The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler


Posted on | November 4, 2011 | 23 Comments

OK, maybe the NY Post-style headline slightly overstates Mitt Romney’s tough talk on China here at the “Defending the American Dream” summit. Instead the former Massachusetts governor promised that, as president, he would evaluate federal programs in terms of deficit spending financed by borrowing from China.

“For each program we have in the government, I’m going to look at them one by one, and I’m going to ask this question: ‘Is this program so critical, so essential, that we should borrow money from China to pay for it?” said Romney, who is neck-and-neck with Atlanta businessman Herman Cain in the race for the GOP 2012 nomination.

“Now, for example, I like Amtrak, but I’m not willing to borrow $1.6 billion a year from China to pay for it,” Romney said, drawing applause from the crowd in the D.C. Convention Center ballroom. “I really like the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, but I will not borrow almost a billion dollars a year from China to pay for them.

“And then there’s foreign aid. Do you know that we give $27 million a year — guess to which country? To China. . . . I will stop sending money to any country that can take care of itself, and no foreign aid will go to countries that oppose American interests.”

That line produced a standing ovation.

Our ruthless Chinese overlords have yet to issue a statement on this unexpected outbreak of Sinophobia from Romney.


  • DaveO

    It’s Friday, early afternoon. By Monday, noon at the outside, Romney will have issued enough clarifying statements that only the Chinese will remember today.

  • Doc Clear

    Wow, I actually agree with Romney on this.  Except you can see his pants are on fire.

  • Annoytheleft

    Talk is cheap.

  • Anonymous

    The question is why should we believe Romney on any position he takes after all he is a sleeper agent for the SDs.

  • Vera Eyzendooren

    Am I wrong?  Didn’t Obama make similar promises? To me Romney is like a sail boat. It always depends on how the wind is blowing.

  • Dm

    Sometimes the Mormon actually says things that I like the sound of.

    But always at the end of it, I have to ask myself whether he believes it.

  • Anonymous

    That’s good.  Reminds me of when P.J. O’Rourke wrote about taxation enforced by, um, force, and concludes that the proper test of government spending is whether you’d be willing to point a gun at (or possibly shoot?) your grandmother for each item of spending.

  • BigGator5

    I would have used my fav “Pound Sand”, but “Drop Dead” is just as good.

  • Mortimer Snerd

    “I really like the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting,…..”

    We know you do, Mitt.  That’s the problem.

  • Adjoran

    It’s a good way to present the deficit problem to an electorate handicapped by 35 years of ever-increasing federal government monopoly of public education which has destroyed their ability to think critically – but instilled in them an extremely inflated sense of self-worth and self-esteem and an overriding need to “diversify” everything.

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  • Joe

    Anyone speaking out against spending is going to be generally correct (excluding Dems who want to gut defense but increase spending on everything else). 

    Glad Mitt is saying that.  I think all of the GOP candidates agree on this point (even Huntsman). 

  • Joe

    It is but you have to start somewhere.  Talk is cheap, but being cheap and actually cutting is of course better. 

  • Joe

    Romney has a lot of flaws, but I do believe he is for cutting the budget.  All Republican candidates are for cutting the budget.  We do not have a lot of disagreement about this.  We should be reminding voters that is something we all stand for. 

  • Joe

    Obama is a lying liar.  Romney is flawed, he is not my pick, but I think we can give him the benefit of doubt he is committed to cutting the budget.  What Republican candidate is not for doing so? 

  • Anonymous

    He’s not for cutting enough spending or for slaughtering the bureaucracy, he wants to make government “work” because he’ll be great at it, he’s special that way.

  • Anonymous

    I harbor no doubts to give him the benefit of. He simply wont do.

  • Anonymous

    We really are f**ked aren’t we?

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  • Bobbymike34

    Exactly Mortimer – Mitt’s statement implies that he would keep all these programs in we were not borrowing from China.

    NO NO and NO they are a waste of money and should not be funded by the federal government regardless of who pays for them.

    This is what worries me about Romney he really has no core Constitutional philosophy he is saying what will give him applause lines. 

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