by Edd Doerr
(Here's the comment I posted in the Washington Post on 10/4 in response to Dana Milbank's column.)
During the debate Romney extruded a remark about his support for school vouchers, which is Republican code mantra for having government force all taxpayers to support special interest sectarian private schools through vouchers. Now it happens that Romney is most closely associated with three states -- Massachusetts, Michigan and Utah. Well, it happens that the constitutions of these three states all prohibit tax aid for church-related private schools. It also happens that these three states have had a total of SEVEN referendum elections in which voters rejected vouchers or their analogs by about two to one.
Conclusion: Romney is contemptuous of the constitutions of the three states with which he is most closely associated. He is contemptuous of the voters of three three states, as he is of the voters of the other states (NY, MD, DC, MO, SD, CO, CA, OR, WA, AK) that have had similar referenda. He is contemptuous of the religious freedom of all Americans, their right not to be forced by government to support religious institutions. He is contemptuous of the public schools serving 90% of our children , which cannot help but be harmed by the diversion of public funds to private schools.
Romney, who comes off like a sleazy used car salesman who lies with a straight face, should be rejected by voters come November.