Get SF Weekly Newsletters

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Mitt Romney Trashes California, Comparing Golden State to Financially Screwed Europe

Posted By on Thu, Aug 9, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Good idea!
  • Good idea!

Mitt Romney is in trouble with California Democrats -- not that he really cares. The Republican Presidential candidate was heard popping off again, but this time he was trashing California instead of Palestine.

While speaking to a group of Iowans, Romney talked about how another four years with Obama would lead the United States down a path similar to Greece, et al. Here's what he said:


Entrepreneurs and

business people around the world and here at home think that at some

point America is going to become like Greece or like Spain or Italy, or

like California -- just kidding about that one, in some ways.

And here's what Gov. Jerry Brown's Office had to say back:


"Mr. Romney's weak grasp of foreign affairs was painfully evident during his recent trip to

Europe, but these comments underscore the fact that he knows just as

little about the Golden State as he does about the rest of the world," Gil Duran, a spokesman for Brown, told reporters.

Duran then gives Romney, who by the way owns property in San Diego, a crash course in just how great California is:

  • California has a $1.9 trillion economy, the ninth largest in the world;

  • It leads the nation in the

    number of jobs created, even if it's the leader in unemployment;

  • Its bond rating outlook has improved and its

    borrowing costs have fallen, making it the "exact opposite" of Spain,

    Italy, and Greece;

  • Unlike a country, which can run a deficit, California is constitutionally mandated to adopt a balanced budget each year;

  • Greece's government spending makes up a much larger portion of its economy than that of California;

  • Also, three words: Google, Apple, and Intel.

And don't forget, Romney, we are home to your No. 1. fan, the Queen of Porn, Jenna Jameson, who has certainly done plenty for California's economy.


Follow us on Twitter at @TheSnitchSF and @SFWeekly


  • Pin It

Tags: , , , , , ,

About The Author

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Bio:
Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed

Like us on Facebook

Slideshows

  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"