“What President Obama is, is a big-spending liberal. And he takes his political inspiration from Europe, and from the socialist-democrats in Europe. Guess what? Europe isn't working in Europe. It's not going to work here. I believe in America. I believe in the opportunity and the freedom that is American opportunity and freedom. I believe in free enterprise and capitalism.”
He sought to undercut the prime mantra of the political party rivaling that which he now leads, challenging the Democrats’ argument that they are the guardians of fairness.
“We will stop the unfairness of urban children being denied access to the good schools of their choice,” he said, alluding to his support for charter schools.
“We will stop the unfairness of politicians giving taxpayer money to their friends’ businesses,” Romney said, smoothly delivering a more pointed shot he usually takes at Obama’s support for Solyndra, a failed renewable energy company.
“This president is putting us on a path where our lives will be ruled by bureaucrats and boards, commissions, and czars. He’s asking us to accept that Washington knows best – and can provide all,” said Romney. “Those who promise to spread the wealth around only ever succeed in spreading poverty.”
Romney said with his vision, “because there are so many enterprises that are succeeding, the competition for hard-working, educated and skilled employees is intense, and so wages and salaries rise.”
Parental choice will hold schools responsible for results, but parents can only exercise that choice effectively if they have good information. No Child Left Behind helped our nation take a giant step forward in bridging this information gap. But the law is not without its weaknesses. As president, I will break the political logjam that has prevented successful reform of the law. I will reduce federal micromanagement while redoubling efforts to ensure that schools are held responsible for results.
We will take bold steps to ensure our system welcomes and rewards the best teachers. As president, I will make it my goal to ensure that every classroom has a quality teacher.
Finally, since we live in a twenty-first century economy that increasingly demands a college education, efforts at improvement can’t stop at high school’s end. Students must have access to a wide variety of options that will give them the skills they need for successful careers. We must stop fueling skyrocketing tuition prices that put higher education out of reach for some and leave others with crushing debt.
In this country, we believe every child has something to contribute. No matter what circumstances they were born into, every child has a dream about where they can go or what they can become. Whether that dream is to invent something, start something, build something, or create something, it all starts with the basic skills and confidence that only a good education can provide.
As President, I will give the parents of every low-income and special needs student the chance to choose where their child goes to school. For the first time in history, federal education funds will be linked to a student, so that parents can send their child to any public or charter school, or to a private school, where permitted. And I will make that choice meaningful by ensuring there are sufficient options to exercise it.
"There are similarities and some differences. I like some of the similarities. I dislike most of the differences between my plan and their plan. The similarities are we have an incentive for people to become insured and the incentive works. We have 98% of our citizens in Massachusetts that are insured... Another similarity it, you can't be denied coverage-insurance coverage- if you have a preexisting condition or if you change jobs... We also put a place an exchange, which allows individuals to purchase insurance at very low rates because you have the entire state as a pool of citizens... and as a result the rates are much lower than they otherwise would be. The differences: one is our plan was a state plan. I believe in federalism. I believe the tenth amendment gives to the states the right to create their own health insurance program, rather than have the federal government intrude on the rights of the states. That's number one. Number two, ours didn't raise taxes. The President's does raise taxes by about a 1/2 trillion dollars. Number three, we didn't cut Medicare. He cuts Medicare by a 1/2 trillion dollars... and the price control's he puts in place. The government pricing insurance, in my book, is a recipe for difficulty and will end up encouraging the government to get in the insurance business and I think that's a mistake."
MATT LAUER: When you said that we already have a leader who divides us with the bitter politics of envy, I'm curious about the word envy. Did you suggest that anyone who questions the policies and practices of Wall Street and financial institutions, anyone who has questions about the distribution of wealth and power in this country, is envious? Is it about jealousy, or fairness?
ROMNEY: You know, I think it’s about envy. I think it's about class warfare. When you have a president encouraging the idea of dividing America based on 99 percent versus one percent, and those people who have been most successful will be in the one percent, you have opened up a wave of approach in this country which is entirely inconsistent with the concept of one nation under God. The American people, I believe in the final analysis, will reject it.
Is he a socialist?” O’Reilly’s question was aimed at the establishment GOP’s presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
“Uh, you know,” stammered Romney, “I consider him a big-government liberal Democrat. I think as you look at his policies, you conclude that he thinks Europe got it right and we got it wrong. I think Europe got it wrong. I think Europe is not working in Europe. And I’ll battle him on that day in and day out. But I’m probably not going to be calling him names so much as calling him a failure.”
Speaking today to a small group of Israeli contributors to his campaign, the GOP presidential candidate...had kind words for the success of Israel’s healthcare system. "When our health care costs are completely out of control. Do you realize what health care spending is as a percentage of the GDP in Israel? 8 percent. You spend 8 percent of GDP on health care. And you’re a pretty healthy nation”
“President Obama’s new healthcare law imposes higher taxes, cuts Medicare, contains insurance price controls and expands the size of our federal government. It is unhealthy for America. That is why it is critical that we elect fiscally-responsible conservative leaders who will work to repeal the worst aspects of Obamacare, restore commonsense principles to healthcare, and focus on getting our economy back on track,” said Romney.