The Obama campaign has a new ad out titled "Worried" which points out that Mitt Romney would like to return us to the policies we had under George W. Bush, and naturally the panel members on Fox's the Journal Editorial Report did their best to try to pretend that wasn't true.
While it may be true that Bush is not on the ballot now, and the economy is still in bad shape, that's not due to the policies of the Obama administration as the talking heads on Fox claimed and they completely ignored Republican governors and state legislatures around the country doing their part to lay off as many government workers as possible, or the Republicans in the Congress and the amount of obstruction we've seen from them.
They did do their best to pretend that Romney doesn't want to privatize Social Security, just like George W. Bush did and that there's a dime's worth of difference between the two there. And they criticized Bush for the prescription drug giveaway he passed, as though Republicans really care about government taking care of their allies in big pharma or any of the rest of their campaign donors for that matter. That's their standard excuse to try to pretend Bush wasn't a real Republican and was just like those tax and spend liberals they all hate so much. And even though they acknowledged that Mitt Romney would like to pass Paul Ryan's budget plan, there was no admission that his plan would just be a return to what we had under Bush, only on steroids.
Here's more from Jon Perr from back in June on exactly why Romney would just be a return to the Bush years and why that ad is correct: Mitt Romney is Running for Bush's Third Term:
In Las Vegas last week, Mitt Romney looked to his own biography in proposing a new requirement for anyone seeking the presidency:
"In addition to the age of the president and the citizenship of the president and the birthplace of the president being set by the Constitution, I'd like it also to say that the president has to spend at least three years working in business before becoming president of the United States."
Of course, if Mitt Romney had his way, the President should also have an MBA from the prestigious Harvard Business School. He ought to have made millions in the private sector and earned notoriety for running a high-profile sports enterprise. A scion of a proud Republican family, the occupant of the White House should promise massive, Treasury-draining tax cuts which would deliver the lion's share of their benefits to the very richest Americans, himself and his family included. The President should also nevertheless pledge to balance the budget even while boosting defense spending. And in his ideal America, he would like to privatize Social Security and leave Americans to fend for themselves in the private health insurance marketplace.
If that profile sounds like Mitt Romney, that's because it is. Then again, the same description also applies to America's First MBA President*, George W. Bush. And we all know how well that worked out.
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