Martin Bashir | May 08, 2012
>>> air. many political commentators have described mitt romney as being a man without convictions. suggestible, always willing to hear what will further his ambitions before hearing his policies. he's got himself in somewhat of a bind. what is clearly pure judgment, romney has failed to hide his sing gular success. he talks most often about something he did badly but won't mention the one thing he did well. you see, no matter where he goes, he repeatedly sells himself as the man with the most experience and expertise on the economy.
>> i've lived in the real economy . for 25 years, i spent my life in business. i only spent four years as a governor, and i joke that i didn't inhale. i'm still a business guy, all right? i know how to lead us out of this stagnant obama economy and into a job creating recovery.
>> now, this is interesting when one kexamines his performance as governor of massachusetts from 2003 to 2007 . the state went from 37th in terms of job creation to 47th in the nation. in fact, massachusetts was only just ahead of michigan and ohio which had been decimated by the collapse of manufacturing, and louisiana, which had been devastated by hurricane katrina . and for a man who claims to know all about job creation and preparing people for work, he did profound damage to education and training. student fees across the board shot up by 63% after romney instituted statewide cuts of 14% in higher education . yet, despite these facts, he's chosen to promote himself as the man who knows all about job creation and the economy. but when it comes to his real success in massachusetts , his reform of health care , he never mentioned it. and if he does, he's a cutely embarrassed and quickly attacks the president's reform even though he knows that the president based the affordable care act almost exactly on the massachusetts model. and how is that working out in practice? first, the number of uninsured went down from 13% to less than 6%. second, the cost has also gone down with a number of people reporting they spent 10% of their family income on health care , falling from $9.6% to 6.1%. third, 60% say they're happy with the affordable health care reform . but the one man who is not happy submit romney himself. we must add a third condition to mitt romney . he's not only a conditionist, he's also a