Two I things I expect from Romney if he wins. First, from day one he can not
blame the former president or blame the former president during his whole term.
Second, he must instantly fix the economy.
No question you are a supporter, but when it comes to understanding the issues
faced by those of us who are not rich, Romney doesn't get it. He has
demonstrated it over and over.
What bothers me the most about Mitt are two-fold: One, you can't figure
out who he is as he denies/renounces/downplays his previous accomplishments and
positions to appeal to the GOP right wing -- in everything from his RomneyCare
and governorship in Massachusetts to his poking fun at Obama's Harvard
education when he himself has two degrees from Harvard. I keep seeing vidoes of
Mitt saying one thing a few years ago as a moderate progressive, and now his new
line is that he's "severly conservative." Two, his
non-disclosure of his wealth and business dealings -- from his hiding wealth
off-shore in the Caymens, Bermuda, and other countries to reduce his U.S. tax
burden to his Bain investments that bought and sold companies, often off-shoring
jobs held by Americans to line his own pocket. Yes, this was all perfectly
legal, but his "my wealth first" mentality doesn't align with the
"America first" orientation we need in a president.Obama has
been disappointing. I'm not sure it is entirely his fault, and I'd be
the first to vote him out if I thought the GOP had a viable alternative.
The scion of a wealthy family uses that wealth to acquire even greater wealth.
That's supposed to be notable or praiseworthy?You mention
"No Apology." In this book, Romney claims that class size
does not impact the quality of education, but the data he uses to support that
claim measured classes where the number of students grew from 11 to 18.Romney correctly observes that he US pays its teachers poorly relative to
other developed countries and draws its teachers from the bottom 1/3 of our
college students. He'd prefer that our education system be more like
Finland. Any mention that the Finns pay their teachers much better,
and that Finnish teachers, whose work Romney admires, have a strong union? Of
course not. Do the Finns measure their teachers' job performance by using
standardized student test scores? No. I would trust Romney to turn
an investment of $100 million into $150 million, provided I didn't much
care how he did it or from where the gain would come. But should we
trust him to run the nation? No.
Romney is in touch with nothing. Republicans criticize Democrats in Congress
for being too liberal, but consumer activist and former presidential candidate
Ralph Nader criticizes them for being too conservative. If the Democrats in
Congress were all drinking water from the same faucet, there might be a clue to
their chronic fear of the craven and cruel corporatist Republicans who dominate
them. But they don't, so we have to ask why their fear, defeatism, and
cowering behavior continue in the face of the outrageous GOP actions as the
November election approaches. Republicans go for the jugular, while the
Democrats go for the capillaries. Democrats take it on the chin from House
Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor. But they do not go into
these politicians' backyards in Virginia and Ohio to expose the unpopular
agendas pitched by these Wall Street puppets. Democrats let Republicans get
away with backing big corporations. The Democrats should be land-sliding the
worst Republican Party in history. Democrats had better awaken soon if they
hope to avert an electoral disaster.
So Romney may not be able to fix the economy in one term..but Obama was suppose
to? Mitt would inherit an economy with 25 months of positive job growth, and 25
months of positive gdp growth. Obama inherited an economy in total collapse..9%
gdp loss in one quarter and 5 quarters of 2 to 3% gdp loss. Look at
the related article listed below this letter "don't reward
ignorance". Yes please don't.
As a moderate I find it hard to identify what it is that Governor Romney stands
for since the things he says he stands for now are very different that what he
said he stood for when running for governor of Massachusetts. And who can tell
me that once he is in office he won't change his mind again. Certainly
there is nothing wrong with changing your mind on an issue - President Obama has
done it on some key issues - but some of the positions Governor Romney currently
stands on are vastly different, sometimes completely opposite, of what he used
to stand for (Stimulus, TARP, abortion, healthcare mandate). I'm sure
there are those who will disagree with my assessment.So let's
find something we can agree on. Mitt Romney will enter the White House as a
businessman and try to run the country like a business. And what is the number
one goal of business? To create jobs? Sorry, wrong answer. The number one goal
of business is to make a profit and Mitt Romney's own business experience
has proven that sometimes, perhaps often, the only way to make a profit is to
Shirlene J. Hundley is concerned about Obama fans and whether they have
"researched His Claims" of improving "Jobs, Economy, Gas prices,
Health Care, Etc" claiming it as "Hype and Ego Boosting"In case you hadn't noticed Shirlene, gas prices are lower than they have
been for over a year, the economy is better than when he began his term, as for
health care I can tell you personally that my wife and I along with millions of
others are much better off due to existing conditions and drug costs and the
jobless rate is at 8.2% which is better than 4 years ago.You claim
you are worried about your kids but it is Romney's party that is gutting
the education system. You claim Romney is more in touch but we have yet to hear
how or what he is going to do other than "Replace and Repeal. The crowning touch to your letter is "He may not be able to turn it around
in one term". We wouldn't expect him to, so tell us why it is
expected of Obama. Me thinks you should do some research of your own!
