Comments on: The world according to Romney http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/2012/01/20/the-world-according-to-romney/ Fri, 31 Jul 2015 03:37:49 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: WouldChuk http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/2012/01/20/the-world-according-to-romney/#comment-596 Sun, 22 Jan 2012 11:40:49 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/?p=390#comment-596 Romney’s America IS today’s America–he and his pals are strip-mining us of our wealth!!! America’s “wealth” IS being “strip-mined” by the 1%, something all of “us” and OWS seem to sense but don’t really verbalize coherently. So, may I? At 58 years old, I first “saw” outsourcing when my mother’s job (key-punch operator for Prudential Life) was shipped to Korea–circa 1960. Hmmmm, but the company was growing and she wasn’t “dumped” as “we” are today. Today: jobs go away permanently, salaries too (to the BRIC’s) at huge savings (more profits into the pockets of the 1%) then they come back with goods to sell HERE, achieving larger profits (into the pockets of the 1%) and then (as just one example) the IPods, IPads, et al, are “conceived” and maybe some “design” in America, BUTT made WHERE? and then sold HERE!!! It all adds up to an “economic undertow” as vast sink holes swallowing our economy…”US.” There is STILL a whale of a lot of wealth to strip away from “US.” Yes, THIS IS ROMNEY & FRIENDS’ America, they can’t wait to take power (to remove the regulations & spend the money–taxes) and re-create another BOOM-BUST a la 2008. If they win, that is what they will do, and it all will happen fast. If the Democrats win, it all will still happen, just slow. Reality sucks at certain times in history. As a friend said, “This would be a fascinating story except for one thing–we’re living in it.”

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By: txgadfly http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/2012/01/20/the-world-according-to-romney/#comment-595 Sat, 21 Jan 2012 23:23:25 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/?p=390#comment-595 In 1938, Churchill faced Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, and Imperialist Japan.

In 1982, Reagan faced the USSR and the Red Army.

In 2012, Romney faces … no one.

The biggest problem American foreign policy faces is that there is no Enemy State to go toe to toe with. There is just Islam that does not want to kowtow to Zionism.

We have no opposing Army. What we need is the Secret Police to hunt down non-conforming “enemies of the State”. A Gestapo, a STASI to feed our Star Chamber.

And for this reason, pray no Republican wins, unless it is Ron Paul.

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By: Pete_Murphy http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/2012/01/20/the-world-according-to-romney/#comment-594 Sat, 21 Jan 2012 13:58:10 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/?p=390#comment-594 “I believe declaring China a currency manipulator could result in a trade war that would devastate the fragile American economy. Getting tough with China is not as simple as it sounds.”

David, we’re already in a trade war with China, and we’re losing BADLY because we haven’t been willing to even put up a fight. It’s already devastated our economy. The only side that stands to lose anything by restoring a balance of trade is the one who currently enjoys the big trade surplus – China. The one who stands to come out the winner is the one who currently has the huge trade deficit – the U.S. The U.S. was far better off when trade with China was virtually non-existant.

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By: matthewslyman http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/2012/01/20/the-world-according-to-romney/#comment-593 Sat, 21 Jan 2012 08:44:46 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/?p=390#comment-593 …There is some merit to Romney’s apparent position that preparation deters mischief. But preparation doesn’t need to constitute an increase in the full-time head-count of the US Army. That sort of preparation, in my view of history, CREATES war!

Better to promote boy scouting activities, public health (mental and physical), industrial technology etc. Better to be ready to CONVERT to a war-economy in the eventuality of war, rather than run an economy-destroying war-economy during peace-time!

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By: matthewslyman http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/2012/01/20/the-world-according-to-romney/#comment-592 Sat, 21 Jan 2012 08:40:11 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/?p=390#comment-592 > “Williamson said a growing economy and Pentagon procurement reforms will pay for the increase.”

Romney’s advisers sound like Reagan Republicans, and Romney has been recorded talking about Reagan’s economic policies as though history had proven them to be the promised panacea!

Is this just positioning for the Republican nomination contest? If so, they’re being a little too convincing.

What, do they think that the American economy grows due to the mere boost in optimism that inevitably accompanies incoming Republican administrations?

Then why didn’t this work for Reagan (who boosted national debt by more than he did national growth, and who quietly reversed his economic policies before the American economy started enjoying a recovery), Bush I (who was forced by reality into boosting taxes because Reaganomics hadn’t worked), Bush II (whose extreme repetition of the failed policies drove the USA into historic amounts of debt, and furthermore DESTROYED economic growth), or Obama (who has been hamstrung by Boehner into continuing Bush II’s failed policies that the American public evidently wanted to see the end of)?

If it didn’t work for Reagan, Bush I, Bush II or Obama, then why would it work for Romney?

Why are American voters so gullible that we don’t hear loud jeers every time “Reaganomics” is cited?

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By: HerrCIO http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/2012/01/20/the-world-according-to-romney/#comment-590 Fri, 20 Jan 2012 19:27:56 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/?p=390#comment-590 Econstudent: when you make comparisons between the United States and countries such as Norway, Liechtenstein (note the first “t”), Luxembourg, and Qatar, you are grasping at statistical straws: the disparity of populations make such points questionable at best.

American exceptionalism (no hyphen, please) is a valid concept in both the United States and in other parts of the world, and is by no means an argument based on “a world that no longer exists.” The 2012 election is (or would be, if rational conversation were part of the process) a discussion about America’s role in the world going forward.

The United States is, and will remain for the foreseeable future, a dominant economic and military power. The fundamental question we face is the degree to which we choose to interact with the rest of the world, and the manner in which that interaction is expressed.

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By: eleno http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/2012/01/20/the-world-according-to-romney/#comment-589 Fri, 20 Jan 2012 19:13:36 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/?p=390#comment-589 Get some perspective: the entire Norwegian population is the size of a largish American city. Easy to manage things in the small especially when there are massive oil revenues.

Similarly the Danes are a small pretty homogeneous society (though they cleaving to the right because of Arab immigration). Easy to manage.

As far as Japan is concerned, big deal, they are less fat than the US. I guess based on that criterion Ethiopia and Somalia must be the most successful countries.

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By: Econstudent http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/2012/01/20/the-world-according-to-romney/#comment-587 Fri, 20 Jan 2012 15:41:10 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/?p=390#comment-587 Please offer proof of American exceptional-ism in 2012. Where does this (hypothetical) exceptional-sim exists ? GDP per capita ? (no, citizens of Norway and Lichenstein, Luxembourg and Qatar) Happiness (Ask the Danes) ? Highest literacy (ask the Swedes) ? Least obese (ask the Japanese)?

Belief and facts are not the same.

Most troubling of all is Romney’s steadfast belief in a world which no longer exists.

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