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Romney would serve GOP extremism

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Date published: 10/28/2012

Voters should be aware of what has happened in states across the country in the past two years. Republican governors and legislators have enacted laws to bust unions, restrict women's health choices, suppress citizens' right to vote, and more. These laws and the official Republican platform reveal a national agenda that seeks to impose the extreme beliefs--political, economic, and religious--of a minority on the majority.

For example, the Republican platform supports the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that declares that corporations are people and can spend unlimited money to influence elections. It also "affirm[s] that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution." Read it for yourself.

Mitt Romney now says that his views are more moderate than he described them during the primaries, but the Tea Party caucus in Congress will be dictating to him if he is elected. His running-mate choice of Paul Ryan, author of the most draconian budget cuts in U.S. history, proves he will be listening to them.

Voters should also consider Mr. Romney's abysmal record as governor of Massachusetts, which was 47th in the nation in job creation when he left office. He now claims he will create 12 million new jobs if elected, but that is the same number already predicted by many economists to be created under current policies.

He seems to be taking unearned credit for something President Obama has already begun--kind of like his time at Bain Capital, where he took credit for every job created but no blame for any lost.

David Baker