Mitt Romney To Rick Scott, Stop Telling Public Positive Economic News
In a sign of just how ridiculous our national politics have become, Bloomberg News is reporting that the campaign of Republican Mitt Romney actually asked Florida Gov. Rick Scott to stop telling the public that the Florida economy is improving, so that Romney can continue to blast away at President Obama’s stewardship of the economy.
Democrats have been claiming throughout the Obama administration that Republicans are actually rooting for the economy to remain in horrible shape to give them a better chance to take back the White House. Now the story on Bloomberg News offers proof, in the form of actual conversations between Gov. Scott and Romney campaign workers, telling the governor to “tone down his statements heralding improvements in the state’s economy because they clash with the presumptive Republican nominee’s message that the nation is suffering under Obama,” according to the Bloomberg story, which says the information came from two sources.
Even though the nation has been limping through one of its most difficult periods in the last half century, we have a candidate for president actively keeping elected officials from his own party from telling the truth to the American people. It’s a difficult line for Republican governors to walk because, of course, their own re-election depends on them being able to tell their citizens that they have been responsible for bringing jobs to their state and improving their state’s economy. Republic governors in Ohio, Michigan, Virginia and Wisconsin also have been trumpeting improvements in their states’ economies, though the Bloomberg story says they have yet to receive calls from the Romney campaign.
Of course, none of these tactics by Romney would be possible or effective if we had an American electorate that actually went in search of the truth or even paid attention to real news sources, rather than being spoonfed rhetoric by their favorite partisan mouthpieces.