What if Romney were Latino?

I normally steer clear of politics, but this I couldn’t leave alone! 

Mitt Romney told a joke, that happened to get caught on camera, where he said he would have a better chance of winning the election if he were Latino.  Sorry, buddy.  That isn’t true.  You would have a better chance of winning if you didn’t contradict yourself and had good policies.

My dad…was born in Mexico. Had he been born of Mexican parents, I’d have a better shot of winning this, but he was not. And I say that jokingly, but it would be helpful to be Latino.

When I heard this comment come out of his mouth, my jaw dropped.  I can’t believe that someone would actually make a comment like that.  I don’t care if you are black, white, purple, orange, green, or polka dotted.  If you are going to be the best choice for our country, I want you in charge.  I don’t care if you are Latino or not.  That has no impact on my vote in any way.

I have discussed this with many of my Latina friends.  It doesn’t matter your background, your culture, your skin color.  (Please quit using the bronzer, you aren’t fooling anyone)  We just want to have a President that is right of our society.  Someone that will make the differences needed for us all to succeed.

I read an article by my good friend, Nadia about a video that Rosie Perez did as a rebuttal to Romney’s sick joke.  She hit the nail on the head!  We have never had a Latino President, so how would being Latino benefit you.  If you are Mexican, Puerto Rican, Dominican, whatever, you still have to have good policies.  You have to be in touch with the people.  I have spoken with many Latinos that are in politics and I don’t agree with them in any way.  I’d NEVER vote for them.

I get tired of everyone being so anti-Obama.  The Rupublicans make it seem as though he hasn’t accomplished anything in these four short years.  Remember, it took Bush EIGHT years to create this mess, how do you expect him to fix it in FOUR?

An example I used recently was this:

You go out shopping and are broke.  You end up splurging and maxing out all of your credit cards.  What do you do when the bills come?  You have to start paying them back, but you don’t have the money.  You have to cut back here and there to put some money towards those bills.  Those few hours of splurging can equal YEARS of repayment.  If you are behind on any payments, there goes your credit.  That takes TEN years to fix.  It’s a snowball effect that takes much longer to fix than to create.

So maybe Obama hasn’t done everything he said he was going to.  He has done a LOT!  I found this great list on a Facebook group and thought it was important enough to share.  Please remember, this is NOT a complete list, there is much, much more!

