I heard Obama’s top campaign guru TWICE directly quote Mitt Romney as saying, “We don’t need more teachers. We don’t need more firefighters.” Here’s one of those:
AXELROD: Governor Romney chose to jump on the word, but what was most interesting is how he reacted to the spirit of the thing, because his statement was we don’t need any more teachers, we don’t need any more firefighters or police. The president is out of touch. Out of touch? We have lost 250,000 teachers in the last 27 — couple of years. Every community in the country is feeling it. It’s bad in the short term for our economy, because those are good middle-class jobs, and it’s bad in the long term for our economy because we’re not going to win and our kids aren’t going to win unless we invest in education.
So I would suggest he’s living on a different planet if he thinks that’s a prescription for a stronger economy.
As soon as Axelrod said that, I knew it was a pure lie from a pure liar. I knew that there was no way Mitt Romney said, “We don’t need any more teachers. We don’t need any more firefighters or police.”
For the record, when Axelrod said “Governor Romney chose to jump on the word,” “the word” he was referring to was Barack Obama’s incredibly stupid and incredibly wrong statement that “the private sector’s doing fine.” And because Barack Obama said an incredibly stupid thing, David Axelrod decided to deceitfully and falsely attribute a bogus remark to Romney so that he could demonize him for the lie that Axelrod fabricated.
Romney said in Iowa that Obama “wants another stimulus, he wants to hire more government workers. He 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.”
Two very different statements. There is a rather huge difference between saying “We can’t afford what Obama has already TWICE tried and which the American people have now clearly flatly rejected” and “We don’t need more teachers.” Romney accurately points out the fact that Barack Obama says we need to do the son of the son of stimulus – yet another massive government spending program that has already twice failed America – and pointed out that Obama justifies expanding government and expanding the (liberal union) government workforce by citing firemen, policemen and teachers. It’s basically that scam that cities use when they have bloated budgets: you never hear them say, “If you don’t pay more taxes we’ll fire all our bureaucrats!” Rather they say we’re keeping every single bureaucrat but we’ll fire all the policemen and firemen and teachers and then you’ll be sorry. And Romney also points out that if you look at Wisconsin, if you look at San Diego, if you look at San Jose – uberliberal places ALL – you will see that the American people are now OVERWHELMINGLY rejecting what Obama is demanding.
In San Jose, fully 70% of the residents voted to cut back pensions that allowed firefighters to retire at the age of 48 with 90% of their salary – which is consistent with California public sector workers. These benefits DWARF what private sector workers have any chance of ever receiving.
Wisconsin “public workers” get on average $14,500 more than their private sector counterparts with similar qualifications; they receive more than twice the health care benefits than their private sector counterparts, and they get 4.5 times more in pension.
It is frankly immoral. If the left actually wanted more policemen, firefighters and teachers THEY WOULD CUT THESE UNSUSTAINABLE BENEFITS AND FREE UP FUNDS TO ALLOW GOVERNMENTS TO HIRE MORE POLICEMEN, TEACHERS AND FIREFIGHTERS.
As it is, take a look at the unfunded liability of California according to the Los Angeles Times:
California’s $500-billion pension time bomb
April 06, 2010|By David Crane
The staggering amount of unfunded debt stands to crowd out funding for many popular programs. Reform will take something sadly lacking in the Legislature: political courage.
The state of California’s real unfunded pension debt clocks in at more than $500 billion, nearly eight times greater than officially reported.
That’s the finding from a study released Monday by Stanford University’s public policy program, confirming a recent report with similar, stunning findings from Northwestern University and the University of Chicago.
Note to anyone who has a functioning brain cell: we’re bankrupt. We don’t have the money. We can’t keep allowing Democrats to give public unions fat contracts in exchange for those public unions giving back the Democrats a kickback in the form of campaign contributions. Our children will starve and die in the burning streets if we keep doing that. And I mean that very literally. The United States of America is going to collapse. And first there will be riots and then we will descend into complete anarchy. And our children will very much starve and die in the burning streets.
America’s actual debt is no trivial $16 billion (it was $10 trillion when Obama took office, with George Bush having grown it by $4 trillion over eight years); it is now way, WAY over $200 TRILLION. And Democrats have saddled us with 99.9 percent of that unpayable debt bomb that is waiting to explode.
I keep trying to warn people. It’s right out of the Bible. There is a spirit of delusion on us that is going to kill us just as it has killed other nations before us. We think we’re fine, that everything is fine, and that we can go on doing what we’ve done before. One day soon we’re going to collapse – and when that collapse comes it’s going to happen with staggering, stunning speed and it’s going to catch nearly all Americans completely off guard. Your money will be virtually worthless literally overnight. And your family is going to suffer horribly in the ensuing chaos.
There’s a line from a song: “You can’t always have what you want.” That idea is completely foreign to liberals, who believe with Obama that he can slash the size of government and massively expand the size of government at the exact same time. But under Obama, people are buying the lie that we can have mutually exclusive things that fundamentally contradict one another. Mitt Romney isn’t saying, “We don’t need any more teachers.” Mitt Romney is saying, “We can’t afford any more Obamanomics.”
I was watching Neil Cavuto’s program, and a liberal was arguing that not only should the public sector and the unions that give 95% of their campaign contributions to Democrats continue to receive these out-of-control and unsustainable benefits, but private sector workers ought to have them too. And instead of cutting public sector employee benefits to be more in line with private sector workers, we should instead force every business in America into bankruptcy by forcing them to pay the kind of insane benefits that we’re paying Obama’s government class of elites. And Cavuto kept repeating versions of “you are completely insane.”
The liberal was basically saying that if you can’t get that square peg to fit into that round hole, you use a bigger government-powered hammer until you force your peg to fit wherever the hell you want it. Government is God, and our God can do anything He wants.
Cavuto kept asking, “Where are you going to get the money?” And that dose of reality simply didn’t matter: because liberals are as immune from reality as you can get. Liberalism is ultimately the incoherent intolerance of reality. They live in their little world of “isms” and talking points.
David Axelrod is a liar without shame. And so is the evil president he is pimping for.