Mitt Romney: Obama's Agenda Is "Reckless"

(AP)
CPAC Convention, Washington -- Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney blasted President Obama's policies across the board today, asserting that Democrats will lose their majority because their agenda has failed to support economic growth.

"Their team has failed the American people," Romney said at the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC), "and that's why their majority will soon be out the door."

Mr. Obama, Romney said, instituted the most anti-growth, anti-investment, anti-jobs agenda in seen in a lifetime. While the president has called his agenda "ambitious," Romney said he called it "reckless."

"You might not have heard the news this morning," he said, setting up a joke about the Winter Olympics. "The gold medal Lindsey Vonn won last night has been stripped. It was determined President Obama has been going downhill faster than she is."

The stimulus package, Romney contended, has failed at creating any private sector jobs while creating jobs in the public sector, which he said should be trimmed.

It is fitting, he said, that with the demise of the Democratic majority, "so many of those who have contempt for the private sector will soon find themselves back in it."

While slowing economic growth, Romney said, Mr. Obama also broke the promises he made for health care reform "when he barred C-SPAN from covering the health care deliberations,"

Romney also accused the president of cutting a "special and certainly unconstitutional deal with the unions" in his health care deliberations.

Rather than pursuing "Obamacare" Romney said, the government should leave coverage for the uninsured up to the states. While some have said the president's health care plan has lost popularity among the public because they did not understand exactly what he has been advocating, Romney said the Democrats have only themselves to blame for their legislative failures.

"When it comes to pinning blame, pin the tail on the donkeys," he said.

He said Democrats are interested in gaining "power and control over the American people" by growing the federal government.

"We won't let them do it," he said.

Romney also praised former President George W. Bush, saying, "I am convinced that history will judge President Bush far more kindly."

The former president kept the country out of a deepening recession after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, took down the Taliban and kept the nation safe, he said.

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