Obama tries to hit Romney on teachers, cops. Mitt pounces.

posted at 2:01 pm on June 9, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

Ever since the president’s now legendary moment of confusion about the economy being just fine, Team Obama has been scrambling for some way to move the game and get people talking about something else. This weekend they apparently thought they found it and decided to launch a new ad campaign claiming that Romney wants to lay off police, firefighters and teachers. Here’s the video.

The video begins with the dreary music and the headlines about public sector layoffs and a clip of the President exhorting Congress to pass a plan to “put them back to work.” And then we get this:

What would Mitt Romney do?

Romney economics: Fewer teachers, firefighters, police officers.

It didn’t work then, it won’t work now.

In a sign of precisely how nimble the Romney campaign has become, the digital ink hadn’t even begun to dry on this latest attack before they were out with a response. Speaking of, “it didn’t work then,” we are reminded that we already tried dealing with the issue of employment for teachers and first responders by pumping federal dollars down a rat hole. We called it the stimulus. And it was so badly crafted that the money frequently went to bailing out state budgets and pretty much everything but saving the targeted jobs. And in the rare cases where schools did benefit in the short run, once the money was gone the employees were let go anyway.

We contacted the Romney campaign today shortly after the Obama video came out and they responded with the following comment from Andrea Saul, Romney Press Secretary.

“President Obama fundamentally believes in raising taxes to grow government. He believes that we must hire more government workers to fix the economy. Every day, we learn why President Obama has not been the leader to take us out of this economic crisis. President Obama wants to stimulate government, Mitt Romney wants to stimulate the real world economy.”

You can expect to see this rather ragged, “Mitt wants to lay off cops and firemen” theme trotted out on the Sunday shows tomorrow. But it looks like they’re not going to get off a clean shot… assuming the networks bother to check with the Romney campaign.

UPDATE: (Jazz) They’re pushing it out to the MSM early.


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And just on a conceptual basis. What does it mean when a candidate distinguishes between “teachers, fire fighters and police officers and “the American people” suggesting that “helping” one comes at the expense of the other. Are those workers not “Americans?” Are they not part of the American people? Do you lose your citizenship and stop paying taxes when you work for the state? Explain why these people should be hated, especially considering the important jobs they do to keep our society functioning, modern and safe.

libfreeordie on June 10, 2012 at 8:33 AM

It always amazes me that when the state/local budget needs to be cut, the first threats are always to lay off “teachers, police, and firefighters.” Don’t you think they could do with fewer building inspectors, tax assessors, and public works folks instead? Or maybe reform their benefits packages so all of them keep their jobs? Romney should clarify that Walker saved those jobs by extracting union tentacles from the public sector, and that he could do the same for the federal government.

spudmom on June 10, 2012 at 8:46 AM

It always amazes me that when the state/local budget needs to be cut, the first threats are always to lay off “teachers, police, and firefighters.” Don’t you think they could do with fewer building inspectors, tax assessors, and public works folks instead? Or maybe reform their benefits packages so all of them keep their jobs? Romney should clarify that Walker saved those jobs by extracting union tentacles from the public sector, and that he could do the same for the federal government.

spudmom on June 10, 2012 at 8:46 AM

You always threaten to take away what people value so you can get your next budget increase passed. Same as when a school district is low on $$. They threaten busing, football, and basketball. Have seen it done by more than one school board….

Nathan_OH on June 10, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Given a presumption that President Obama has precious little to show of a positive nature (as seen by the public), his campaign strategy must be pretty obvious, at least for now.

Given his liberal-progressive ideology, I would think that it would be fairly easy for a smart group of people to anticipate/brain storm the kinds of attack ads and themes that the President’s campaign would resort to and come up with a variety of plans for neutralizing them and/or counter-attacks.

Russ808 on June 10, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Don’t you think they could do with fewer building inspectors,

Yes, because we want city buildings crumbling and falling apart. That’s good for business! Also we want Landlords to get away with keeping rat infested, disease spreading living conditions, cause thats good for families!

tax assessors, and public works folks instead?

Public works? Like filling pot holes, like collecting trash? Like maintaining sewer and water lines? Yeah lets get rid of all those services, return to turn of the century modes of living!

libfreeordie on June 10, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Did someone get banned?

