Oops: Romney’s Springs Backdrop Funded By “Failed Stimulus!”

UPDATE: For there’s no confusion, WCVB-TV Boston, last September:

“First, you’re wrong. That’s one. I have never supported the President’s Recovery Act, the stimulus. No time, nowhere, no how,” [Romney] told them. “That bill didn’t work. Throwing $800 billion out the window, that stimulated something, but it was not properly spent.”


As reported yesterday, GOP presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney is scheduled to appear in Colorado Springs this Saturday afternoon for a rally at Springs Fabrication, Inc.–a sterling example of the kind of hard working, pull-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps private enterprise success story Romney loves. And, you know, wants to rescue from the “Obama economy.”

Just one little problem, breaks John Schroyer of the Colorado Springs daily paper:

That’s right, folks. In November of 2010, Springs Fabrication, Inc. received half of a $4.6 million grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, a.k.a. “teh stimulus.” Specifically, Springs Fabrication helped Merrick Nuclear Services & Technology design and build a special test vessel for something called the the Very Small Angle Neutron Spectrometer, as part of advanced research for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Anyway, it’s going to be great when Romney extolls Springs Fabrication Saturday as a model of “free enterprise,” so much more so now that you know Springs Fabrication was in part made prosperous by government stimulus contracts in support of government-funded research.

It’s so perfectly ridiculous that it almost seems like a trap.

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  1. JeffcoBlueJeffcoBlue says:

    How will ArapaGOP explain this away?

    Speaking of which, anybody seen him lately? He kind of vanished after the Bradford thing took a nosedive…

    • rathmone says:

      ducking for cover? #armed&dangerous

    • AristotleAristotle says:

      Mittens sure has been fucking up a lot since winning Florida. And, as the Voice of the GOP here at pols, I think the Bradford scandal must have the GOP Communications Center in a tizzy. He can’t come and say anything until they figure out their spin.

      • Gilpin Guy says:

        with the Hive.  They go mute and lifeless.

      • ArapaGOPArapaGOP says:

        I’ve been busy, but not with that. But I have a few things to say about the extreme Democrat hypocrisy and shameless powermad lack of morals on display at the Capitol. I’ll write it in the appropriate thread.

        • Diogenesdemar says:

          we’ve been breathlessly waiting those talking points:  “extreme hypocrisy” . . . “shameless power-mad lack of morals” . . . I’ve got to say it’s suprising, and honestly quite refreshing, to see the GOPers being so forthright in assessing the actions of their west-slope Representative . . .

        • Gilpin Guy says:

          It was reprogramming so that they can beam their talking points directly into your cerebral cortex?  I always knew that Republicans were ahead of the curve in brainwashing techniques.

    • BlueCat says:

      along not heard from rightie or two showed up again?

      This is not going to be a problem just for Romney but for many Rs longing to extol successful enterprises only to find the rightie love object inconveniently owing much of its success to awful, terrible, no good stimulus funds.  This will be especially problematic when said enterprise’s work is connected to one of those alphabet soup outfits that are such a useless waste of space in the GOP playbook.

      And speaking of Romney, shouldn’t he be a little concerned about them? Maybe concerned about getting as many of them as possible out of poverty and into good jobs so they can be contributors to a healthier economy?  And how does he think he’s going to fix any “holes” in that spiffy safety net, the one he thinks makes the poor just as well set as the rich, with policies that cut spending on, you know, all the safety net stuff.

      He’s got some serious ‘splainin to do on a  whole  bunch of stuff, including on what evidence he bases his constant whining about Obama as a weak leader appeasing and apologizing in the international arena. If the very rich are doing so well that he’s not concerned about them either, why the constant push for more breaks for them? If his primary concern is the mif middle class, why does he want them to pay a higher percentage of their income in all kinds of taxes than the just fine rich?

      But he can start with why the stimulus funds were a bad thing for Springs Fabrication, while he’s in the neighborhood.  

    • Craig says:

      To answer your question he will invoke, Rule 109, change the subject, Rule 106, lie, lie, lie and most especially Rule 105, it doesn’t matter what you said yesterday, it didn’t happen if it’s inconvenient today.

  2. Gilpin Guy says:

    and extoll the benefits of free enterprise in a place that is 75% government supported.  He has the arrogant liar part down to a tee.

  3. Unfortunately for the GOP, it is true.

  4. MADCO says:

    That Obama sure is sneaky to make sure this awesome cutting edge tech company in the Springs accepted $2.4mm in successful stimulus funding just to embarrass any incautious R candidate who happened by int he next election cycle.

    Clearly, that Lamborn-tar-baby-thing has some truth to it. Sneaky, sneaky, sneaky.

  5. Early WormEarly Worm says:

    You can’t waive $2.3 million under a capitalist’s nose and not expect him to bite.  

  6. ArapaGOPArapaGOP says:

    Springs Fabrication is a good size company, this was probably a drop in he bucket for them. It doesn’t hurt Romney at all. Romney will sail to a huge win in the caucuses next Tuesday.

    That’s what I’ve been busy working on!

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