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How Mitt Romney is 'a notorious cheapskate'


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  • I M LDS 2 Provo, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 10:22 a.m.

    I would be willing to bet a "cheapskate" would not invest in America.

    We need to invest in America if we are going to compete in this global economy.

    Japan's government invests in Japan; China's government invests in China; India's government invests in India.

    And that is where all the jobs are going. And Mitt Romney has personally, through his Bain Capital corporation, outsourced countless jobs to these countries!

    Yet he will be a "frugal cheapskate" on American investment?

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Dec. 4, 2011 10:10 a.m.

    My dad is a cheapskate - and I wouldn't vote for him for president. But that said, having someone who in office respects the money they have been in trusted to manage would be refreshing. I think the numbers have gotten so big that it probably doesn't even feel real any more.

  • O'really Idaho Falls, ID
    Dec. 2, 2011 3:56 p.m.

    Kami- this is coming from an LDS woman. No my husband doesn't act like that. He's never learned to be that way in Priesthood meetings. His LDS friends don't treat their wives badly either. He drives an old Suburban with over 150K miles on it. I drive a newer minivan. I've only made pj's for my kids once at Christmas from flannel that I bought at the store. Their old blankets are way too worn out to make anything out of them. My husband loves to golf but only went twice this year. He took ME with him one of those times.

    Men behaving badly is NOT an LDS thing. Whining, underappreciated women isn't either. Sounds like you need to broaden your horizons.

    Mitt would be good for our nation's economy. So would Rick Santorum or Ron Paul IF they can get Congress to get their act together and agree on something- anything. Newt worries me. I don't trust him any more than I trust Herman Cain- which isn't much. John Huntsman? Maybe at some future time. Michelle Bachman? Stick to MN government. You've done well there.

  • m.g. scott LAYTON, UT
    Dec. 2, 2011 8:42 a.m.


    Kami my dear, you've had a rough go this time with other readers. However, I'm wondering why in Bountiful, a rather rich place compared to Layton, there are so many husbands who act like that. Is it something in with the water up there? Seriously, I think what you've pointed out has more to do with bad husbandry than bad Mormonism. But don't be discouraged, we like hearing from you. Keep challenging us.

  • Outlier Vancouver, BC
    Dec. 2, 2011 12:16 a.m.

    Kami, Kami, Kami....not sure what time warp you are living in. You can't be serious. I've lived in dozens of cities and I've never witnessed anything like that. I find your inaccurate generalizations. If anything the prevailing "culture" is one of sacrificing everything for the education and well-being of one's family above all else. I could tell you numerous examples from my own life but I won't.

  • KM Cedar Hills, UT
    Dec. 1, 2011 8:58 p.m.

    The only thing I see is the showing of the leftists greed and coveting what Romney has. Stop looking at the other guy and concentrate on yourselves. If you want to be wealthy, then do the things that wealthy people do. I.E. Work hard and sacrifice family and life for the almighty buck. Are you sure you want to be wealthy? Or do you just want to take from the other guy because you think you are entitled to his wealth?

  • southmtnman Provo, UT
    Dec. 1, 2011 7:14 p.m.

    Christ is described as being Th and the Holy Ghost is said to eternally proceed from the Father. Google those terms and look for Christian discussion boards and follow discussions on this. Five people end up expressing eight different opinions.

    "Wisdom in living within one's means is a good thing. In a President it would be great for your country."

    I don't understand the reasoning here. The President is the head of the Executive Branch of government. He does not set the Budget. The Constitution clearly gives that responsibility to the House of Representatives.

    Who cares about the penuriousness of a Presidential Candidate? Who you elect to Congress determines the overall frugality of this country.

  • DeltaFoxtrot West Valley, UT
    Dec. 1, 2011 11:46 a.m.

    Forget about electing a social conservative. Elect a fiscal conservative to help repair this nation.

    Too bad no fiscal conservatives are running.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Dec. 1, 2011 11:44 a.m.

