By Ximena Fajardo.
The Chameleon or Gov. Romney?
Chameleon: highly specialized clade of lizards that have the ability to change color, “camouflage” its presence to blend in with its surroundings.
Mitt Romney has changed his story so many times I have lost track. But now Gov. Romney really needs my vote so he has metamorphosed in front of my eyes saying ANYTHING to get it (reminds me of a guy back in high school).
So, what ARE HIS TRUE COLORS? …
I have found some quotes of his, which he has repeatedly said over the past two years. Now, let me remind you that these quotes were said before Gov. Mitt Romney decided to look into the camera like a lost puppy or a swooning Mariachi singer and try to gain my vote.
The following are Gov. Romney’s own words and quotes. I haven’t edited grammar or put one single comma in. So please decide for yourself and tell me what you think.
1. “I’m not familiar precisely with what I said, but I’ll stand by what I said, whatever it was.” —Mitt Romney (May 17, 2012)
2. “As president, I will create 12 million new jobs.” ( And then 45 minutes later he said) “Government does not create jobs. Government does not create jobs.” —Mitt Romney second presidential debate (Oct. 16, 2012)
3. “Corporations are people, my friend… of course they are. Everything corporations earn ultimately goes to the people. Where do you think it goes? Whose pockets? Whose pockets? People’s pockets. Human beings, my friend.” —Mitt Romney ( at Iowa State August 2011).
4. “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. … My job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.” -Mitt Romney, ( fundraiser in May 2012)
5. “Is $100,000 middle income?” -George Stephanopoulos
“No, middle income is $200,000 to $250,000 and less.” -Mitt Romney, ABC’s “(Good Morning America,” Sept. 14, 2012)
6. “When you give a speech you don’t go through a laundry list, you talk about the things that you think are important.” –Mitt Romney, when asked about failing to mention the troops in his nomination speech at the Republican National Convention, Fox News interview (Sept. 7, 2012)
7. “He [Obama] says we need more firemen, more policemen, more teachers. Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It’s time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.” —Mitt Romney (at a campaign event in Council Bluffs, Iowa, June 8, 2012)
8. “I should tell my story. I’m also unemployed.” —Mitt Romney (speaking in 2011 to unemployed people in Florida. Romney’s net worth is over $200 million)
9. “I’m not sure about these cookies. They don’t look like you made them. No, no. They came from the local 7/11 bakery, or whatever.” —Mitt Romney (visiting a local bakery while campaigning in Pittsburgh, PA, April 17, 2012. The owner of the baker later told MSNBC he was offended by Romney’s remarks.)
10. “I’ll take a lot of credit for the fact that this industry’s come back.” –Mitt Romney (on the American auto industry, despite having written a New York Times op-ed in 2008 titled) … “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt,” ( in which he said if GM, Ford and Chrysler got a government bailout) “you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye”
11. “[My wife] drives a couple of Cadillacs.” –Mitt Romney (campaigning for president in Michigan (February 2012)
12. “If Americans want to understand why unemployment in the United States has been stuck above 8 percent for the longest stretch since the Great Depression, decisions like this one are the place to begin,” Romney said. “By declaring that the Keystone pipeline is not in the ‘national interest,’ the president demonstrates a lack of seriousness about bringing down unemployment, restoring economic growth, and achieving energy independence.” Mitt Romney (Oct 16 2012) If you wish to read about the effects building the pipeline will have on our country read the blog http://www.xapientia.wordpress.com.
