Newly Published Documents Detail Romney's Specific Plan to Ruin White House, Country
What exactly would a Romney presidency have been like? Yes, of course it would have been horrible, we know that. But in what specific WAYS would have it been horrible? See, now we know the answer to this question, because Romney Readiness Project, the Republican candidate’s transition organization (known in certain circles as R2P) has published a 138-page report detailing how it prepared for a potential Romney victory.
“The White House staff is similar to a holding company” read one PowerPoint slide, which would have been presented to President-elect Romney as part of an expansive briefing on the morning after Election Day. It went on to list three main divisions of the metaphorical firm: “Care & Feeding Offices,” like speechwriting, “Policy Offices,” like the National Security Council, and “Packaging & Selling Offices,” like the office of the press secretary. This was the view of the Presidency Romney would have brought with him to Washington, a glimpse of the White House that never was — and plan that never saw the light of day.
Yes, the White House is similar to a holding company, except not exactly, because a "holding company" is a company that owns enough stock in another company to control its board of directors, and White House, on the other hand, is not a "company" at all. Yet. And if you think Time is exaggerating, here is a copy of the PowerPoint slide explaining at you about the White-House-as-holding-company metaphor:
But wait! There's more! The R2P also released a detailed set of recommendations about how, exactly, to manage this "holding company" that already had its own procedures, work culture, and norms in place, some of which had been developed over the past two or so centuries:
- Corporate-style training seminars were planned for appointees and nominees before the inauguration to teach management skills.
- A plan to restructure White House operations to suit Romney’s corporate management style, with clear deliverables.
- Detailed flow charts delineating how information and decisions were disseminated through the administration to achieve “unity.”
- Plans to evaluate Cabinet secretaries’s performance by “systematically assessing the efforts of their departments in contributing to [Romney's] priorities and objectives, perhaps by a newly created ”deputy chief of staff for Cabinet oversight.
Don't worry, they weren't going to ruin the White House and leave the country alone; the first 200 days also included plans to develop a "Reagan Economic Zone" to increase growth, repeal Obamacare, repeal other "grown-inhibiting" Obama policies, end the use of union workers in federal projects, deregulate the coal industry, and approve Keystone XL.
Ah, the long national nightmare that never was: how sad that Romney didn't win, and that our White House isn't run like a holding company! And ESPECIALLY how sad that your Wonkette will soon be able to get affordable health insurance due to the newly established health insurance exchanges.
Should we also note that these policies are almost exactly the same as those being pursued by the GOP Congress? Because why NOT do all the things that the losing candidate wanted to do, it's not like we had an election to figure out what the country wanted to do about any of these issues. Good to know that in Romney's absence, Congress is happy to take up the slack and ruin the country anyway!