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Published: Monday, Aug. 15 2011 8:41 a.m. MDT

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metamoracoug
metamora, IL

Can someone help me understand why his wealth is an issue? The man knows how to make money. This is an evil characteristic?

RS
Holladay, UT

Oh how terrible, Mr. Romney has been successful in business. Wow that would be scary if a man who actually knows about money were put in charge of the dwindling amount our country has.

gogogoff
Orem, UT

Why is this bad ? he is donating his presidential salary to charity, HE IS NOT DOING THIS FOR THE MONEY! He is rich, and that is evil ???

Pac_Man
Pittsburgh, PA

Romney's wealth is the least of his problems. He comes off as inauthentic, testy, and his message is a little cloudy.

RonKearns
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO

It would be a terrible tragedy for a government leader such as the president to have an intimate understanding of how a business can create wealth and provide quality jobs to the citizens. He would know how to cut fat out of the executive branch of the government such as Departments of Homeland Defense, Labor & Commerce, HUD, EPA, yadda, yadda, yadda. Actually, it looks like he's developed an impressive portfolio; one that he earned personally.

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

'The Wall Street Journal analyzed why Romney's personal wealth which exceeds that of Pres. Barack Obama and all other Republican presidential candidates may morph into a campaign issue in the coming months.' - Article

Why is this an issue?

*'Mitt Romney raises $18.25 million, but Republicans worry it might not be enough' - By Jamshid Ghazi Askar - DSNews - 07/07/11

*Firm dissolves after giving pro-Romney PAC $1 million By Ken Thomas AP Published by DSNews 08/04/11

Because it set's a bad presidence.

*Mitt Romney: Corporations and people, my friend By Phillip Elliot AP Published by DSNews 08/11/11

As exampled by:

*'Spending blitz by outside groups helped secure big GOP wins' - By Michael Isikoff and Rich Gardella - MSNBC - 11/04/10

'Wall Street Funds Republicans Opposing New Banking Regulations' - By Jonathan D. Salant - 04/11/10 - Buisness Week

Romney has all this money.

Whereas:

*'Let Detroit Go Bankrupt' - By Mitt Romney - NY Times - 11/18/08

He is against the Bush-era bailouts and 'made in America' jobs.

How's YOUR job?

Cats
Somewhere in Time, UT

His opponents will latch onto anything they can. It will be his success, his religion, etc. Anything they can find. Former presidents and candidates have been very wealthy men. John Kennedy had his presidency purchased for him by his daddy. Anyone who has sense should realize that Romney's success is a plus and not a minus. Of course, the unions will attack him. They hate anyone who has an ounce of ingenuity and is enterprising.

ClarkKent
Bountiful, Utah

As far as multi-millionaires go, I think Mr. Romney is out of touch. He hasn't had a real job in years. All he's been doing is running for political office.

TRUTH
Salt Lake City, UT

Wow....you mean if yoiu work for a living and are successful then you can't run for President of the USA...because Libs like Obama just can't compete with a record like that.......This is such a non-story!

Wake me up when you find that Tony Resco bought Mitt a house and bribed him to keep Resco out of jail!

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

'His opponents will latch onto anything they can.' - Cats | 9:13 a.m. Aug. 15, 2011

Not just his opponents Cats....

*'Fox News host: Romney not Christian' - By Hal Boyd, Deseret News - 07/17/11

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

'...because Libs like Obama just can't compete with a record like that...' - TRUTH | 9:23 a.m. Aug. 15, 2011

And what record IS that 'truth?'

Because if you actually LOOKED at it, it wouldn't really be that impressive.

From 2003-2007 job growth....0.9%.
In rankings with the rest of the country...MA was 47th in Job creation when Mitt Romney was there.
- Think Progress Travis Waldron 06/02/11

*'Let Detroit Go Bankrupt' - By Mitt Romney - NY Times - 11/18/

Wow.

47th in job creation out of FIFTY states.

Great 'record' there.

But, I guess it's ok because 'Romneycare' was very popular in MA.

Not enough for Mitt to run for a SECOND term, but popular none the less.

annie
Tomball, TX

Corporations ARE people. My husband and I have two corporations--employing a total of 8 people. Most corporations in America are just like us. We don't get tax breaks and raising our taxes may put us under. Then there will be 8 people jobless, beside us. We are ok because my husband has a marketable skill but most of our employees would be in a bad spot. What Romney said was true, he just didn't articulate it very. The man wasn't talking about IBM here.

Truthseeker
SLO, CA

Well, fundraising won't be an issue for Romney as he can afford to self-fund his own campaign.
Romney is like George Bush, the son of a prominent, well-to-do, high profile father who doesn't really know the struggles of the common man. As for Romney being a job creator while at Bain, the evidence shows that many people lost jobs when Bain took over companies. Republican fixation for " shrinking govt" and cutting govt spending at this point in time will increase, not decrease the number of unemployed. Studies have shown that food stamps and unemployment checks are more stimulative than tax cuts yet Republicans/Romney favor tax cuts, and taxing unearned income lower than earned income. Furthermore, aside from govt transfer payments (Medicare, Social Security, food stamps etc) govt spending as a percentage of GDP is lower now than it was during the 60's. (politifact)

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

'We don't get tax breaks...' - annie | 9:40 a.m. Aug. 15, 2011

*'Hatch, Republicans challenge tax cut expiration' - By Becky Bruce, Deseret News - 12/01/10

'WASHINGTON, D.C. Republicans in the U.S. Senate are drawing a line in the virtual sand, vowing to keep all legislation off the Senate floor unless Congress extends the Bush-era tax cuts...'

You do if you make over $250,000/year.

And since you own a business....

Gunner
South Jordan, UT

Another example of the left's idea of "Sharing the wealth" Lets let people be creative and learn how to make their own money, but then they need to be sure they give that back to those who sit on their butts waiting for a handout!

noneck62
Salt Lake City, UT

Mitt Romney's total monies or wealth is none of our business; this is a prime example of the News Media outlets attacking someone just because of how much money they are worth. It is time for Congress to clamp down or regulate so-called "Freedom of the Press."

DeltaFoxtrot
West Valley, UT

If this country needs anything right now, it's a leader who knows how to make a profit... the US hasn't made one in years.

Truthseeker
SLO, CA

re:annie
People work for corporations.
Corporations are legal entities, NOT people.

Do you think the Bill of Rights was written for corporations?

Or do you think the Bill of Rights was written for individuals?

Individuals have the right to vote, are corporations registered voters? Do corporations get driver's licenses?

Get real.
Romney revealed what he stands for: corporate personhood.

metamoracoug
metamora, IL

Pagan: annie and husband do not own the business because it is a corporation. They are employees of the company. It's a small clarification, but an important one.

metamoracoug
metamora, IL

truthseeker: studies have also shown that foodstamps and unemployment checks also remove any incentive to look for work and as soon as those benefits expire . . . voila, people start looking for employment.

noneck62: I couldn't disagree with you more. The Constitutional right of freedom of the press is unequivocally one of the reasons this country could still maintain its leadership in the world. If free expression of ideas is ever violated or made illegal, it will be time for a little civil disobedience or revolution.

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