Thursday, August 2, 2012

Romney's Fail Parade Continues: Praises Poland For All the Wrong Reasons

So Mitt Romney completed his worldwide, three country, comedy tour with a final stop in Poland, where he gave a speech in which he said:

"Rather than heeding the false promise of a government-dominated economy, Poland sought to stimulate innovation, attract investment, expand trade, and live within its means," Romney said in a speech in Warsaw. "Your success today is a reminder that the principles of free enterprise can propel an economy and transform a society."
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In Warsaw, Romney heaped praise on Poland, saying that it "empowered the individual, lifted the heavy hand of government, and became the fastest-growing economy in all of Europe."

 Like with many things Romney says, he  managed to neglect several, slightly important little details about Poland. Details such as:

-  The government provides families with $300 for every baby Polish mommies pop out.
-  The government fully funds State university education.
-  Poland has government expenditure as a percentage of GDP being 44%, as opposed to 41% in the U.S.
- Oh, and Poland also has universal health care.

This is really sloppy work, Mitt. Again, your campaign staff isn't competent enough to browse wikipedia for a few minutes before writing your speeches? Trust me, it'll save you a lot of aggravation in the long run.

But hey, it's not like you guys will listen to someone who's only trying to look out for you, so whatever. I look forward to Romney saying something like Afghanistan's biggest problem is that it's too secular.

Just kidding. Romney doesn't give a shit about Afghanistan.

Update: Oh and one more thing, Poland is not "living within its means" if one defines that by not having any debt whatsoever. Their debt to GDP ration is 55%. Better luck next crime, Mitt.

18 comments:

  1. A 16 year old could have done a better job researching the facts. It's unbelievable and just plain stupid for a man who claims he is capable of being the leader of the free world to not at least know that Poland has universal health care or government funded college education.

    I applaud you for putting more time and research into this matter than Mitt's campaign team a whole.

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  2. Very well said, should encourage mitt's speech team to do some "Research" before they let him speak.

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  3. Well... I can hardly say I'm shocked. That's what happens when you throw your support at made up versions of the countries you are visiting, rather than the actual countries. If Mitt weren't so conjoined with his party's ass-backwards political stance, then he might come to realize that real, functioning countries aren't what he pictures them to be. It shames me that this man is allowed to represent America in other countries. I hope this is over as quickly as it began.

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  4. Your analysis is quite poor and misaligned. His comments would seem to reflect the transition of Poland from postwar communist Poland, to the country it is today. Seen in "empowered the individual, lifted the heavy hand of government, and became the fastest-growing economy in all of Europe."

    The facts you are using to "fight" Romaney's statements are quite useless, in the sense that many of these advantages are not mutually exclusive within the Romney's "free enterprise", I would relate this to his work within Massachusetts as evidence.

    Sidenote, you say Poland "is not "living within its means" if one defines that by not having any debt whatsoever". Economics would dictate that this is healthy ratio for a country of its size and economic power. For example USA is at 104%, which is healthy in its own way. (debt is good)

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    1. Poland has been struggling for years after the war and after the fall of the iron curtain. They have been struggling with high unemployment, criminality and a bad education system. The situation started to get better around 2000, but only now (201x) they are getting more prosperous, thanks to their high government spending in innovation.

      "For example USA is at 104%, which is healthy in its own way. (debt is good)"
      As an economic: The USA's debt to GDP ratio is not healthy at all. Debt is not good. Debt is BAD. Short term debt is no problem and will always be necessary, but long term debts, which only seem to get higher are not positive for a country's economy.

      The things you stated are weak attempts to discredit the author, but they have no ground to stand on. It seems to me that you are loyal to Mitt Romney –and you are entitled to that opinion- , but please don’t believe everything people say to you. I am a Belgian citizen and choose neither side.