    Re: LDS | 3:17 p.m. Nov. 30, 2011
    "Naa...Mitt is anything but miserly. I didn't mention his $600 per hour barber"

    There's a problem being able to afford a $600/hr. barber? There's a problem being able to afford a private school? The important question is whether he saved the 2002 Olympic Games from financial disaster and left money in the bank after the games were over. The answer is yes ..... to both questions.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Dec. 1, 2011 9:47 a.m.

    LDS | 3:17 p.m. Nov. 30, 2011
    Cedar City, UT

    Classic case of coveting and envy.

  • welcomethemall Nampa, ID
    Dec. 1, 2011 9:36 a.m.

    Yeesh... who "gives" their wife a budget anymore? "We" have a family budget. Kami if this is really you and how your neighbors live... time to take off the bhurkas and move into the 21st century.

  • cris Hamilton, IL
    Dec. 1, 2011 9:19 a.m.

    Hmmm, being frugal is how most rich people get rich. They know how to make their money work for them. One should try it.

  • ksampow Farr West, Utah
    Dec. 1, 2011 8:32 a.m.

    "one old man" brought up the trite "flip-flop" charge.

    Romney has changed views on several issues - this proves he is open-minded. After the changes, he explained why he changed his views and did not flip-flp back to the former positions. He does not SAY one thing while DOING the oppposite as many noted Democrats (Clinton and Obama, among others).

  • ksampow Farr West, Utah
    Dec. 1, 2011 8:19 a.m.

    While this article is full of "fluff" it is somewhat interesting - and all of the comments posted about it are VERY entertaining, with some kernels of truth. We do need a cheapskate in the white house who will make due when he can instead of spending more money.

  • cris Hamilton, IL
    Dec. 1, 2011 6:55 a.m.

    @Pagan At least George Bush vacationed at his own ranch and to coin your own phrase " why are you keeping track of all Bushes vacations?

  • krissy Sterling, VA
    Dec. 1, 2011 6:16 a.m.

    Can I defend Kami? She made a sweeping and broad statement about a culture, but one that is very real. Living beyond their means and keeping up with the neighbors is very much a part of Utah Mormons.

    Sounds like this article was all political propaganda. Mitt Romney has never had to be frugal out of an actual need.

  • EnglishAlan Rugeley, Staffs
    Dec. 1, 2011 1:04 a.m.

    "Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery," Mr Micawber, a character in Charles Dickens' book "David Copperfield" wisely said. Frugality personified.

    Don't mistake his frugality with that of Ebeneezer Scrooge from the same author's "A Christmas Carol." Wisdom in living within one's means is a good thing. In a President it would be great for your country.

    As for someone's comment about Romney's only doing things for photo shoots, you should have been in San Diego in the aftermath of the "Witch Creek" fires. He told his aides, "Absolutely no media. I am here to carry out my Priesthood Duties with my Brethren." He was not the last to arrive, and was far from the first top leave. One example of where he refused to leave until the root from a burned out tree was finished stickes in my memory. He was not wearing gloves, duct-taped or not. He was down in the dirt with bare hands, with not a media man in sight.

  • KM Cedar Hills, UT
    Nov. 30, 2011 10:37 p.m.

    This is a hillarious title to an article about those rascally republicans. I think I read somewhere that they give, as a percent of income, much more than their counterparts on the left, to charity. While the dems give much more of other peoples money than they do. hmmmm?

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    Nov. 30, 2011 7:49 p.m.


    It could be that you just live in a part of the state that is bent on 'keeping up with the Jones's.' I have lived in good wards and not-so-great wards. But the good wards with good members who try hard to to what's right FAR outweighs the bad. I don't doubt you have met some husbands who treat their wives badly. But that is not just an LDS 'culture' thing. It's completely wrong to make that kind of stereotype.


    Do you really think Obama deserves re-election? Really? I noticed that his approval rating recently slipped below that of Jimmy Carter's.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Nov. 30, 2011 6:25 p.m.

    Give me a "notorius cheapskate"




  • CaliforniaCougar Lake Elsinore, CA
    Nov. 30, 2011 6:19 p.m.

