“For the president of the United States to stand up and say the private sector is doing fine is going to go down in history as an extraordinary miscalculation and misunderstanding by a president who’s out of touch,” the GOP hopeful charged.
“And his answer for economic vitality, by the way, was, of course, pushing aside the private sector, which he said is doing fine,” Romney continued. “Instead, he wants to add more to government. He wants another stimulus. He wants to hire more government workers."
“He says we need more firemen, more policeman, more teachers. Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did! It’s time for us to cut back on government!”
~ Mitt Romney Via Raw Story
One of the biggest weaknesses has been state and local governments, which have laid off 450,000 Americans. These are teachers and cops and firefighters. Congress should pass a bill putting them back to work right now, giving help to the states so that those layoffs are not occurring.
~ Line from an Obama Ad hitting back at Romney
KILMEADE: [Obama] says you want to cut firefighters and teachers, that you don’t understand what’s going on in these communities. What do you say to that, governor?
ROMNEY: 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.
~ Mitt Romney on Fox and Friends stating that certain public jobs receive no federal funds, when in fact they do.
Sounded like an attack on public workers to me. Um...does he know HE'S a public worker? Maybe someone should tell him.
~ comment by catgirl1973 on ABC News
Federal block grants to states were introduced in 1973. They were mostly used for the 3 professions Romney refers to. As Gov of Mass. he filtered that money to municipalities for the very thing he now disparages.
~ comment by WowJones on Huffington Post
It seems like Mitt could have taken time away from his busy schedule to read up on what the federal government spends money on by now.
~ comment by onasphere on Huff Post
I think they have gone stark raving mad! Lets see we have heard how awful American schools are and we are not competing with other nations and yet you have Romney saying we need less teachers. Romney has not a clue. From his past bulling and other things it is clear he skated through school also ! They would pack kids in a class room like sardines and careless ! Pathetic is what they are!!!!
~ comment by Pam52 on MSNBC
Willard's campaign is an on going, avante garde, theater of the absurd. Way, way off Broadway and totally unaware of recording devices.
~ comment by Hoodathunk on Raw Story
I'm sure the Federal Government (or any governmental agency) didn't fund the schools Mitt Romney (or his kids) attended.
Give Mitt a break. He's new at this "being just a regular guy" thing. His team is attempting to gather all of Mitt's (seemingly) contradictory positions, so they can try to come up with a coherent, somewhat believable explanation (at least to the average Fox News viewer).
~ comment by Docmark on Huffington Post
Mitt Romney: We don't need more firefighters! Times are tough, America. If your house is on fire, just move to one of your other ones!— Matt Binder (@MattBinder) June 8, 2012
@LOLGOP Maybe we can change the tax code to allow the rich to adopt a firefighter and then use them as a tax deduction?— @boopumpkins (@boopumpkins) June 12, 2012
Romney's actually campaigning on worse schools, more dangerous streets, and, uh, things burning down. wapo.st/KpetMO— Chris Harris (@ChrisHarrisKS) June 11, 2012
@JoeBiden I guess Mitt Romney only cares about 1%, most American kids have to sit in over populated classrooms with 1 teacher.— Quirky (@SuzeW718) June 11, 2012
Mitt Romney is against police, teachers and firefighter. And he is the candidate for president. What happened to us America? #idiocracy— Dantethecomic (@Dantethecomic) June 13, 2012
@dailykos Well here is hoping they never need a cop or a fireman!!!!— Nancy (@Catcory) June 11, 2012
So...Mitt Romney thinks that teachers, firefighters and police don't help the American people?— Dr. Kwame M. Brown (@drkmbrown) June 8, 2012
So Romney wants to gut Medicare, end PUBLIC schools and give himself millions in tax breaks. Seems legit. washingtonmonthly.com/political-anim…— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) June 12, 2012
Mitt Romney says we need to cut down on police, firefighters, and teachers. An all out war on public employees...unbelievable.— Bill Press (@bpshow) June 11, 2012
If it wasn't for teachers, none of us could lead our lives today. Not even Mitt Romney. But I guess he forgot about the common folk.— Bonnie Imlay (@BEImlay) June 13, 2012
Mitt Romney Wrong By Billions On Federal Spending huff.to/KCxaei— Lipstick Liberal (@LipstickLibShow) June 13, 2012