Romney: Obama 'Reads the Teleprompter Well'

GLENN: All right. So Barack Obama now says he's going to bankrupt the coal industry. His campaign immediately -- I mean, we have the audio of him saying it. The campaign says no, no, no, that's crazy, that's just, that's a phantom argument. That's what he said! In fact, he said his policies will make electricity costs skyrocket. That's what he said. But he's doing it for global warming. But now it's just, you pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. Well, if you look at all the policies and where this economy is headed in the first place, what happens if Barack Obama becomes President of the United States? We welcome back to the program Governor Mitt Romney. How are you, Mitt?

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: I'm terrific, thank you.

GLENN: Good. Boy, we have just -- I mean, it is amazing to me all the things the media has just dropped the ball on. Now we find out over the weekend that Barack Obama is going to put the coal industry out of business.

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: You know, it's not just the coal industry. If you put the coal industry out of business, it, of course, represents about 80% of the electric power we create. How are we going to get the electricity necessary to power these electric cars we're so excited about. And how is our economy going to run if we're not using the resource we have in this country. We've got to have clean coal. We've got to have nuclear, we've got to have offshore drilling and Barack Obama is toeing the line of the extreme left wing environmentalists that will frankly close our economy and make it impossible for America to compete. It's a job-killing program.

GLENN: As a businessman, Mitt, you look at the policies of Barack Obama and you look at those policies. Murdock today came out and said between the coal and the unions and everything else, this is just, his policies are going to destroy the economy.

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: You know, he is out there selling the message of change and everybody wants to get better. So change sounds good. But the problem is in all of my political career and in my business life I've looked at a lot of policies. I've never seen a combination of policies so designed to slow an economy and kill jobs as those that Barack Obama's put forward.

GLENN: So then why would somebody like Warren Buffett, because he keeps playing the Warren Buffett card. Warren Buffett's on my side, Voelker is on my side.

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Well, Warren Buffett is a guy who has enough money to buy the entire planet and Warren Buffett has a lot of friends among the Hollywood folks and I'm sure Warren Buffett is genuine in his support but, you know, I'd love to sit down with Warren Buffett. My guess is I'd be able to convince Warren Buffett. I don't think he's given any thought whatsoever. My guess is Warren Buffett has never even heard of this card check bill that basically says they are going to impose unions through intimidation on small businesses across this country. You are going to kill the engine of new job growth in this country with that proposal and it hasn't even been talked about in this presidential campaign. So some of us who do know what Barack Obama's up to are convinced that, for instance, his position on coal, we just heard about that last night for the first time. I don't think Warren Buffett has heard the whole picture.

GLENN: When you talk about the union thing, I've been looking back historically speaking. In 1937 the Supreme Court allowed the unions to really have a monopoly in businesses and we went into a depression within a depression. This is being compared to that kind of a move, that this will really impact business. Can you explain to the average person that this is not hype, this is something real?

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Well, I actually think this union effort, this card check effort, and basically what it is is that every business in America right now, if the union wants to unionize your business, one of the voters -- or it should be the workers get a chance to vote and to have a secret ballot. The Democrats and Barack Obama want to take away the secret ballot so that people don't get a chance to vote on this. Instead they can go house to house and intimidate people and make them sign a card and if they get half the workers to sign a card, automatically are unionized. Well, now a small business with let's say 20 people, they have now got the Teamsters in there telling them how they have to run their business and they are in a setting where they have got to get labor lawyers telling them what things they can do and they can't do. This will have the most massive impact on America's competitiveness on anything that's happened the last 50 years, and I'm very troubled by it, and it hasn't even been spoken about in his presidential campaign because it's hard to explain.

GLENN: Well, why do you suppose the media is so in bed with Barack Obama to levels that we have never, ever seen before?

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Well, you know, I frankly think that a lot of the media, of course, have their own feelings and their own -- I mean, it's a bias, of course. Some are biased positive, some biased negative. Some Republican, some Democrat. People have a right to express their own view. That's the nature of a free press but, you know, you've got a lot of liberals in the media and so they love Barack Obama. They love what he talks about. But I don't think they have any experience whatsoever, that is I'm talking about liberals in the media, any experience in the job world, in creating jobs. A lot of them, by the way, are seeing their jobs go away and they hope Barack Obama will, you know, change the law. So, you know, you can't take away their jobs.

GLENN: There's a piece of video now on the Drudge Report from Congressman Nadler and he is talking about how Barack Obama did not have the political courage -- now, this is a supporter of Obama.

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Yeah.

GLENN: He didn't have the political courage to leave his church. I mean, I haven't seen any political courage. When our back is up against a wall, you know, internationally speaking with Iran, with Russia, with Venezuela, with these countries that become more and more dangerous the more oil collapses, isn't political courage something that we should see demonstrated in our President before we need it on a global scale?

