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Published: Monday, July 2 2012 7:21 p.m. MDT

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morpunkt
Glendora, CA

If this was a story of the Kennedy clan gathering at Martha's Vinyard, to you think their real estate assets, etc, would have been itemized in such a way as this article was written? I think not.
Behold, the Democratically slanted press. Nothing has changed.

Ms Molli
Bountiful, Utah

If this was a story about an Obama vacation, many posters would be complaining not only that he actually took some vacation time, but about the cost in tax dollars of the vacation. Anyone going to do similar research about the tax dollars spent for Romney's vacation (ie secret service and other expenses)?? Yeah .. probably not .. poster boy "deserves" this vacation, right?

Liberal Ted
Salt Lake City, UT

@ Ms Molli

Big difference between a presidential candidate and the president him/herself. Romney is using his own home, his own boats, his own money, except for I'm guessing the secret service which is provided to politiicans (congress, senate, president, retired politicians, candidadtes etc.)

When Romney is on vacation, it's mostly on his own dime. When obama vacations it does cost millions to fly air force one, and a seperate plane to fly his wife, and a seperate plane to fly their dog. that is 100%on the taxpayer back. The only thing obama has to do, is a make an official speech or something related to the office and then we are stuck with the bill.

With Romney it doesn't cost us much for the secret service that would be provided to whoever would be in that spot.

The difference is, the media doesn't itemize baracks trip for us to see how common he is. But with Romney they like to point out that he's rich. They don't point out that barack is also very rich and doesn't donate to charity.

That's the difference.

no fit in SG
St.George, Utah

The La Jolla, Calif. house is torn up due to monumental expansion. What's a rich guy to do?
Head to one of the other homes!
Must be a great deal of extra gas used in one of Romney's planes when he has to cart the entire family along, anyway. Right?
Have we found out if the Romney's are "green advocates" yet?

raybies
Layton, UT

Romney's been blessed with a great amount of wealth, but I felt like many of the activities he engages in are very much like my own vacations where we visit with family and get ice cream, and pass fruitloops in church to the restless little ones. True good living doesn't come from the acquisition of things, but from family. Romney's a rich man for more than his money. It's nice to be reminded of that, and to have time together as a family.

xert
Santa Monica, CA

Just you average, everyday Joe--eating his ice cream and feeding cereal to his grandkids during church. Then zipping the golf carts down to the jet ski launch and leaping aboard our family Sea Doos to race past the the homes of the Marriott dynasty--stopping by the Bubble for ice cream and then pulling up at the cigarette speed boat launch at the 6,700 sq, foot beach house---and walking barefoot with the grand kiddies up through the servants entrance, by way of the hologram chamber and into the TV room, to watch a little baseball (while the grand kids play on their hover bikes). Who could NOT relate to this guy?

MoJules
Florissant, MO

How dare he be in a boat and how dare it be from his own money. He must not have gotten the white house memo, let the government pay for it all, expensive trips and clothing. Doesn't he know that like the Obama's it is OK if you are letting we tax payers cover all those costs, but shame on him for paying out of pocket, what is he thinking???

verlo
Logan, UT

ooh I can't vote for Romney, he's an evil rich guy and I'm just a poor covetous person. Now Obama, there's a man of the people lol

A1994
Centerville, UT

I love it when the true believers in the Democratic party (or either party, for that matter) start talking about 'the Rich Guy' and how out of touch he is. THEY ARE ALL RICH! And that's fine. There is nothing wrong with being rich and having a boat or even TWO boats and living in a great house or even TWO houses.

The difference between conservatives and liberals isn't money, it's liberty. Obama and his friends are rich just like Romney and his friends. There aren't rich millionaires and modest millionaires. They are all millionaires. The difference I see is that Obama and his friends want to limit how rich you can become and how much abundance you can have. Romney doesn't.

Think about it. Is the President or Congress subject to the new healthcare law? All animals are created equal, some are just more equal than others. THAT is the philosophy of the modern Democratic party.

Mom of 8
Hyrum, UT

For some reason, the fact that he doles out Froot Loops in sacrament meeting to restless toddlers fills me with increased confidence in his abilities.

Who knows--maybe if he hands out Goldfish Crackers in cabinet meetings, more would get accomplished.

It works for Nursery . . .

Riverton Cougar
Riverton, UT

Ms Molli,

In addition to what Liberal Ted has pointed out about him only being a presidential candidate as opposed to actually being president, I want to add that this is a yearly family tradition. I doubt that most of Obama's vacations have been annual family traditions.

