## Mitt Romney's candidacy

I keep noticing a continuous consequence from the damsel-in-distress, reactionary impulses of voters. It seemed like after Clinton, the country was polarized and desperate for something that would bring us back together. Along came Bush and his "Compassionate Conservatism" and enough people bought into it.

After 8 years of Bush, the country was even more divided with a weaker economy and tarnished image worldwide. Along comes Obama with a message of "Hope and Change" and again the people buy into it as it feels like just the perfect remedy.

Now Romney is saying that he has the right stuff to fix our current economic problems as he knows how to create jobs as a successful businessman. Once again, it seems like enough people are buying into it. So each time we desperately look for a Superman solution to our immediate problems and end up disappointed once the perfect packaging falls away.

Personally, my Spidey-sense keeps tingling whenever Romney talks. Something tells me he's just as shifty as the previous Supermen. He actually reminds me of a high school classmate of mine who ran for every club President position because it would look good on his college applications. He hardly ever showed up for the grunt work but of course, he was always present for yearbook photo ops. Both he and Romney give off that fake, CCR's 'Fortunate Son' vibe to me.

Granted, that's just an instinctive dislike I have for plastic political types, but I don't think anything will change under him except the direction of public finger pointing. Sure, Flip Flopney will talk a good game of being frank and earnest with the people. As a governor, he played Frank and as a president he'll be Ernest. Regardless, I feel the country will continue to be plagued by divisive politics, inconclusive wars and an overall aimless direction. Just more of the same, really.

http://www.deseretnews.com/m/article/680195957

 Perhaps the most legally thorny was Bain Capital's 1989 purchase of Damon Corp., a Needham medical testing firm that later pleaded guilty to defrauding the federal government of $25 million and paid a record$119 million fine. Romney sat on Damon's board. During Romney's tenure, Damon executives submitted bills to the government for millions of unnecessary blood tests. Romney and other board members were never implicated. More than a decade later,when Romney was in pursuit of the Massachusetts governorship, his Democratic opponent Shannon O'Brien accused him of lax oversight at Damon and failing to report the fraud. Romney replied that he had helped uncover the illegal activity at Damon, asking the board's lawyers to investigate. As a result, he said, the board took "corrective action" before selling the company in 1993 to Corning Inc. But court records suggest that the Damon executives' scheme continued throughout Bain's ownership, and prosecutors credited Corning, not Romney, with cleaning up the situation. Bain, meanwhile, tripled its investment. Romney personally reaped $473,000. I hope the gop is dumb enough to elect Romney because he will lose. Romney is another white collar criminal like the ones who tanked the economy in 2008 that know how to finagle the loopholes enough to not get arrested. Not to mention he has millions in offshore accounts most likely to hide from paying taxes. Romney stinks of corruption  Recognitions: Gold Member So what are we left with? If we run enough "Politicons" together at Fermilab we can spot the ubiquitous "Riggs Corrupson" that will bounce around excitedly until January 20th of '13 when it will degrade into something entirely different but quite ugly? Will research help us find out where our hope went? Because that's the question now isn't it? We're America, together we can do almost anything. The computer, powered flight, Richard Feynman, Cheeseburgers, Sandra Bullock, useful nuclear fusion, hell, we even had a meshugga politician invent the internet. Where did the America of the '50s go? In this time why do we shrink into cynicism and mistrust when we should be pulling together? Don't give me that "it's those politicians in Washington" stuff. They're just 535 blowhards in a nation of almost 300 million. These I think are more pressing than the price of gas or even unemployment. I'm 64. I did my job with energy and enthusiasm, not to mention some creativity, for 40 years. Now I stick my head up for a look around and, gaak. Where did my America go? Rob  Quote by gravenewworld http://www.deseretnews.com/m/article/680195957 Not to mention he has millions in offshore accounts most likely to hide from paying taxes. When (if) you use offshore accounts to hide money and avoid taxes, you don't publically admit to owning such accounts. There are many other reasons to maintain offshore bank accounts. I doubt if Romney is corrupt but he certainly has the wrong image for the GOP this year; he can be made into a caricature of the mythical 1%. Skippy Mentor  Quote by skippy1729 When (if) you use offshore accounts to hide money and avoid taxes, you don't publically admit to owning such accounts. There are many other reasons to maintain offshore bank accounts. I doubt if Romney is corrupt but he certainly has the wrong image for the GOP this year; he can be made into a caricature of the mythical 1%. Skippy Yes, I think you're right - and it wouldn't even be difficult to paint him as such, since I'm pretty sure he *is* in the 1% (not sure why you call it 'mythical'). This blows my little mind: one poll shows Gingrich leads Romney, 40 to 26%, in the days leading up to the SC primary.  Even better now that newt is ahead. This class of gop candidates are the worst in years. If newt gets picked I can't wait until his ties with Fannie and Freddy get exposed more. It blows my mind how poor people in the south always vote for gop candidates like Romney or newt, they're completely opposite of them and most interests of the American middle class.  Quote by gravenewworld Even better now that newt is ahead. This class of gop candidates are the worst in years. If newt gets picked I can't wait until his ties with Fannie and Freddy get exposed more. It blows my mind how poor people in the south always vote for gop candidates like Romney or newt, they're completely opposite of them and most interests of the American middle class. Newt got money from F & F, Obama got money from Resko & Solyndra and a$250K no-show job for his wife as a state legislator. Yawn, nobody cares.

Newt is a street fighter and the perfect candidate to go up against the Chicago machine.

Skippy

 Quote by lisab Yes, I think you're right - and it wouldn't even be difficult to paint him as such, since I'm pretty sure he *is* in the 1% (not sure why you call it 'mythical'). This blows my little mind: one poll shows Gingrich leads Romney, 40 to 26%, in the days leading up to the SC primary.
Mythical in the sense that many believe they are some kind of magic cash cow. Taking ALL of their income would not keep the US from falling off the fiscal cliff. Mythical in the sense that life would be better off without them. Without venture capitalists and Wall Street the 99% wouldn't have all their electronic toys, telephones would be tied to walls with cords. We are headed for a controlled statist economy. Remember all the technological advances made by the soviets: a space program that filled cemeteries, bread lines and oh yes, the AK-47 the crown jewel of soviet technology!

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 Quote by skippy1729 Newt is a street fighter and the perfect candidate to go up against the Chicago machine.
Yes, and I like his brass and strength on his feet, but I'm afraid of him. I fear anyone who seeks power and wears religion on their sleeve. I'm also afraid that when pushed, he's a loose cannon.

I'm drawn to Romney's calm and cool strength. Here's a clip of him handling a heckler. Mentors, if this is too overtly a campaign statement please take it down.

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 Quote by Rob D I fear anyone who seeks power and wears religion on their sleeve. I'm also afraid that when pushed, he's a loose cannon.
Well, most Republicans "wear religion on their sleeves" to pander to their precious evangelicals. As far as Newts temperament, I think it is necessary to actually get things done as house speaker, I've never heard anyone describe Nancy Pelosi as a shrinking violet. While I would expect a strong foreign policy from Newt, I don't foresee any "boots on the ground" or warming up the ICBMs in the bullpen. Of course, this is a subjective judgement on both of our parts. I would support him but I don't see Romney winning.

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Some earlier Presidential inaugural address, religion-on-the-sleeve pandering:
 "...Both read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and each invokes His aid against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God's assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men's faces, but let us judge not, that we be not judged. The prayers of both could not be answered. That of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has His own purposes. "Woe unto the world because of offenses; for it must needs be that offenses come, but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh." If we shall suppose that American slavery is one of those offenses which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through His appointed time, He now wills to remove, and that He gives to both North and South this terrible war as the woe due to those by whom the offense came, shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a living God always ascribe to Him? Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said "the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether."

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 Quote by mheslep Some earlier Presidential inaugural address, religion-on-the-sleeve pandering:
What does Abraham Lincoln, and religious beliefs at that time have to do with Mitt Romney? Let's not get ridiculous.

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 Quote by Evo What does Abraham Lincoln, and religious beliefs at that time have to do with Mitt Romney? Let's not get ridiculous.
Many of the last several posts concern religion. Lincoln's 2nd inaugural address was essentially a sermon. I posted it for context, and was attempting to create some perspective around the idea of politicians wearing their religion "on their sleeve." The idea that of all Republican candidates do so (as posted above) with regard to any reasonable context does not hold up.

 Quote by Rob D I'm drawn to Romney's calm and cool strength. Here's a clip of him handling a heckler. Mentors, if this is too overtly a campaign statement please take it down. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1kot...layer_embedded
He seemed conveniently prepared for that situation with a pre-cooked response. He didn't seem as prepared when a reporter confronted him once about his lobbyist friends: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zG7c7m37geI

I'm curious to see how he reacts or even evolves from losing SC. He's still got the advantage to win the nomination but he can't even unite his own party. Romney seems to depend heavily on that "Winner" aura rather than real speaking talent (Newt) or a substantive message (Paul). Paul is the only one who'd get my vote out of this party, but if that fails then I'd much rather see Newt finish ahead of Romney. Either way the country's still in trouble, but Newt and Obama in a fiery debate would be at the very least interesting.

On another note, I think Romney is misunderstanding people's dislike of him as a wealthy businessman. Americans love the Steve Jobs type of visionary innovator/entrepreneur, but Romney doesn't fit that captivating image. He feels more like the big bad corporate monster that laid them off before Christmas, hit them with shady termination fees and denied their refund claim for a faulty product. It's funny that Newt with his bold nature and "Big Ideas" is actually closer than Romney to the swashbuckling success that Americans admire.

 Quote by gravenewworld http://www.deseretnews.com/m/article/680195957 I hope the gop is dumb enough to elect Romney because he will lose. Romney is another white collar criminal like the ones who tanked the economy in 2008 that know how to finagle the loopholes enough to not get arrested. Not to mention he has millions in offshore accounts most likely to hide from paying taxes. Romney stinks of corruption
HOLY MOLY!!! I used to work for Damon until a massive layoff in 1996 or so, and I never heard a word about this!

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 Quote by daveb HOLY MOLY!!! I used to work for Damon until a massive layoff in 1996 or so, and I never heard a word about this!
Hello...Occam here...could it be because it isn't true?

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 Quote by Rob D Hello...Occam here...could it be because it isn't true?
Do you have anything that shows it's not true?