The first 25 reasons. Hit the link for the rest.
There are fundamental policy differences between the candidates and only one of them deserves your vote. This post isn’t going to get into the snark or fluff that too often dominates election coverage. You’ll find no section on strapping a dog to a roof, or silly gaffes, or which candidate is more fun to have a beer with. This is, for the most part, straight up policy, compiled to present to why Barack Obama not only deserves your vote but needs it to keep moving our country forward.
The list, far from exhaustive, is below the fold. Read it, share it, and add your own suggestions in the comments below.
ROMNEY SIMPLY CAN’T BE TRUSTED ON THE ISSUES. HE FLIP-FLOPS AND WILL SAY ANYTHING HE THINKS VOTERS WANT TO HEAR.
1. You can’t trust Mitt Romney on whether he’s a moderate or a conservative.
“Relative to the leading candidates, some people see me as being more conservative.” (source) “[I am] just as conservative as I was four years ago. Maybe more so.” (source) “I think people recognize that I’m not a partisan Republican. That I’m someone who is moderate and that my views are progressive.” (source) “I’m severely conservative.” (source)
2. You can’t trust Mitt Romney on protecting choice.
“Roe v. Wade has gone too far.” (source) “I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years we should sustain and support it.” (source) “I will preserve and protect a woman’s right to choose and am devoted and dedicated to honoring my word in that regard.” (source) “I respect and will protect a woman’s right to choose.” (source) “I never really called myself pro-choice.” (source) “There’s no legislation with regards to abortion that I’m familiar with that would become part of my agenda.” (source) – (later the same day) “Governor Romney would of course support legislation aimed at providing greater protections for life.” (source)
3. You can’t trust Mitt Romney on stem cell research.
4. You can’t trust Mitt Romney on whether he’d embrace failed Reagan policies.
5. You can’t trust Mitt Romney on the minimum wage.
“My view has been to allow the minimum wage to rise with the [Consumer Price Index] or with another index so that it adjusts automatically over time.” (source) “There’s probably not a need to raise the minimum wage.” (source)
6. You can’t trust Mitt Romney on healthcare mandates.
7. He didn’t have a clear position on killing Osama bin Laden.
8. You can’t trust Mitt Romney on whether he’d put your Social Security in the hands of risky Wall Street investors.
“I’m not in favor of privatizing Social Security or making cuts.” (source) “You call it privatization, I call it a private account.” (twenty-nine seconds later) (source) “Social Security’s the easiest and that’s because you can give people a personal account.” (source)
9. You can’t trust Mitt Romney on immigration reform.
10. You can’t trust Mitt Romney on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
Q: Governor Romney, you said in nineteen ninety four that you look forward to the day when gays and lesbians could serve and I quote, “openly and honestly in our nation’s military”. Do you stand by that?Romney: This isn’t that time. This is not that time.” (source)
11. You can’t trust Mitt Romney on civil unions.
Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said yesterday he was ready to work with lawmakers to craft a ‘civil union’-style law to give some marriage rights to homosexual couples, even though he also supports a constitutional amendment to preserve traditional marriage. […] Mr. Romney yesterday told TV news stations that he would support a Vermont-style civil union law in Massachusetts…” (source)KONDRACKE: He was never specifically for marriage, but it was never an issue. But he pretty clearly was in favor of something like Vermont-style civil unions, which he now denies that he was in favor. But he is in favor, to his credit, of domestic partnership provisions for hospital visitation and inheritance rights and stuff like that. So he’s not as far right as you can get, but he’s definitely tilting right for the purposes of running for president. (source)
12. You can’t trust Mitt Romney on marriage equality.
Mitt Romney, in b-roll at the end of his interview with a Colorado reporter with whom he got testy for not asking him about issues of “significance” as she pressed him on civil unions, medical marijuana and other issues, clearly describes marriage as a “state issue,” in a catch by Andrew Kaczynski. The problem with this, as Allahpundit notes, is that Romney has told conservatives he will fight for a federal amendment banning gay marriage, which is contrary to considering it a state issue. (source)
