Published: Sunday, July 8 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT
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.
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