    I was on a flight from San Diego to Salt Lake City back in 2009. Mitt was on the flight ... and seated in coach, not first class! He has the money to buy the plane, yet he had the sense to get the cheap seat.

    I admired that.

  • peter Alpine, UT
    Nov. 30, 2011 6:15 p.m.

    This is just another example of an article from a media that is drift wood, intended to take our focus off of the core problem--Obama and Congress--and people keep getting distracted.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Nov. 30, 2011 6:02 p.m.

    Any other candidates worthy of the headline, or just the utah heir apparent?

  • Flying Finn Murray, UT
    Nov. 30, 2011 5:17 p.m.

    Re: one old man | 4:54 p.m. Nov. 30, 2011

    When comparing Romney's financial success with the 2002 Winter Olympics with Obama's failure to bring down our national unemployment rate we can overlook his flip flops .l..... just like we do Obama's.

  • carman Wasatch Front, UT
    Nov. 30, 2011 4:58 p.m.


    Do you have any real data to support your sweeping generalizations? Didn't think so. I am also LDS and know many LDS men who spend more on their wives and childre than they do on themselves. My experience doesn't make this the norm any more than yours does.

    Rather than making broad, stereotypical statements based on your personal perspective, how about simply highlight the issue you see and avoid branding an entire "culture" or class of people. It just seems really judgmental....

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Nov. 30, 2011 4:54 p.m.

    Yeah, but if he gets into office, can we expect him flip and flop on this as he has done on every other issue he's met?

  • kargirl Sacramento, CA
    Nov. 30, 2011 4:52 p.m.

    Show me that he worked a job he didn't like at any time in his life because he had to, not to prove that he could, or for some other "photo-op" type of reason, and I'll believe he really worked for his money. What he did for work is what we'd all love to do--spend our lives doing what we dream of. Few do that, and most of us do something we don't want to do at some point rather than not work. But those who inherited, like Mitt, may have only done that so "daddy" could show them what "real" work was, and let them know how lucky they'd be not to ever have to be stuck with it. Thus the show of "financial restraint" with the gloves, etc, to prove he's "one of us". Good photo op moment.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Nov. 30, 2011 4:40 p.m.

    What a propaganda piece.
    "If I had to pick my one weakness, it's that I care too much."
    This is not the Miss Nephi Pageant Dnews.
    What a silly article.

  • @Charles the greater outdoors, UT
    Nov. 30, 2011 4:40 p.m.

    @Kami: I just read your post at 1:21 pm today and must say it's the biggest piece of sinful stereotyping I've ever read.

    I no idea of the "culture" you are speaking of as I don't know one person who does what you claim is "typical".

    Sorry but you need to speak of your own experiences without trying to condemn an entire community or LDS folks.

    Oh the stories tell to try to make themselves feel better about themselves. Sheesh!

  • Belching Cow Sandy, UT
    Nov. 30, 2011 4:27 p.m.

    Your a funny girl. I love it when the intellectually superior LDS people criticize the LDS culture that they themselves are so far above.

    I also am a very intellectually stimulated and sophisticated individual and have lived among various cultures. My observation is that, as a whole, LDS men treat their wives much better than other cultures. Me thinks you have a weird ward. Now back to my tea and crumpets.

  • washcomom Beaverton, OR
    Nov. 30, 2011 3:45 p.m.

    I like cheapskates. They are usually the product of the Depression era.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 30, 2011 3:38 p.m.

    Only a tax and spend liberal would hate a cheapskate. We need 100 cheapskate Senators and a few hundred cheapskate Legislators and a new cheapskate President.


  • LDS Cedar City, UT
    Nov. 30, 2011 3:17 p.m.

    Mitt Romney is anything but a miser or cheapskate. Raised in wealth and luxury, he has at least 3 mansions (Park City, Boston, La Jolla). Mitt never attended a public school or public university. He has always had the insurance of a wealthy family providing for his every need. He successfully dodged the draft and service during the Vietnam war, because his personal wants overide service to country.

    Mitt's boys are equally provided for. Indeed, during the 2008 election, Tag visited every town and settlement in Iowa. How much did that cost? Miserly?

    Naa...Mitt is anything but miserly. I didn't mention his $600 per hour barber.

  • azgal Buckeye, AZ
    Nov. 30, 2011 3:15 p.m.

    Why is the headline so negative? Repairing/making do with duct tape for a few more wearings instead of running out to buy a new pair of ski gloves is not a bad thing - indeed, this is a GOOD thing in this economy, a trait that more people need to learn and put into practice. Maybe this will convince some fence sitters to vote for him after all?

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 30, 2011 3:13 p.m.

    This forum is for expressing our opinions and not a full attack on an individual. The whole issue is candidates for our presidential election next year not to belittle one of the individuals that periodically enters this dialogue. We may not agree with everything we put in writing but it gives us the opportunity to be a part of our DN community. Thanks for listening.

    Nov. 30, 2011 2:50 p.m.

    Kami- Do you and your friends live in 2011? Really? I have never heard any of my friens say that they have to sew the kids clothes out of old blankets. I have been married for 25 years and never have I heard my husband complain about a meal that I prepare. If he did the next night he would get a PB and J sandwich. You and your friends need to open your eyes and realize that your little neighborhood is out of touch with reality. It might be time to find new friends.

  • danaslc Kearns, UT
    Nov. 30, 2011 2:47 p.m.

    Gosh, going cheap is what we need. Bravo Romney.

  • MAYHEM MIKE Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 30, 2011 2:44 p.m.

    "Romney is "a notorious cheapskate"...."

    Give this guy veto power over our spend-crazy Congress and he's got my vote!

  • md Cache, UT
    Nov. 30, 2011 2:44 p.m.

    @ Kami

    I don't know anything about this "LDS culture" to which you refer in your post. My wife wouldn't ever put up with that type of treatment. I don't think the First Presidency or the local EQ Presidency condones that culture. Some generalization eh?

  • DEW Sandy, UT
    Nov. 30, 2011 2:35 p.m.

    I was so dissapointed with Michelle Obama when she went on a vacation in our tax expenses. Think Romney would do that?

  • PGVikingDad Pleasant Grove, UT
    Nov. 30, 2011 1:57 p.m.

    Pagan, horses at that pricepoint are an investment, not an indulgence. I am a middle-class cheapskate, myself, but I also own $100,000 in stocks. This does not make me a hypocrite, nor have you presented any evidence that Mitt is, either.

  • PGVikingDad Pleasant Grove, UT
    Nov. 30, 2011 1:52 p.m.

    Kami, I think you need to move to a neighborhood of better LDS people. I can honestly say I have NEVER observed the sort of behavior you described as a common function of LDS culture. Those "men" are just garden-variety jerks of the type you can find in any community, if that's what your focus is.

  • Kami Bountiful, Utah
    Nov. 30, 2011 1:49 p.m.

    @t702, because I have personally witnessed it many many times in my community, which is not a poor community. Because I have been a shoulder for some of these wives to cry on. Because I have helped sew clothing for these wives while watching their husbands spend excessive funds on non-essential items. Because I have delivered dinners to some of these wives because I know they haven't the funds to put a decent dinner on the table when it gets close to the end of their budget and I have heard their husbands harrass them about the poor quality meals they are preparing! That's how I know. And this culture is far worse among LDS in Utah than any other community I have lived in.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 30, 2011 1:48 p.m.

    'I can attest that Romney will not spend one more dime than he absolutely has to (which is what we need in Washington!) But guess what: that's how you become rich!' - nyca411 | 1:22 p.m. Nov. 30, 2011

    That is a possiblity.


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

    Special interest groups donate to you so that you will vote in their favor on issues.

    Which, can result in:

    *Mitt Romney: Corporations are people...my friend - By Phillip Elliot - AP - Published by DSNews 08/11/11

    &t702 | 1:24 p.m.,

    If 'gossip' is against LDS teachings...

    why are you keeping track of Michelle Obama's vacations?

    George W. Bush was on vacation for almost x3 years out of his eight.

    I didn't hear you complaining...

    when Republican leadership DOUBLED the national debt.

  • Jared Average, SE
    Nov. 30, 2011 1:46 p.m.

    Kami, I'm not sure what your comments have to do with LDS culture. I've been around a lot of LDS people my entire life (in 4 different U.S. states, including Utah) and have never met an LDS man who fits your descriptions of a miser towards the wife and children but is a big self-spender. In fact, most of the LDS men I know are exactly the opposite - will give up all sorts of good things for themselves so that their wives and children will have nice things. Maybe you just have some friends with poor experiences but what you said has zero to do with LDS culture; it is merely a reflection of an individual, not a whole culture.

    In any case, it would be good to have a fiscally-conscientious person as president. There is a reason Mitt Romney was so successful in business and with the Utah Olympics. Showing that he lives to the same standards personally that he does in business is a great testament to his integrity.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 30, 2011 1:41 p.m.

    Depends on how one is a cheapskate. Gov. Romney himself has said he wants to make the defense budget even larger than the bloated size it already is. I'm perfectly fine with deficit reduction, and would very much like to see it, but I want a balanced approach to it.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Nov. 30, 2011 1:38 p.m.

    IDC said: The article mentions that he puts duct tape on his own ski gloves. I bet that wouldn't go over on his wife's ski gloves. Just because someone has money doesn't make them bad. People that have money but are willing to save money exhibit a positive character trait.

    Mitt Romney, has placed his mansion in Park City, Utah on the market for $5,250,000.

    The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that Romney has filed an application to bulldoze the existing one-story, 3,009-square-foot home (worth 12 million) and replace it with a two-story, 11,062-square-foot structure.

    Yep...duct tape, what a propaganda piece.

    Kami probably nailed it, and cheapskate is the proper word, not frugal, not miser.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 30, 2011 1:26 p.m.

    'Kami, are you a man hater or do you just hate LDS men?' - IDC | 1:10 p.m. Nov. 30, 2011

    Is there a difference?

  • mckay Dayton, OH
    Nov. 30, 2011 1:26 p.m.

    Yeah I'm not sure what Kami was trying to accomplish with what she wrote. I definitely read it and thought... huh?

    If your husband or your friend's husband is being uneven with his spending habits that sounds like a personal issue, not really connected to either "LDS" or "Mitt Romney" issues.

  • t702 Las Vegas, NV
    Nov. 30, 2011 1:24 p.m.

    Hey Pagan, don't forget the Lady Obama's vacation to Spain with 40 of her friends renting 70 rooms at 5 star hotel; how about Obama's vacation at Martha's Vineyard 2 wks at 50k/wk - some estimates have the Obamas vacations at over $10 mil a bill that most of us tax payers pay - I bet there are tons of links you can show us...yes?

    Kami... how do you know these folks cheapskates their wives? gossiping and judging thy neighbors is against lds teachings. what people do with their own money is their business, politicians are different matter.

  • nyca411 Menlo Park, CA
    Nov. 30, 2011 1:22 p.m.

    Having been a volunteer at several Romney lunches and dinners, I can attest that Romney will not spend one more dime than he absolutely has to (which is what we need in Washington!) But guess what: that's how you become rich! Like that book says, "The millionaire next door." The most unassuming people are wealthy because they scrimp and save. It seems an oxymoron, but "old money" people are famously frugal. They work hard for their money and don't want to waste it. It's the "new rich" who flaunt and spend and go broke -- like lottery winners, NBA stars fresh out of college, etc.

    From his 2008 campaign, I recall a story that one of Romney's sons lost an anchor in the lake in New Hampshire (or maybe the ocean). Instead of going to buy a new one, Romney took the boat, went to the spot where the anchor sunk, and dove down to retrieve it.

  • Kiyo Washougal, Washington
    Nov. 30, 2011 1:21 p.m.

