Letter: Mitt Romney is in touch with what's going on in the country


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  • Miss Piggie Salt Lake City, UT
    July 11, 2012 12:01 a.m.


    "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.


    "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.

  • wrz Salt Lake City, UT
    July 10, 2012 11:41 p.m.


    "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.


    "... 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.


    "... 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.

  • mark Salt Lake City, UT
    July 9, 2012 8:44 a.m.

    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.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    July 9, 2012 8:27 a.m.

    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.

  • Meckofahess Salt Lake City, UT
    July 8, 2012 9:00 p.m.

    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.

  • Nonconlib Happy Valley, UT
    July 8, 2012 8:26 p.m.

    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.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    July 8, 2012 7:01 p.m.

    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.

  • Brother Chuck Schroeder A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    July 8, 2012 5:41 p.m.

    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?.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    July 8, 2012 5:33 p.m.

    "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?

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    July 8, 2012 4:59 p.m.

    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.

  • Mad Hatter Provo, UT
    July 8, 2012 4:28 p.m.

    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.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    July 8, 2012 12:32 p.m.

    Yes, in touch with hedge funders in London.

  • Mister J SLC, UT
    July 8, 2012 12:15 p.m.

    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"

  • George Bronx, NY
    July 8, 2012 12:01 p.m.

    @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 government?

  • GK Willington SLC, UT
    July 8, 2012 12:01 p.m.

    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.

  • George Bronx, NY
    July 8, 2012 11:55 a.m.

    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?

  • J Thompson SPRINGVILLE, UT
    July 8, 2012 11:10 a.m.


    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.

  • Ralph West Jordan Taylorsville, UT
    July 8, 2012 11:07 a.m.

    Re: J. Thompson

    Great Post! Perfect example of the Rah Rah syndrom!

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    July 8, 2012 11:06 a.m.

    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.

  • Eric Samuelsen Provo, UT
    July 8, 2012 11:04 a.m.

    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.

  • KJB1 Eugene, OR
    July 8, 2012 10:25 a.m.

    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..."

  • louie Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 8, 2012 10:10 a.m.

    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?

  • ugottabkidn Sandy, UT
    July 8, 2012 9:58 a.m.

    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?

  • J Thompson SPRINGVILLE, UT
    July 8, 2012 9:57 a.m.

    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.

  • UTAH Bill Salt Lake City, UT
    July 8, 2012 9:47 a.m.

    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 him.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    July 8, 2012 9:18 a.m.

    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 has not.

  • Ralph West Jordan Taylorsville, UT
    July 8, 2012 9:00 a.m.

    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!

  • ECR Burke, VA
    July 8, 2012 8:45 a.m.

    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 cut jobs.

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    July 8, 2012 8:03 a.m.

    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.

  • Brother Chuck Schroeder A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    July 8, 2012 6:48 a.m.

    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.

  • Blue Salt Lake City, UT
    July 8, 2012 6:35 a.m.

    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.

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    July 8, 2012 6:32 a.m.

    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.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    July 8, 2012 4:19 a.m.

    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.

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    July 8, 2012 12:30 a.m.

    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.