President Obama rode into office in 2008 on the slogan of "Yes we can." In 2012, Mitt Romney is campaigning on a slogan of "No we can't." Governor Romney criticizes President Obama for his message of hope, change and moving the country forward. Romney's replacement message is one of negativity. Here are the top ten ways that Romney says "No We Can't":
- No to Obamacare and universal health care coverage: Romney proudly says that his first act, if elected president, will be to eliminate health coverage for over 30 million uninsured Americans, young adults who can stay of their parents' coverage until 26 and for children and adults who are denied coverage due to pre-existing illnesses. He will leave in its place, the option of going to hospital emergency rooms to seek treatment.
- No to a woman's right to choose her reproductive rights: A Romney presidency supports policies which would ban abortions even in cases of incest and rape. And Romney pledged to "get rid of Planned Parenthood" too.
- No to the U.S. automobile industry bailout: Romney said "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt." Romney would have left millions out of work who rely on the automobile industry such as assembly line workers, car dealers, mechanics, auto parts suppliers, engineers and all who support the auto industry across the country.
- No to small business growth: When Romney was governor, Massachusetts was almost dead last in small business growth. Massachusetts ranked at the very bottom at 48 out of 50 states.
- No to Medicare System: Romney wants to replace the current Medicare system with vouchers which will not keep pace with seniors' rising health costs and limit future seniors' health choices.
- No to Medicaid: Romney will say no to entitlement programs such as Medicaid for families who receive assistance for children with autism, Down's syndrome, cerebral palsy and for those with parents and grandparents with Alzheimer's and dementia living at nursing homes. Our most vulnerable citizens are our youth and our seniors. And the most vulnerable within those two groups are the mentally challenged.
- No to increasing tax rates on millionaires: Romney will not increase tax rates on millionaires even to help our struggling economy or to lower the deficit. He prefers to protect the pocketbooks of millionaires rather than help the middle class and lower the deficit.
- No to Lilly Ledbetter Act: Romney said no comment to the Lilly Ledbetter equal pay act for women. And for now, he says he will not repeal it, if elected president. Apparently, Romney prefers concessions for women to allow them to leave work early to prepare dinner, as he did for one of his senior staffers while governor of Massachusetts, rather than equal pay. Most women prefer equal pay for equal work over preparing dinner.
- No to gun control: During the second presidential debate, Romney inferred the cause of gun violence has to do with young single mothers raising children. The gun control issue and assault rifle shootings at malls, movie theaters and schools have nothing to do with single parenthood. But, I guess it's easier to blame single parents and mothers than face the National Rifle Association.
- No to increasing Pell grants for students: Romney expects students to borrow money from their parents to pay for a college education, like his millionaire friends do.
Mitt Romney does say yes to a few things. Romney says yes to send our jobs to China; yes to helping millionaires to stay rich with lower tax rates and yes to a plan to take America backwards. If those things are important to you, then vote for Mitt Romney.
If you are not trying to get a job in China and want to move our country forward, then vote for President Obama. The choice is that clear.
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