The Irony of Mitt Romney’s 47 Percent

Here’s the irony of Mitt Romney’s 47 percent: he hails himself as an economic savior because he knows how to create jobs, yet many of the jobs he had a hand in creating through his work at Bain Capital fall right into that 47 percent.

To Mitt Romney, the very workers he claims as part of his success story are precisely those he disparages for not paying income taxes and for taking more than they give back to society.

In effect, if Romney follows his own logic, he is far more a part of the problem than he is the solution. Continue reading The Irony of Mitt Romney’s 47 Percent

How Obama Should Respond to Romney on Jobs

Mitt Romney has said that this election is about one thing: jobs. If I were drafting President Obama’s convention speech, here’s how I would re-frame and respond …

… Now my challenger says that this election is all about jobs — that what our country needs today isn’t all that complicated or profound. We need jobs.

So here’s something Governor Romney and I agree on: we need jobs. Lots of them. Continue reading How Obama Should Respond to Romney on Jobs

Mitt Romney: Gordon Gekko or Thurston Howell?

Is Mitt Romney more like Gordon Gekko, the greedy anti-hero in the movie Wall Street, or Thurston Howell, the elitist millionaire in the TV show Gilligan’s Island? Is he a rapacious, heartless capitalist with no conscience, or a conceited man of privilege who doesn’t have a clue how the rest of us live but patronizingly believes he does?

The Obama campaign has chosen the Gekko frame to define Romney for the fall election and has staked its early advertising on it. But Howell may be an even better bet. Continue reading Mitt Romney: Gordon Gekko or Thurston Howell?

Is Mitt Romney A Serial Liar?

At a nationally televised GOP debate in New Hampshire last month, broadcast to a Sunday morning audience on NBC’s Meet the Press, Mitt Romney looked straight into the living rooms of America and told a lie.

It wasn’t a major lie, perhaps more like a fib. Continue reading Is Mitt Romney A Serial Liar?