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    2. Debt is good if it is being used to generate assets. The idea being, the return on investment from these assets is enough to offset the interest paid on loans taken by the countries. Debt is NOT always good. In US's case, most of it is bad debt, being spent on bailouts and welfare.

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  5. Actually, there is some point in what Romney said. If you compare Poland to other european countries, you will notice that:
    -300$ one-time help for having children would be nothing compared to Germany or France
    -Polish government expenditure is less than Iceland's 57% or swedish 53%
    -Polish universal health care is inefficient, corrupt and outdated. Doctors and nurses often strike, demanding better wages, patients have to face an imaginary choice of waiting a couple of months in queue or going private.
    -I believe that "living within one's means" was directed not at the govt, but at polish people themselves. There is a certain anti-debt culture, people only consider loans when buying cars, houses or setting up businesses, almost no one uses credit cards to make ends meet on a monthly basis.

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    1. "-300$ one-time help for having children would be nothing compared to Germany or France"

      This is not one-time. You also get annual/mensal support.

      "-Polish government expenditure is less than Iceland's 57% or Swedish 53%"

      Icelandic and Swedish welfare are also much higher than polish welfare.

      "-Polish universal health care is inefficient, corrupt and outdated. Doctors and nurses often strike, demanding better wages, patients have to face an imaginary choice of waiting a couple of months in queue or going private."

      Can you show me a source? No, because it's biased bs.

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    2. i am polish
      its not biased BS, my mom is a doctor, our health service is crap
      you can trust me or believe that our helath care is awesome, you would be the first person in the world to believe that...

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    3. I am also Polish and concur that the health care system is abysmal. There was a case of doctors and nurses letting patients die because of a lucrative deal they struck with a neighboring funeral parlor. How many doctors do you know of in the US that would make a financial decision like that? Poland has weathered the current global economic crisis fairly well due to innovated, yet conservative domestic economic policy and a populace that is averse to credit. Wikipedia is not the tell-all end-all source for information.

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    4. I am also Polish and concur that the health care system is abysmal. There was a case of doctors and nurses letting patients die because of a lucrative deal they struck with a neighboring funeral parlor. How many doctors do you know of in the US that would make a financial decision like that? Poland has weathered the current global economic crisis fairly well due to innovated, yet conservative domestic economic policy and a populace that is averse to credit. Wikipedia is not the tell-all end-all source for information.

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  6. Hi There,

    I just would like to add, that Poland is again slated to receive 80 Billion Euro in support from the European Union in 2012. Of course, there is further funding made available by the EU to Poland to rebuild its horrible infrastructure. Please include this in your further discussions, as well as in considering every member state of the EU a social-market economy (because that's what we call it, please add this to your dictionary).

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  7. I'm pretty sure that the US expenditures as a percent of GDP are closer to 30% (this is including state and local expenditures). That being said, I agree that Romney definitely got a lot of stuff wrong. He should really feel ashamed.

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  8. If you're unsure about Romney...
    You HAVE to be sure about Obama.
    You also have to research outside of mainstream sources which is occasionally difficult nowadays.
    Don't waste your vote.....Socialist Utopia or Romney, which is really worse?

    People say when Obama is out of office that he will purchase an expensive paper shreader to hide scandals, etc. They don't realize that he's just going to use the same one he used on the Constitution.

    We know Mitt's values and we know Obama's well. Mitt is so squeaky clean, Obama has spent $100 Million on debunked lies and has continue to distribute them. Stop hating Romney for getting some facts wrong, we know his campaign staff sucks ass. Stop being so desperate lol....This year is clearly a Republican sweep.

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    1. I really wish people would stop saying the term 'people say' to begin a sentance. That is such a Fox News trope for when you want to say something completely fucking ignorant but don't have the sack to say it yourself.

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  9. Actually US government expenditures as a % of GDP was 20.1% for 2011.

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  10. Interesting that there are so many people who write their version of the truth anonymously. Are you afraid of standing by your word by name ? Or do you have other reasons?

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