Mitt Romney’s speech in New Hampshire
Mitt Romney seems to belong to the “create your own reality” crowd that hung around with G. W. Bush and Karl Rove a few years ago. At least that’s what it sounded like when Romney sprinkled every phrase with words that seemed to be directly from a “talking points memo” written by Frank Luntz.
Does Romney think everyone will just believe what he says no matter what he says? Guess so, because he made up a lot of stuff about President Obama that was laughable and totally bizarre. Romney makes up things like accusing President Obama of being envious of who, the 1%? That must be some kind of talking point that scored well in focus groups. Romney kept using words like “envious” and “resentment” peppered in his speech in New Hampshire.
Hopefully most people will realize that Romney is playing word games.
Romney on Defense
Romney must think the U.S. spends very little on weapons because he kept saying how he wanted to make sure we had overwhelming military power. He should probably check out the SIPRI Yearbook 2011 on worldwide military expenditures which states the U.S. in 2010 spent $698 billion dollars which was 43% of the entire world’s expenditure on the military. The only country that was a far second place in military spending was China which spent $119 billion dollars in 2010. This is roughtly six times less than what the U.S. spent on its military.
I guess Mitt Romney heard that claiming the U.S. needs to spend more on defense would rile up his base. Never mind that we are already spending a ridiculous unnecessary amount on defense compared with the rest of the world. After China, the country placing third on military expenditures in 2010 was our ally, the United Kingdom, with a mere $59.6 billion spent on defense.
President Obama maintained high levels of U.S. defense spending from 2009 to the present, yet to listen to Romney you would think we suddenly stopped spending anything on defense.
The word games and talking point duels have begun for the hearts and minds of the American people. Let’s hope the people’s minds can withstand the onslaught from now until the 2012 election.