Romney Flip Flops on Ryan Budget: Cuts Would Cause ‘a Recession or Depression, So I’m Not Going to Do That, Of Course’

Another semantic core meltdown from the GOP’s Romneybot 2000

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“I think it’d be marvelous if the Senate were to pick up Paul Ryan’s budget and to adopt it and pass it along to the president,” Mitt Romney told Wisconsin voters early last month — referring, of course to the federal budget passed by Republicans in the House on a party line vote that would cut trillions out of the budget over 10 years, including $3.3 trillion from programs that benefit low-income families.

But now Romney appears to view the draconian cuts he endorsed just a few weeks ago as decidedly un-marvelous. In a softball interview with right-wing Time Magazine reporter Mark Halperin published this week, Romney has executed one of his trademark 180-degree flip flops when it comes to cutting the budget:

MARK HALPERIN: Why not in the first year, if you’re elected — why not in 2013, go all the way and propose the kind of budget with spending restraints, that you’d like to see after four years in office? Why not do it more quickly?

ROMNEY: Well because, if you take a trillion dollars for instance, out of the first year of the federal budget, that would shrink GDP over 5%. That is by definition throwing us into recession or depression. So I’m not going to do that, of course.

Our Betters in the Beltway have ignored this latest reversal from Romney, but it did not get past Chris Hayes on MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show” in New York:

CHRIS HAYES: He said — and now we’re getting totally off message — but just let me say, he said in his interview with Mark Halperin, when Mark Halperin was talking to him about his budget plan — he said, “Well, God, no, we’re not going to take a trillion dollars out of the budget in the first year. That would be massively contractionary and would probably throw us into a depression.

He conceded the entire theoretical framework of Keynsian stimulus in one sentence as a throw-away line in a Mark Halperin interview, and no one said anything. That’s it! It completely invalidates everything —

RACHEL MADDOW: From “I support the Paul Ryan budget to absolutely extract tens of billions of dollars — I mean, if you take a trillion dollars out of the economy, and if I do that, it will destroy the economy.”

HAYES: Yeah. And he conceded the fundamental premise that has been argued by everyone who has been watching this whole thing unfold about austerity and stimulus. And he conceded it in a one-line throw-away line in an interview with Mark Halperin, who was just like foosh.”

RACHEL MADDOW: And it goes nowhere, because we’re not looking for gaffes from him.

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