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September 8, 2011 - 3:10 pm

Who wrote this?

“Let’s look at what would happen if someone in the private sector did a similar thing. Suppose two grandparents created a trust fund, appointed a bank as trustee, and instructed the bank to invest the proceeds of the trust fund so as to provide for their grandchildren’s education. Suppose further that the bank used the proceeds for its own purposes, so that when the grandchildren turned eighteen, there was no money for them to go to college. What would happen to the bankers responsible for misusing the money? They would go to jail. But what has happened to the people responsible for the looming bankruptcy of Social Security? They keep returning to Congress every two years.”

Answer: Mitt Romney, the same candidate who is now demagoguing Rick Perry’s position on Social Security.

This is the problem with Mitt Romney in a nutshell: He’ll apparently say anything to get what he thinks is an advantage in the short term, no matter what he has said in the past or where that position will end up taking him or the primary. He’s now positioned himself to the left of everyone else and in a spot where he is defending the status quo on entitlements. That’s poisonous in a GOP primary and irresponsible if he actually wins. He is perpetuating the shallowness of the overall debate and painting himself into a corner from which President Romney would have no mandate to actually fix our largest fiscal problem. He has also bent the primary away from attacking Obama to scaremongering on Social Security, which a Democrat tactic as old as dirt.

Then again, he could just pretend he never said any of this stuff, like he is pretending he never said this a couple of weeks ago.

I don’t know of any Republican whose running for office who said they want to cut Social Security or Medicare benefits to people who are retired or near retirement. Not one, I haven’t heard a word of it…so Republicans, like myself, are not gonna cut social security or Medicare for people who are retired or near retirement. And for the people who say we are, they are demagoguing an issue very much that harms America. Because we need to be truthful on this.”(8/24/11, Lebanon, New Hampshire)

I was coming around to the idea that Mitt Romney would be an acceptable GOP standard bearer. I supported him in 2008. His jobs plan is solid and serious. He did well in the debate, as he always does. He would very obviously be far more competent than Obama is. But what standard would Romney bear for more than five minutes before dropping it and picking up the opposite one to bludgeon his fellow Republicans? Conservatives have every reason to be wary of Romney’s principles and his strategic sense after seeing his tactics since the debate.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.
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