The Jawa Report’s Dr. Rusty Shackleford endorses Romney after Fred’s exit. Conservosphere bloggers know that RS is a leader among online Fredheads.
UPDATE: From the comment thread at My Pet Jawa, the most succinct defense of Romney’s record as a conservative governor in a deep blue state:
Here is Romney’s actual conservative record:
—In the four balanced budgets he signed into law, Governor Romney used the line-item veto or program reduction power to cut spending by nearly $1 Billion. Over the course of four budgets, Governor Romney made over 300 line-item reductions, 350 line-item eliminations and struck language 150 times.
— When Gov Romney took office in Massachusetts, he inherited a $2 billion deficit. While in office, he turned the $2 billion into a surplus—-WITHOUT raising taxes.
—Gov Romney solved the health care crisis in Massachusetts—-and his plans are still used today. He did this by using the free market and competition—and without raising taxes.
— Gov. Romney was instrumental in passing a bill abolishing a retroactive capital gains tax in the state that would have forced nearly 50,000 taxpayers to pay an additional $200 million in state taxes and fees
— 4 years ago — before the illegals marched in our streets — Romney opposed a bill that would have allowed illegal aliens to get driver’s licenses. “Those who are here illegally should not receive tacit support from our government that gives an indication of legitimacy,” the governor said. (Scott S. Greenberger, “Romney Stand Dims Chances Of License For Undocumented,” The Boston Globe, 10/28/03)
— Romney vetoed a bill in 2004 that would have permitted illegal aliens to pay the same in-state tuition rate paid by citizens at public colleges and universities in Massachusetts.
— Romney vetoed the bill providing state funding for human embryonic stem cell research
— Romney vetoed a bill that provided for the “morning after pill” without a prescription because it is an abortifacient and would have been available to minors without parental notification and consent
— He vetoed legislation which would have redefined Massachusetts longstanding definition of the beginning of human life from fertilization to implantation
Bren | 01.22.08 – 6:56 pm | #