Mitt Romney Is a Lying, Worthless Sack of Scum (Part 1 of a New Series):
One of the first things Mitt Romney did when he became governor of Massachusetts in 2003 was to cut the fuck out of education. He'd have cut more, but the state senate limited the amount he could have cut to some of the poorer school districts. Indeed, his budget cuts forced towns like Fall River, for instance, to cut firefighters, cops, and, yes, teachers, not to mention teen pregnancy programs, after school programs, and more.
In other words, when Romney claims, as he did, "That's a very strange accusation. Of course teachers, and firemen, and policemen are hired at the local level and also by states. The federal government doesn't pay for teachers, firefighters, or policemen. So obviously that is completely absurd," well, it not only didn't answer the question about whether or not he wants to get rid of those workers. It ignores the fact that he already did when given an opportunity to make a decision on whether or not to do so. For instance, budget cuts left the town of Pembroke, MA, with 17 fewer teachers and a half a dozen other educators in its public schools. That's in a town of under 18,000.
Across the state, the cities and towns faced losses of a few hundred thousand to a couple of million dollars in education funding during the budget "balancing" mania of Romney in 2003 and 2004, with teachers laid off and schools closed across Massachusetts. By 2005, the high school dropout rate was the highest it had been in a decade and a half.
Oh, wait, is it okay to talk about Romney's record as governor? Or are we supposed to avoid that, too, like his record at Bain Capital, because we'd have to say what a worthless fuck he was and that's just mean?