Summary of Mitt Romney’s plans for Latin America released in his foreign policy white paper:
Strategically, Romney sees the two big threats to the region as:
- “Venezuela and Cuba are leading a virulently anti-American ‘Bolivarian’ movement across Latin America that seeks to undermine institutions of democratic governance and economic opportunity.”
- “The region is also witnessing an epidemic of violent criminal gangs and drug cartels, which have wrought death and mayhem across much of Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean.”
Within that framework, Romney proposes the following actions for US-Latin American relations:
- During the first 100 days in office, Romney promises to launch a public relations effort called the Campaign for Economic Opportunity in Latin America (CEOLA). This will “Capitalize on the benefits arising from the ratification of the Colombian and Panamanian free trade agreements to launch a robust public-diplomacy and trade promotion campaign in Latin America that contrasts the benefits of democracy, free trade, and economic opportunity with the ills caused by the authoritarian model of Venezuela and Cuba.”
- Long term, he plans to create a “Reagan Economic Zone” in the Americas.
- He will form the Hemispheric Joint Task Force on Crime and Terrorism, which will coordinate intelligence and enforcement. He will use this to “sever all financial, logistical, and material connections” between the region and foreign terrorist groups such as Hezbollah.
- On Mexico, Romney will explore the need for enhanced military-to-military training cooperation and intelligence sharing similar to what was done in Colombia.
- Romney promises to complete the border fence.
Also of note, looking at the past four years, Romney says he would have done the following things differently:
- Sent the Colombia and Panama trade agreements to Congress sooner.
- Supported the removal of Honduran President Zelaya.
- Not eased restrictions on Cuba.
My dislike of Mitt Romney just went up a few more notches.
FRANK Luntz is like a serial killer of the English language.
As soon as I heard the term “job creators,” I said to myself, “that sounds like Frank Luntz talking.” And sure enough, it’s right in there in Frank Luntz’s latest book, Win: The Key Principles to Take Your Business from Ordinary to Extraordinary. Here are Luntz’s exact words: “You don’t create jobs by making life difficult for job creators.” That’s under the heading “The Ten Rules for 2012: What Americans Really Want to Hear from Their Representatives.”
Here is Luntz’s list of what we all “really” want to hear in 2012:
- I will never accept the status quo.
- I will never apologize for America.
- I will find at least one penny of waste to cut from every dollar of spending.
- I will never raise taxes in a recession.
- You don’t work for me. I work for you.
- I will fight for the public’s right to know the cost and consequences of every piece of legislation and regulation.
- I will always prioritize American rights over the rights of those who wish to do us harm.
- I will work with anyone who will work with me.
- I will always support freedom.
- I still believe in the American principle: of the people, by the people, for the people.
Note the absence of anything even resembling a policy, a program, or a solution to anyone’s problems. So, for instance, the Luntzified Republican Party’s health care plan really is, “don’t get sick.”
And leaving Ron Paul aside, doesn’t that Luntz list sound like every single Republican candidate for President?
And almost every Republican Governor? And almost every Republican Senator? And, of course, Sarah Palin?
Which suggests this startling possibility: If they all read Luntz’s book, then they all know how to read.