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Romney Video from the Values Voter Summit

September 19, 2010 Leave a comment

On the morning of Friday, September 17, Governor Romney spoke at the Values Voter Summit. In the speech, very much focused on economic issues, Romney drew sharp contrast between the common sense solutions that America needs to progress down the path toward recovery, and the amateurish failed efforts of the Obama administration. Although Romney is justifiably focused on 2010, the tone of the speech could be a preview of what we may see should the former Massachusetts Governor run for President in 2012.

Video of the C-SPAN feed of the speech is now up on Youtube. Imbedded below.

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Nine Years Ago.

September 11, 2010 Leave a comment

Just about all of us have our stories of that day, watching the events unfold on television or hearing snippets while at work. The atmosphere was hectic and confusing for the average American, and a thousand times more so for residents of New York City or those with loved ones who they knew worked in the landmark buildings of New York or D.C. We were shocked, confused, angry, uncertain.

Since then the nation has “moved on.” America has dealt with economic instability, a lingering recession, a new government promising “change” and bringing only intrusion. Indeed, with time we have forgotten about the fighting spirit that day gave us. It is natural with time that we move on to other battles, those concerning personal finances, high unemployment, massive government spending, a weak dollar, intrusive government mandates. Meanwhile we let the fight for the freedoms threatened on 9-11 fall to our troops overseas, and our government agents hunting threats domestically.

On this day, nine years later, we do need to remember the trials America has seen, and thank those who have fought for us since then, while our minds have wandered to the other concerns of life. Reflect also on the leadership of our President, George W. Bush on that day and the words he spoke to us that evening:


Today, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist acts. The victims were in airplanes or in their offices: secretaries, business men and women, military and federal workers, moms and dads, friends and neighbors. Thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of terror. The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge — huge structures collapsing have filled us with disbelief, terrible sadness, and a quiet, unyielding anger. These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat. But they have failed. Our country is strong.

A great people has been moved to defend a great nation. Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve. America was targeted for attack because we’re the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world. And no one will keep that light from shining. Today, our nation saw evil — the very worst of human nature — and we responded with the best of America. With the daring of our rescue workers, with the caring for strangers and neighbors who came to give blood and help in any way they could.

Full text and video of the speech here.


Romney’s Message to Obama – Tax Cuts are the Answer

September 7, 2010 Leave a comment
As the Obama administration floats another proposal for more “stimulus” spending in order to boost the stagnant economy, Mitt Romney has released the following open message to the President:
“For two years we’ve listened to President Obama say that Republicans have no ideas to boost the economy as he pursued his reckless spending policies. Now he’s finally adopting some of the job-creating incentives for which I and other Republicans have been calling.  Making the R&D tax credit permanent and letting businesses immediately write off capital expenditures will make a real difference for jobs and the economy. It’s unfortunate that it has taken the President so long to listen.
“It would be a mistake, however, to attach another spending stimulus, paid for with higher taxes, to the ideas that will actually work. Keep the good, and drop the bad.”
As Romney briefly argues, tax cuts are necessary to boost this economy, not more overinflated government spending. As the failure of the “porkulus” has shown us since 2009, any economic support given by added government spending is unsustainable and only serves to extend the recession in the long-term. Meanwhile the Bush era tax cuts are only months from lapsing bringing this nation an effective tax hike at a time when raised taxes are far from necessary. It is time to make these cuts permanent and to take positive action beyond that to provide a further low tax atmosphere so that American business can remain competitive in the world economy. This recession will end, and jobs will grow when America once again becomes a friendly place to do business.
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New Links!

August 21, 2010 1 comment

This is something that I have been meaning to do for a while and really is well past due. Starting today, Conservative for Mitt will include on the right hand side of the page, a series of links for some select sites giving the latest in news and information from and about Governor Romney. The list will very likely grow as the fight continues through 2010 and on to 2012, but it will begin with these five:

Free and Strong America PAC – There is no site more appropriate to headline the list of links here. It is the official site for Mitt Romney, and his Free and Strong America PAC, and has plenty for anybody seeking the latest on our next President. Head over there to watch video, keep up on the latest Romney news and op-eds, read a bit about his endorsements, and if you can, get some Mitt Romney gear at the store or contribute to the PAC.

