While Mitt Romney and his wife Ann revel in the “gift” that was Hilary Rosen’s comment about stay-at-home moms and the presidential candidate’s attempts turn the “war on women” around on the Democrats by asserting more women lost jobs under Obama, he fails to comprehend the impacts of those government cuts on the very voting block he’s attempting to attract. Cuts in the Departments of Education and Housing & Urban Development will result in additional job losses for women who have already suffered from previous cuts in education, primarily teaching, and civil services. Additionally, Mr. Romney does not appear to consider what further cuts in Department of Education budgets will do to the growing problem of student loan debt. Significant cuts in department funding will reduce grant and loan funds available to students amidst rising tuition rates, requiring them to borrow more from private lenders with higher interest rates.
Beware the Hot Mic! What Mitt and Ann say when they think only wealthy donors are listening.
The maxims of the 2012 race are multiplying. The latest: Somewhere a microphone is always hot. On Sunday, Mitt Romney was unknowingly overheard at a Florida fundraiser by reporters for the Wall Street Journal and NBC News giving his wealthy backers a sneak preview of his presidential plans. He outlined some of his theories for cutting the bloated federal government, including eliminating the Department of Housing and Urban Development and trimming the Department of Education. He also floated the idea to the upscale crowd of removing the mortgage interest deduction for second homes as well as ending the state income tax deduction and state property tax deduction, tiny but specific steps on how he would remove loopholes in the tax code to pay for his tax cuts. He and his wife, Ann Romney, also delighted in the political “gift” given to them last week by Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen.