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In the days leading up to the Missouri, Minnesota,and Colorado primary/caucus’, Mitt Romney sensed trouble brewing. As is their M.O., the Romney campaign launched an attack on Santorum on Monday for supporting congressionally directed spending projects, known as earmarks.
“Rick Santorum has been a champion of earmarks,” former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said on a call organized by the Romney campaign, referring to Mr. Santorum’s 16-year stint in both in the House and Senate.
The problem is Governor Romney, already known as a flip-flopper on various issues, was for earmarks before he was against them. Romney repeatedly cites his rescue of the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic games as a qualification for the presidential nomination. What he fails to mention is that his recipe for Olympic success contained a then record level of federal earmarks. Romney worked with Utah’s congressional representatives, including moderate Senator Robert F. Bennett (ousted by Tea Party favorite Mike Lee in 2010), to secure huge earmarks for the 2002 games.
Senator John McCain, who is now endorsing Romney, was singing a different tune at that time.
“The American taxpayer is being shaken down to the tune of nearly a billion and a half dollars,” McCain said.
The Arizona Republican vowed to “do everything in my power” to delay or kill “this pork-barrel spending” and to end the “fiscal abuse” related to the Olympics. “This is preposterous and it must stop,” he said.
Given this his track record flip-flopping on issue after issue, and of lobbying for earmarks, the Romney campaign would be well advised to steer clear of the earmark issue.
Watch Senator McCain rail on the Romney Olympic earmarks on 9/19/2000Vodpod videos no longer available.
This really hit home and symbolizes the problem with Mitt and Newt,they are being viewed as a comedy duo.
h/t to The Political Carnival and Karl Zapf
I can see it now, The Obama campaign can produce ad after ad about how Romneycare was not only the blueprint for Obamacare but the Republican nominee partnered and collaborated with the Liberal Lion of the Senate, Ted Kennedy to design the disastrous Massachusetts health care reform known as Romneycare.
The Department of Health and Human Services announced Jan. 20 that it would not expand a religious exemption for employers who object to a requirement that their insurance plans cover contraception and sterilization as part of a list of “preventative services.”
The policy requires free coverage for sterilization and contraception, including some drugs that can cause abortions.
To qualify for a religious exemption under the policy, religious organizations must employ and serve primarily members of their own faith and must exist for the purpose of teaching religious values.
The Catholic Church has stated that this is an unacceptable infringement on religious liberty and they have stated that they will not comply. Catholic Bishops across the country are speaking out.
Bishop James D. Conley of Denver is calling the Obama administration’s contraception and sterilization mandate “a death knell for religious liberty in the United States.”
“The bell is tolling for religious liberty in America. All of us should listen well,”
Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C. said, “This is all new, in the sense that never before in our history has any government simply issued a decree emptying the religious convictions and conscience protections of all the institutions that serve the poor.”
“All of a sudden, with one stroke of the pen, this administration has indicated that our objections to doing what the government wants us to do, our objections have no place.
“It is an outrageous situation.”
Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles
said that what he finds most disturbing about the recent announcement is the government’s attempt to redefine Catholic charities, hospitals and colleges as non-religious institutions.
The administration is “presuming to have to competence and authority” to define what “religious faith is and how believers should express their faith commitments,” he warned.
“These are powers our government has never before assumed itself to have.”
Most dramatically Bishop David A. Zubik of the Pittsburgh, Pa. Diocese penned a blunt and courageousstatement in which he has stated that Kathleen Sebelius and through her, the Obama administration, have said “To Hell with You” to the Catholic faithful of the United States.
- To Hell with your religious beliefs,
- To Hell with your religious liberty,
- To Hell with your freedom of conscience.
Zubik also stated “This is government by fiat that attacks the rights of everyone – not only Catholics; not only people of all religion. At no other time in memory or history has there been such a governmental intrusion on freedom not only with regard to religion, but even across-the-board with all citizens.”
This administration has once again lurched further left and has picked a fight not only with the Catholics of America but with those non-Catholics the church has ministered to and I think it is a fight they will not win.
One more Republican who lost his primary supports the Democrat. What was that about conservatives having to suck it up and support McCain two years ago? That doesn’t work both ways.
David Brady — the Republican who lost to West in the primary — also endorsed Klein. West beat Brady by a landslide in the primary so his endorsement isn’t a big boost to [U.S. Rep. Ron Klein (D-Boca Raton)]’s campaign — though if the race is close every vote could count.
I’ve heard this tune several times this year. Charlie Crist, Arlen Spector, Lisa Madcowski, and– he’s not running on an independent bid or third party, he did take his ball and go home– Mike Castle.
Brady lost out to Allen West. Excuse me, that’s Lieutenant Colonel Allen West (US Army, Retired). Who once said about his mission in Iraq, “If it’s about the lives of my men and their safety, I’d go through hell with a gasoline can”.
So it boils down to a man accepting the endorsement from someone who has no honor (Ron Klein and David Brady) to a man who has honor in spades.
This should be an easy call.