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Friday, November 2, 2012

Mitt Romney's Threat: If He's Not Elected, His Party Will Trash the Economy

Posted by on Fri, Nov 2, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Romney made his closing argument today. Basically: If he's not elected, the Republicans in Congress will throw America over the fiscal cliff:

“You know that if the President is re-elected, he will still be unable to work with the people in Congress,” Romney said. “He has ignored them, attacked them, blamed them. The debt ceiling will come up again, and shutdown and default will be threatened, chilling the economy.”

Despite the apocalyptic warnings on the economy, most of the Republican nominee’s speech focused on a more modest argument that as president he would work with both sides to build a stronger economy. He said that, like Obama, “I promise change, but I have a record of achieving it.”

Note the passive voice at the end of that first paragraph: "The debt ceiling will come up again, and shutdown and default will be threatened, chilling the economy." That debt ceiling will rise on its own, and the threats will just appear out of nowhere! They can't be stopped!

Except, that's not how it works. Threats don't materialize without someone to make the threats. In this case, Romney's party is doing the threatening, which means that Romney, as the face of the Republican party, is making this threat. He's essentially trying to take America's future hostage. This is low, even for Romney.

 

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seatackled 1
Mitt Romney, suicide bomber.
Posted by seatackled on November 2, 2012 at 11:35 AM · Report this
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The real problem is that this threat has been real and tangible throughout this election cycle, but is not believed to be a strong argument against Republican candidates.

These Republicans will burn everything instead of working with Obama; that seems to be Taken as an argument against Obama, not one to vote those fuckers out.
Posted by And I'm Proud To Be An American; Where, At Least... on November 2, 2012 at 11:43 AM · Report this
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"Except, that's not how it works. Threats don't materialize without someone to make the threats."

Well that's how it works on Kolob!
Posted by mtiffany71 on November 2, 2012 at 11:45 AM · Report this
Original Andrew 4
Reminds me of that awesome story from The Onion: "Cheney Vows to Attack US if Kerry Elected"
Posted by Original Andrew on November 2, 2012 at 11:46 AM · Report this
dwightmoodyforgetsthings 5
In order to save America, they have to destroy it.
Posted by dwightmoodyforgetsthings http://www.reddit.com/r/spaceclop on November 2, 2012 at 11:47 AM · Report this
blip 6
Next up, a press conference where he silently holds a gun to a puppy's head.
Posted by blip on November 2, 2012 at 11:56 AM · Report this
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Paul Krugman opinion piece this morning was on the same subject. I have been hearing the implicit threat for days. Glad it is finally being discussed in the media. Excerpt from Krugman:
Once again, the G.O.P. is threatening to inflict large damage on the economy unless Mr. Obama gives it something — an extension of tax cuts for the wealthy — that it lacks the votes to pass through normal constitutional processes.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/02/opinio…
Posted by bareboards on November 2, 2012 at 12:04 PM · Report this
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I am going to wake up at 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday, make a cup of coffee, take a shower, and then walk 2 blocks to my polling place, and I am going to vote for Obama, as I have been doing since 2004 (lived in Illinois then). You motherfuckers better be doing the same thing. All you motherfuckers.
Posted by minderbender on November 2, 2012 at 12:14 PM · Report this
Original Andrew 9
Shorter GOP: Ex-terminate! Exterminate! EX-TER-MI-NATE!!!!
Posted by Original Andrew on November 2, 2012 at 12:15 PM · Report this
Knat 10
You forgot to include "Again" at the end of your title, Paul.
Posted by Knat on November 2, 2012 at 12:15 PM · Report this
MrBaker 11
Patty Murray played this card 2 months ago. I think her pre-answer was essentially, go ahead, jump off the cliff, the masses will revolt.
Posted by MrBaker http://manywordsforrain.blogspot.com/ on November 2, 2012 at 12:16 PM · Report this
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@8: I voted five days ago. No one in WA state votes on voting day any more.
Posted by originalcinner on November 2, 2012 at 12:16 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 13
@6 OMG, best mental pic ever!
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on November 2, 2012 at 12:16 PM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 14
"If you break up with me, I'll kill myself, and it will be YOUR FAULT!"
Posted by Theodore Gorath on November 2, 2012 at 12:21 PM · Report this
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More from Krugman's piece: But are we ready to become a country in which “Nice country you got here. Shame if something were to happen to it” becomes a winning political argument? I hope not. By all means, vote for Mr. Romney if you think he offers the better policies. But arguing for Mr. Romney on the grounds that he could get things done veers dangerously close to accepting protection-racket politics, which have no place in American life.
Posted by bareboards on November 2, 2012 at 12:25 PM · Report this
venomlash 16
@2: Agreed. Look at what happened to Chris Christie?
Posted by venomlash on November 2, 2012 at 12:40 PM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 17
He sounds like Paul Ryan. Remember "Let the U.S. default!" when they can't get their way?
Posted by Pope Peabrain on November 2, 2012 at 12:47 PM · Report this
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The irony of posting a story about Greece's unfolding collapse right above this is wonderful.
Posted by Spindles on November 2, 2012 at 12:50 PM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 19
If he's [Romney] not elected, the Republicans in Congress will throw America over the fiscal cliff
Yeah, but republicans have a history of destroying the economy when they ARE elected.