Evangelicals for Mitt – As a Christian, I really appreciate seeing this blog. Approaching today’s issues and the efforts of Mitt Romney from a principled Christian conservative perspective, EFM shows that having strong Christian, social conservative beliefs does not necessarily require supporting only Sarah Palin or Mike Huckabee. This blog understands that Mitt Romney is not the moderate voice for 2012, or strong on economic issues only, but that he shares both the fiscal, social, and moral values that have defined and continue to define great conservative leaders.

Heritage Action for America – This is the one link of these five that as far as I am aware has no formal affiliation with Governor Romney. Nevertheless, the Heritage Foundation is like-minded with him in their approach toward the New-START treaty and have been strong leaders in the fight against its ratification. Their site gives news and opinion on many other conservative causes also covered here at Conservative for Mitt, well worth taking a look.

Mitt Romney Central – As one would gather from the title, Mitt Romney Central is a grassroots blog that has just about everything you would wish if you seek news, discussion, video, upcoming events, pretty much anything Mitt-related. Along with the thorough, well-presented articles, MRC maintains an active chat box which will occasionally be brought front and center for everyone to gather to follow election results and discuss politics. In fact, it was while chatting with those who work so hard at making Mitt Romney Central great during the Georgia and Colorado primaries, that I decided it was high time to set up my links to support those who have been blogging for the Mitt Romney cause far longer than I.

Planet Romney – Planet Romney describes itself as “100% Mitt Romney News and Blogs” and is just that. The site takes all of the efforts of the dozens of Romney blogs and puts them together for easy browsing. At Planet Romney, you will find the combined feeds of articles from the Free and Strong America PAC, Evangelicals for Mitt, Mitt Romney Central, and a whole host of grassroots and state level blogs discussing Mitt Romney and the conservative efforts to restore control of the government to the people.

Anyway, these sites are some of the best places to go for news on the failings of the current administration and the positive conservative approach to the issues that will likely define the next. Links are to the right, just above Mitt Romney’s tweets. Enjoy.

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Romney on the Economy

Mitt Romney has written another of his thorough, well-reasoned editorials, this time hitting at the heart of what is destroying American morale, the economy. The title of the piece, “Grow Jobs and Shrink Government,” is itself a five-word summary of what America absolutely needs to do. The op-ed begins with a simple summary of the economic fiasco that has been the Obama administration that, although sounding like a blazing attack is only really a statement of several hard facts.

IT’S NOT happening the way President Obama had planned. Unemployment blew past his 8 percent ceiling and hasn’t looked back. Private sector investment in new jobs and capital has languished. Even the head of the president’s Council of Economic Advisers, Christina Romer, has resigned

Almost every action the president has taken has deepened and lengthened the downturn. The private sector has retreated, frightened by his agenda and paralyzed by the uncertainty, lack of predictability, and outright hostility he has engendered.

There is no denying that these past nineteen months have been a government induced economic disaster. Romney then goes on to list the dozens of new taxes that the administration has imposed or attempted to impose on American business, corporations, small business, and individual investors alike.

This op-ed serves two purposes. It not only provides a recommendation from a leading business expert in this nation on what the government desperately needs to do to revive this faltering economy, it explains to America the Republican agenda once we have regained leadership in Congress, and on into a potential Romney administration. Romney combines sweeping ideological statements:

Republicans made mistakes when we were in charge, yes, but Democrats pointing that out doesn’t absolve them for the mistakes they are making today. Job and income growth can only come from a growing, successful private sector.

with specific outlined goals:

A pro-job, pro-prosperity government works to create the conditions that enable businesses of all sizes to grow and thrive. These should include aligning corporate taxes with those of other developed economies, eliminating special corporate tax breaks that lobbyists have inserted over the years, and preserving the Bush tax cuts — especially for small business.

A piece such as this represents an important milestone in the conservative campaign to regain the hearts and minds of the American voter, and leadership of the American government. For months now conservatives and Republicans have seen their support rise as the Democrats governing this country have shown their deafness to public opinion. The many missteps of the Obama administration has seen the President’s approval rating dip into the low 40s, and conservative voices against the Obama-Pelosi agenda grow popular among voters.