    ........just the very reason that he should run for president.

  • Kami Bountiful, Utah
    Nov. 30, 2011 1:21 p.m.

    IDC | 1:10 p.m. Nov. 30, 2011
    Boise, ID
    Kami, are you a man hater or do you just hate LDS men?

    Neither, I am happily married to a good LDS man, one who doesn't buy into the LDS culture that supports giving the wife such a limited budget that she can barely feed and cloth her family while they are off spending a great deal of time and money on themselves. You know very well this is pretty typical within the culture. I have several friends who are subject to this treatment by their husbands -- they live in big homes, their husbands drive expensive cars, go out to lunch every day, etc. -- it is all for show to their neighbors. The wives are at home making their children's PJS out of last years blankets because the budget given to them won't even support purchasing enough clothing for their children. And don't tell me you have never heard of this kind of treatment!

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Nov. 30, 2011 1:21 p.m.

    "I am VERY familiar with some mormon men who are cheapskates other than when it comes to themselves. It is very much part of the culture. So I don't see this as necessarily a positive attribute here"


    Well - I guess if you have lived around a lot of different cultures, you can compare and claim what you just did.

    At any rate, from what I have seen based on TV appearances it doesn't look to me like Mitt Romney's wife nor his boys have suffered much when it comes to the nicer things in life. So maybe his "cheapskate" ways will be a good indicator of how he will make decisions on how to fix a broken economy.

  • IDC Boise, ID
    Nov. 30, 2011 1:10 p.m.

    Kami, are you a man hater or do you just hate LDS men? The article mentions that he puts duct tape on his own ski gloves. I bet that wouldn't go over on his wife's ski gloves.

    Just because someone has money doesn't make them bad. People that have money but are willing to save money exhibit a positive character trait.

  • junkgeek Agua Dulce, TX
    Nov. 30, 2011 1:08 p.m.

    The proper term is not "cheapskate" but "miser".

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Nov. 30, 2011 12:33 p.m.

    Romney pulls the cheese off his pizza?
    He just lost my vote...

  • Kami Bountiful, Utah
    Nov. 30, 2011 12:24 p.m.

    Tom in CA | 11:55 a.m. Nov. 30, 2011

    @Kami: Sounds like you have your own deep seeded issues. BTW - why do you highlight "LDS" in your comment??

    Because I have learned on these boards about how several LDS posters jump to conclusions. Had I not put that I was LDS I'm certain at least one poster would have accused me of being a mormon hater. I'm not a mormon hater, but I am VERY familiar with some mormon men who are cheapskates other than when it comes to themselves. It is very much part of the culture. So I don't see this as necessarily a positive attribute here.

  • plyxply SLC, UT
    Nov. 30, 2011 12:14 p.m.

    leave it to the DNews to try and put down Romney with this headline....and every day they run a Huntsman pr story, interesting journalism. I'd be willing to bet Jonny spends a lot more money on ads with the DNews than Romney does.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Nov. 30, 2011 12:09 p.m.

    Re: Kami | 11:25 a.m. Nov. 30, 2011
    "I am LDS and have several LDS friends whose husbands are notorious cheapskates"

    We need a man in the White House who is a cheapskate when it comes to spending our money. Based on Romney's success with the 2002 Winter Olympic Games he may be just the man for the job.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Nov. 30, 2011 11:55 a.m.

    @Pagan: No doubt, BHO has NO "issues" in this regard. But IF HE DID, I'm sure you would let us all know about it.

    "I am LDS and have several LDS friends whose husbands are notorious cheapskates with their wives ...."

    @Kami: Sounds like you have your own deep seeded issues. BTW - why do you highlight "LDS" in your comment??

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 30, 2011 11:48 a.m.

