Barney Frank: 'Myth Romney'

I am so going to miss Barney Frank in the House. He is just a fount of quips and great soundbytes and most importantly, an unapologetic liberal advocating for equality.

Frank got to speak in the early hours of Thursday's DNC Convention, so unfortunately, I don't think enough people got to hear this great man of the people.

Here he is, speaking as a resident of Massachusetts, about how he felt Mitt Romney handled that executive position of governing the state.

Now, just recently, Mitt Romney seems to have discovered the middle class. He talks about helping families, even though he made his fortune laying off workers. But that's nothing new for our opponent. He said the same thing when he was running for governor of Massachusetts.

So let me tell you about two Romneys: the real Mitt Romney and the myth of Romney. The myth of Romney is that his financial experience means he knows how to create jobs. As governor of Massachusetts, the real Mitt Romney's record on job creation was terrible. During his term, net job growth was less than one percent, about one-fifth the national average, 47th in the country. The myth of Romney is that he never raised our taxes. In fact, the real Mitt Romney called his tax hikes "fees." And in his first year alone, he raised fees more than any other governor in office. Some of those fees? Mitt created a $10 fee for a "certificate of blindness." He increased the cremation inspection fee from $50 to $75. Maybe he didn't call them taxes, but they felt like taxes.

The myth of Romney is that he worked hard to bring employment opportunities to Massachusetts. The real Mitt Romney did no such thing. During his time in the governor's office, manufacturing jobs were leaving our state at twice the national rate.

Today, the real Mitt Romney has chosen for his vice president one of the most conservative elected officials in Washington. The real Mitt Romney would lower taxes for millionaires and billionaires—which would blow a hole in the deficit. In fact, the Romney-Ryan budget would have made Mitt's total tax rate less than one percent.

And that's just the beginning. The Romney-Ryan budget turns Medicare into a voucher program—and then bankrupts it by 2016. It would slash Pell Grants and Head Start. It would pull teachers out of classrooms and cops off the street. And even after all that, the only way Romney and Ryan could pay for their millionaire tax cuts would be to stick the middle class with the bill.

That's the real Mitt Romney. The Mitt Romney who declared himself "severely conservative." The Mitt Romney who is no friend of average Americans. And that's a Mitt Romney who has no place as our president. That's why this November we have to re-elect President Barack Obama!


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