  1. Saved the collapse of the American automotive industry by making GM restructure before bailing them out, and putting incentive money to help the industry
  2. Shifted the focus of the war from Iraq to Afghanistan, and putting the emphasis on reducing terrorism where it should have been all along
  3. Relaxed Anti-American tensions throughout the world
  4. Signed order to close the prisoner “torture camp” at Guantanamo Bay
  5. Has made the environment a national priority, and a primary source for job creation
  6. Has made education a national priority by putting emphasis and money behind new ideas like charter schools, but speaking directly to school children in telling them they have to do their part.
  7. Won the Nobel Peace Prize
  8. $789 billion economic stimulus plan
  9. Appointment of first Latina to the Supreme Court
  10. Attractive tax write-offs for those who buy hybrid automobiles
  11. Authorized construction/opening of additional health centers to care for veterans
  12. Renewed dialogue with NATO and other allies and partners on strategic issues.
  13. Beginning the process of reforming and restructuring the military 20 years after the Cold War to a more modern fighting force… this includes new procurement policies, increasing size of military, new technology and cyber units and operations, etc.
  14. Better body armor is now being provided to our troops
  15. “Cash for clunkers” program offers vouchers to trade in fuel inefficient, polluting old cars for new cars; stimulates auto sales
  16. Changed the failing/status quo military command in Afghanistan
  17. Closed offshore tax safe havens
  18. Deployed additional troops to Afghanistan
  19. Ended media “blackout” on war casualties; reporting full information
  20. Ended previous policy of awarding no-bid defense contracts
  21. Ended media blackout on war casualties and the return of fallen soldiers to Dover AFB.
  22. Ended previous policy of cutting the FDA and circumventing FDA rules
  23. Ended previous practice of forbidding Medicare from negotiating with drug manufacturers for cheaper drugs; the federal government is now realizing hundreds of millions in savings
  24. Ended previous practice of having White House aides rewrite scientific and environmental rules, regulations, and reports
  25. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has created 2.1 million jobs (as of 12/31/09).
  26. Ended previous policy of not regulating and labeling carbon dioxide emissions
  27. Ended previous policy of offering tax benefits to corporations who outsource American jobs; the new policy is to promote in-sourcing to bring jobs back
  28. Ended previous policy on torture; the US now has a no torture policy and is in compliance with the Geneva Convention standards
  29. Launched Recovery.gov to track spending from the Recovery Act, an unprecedented step to provide transparency and accountability through technology.
  30. Ended previous practice of protecting credit card companies; in place of it are new consumer protections from credit card industry’s predatory practices
  31. Ended previous “stop-loss” policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan longer than their enlistment date
  32. Energy producing plants must begin preparing to produce 15% of their energy from renewable sources
  33. Established a National Performance Officer charged with saving the federal government money and making federal operations more efficient
  34. Established a new cyber security office
  35. Expanded the SCHIP program to cover health care for 4 million more children
  36. Expanding vaccination programs
  37. Families of fallen soldiers have expenses
  38. Provided the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with more than $1.4 billion to improve services to America’s Veterans.
  39. Federal support for stem-cell and new biomedical research
  40. Funds for high-speed, broadband Internet access to K-12 schools
  41. Responded with compassion and leadership to the earthquake in Haiti
  42. Immediate and efficient response to the floods in North Dakota and other natural disasters
  43. Launched Business.gov – enabling conversation and online collaboration between small business owners, government representatives and industry experts in discussion forums relevant to starting and managing a business. Great for the economy.
  44. Improved housing for military personnel
  45. Improved conditions at Walter Reed Military Hospital and other military hospitals
  46. Changed failing war strategy in Afghanistan.
  47. Improving benefits for veterans
  48. Increased infrastructure spending (roads, bridges, power plants…) after years of neglect
  49. Donated his $1.4 million Nobel Prize to nonprofits.
  50. Increasing opportunities in AmeriCorps program
  51. Provided tax credits to first-time home buyers through the Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009 to revitalize the U.S. housing market.
  52. Increasing pay and benefits for military personnel
  53. Increasing student loans
  54. Instituted a new policy on Cuba, allowing Cuban families to return “home” to visit loved ones
  55. Cracked down on companies that deny sick pay, vacation and health insurance to workers by abusing the employee classification of independent contractor. Such companies also avoid paying Social Security, Medicare and unemployment insurance taxes for those workers.
  56. Limited salaries of senior White House aides; cut to $100,000
  57. Limits on lobbyists’ access to the White House
  58. Protected 300,000 education jobs, such as teachers, principals, librarians, and counselors through the Recovery Act that would have otherwise been lost.
  59. Limits on White House aides working for lobbyists after their tenure in the administration
  60. Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorization Act on February 4, 2009, provides quality health care to 11 million kids – 4 million who were previously uninsured.
  61. Lower drug costs for seniors
  62. Making more loans available to small businesses
  63. Many more press conferences and town halls and much more media access than previous administration
  64. Signed the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act, the first piece of comprehensive legislation aimed at improving the lives of Americans living with paralysis
  65. New Afghan War policy that limits aerial bombing and prioritizes aid, development of infrastructure, diplomacy, and good government practices by Afghans
  66. Announced creation of a Joint Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record for members of the U.S. Armed Forces to improve quality of medical care.
  67. New federal funding for science and research labs
  68. New funds for school construction
  69. Ordered all federal agencies to undertake a study and make recommendations for ways to cut spending
  70. Ordered a review of all federal operations to identify and cut wasteful spending and practices
  71. Negotiated deal with Swiss banks to permit US government to gain access to records of tax evaders and criminals.
  72. Phasing out the expensive F-22 war plane and other outdated weapons systems, which weren’t even used or needed in Iraq/Afghanistan
  73. Reengaged in the agreements/talks on global warming and greenhouse gas emissions
  74. Provided tax credit to workers thus cutting taxes for 95% of America’s working families.
  75. Reengaged in the treaties/agreements to protect the Antarctic
  76. Removed restrictions on embryonic stem-cell research
  77. Helped reverse a downward spiral of the stock market. On January 19, 2009, the last day of President Bush’s presidency, the Dow closed at 8,218.22. In February 2010, the Dow closed at 10,309.24
  78. Renewed loan guarantees for Israel
  79. Restarted the nuclear non-proliferation talks and building back up the nuclear inspection infrastructure/protocols
  80. Provided attractive tax write-offs for those who buy hybrid automobiles.
  81. Returned money authorized for refurbishment of White House offices and private living quarters
  82. Sent envoys to Middle East and other parts of the world that had been neglected for years; reengaging in multilateral and bilateral talks and diplomacy
  83. Unveiled a program on Earth Day 2009 to develop the renewable energy projects on the waters of our Outer Continental Shelf that produce electricity from wind, wave, and ocean currents. These regulations will enable, for the first time ever, the nation to tap into our ocean’s vast sustainable resources to generate clean energy in an environmentally sound and safe manner.
  84. Signed national service legislation; expanded national youth service program
  85. States are permitted to enact federal fuel efficiency standards above federal standards
  86. Students struggling to make college loan payments can have their loans refinanced
  87. Successful release of US captain held by Somali pirates; authorized the SEALS to do their job
  88. The FDA is now regulating tobacco
  89. Ended the previous stop-loss policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan longer than their enlistment date.
  90. The missile defense program is being cut by $1.4 billion in 2010
  91. The public can meet with federal housing insurers to refinance (the new plan can be completed in one day) a mortgage if they are having trouble paying
  92. The “secret detention” facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere are being closed
  93. US financial and banking rescue plan
  94. US Navy increasing patrols off Somali coast
  95. Signed the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act to stop fraud and wasteful spending in the defense procurement and contracting system.
  96. Visited more countries and met with more world leaders than any president in his first six months in office
  97. Improved relations with Iran
  98. Improved U.S. policy on climate change
  99. Set timetable for exiting Iraq (already started removing troops)
  100. Improved relations with Russia
  101. Improved relations with the Islamic World
  102. Made progress towards greater cooperation on limiting nuclear proliferation
  103. Economic stimulus plan has created jobs. (Unemployment rate decreasing)
  104. Drastically slowed down the recession
  105. Saved Wall Street
  106. Passed the Lilly Ledbetter Act (equal work for equal pay)
  107. HEALTHCARE REFORM
  108. Ordered the military operation that killed Osama Bin Laden