    If Governor Romney performed in Massachusetts with fiscal responsibility and brings that characteristic with him to the Federal government, he will be a good asset for the country. The term "cheapskate" doesn't really explain the "Scrooge" type that term suggests. It is just an article to show some negative buzz words for people to make an instant opinion of Governor Romney. He has donated more time and money than most people make in a lifetime and he does it for a good cause, I am sure. Having been a federal and state employee, money doesn't continue to grow in a service industry except by taxes and fees on people and industries. Government has grown which requires more funds and now with healthcare and other entitlements that will happen, cheapskate is not a bad term. Social programs versus common defense verus other programs, that is why we have Congress to oversee agencies the Congress funds at what the President requests and scrutinized by Congress. Our government has gotten by for 200 plus years by Congress and the President working together. With the increasing number of agencies and unfunded mandates, oversight is harder but possible, if Congress would worry about their requirements.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 30, 2011 11:39 a.m.

    "The Iraqi regime . . . possesses and produces chemical and biological weapons. It is seeking nuclear weapons.' - George W. Bush - Ohio Speech 10/7/2002

    * 'Bush Administration Adds $4 Trillion To National Debt' - by Mark Knoller - CBS News - 09/29/08

    'It'll be the 7th time the debt limit (ceiling) has been raised during this administration. In fact it was just two months ago, on July 30, that President Bush signed the Housing and Economic Recovery Act, which contained a provision raising the debt ceiling to $10.615 trillion.'

    *Cost of US wars since 9/11? At least $3.7 trillion, study finds Reuters 06/29/11

    Think it will be different?

    *'GOP contenders argue on Iran' - By Kasie Hunt - AP - Published by DSNews - 11/12/11

    "If we re-elect Barack Obama, Iran will have a nuclear weapon. And if you elect Mitt Romney, Iran will not have a nuclear weapon," vowed the former Massachusetts governor.'

    I would disagree.

  • Kami Bountiful, Utah
    Nov. 30, 2011 11:25 a.m.

    I am LDS and have several LDS friends whose husbands are notorious cheapskates with their wives and their children, yet purchase expensive clothing and cars for themselves, play golf at least once a week, have a gym membership, go out to lunch daily, etc.

  • ShaunMcC La Verkin, UT
    Nov. 30, 2011 11:16 a.m.

    Interesting they are doing all this research on Republican candidates. Wonder if they will EVER do this type of research on the Democratic candidates. Oops, my bad - politically incorrect to do ANY research on them.

  • raybies Layton, UT
    Nov. 30, 2011 11:04 a.m.

    I agree frugality is definitely a good thing in a candidate, and Mitt's my fave still, but pulling the cheese off of pizza is an abomination.

  • md Cache, UT
    Nov. 30, 2011 11:03 a.m.

    Please be a cheapskate Romney. The current President seems to have no issue with spending money that is not his.

  • truthsandwich RANDOLPH, UT
    Nov. 30, 2011 10:47 a.m.

    I can't think of many character traits I would rather see in our next president. We are extremely overdue for a cheapskate in the oval office.

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    Nov. 30, 2011 10:44 a.m.

    And....Willard loves his mom and apple pie :)

  • IDC Boise, ID
    Nov. 30, 2011 10:42 a.m.

    You had me at cheapskate. We need a few hundred more cheapskates in the government.

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 30, 2011 10:38 a.m.

    I admire Romney's frugality.

    IF he is the nominee and IF he puts the U.S. government on that same frugality habit we'll be able to turn our country around!

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 30, 2011 10:27 a.m.

    'How Mitt Romney is 'a notorious cheapskate' - Title


    *Mitt Romneys wealth raises new questions By Jamshid Ghazi Askar DSNews 08/15/11

    'Romney owns between $250,000 and $500,000 in horses.'

    Unless it comes to his horses.

    I would be more endeared towards Romney's thriftiness (is that a word?)...

    if it didn't come with a price tag.

    *Romney campaign battles Dems, Press over issue of transparency By Barrett Haake NBC News 11/17/11

    There it was this morning, on the front page of the Boston Globe, a headline no campaign ever wants to read: Before leaving office, Romney staff wiped records.

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

    *Mitt Romney: Corporations are people...my friend - By Phillip Elliot - AP - Published by DSNews 08/11/11