"Particularly with the number of college graduates that can't find work or that can only find work well beneath their skill level, I fully support the effort to extend the low interest rate on student loans," Romney told reporters Monday in Florida.
Romney, you just asked for another 6 billion in federal deficits, but I am not arguing with you on this one. The President agrees with you that the student loan market needs low interest rates. The truth about the loan market is that there is a danger of student defaults if we allow the interest rates to float up over 6%, because lots of young people can barely pay the 3%.
Romney also spared a moment in his GOP primaries victory speech this evening to take a shot at Obama on the many Americans currently on food stamps. Did you hear that, Paul Ryan, who wants cuts to the food stamp program because it costs too much?
The somewhat bipolar nature of the Republican Party in 2012 is apparent here. Tea Party folk will find, now that Romney has the nomination pretty well in hand, that Romney is not really sympathetic to their more right wing positions about cuts to federal services. He does not want to shine a light on himself as a smug rich boy who cares nothing for the poor strugglers of the USA. He is left taking shots at Obama on the economy is sort of a wishy washy way, using statistics which date from the closing months of the Bush administration in 2008, as if none of us can remember how and when this recession arrived, and the gradual economic improvement that we have seen over the past 18 months.
Romney zigged when he had too, posing as Tea Party, calling global warming a money grab, asking us to ignore his mainstream Republican backstory and Massachusetts health care plan and buy the image of him as a rightist. Now it's time for the zag, fight your way upstream to the moderate and independent votes, pretend that Obama is the fire eating communist wacko, ask people to stop showing the Romney video clips from two months ago.