If he wins: Romney brings a CEO mentality to White House

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  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    Nov. 6, 2012 8:50 a.m.

    Anxiety must truly abound today for wealthy right wing Republicans who have contributed unbelievable amounts of money to Mitt Romney's Presidential campaign.
    Never could understand Mitt's embracing Sheldon Adelson. The two of them don't seem to have much in common, or do they?
    What could this casino magnet and others, such as Koch Brothers, etc. be hoping for in return?
    Will we know the answer anytime soon?

  • pmaier Stansbury, UT
    Nov. 5, 2012 9:26 a.m.

    During the past 30 years, the 1% rich Americans, have created an America, by buying Congress, our for fathers would not recognize. When elected they also will have one of their one in the White House.

  • Backtothebasics Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 5, 2012 8:54 a.m.

    Seriously, Steve Peoples? What planet have you been on? "Don't expect Romney to be a leader who will inspire those he governs with emotional speeches.".

    I have been inspired over and over as I have listened to Romney. Much more than the spin doctor O "saying soothing sayings" to lull us into passivity.

    We shall see people, we shall see.

  • Red Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 5, 2012 8:41 a.m.

    Obama has not been a good President. He does not come from a good background. He is a product of Chicago Politics. He does not represent America.

    President Romney is exactly the kind of person we need to help guide us out of this mess.

    We are in deep and it is going to take a CEO skillset to get us out.

    Vote Romney!

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Nov. 5, 2012 8:35 a.m.

    From JWB's post

    He is smart
    he comes from a good background and family
    he went to several schools of higher learning
    He has lived in at least one foreign country and has had the opportunity to associate and work
    with people from many, many countries in a variety of ways
    He has a law degree from a highly respected University
    He has run for U.S. Senate

    My My, pretty similar credentials as that of our current president.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 5, 2012 8:14 a.m.

    When you look over the years and centuries of Presidential elections, Mitt Romney has so many plusses to contribute to our nation and to the world. He is smart, he comes from a good background and family, he went to several schools of higher learning and knows at least one foreign language. He has lived in at least one foreign country and has had the opportunity to associate and work with people from many, many countries in a variety of ways but also as the 2002 Winter Olympics type of CEO knowing all the various protocols. He has a law and MBA degree from a highly respected University and has used those degrees in his various business and government experiences. He has run for U.S. Senate in a difficult situation against a long standing and very rich family name in Massachusetts that helped vett him to run as Governor and win after his Olympics highly successful tour.

    He was a Presidential primary candidate in 2008 that prepared him for the difficult uphill battle in 2011 and 2012, even in his own party.

    He is running against a very difficult 4 year incumbent, whose numbers for an incumbent aren't stellar

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    Nov. 5, 2012 7:56 a.m.

    If he wins....really?

    polls have him at a 35% chance so that makes this article ....conjecture at best.

    Colin Powell says Romney has assembled the same military people that sent USA to war with Iraq. Between that which sends shivers down the spine of thinking people and his economic reforms which have been proven not to work, he has offered very little reason for people to change, and those are people who really wanted a change.

    Actually if elected he might not like the White House and would tear it down and build a bigger mansion in its place.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Nov. 5, 2012 7:38 a.m.

    That CEO approach did not work well the only other time he held public office. Massachuetts was a mess and he had a 35% approval rating. Along with Sarah Palin he is remembered by his constituents as one of the worst one term Govenors or our generation.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Nov. 5, 2012 7:25 a.m.

    No. What he would bring to the White House is a vulture capitalist mentality. Here's how THAT works.

    The investors profit, it turns out, not despite the failure of the company, but in fact because of it. A group of investors looks for companies that have a strong underlying business but are in distress thanks to heavy debt burdens. The investors then take over the company. Private equity investors buy control of the company's board by purchasing the firm's stock. Investors use their control of the firm to take on more debt, while at the same time cutting costs by laying off workers. Cash from the loans and cost savings are funneled back to the investors. This looting continues until the company can't pay its debts. When it finally collapses, the company files for bankruptcy to extinguish the debt -- but private equity investors get to keep the gains they've already reaped. When investors have essentially squeezed every possible bit of value out of it, a planned bankruptcy is filed. Essentially investors dispose of it in as convenient a way as possible, and then walk away.

    NOT what we need in a President.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Nov. 5, 2012 7:13 a.m.

    The CEO mentality:

    1. Corporations are the basic units of society. Corporations are people, and the overriding purpose of an economy is to maximize corporate profits. When profits are maximized, the economy grows fastest. This growth benefits everyone in the form greater output, better products and services, and higher share prices.

    2. Workers are a means to the goal of maximizing corporate profits. If workers do not contribute to that goal, they should be fired. If they cannot then find other work that helps maximize profits in another company, their wages must be too high, and they must therefore accept steadily lower wages until they find a job.

    3. Individual worth depends on net worth -- how much money one has made, and the value of the assets that money has been invested in. Any person with enough intelligence and ambition can make a fortune. Failure to do so is sign of moral and intellectual inferiority.

    4. People who fail in the economy should not be coddled. They should not receive food stamps, Medicaid, or any other form of social subsidy. Coddling leads to a weaker society and a weaker economy.

    (Robert Reich)

  • Tiger5 Cache county, USA
    Nov. 5, 2012 7:04 a.m.

    Feels like Xmas.
    But, your not sure if there's presents....

  • DVD Taylorsville, 00
    Nov. 5, 2012 6:21 a.m.

    A knowledge of financial management is very good. Knowing how to unite and work with a democracy is much, much better in the office of the President. The United States has finances to consider, but it's not a business. It's a country, and some of the fundamentals are different when you deal with people's lives in addition to their livelihoods. You can't outsource America. But America can still inspire and lead by example.

    Nov. 5, 2012 5:52 a.m.

    CEO mentality is not always good for the working class. If Romney's CEO mentality is like the CEO mentality of most big companies, Romney will do everything to benefit the stockholders ( the very rich ) with no concern for the workers ( middle and lower income citizens ).

    How many jobs in the United States have the CEO's of companies created that shipped jobs overseas to maximize profits for their stockholders? How many jobs did George W. Bush create with his tax cut?

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Nov. 5, 2012 5:04 a.m.

    "Should he prevail Tuesday, Mitt Romney would bring a CEO's eye to the White House and a policy agenda based on a general set of principles and focused more on data than ideology."

    If I believed that were true, I might have a Romney/Ryan Campaign sign in my yard.

    Unfortunately, Romney is not strong enough to stand up to the GOP machine. He will bend and sway to their every whim.

    A CEO would not sign a pledge which would tie his hands and preclude the use of "data". He bowed to the GOP pressure in order to get the nomination.

    Romney would NOT be free to study the data and facts and put forth a plan based on his finding.

    As Grover Norquist said -

    "Pick a Republican with enough working digits to handle a pen to become president of the United States."

    Don't think. Don't use your experience and intelligence. Just sign what we hand you.
    The GOP has an ingrained "ideology" and the "data" is irrelevant.

    And Romney has shown that he is willing to bend to their every whim.

  • SLars Provo, UT
    Nov. 5, 2012 2:41 a.m.

    Steve Peoples likes to please his AP bosses. In January of 2012 he attacked Romney for saying Obama had not straightened out the economy. His opinion is not unbiased.