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Moderate Mitt Makes his Move

I keep asking myself, “How did Mr. Romney get to be a Republican governor of Massachusetts?”

Just to make sure I was working with the right numbers, I went to the web page of William F. Galvin, Secretary of State of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This is the home state of the Kennedy Clan, Tip O’Neill, Michael Dukakis, Paul Tsongas and John Kerry. Sure enough, Registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by about a 3:1 margin. They have in the Commonwealth ever since we’ve had Democrats and Republicans.

So how did those four years as governor go for Mr. Romney? He issued 844 vetoes.

That might mean he didn’t abandon his convictions, but it also definitely means he didn’t exactly persuade the legislative branch to see things his way, either. By the way, Mr. Romney appears to have devoted much thought to the hot-button issue of abortion…

In 2005, Romney revealed a change of view regarding abortion, moving from the “unequivocal” pro-choice position expressed during his 2002 campaign to a pro-life one in opposition to Roe v. Wade. Romney attributed his conversion to an interaction with Harvard University biologist Douglas Melton, an expert on embryonic stem cell biology, although Melton vehemently disputes Romney’s recollection of their conversation. Romney subsequently vetoed a bill on pro-life grounds that expanded access to emergency contraception in hospitals and pharmacies (the legislature overrode the veto).

Wikipedia

Edit: So, Mitt got elected Governor of Massachusetts by convincing the voters he was a moderate Republican.

Politicians who change their views to match their constituents’ do not worry me– it is politicians who ignore their constituents’ views that worry me.

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Fact Check

Dubious Denver Debate Declarations

I caught only the last half of the first presidential debate last night. What I found was that, except for their presentations, both presidential hopefuls pretty much delivered the same message. What was the message?

“As a matter of fact, ‘Facts don’t matter.'”

That’s too bad.

In terms of presentation, Willard, who isn’t (yet) president, looked more presidential than Barack, who is.

My takeaway? The course of the federal government will not be even slightly changed by our choice of president. These two candidates just aren’t different enough.

When facts change

John Maynard Keynes -NY Times/UPI

When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do sir?

– John Maynard Keynes

Republicans are not supposed to agree with Baron Keynes, just as Democrats are not supposed to agree with Allan Greenspan. All the same, Democrat President William Clinton agreed with Greenspan enough to re-appoint him chairman of the Federal Reserve. And Republican candidate Willard Romney agreed with Keynes enough to use his words.

I am personally not a fan of President William Clinton, nor am I a fan of candidate Willard Romney (and it has nothing to do with their first names or party affiliations). But I applaud their willingness to borrow ideas from ideologies that they largely oppose.

In a similar way, I applaud Ben Shalom Bernanke’s borrowing of the Greenspan Put. (I also really like that fellow’s name. “Ben Shalom” means literally, “son of peace.”) On the other hand, over-use of this trading tactic was one likely cause of the housing bubble, and I am not happy at all about sitting in my living room with a metaphorical snorkel.

Of course, reality does not change. It is our perception of the ‘facts’ (not the facts themselves) that change. Our perception of the facts can be influenced by how they are presented to us, so we had better be careful to do some fact-checking on our own, no matter how much we like the source. The best guard against mis-perception of reality I know is to begin with the broadest possible perspective and then ‘zoom in’ on a case-by-case basis as the facts warrant.

Here are a couple of good tools for zooming…

…that you might want to book-mark for this Fall.

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