Over on Facebook, somebody shared a link to an article by Bob Cesca: Why Exactly Does Romney Want Fewer Firefighters, Police and Teachers?

…which referenced a post by JM Ashby: Idiot Quote of the Day

…which referenced a post by Benjy Sarlin: Romney: We Don’t Need ‘More Firemen, More Policemen, More Teachers’

…which referenced a CNN item: Romney on Obama: ‘Is he really that out of touch?’

…which is the original source of the money quote:

Romney said of Obama, “he wants another stimulus, he wants to hire more government workers. He says we need more fireman, more policeman, more teachers. 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.”

The CNN item was disappointingly short on details. A full transcript of Romney’s remarks would’ve been nice, or at least a link to a video of his speech. Alas, they couldn’t be bothered. None of the other ‘journalists’ could be bothered, either – they just did a copy & paste from the upstream item, wrapped it in some opinion & waited for the pageviews to come rolling in.

On the other hand, the Romney campaign site isn’t much better. You’d think, with all the kerfuffle, they’d have a clarification up, or a rebuttal, or something. But I can’t find anything on about it.

So it’s pretty much impossible to have an informed opinion on this – and those are only kind worth having, aren’t they? Aren’t they?