by AWR Hawkins
I believe the world is getting warmer, and I believe that humans have contributed to that. …It’s important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases that may be significant contributors.
I don’t know how much our contribution is to that, because I know that there have been periods of greater heat and warmth in the past but I believe we contribute to that. And so I think it’s important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases that may well be significant contributors to the climate change and the global warming that you’re seeing.
Although those words sound like they could have come straight from Obama’s mouth teleprompter, they didn’t. Rather, they were spoken by Mitt Romney on the campaign trail over the last few days and months.
I know he’s trying to pawn himself off as a conservative right now – because he wants to be president – but he’s not conservative, and since the Republican field appears afraid to point that out, I’m doing it for them.
While you’ve got to credit Romney for acting like a conservative during debates, if you really look at him, it’s easy to see he’s a big government moderate who’s susceptible to fallacious arguments any honest observer can see through.
For example, said Romney in June 2011: “I don’t speak for the scientific community, of course, but I believe the world’s getting warmer. I can’t prove that, but I believe based on what I read that the world is getting warmer.”
(I should add that I once read that Elvis was serving hamburgers at a Burger King in Kalamazoo, MI. I can’t prove that, but I read it in 1994.)
If it bothers you that I described Romney as a big government moderate, just think about it: Number one, he is a moderate (no conservative would have ever supported Romneycare). Number two, what, other than government, will he rely on to fix the so-called global warming problem?
And I haven’t even mentioned his abortion problem.
When running for governor in 2002, Romney was pro-abortion. But now that he’s got to win over voters in southern states and the Midwest, he’s pro-life.
Gov. Rick Perry hit on this recently at the Values Voter Summit in D.C. when he said: “To some candidates, pro-life is an election year slogan. …[They just] follow the prevailing political winds” when it comes to abortion.
Of course, we can’t forget that Romney’s namesake – Romneycare – was the blueprint for Obamacare. The men who helped Romney craft that legislation were called upon to help Obama craft his universal healthcare plan.
Said John Gruber, the MIT economist who helped Romney fashion Romneycare: “The White House wanted to lean a lot on what we’d done in Massachusetts. They really wanted to know how we can take that same approach we used in Massachusetts and turn that into a national model.”
Bottom line folks: Romney ain’t conservative. And the sooner Gov. Perry, Herman Cain, and Speaker Gingrich start calling him out on these issues, the quicker he’ll drop in the polls.
When I talk about Romney to friends, I describe as “John McCain with better hair.” (And that’s not a compliment.)