Nevertheless, a candidate and a party can never win election by claiming only that he is not the other guy. More precisely, a candidate, particularly one seeking the Presidency, cannot run simply on the failings of his opponent; he must put up a positive message of what will be done, what can be accomplished to overcome the issues of the day. This is the lesson John Kerry showed the nation in 2004. His party consistently attacked the Bush administration, but never presented any positive arguments to show why a Kerry administration would do better in serving the country. In this article, Mitt Romney is presenting the positive outline for Republican economic policy. It is always easy to be a critic, particularly a critic of the amateurish Obama administration, but it is far more difficult to be a leader. Romney is showing the difference between the liberals in power, and the latest wave of conservatives that will give the voters reason to choose in favor of the conservatives, rather than vote against the liberals.

Romney has a plan, and it is a smart plan. It is a plan that this country, with slowing – nearly stagnant – growth and rising unemployment needs to see implemented as soon as possible. Once again, Romney is stepping up to lead at a time when those that were entrusted by the American people to lead the nation are falling woefully short of their duty. There is a link above and below; the article is well worth reading. Its ideas are well worth putting into effect.

Grow Jobs and Shrink Government, Mitt Romney – The Boston Globe

Just a Note on Michigan

So, it is clear now that Pete Hoekstra finished second in the Michigan primary for Governor. Unfortunately with the conservative vote split among Hoekstra, Cox, and Bouchard, the moderate Rick Snyder managed to unify enough of a plurality to advance to the general election. It is a shame for Michigan, as Hoekstra would have made a strong governor and made some strong moves to fix the devastated economy in that state. Thwarted in the Republican primaries, there is only one moved that we, disappointed and frustrated conservatives can make now. We need to stand up and fight!

Fight for Rick Snyder.

As frustrating as it may be to know that Michigan will go at least four more years without strong conservative leadership, Rick Snyder is by far a better conservative and better leader than anybody the Democrats put up, including and especially big union favorite Virg Bernero. Michigan cannot afford to have Bernero continue in the failed liberal vein of Jennifer Granholm. 2010 will give many opportunities for conservative favorites to advance and take the fight to the left, but in this case conservatives need to unify behind the moderate Republicans and back Rick Snyder as Michigan’s next governor. Division now will only benefit the left.

Who is to Blame for this Economy?

Some bad news for the Obama administration, as it seems as if the concept of blaming George W. Bush for this failed economy is losing some traction among the people. The latest poll, in which a plurality of Americans, 48-47, now blame the current President for the ongoing bad economy, is a terrible blow to the President’s primary economic strategy of pointing the finger at George W. Bush, while spending our money. As has been the case often lately, independents are ahead of the national trend, declaring Obama responsible by a wider 52-44 margin. Is it any wonder that Congressional Democrats are distancing themselves from Obama in their midterm campaigns?

This poll shows the clear failure of the Democrat narrative of “recovery summer” and that the economy is on the rebound. The people are not listening to the hearsay of Obama, Biden, and John Kerry on this, but instead following the reports of stagnant 2.4% second quarter growth in the GDP, and continued unemployment over 10% in most states. The people are not listening to the administration narrative because they are feeling the effects of the Obama economy.

It was only a matter of time before the “Bush economy” became the “Obama economy” as well. Eighteen months of poor leadership has seen promises of recovery, and growth, and an unemployment rate of under 8%, and hope and change and everything that will get voters to the polls, and yet the economy is worse than when Obama’s scapegoat, George W. Bush left office. The administration has asked and taken billions of dollars from the American people, with the claim that we need a stimulus to bring this economy forward. Meanwhile they refuse to extend the Bush tax cuts to keep small business going through the rough times without punishing taxes from Washington.

That is after all, the saddest part of the story. Wait until January, when the tax cuts signed by George W. Bush, expire without a word from Barack Obama. Then you’ll see the true difference between the Bush economy, and the amateur hour leadership that we currently have in the White House.

If only this country had a President with strong leadership capabilities and a proper understanding of the economy.