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: You know, it's one of the things that's most troubling to me is that the Democratic party has selected a nominee who has not been tested. He's an intelligent guy. That you can tell. He speaks well. He reads the TelePrompTer well. But he has not been tested under fire. He's not been tested as a leader. He's not been tested to see if he can work across the aisle. And frankly, you know, he may do just fine if he's elected or he may be a disaster, but we just don't know and that's why in the world that I'm used to, you hire people, you select people based upon the things they've accomplished, not just what they say they are going to accomplish. And it is very frightening to a lot of people that you'd elect as the nominee of the Democratic party somebody who has not yet had the opportunity to actually lead.

GLENN: You know, the problem for a lot of people, Mitt, is they look at this candidate for the Republicans, John McCain, and they say, "Well, okay, he's much better than Barack Obama but I'm still -- but he's still for a massive cap and trade." I mean, you've got Barack Obama. He's going to cripple coal, and John McCain's isn't that bad but it's still a cap and trade program. So they look at it and say, okay, what is the difference here? And I know there are, but, you know, how would you address the cap and trade on the day where everybody's paying attention to coal?

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Well, as you know, there were a number of places in the primary campaign where I disagree with John McCain and his cap and trade proposal is one of them. You know, I would hope to be able to convince him that before you put in place a cap and trade program on the U.S. that there must be participation by countries like China. It does not make sense to me to have any form of unilateral disarmament if you want to negotiate with somebody and you feel it's important to bring down global CO2 emissions, then China has to be part of the picture. And if we go out there and put a burden on our own industry and they don't put a burden on theirs, you'll just kill jobs here. So it's a place where, you know, I would endeavor to convince my own candidate that we can do a better job.

GLENN: There was a story today, and I haven't had a chance to fully read it yet. It was talking about the protectionist policies of the Democrats coming in and how that they are just, they are going to be emboldened and start to enact some of the protectionist policies that they have been chomping at the bit for for the last few years and been really talking about. And quite honestly, Mitt, you know, I haven't read the story in its total yet and I know when I read protectionist policies again, I go back to the Great Depression and say that's one of the big problems that we had. What are the policies that you're seeing coming from this Democratic congress that they are chomping at the bit for that worry you?

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Well, the biggest, of course, is this card check. That worries me enormously. But then you hit on the second one. Protectionism sounds wonderful, which is the idea that we're going to protect our companies, our industry from foreign competition. But the other side of protectionism is that the people we trade with are not entirely stupid. If we say we're not going to let their goods and services in, they won't let our goods and services in. It works both ways. And one out of six jobs in this country is associated with sending goods and services to other countries. Export, in other words. And so you start talking protectionism, we're going to have an enormous job loss on the part of entrepreneurial businesses. Now, yeah, maybe some of the steel companies and auto companies would feel better for a while but not for very long because you put protectionist barriers up, it's going to hurt us and it's going to hurt everybody else.

GLENN: This is probably the last time that I'll get to speak to you for a while and the election is tomorrow. What is the one thing that you feel if people would just hear, they would understand the importance of this election and their vote and which one to vote for.

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Well, the country's going to take a new direction as of Wednesday morning and if we elect Barack Obama, we're going to take a sharp left turn following Europe. And just look at the experience of Europe over the last 30 years. No job growth, high unemployment, anemic overall economic growth. It is the wrong course for America. And a protectionist, government-managed economy is not a successful economy. The American path is the far superior way to go. We're going through a crisis right now. The prime mortgage business which is nutty that it has this big impact that it does but my goodness, let's not walk down the path of Europe. Things there are a lot worse than they are here.

GLENN: All right. Mitt, thank you very much. We'll talk to you again, governor.

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Thanks, Glenn. Good to be with you.

GLENN: You bet. Bye-bye.

Far away fields are always greener.

It is easy to look at someone else's life or another country and wish you were more like them.

Americans can be guilty of this. It could be Bernie Sanders wishing America was politically more like Sweden or other European socialist countries. It could be an American who finds out I'm Irish, been trying to move to America for over 17 years, and thinks, "Oh Jonathon, Ireland is a lovely free country - stay there. America has problems right now. You would not like it here."

Today, I want to take you on a journey and compare our nations' attitudes toward Coronavirus and the policies currently in place for "our protection."

I would also ask you to imagine you were in my shoes. Ask yourself which country you would want to live in.

Role of Government

Before discussing restrictions, it is critical to understand the very different governmental systems within our two countries. America is blessed to have a federalist system where states have considerable control over what happens in their states. DC, in theory, holds very little power.

Ireland is the exact opposite. We are a democracy with a big centralized government. The vast majority of power lies with our Taoiseach (Prime Minister) and his cabinet. Local states have no control, as our restrictions are countrywide.

America
  • America's restrictions vary from state to state. You will find the majority of businesses are open but operating with some restrictions.
  • Churches, malls, retail, gyms, cinemas are mostly all open.
  • Bars and restaurants are open but usually at a reduced capacity.
  • Schools have moved to online learning.
  • No travel limits.
  • Travel between states is allowed, but some states like Alaska require a negative Covid test.
  • Guests are allowed in homes, but some states have a limit (but not enforced).
  • Masks are either advised or mandatory in different states.
  • Social distancing is required.

When researching this article, the most prominent complaints were restrictions on visiting loved ones in hospitals and nursing homes. These restrictions have upset many people because you have a proud history of believing in individual freedoms. The government is not your parent and does not have a right to tell you how to live.

