Progress on the Bench and Sununu’s pathetic defense of Romney

Today: no aerobic exercise, though I did spend about 75 minutes with the weights. It was routine:
rotator cuff pulley (forgot the dumbbell exercises)
rows: 15 x 180, 15 x 200, 10 x 220 (Hammer machine)
pull ups: 4 sets of 10
bench: 10 x 135, 4 x 180, 4 x 180, 8 x 165
incline: 10 x 135, 2 x 155, 6 x 145
push backs: 3 sets of 10 x 230
abductor: 3 sets of 10 x 170 (pause at full extension)
hip hikes (2 sets of 20)
sit ups 5 sets of 20
pull downs; 10 x 160 (sloppy), 2 sets of 10 x 150 (better quality); used the double pulley machine instead of the single pulley one
military presses: 3 sets of 10 x 80 (machine to protect my forearms)
curls: 3 sets of 10 x 70 (machine)

Hey, I have to look good in my finish photos, right? 🙂
Then 75 minutes out in the yard; what a mess.


Rather straightforward, right? Well, one of Mr. Romney’s surrogates is trying to wiggle out of it:

Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign isn’t backing off the candidate’s claim that America needs fewer teachers, firefighters, and police officers. Instead, former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu (R), a top Romney campaign surrogate, backed Romney’s call this morning, telling MSNBC that changes in technology and population shifts have made layoffs of teachers and public safety officials necessary.

Romney’s original comments left little room for interpretation. President Obama “says we need more firemen, more policemen, more teachers,” Romney said Friday. “Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It’s time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.” But to Sununu, the comments highlighted a “real issue” that showed Romney’s “wisdom,” he told MSNBC’s Chris Jansing today:

SUNUNU: Let me respond as a taxpayer, not as a representative of the Romney campaign. There are municipalities, there are states where there is flight of population. And as the population goes down, you need fewer teachers. As technology contributes to community security and dealing with issues that firefighters have to deal with, you would hope that you can, as a taxpayer, see the benefits of the efficiency and personnel that you get out of that.

JANSING: But even if there’s movement to the suburbs, teachers and policemen are needed somewhere.

SUNUNU: But I’m going to tell you there are places where just pumping money in to add to the public payroll is not what the taxpayers of this country want.

JANSING: Do you think that taxpayers of this country want to hear fewer firefighters, fewer teachers, fewer police officers, from a strategic standpoint?

SUNUNU: If there’s fewer kids in the classrooms, the taxpayers really do want to hear there will be fewer teachers. […] You have a lot of places where that is happening. You have a very mobile country now where things are changing. You have cities in this country in which the school population peaked ten, 15 years ago. And, yet the number of teachers that may have maintained has not changed. I think this is a real issue. And people ought to stop jumping on it as a gaffe and understand there’s wisdom in the comment.

Sigh. Yes, there are some industries in which technology might make people more efficient hence lowering the demand for workers. I’m not sure that firefighting is one of them.

As far as the population goes: uh…the school age population, OVERALL, is going up. Sure, some schools might need fewer teachers, but on the whole, we need more. Mr. Obama was talking nationally and Mr. Romney was also.

I find such whining to be ironic since Mr. Romney is a master at lying and taking things out of context.


June 11, 2012 - Posted by | 2012 election, Barack Obama, economy, Mitt Romney, Political Ad, political/social, weight training

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