Romney takes credit for Big Auto recovery he was against

Dear god it never ends with Mitt Romney. John Kerry may have been a flip-flopper but Mitt Romney takes it to an entirely new level. Think of Kerry as the Diet Coke or the margarine of flip-floppers compared to Mitt Romney. While it’s easy to appreciate Romney’s creative ability to rewrite history in his mind and pretend that his past never happened, it’s a concern when he’s running for president. It’s to the point where we should assume that he doesn’t believe the internet or modern communication doesn’t exist and everyone can easily retrieve his own words.

First, some history of Romney and his hard core opposition to the Detroit bailout. On November 18, 2008 Mitt Romney wrote A New York Times op-ed where he blasted the rescuing of Big Auto. Romney went as far as saying if Detroit received the bailout (that it received) “its demise will be virtually guaranteed.” He was criticized by the CEO of AutoNation, since the CEO viewed the bailout as a success. Romney ignored the fact that the state of Michigan had a budget surplus thanks to the rescue plan that saved jobs and brought in tax dollars. But of course, that was almost four years ago so now Romney’s position has changed completely.

Now Romney is flip-flopping on the auto bailout. While campaigning in Ohio, Romney went on local TV and said this:

“I pushed the idea of a managed bankruptcy, and finally when that was done, and help was given, the companies got back on their feet,” Romney said in an interview inside a Cleveland-area auto parts maker. “So, I’ll take a lot of credit for the fact that this industry has come back.”

The problem is that the truth is significantly different.

The course Romney advocated differed greatly from the one that was ultimately taken. GM and Chrysler went into bankruptcy on the strength of a massive bailout that Romney opposed. Neither Republican President George W. Bush nor Democratic President Barack Obama believed the automakers would have survived without that backup from taxpayers.

To be fair to Romney, if he could manage to run from Obamacare being based on Romneycare, he will gladly ignore any truth and rewrite history for whoever he’s speaking with at any given moment. Mitt Romney, human chameleon.

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An American in Paris, France. BA in History & Political Science from Ohio State. Provided consulting services to US software startups, launching new business overseas that have both IPO’d and sold to well-known global software companies. Currently launching a new cloud-based startup. Full bio here.

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