Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Romney takes credit for auto industry survival

Do you wonder how dumb Mitt Romney thinks American voters are? Well, here he is taking credit for saving the U.S. auto industry:
Campaigning in the backyard of America's auto industry, Mitt Romney re-ignited the bailout debate by suggesting he deserves "a lot of credit" for the recent successes of the nation's largest car companies.

That claims comes in spite of his stance that Detroit should have been allowed to go bankrupt.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee told a Cleveland television station on Monday that President Barack Obama followed his lead when he ushered auto companies through a managed bankruptcy soon after taking office.

"I pushed the idea of a managed bankruptcy, and finally when that was done, and help was given, the companies got back on their feet," Romney said in an interview inside a Cleveland-area auto parts maker. "So, I'll take a lot of credit for the fact that this industry has come back."

Crazy, isn't it? Of course, Mitt Romney opposed Barack Obama's efforts, during the depths of the Bush economic collapse, to revive the American auto industry. But now he wants to take credit for such a huge success.

As Joe Biden has repeatedly said, "Bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive," both thanks to Barack Obama. What's next, Romney taking credit for the death of Osama bin Laden?

Note that this isn't ancient history, either. Does he think we won't remember what he really said? Or does he just think, with all his big-money backers, that enough advertising will get people to believe anything?

Well, Republicans have seen that repeatedly work on Fox 'News,' I suppose.


Jim Harris said...

No, Republicans will believe anything. Remember how we used to make fun of the Russians and Chinese for rewriting history, well the Republicans are A+ students at that subject.

WCG said...

Yes, I think that's absolutely true, Jim. And you know, the Republican Party shares another characteristic with those old Communist regimes.

To quote Noam Chomsky: "The Republican party now has its catechism of things you have to repeat in lockstep, kind of like the old Communist party. One of them is denying climate change."

It's true. Republicans have this dogma and they will not abide heretics to any extent. All must chant the same mantra or be branded as traitors to the cause.

It really is very similar to the old Soviet Union.

Jim Harris said...

You should write an article about that for The Atlantic or Harpers. Or create a chart of two column comparing the two. The republicans also like thought speak (Freedom Fries, and things like that).

WCG said...

Oh, god! Freedom Fries? Don't get me started!

That has to be the dumbest thing we've seen in the past decade. It was certainly not the most harmful, but of all the idiotic things during the Bush years, that stands out for sheer boneheaded stupidity - not least because it was aimed at our oldest ally.

I don't think that anything has embarrassed me more as an American - not even invading an innocent country, not even torturing prisoners of war - as "Freedom Fries," just because of how stupid it was.