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Romney: ‘Completely absurd’ to say I want to cut teachers and firefighters

Posted by on Jun. 12, 2012 at 2:55 PM
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Mitt Romney speaks to Fox News

Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Tuesday said the notion that he wanted to cut government jobs like teachers and firefighters was "completely absurd."

During an interview with Romney on Fox News, co-host Brian Kilmeade noted that the Obama campaign had been hammering the GOP hopeful for saying that it was time to "cut back on government," citing the president's call to hire "more firemen, more policeman, more teachers."

"That's a very strange accusation," Romney insisted. "Of course, teachers and firemen and policemen are hired at the local level and also by states. The federal government doesn't pay for teachers, firefighters or policemen."

 

"So obviously that's completely absurd," he added. "He's got a new idea, though, and that is to have another stimulus and to have the federal government send money to try and bail out cities and states. It didn't work the first time. It certainly wouldn't work the second time."

At a campaign stop in Iowa on Friday, Romney had blasted Obama for pushing Congress to fund more teachers, firefighters and police.

"He wants to add more to government," the former Massachusetts governor charged. "He wants another stimulus. He wants to hire more government workers. He says we need more firemen, more policeman, more teachers."

"Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did! It's time for us to cut back on government!"

Former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu (R), who is the chairman of Romney's national steering committee, on Monday defended the candidate's "wisdom" that state and local government needed to "cut back" on teachers, firefighters and police.

"There are municipalities, there are states where there is flight of population," Sununu told MSNBC host Chris Jansing. "And as the population goes down, you need fewer teachers."

 

"If there's movement to the suburbs, those teachers and policeman are needed somewhere," Jansing pointed out.

"If there's fewer kids in the classroom, the taxpayers really do want to hear that there will be fewer teachers," Sununu insisted. "Absolutely."

Watch this video from Fox News' Fox & Friends via Think Progress, broadcast June 11, 2012.

by on Jun. 12, 2012 at 2:55 PM
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MizSandy
by Member on Jun. 12, 2012 at 3:05 PM

  Willard speaks the truth then says I didn't mean what you heard me say.

The Young Turks - Obama 2012 

Meadowchik
by Gold Member on Jun. 12, 2012 at 7:03 PM
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Just remember, despite what your eyes and ears may tell you, "the private sector is doing fine." (President Obama)

That's actually the notion Romney was attacking, and the idea that somehow growing government more will grow the economy.  That is just wrong...growing the government can hurt the economy.

Did you know that in the last 3 years private sector jobs have gone down 4%, while federal government jobs have increased by 11%?  Practically speaking, this has not booseted the economy, in fact, one could argue that it has made the economy weaker:

Conventional economic wisdom states that, the bigger the contraction, the bigger the rebound.  It's called the rubberband effect.  Therefore, if the crisis was one of the biggest since the Great Depression, then the recovery should be impressive.  However, it is one of the weakest if not THE weakest in modern memory.

Studies have shown that there is a high correlation between high government taxes/spending and low jobs growth, low standard of living growth, and low productivity.  Obama really needs to know that the private sector is NOT doing fine.  I think he actually does know it, but does not want you to know it.

Quoting MizSandy:

  Willard speaks the truth then says I didn't mean what you heard me say.


The most pressing social issue today is the economy

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Pema_Jampa
by Celeste on Jun. 12, 2012 at 7:12 PM

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mom2myprince
by on Jun. 12, 2012 at 7:14 PM

when romney's people cut all of this and someone needs help who will they get???? 


Meadowchik
by Gold Member on Jun. 12, 2012 at 7:46 PM
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Quoting mom2myprince:

when romney's people cut all of this and someone needs help who will they get???? 


Are you trying to scare people? Romney did not propose cutting "all of this."

Get real, please and thank you.


The most pressing social issue today is the economy

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mom2myprince
by on Jun. 12, 2012 at 7:52 PM


Quoting Meadowchik:


Quoting mom2myprince:

when romney's people cut all of this and someone needs help who will they get???? 


Are you trying to scare people? Romney did not propose cutting "all of this."

Get real, please and thank you.


hahahah from what the truth.

Being
aware of the Thought process is a way of seeing why you do some of the
things you do on a daily basis..Unconscious thought goes unnoticed and
you react with them without thinking about it.....Think deeply into what
makes you tick,what makes you happy and every other emotion you get
from thoughts..Learn your thought process and begin to know yourself..
Meadowchik
by Gold Member on Jun. 12, 2012 at 7:56 PM
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Quoting mom2myprince:


Quoting Meadowchik:


Quoting mom2myprince:

when romney's people cut all of this and someone needs help who will they get???? 


Are you trying to scare people? Romney did not propose cutting "all of this."

Get real, please and thank you.


hahahah from what the truth.

Once again, Romney did not propose cutting "all of this."

Why do you make stuff up to smear Romney and support your candidate? Why?

The most pressing social issue today is the economy

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mom2myprince
by on Jun. 12, 2012 at 7:57 PM

IF YOU SAY SO

sarebear31976
by on Jun. 12, 2012 at 9:37 PM


WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--http://finance.yahoo.com/news/romney-opposes-fire-fighter-public-185300887.html

Fire fighters today are jumping into the Republican nomination process with a new ad highlightingMitt Romney’s opposition to critical public safety programs.

The ad, produced by the International Association of Fire Fighters, points out that Romney opposes the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response [SAFER] program, which has saved thousands of fire fighter and paramedic jobs and ensured that public safety remains strong in Illinois and across the country.

“It is important for Illinois voters to know Romney’s poor record on public safety,” International Association of Fire Fighters General President Harold Schaitberger said.

Romney also opposes FIRE Act grants, which provide critical funding to communities for life saving equipment and apparatus. As governor of Massachusetts, Romney repeatedly attempted to cut local aid to communities, jeopardizing public safety and safe staffing. He also attempted to strip away the collective bargaining rights of fire fighters in the state.

“The SAFER program has proven to be invaluable to fire departments facing layoffs during the current economic downturn. On the eve of the Illinois primary, we must let voters know that if Mitt Romney has his way, he will eliminate a successful public safety program that makes communities safer by keeping fire fighters on the frontlines,” Schaitberger said.

The SAFER program has put more than 5,000 fire fighters back to work across the country, giving a much-needed boost to public safety in countless struggling communities. In Illinois, the Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] provided fire departments $10.2 million in grants to hire or retain fire fighters last year.

nanaofsix531
by Platinum Member on Jun. 12, 2012 at 10:09 PM
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He never has any idea what the hell he says from one day to the next.

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