13. You can’t trust Mitt Romney on gay adoption.
“If two people of the same gender want to live together, want to have a loving relationship and even want to adopt a child, in my state individuals of the same sex were able to adopt children,” “In my view that’s something which people have the right to do…” (source)(a day later) Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Friday backed away from his support of adoptions by same-sex couples, saying that he simply “acknowledges” the legality of such adoptions in many states. (source)
14. You can’t trust Mitt Romney on banning assault weapons.
“I support the assault weapons ban…I would have supported the original assault weapon ban…I signed an assault weapon ban in Massachusetts governor…” (source) “I don’t support any gun control legislation, the effort for a new assault weapons ban, with a ban on semi-automatic weapons, is something I would oppose. There’s no new legislation that I’m aware of or have heard of that I would support. In regards to guns, I think we have enough legislation and should enforce the laws as they exist.” (source)
15. You can’t trust Mitt Romney on whether he supports the National Rifle Association.
16. You can’t trust Mitt Romney on election reform and campaign spending limits.
” I would like to have campaign spending limits and to say we’re not going to spend more than this in certain campaigns. I also would abolish PACS. I don’t like them. I don’t like the influence of money–whether it’s business, labor, or any other group. I do not like that kind of influence.” (source) “The American people should be free to advocate for their candidates and their positions without burdensome limitations.” (source)
17. You can’t trust Mitt Romney on bank bailouts.
18. You can’t trust Mitt Romney on whether Muslims should serve in the president’s cabinet.
“Based on the numbers of American Muslims… I cannot see that a cabinet position would be justified.” (source) “A person should not be elected because of his faith nor should he be rejected because of his faith.” (source)
19. You can’t trust Mitt Romney on helping the nation’s auto industry.
20. You can’t trust Mitt Romney on flat taxes.
“It’s a tax cut for fat cats.” (source)“When he unveiled his economic agenda this year, Romney said he would pursue a ‘long-term goal’ of a ‘flatter, fairer, simpler structure.’… On Wednesday in Fairfax, Va., he said, ‘I’ll lay out some additional ways to make the tax code more flat.'” (source)
21. You can’t trust Mitt Romney on the payroll tax cut.
22. You can’t trust Mitt Romney on the stimulus.
“The all-Democrat stimulus that was passed in early 2009 will accelerate the timing of the start of the recovery…” (source) “The all-Democrat stimulus passed in early 2009 has been a failure.” (source)
23. You can’t trust Mitt Romney on his Massachusetts health care law.
“…the costs of health care will be reduced.” (source) “We were unable to deal with and didn’t have any pretense that we would somehow be able to change health care costs in Massachusetts.” (source) “If Massachusetts succeeds in implementing it, then that will be a model for the nation.” (source) “What works in one state may not be the answer for another.” (source)
24. You can’t trust Mitt Romney’s position on climate change.
“”I believe that climate change is occurring — the reduction in the size of global ice caps is hard to ignore. I also believe that human activity is a contributing factor.” (source) “These carbon emission limits will provide real and immediate progress.” (source) “My view is that we don’t know what’s causing climate change on this planet. And the idea of spending trillions and trillions of dollars to try to reduce CO2 emissions is not the right course for us.” (source) “Republicans should never abandon pro-growth conservative principles in an effort to embrace the ideas of Al Gore.” (source) “We should not take extreme measures when we are unsure of the human role in global warming.” (source)
25. You can’t trust Mitt Romney’s position on the Iraq War.
In an interview with MSNBC’s Chuck Todd today, Mitt Romney asserts that “of course” invading Iraq was a bad idea now that we know Saddam Hussein had no weapons of mass destruction. (“If we knew at the time of our entry into Iraq that there were no weapons of mass destruction, if somehow we had been given that information, obviously we would not have gone in.”) Four years ago, Romney said just the opposite. (“It was the right decision to go into Iraq. I supported it at the time; I support it now.”) I can’t think of any important substantive facts that have changed between now and then that would lead Romney to alter his opinion. (source)