So, Mitt, what do you really believe?

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    WHEN Mitt Romney was governor of liberal Massachusetts, he supported abortion, gun control, tackling climate change and a requirement that everyone should buy health insurance, backed up with generous subsidies for those who could not afford it. Now, as he prepares to fly to Tampa to accept the Republican Party’s nomination for president on August 30th, he opposes all those things. A year ago he favoured keeping income taxes at their current levels; now he wants to slash them for everybody, with the rate falling from 35% to 28% for the richest Americans.

    All politicians flip-flop from time to time; but Mr Romney could win an Olympic medal in it (see article). And that is a pity, because this newspaper finds much to like in the history of this uncharismatic but dogged man, from his obvious business acumen to the way he worked across the political aisle as governor to get health reform passed and the state budget deficit down. We share many of his views about the excessive growth of regulation and of the state in general in America, and the effect that this has on investment, productivity and growth. After four years of soaring oratory and intermittent reforms, why not bring in a more businesslike figure who might start fixing the problems with America’s finances?

    But competence is worthless without direction and, frankly, character. Would that Candidate Romney had indeed presented himself as a solid chief executive who got things done. Instead he has appeared as a fawning PR man, apparently willing to do or say just about anything to get elected. In some areas, notably social policy and foreign affairs, the result is that he is now committed to needlessly extreme or dangerous courses that he may not actually believe in but will find hard to drop; in others, especially to do with the economy, the lack of details means that some attractive-sounding headline policies prove meaningless (and possibly dangerous) on closer inspection. Behind all this sits the worrying idea of a man who does not really know his own mind. America won’t vote for that man; nor would this newspaper. The convention offers Mr Romney his best chance to say what he really believes.

    http://www.economist.com/node/21560864?spc=scode&spv=xm&ah=9d7f7ab945510a56fa6d37c30b6f1709

    anyone else thinking of the short story...the emperor has no clothes
     
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    He's "evolving".
     
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    Thanks, strollingbones for asking this important question.

    If we set aside personality and what Mitt Romney proposes to do for his country, he has a plan for just about every issue you can think of, and they are accessible by topic links on this page: Mitt Romney on the Issues:

    To learn more about Mitt's plan, select an issue below:





     
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    I think conservative NYT columnist David Brooks said it best, in a hilarious op-ed that reminded me that he's not always a water carrier for the right:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/28/opinion/brooks-the-real-romney.html?_r=1&ref=opinion

    A short snippet:
     
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