Published: Tuesday, Sept. 25 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT
My view is that a Romney administration would be ab exact repeat of the George
W. Bush administration, which was an absolute disaster. As of yet, no one has
explained to me how they would differ.
"The fact that Romney is financially independent shows he has the ability to
successfully run business — to bring people together to work for the good
of our nation."When in all his business career did Romney bring
people together to work for the good of our nation? And how does being
financially independent demonstrate that quality? His work at Bain Capital
indeed made him rich, but it was mostly through taking over, splitting up, and
dismantling companies, and eliminating or sending jobs overseas. How would that
"work for the good of the nation"?"Romney has stated
that our country is founded upon the concept that we are one nation, under God,
with liberty and freedom for all."If you're going to quote
the pledge of allegiance, at least get the words right: it's "liberty
and JUSTICE for all." And don't forget "indivisible." With
his view that 47% of the citizens are not worthy of his consideration, Romney
hardly represents the standard of justice for all embodied in the pledge, and
his campaign seeks to divide the nation by economic class. And didn't he
pledge his allegiance to Grover Norquist anyway?
"Romney is the man we need in Washington to lead all our citizens..."And yet...Mr. Romney himself suggested "There are 47 percent of the
people who will vote for the president no matter what....My job is is not to
worry about those people." So by his own words, he is not going to worry
about the folks who cast a vote for President Obama. And even some of those who
will vote for him - those who don't pay any income tax - will not be on his
mind. I think he was addressing the only folks that he can relate to when he
made that speech. In the days that have followed Mr. Romney has tried to assure
us that he will represent all Americans but like a Freudian slip, sometimes our
actual words say more about who we are and what we think than the things we hope
poeple will believe about us.
"Mitt Romney was successful in making money using laws in our capitalist
structure that I believe should be dramatically curbed. Mitt Romney did not
create or oversee the creation or production of any product or service like his
father or our capitalist magnates like Edison. Mitt Romney had no innovative
ideas that resulted in a product or service like Bill Gates or Steve Jobs. Mitt
Romney went into companies that created something, extracted the wealth, put
many in debt, and then left with a bounty. There is nothing with that experience
that can solve the myriad of problems (deficit, education, pollution, climate
change, healthcare, etc.) we have in America." This isn't even
addressing his record as governor.
Nope. The man refuses to even tell us how and what he would do in office, so we
can only judge him by his past, which he also hides. What we do know is he has
dismantled companies, sent jobs overseas, and hides his money in foreign
accounts. He has done little to actually help the American economy, only
himself. There is no way he should serve as President.
Romney certainly has successfully run businesses; he's oursourced the jobs
overseas.Which US attributes do you want outsourced to China next?
The congress (heck, maybe China could do a better job than the current Congress
of the USA).What if your job were the job being outsourced by a
Romney administration? Would you be so sanguine about it then?
"He assures liberty and freedom for all."Unless you're
gay, female, minority, poor, elderly, or non-Christian...
Romney's tax returns are very much the business of the voters, since they
are good evidence of how Romney conducts his financial affairs and the corners
he cuts with his taxes (for example, the tax evasion scheme of the Cayman Island
entities). Having the actual returns for forensic accountants to examine will
show exactly what type of person Romney is.His "financial
independence" came from over-burdening companies with debt, cutting their
employees' jobs and benefits, and ultimately taking them into bankruptcy.
That doesn't equate with creating jobs or bringing people together. In
fact, it shows that he did just the opposite. He would benefit the mega-wealthy
to the detriment of everyone else.As to the third paragraph -- which
God? The LDS concept of God? Evangelicals? Catholics? Protestants? Jews?
Wiccans? Satanists? And how about agnostics and athiests? Again, this divides
and not unites. The US government is secular, not religious.Romney
put the Olympic games back together by getting huge contributions from the
federal government, and not by anything else that he did. He insures liberty
and freedom for the mega-wealthy; not for all. He is the LAST person this
country needs as its president.
Mr. Romney got caught lying about his state of residence when he was running for
governor of Massachusetts, claiming Utah as his primary residence for tax
purposes, while telling voters he lived in Massachusetts. Paul Ryan
noted, prior to being selected as Romney's running mate, that "the
Caymans are where you hide money." Mitt Romney required 10
years of tax returns from Ryan during his vetting process. Mitt's dad,
George Romney, provided the public with 12 years of tax returns when he ran for
president. But now Mitt Romney, a guy with Swiss bank accounts and Cayman
Island tax shelters, refuses to provide tax returns prior to 2010. This stinks
to high heaven.Romney's words and deeds have made it abundantly
clear that his only genuine conviction is that he should be president -
everything else is negotiable and subject to the direction the political winds
blow.I don't begrudge Romney his wealth, but I do object,
strenuously, to the rigged economy that he and the GOP want to perpetuate and
make even worse. Romney is simply not a good person to lead the
We need him in Washington about as much as we need a 3rd Bush term. As for bringing us together? HUH? When has Romney brought anyone together
during his whole campaign? It has been one gaffe, stupid comment, class warfare,
offensive comment to other countries, comment after another. From his "I
enjoy firing people" to his "47 percent" comments, he does
absolutely nothing to bring people together.
