I just watched the debate in parts, slowly, over two days. I focused on hearing straight from Mitt Romney what he had to say. I wasn’t focused on what Barack Obama said or didn’t say; he and his ideas are already familiar to me. I listened closely to hear what Romney will do if elected.
Here is what I heard:
Romney said that cutting taxes will create jobs and fix the deficit. Huh? And then said he never said he was going to cut taxes before he proceeded to promise to cut taxes.
Romney promised not to raise my taxes, but promised he will eliminate my deductions and exemptions, which, definitely and significantly, will raise my taxes.
Romney promised people over 55 that Social Security would not change for them and threw me, and everyone else 54 and younger, under the bus.
Romney said his Massachusetts health care reform was good when he passed it but bad for the country to have the same plan.
Romney promised to continue defense spending at its current level or greater, even though one war has ended and another is near its end.
Romney promised to cut a lot of (unspecified) government agencies and to lay off a lot of workers and to ax Big Bird to balance the budget.
Romney made a lot of promises that I don’t want him to be able to keep.