Mitt Romney plunged into Obama country Friday as he began a six-state bus tour telling voters that if he becomes president, “the era of big government will really be over.”
What Mitt means by that is the end of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid as we know it, and new programs to replace them won't cover much of anything at all.
“Why Romney? Because we don’t like Obama,” said Paul Fidler, a truck driver, after Romney spoke in Stratham. “We’re petrified about what’s going on,” said Suzanne Rufiange, a bookkeeper, as she ate vanilla ice cream in Milford. “There’s too much control by a small amount of people.”
And Mitt Romney will certainly listen to you, of course. And then he'll tell you that he knows what's best for America, and what that will mean is the retirement age is going up to 70 and you'll need to cover most of your Medicare, and like a good patriot you'll need to skip that vacation and instead save up for your own retirement, because we're sick of taking care of you cradle to grave.
And all this will of course mean more tax cuts for guys like Mitt. You don't begrudge Mitt his quarter of a billion dollars, do you? He's a man of the people, you know. Sure you haven't gotten a raise since 2008 and your benefits just got cut again and the company discontinued the 401(k) program, but really you should be lucky you have a job, so you frankly have no right to complain.
Maybe if you work hard enough, you'll be rich like Mitt too. You might even be able to afford health care for a while until your insurance company cancels your policy for the pre-existing condition of you broke your arm when you were 12, but that's better than the government being involved, right?
Why, Mitt and his Republican friends will create jobs just like they did in 2001-2009. Only more of that whole "austerity" thing.
Won't it be fun?