What would Romney do?

In raising the question why both campaigns are ignoring Romney’s record as governor of Massachusetts, Ezra Klein (a liberal) goes on to show how that record might not matter too much.  In doing so, he gives a succinct account of what both Romney and Congressional Republicans are planning to do should the election go their way:

In Massachusetts, Romney governed a blue electorate, and negotiated with a Democratic legislature. If he wins the presidency this fall, he will almost certainly be negotiating with a Republican House and Senate, which would be swept into office along with him.

We don’t have to pore over every decision Romney made in Massachusetts to discern what he would do in Washington if elected. Romney and the Republicans in Congress have explained exactly what they intend to accomplish — and their plans are remarkably in sync.

The budget prepared by Paul Ryan, the House Budget Committee chairman, and the Romney campaign’s general-election platform look quite similar. Both would cut taxes while flattening the tax code. Their Medicare-reform plans look similar; Ryan even modified his original draft to make it look more like Romney’s, which allows seniors to choose between traditional fee-for-service Medicare and private options. Their plans to increase defense spending are alike, as are their plans to cut domestic spending and to turn Medicaid, food stamps and other safety-net programs over to the states.

Because it’s difficult to imagine a scenario in which Romney is elected and Republicans don’t hold the House and win control of the Senate, Republicans wouldn’t be stymied by Democratic opposition. They would have the votes to pass their agenda. True, they won’t get a filibuster-proof majority of 60 in the upper chamber, but Ryan’s budget is, well, a budget, which means it could be passed through the budget reconciliation process — and couldn’t be filibustered. To enact a radical change of direction, Republicans need only a simple majority of votes.

via Why neither Obama nor Romney wants to talk about Romney’s record – The Washington Post.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Susan

    Dr. Veith,

    I don’t know your email address so I can’t send you this link privately. I hope it’s okay to place it here in the comments. Mollie Hemingway at Ricochet has linked to a disturbing article about D.C. culture. It’s scary how out of touch they are with the rest of the nation. Please check out this link – the depth and breadth of the problem is scary.

    http://ricochet.com/main-feed/The-District-of-300-Hour-Consulting

  • Susan

    Dr. Veith,

    I don’t know your email address so I can’t send you this link privately. I hope it’s okay to place it here in the comments. Mollie Hemingway at Ricochet has linked to a disturbing article about D.C. culture. It’s scary how out of touch they are with the rest of the nation. Please check out this link – the depth and breadth of the problem is scary.

    http://ricochet.com/main-feed/The-District-of-300-Hour-Consulting

  • Helen K

    Susan, interesting story and comments on this link. I am tempted to “share” on Facebook but wonder if that’s a good idea. Somebody else may have already done it. And thanks for the link. Discouraging, is it not?

  • Helen K

    Susan, interesting story and comments on this link. I am tempted to “share” on Facebook but wonder if that’s a good idea. Somebody else may have already done it. And thanks for the link. Discouraging, is it not?

  • Jon

    http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2012/05/is-the-constitution-mormon.html

    Not to hijack, but I wouldn’t mind reading reasonable feedback on the above Romney story from the regulars here, particularly from Bror or anyone else familiar with LDS.

  • Jon

    http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2012/05/is-the-constitution-mormon.html

    Not to hijack, but I wouldn’t mind reading reasonable feedback on the above Romney story from the regulars here, particularly from Bror or anyone else familiar with LDS.

  • Susan

    @Helen,

    Mollie’s link at Ricochet sure seems like a good article to share even though it’s discouraging. It sure gave me a different and probably better perspective on D.C. culture and why our nation’s federal government is such a mess. Suppose we could sell D.C. for the trillions of dollars of dollars it’s put us into debt? We could break even and start over? LOL ;)

  • Susan

    @Helen,

    Mollie’s link at Ricochet sure seems like a good article to share even though it’s discouraging. It sure gave me a different and probably better perspective on D.C. culture and why our nation’s federal government is such a mess. Suppose we could sell D.C. for the trillions of dollars of dollars it’s put us into debt? We could break even and start over? LOL ;)

  • DonS

    Susan’s link puts things in perspective. Both parties are invested in big government, and big businesses, big unions, and big “non-profit” advocacy groups know that they have to pay to play. For some silly reason, we seem to think that we can regulate the money out of politics, but it cannot be done. The more rules you make, the more loopholes you create. The money will still find its way into politicians’ and bureaucrats’ pockets, $300 an hour lobbyists will still have their influence, and the regular people will lose.

    The only way to stop this sort of thing is to take the spending programs and tax money away from Washington. To get over the idea that another program will solve each new or perceived problem that comes along. When will we as voters recognize this?

