I didn’t set out to write a blog a day, but I watch the news shows at night, and find myself taking notes for things I hear and see. Mitt Romney is really trying to blame Obama for all of his own missteps, in an effort to get back voters, especially women voters.
Romney holds two degrees from Harvard, but he is accusing Obama of spending too much time at Harvard.
Romney says he is not going to talk about his long-range plans for America when he is elected, and then accuses Obama of being too secretive about his long-range plans for America.
Romney is trying to turn the “war on women” against Obama. Day One of his campaign against Obama, during a conference call, Sam Stein of Huffington asked if Romney will support the Lily Ledbetter Act. There was a very loud silence, and then Romney responded “we’ll get back to you on that”.
The Lily Ledbetter Act was one of the first pieces of legislation that Obama signed into law, and was intended to make sure women were getting equal pay for equal work. When Lily Ledbetter responded to this, she said she was very discouraged, and that because of the unfairness of pay in days past, her social security was not really large enough to live as she had been while working. I can certainly identify with that. While my social security pays well enough for me, it is because I live in public housing and have Medicare and Medicaid to pay my health bills.
Then when Romney finally responded, he simply said that he wouldn’t repeal it, and pulled out two GOP women legislators to back him up. Problem is, both of the women voted against the Lily Ledbetter Act.
At the present time, Romney’s popularity with women (39%) is lower than McCain’s (43%) was even after he got Sarah Palin on his ticket.
Other things: Michigan has turned in a 60,000 signature petition to recall its Republican governor Rick Snider. One of the people on a committee, Bob LaBrant, has declared them unofficial because the font (type) is too small. But the people have been assured that the font is exactly what is called for in the rules for petitions. Turns out that Bob LaBrant works for Sterling Corporation, a Republican Corporation, which also is where the committee that would approve this recall is based, and one of the people on the board of Sterling also serves on the committee.
So there is lots of craziness going on in Michigan right now.
Carol Stepp, Austin