Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Dumb Mitt Romney Quotes So Far

Top 10 Dumbest Mitt Romney Quotes So Far

By Daniel Kurtzman, Guide

1. "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 to a heckler at the Iowa State Fair who suggested that taxes should be raised on corporations as part of balancing the budget (August 2011)
2. "I like being able to fire people who provide services to me." –Mitt Romney, using an unfortunate choice of words while advocating for consumer choice in health insurance plans (January 2012)

3. "I'm not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there." —Mitt Romney (January 2012)

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 is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives." -Mitt Romney, in leaked comments from a fundraiser in May 2012

5. "It's hard to know just how well [the 2012 London Olympics] will turn out. There are a few things that were disconcerting. The stories about the private security firm not having enough people, the supposed strike of the immigration and customs officials, that obviously is not something which is encouraging." –Mitt Romney, insulting Britain on the eve of the Olympics by suggesting the country is not ready, NBC News interview, July 25, 2012

6. 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

7. "I'll take a lot of credit for the fact that this industry's come back." –Mitt Romney, –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"

8. "No one's ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place that we were born and raised." —Mitt Romney, speaking about his Michigan roots during a rally in Commerce, Michigan, Aug. 24, 2012
9. "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.
10. "I believe in an America where millions of Americans believe in an America that's the America millions of Americans believe in. That's the America I love." –Mitt Romney (January 2012)

Bonus Quotes:

"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, in leaked comments from a Florida fundraiser, May 17 2012

"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 in leaked comments from a Florida fundraiser, May 17 2012

"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

"I think the best answer is as little as possible." –Mitt Romney, when asked what he wears to bed at night, interview with ABC's "LIVE! with Kelly and Michael," Sept. 14, 2012

"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, attempting to politicize the killings of American diplomats in Libya by falsely accusing President Obama of apologizing for America and getting the facts of the situation backwards (Sept. 12, 2012)

"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

"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)

"Join me in welcoming the next president of the United States, Paul Ryan." –Mitt Romney, committing a gaffe while introducing his running mate, Norfolk, Va., Aug. 11, 2012

"[My wife] drives a couple of Cadillacs." –Mitt Romney, campaigning for president in Michigan (February 2012)

"I'll tell you what, ten-thousand bucks? $10,000 bet?" –Mitt Romney, attempting to make a wager with Rick Perry during a Republican presidential debate to settle a disagreement about health care (December 2011)

"PETA is not happy that my dog likes fresh air." —Mitt Romney in 2007, responding to criticism from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals following revelations that he had once put the family dog in a carrier and strapped it to the roof of his car during a 12-hour road trip
"I have some friends who are NASCAR team owners." —Mitt Romney, after being asked whether he follows NASCAR racing (February 2012)

"There were a couple of times I wondered whether I was going to get a pink slip" –Mitt Romney, attempting to identify with the problems of average folk (January 2012)

"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.)

"I like those fancy raincoats you bought. Really sprung for the big bucks." —Mitt Romney to a group of NASCAR fans wearing plastic ponchos at the Daytona 500 (February 2012)

"We have a president, who I think is is a nice guy, but he spent too much time at Harvard, perhaps." —Mitt Romney, who has two Harvard degrees (April 5, 2012)

"I love this state. The trees are the right height." —Mitt Romney, campaigning in Michigan (February 2012)

"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)

"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)
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

"Who let the dogs out? Who, who." –Mitt Romney, during an awkward photo op with a group of African Americans kids at a Martin Luther King Day parade (January 2008)

"I'm Wolf Blitzer and yes, that's my real name." —CNN's Wolf Blitzer at the beginning of a November 2011 Republican presidential debate

"I'm Mitt Romney—and yes Wolf, that's also my first name." —Mitt Romney, getting his own name wrong (his first name is "Willard," and his middle name is "Mitt")

"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)


Anonymous said...

There are many people working two jobs, minimum wage jobs; there are people who are working multiple part-time jobs. But these are the people that most politicians don't care about. Why? Because they are not the big donors to political campaigns. Then there are the people who make a decent living and find that on April15th they owe taxes and pay them. Most politicians don't really care about them either because even if they do donate to the campaigns they don't donate huge amounts.
Then there are the people who make incredible incomes -- the CEOs, CFOs, etc. and they have the best tax attorneys and tax accountants to find every tax loop hole and tax haven to avoid paying taxes, to keep their taxes at a minimum. And the politicians love them because they can donate huge sums of money and hold private fundraising parties and create Super-Paks.

The system is totally designed to help those with the most keep more and more and everyone else to have less and less.

America is drifting to a two-class society: rich and poor.

And who is to blame? Ourselves. We continue to elect politicians who do not serve the best interests of ALL Americans but who only serve those with the most. Why? Because we seem to buy the lies of the politicians without even thinking about it. Because we listen to "news" programs and talk-show programs that are propaganda machines.

It's our own fault.

Anonymous said...

I think the most demeaning comment made by Mr. Romney in the recently disclosed fund raiser with his billionaire friends was his opinion of the 47% who he will "never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives. " WOW! What a completely insulting remark to the single mom struggling with two jobs to make ends meet or the disabled veteran who served his country. Wonder how many of those 47% are actually billionaires? Mitt, we'll never know about you since you so guard your tax returns!

Anonymous said...

"Our country is in a huge debt of 16 trillion."
Let's examine where the debt came from. I know you Republicans do not like facts but here goes.

