1. First, look at what they worked with: Romney had an 85% opposition Legislature that overrode 19 of his vetoes and would have laughed long and hard at any judicial appointees that you or I would like. That's simply a fact, Romney had to function in hardline enemy territory, and he did so well enough to turn a massive state deficit into a surplus.
Obama received a supermajority Congress fully in his favor, and then passed everything he wanted. Having promised to cut the deficit spending in half, he more than doubled it.
Again, this isn't a Romney excuse--it's an historical fact. Some of the shops in downtown Denver are owned by Republicans. But how many openly display such ideals by running Fox News or putting up signs or scattering right-wing magazines in their lobbies? None. Why? BECAUSE THEY'D GO OUT OF BUSINESS--IMMEDIATELY.
No matter how much it can frustrate purists, the fact remains that if Mitt had governed like you or me in Massachusetts, he never would have been elected, or he would have been thrown out or shut down long before being able to balance their budget. That's just a fact, and we conservatives only deal in facts. Mitt was evolving in his beliefs--just as Reagan did--and he was also in a "deal or die" situation.
Oh, and let's not forget that it was his job to SERVE the people who elected him, which meant governing in a way that was at least palatable for them. Take Romneycare, for instance. Mitt was faced with a fully socialized
medicine proposal from the Dem Legislature, and after being overridden on countless vetoes, he hammered out a deal that was supported by enormous majorities in Massachusetts. He was elected to serve them, and he did. Again, not an excuse--a fact. Let's sum this portion up this way: Whether at Bain, the Olympics, or in Massachusetts, when did Mitt Romney EVER push an organization further to the Left of where it was before he arrived? Fact is, he ALWAYS pushed to the Right. Meanwhile, when has Obama EVER pushed any organization to the Right? Fact is, he has ALWAYS pushed to the Left, with evangelistic fervor. No contest.
Like Reagan, Romney was pro-choice but became pro-life and never looked back. He allows for exceptions with rape, incest, or danger to the mother.
Obama is so rabidly pro-choice that he wants everyone's tax dollars--regardless of their beliefs--funding ALL abortions, including late-term and partial birth. Obama also opposed the saving of babies who survived abortions--multiple times--because "the mother's intent was an abortion."
3. The Fed
Romney: Audit, investigate, and stop monetizing the debt.
Obama: Opposes audit, and supports printing at historic levels.
4. 2nd Amendment
Romney: Sought to ban some assault weapons--again, in Massachusetts--but never all guns. He's fully endorsed by the NRA, and spoke at their Convention.
Obama: Always presses for more restraints, and clearly approved of Operation Fast and Furious--gunrunning for the ultimate goal of campaigning against private gun ownership in America.
5. Oil Drilling
Romney: Expand it immediately, including offshore, public lands, ANWR, and immediate approval of the Keystone Pipeline.
Obama: Opposes all expansion, stops the Keystone Pipeline, and is seizing as much land for the "public" as possible. Offshore permits are down a staggering 2/3 under Obama, with onshore permits plummeting by 1/3. Under Obama, for every megawatt hour of energy generated by fossil fuels, we spend 64 cents in taxpayer subsidies. But for every megawatt hour of energy generated by green energy--the same amount of energy--Obama has us spending an unbelievable $56 in taxpayer subsidies. That's $87 to $1 for the same amount of energy.
6. PBS, Planned Parenthood
Obama: Increase funding
7. Supreme Court Appointments
Romney: Guided by Judge Robert Bork
Obama: Appointed the two most radically Leftist (and racist, in one case) justices in US history.
Romney: END IT. Don't nationalize Romneycare--that was wanted by the people of Massachusetts. Let the states craft their own plans. No unelected, 15-member rationing boards. No $716 billion moved from Medicare to fund Obamacare. No new 15,000 IRS agents. Unleash the best controller of healthcare costs--the American Consumer.
Obama: KEEP ALL ASPECTS OF OBAMACARE AND PRESS FOR UNIVERSAL COVERAGE.
Romney: Turned massive deficits in Massachusetts, the Olympics, and in countless companies into surpluses. Has always balanced budgets.
Obama: Nearly $6 Trillion in deficit spending over a microscopic 4 years, after promising to cut deficit in half.
Romney: Not without Congressional approval
Obama: Without even consulting Congress, phoned in airstrikes from Brazil. Seriously.
11. Card Check
Romney: Opposes it. Unions who know where you live shouldn't know how you vote regarding union membership.
Obama: Supports it enthusiastically.
12. Union Funds Supporting Political Activism
Romney: Opposes it. Every union member should decide for themselves what party--if any--should receive a portion of their union dues for political activism.
Obama: Supports current system, in which dues are taken from all members and then channeled almost exclusively to the Democratic Party.
13. School Choice
Romney: Has spoken AGGRESSIVELY on this subject, supporting vouchers and tax credits for private options.
Obama: Opposes any and all school choice, even removing the option for inner city children in Washington DC.
Romney: Like Ryan, wants lower taxes on all Americans while removing loopholes used overwhelmingly by the wealthy.
Obama: Wants tax hikes on job creators, plus tons of new taxes on all Americans in Obamacare--hence, 15,000 new IRS agents.
15. Boeing Airlines
Romney: Build where you want; it's a free country.
Obama: Opposed building of new plant in Right To Work state.
16. "Law of the Sea" Treaty (LOST)
Romney: Flatly opposes giving foreign governments control over US assets and offshore drilling revenues.
Obama: Wants full passage of treaty.
17. School Lunches
Romney: Doesn't agree with Michelle Obama
Obama: Agrees with Michelle Obama
18. Gay Marriage
Romney: Supports some gay marital rights while retaining traditional definition of marriage for heterosexuals
Obama: Fully endorses gay marriage
19. Personal Past
Romney: His life is an open book, and he recently released 20 years of tax records. During that time, he has given nearly 14% of his wealth to charity, and has never been close with any anti-American entities of any kind.
Obama: Actually sealed his birth records, college records, and suppressed or downplayed his connections with countless anti-American entities like ACORN and William Ayers. Over the past 20 years, Obama has averaged less than 2% giving to charity.
20. Political Support
Romney: Chose Paul Ryan as VP, while saying he would support Ron Paul or Gary Johnson if either won nomination.
Obama: Chose Joe Biden as VP, while working in a party where Paul and Johnson could never run.