The writer asks if we have "done the research."I have. I
read Romney's book and was thoroughly frightened by some of it. It clearly
shows a man whose experience has absolutely no relation to mine nor to most of
my family and acquaintances. Romney's incredible hypocrisy is
on clear display in the book. His promise to repeal the only advance in health
insurance reform the nation has ever seen should send every sensible American to
the polls to vote against him. And that's not the only reason.I HAVE done the research. It's obvious that the author of this letter
How can the writer say Mr. Romney is in touch with Americans when we don't
even know where he stands on the issues? Frankly, I liked Romney's stances
when he was governor and seriously considered him to be a potential president.
But he's pretty much dumped all the moderate stances that attracted me to
Obama shouts "Rah Rah" and his supports join in with his "Rah
Rah" following the juvenile Junior High School political parade as it moves
from city to city. People who don't know the difference
between "Rah Rah" and substance, will shout "Rah Rah" in their
letters and comments, cheering on the "Rah Rah" king of America, who
tells us that he will "change" America. He has changed America. He has
divided America. He has changed us into a nation of beggars and
finger-pointers. He has taught us to covet. He has told us that it is all right
for the government to take from the "rich guy" as long as the government
redistributes that wealth to the beggars and finger-pointers. Hooray for the
Rah-Rah king of America. Many follow him - mindlessly.Mitt Romney
tells us that we're going to have to WORK - all of us. He tells us that
there is no free lunch. He tells us that we're going to have to find
better ways to compete with the world. He tells us that we're going to
have to be responsible.Mitt Romney is telling the truth.
Shirlene, this is an election for President of the United States not a religious
calling inspite of what you feel in your heart. Anyone can make personal claims
in a book. I suggest you look at his record in the great Bay State. Although he
managed the SLOC well he has made claims he cannot back up. He did not save the
Olympics. He is counting on short memories and maybe that is why he is a
carpetbagger not to mention he is avoiding his obligations all over the world
with funds to numerous to count. What's that all about?
Romney is similar to many campaigners, except speaking negatively of the current
administration he still has not articulated how he would change things.
specifically how will he improve the economy and how will he reform health care?
J. Thompson:"He tells us that there is no free lunch...He tells
us that we're going to have to be responsible."Isn't
that what the individual mandate of the ACA says as well? The same mandate that
Romney was for before he was against? And how is slashing taxes even further
for the "job creators" (who aren't creating much right now) being
"responsible"?And it's funny that Shirlene thinks that
Obama touting his achievements and accomplishments is "hype and ego
boosting." If you've genuinely researched the issues and favor Romney,
that's your right, but this letter is little more than sticking fingers in
your ears and singing, "La, la, la..."
To address the issue of ego:From the very beginnings of the Republic,
Presidential aspirants have presented themselves as humble and reluctant
servants of the people, self-lessly serving in answer to a higher call--their
opponents, on the other hand, are clearly greedy, grasping, dishonest and
egotistical, people who are running because they think they're better than
the rest of us. This is true of every era in our history, and it's true of
all candidates from whatever party. This marketing strategy is constant,
because it works. As Americans we don't like elitist egotists, we like
humble men of the people. It's all just nonsense, of course.
Running for President is miserable, hard work, a nasty, never-ending
soul-destroying slog. Why would you do that, why would you subject yourself to
it, unless you had a considerable ego, unless you really had a drive for power.
I'm not trashing Romney here. I'm saying that running for
President essentially requires a massive ego, an incredible sense of entitlement
and a feeling that you and only you can save our country. And that's true
of both candidates, both parties, every election.