Now let me introduce you to Ireland.

Ireland

Ireland is currently on the highest level of lockdown possible and has been since Christmas Eve. We are officially on lockdown until March 5th, and our lockdown is getting more severe. Our government has already confirmed lockdown will be extended until After Easter.

Ireland has a stay-at-home order in place, and you are to work from home where possible.

  • "Essential" retail is open but with stupid rules. Some of our shops are half-open and half-closed. Imagine a Walmart that is allowed to sell food, but large parts of the clothing section are closed because they are not deemed essential.
  • Non-essential retail is now fully closed. At the start of lockdown, outlets were allowed to offer a click-and-collect service – but that has now been banned.
  • Gyms and cinemas are all closed. Ø Bars and restaurants are closed and unlikely to re-open until mid-summer.
  • Schools have moved to online learning.
  • No guests are allowed in homes or gardens.
  • Masks are mandatory and with fines.
  • Social distancing is required.
  • Churches are allowed to open for private prayer, but the mass is strictly online. This has caused a lot of distress for families. Ireland is a Catholic country. I know many older people who have not received communion since last March. My mother is a funeral director and has witnessed the pain caused to families, as only ten people are allowed to attend a funeral, regardless of the Church's size. Imagine a large family deciding what ten people can attend? How do you choose that? Sadly, the Irish Church is spineless and accepts every rule the government passes.
Additional Tyranny

Very few businesses are open right now, but that is not the end of the restrictions. There are limits on how far you can travel. I am currently off my work because of Coronavirus restrictions. There are two legal reasons I can leave my house: personal exercise/walk the dog and to purchase food/essential items from the store. These activities must be completed within three miles of my house.

My human right to privacy has also been crushed. If I decided to get in my car tomorrow and just drive, I would encounter several police checkpoints where I would have to disclose where I live, where I am going, and the purpose of my trip. If the trip is not essential, I will be told to return home and likely given a fine.

Tyranny North Korea Style!

Most countries have border controls, all with similar intent: control who enters the nation, set how long they can stay, and mandate what they can do.

The one exception to this rule is North Korea. Their intent is not to control who enters. Instead, they seek to ensure no one leaves and defects to the South.

As you can imagine, life in Ireland is not exactly pleasurable with the above restrictions. This is especially the case for people like me who suffer from severe depression and are desperate to escape.

If tomorrow I woke up and decided I want out (which I very much do) and found a country I could enter legally, I AM NOT ALLOWED TO LEAVE.

The Irish government has deemed all international travel is not essential and has placed police at all our ports and our airports. If I attempt to go to the airport, I would be greeted at a police checkpoint outside the airport, told my journey is not essential, and sent home with a fine. Currently, the fine is €500 ($600). New legislation is being discussed in parliament to increase the penalty to €2,000.

The police have new powers for people who get past the checkpoints and continue to travel overseas. When they return to Ireland, they can be sent to jail for a month. They will also have a criminal record – that record would likely disqualify the person traveling to countries like America and Australia.

Irish People

I could talk to you all day long about why America is unique and exceptional. There are so many different reasons. One of the reasons is your people, and I highlight Alexis de Tocqueville's sentiments, who said, "America is great because Americans are good." Americans have this rebellious streak in their soul, and it can be traced all the way back to the Pilgrims on the Mayflower. This great spirit is based on being an independent sovereign individual and wanting to live life to the fullest and not be stopped or controlled by ANY government.

Irish people are good and decent. However, they do not share the same characteristics. They believe and support government control because it is all they have ever known.

If you ask the average Irish person about the current government, he will likely tell you he dislikes one of the parties involved or an individual leader. Yet, ask that same person what he thinks about the restrictions, and he will defend them. I hear some say they believe the government has not done enough.

On the rare occasions that people break restrictions, the most significant backlash will likely come from the community, as they brand those people selfish and irresponsible.

Going Forward

The damage from Covid is going to be around forever. Our actions have caused damage to our mental health and the economy (with businesses closing and jobs lost). This will cause poverty. This is made worse by governments' reckless spending and borrowing of money we simply do not have.

However, I would argue we have a much bigger problem stemming from Covid: social acceptance of governmental control in a "crisis."

When a government is powerful enough to compel someone not to leave their house, define their job as non-essential, or tell someone they can't hug their grandparent, what exactly is off-limits? What control or power is a line government won't cross for the "common good"?

Most importantly, do you think governments worldwide will fix this issue and give back the powers they have taken? Or is it more likely we will just move onto a new crisis – maybe climate change or the Great Reset?

This is why the world needs America. We don't need the American military to intervene and save us.

We NEED America to rediscover why you are an exceptional nation. We NEED you to be the statue of liberty shining out the beacon of light, hope, and freedom for the world where your actions remind all of us what is possible when we unleash the energy and individual genius of mankind. If we work hard to reapply these principles, we can take another 5,000-year leap forward together.

Writers note: The policies listed here are based solely on Ireland. However, you see very similar restrictions in England and throughout Europe.

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