Republican candidates love to talk about freedom and small government during their debates and campaigns, but too few of them actually believe in freedom and small government. Mitt Romney is a perfect example of this style of Republican. His free market talk is all rhetoric and no substance. Obama has no small government credentials either, but nobody is saying he does. During the presidential debate tonight in New York, Romney will do what he has done in the past: paint himself as a pro-business man while arguing for big government.
During the first presidential debate, Romney played up the American free enterprise system saying that "the private market and individual responsibility work best." But then he quickly stopped his praise of American business saying that it needed to be controlled by the government, "Regulation is essential," he said, "Every free economy has good regulation." Journalist John Stossel noted that Romney made it clear he does not want the government missing out on any revenues from taxpayers. In fact, he argues that his tactics will bring more moneys into the government than the democrats' tactics. The supposedly small government candidate Romney said in the first debate, "I'm not looking to ... reduce the revenues going to the government."
In the presidential debate, Romney's chief motive is to capture the presidency. He will use the debate platform to get as many votes as possible from the different factions available to him. Romney wants to be seen as a small government candidate to conservative voters, yet he tempers his empty talk by apologizing for big government and embellishing voters on the need for it. The problem is the government spends too much money, but "Mr. small government" Romney thinks the U.S. government collecting $2.6 trillion a year is the problem-- it's just not enough tax revenue.
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