Written by actor Jonathan Del Arco, who plays Dr. Morales on “The Closer” and “Major Crimes.” He has been campaigning for the President since July and is also a gay activist and fundraiser for GLSEN in Los Angeles.
During the summer one of Romney’s advisors was asked how the Governor would be able to walk back to the center after having taken such radical right wing views during the primary. Prophetically the advisor said that it would be like an Etch-A-Sketch. Come the fall good old Mitt would just shake it off and draw a new image for the American public to consume.
At this week’s Presidential debate we saw him try to do that. It’s not that he flip-flopped per se, in fact what he did was much worse because he cynically tried to hide his policies from the American people because he knows they will hurt the middle class and his chances of winning the election. But the President took that Etch-A-Sketch and smashed it to the ground by calling out the Governor’s misleading statements.
When it comes to taxes, Romney is offering the American people what the President aptly called a “sketchy deal.” Americans are asking Romney to give us the basic math, but Romney’s plan just doesn’t add up. He spends $5 trillion in tax cuts favoring the wealthiest that don’t need it. He spends $2 trillion on a defense buildup the Pentagon hasn’t asked for. And he has failed time and time again to explain how he’d pay for any of it because he can’t pay for it.
That’s not all. Romney lied about his own promise to veto the DREAM Act. He lied about his support for self-deportation and Arizona’s extreme anti-immigrant law. But we know the truth because we’ve got to know Romney over the course of the six years he’s been running for President. He’s the most extreme nominee on the issue of immigration in modern presidential history.
If that wasn’t enough, Romney’s debate answer on equal pay for women was part of his pattern of failure on women’s issues. Only Mitt Romney would talk about “binders full of women” when asked about what he would do to help women in their fight for equal pay. It’s because he wouldn’t. He refuses to stand up for the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and he believes politicians and women’s bosses should make women’s health decisions — not women and their doctors.
There’s too much at stake to let Romney hide his true positions with one magical Etch-A-Sketch moment after another.
According to Wikipedia the Etch- A-Sketch first became popular in 1960 which makes it a perfect analogy for a Presidential candidate that seems to be stuck in that time period when it comes to women’s issues, gay rights and trickle-down economics. Though I think after what we saw this week he’s more Etch-A-Sketchy than anything else.
Photo of the author (left) with Lilly Ledbetter at the 2012 Democratic Convention
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