Romney is a good man. No one is perfect. O'bama's had his chance.
Let's just see what Mitt can do.
And if President Obama pointedly refused to release his returns, I'm sure
Harold would say that that was "his business" and not worry about it.At least be consistent, guys.
"The tax returns of Mitt Romney are his and the IRS's business."Definitely true. And we also continuously hear that Mitt paid all of
the taxes that he legally owed.Something I also believe to be true.Why does the same not hold true to GE? We sure heard enough crying
about GE from the right for exactly the same reasons. Why is Mitt different?
Me? I think both GE and Romney gamed the system.
Mitt Romney wants to be President of the United States for the same reason a
pimple faced 17 year old wants to be Student Body Officer.To him,
it's nothing more than being in a special exclusive club for the
uber-wealthy.Meanwhile -- Bill and Melinda Gates are using
what God has blessed them with to rid the world of polio once and for all,
expand access to childhood vaccines, improved agricultural tools and strategies,
maternal and child health programs, financial services for the poor, safe water
and sanitation, and other effective, low-cost innovations in 3rd world countries
were Governments are unable to address the needs of the people.Bill
and Melinda Gates are Liberals who want to change the World, Mitt Romney
is a Conservative who wants to rule the World.
"The tax returns of Mitt Romney are his and the IRS's business. This
type of information is not to be used as a political tool to create resentment
toward Romney."If Mitt were running for the local school board,
this statement would probably still not be true. Mitt's tax returns give a
pretty good picture of what kind of man he is. His father understood this and
volunteered 12 years of returns. Mitt is obviously not his father."The fact that Romney is financially independent shows he has the ability
to successfully run business — to bring people together to work for the
good of our nation."What, pray tell, does conducting leveraged
buyouts have to do with successfully running a business? The corporate raiders
may have changed the name, but LBOs are still LBOs, and they are not healthy for
an economy or a society.
I wonder, why does Mitt want to become President?It obviously
isn't because he wants to lead. He has been given ample chance to try and
lead and hasn't. Why then, does he thirst so badly for the
white house? Is it to lower his own taxes? Make it easier for his baby, Bain
Capital, to outsource jobs and ruin America? Is it to give out more handouts (at
the expense of the American middle-class) to his class? When I
consider all the flip flops, all the gaffes, all his class warfare, I seriously
doubt Mitt's motives for running as being noble. What is Mitt
Yes, we DO need Mitt in Washington.Spokane. Seattle. Tacoma. Gig
Harbor.Anywhere but in Washington D.C.
We do need romney in washington. Maybe as a junior partner in an injury law
practice with an office in the back corner of a semiabandoned shopping mall.
Someplace he can't wreak much havoc on the nation.
Obama has wreaked havoc on the nation and demonstrated his incompetence in
managing the economy; community organizations such as ACORN, Solyndra and other
crony capitalism debacles, green jobs outsourced to foreign countries, massive
borrowing for doomed programs, bragging about saving General Motors as the
company races to insolvency and a confused energy policy that touts Brazilian
off shore drilling, but prohibits our own. His VP is a documented embarrassment.
With Romney there is at least the chance that he knows what to do in order to
restore a viable US job economy. Ryan may be wrong, but at least he wants an
open discussion of the deficit. And all Obama's campaign wants to talk
about is Romney's tithing. Better than talking about his own performance.
HemlockSalt Lake City, UTWith Romney there is at least the chance
that he knows what to do...======Chance? perhaps, but
that's all he's given us to go on.He's more secretive than
Richard Nixon.I'm waiting - desparately - for the Romney
campaign to spell out PRECISELY what he'll do.No more of this - Vote
for me, because I'm not Obama - song and dance routine.Tell us
Mitt, WHY should we vote for you.Give us some ideas.WHAT wiil you do
to create jobs other than just promising 12 million new ones.WHAT tax
loop-holes are you willing to cut when yo can't name even one.How are
you going to continue the Bush-era tax cuts, AND continue Social Security and
Medicare benefits, AND Reapeal or Replace Obamacare, AND increase Defense, AND
revivalize NASA, ANDBalance the Budget? I don't
listen to AM radio, so please give me a resaon to vote for you Mitt.
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