The only reason why he appears "in touch" with everyone is because he
completely changes his stances on every single issue depending on who he's
speaking with. To average people, "he feels your pain" and then bashes
Obama. To rich people, "he enjoys firing people, corporations are people,
the only way to help this economy grow is to give them more tax cuts while
shifting the tax burden to the middle-class." I think we should
look at the facts.Based on the things Romney has said, NO ONE can
realistically know what he stands for. Based on the things he has
done, he's another corporate rich guy looking out for the interests of
fellow rich folks. His 12 offshore Cayman Island accounts, his Swiss Bank
Account, his building of a garage elevator while rest of us are trying to figure
out how to buy a tank of gas, etc all disgust me.
Re: J. ThompsonGreat Post! Perfect example of the Rah Rah syndrom!
KJB1,That's a fair question. Some of you believe that the
government has to force us to make correct decisions. Some of you believe that
if we fail to make correct decisions that the government, i.e. some "rich
guy", should swoop in and pick us up before we hurt ourselves; but, it that
what we really want? Is that what "Independence" is all about? Is that
that agency is all about?Does Obama tell us to stop complaining and
to go to work? Has Obama obstructed business? Will he admit that he has messed
things up so royally that it will take all our resources for decades just to
repay the increase in the deficit that he caused?Obama is the
antithesis of what America needs. EVERYTHING that he has done has cost
Americans their jobs, their homes, their families, their incentive, their
initiative. He has blamed Bush, the weather, and the "rich guy"; but, he
refuses to blame himself.Romney has the cure. He is honest in
telling us to get up and to get to work. He's honest in telling us that if
we want something, we'll have to work for it.
26 months of job growth, oil production is up not down, millions of people that
where or could be denied health insurance now cannot be dropped or denied
insurance. What research have you done besides reading Romney's book that
tells us nothing more then he comes from a life of corporate greed Shirline?
How exactly is Romney going to handle the economy. healthcare, gas prices?
1st) Speaking of cheerleading (you know Rah Rah); Another Mitt is wonderful
piece in the DN.2nd) Should Mitt be elected, it will be like the 2nd
term of GHW Bush.
@J thomas"Some of you believe that the government has to force
us to make correct decisions."really your argument is that it is
wrong because someone wants to assert control over others through he use of our
Robert Reich recently has summed up what has transpired and what would reach an
apex w/ a Romney Presidency... a new gilded age."We can have
democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands
of a few, but we can't have both. -- Louis D. Brandeis"
Yes, in touch with hedge funders in London.
Romney has promised, if elected, to overturn Obamacare on Day One. Not Day Two
or Week Two or even Year Two. Day One. Now if he doesn't, does this mean
that his presidency is null and void. Also, if the economy is not back to the
levels promised within the first months, can we start saying that "Romney is
a failed president."? I'm sure the Tea Party will expect
him to fulfilled their expectations, but how can he move back to the Right after
moving to the Center to win an election and maintain any semblance of
credibility?Finally, what exactly does Romney intend to do other
than say that he is better for the country than Obama? I realize he has a
57-point plan to reinvigorate the economy, but aside from the platitudes and
election-year pablum, what exactly will he do to replace Obameycare and get the
economy back on track without raising taxes or spending more money? Will his
wealthy financiers be his resouce? I thought they want a significant return on
investment. That's a far cry from their having to put up more cash to make
Romney's promises come true.
I'm so excited for President Romney. Within a month we'll all be
living in houses made of solid gold with diamond chandeliers in every room.At least that's what he wants us to believe.The truth is he'll
put the tax burden on the middle class, he'll cut funding for education.
He'll put more money in to the military, something that the US already
outspends the next 26 nations combined.Repubs are so out of touch with
reality, it's scary.
"He may not be able to turn things around in one term"Wait a
minute... Romney gets a "well it might take two terms" clause? Obama
took a loss of 700k jobs the month he inherited the keys to the White House and
has us at 28+ consecutive months of private sector job gains. Things are already
turned around, we're just not moving forward very quickly. (I won't
argue why that is since I just want to focus on the fact that things are getting
better, just slower than we'd like). So why doesn't Obama get the
benefit of it maybe taking more than one term? @J Thompson"He has taught us to covet"As opposed to Republicans who
want more and more tax cuts despite the whole trillion dollar deficit thing?
Out of touch Romney, where's the GOP jobs?. It will take 219,000 net new
jobs a month for unemployment rate to be below 8% on Election Day if current
participation rate holds steady. The U.S. work force remains shrunken with just
58.6% employed. Employment is growing but it is not growing fast enough given
the jobs deficit caused by the deep recession. Washington and Wall Street have
recklessly pushed the United States into the greatest financial bubble in
American history. And unfortunately we are far beyond the point of no return.
