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Romney makes up for austerity gaffe with proposal to get rid of the military
5/27/2012 8:59 AM Matt Rock
A firestorm is brewing in the wake of Mitt Romney's most recent gaffe, where he admitted, during an interview with Time Magazine, that drastic spending cuts to social programs would actually worsen the economy, a comment much to the chagrin of Tea Party politicians who are demanding those same exact serious cuts.
This led Romney into damage control mode, where today, he promised the Tea base that he would make massive, sweeping cuts to the Federal budget in his first year. But while he started out to the tune of applause, his speech quickly took a hard turn into silence when he started promising cuts that the Tea Party didn't approve of... specifically, to the military. Promises he was making when? Memorial Day weekend, that's when!
“We need to get rid of social security entirely,” Romney told the excited crowd, only moments before his biggest campaign gaffe of all time. “Just kill it dead. In 2013, people will stop paying into it, and once that well runs dry, no more social security money. The seniors that rely on those checks, they'll just have to go out there and find jobs as Wal-Mart greeters and mall Santas. And we're getting rid of Medicaid and Medicare, too! Just flat-out dropping them! Pick yourself up by your bootstraps and get to work! And if you're worried about coughing blood onto products, go work in a hot dog factory, where no one would even notice!”
But then, Romney lost the affection of the audience within his next sentence. “And it's high-time we cut military spending, too! Just shut down the whole military! If we get invaded, the States can raise militias and their own armies. We don't need a Federal military. I know Obama would never cut the military. He's a warmonger, always drone-attacking people and sending our soldiers into Africa. But not me!”
The silenced audience turned to yelling and screaming. “Hey, I know it isn't popular, but look, cutting social programs isn't going to solve this mess. The three biggest expenses our Federal Government faces are Medicare and Medicaid, Social Security, and the defense budget. We aren't going to reduce the debt with cuts to art grants or free condoms or food programs for pregnant women. It just isn't going to happen, folks. Stop throwing tomatoes at me! You know, you could have had Rick Santorum, but you picked me! YOU picked ME!” - Return to Previous Page
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