For Romney, the play’s the thing
by Kevin Foley
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November 02, 2012 12:00 AM | 1247 views | 19 19 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A stage play requires the audience to suspend disbelief. You know what you’re seeing is an actor pretending, but because he’s good at it, you put reality aside in order to be entertained.

Mitt Romney is play acting and he’s not bad. With leading man looks, he delivers his lines convincingly even though the audience knows most everything he says either contradicts his past statements and positions or simply isn’t true.

Romney is counting on his audience to suspend their disbelief. And roughly half the country has, if polls are to be believed. His supporters have accepted Romney’s charge that President Obama has failed, even though the evidence that Obama is succeeding is everywhere.

Out of the second worst economic disaster in modern times, we’ve had 30 straight months of jobs growth. More than 100 million Americans are benefiting from the president’s signature legislation, Obamacare.

The Iraq nightmare is over. We’ll be out of Afghanistan within two years. Al-Qaida is decimated and 9/11’s mastermind is dead and buried.

The stock market is roaring along, the auto industry is secure, and the economy is improving.

Yes, we are much better off than four years ago. But Romney, the actor, says we’re not despite the reality just outside his theater’s doors.

Like all talented actors, Romney assumes most any character the role calls for. But when a presidential candidate who calls himself “resolute” changes his positions as smoothly and unapologetically as Romney does, voters have no idea how Romney will govern as president.

In 2002 Romney played a “progressive.” In 2012 he takes the stage as “severely conservative.”

He’ll reduce everyone’s taxes to 20 percent, which would add $5 trillion to the deficit. Romney says he’ll pay for the cuts by closing “loopholes,” but you’ll have to elect him to find out which ones.

Ten years ago Romney was unshakably pro choice. Now he’s unshakably pro life. He supports legislation that would permit states to ban birth control and he promises to overturn Roe v. Wade.

He favored self-deportation last spring. Romney says now he’ll continue Obama’s program that permits young undocumented immigrants to work temporarily in the U.S.

During the recent foreign policy debate, Romney agreed with most everything Obama has done. But during his campaign, Romney condemned most all of what the president did, from leaving Iraq to helping Libyans overthrow Gaddafi.

Romney’s only public service came as governor of Massachusetts, where he left behind a dismal record with one glittering exception. He passed the state’s individual mandate, which he called the model for the nation.

Today he says he’ll repeal Obamacare.

When actors get out of character they often reveal who they really are. Romney did last May when he dismissed 47 percent of Americans who don’t pay income taxes as parasites and “victims.” His figure includes troops in harm’s way, the working poor, disabled Americans, and seniors.

You, the audience, must forget all of this. You must look into Mitt’s eyes and see the leader of the free world.

But the presidency isn’t play acting; it’s as real as it gets.

Say what you will about the president, but Obama’s done or tried to do most everything on which he campaigned. What we saw in 2008 is what we got. By any reasonable and objective measurement, Obama has done an exceptional job under the most trying conditions.

There are comedies, dramas, and tragedies. Romney’s campaign is a farce in which the candidate is always ducking in a door wearing one guise and popping out of another door wearing a different one.

Voters shouldn’t take him seriously.

Kevin Foley is a public relations executive, author and writer who lives in Kennesaw.
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Bob Johnson
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November 04, 2012
Kevin not even one of your weak attempts to justfy your postion? Where are you?
Bob Johnson
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November 04, 2012
Kevin it just hit me, after Tuesday you will be out of a job. That really makes my day.
SG68
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November 04, 2012
@Bob Johnson

I hope you are wrong Bob, I look forward to Kevin's delusional ramblings.

It's better than reading the comic strips!!!!
Samuel Adams
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November 02, 2012
Ugh, ok, Bagdhad Bob. Al Qaeda is "decimated?"

Hardly. But in the wee little minds of liberals, including the president, maybe.

When Obama called the SEALS, they killed Bin Laden. When the SEALS called on Obama, he watched them die. We will not forget Benghazi.
CobbCoGuy
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November 03, 2012
Sam Adams: good call. This would make for a really schweet bumper sticker:

"When Obama called the SEALS, they killed Bin Laden. When the SEALS called on Obama, he watched them die."
frogbreath
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November 05, 2012
Samuel,

"When Obama called the SEALS, they killed Bin Laden. When the SEALS called on Obama, he watched them die. We will not forget Benghazi"

Excellent comment and one to be remembered.
CobbCoGuy
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November 02, 2012
I'm amused by Obama's declaration that government agencies shall cut "red tape" to provide relief to the victims of Sandy.

He's admitting that government gets in the way of folks who are ready to do the real work needed in this tragedy.
frogbreath
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November 02, 2012
Foley, you are. per usual, on the wrong side of this issue as well as every other issue you address. You have a pathological need for attention that causes you to write some of the most unreasoning articles that I see.

All other putdowns of Romney have failed, to date. The current meme is that he waffles, changes his mind, etc. You have joined in on that and, I trust with the same effects as the other Obama supporters.

Why then, in the past few days, has your candidate hurriedly attempted to adopt Romney's ideas as his? Could it be that , other than converting us to communism, Obama really has no plan?

Or is he actually realizing that Romney has his fingers on the pulse of what needs to be done to take America back to its former prosperous path?

In either case, each day, Romney shows he is the better man to lead us. Your hateful columns do little to further Obama's campaign and , for the life of me, I do not understand a good newspaper like the MDJ giving you a feature spot while outstanding columnists like Laura Armstrong are driven away.
CobbCoGuy
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November 02, 2012
Are you better off now than you were 4 years ago? Let's get personal about this question. How about a survey?

Are you still employed in the same job as 4 years ago? Count yourself very lucky. Have you received any pay raises in the last 4 years?

What's the cost of gas now compared to 4 years ago?

What are your monthly utility bills like now compared to 4 years ago?

What's your monthly grocery bill now compared to 4 years ago?

Do you have health insurance? Have your premiums increased?

If you're a homeowner, what's the market value of your home now compared to 4 years ago?

Feel free to add your own questions/comments to the survey.
Off Balance
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November 02, 2012
@CobbCoGuy

No.Not better off by far.

Retired

Gas is double. Hurts our budget, bad!

Utilities about 1/3 higher.

Grocery bill about 10-15% higher.

(Hey, the cost of trucking it to the store went way up!)

We are on Medicare. We paid son's dental out of pocket. Used up deductibles on Medicare and spent about $3k more out of pocket. Premium increase was negligible. (So far.)

(And I feel luckier than most!)

House value was at about $200k is at $130K.

I believe we are about 10-15% above average income for a retired couple (blessed, but I worked over 50 years and my wife worked about 40 years.) and we have used about 50% of our personal savings and will have to sell some more to meet medical and household expenses.

Son lives with us. Has no job. Had surgery. We took out loan to pay for it. Had serious dental work. We took out loan to pay for it.

We consider ourselves fortunate that we HAD the money to cover it. A growing economy with our son working will turn a big corner for us. We are hoping Romney wins and lives up to his reputation.

If 20 million unemployed people went back to work at minimum wage that would generate $300B per year. Unfortunately that meager wage would be forcibly redistributed by the current administration.
just the tip...
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November 02, 2012
Average price of gas pre-Obama: $1.86/gal. Post-Obama: over $4.00

Median household income pre-Obama: $55,000/year. Post-Obama: down $5000

Healthcare premiums: up fanatically

Cobb Water bill: up dramatically ($90 to $132 this last month)

CobbCoGuy
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November 03, 2012
Thanks for participating, Off Balance.

Anyone else want to chime in?

I'd like to add another question: if you're retired and receiving a pension from your employer, when is the last time you received a cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA)?
CobbCoGuy
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November 04, 2012
Thanks for stoppin' by, just the tip...

The price of fuel is the crux. It permeates...EVERYTHING...in our lives.

Too funny
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November 02, 2012
So what's up with Romney flat out, stone cold lying about Jeep moving manufacturing to China? Is that a variation on the "lying for the Lord" theme?
Devlin Adams
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November 02, 2012
Fromt he Washington Examinrer, October 25.

"In a Bloomberg interview, Jeep's president said the automaker plans to restore Jeep production in China, suspended in 2009, and is considering making all Jeeps in China. "Fiat SpA, majority owner of Chrysler Group LLC, plans to return Jeep output to China and may eventually make all of its models in that country, according to the head of both automakers' operations in the region," reported the business wire service."

Hardly a lie. romneyw as quoting a source. Not like he made it up out of the blue sky.

Too funny
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November 05, 2012
Well there's the problem; normal grown ups don't take the Washington Examiner seriously
Bob Johnson
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November 02, 2012
Kevin you are right we did get exactly what we saw in 2008, an unqualified,inexperienced community organizer, who by any objective and resonable measurement has done the worst job in our country's history.
Carl Wilson
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November 02, 2012
Readers should not take you seriously. "Al-Qaida is decimated and 9/11’s mastermind is dead and buried." Hmmm, wonder who killed our guys in Libya and who watched them die and did nothing?

And before he was elected, how much experience doing ANYTHING did Obama have? Less that Romney.

You do not want to admit that Obama has not done anything the first four years. He said himself if he did not make it right in three years he needed to go. I plan to help make him go before he destroys our country.

And we are better off than 4 years ago? HA! Let's see, my salary is down about 5%, medical insurance is up about 30%. That is better off? What are you smoking and what reality are you in?

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