St Gaudens on June 10, 2012 at 9:39 AM

It always amazes me that when the state/local budget needs to be cut, the first threats are always to lay off “teachers, police, and firefighters.”
spudmom on June 10, 2012 at 8:46 AM

That’s a common tactic and it’s known as the “Washington Monument” argument: making the worst possible scenario of budget corrections seem like the most likely to happen.

visions on June 10, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Since when does the President of the US hire (or fire) firefighters and teachers and cops? Your Regime has brainwashed you quite nicely.

F-

Del Dolemonte on June 9, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Most Lefties do not differentiate between federal, state, and local governments and their respective duties. In the mind of the Left, it’s all just “government.”

(On a side note, they don’t seem to understand that many government functions are much better served at the state/local level: more accountability, flexibility, etc.)

visions on June 10, 2012 at 9:52 AM

UPDATE: (Jazz) They’re pushing it out to the MSM early.

Obama/Dems/Journolisters are ineptly beating a dead horse. The whole complaint there is them wasting their money and the public’s patience.

Romney continues to run an excellent campaign, more power to him/them!

Lourdes on June 10, 2012 at 9:56 AM

This sure isn’t Mccain

The Notorious G.O.P on June 9, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Yeah, it sure is sweet to be experiencing/witnessing a competent campaign, isn’t it?

What a bad time that McCain thing was.

Lourdes on June 10, 2012 at 10:01 AM

I wasn’t aware that the federal government does the hiring and firing for ALL local governments. When did that happen? Now on the odd chance the WH is claiming that absent federal subsidies layoffs will occur, well as has been pointed out most of the meoney never reached these local agencies. If layoffs were possible, rest assured localaties would do what they always do, raise revenue. Not even a good lie Obama.

arand on June 10, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Building inspectors are more than eager to look the other way if you grease their palms. And if you’re approached for some cash and refuse you can expect nothing but delays and harrassment from these corrupt govt officials. Like everything else in the public sector there is no competition, and citizens are forced to use someone who got the position by knowing someone rather than from having a reputable background.
In my township these clowns now require its citizens to acquire a permit and pay a substantial fee if you want to resurface your driveway. There isn’t any safety risk, there is only scamming going on, with the govt coming up with another way to take our money.

fogw on June 10, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Mitt was not my first (or second) choice, but I came around to him after the FL win. I always figured this would happen. As nice as a fellow as he seems, the guy has a ruthless streak when it comes to campaigning, which I assume came from his business days.

As long as that ruthless streak was directed against fellow R’s, a good portion of the base was going to be down on him. You never want to see your guy attacked personally.

Now that all the salvos are pointed at Obama, all is being forgiven.

FuzzyLogic on June 9, 2012 at 2:42 PM

I’d describe Romnney as astute but not ruthless.

Some people don’t roll over under pressure and among those is Romney. While some others expect someone to roll over under pressure and view not doing so as some sort of “ruthlessness”.

Romney’s an astute man. He’s managed to create an excellent campaign and campaign responsiveness to people trying to kick him around. I admire that.

Lourdes on June 10, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Public works? Like filling pot holes, like collecting trash? Like maintaining sewer and water lines? Yeah lets get rid of all those services, return to turn of the century modes of living!

libfreeordie on June 10, 2012 at 9:10 AM

We do need at least one more “mental health” worker for you. Tuesday, June 5, 2012 Wisconsin. The day that liberal trolls will never forget

VegasRick on June 10, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Explain why these people should be hated…

libfreeordie on June 10, 2012 at 8:33 AM

Epic self-righteous liberal lie and troll bait.

No one said they hated “these people”.

And they wonder why we find militant liberals contemptible and despicable.

farsighted on June 10, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Yes, because we want city buildings crumbling and falling apart. That’s good for business! Also we want Landlords to get away with keeping rat infested, disease spreading living conditions, cause thats good for families!…Public works? Like filling pot holes, like collecting trash? Like maintaining sewer and water lines? Yeah lets get rid of all those services, return to turn of the century modes of living!

The liberal mindset. Everything must be expressed as an extreme. Reducing something by 10% must be countered immediately with the extreme disaster scenario. Reducing administrative overhead and cutting salaries immediately means that the water and sewer lines will collapse into Mad Max zombie apocalypse environmental effects.

SunSword on June 10, 2012 at 11:03 AM

I would guess that most of those public employees were laid off because their unions refused to have everyone take a partial cut to save other jobs.