I am not here to make excuses for Romney, nor am I a shill for Mitt Romney and
claim allegiance to no political party. No organization owns my vote, I will
give it to whoever I feel will serve the nation best regardless of the letter
next to their name. It was the Koch Brother's that killed jobs and the
economy for the past 12 years, so why should we re-elect their friends in 2012
again?. Romney "SHOULD" explain all his hidden offshore accounts. Is
the Uglund House Romney's second home?.
If romney can't be expected to fix the economy in one term, how is it you
expected President Obama to do it with train wreck bush handed him? No, Romoney
does not seem to me to be what the country needs.
As a Mormon firmly entrenched in the middle class, I feel absolutely no
connection to Mitt Romney. His economic policies would enrich his class at the
expense of mine and the one lower than where I am fortunate enough to be. I am
particularly perturbed by his outright dishonesty in this campaign. I expect far
more from a former LDS stake president. Quite a reflection on his religion,
sorry to say.
As a senior citizen and Utah native, I do not believe Mitt Romney represents my
values of compassion and understanding of the challenges working people face.
Perhaps his only saving grace is that he saw the need to expand healthcare
coverage to most all citizens in the state of Massachewsets when he was Govenor
there. His blantant use of off shore accounts to shield his wealth from
taxation raises questions.
Then why does he cater to the Gadianton on WallStreet?Why does he horde
his money in off-shore banks as tax evasion rather than pay his fair share of
taxes and better yet – Why not INVEST it in AMERICA?309It has
been supposed that wealth gives power. In a depraved state of society, in a
certain sense it does, if opening a wide field for unrighteous monopolies, by
which the poor are robbed and oppressed and the wealthy are more enriched, is
power.”309I am not for hoarding up gold and other property to lie
useless, I wish to put everything to a good use.” 310The course
pursued by men of business in the world has a tendency to make a few rich, and
to sink the masses of the people in poverty and degradation. 11:348.~ Brigham Young THAT'S Why I will not even consider voting
for Mitt Romney.He should know better.Not to mention his
Flip=Flopping lack of integrity.
Let me ask you something J Thompson. It seems clear from your comments that you
despise President Obama. So let me ask you, as courteously as possible: do you
think that there might be just a touch of hysteria in your comments? I mean
after all, when you really take the time to think about it do you really think
that Obama is as sinister and malicious as you portray him? I mean, when you
really take the time to think about it. Let me ask you about the
debt, you blame President Obama, but did you also blame both Presidents Bush and
President Reagan for their huge increases in the debt? Did you decry the debt
during previous administrations? I did, and I still do. Former
governor Romney is giving it to us straight? I'd disagree. If he was
shooting straight he would say that we need to raise taxes, on everyone. We need
to get rid of all the very ill conceived Bush tax cuts. Raising revenues with
well thought out budget cuts is the only way we will deal with the debt. But he
lulls us with the irresponsibility and sweetness of more tax cuts.
@pragmatistferlife:"So Romney may not be able to fix the economy
in one term."Obama told us, if couldn't fix the economy in
his first term, he would be a one term president. Let's take him up on
this.@ECR:"... I find it hard to identify what it is
that Romney stands for..."Why aren't you questioning Obama
flip-flopping since his are numerous and somewhat comical."The
number one goal of business is to make a profit and Mitt Romney's own
business experience has proven that sometimes, perhaps often, the only way to
make a profit is to cut jobs."Mitt has already told us that he
plans to reduce the employment size of government... through attrition. Federal
employees moving on will not become unemployed. They will go into retirement,
on pension.@louie:"... specifically how will he
(Romney) improve the economy and how will he reform health care?"I think you should be asking how Obama will improve the economy. So far his
'hope and change' doesn't seem to be working.
@Wonder:"All of you posters who think it is just a-OK that
Romney has these off shore accounts --- just imagine that it was Obama who had
those accounts and all the nasty things you would say about him."Obama may not have offshore accounts... the problem with Obama is that he
himself is offshore... There are many who say he was born offshore. And, I would
bet, if he doesn't have offshore accounts he very likely has some foreign
investments. Everybody with any money to invest has some.@Fred44:"If Mitt has nothing to hide, why not just tell the truth about your
wealth, your holdings, your taxes."Obama is who's hiding
things, and he's been hiding for years... such as his Harvard grades
transcript, Harvard entrance application, birth certificate which is still
unresolved, bogus SS number, Fast & Furious documents to name a few.