane is what we get when we go into an election crying the mantra

    “obama has got to go” / “anyone but obama”

    At any time in history we get exactly the president we deserve. Shame really because the “R”s could have knocked this one out of the park, squashed the liberals for generations. Fortunately for me I stopped depending on the federal government for my peace of mind, success and happiness long ago.

  51. I gotta go to bed. Yeah I would rather we did not have a president at all or have to be bothered with choosing one. Why? Because the electorate is stupid. They are so afraid of running off the VMG they will not consider a candidate that stands on ANY type of principle. Our politics has become nothing more than pandering to various constituencies. THAT is not what the framers intended. Even the electorate does not argue constitutionality any longer. I wonder how many actually know what that document says or even know what it’s true purpose is.

  52. Darren the Reagan argument is pointless.

    Just checking for consistancy. I still do not see anything Reagan promised during his campaign that’s a clearer plan once in office than what Romney’s doing right now. And the reason we have to track so far back to Reagan is because you probably didn’t vote for anyone since then.

    Romane can’t run on his record and he damn sure cannot outline any meaningful policies cause he stands for nothing.

    What record did Reagan run on? If he were running today you’d criticize him for promising to cut taxes but as governor he raised taxes, wouldn’t you? As for not outlining any meaningful policies, I think Romney’s promised the same as Reagan: deep income tax cuts.

    HERE’S his promise for foreign policy.

    On Obamacare:

    On his first day in office, Mitt Romney will issue an executive order that paves the way for the federal government to issue Obamacare waivers to all fifty states. He will then work with Congress to repeal the full legislation as quickly as possible.

    In place of Obamacare, Mitt will pursue policies that give each state the power to craft a health care reform plan that is best for its own citizens. The federal government’s role will be to help markets work by creating a level playing field for competition.

    Not bad though I still worry what he means by the “federal government’s role” making things “fair”.

    Here’s on government size:

    The mission to restore America to health begins with reducing the size of the federal government and getting our fiscal house in order. President Obama has put our nation on an unsustainable course. Spending is out of control. Yearly deficits are massive. And unless we curb Washington’s appetite for spending, the national debt will only continue to grow.

    As president, Mitt Romney will cut federal spending and regulation, and bring much-needed reforms to Medicare and Social Security. Mitt will work toward balancing the budget, reducing the size and reach of the federal government, and returning power to the states and the people.

    Not much different than what Reagan promised in your link.

    Good night, Squawk. Sleep good. I sure need to.

  53. Because the electorate is stupid.

    Hey, if we can return to where We the People didn’t vote directly for president, I’d be all for that. But that’s not going to happen. And I think the primaries are stupid but that’s a different story.

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