Sometimes politicians should flip-flop
Warren D. Golightly wrote about Mitt Romney's flip flops (June 16). Most politicians flip flop Sometimes they should. If a politician, over time, comes to the realization that he is wrong on a position, he should change positions. It doesn't show he is a "flip flopper." Rather it shows he is honest, something sorely needed in the government these days. Such is the case with Romney's position on gay rights, abortion and government health care.
Barak Obama doesn't flip flop. That's right, he "evolves." What has he "evolved" on? He:
- Voted against increasing the debt limit, then supported raising it.
- Campaigned against the Bush tax cuts,; then extended all of them.
- Promised to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term, then proposed trillion dollar deficits.
- Vowed the unemployment rate would be below 8 percent if his stimulus was passed, but then it broke 10 percent.
- Promised shovel-ready jobs, then admitted they weren't shovel-ready.
- Said if you like your health plan you can keep it, but then threw seniors off Medicare Plus and employers are now saying they'll dump people onto the public exchange.
- Promised to have health care negotiations on live TV, but then reversed himself.
- Indicated Bush violated the Constitution; then carried out warrantless wiretaps, indefinite detentions, secret renditions, quadrupled drone attacks, and kept Guantanamo Bay open.
- Voted against the Patriot Act, but then supported its extension.
- Said lobbyists wouldn't work in the White House, then gave them waivers to work there.
- Vowed to take public financing for his 2008 campaign, then refused public financing when he realized he would receive more money without it.
In a capitalistic economy, businesses are in business to make profits. Sometimes businesses fail in spite of the best efforts to save them. Most of Bain's businesses succeeded. Far more jobs were created under Bain than lost. The company in Kansas failed two years after Romney left, and during a time when many steel companies were struggling and failing.
Would I "buy a used car from Mitt Romney"? Better a used car from Romney than the wreck Obama sold us.