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The Good Son-in-law and LMFAO

March 4, 2010

There are good things to be said about Mitt Romney. For instance, the thought that pops up in the French Cowboy’s mind the most frequently about Romney is that he is the good-son-in-law type. He’s clean and smart and always willing to please in an old-fashioned way. Good for him. It’s arguably presidential material, even if not necessarily inspiring. But the other thought about Romney that I have a lot has been spelled out by Monsieur Continetti lately:

With Romney, though, the problem always has been that his message changes depending on the political circumstances.

Man, was I glad to read this coming from a reliable source. Because, believe it or not, the French Cowboy has had that thought ever since the primary of the 2008 presidential race but has never – never! I’m telling you – heard it or read it made explicit. I was beginning to doubt my instincts! Oh well, not quite. But it might have ended there!

Now, whether you agree with me (and Monsieur Continetti!) on this or not, there is something else not likeable about Romney. It’s RomneyCare, the health care system Romney has established in Massachusetts when he was the governor:

[RomneyCare]’s exploding the budget: Our “universal” health insurance scheme is already $47 million over budget for 2010. Romneycare will cost taxpayers more than $900 million next year alone.

It’s killing us on costs: Average Massachusetts premiums are the highest in the nation and rising. We also spend 27 percent more on health care services, per capita, than the national average. Those costs, contrary to what we were promised, have been going up faster here than nearly everywhere else.

It’s creating bizarre marketplace mutations: In Massachusetts, ObamaCare 1.0 is such a mess our governor is talking about imposing draconian price controls. He’s even suggested going to “capitation,” a system where doctors get a fixed amount of money per patient – and then that’s it. Which means it would become in your doctor’s financial interest never to see you again.

All this damage to the taxpayers, the insured and the responsible business owners . . . and for what?

The percentage of uninsured Bay State residents has gone from around 6 percent to around 3 percent.

Asked about RomneyCare, I’ve heard Romney answer that he addresses health care in his book and that in it he doesn’t shy away from explaining his views on RomneyCare and his thoughts on national health care. The implication was that we need not worry because what’s (arguably) good for Massachusetts need not be good for the rest of the nation. (Or was it that what’s not working in Massachusetts might work on a national level?) But the French Cowboy isn’t so sure whom to believe anymore after he noted the discrepancy of these two accounts of the same incident:

So, yeah, the French Cowboy is no fan of Mitt Romney. Voilà, it’s out. But my other secret is even worse: I actually don’t particularly like Scott Brown either! Although, admittedly, that is for entirely subjective reasons. And before I get inundated with hate-mail, let me add that, of course, I’m glad he got elected. That saved us from ObamaCare! (For now.)

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