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Romney: Let’s Cut Teachers, Firefighters, Police

Romney: Let’s Cut Teachers, Firefighters, Police

Former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney said Friday that Americans want fewer firefighters, police and teachers, and a surrogate confirmed Monday that this was not a gaffe, but a statement of policy.

“There are municipalities, there are states where there is flight of population, and as the population goes down, you need fewer teachers. As technology contributes to community security and dealing with issues that firefighters have to issue, you would hope that you can as a taxpayer see the benefits of the efficiency in personnel you can get out of that,” said former N.H. Gov. John Sununu, one of the Romney campaign’s top surrogates, in an interview with MSNBC. Though he said he was speaking “as a taxpayer,” Sununu echoed a speech Romney gave in Salt Lake City on Friday, hitting President Barack Obama for supporting federal aid to states and local governments.

“[Obama] says we need more firemen, more policemen, more teachers,” said Romney. “Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It’s time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.”

Romney was referring to the recent recall election in Wisconsin, where Republican Gov. Scott Walker survived an attempt to remove him from office. The Democrats did succeed in gaining control of the Wisconsin Senate.

While Romney claimed that Wisconsin gave him a mandate to cut government services, even Walker backed away from that analysis. In an interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Walker said, “I know in my state our reforms allowed us to protect firefighters, police officers and teachers. That’s not what I think of when I think of big government.”

The Obama campaign hit back hard at Romney’s opposition to front-line government workers. The campaign said in a tweet on its Twitter feed, “The last thing our country needs is to have fewer teachers in our schools.” It also hit back with a web ad decrying Romney’s position.

But Sununu, at least, stood strongly by Romney’s statement.

“You have cities in this country in which the school population peaked ten, fifteen years ago, and yet the number of teachers they have maintained has not changed,” Sununu said. “I think this is a real issue and people ought to stop jumping on it as as gaffe and understand there’s wisdom in the comments.”

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4:33AM PDT on Sep 21, 2012

"Grow up people and do some math, government at all levels must be cut."

Speaking of "sheer mental laziness." The world just isn't this black and white, the cognitive functioning of adolescents on Perry's stages. There are more possibilities than simply cutting essential services like police, fire and teachers.

We might begin by revoking the corporate welfare given large businesses from agribusiness to oil companies. We might continue by requiring the wealthiest members of our society who pay a relatively miniscule share of the costs of their own wealth production to pay their fair share.

Cutting expenditures is always only half of any debt reduction plan. Increasing revenues is the other. And so long as that remains off the table, we will be hamstrung in our efforts to reach fiscal solvency. Funny, I rarely hear the working poor making these arguments.

4:02AM PDT on Sep 21, 2012

Let your voice be heard-VOTE

9:00AM PDT on Aug 3, 2012

It sure does.

2:29PM PDT on Jul 23, 2012

"Let’s Cut Teachers, Firefighters, Police", yes, let have less of those who teach our children, instead of, you know, making sure that they themselves are properly taught. Lets have less firefighters so that fires can run rampage and the ones that we do keep are over worked, underpaid and stressed out. Lets have less police, the ones who are to protect and serve, as a whole, instead of getting rid of those that are corrupt and find wholesome and trustworthy replacements, so that crime can run rampant through the streets. (There was Sarcasm in there, in case you couldn't taste it.)

I foresee America falling more and more away from the "Land of the American Dreams" that not so long ago we were seen as by much of the world, and towards a land of under-educated criminals and families members and personal items lost to fires.

2:21PM PDT on Jul 23, 2012

To Annelies,

I thought your comment was humerous..."Most Americans don't know how to pronounce my name correctly, but so far the only ones who so "cleverly" tried to butcher my name the way you did, have all been "good christian republicans". Go figure.....

I have been showing your name to a bunch of young, democrat, non-christians here on campus and none of them have been getting it right either...

And what did you mean by "good christian republicans"...I didn't know there was such a thing...most "good" christians I know are not republican and consider the rebublicans and democrats to be of the same elitest families (don't they all, dems and repubs, go to the Bohemian Grove, together, and offer up their little sacrifices to the Great Owl...)...



1:09PM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

Charles T: Oh,it will be slashed alright, but it won't be accross the board... As usual, the military and big business will get greater and greater subsidies, the super rich will get bigger and bigger tax breaks, and the rest of us will be exploited to an ignominious early death, as will our Commons.

1:05PM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

Charles T: Oh,it will be slashed alright, but it won't be accross the board... As usual, the military and big business will get greater and greater subsidies, the super rich will get bigger and bigger tax breaks, and the rest of us will be exploited to an ignominious early death, as will our Commons.

1:05PM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

Charles T: Oh,it will be slashed alright, but it won't be accross the board... As usual, the military and big business will get greater and greater subsidies, the super rich will get bigger and bigger tax breaks, and the rest of us will be exploited to an ignominious early death, as will our Commons.

7:04PM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

One of the few constants on Care2 is the really poor quality of the debate any debate.

We have Max M's usual drivel, name calling and all. The rants by most here about repugs or whatever DNC directive re: titles for those who dare disagree with the approved lines. The sheer mental laziness of many who think Dems are thrifty, incorruptible, fiscally responsible etc. What we seldom have is an actual argument/debate on points and that is too bad.

Address the issue people, the majority of states/localities are broke or damn near it. The Federal government of course isn't "broke" b/c the just print more paper and drive down the worth of any assets/savings we have with inflation and not a single fiscal issue has been dealt with by any Dems anywhere in the nation except for Rhode Island which has actually forced cuts in their pension/pay systems to the point of making the state solvent again. The Repubs despite your horrified editorials/opinions are so scared of being demonized that at best they've put forward some very weak plans to balance the budget in 20 years...

Grow up people and do some math, government at all levels must be cut. If it's not trimmed now, it'll be slashed soon and it will across the board.

2:42PM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

In November we women will remember, and so will our husbands, boyfriends, fathers, and sons.

Obama + Biden 2012

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