Comments

    • says

      lol right?!? it drives me insane! We aren’t voting for you because you can’t tell us what you can actually do for us…you say there is a plan, but wait for it….wait for it….you’ll find out later. whatever.

  1. Mary Dailey says

    Maybe I’m crazy, but I didn’t take what he said the same way you did. If you lived in Arkansas and listen to the numbers in general, there is a HUGE Latino community out there. Romney and everyone else knows he’s not going to get their vote. You have to admit that if he were Latino, he would have a better chance at getting their vote. I, for one, will just be glad when this is all over with. I’ve heard so many negative comments during this election than any other, and believe me, I’ve been around a while. Whoever wins, I will fully support him. I have always had respect for any president we have had. It’s a tough job and we have to back him whoever he will be.

    • says

      I live in NM where we are over 46% Latino. There are a lot of Latinos that are voting for Romney (why I don’t know) but it isn’t based on skin color. They are making a decision based on what they believe is best for our country. Simply being Latino will not get you a vote. I don’t care if you are purple or blue, shoot, even if you were my favorite color, hot pink….if you make statements like Romney, I refuse to vote for you.

  2. Chelsey says

    I won’t get into who is the better man for the job, but I disagree that people won’t vote based on something as inane as skin color. Not trying to open a can of worms, but that’s one of the biggest reasons Obama was voted in. Not the ONLY reason, but a definite reason nonetheless. To say otherwise is denial.

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