On February 10th, 2007, then-Senator Obama announced his candidacy for the presidency and made it clear that change comes from the people outside Washington, not inside: “Few obstacles can withstand the power of millions of voices calling for change.” He has carried this belief ever since, insisting that change is not possible unless the American people—not lobbyists or special interests—stand up for it. On Univision, the President shared that, over his first term, this is indeed what he has learned about Washington:
I think that I’ve learned some lessons over the last 4 years, and the most important lesson I’ve learned is that you can’t change Washington from the inside, you can only change it from the outside. That’s how I got elected, and that’s how the big accomplishments like health care got done was because we mobilized the American people to speak out. That’s how we were able to cut taxes for middle-class families. So something that I’d really like to concentrate on in my second term is being in a much more constant conversation with the American people so that they can put pressure on Congress to help move some of these issues forward.”
Never one to miss an opportunity, Mitt Romney wasted no time ripping the President’s words out of context and immediately insisted that he will change Washington from the inside. Having already written off the nearly half of the American people, he now seems to be telling Americans that he won’t need any of them if he’s elected: “I can change Washington, I will change Washington, I’ll get the job done from the inside.”
Perhaps this is why he isn’t bothering to offer Americans any of his specifics on his plans. Here’s a look at what Romney would do, regardless of what the people have to say about it:
Raise taxes on the middle class: The Romney-Ryan plan would have to pay for its $5 trillion in tax cuts tilted towards the wealthy by raising taxes on middle-class families with children by more than $2,000.
Repeal health care reform: Romney has promised to “kill” Obamacare on day one if elected, but he’s refused to provide any specifics on what he’d replace it with. Instead, all he’s offered is a promise to repeal free access to preventive services, cheaper drugs for seniors in the Medicare doughnut hole, protection from insurance company abuses, and more.
Slash education funding: Romney won’t tell you what he plans to cut, but if the Romney-Ryan budget cuts were applied across the board, Romney would slash Pell Grants by about $1,000 for nearly 10 million students.
Create jobs overseas: Romney promises to create jobs but refuses to talk about how his plan to eliminate taxes on corporations’ foreign profits could help create 800,000 jobs overseas in countries like China and India.
Mitt Romney says he’ll change Washington from the inside—and this is the change he plans to deliver. As President Obama pointed out to Romney, “You can’t change Washington from the inside. You change it from the outside ... You change it with the help of ordinary Americans who are willing to make their voices heard.” Make sure your voice will continue to be heard and commit to vote today.