A1994 is also right about the differences between the two parties. People hate rich people and think that they are greedy and just want your money. To some extent, that is true. However, having lived in the south side of Chicago for a couple years, in the ghetto and poor areas (I was there during the 2008 election, too), I can tell you that poor people are NOT what they want people to believe. They are just as greedy as rich people. The difference is that rich people want your money through commerce, while poor people want your money through taxation and welfare. You give a poor guy $1000 and what will he do with it? Buy a 50" HD TV with a cable/satellite subscription.

I know I am making generalizations and everybody is different, but there is a lot of truth. I have seen this with my own eyes.

Bill in Nebraska
Maryville, MO

A few months ago the following generalization was made about the most impoverist household. 1) They all have a color tv probably with cable and satellite, 2) A fairly new vehicle to drive, 3) a cell phone and local services, 4) air conditioning and 5) any other luxury associated with a middle-class family. What makes the difference is that most of the items they didn't buy themselves with their own money but through someone elses money.

There is nothing wrong in being rich. What is wrong is how they use that wealth. Governor Romney never used any of the money he was paid as governor of Massachusettes. Instead, he donated to a charity of his choice. He will do the same as President of the United States. How many of you would be willing to give that up if you had the money to do so? I would say not many.

In my opinion whether I like it or not Mitt Romney is probably the better canidate for attacking the economic decline that we are suffering than any one else. We see a nation that states the unemployment is 8%. Some will say it is actually 25%.

Bill in Nebraska
Maryville, MO

Look at what is happening at the present time. We are under a moderate to severe drought through out the breadbasket of the United States. If the current trend continues as it appears it will the corn crop and many other crops furnished by this region will be a crop of fair to poor. What do you think that is going to do with prices in your local grocery stores? Do you really think Obama will do anything about it or is it strickly up to Congress? Will it really matter? What about all of the major fires in the western United States? How is that going to affect our markets?

We need to look at a person's record. The only significant thing that has come out of the Obama administration is health-care. He has only recently decided to do anything about the immigration problem except to deport families and tear them apart. I don't agree with the Republican Stand nor do I agree with the Democrat Stand either. One is get rid of all and the other is do nothing until it is election time. Romney has given generalizations but is going to do something.

rlsintx
Plano, TX

I recommend gold fish over fruit loops too.

People have a life. Might not match our own, the toys may be different and the houses bigger - but a break from the regular activities and getting together with kids/grandkids is always a good thing...

no fit in SG
St.George, Utah

Yikes!
Some folks seem to think that Romney can even bring on the rain and prevent/put out fires.
There are going be some tremendously unhappy realities for these people to face if this guy wins the presidency.

bricha
lehi, ut

Right now a vacation like that would be well recieved in my house:)

andyjaggy
American Fork, UT

I don't have a problem with Romney being rich. I don't have a problem with rich people in general. What I do have a problem with is the attitude that the poor are poor because they are lazy etc.... and that the rich are rich simply because of their own hard work. That's an overly simplistic and frankly evil way of looking at the world. Do I need to quote scripture?

I've known some incredibly hard workers who aren't even close to being rich. The fact is our society values certain skills and talents above others. A cabinet maker could work harder than anyone on the planet, could make the most beautiful cabinets around, and they will never even make close to the same amount of money that the worlds crappiest CEO will make. So often it isn't how hard you work, or how smart you are, but it's how well society values your specific set of talents and personality traits.

We can't all be rich, society needs a hierarchy in order to function correctly. A whole world of CEO's and venture capitalists would make for a pretty lousy world.

Oh My Heck!
Vernal, UT

@ andyjaggy, I know a lot of poor people, too, and most of them are in the military! My son has been in Afghanistan for several months, and will be until the end of the year, so he is getting a little more due to combat pay. But not a lot, and he has a wife and 4 kids. His normal takehome pay is about $900 twice a month...hardly enough to support a couple, let alone a family. Yes, he gets a housing allotment, but they still have to pay utilities, car insurance, other bills, just like other people. I think our military is very underpaid, considering the work they do, and the sacrifices they and their families make.

I enjoyed this article about Romney and his family. Yes, they a rich, but they have worked hard for it. He would make a great president, especially regarding the economic mess we are in.

Oh My Heck!
Vernal, UT

Hmmm, I need to proofread my comments: "I enjoyed this article about Romney and his family. Yes, they a rich, but they have worked hard for it." Should have said "...they ARE rich...". And I really like the windblown look of Mitt's hair, in the picture with Ann and the kids. Looks like they've been having some good family time, which I'm sure has been in short supply during the campaign so far.

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