13. “I think I’ve said time and again that I’m a pro-life candidate and I’ll be a pro-life president. The actions I’ll take immediately is to remove funding for Planned Parenthood.” Mitt Romney ( October 10, 2012)
14. Romney was asked if he would support a proposal, called “personhood amendment,” that could ban common forms of contraception like the birth control pill, as well as prevent a pregnant woman experiencing complications that threaten her life or health to obtain safe abortion care. Said Romney, “absolutely.” (Concord Monitor, 11/9/11)
15. “We use Ann sparingly right now so that people don’t get tired of her.” –Mitt Romney (referring to his wife while speaking to a room of wealthy donors in Florida, May 17, 2012)
16. “I went to a number of women’s groups and said ‘Can you help us find folks?’ and they brought us whole binders full of women.” —Mitt Romney ( on staffing his cabinet while he was governor of Massachusetts, presidential debate, Oct. 16, 2012)
17. “I believe from a … political perspective that life begins at conception…. I don’t pretend to know, if you will, from a theological standpoint when life begins.” Mitt Romney ( Meet the Press, 12/16/07).
18. “I can execute a — an executive order on Day 1 that grants a waiver to all 50 states from ‘Obamacare,’ ” …“Day 1 I can also file legislation that repeals ‘Obamacare,’ (June, 2012).
19. “I like being able to fire people who provide services to me.” –Mitt Romney while advocating for consumer choice in health insurance plans (January 2012)
20. ”My dad, as you probably know, was the governor of Michigan and was the head of a car company. But he was born in Mexico… and had he been born of, uh, Mexican parents, I’d have a better shot at winning this. But he was unfortunately born to Americans living in Mexico. He lived there for a number of years. I mean, I say that jokingly, but it would be helpful to be Latino.” -Mitt Romney (comments from a Florida fundraiser, May 17 2012)
21. “I’m running for office for Pete’s sake, we can’t have illegals” –Mitt Romney (recalling his reaction when he learned that there were illegal aliens working the ground on his property, employed by a firm that he subsequently fired October 2011)
22. “We have a potentially volatile situation but we sort of live with it, and we kick the ball down the field and hope that ultimately, somehow, something will happen and resolve it.” –Mitt Romney, talking about his plan for the Middle East ( comments from a Florida fundraiser, May 17 2012)
23. “The embassy in Cairo put out a statement after their grounds had been breached. … An apology for America’s values is never the right course. … The statement that came from the administration was — was a statement which is akin to apology and I think was a — a severe miscalculation.” –Mitt Romney, (Sept. 12, 2012)
24. “We have a president, who I think is a nice guy, but he spent too much time at Harvard, perhaps.” —Mitt Romney, who has two Harvard degrees (April 5, 2012)
25. “I get speaker’s fees from time to time, but not very much.” —Mitt Romney (who earned $374,000 in speaking fees in one year according to according to his personal financial disclosure. January 2012)
26. “It’s not worth moving heaven and earth, spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person.” —Mitt Romney ( speaking in 2007 about killing Osama bin Laden)
And to end this is Paul Ryan philosophy and words
“I grew up on Ayn Rand,” …”That’s what I tell people … you know, everybody does their soul-searching, and trying to find out who they are and what they believe, and you learn about yourself … I grew up reading Ayn Rand, and it taught me quite a bit about who I am and what my value systems are, and what my beliefs are.”… “The reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person, it would be Ayn Rand,” …” the fight we are in here, make no mistake about it, is a fight of individualism versus collectivism.” (At the Atlas Society, 2005)
Since I am a Hispanic woman, a pacifist, an eco-warrior and I believe in social responsibility, Gov. Mitt Romney is trying really hard to get my vote. Yet, I really have a hard time believing him. Who will guarantee that if he gets elected and doesn’t need my vote anymore that he won’t flip again in the presence of “special interest” groups and friends? Will 47% of Americans become “irresponsible” and dependent again? Will Hispanics need to auto-deport? Will he cut government spending by cutting loopholes and jobs for police-men, fire fighters, teachers, social workers, health workers, Planned Parenthood and make abortion illegal like he said in the beginning of his campaign? Will he go back to Bush’s economic and foreign policy, which he endorsed before, and are those that got us into this great mess in the first place?
Please, everyone, do tell me what you think. Let us keep on discussing these very important issues for one more week—until Election Day.
I honestly think that what Gov. Romney doesn’t know is that many of us have been LISTENING and PAYING ATTENTION to everything he has said these past two years, and quite frankly, haven’t forgotten any of his words