Goshen News, Goshen, IN

October 14, 2012

Romney a flip-flopping chameleon


— In 2004 John Kerry was ridiculed for flip-flopping after he said he voted for something before he voted against it. Well, Kerry was a paragon of principle compared with serial flip-flopper Mitt Romney, aka Chameleon Man. In the Oct. 3 debate with Pres. Obama did anyone hear Romney mention the word “conservative”? I didn’t. But in February, when speaking to the Conservative Political Action Conference, he wasn’t conservative in using the word “conservative” 29 times!

Far more than most politicians, mercurial Mitt says whatever he thinks his audience wants to hear. His campaign adviser several months ago was right: Now that Romney is the GOP nominee, just shake up the Etch A Sketch and start over, regardless of prior positions.

In the Oct. 3 debate Romney shamelessly—and without a hint of conscience—simply walked away (or did he?) from the centerpieces of his campaign so far: more tax breaks for the wealthy; less regulation on corporations; more money for the military; and deep and debilitating cuts in Medicare, Medicaid and virtually every domestic program. Regarding healthcare reform—something Pres. Obama got accomplished after a century’s worth of presidents had failed—Romney was actually honest in saying that Americans now approaching retirement don’t have to worry about changes in Medicare. But heaven help (because insurance companies certainly won’t) anyone now under 55 if he and Paul Ryan are elected.

If there’s a “real” Mitt Romney, it’s the one who talks candidly to his rich buddies, not knowing a camera is rolling. There’s a lot of downright eerie material on this video not shown on the evening news; I easily found the full, 16-page transcript by Googling “transcript of 47 percent speech.”

I for one don’t want to take the chance of having this chameleon become president.

— Dan Shenk

Goshen