US – Election 2012 – Romney’s Centralising Decentralisation – 1 November 2012

This fascinates me. Not only might people be giving Romney a free ride for this astonishing flip-flop-a-mundo, but they’re also ignoring the disturbing mindset the 2011 primary debate comments evidence.

“Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that’s the right direction. And if you can go even farther and send it back to the private sector, that’s even better.”

Okay, so in Romney’s world, decentralisation goes in this order: Federal government > state government > private sector.

In the 10th Amendment to the US Constitution, decentralisation goes: Federal government > state government > the people themselves.

Does Romney really think that most people would rather have corporations making decisions for them instead of the federal government? Does Romney really think that flies with most people? And also, what about municipal governments or community groups? Doesn’t he think people might find it more likely to be “decentralisation” if those groups, rather than the “private sector”, got the call to make policy?

This couldn’t be more a blanket call to “take the power out of the hands of elected officials and put it into the hands of corporate officials”. I have to question the judgment of anyone who considers Romney to be authentically speaking in the name of decentralisation.

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