"What the president, president's campaign did was focus on certain members of his base coalition, give them extraordinary financial gifts from the government, and then work very aggressively to turn them out to vote," Romney said in the afternoon call, according to audio aired on ABC News.So let's review...forgiveness of college loan interest, "free" contraceptives, and Obamacare.
Romney, who lost to Obama by 126 electoral votes, said the president courted voters by offering policies - some of them this election year - that appealed to key constituencies.
"With regards to the young people, for instance, a forgiveness of college loan interest, was a big gift," Romney said, according to The New York Times.
"Free contraceptives were very big with young college-aged women," he continued. "And then, finally, Obamacare also made a difference for them, because as you know, anybody now 26 years of age and younger was now going to be part of their parents' plan, and that was a big gift to young people. They turned out in large numbers, a larger share in this election even than in 2008."
One policy is forward-looking. One should not spend one's working life paying off their education debt. It's not indentured servitude, but it's close.
The contraception thing is a lie. Including contraception in someone's insurance plan doesn't make it free any more than including flu shots in their insurance plan makes that free. I think, by definition, if I'm paying for something, then that shit ain't free.
And the young people on their parents' insurance plans? Oh, what a gift!
The funny thing is that rather than eschew the gift-promising, Romney was doing it too. And in a more generous, less helpful way, too.
I guess what I'm saying is that if you're promising to give rich people a tax cut, then you can't complain about someone else promising to forgive the interest on a student loan.