Even Rahm Gets It

PattyJ on June 10, 2012 at 11:23 AM

libfreeordie on June 10, 2012 at 8:33 AM

You’ve been a busy boy this morning protecting Owebama. No one suggested that we didn’t need firefighters, police, teachers or even building inspectors and tax collectors. The suggestion was that while the economy is hurting, we could use LESS building inspectors and tax collectors. Just like the post office could decrease their budget by lowering top echelon salaries and bonuses without cutting services to the public.

The real suggestion was that the liberals like yourself USE police, firefighters and teachers to extract more money when the money really ends up going to bigwig bonuses, more waste and fraud, and things we could do without in a crunch (like building remodels, new cars, union wage increases etc.) Police, firefighters and teachers are certainly not lesser Americans and do provide much needed services but they certainly are not better Americans.

katablog.com on June 10, 2012 at 11:53 AM

SunSword on June 10, 2012 at 11:03 AM

exactly

katablog.com on June 10, 2012 at 11:54 AM

SunSword on June 10, 2012 at 11:03 AM

The boogeyman mentality.

Cindy Munford on June 10, 2012 at 12:16 PM

In the county next to us here in Florida, they threatened high school sports. The reaction was as funny as it was predictable.

Cindy Munford on June 10, 2012 at 12:21 PM

It’s so funny watching Obama try to run against someone who fights back and isn’t George Bush.

Cyhort on June 10, 2012 at 1:51 PM

the states and cities make their own choices about who to lay off.

however with liberals its always police and fireman.

I’d like to know what percentage of a states total public employee rolls are police/fireman. lay off an executive assistant or two.

gerrym51 on June 10, 2012 at 3:21 PM

In a sign of precisely how nimble the Romney campaign has become, the digital ink hadn’t even begun to dry on this latest attack before they were out with a response.

I’m more and more impressed with Romney’s ground game. They don’t let this stuff go unanswered.

Happy Nomad on June 10, 2012 at 8:18 PM

the states and cities make their own choices about who to lay off.

however with liberals its always police and fireman.

gerrym51 on June 10, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Don’t forget about the teachers.

Liberals always make this about essential services, not the SEIU clerk that really gets laid off.

Happy Nomad on June 10, 2012 at 8:33 PM

The Romney Team is GOOD. They have a rapid response unit second to none, and they’re putting the Obama team to SHAME.

If Obama wants something else to talk about, try this:

His Commerce Secretary was involved in a series of hit and run crashes in LA yesterday.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/06/us-commerce-secretary-accused-in-hit-and-run-crashes-found-unconcious.html

mountainaires on June 11, 2012 at 7:03 AM

And just on a conceptual basis. What does it mean when a candidate distinguishes between “teachers, fire fighters and police officers and “the American people” suggesting that “helping” one comes at the expense of the other. Are those workers not “Americans?” Are they not part of the American people? Do you lose your citizenship and stop paying taxes when you work for the state? Explain why these people should be hated, especially considering the important jobs they do to keep our society functioning, modern and safe.

libfreeordie on June 10, 2012 at 8:33 AM

A healthy private economy generates tax dollars to fund public agencies. To try to do it the other way around is like trying to push a cart with the head of a horse. We’re not against those services, just against borrowing from the future to pay for them instead of freeing up the private sector to do it.

It’s a tired tactic of the left. Here in Oregon the liberal legislature quietly passed state universal health care. In recent budgets they’ve taken almost a trillion dollars from the schools and shifted it towards growing the Department of Human Services in preparation for it. Then, they’ve gone back to the taxpayers and said “School funding is falling short! You must save teachers or kids won’t have an education!” They knew dang well that if they came to us and said “DHS needs a trillion dollars to ramp up for universal healthcare!” it wouldn’t work.

Oregon spending has doubled in 20 years, we spend $10,000 per student on our schools, they funnel school money to a media assisted secret universal health care system, then come wailing to taxpayers for more money to save the schools! If I could move out of the state, I would in a heartbeat. We are California 10 years ago.

PastorJon on June 11, 2012 at 1:26 PM

When was the last time you saw anyone laid off from this listing? I’ll wager some of these agencies are unknown to most of the public. Give it a quick read and I’ll bet there are more unknowns than knowns.
http://www.usa.gov/directory/federal/index.shtml

mixplix on June 11, 2012 at 9:28 PM

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