So whether Romney is elected or not, the republicans are going to throw America over the fiscal cliff... so, might as well vote for Obama.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on November 2, 2012 at 12:55 PM · Report this
Schmapdi 20
I read a story about an AP poll the other day: Americans trust Mitt Romney more to end the gridlock than Obama.

Which is true - because the GOP will continue their path of total obstruction if Obama wins, but the Dems would responsibly work with Romney if he were to win.

But it's also basically admitting that the GOP has held and will continue to hold the country hostage. It would be ridiculous to reward them for such behaviour (as, sadly, the stupid country did in 2010).
Posted by Schmapdi on November 2, 2012 at 12:56 PM · Report this
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@8 my ballot was mailed last week and was verified on Monday. I've donated money already and will probably donate some more money today.
Posted by apres_moi on November 2, 2012 at 1:10 PM · Report this
Mattini 22
Classic Romney. What a shitty reminder that things are going to suck as long as we have at least 40 obstructionist GOP assholes in the senate.
Posted by Mattini on November 2, 2012 at 1:52 PM · Report this
cressona 23
Spindles @18: The irony of posting a story about Greece's unfolding collapse right above this is wonderful.

There's an even deeper irony to this. NPR had a chilling story today about how there's this list of 2,000 Greek oligarchs sheltering from taxation billions of euros in Swiss bank accounts. Part of the reason Greece has been such a basket case is that Greeks don't feel obliged to pay taxes. Now, the journalist who tried to publicize this list is being prosecuted on a fast track uncharacteristic of the Greek legal system.

When the GOP keeps warning that the USA is going to become the next Greece, they don't say that it's primarily the GOP doing everything they can to send us in that direction. I'm getting to believe that this Republican propensity to accuse Dems of the things that the Republicans themselves are guilty of isn't just Rove-ian trickery; it's a kind of chronic psychological projection.
Posted by cressona on November 2, 2012 at 2:10 PM · Report this
dwightmoodyforgetsthings 24
@22- "...things are going to suck as long as we have at least 40 obstructionist GOP assholes in the senate."

Unless the Democrats were to actually grow a spine and force a return to real filibusters, in which case the spectacle of the GOP actually filibustering everything they don't like might change some minds, failed filibusters might lead to actual legislation getting passed, and legislative compromise might become a functional strategy again.

Posted by dwightmoodyforgetsthings http://www.reddit.com/r/spaceclop on November 2, 2012 at 2:43 PM · Report this
Bauhaus I 25
Sad, little, rich Mormon clown.
Posted by Bauhaus I on November 2, 2012 at 8:27 PM · Report this
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Just like a two-year-old who doesn't get what they want either.

Keep stamping those little feet, Mittens.
Posted by suddenlyorcas on November 3, 2012 at 8:15 AM · Report this
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All I know is that I've seen him deny saying this and that.. Whereby I have to stop and go" SCUUUZE?? He's denying what he says and does constantly.. as if he's NOT being heard or watched on tv?! AS IF he hasn't walked into a factory and told American workers that their jobs are safe only to walk out of the same factory knowing those very people he blatantly lied to would end up training their Chinese replacements and be given the heave ho!!! What a Flip flopping, lying, scoundrel, spoiled rotten, deceitful disrespectful, clueless, backstabbing the American worker like you've never seen before, moral less son of a bitch asshole mnfer... Ahhhh feels good to call him what he is. A derelict spoiled entitlement minded prick.
Posted by Bondgirl004 on November 3, 2012 at 4:43 PM · Report this

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