Friday, January 27, 2012

Presidential Candidate: Mitt Romney

Note:  Per a request from Lon, I'm going to skip over Ron Paul for now.  I also may come back to do Buddy Roemer (it will depend on if he's dropped out or not)

Synopsis:  A robot has decided to take his personality chip for a spin and see if his study of the human race has paid off enough to win the presidential nomination

Current Job: None - he pretty much goes around stumping for other republicans at this point in time.  He is the ex-governor of Massachusetts, which while he was governor, managed to essentially obtain universal healthcare for the state.

Spouse: Ann, who is a breast cancer survivor and suffers from MS

Kids:  5 - all boys. 

Stance on:
  • Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:  Repeal and replace
  • Roe V Wade: Would like to overturn Roe v Wade; but feels that anti-abortion legislation should be on a state level, not national.
  • Funding Planned Parenthood: Against. 
  • Embryonic Stem Cell Research:  Against (because it is creating life in order to destroy it)
  • Afghanistan: The decisions about Afghanistan should be made by our military's top brass.
  • Iran:   We must create stronger sanctions against Iran to prevent them from obtaining nuclear weapons
  • Budget: Cut spending, limit amount allowed to be spent.
  • Taxes:  Lower Corporate taxes, set new limits on personal tax rates
  • Mexico/US border: Build a high-tech fence and provide the manpower to back it up.
  • Education: Education should not be confined to Teacher's Unions.  Admits there is a problem and recommends providing incentives to students (such as top performing students get full scholarships to state schools)
  • Energy:  We need to rely more on America's oil sources.
  • LGBT issues: Against marriages and even civil unions (as of 2008), but of course we all know how much he waffles.

Chances of Winning:  If the media is to be believed, it is now a two man race between Gingrich and Romney.

Who would vote for him:  Older slightly liberal leaning folks.  Those that are scared by Gingrich.

Clips from the fake news (since that's all I need):
-Colbert Report: Clinching the Nomination
-The Daily Show: Earning more in a day than the median American
-Fox News:  State of the Union Reaction

Campaign Talking Points (from his website): 

Tax Reform
  • Keep personal income tax at the same rates; however eliminate taxes on Dividends, Interest and Capital Gains for those with an adjusted gross income of less than $200,000.
  • Eliminate the death tax
  • Overhaul the system to provide lower, flatter rates over a wide base.
  • Reduce the corporate tax rate from 35% to 25%
  • Switch to a Territorial tax system (instead of Worldwide) for corporations.
Regulatory Reform
  • Repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
  • Repeal Dodd-Frank
  • Streamline the FDA approval process
  • Enact comprehensive patent reform (it takes too long to get a patent)
  • Repeal Sarbanes/Oxley
Labor Reform
  • Allow businesses to reallocate their capital as they see fit
  • Support states in pursuing "Right to work" laws
  • Prohibit the use for political purposes of funds automatically deducted from worker paychecks
  • Eliminate redundancy in federal retraining programs by consolidating programs and funding streams, centering as much activity as possible in a single agency
  • Give states authority to manage retraining programs by block granting federal funds
  • Facilitate the creation of Personal Reemployment Accounts
  • Encourage greater private sector involvement in retraining programs
  • Raise visa caps for highly skilled workers
  • Grant permanent residency to eligible graduates with advanced degrees in math, science, and engineering
Financial Reform

  • Immediately cut non-security discretionary spending by 5 percent
  • Reform and restructure Medicaid as block grant to states
  • Align wages and benefits of government workers with market rates
  • Reduce federal workforce by 10 percent via attrition
  • Undertake fundamental restructuring of government programs and services
  • Cap federal spending at 20 percent of GDP
  • Pursue a Balanced Budget Amendment
Energy Reform
  • Create a One-Stop-Shop to streamline the permitting process for common activities
  • Amend the Clean Air Act to remove carbon dioxide from its purview.
  • More nuclear power plant approvals
  • Open America's reserves (I take this to mean drill in ANWR)
  • Regulations to make it easier to produce oil from oil shale
  • Support pipelines to get oil from Canada into the US.
  • Concentrate alternative energy research funding on basic research
Healthcare Reform
  • Repeal and replace Obamacare
  • Give states the responsibility, flexibility, and resources to act
  • Empower citizens to buy their own insurance
  • Focus federal regulation of health care on making markets work
  • Reform the medical liability system
  • Make health care more like a market and less like a government program
    • The US needs to pursue new free trade agreements across the pacific.
    • Support World Trade Organization Negotiations
    • Complete the the Trans-Pacific Partnership
    • Put China on notice about needing to play by the rules and honor the agreements already signed.

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