    The plans Ryan and Romney are putting forth, especially those which devolve federal programs to the states, with appropriate reductions in federal administrative bureaucracies and funding, so that benefits remain roughly the same, are decent starts. I hope that Klein is right that Republicans will at least accomplish this. I have my doubts, though. The media will pummel them for even this modest step, anecdotally reporting each “sufferer” because of their meanness, and they will back down, preferring instead to continue to pile up debts on our kids.

  • DonS

    Susan’s link puts things in perspective. Both parties are invested in big government, and big businesses, big unions, and big “non-profit” advocacy groups know that they have to pay to play. For some silly reason, we seem to think that we can regulate the money out of politics, but it cannot be done. The more rules you make, the more loopholes you create. The money will still find its way into politicians’ and bureaucrats’ pockets, $300 an hour lobbyists will still have their influence, and the regular people will lose.

    The only way to stop this sort of thing is to take the spending programs and tax money away from Washington. To get over the idea that another program will solve each new or perceived problem that comes along. When will we as voters recognize this?

    The plans Ryan and Romney are putting forth, especially those which devolve federal programs to the states, with appropriate reductions in federal administrative bureaucracies and funding, so that benefits remain roughly the same, are decent starts. I hope that Klein is right that Republicans will at least accomplish this. I have my doubts, though. The media will pummel them for even this modest step, anecdotally reporting each “sufferer” because of their meanness, and they will back down, preferring instead to continue to pile up debts on our kids.

  • Bryan Lindemood

    Jon @ 3 Hopefully Bror will respond as well, but my response as one who has lived in SLC for some time now is that I really pray that Romney doesn’t believe that garbage. But it is likely that on some level he does, because the view that the US Constitution was Divinely inspired is commonly held by most of my Mormon friends. Another reason I hope Romney doesn’t win is so that non-LDS folks in Utah won’t have to listen to that level of Mormon triumphalism in the local news for the next 4 to 8 years – its hard enough to watch as is. LDS “Theology” is sickenly nationalistic. Its sad that its swallowed by so many who simply don’t know there is a better and more faithful way to think about how God is at work through both Church and State, in such different yet complimentary ways.

  • Bryan Lindemood

    Jon @ 3 Hopefully Bror will respond as well, but my response as one who has lived in SLC for some time now is that I really pray that Romney doesn’t believe that garbage. But it is likely that on some level he does, because the view that the US Constitution was Divinely inspired is commonly held by most of my Mormon friends. Another reason I hope Romney doesn’t win is so that non-LDS folks in Utah won’t have to listen to that level of Mormon triumphalism in the local news for the next 4 to 8 years – its hard enough to watch as is. LDS “Theology” is sickenly nationalistic. Its sad that its swallowed by so many who simply don’t know there is a better and more faithful way to think about how God is at work through both Church and State, in such different yet complimentary ways.

  • Grace

    Jon @ 3

    You aren’t “hijacking” the thread, far from it. Very few know what’s involved, they don’t want to know.

    Bryan @ 6

    “Hopefully Bror will respond as well, but my response as one who has lived in SLC for some time now is that I really pray that Romney doesn’t believe that garbage.”

    I don’t believe for one moment that he doesn’t believe it.

    The vast majority of people in this country know very little to nothing, about their core beliefs.

  • Grace

    Jon @ 3

    You aren’t “hijacking” the thread, far from it. Very few know what’s involved, they don’t want to know.

    Bryan @ 6

    “Hopefully Bror will respond as well, but my response as one who has lived in SLC for some time now is that I really pray that Romney doesn’t believe that garbage.”

    I don’t believe for one moment that he doesn’t believe it.

    The vast majority of people in this country know very little to nothing, about their core beliefs.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    This thread went anywhere but where Veith intended it to go, but oh well. But thanks for reminding me about Congress, Dr. Veith.

    If, indeed, the Republicans are likely to win both houses, then there’s no way I could bring myself to vote for Romney. I remember the last time the Republicans (or, really, any one party) held both the White House and Congress. I do not wish to encourage such times again.

    Better a Democrat in the White House and Republicans in charge of Congress (think: Clinton) than a redux of 2003-2007.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    This thread went anywhere but where Veith intended it to go, but oh well. But thanks for reminding me about Congress, Dr. Veith.

    If, indeed, the Republicans are likely to win both houses, then there’s no way I could bring myself to vote for Romney. I remember the last time the Republicans (or, really, any one party) held both the White House and Congress. I do not wish to encourage such times again.

    Better a Democrat in the White House and Republicans in charge of Congress (think: Clinton) than a redux of 2003-2007.