Mitt Romney thinks it’s ‘absurd’ to tell the truth about his job-killing policies

The fact is, Mitt Romney is the absurdity.

Daily Kos

Here’s Mitt Romney’s explanation for why he’s not out of touch for having mocked President Obama’s plan to help state and local governments hire more firefighters, police officers and teachers:

Well, that’s a very strange accusation. Of course teachers and firemen and policemen are hired at the local level and also by states. The federal government doesn’t pay for teachers, firefighters, or policemen. So obviously that’s completely absurd.

But as HuffPost’s Michael McAuliff  writes, the federal government actually does exactly what Romney says it does not: It provides billions to fund the hiring of the firefighters, cops and teachers that Romney wants to see laid off.

Specifically:

  1. Roughly $1 out of every $9 spent on public schools comes from the federal government—that’s a lot of teachers.
  2. More than one hundred thousand cops have been hired thanks to federal funding.
  3. In the past two fiscal years, Congress has spent more than $600 million each year on fighting fires. (And Republicans love that money: You may recall Rick Perry beggedPresident Obama for fire fighting aid last year after cutting the Texas fire fighting budget.)

The only absurd thing here is that Mitt Romney thinks it’s a good idea to keep on letting good public servants lose their jobs.

4 comments

  1. And this is the man who claims to be prepared to run our country, He should enter grade school and try again in another eight years or so.
    Ted

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  2. Well, in fairness, how is he supposed to know this? I mean, it’s not like he was a governor or anything … oh, wait …

    Actually, I think this is Federalist crap. He’s pretending that there is no federal involvement in local issues, and that the country would even work well if every community had to fund its police and fire services solely on local money. It plays well with Ron Paulites and other clueless people.

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