97–98 1981–1985 32.5% 43.8% +823 +11.3% Reagan
99–100 1985–1989 43.8% 53.1% +1,050 +9.3% Reagan
101–102 1989–1993 53.1% 66.1% +1,483 +13.0% GHWB
103–104 1993–1997 66.1% 65.4% +1,018 -0.7% Clinton
105–106 1997–2001 65.4% 56.4% +401 -9.0% Clinton
107–108 2001–2005 56.4% 63.5% +2,135 +7.1% GWB
109–110 2005–2009 63.5% 84.2% +4,521 +20.7% GWB
111–112 2009–2011 84.2% 99.6% +4,334 +15.4% Obama

Let us add up the increases during Republican tenures = $10,012,000,000
Let us do the same thing during Democratic tenures = $5,753,000,000

As you can see there has been a DRAMATICALLY greater increase in the deficit under Republican administration than Democratic administrations. You wanted to go back to the 80's that is where the deficit problem started.

Now look at the deficit that the Republicans are attributing to President Obama.
These are the credit card charges run up by GWB that President Obama is paying off with his deficit.

Iraq War and Afghanistan Wars $1,469 b;
TARP bailout balance 2008-2010 $319 b;
Rrecession revenue losses due to failed Bush policies $773 b;
Medicare Part D mandated but unfunded $211 b;
Medicare Drug Program $190 b;
Lost revenues from Bush tax cuts to wealthy & corporations $1,812 b
Sorry to burst your bubble,
The Republicans are wrong to blame President Obama for this one. He was handed the bill after Bush charged billions to a future credit card payment...

Marianne said...

Obama is smarter. First, he did cause change in our society. First, he brought out a racial and political tension that still simmers amongst many groups of people. Second, he kept quiet while people down graded his birth, education, race, and religion, that made him a disqualified American. Then he out witted the Lilliy'est (historical context correct) SUPPOSEDLY best businessmen in America. He quietly brought Mr. Romney to his knees. He is just a better Politician, and businessman himself. All the while he did not compromise his belief to help those who are in compromised positions. Yes, we are in major debt. Yes, our economic system will collapse. Do not charge him with this. He was learning the very system in college that is failing us now. He is trumping everyone. Anyone wants change, but this is a hard lesson. Things you want always don't come on your terms. Source: History, Justice, Morality, "We the People", Past human suffering of the less thans', discourse. Our constitution only meant equal for Anglo folks. This is a cycle in history where power is shifting to those who want a better future. FROM THE GROUND UP. Any scholar would know this.

Anonymous said...

If the Republicans can call this as 'MORE' than a bump in the road - what do they call 9-11-01? The last time they were in office? What do they call the economy Bush handed off? A minor 'bump' in the road? Everything, EVERYTHING they say is backwards, and everything they touch has to be fixed - in exactly the opposite direction. You can't attract bee's with vinegar - you can attract them with honey. And we need bee's. Because without the bee's, in this case people of differing religions and viewpoints, without them ~ AMERICA becomes a FRAUD.....not the land of the FREE - not the land of the liberators - not the land espousing freedom - JUST A FRAUD. Unable to follow it's own badge of honor.

Brandon J said...

Just think, if "The 47%" would only buy horses, they could write off more on their taxes than they make in a year! Heck, with all that write-off, they could afford to pay their income tax! Problem solved. Just like all those kids who can't afford a college education. What idiots, that they didn't think to ask their parents to lend them the money.

At these of all times, America doesn't need Mitt "Louis XIV" and Ann "Marie Antoinette" as its president and first lady.This absurd premise that when we hit hard times it shouldn't be the rich who pay a little bit more, it should be the poor, always reminds me of the Lily Tomlin character pondering the untapped consumer market for Nabisco of starving people in Africa: "These countries have millions of people who don't know where their next meal is coming from but the idea of eating BETWEEN meals has never even occurred to them."

In another thread about this topic a woman argued, "What's the problem of requiring everyone to have some skin in the game?" It's the sort of insipid comment that sounds reasonable if you accept the premise that this is not at the moment so. Do they think it fashionable to pretend ignorance of what it means to live your whole life working paycheck to paycheck, just trying to stay ahead of your bills? "Skin in the game"?! Getting laid off, foreclosed on, having nothing to help your children make the most of their potential and keep from sliding into poverty, is being in the game right down to the bone.

It is the Romneys and their supporters who don't have "skin in the game," sitting on high in their luxury boxes and dining on strawberries and Champagne while they watch the hoi polloi sweating and grunting trying to move the ball a yard or two down the field and casting aspersions upon one's class.

Earlier today there was a clip of Mrs. Romney snapping that Republicans should stop criticizing the tone deafness of the Romneys. "Stop it!" She snaps. "This is hard!" She says, speaking about traveling the country on jet planes and riding in escorted motorcades and being the guests of honor at $50,000 a plate dinners while trying to fleece the 52% you think you have a shot at but are not in "the 1%" of casting their vote on a new round of "voodoo economics."

It might be lovely to devote our entire existence to suitably endowing one's hooves with class, Mrs. Romney, as we taxpayers are forced to subsidize your horse in doing, but as far as most of us are concerned, prissy prancing and posturing just to win something isn't classy at all. There's more class in fighting for Americans' access to basic civil rights, basic health care, basic educational and economic opportunity, than in withholding them, Mrs. Romney. There's more class in the middle than at the top. And there is no class in suggesting that you and your husband are more American, or better understand what it means to be American, or have more class than do President and Mrs. Obama and their supporters.