Is Mitt Romney dumb, corrupt, or some combination of the two? Whatever it is, Romney is dumb and/or corrupt enough to come close to caving on the anti-American DREAM Act.
If Romney were smart and not corrupt, he'd oppose anti-American bills like the DREAM Act; see the link for how that bill would harm Americans, something you won't hear from the establishment media.
By opposing that bill and doing it in the correct fashion, Romney would not only discredit his opponents, but he'd do a great public service. And, he could gain votes from even some Democrats.
"I believe the status of young people who came here through no fault of their own is an important matter to be considered and resolved on a long term basis so that they know what their future will be in this country," Romney said. "I think the actions the president took today make it more difficult to reach a long term solution because an executive order is, of course, just a short term matter than can be reversed by subsequent presidents.
Romney, who spoke to reporters for just over a minute, said he "agrees" with Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who has called for a "long-term solution," and vowed, if elected, to offer "clarity" to immigrants who came here through "no fault of their own" but by their parents' action.
Romney ignored shouted questions from reporters, who asked if he would roll back Obama's policy if elected or if he views his Democratic opponents as motivated by politics.
Romney is either too dumb or too corrupt to realize that he's playing on a field created by Democratic leaders in a game with rules they created.
All the Democrats have to do to undercut Romney is to make a better offer to the same group Romney is targeting: if Romney supports DREAM Act Lite, all the Democrats have to do to have greater appeal to the same target market is to offer DREAM Act Full.
Both the Obama and Romney campaigns are harming themselves with some groups at the expense of others over this issue, but Romney will do more damage to himself by supporting amnesty than Obama will by supporting an even worse (from America's perspective) amnesty.
A better alternative to the DREAM Act would be a repatriation program. Romney could break new ground by proposing such an effective solution, and by opposing the DREAM Act correctly he could discredit dozens of Democratic leaders.
Romney is going in the opposite direction: getting close to supporting an anti-American bill and validating the corrupt, anti-American ideas of many Democratic Party leaders.
Please contact Mitt Romney's advisors on Twitter and let them know what you think.
6/17/12 UPDATE: Dumb and/or corrupt, Part 2. Romney appeared on Bob Schieffer's Face The Nation show today and refused to say whether he'd repeal Obama's action; video below.
Romney wants a long-term solution, by which he means something like Rubio's DREAM Act. Romney is incapable of understand that the DREAM Act would harm Americans, or (more likely) he does realize that but is too corrupt to acknowledge it:
Romney: "...with regards to these kids who were brought in by their parents through no fault of their own, there needs to be a long-term solution so they know what their status is. This is something Congress has been working on - and I thought we were about to see some proposals brought forward by Senator Marco Rubio and by Democrat senators - but the president jumped in and said I'm going to take this action, he called it a stop-gap measure. I don't know why he feels stop-gap measures are the right way to go."
Schieffer: Would you repeal this?
Romney: Well, it would be overtaken by events if you will, by virtue of my putting in place a long-term solution, with legislation which creates law that relates to these individuals such that they know what their setting is going to be, not just for the term of a President but on a permanent basis.
Schieffer: I won't keep on about this but just to make sure I understand, would you leave this in place while you worked out a long term solution or would you just repeal it?
Romney: We'll look at that setting as we reach that, but my anticipation is I'd come into office and say we need to get this done, on a long-term basis, not this kind of stop-gap measure. What the President did, he should have worked on this years ago, if he felt seriously about this he should have taken action when he had a Democrat House and Senate, but he didn't. He saves these sort of things until four and a half months before the general election.
Schieffer: Well why do you think he did that?
Romney: I think the timing is pretty clear, if he really wanted to make a solution that dealt with these kids or with illegal immigration in America, than this is something he would have taken up in his first 3 and a half years, not in his last few months.
Schieffer: So he did it for politics.
Romney: Well, that's certainly a big part of the equation.
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