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Ok, Mitt Romney isn’t necessarily the devil incarnate.

True, he does want to overturn Roe v. Wade, and put us back to the days when young women faced death or mutilation instead the goal of abortions being “safe, legal and rare”.

And true, he would give tax breaks to the super-wealthy, further increasing the divide between rich and poor and adding to the breakdown of the middle class with the old notion of “trickle down”. I told a Republican friend of mine, who is not wealthy, yet firmly believes in the notion of trickle down that the only time I ever felt trickle down was getting pissed on by rich people.

And true, he would probably take us into war in Iran and very possibly start World War 3 in the guise of keeping “no daylight” between the US and his old buddy Netanyahu. I like Israel. I’m a non-religious Jew. But Netanyahu is a lunatic and many people in Israel know that a hell of a lot better than the US Evangelicals who love Israel only because it’s tied in with their idea that the Jews must possess their own country in the Holy Land before Jesus can return.

Oh, and of course, Romney wants to end Medicare as we know it, replacing it with a voucher system that I don’t have to worry about, since I’m lucky enough to be born before 1958, but will cost my kids thousands and thousands of dollars when they finally need medicare.

There is that troubling thing about how Romney plans to cut taxes “for everyone” by 20%, AND add 2 trillion dollars to the military budget that the joint chiefs of staff did not ask for and say they do not need.  Somehow, by magic, this will not add to the deficit, Romney says.  But then again, when Republicans are in office, they don’t worry about deficits.  As Dick Cheney famously said, “Deficits don’t matter”.  Except when a Democrat is in office.   Then deficits are the devil’s plaything.

And right, there is that thing about how Romney thinks that gay marriage is evil and would lead to the destruction of our society, as it already has in Massachusetts, where gay marriage is recognized.  Wait…you mean society in Massachusetts hasn’t imploded?  Hmmm, that’s weird.

But aside from those things,  creating a country where young women have to go back to back-alley abortions, destroying the middle class, starting World War 3, killing Medicare, adding to the deficit, telling gay Americans that they don’t have the same rights as straight Americans….aside from those things,  what would really irk me about a Romney presidency is that he’d take credit for the economic turn-around that is already happening under Obama.  That big nasty plastic smile of his, which already makes me want to puke every time I see it would be saying, “See, I’m the rich white guy who knows how to create jobs!”  when in fact, the only jobs he specializes in creating are in Bangalore and China.  The fact that he takes credit for creating jobs at Staples is like saying that Steve Jobs “didn’t build that” and that the bankers who lent Steve Jobs money were the ones who created the jobs at Apple.

It might seem like my priorities are skewed, if that is the thing that would irk me the most, but  it is the thing which I feel certain would happen.  The other concerns are of much greater consequence for our country and for the world, but he may not get away with making them happen.  The president doesn’t get to make laws, despite the promises that candidates make.  I actually do think that any one of those dire possibilities are far worse than a gloating Romney.  But in my mind, they all get mushed together.

When I think of the possibility of President Mitt Romney, I feel tremendous fear and anxiety for our country and the world.  I can only hope that in less than a month’s time, I can look back at this blog post and breathe a sigh of relief as President Obama is re-elected for a second historic term.

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