Perhaps getting more comfortable with his role as the President’s opponent come November, republican candidate, Mitt Romney has released a string of new ads detailing his “day one” agendas. Some are more steeped in more rhetoric than policies, but all can be considered incredibly ambitious. Top on his docket was the recently upheld Supreme Court decision concerning the mandate on healthcare. In a speech detailing his “day one” agenda Romney said, "What the court did not do on its last day in session, I will do on my first day if elected president of the United States. And that is I will act to repeal ‘ObamaCare’." Included in his planned agenda were tax cut and deficit reduction; however no specifics regarding how this would be achieved were addressed. He also stated that he would approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, stricter trading regulations with China, as well as termination of what he termed, ‘job-killing regulations’ of the Dodd-Frank bill. Critics have already poked holes in his lofty ambitions, claiming his frequent criticism of the Dodd-Frank bill is a ‘straw-man’ argument. With the bulk of the bill not even implanted yet, there are those that feel Romney’s frequent references to the legislation merely as an opportunity to lambast democratic opposition in regards to any attempt at financial reform.
He has continued his push toward more constructive immigration between the United States and Mexico. During a fundraiser earlier in the week Romney mentioned, “In my first year I will make sure we actually do take on immigration, we secure our border, we make sure that we grow legal immigration in a way that provides people here with skill and expertise that we want.". Among left-leaning pundits there has been a knee-jerk reaction to Romney’s agenda citing it as beyond ambitious and little more than unlikely hyperbole. But this is nothing new to either a republican or democratic candidate running for office. One of the main promises Obama made in the 2008 election was the definite shutdown of Guantanamo Bay detention center, which as of this article is still operational. Short of bold-faced lies, campaign promises are often shunted by the reality of office and the litany of compromises that the sitting president must make with an ever-increasingly polarized Congress. Which of Romney’s bullet points will be marginalized and which will be forgotten will not be known until and if he takes the top seat in November.
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