Same old story…same old song and dance?
So now that Mr. Romney has the Republican nomination wrapped up, it is time to move on to the big dance and square off between the repubs and demos. I was reading an article written last month about Romney and his advisers and I couldn’t help but wonder if this is the same old song and dance that we had with the Bush administration. It is actually kind of frightening how many people Romney has “advising” him that Bush had “advising” him. Oh, don’t get me wrong, Romney is claiming he is distancing himself from Bush, but the people he is working with don’t back that up.
First, something near and dear to my heart (okay, maybe that is dripping with sarcasm): No Child Left Behind. Just ask any teacher what they think about this law. Basically, teachers teach to a standardized test that directly impacts the funding for schools. So, if a school is not passing this test, they will, ultimately, get money taken away from them. I will save my arguments against that law for another day, but it truly has hurt the education system in America. Romney, while claiming he is opposed to this law has Margaret Spellings as an education adviser. From the Reuters article:
Romney’s education advisers include Margaret Spellings, who was secretary of education under Bush and a chief advocate for No Child Left Behind.
That is only the beginning. His campaign has Bush written all over it. Possibly the most frightening “adviser” is Glenn Hubbard, Bush’s economic adviser. He is the architect of the Bush Era Tax Cuts. Hubbard is Dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Business and was Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of the Treasury from 1991 to 1993, and chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors from 2001 to 2003. Charles Ferguson interviews Hubbard in his Oscar-winning documentary “Inside Job” and you can see how uncomfortable he gets when asked about being in a conflict of interest…
If you haven’t watched Inside Job, I highly recommend it (it is on Netflix). Ferguson exposes the economic meltdown and breaks down how the derivatives market works and how dangerous it is.
Back to Romney, 16 of his 24 special advisers in national security and foreign policy are former Bush advisers. That is 2/3 of them. It just seems that Mr. Romney is another puppet of the Movement Conservatives. I guess if you are comfortable with the Bush people, then this is a great thing. If you are not, which seems to fit most people, then this should be frightening. When Bush left office his approval rating was 22%. Sorry folks, this is the same old story, same old song and dance (sorry for ruining your song Aerosmith)!