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The Massachusetts program was so successful that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) used it as a national model. Dozens of other states put [these] ads on TV. Even other countries latched onto the campaign, beaming the ads into television sets as far away as Crete and Australia. They continue to serve as a model for public service ads today.
From 1992 to 2003, per capita cigarette consumption declined by more than 47 percent in Massachusetts, compared to 28 percent nationally, according to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. The Boston Globe reported that between 1990 and 2002, the smoking rate for pregnant women dropped 52 percent. The anti-smoking program also reduced lung cancer death rates in the state by 9.5 percent and was responsible for a 31 percent plunge in heart disease deaths, according to studies co-authored by Connolly that isolated the program's direct effect on those conditions.
His (Romney's) efforts all but killed the program and serve as one of the most dramatic examples of his preference for short-term political gains over long-term health care solutions. Romney has continued this approach as the Republican nominee for president, vowing to repeal President Barack Obama's health care reform law while insisting that emergency rooms provide effective treatment for the uninsured.
after Romney took over as CEO of Bain & Co. in the early 1990s, the consulting firm performed key research for Philip Morris that formed the basis for a price cut on which researchers blame a dramatic rise in teen smoking. The firm also worked with two cigarette companies to expand the Russian smoking market, making millions of dollars in the process.
These cuts would have totaled $26.8 million -- 2.2 percent of the $1.2 billion state budget deficit that Romney inherited upon taking office. None of these cuts were necessary for balancing the state's budget. All were overriden by the Democratic state legislature, and the state still closed its budget gap with room to spare.
Legal aid -- $7,564,132 Mental health legal aid -- $501,085 Cervical/breast cancer -- $2,784,551 Turning 22 -- new clients (helping intellectually and physically disabled young adults live independently) $36,500 Holyoke Soldiers' Home long-term care fees -- $579,000 Nurse's aide scholarships -- $250,000 Regional emergency medical services -- $1,246,896 Newborn hearing screening -- $83,060 Suicide prevention -- $125,000 Prostate cancer prevention: -- $1,000,000 Healthy Families (counseling for young parents) -- $6,677,891 Housing Services Program -- $221,925 Medical assistance eligibilty for the blind -- $100,000 Commission for the Blind -- $213,456 Turning 22 services -- $131,240 Veterans' Outreach Centers -- $165,000 Ferguson Industries for the Blind -- $200,000 Community Services for the Blind -- $250,000 Independent living (aid for people with disabilities) -- $220,000 Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing -- $128,235 Early Intervention Services (for children w/ developmental delays) -- $697,132 Turning 22 community services for adults with intellectual and physical disabilities-- $150,155 Community mental health centers -- $3,000,000 Breast cancer detection and research -- $35,678 Chelsea Soldiers' Home -- $250,000 AIDS prevention and treatment -- $150,000 Total: $26,760,936 Source: Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center
It’s true that Romney balanced the state budget every year — as Massachusetts’ Constitution requires — and Romney never raised personal income taxes. But as we have noted whenever this claim has arisen — which has been frequently — Romney did hike government fees by hundreds of millions of dollars, and he also closed loopholes on some corporate taxes.
Ryan also said that under Romney, “unemployment went down.” That’s true. According to unemployment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate in Massachusetts went from 5.6 percent when Romney took office in January 2003 to 4.6 percent when he left office in January 2007.
The point of my post was showing what Romney chose to attempt to cut: $26+ million in programs for the poor and disabled, which amounted to 2.2% of the $1.26 billion budget deficit, yet he did cut $250 in capital gains taxes, which went primarily to the rich, and half of which went to the richest 278 people.
He, however, has a tendency to want to cut programs for the poor and disabled, and wants to give breaks to the rich and powerful. This indicates what kind of character this guy is and who he looks out for.
He also cut the anti-smoking program, which was shown to save health costs two dollars for every dollar spent in the program, after pledging to increase it; given his and his company's affiliation with Phillip Morris, this would appear to be a conflict of interest.
Originally posted by ModernAcademia
I'm somewhat okay with some of these programs
Others I think should be abolished and I wouldn't fund them either
Originally posted by detachedindividual
This is one of the fundamental problems, emotive decision making based on political or religious ideologies. As a leader, you would be expected to lead an entire nation, even those you don't like very much because of your political or religious ideals.