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Friday, January 27, 2012

Mitt Romney Reminds Me Of Obama: Always Blaming Someone Else

By Susan Duclos

There is a recurring theme to the Obama presidency besides redistribution of wealth and attempting to turn America into a socialist country and that his constant blaming of others for his failures.

His advisers advised him badly. He didn't know the economy was as bad as it truly was. Shovel ready wasn't as shovel ready as he was led to believe. The Republicans obstruct him (even through the first two years of his presidency he had a Democratically controlled House and Senate). Congress blocks him.

Nothing is ever Obama's fault.

Watching last night's CNN Debate for the Republican presidential candidates, I noticed that Mitt Romney does the very same thing. Somehow Romney is never to blame for what his campaign does or with his money.

When asked about an ad from his own campaign where at the end he says "I'm Mitt Romney and I approved this message," he told Wolf Blitzer "“I doubt that’s my ad, but we’ll take a look and find out."

Blitzer checked, during the debate, it was a Romney campaign ad, paid for by Romney.

After spending the last week criticizing Newt Gingrich for his consulting earnings from Freddie Mac, when he was questioned about his Freddie Mac and Frannie Mae investments, he said "First of all, my investments are not made by me. My investments for the last ten years have been in a blind trust, managed by a trustee. Secondly, the investments that they made, we learned about this, as we made our financial disclosure, had been in mutual funds and bonds. I don't own stock in either. There are bonds that the investor has held through mutual funds."

It is never his fault, it is always someone else. He never takes responsibility for his own actions, his investments, his ads.

Not only that, but as was explained and shown, with video last night, of Romney in 1994, he once claimed "The blind trust is an age-old ruse. You give a blind trust rules. You can say to a blind trust, don't invest in properties which would be in conflict of interest or where the seller might think they're going to get an advantage from me."

Making matters worse, National Journal, fact checked his claim and found that not all his investment earnings from Freddie Mac and Frannie Mae came from "blind trusts"...

Yet, according to Romney's financial disclosure forms, not all of his mutual funds were part of a blind trust. The Boston Globe reported in September that Romney owned between $250,001 and $500,000 in a mutual fund called the Government Obligation Fund that invests in debt notes of various government entities, including mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and he made between $15,001 and $50,000 in interest from those investments.

Since those assets were considered a charitable trust rather than a blind trust, Romney could have reviewed them himself.

Romney denies knowing the ads his campaign slaps his very name on, either being a lie or a case of not even knowing what is going on in his campaign, in his name. Romney flip-flops on his previous assertion about blind trusts as well as lies about his investment earnings being from Freddie Mac and Frannie Mae.

Aren't we tired yet of a President that blames his own mistakes on other people, his own lack of knowledge in what is going on in his own backyard, so to speak, on someone else, or outright lying when faced with his own failures instead of taking personal responsibility for them?

Does the Republican establishment truly want another Barack Obama in the White House?

Transcripts of the Florida debate, via CNN: