# Mitt Romney's candidacy

by ThomasT
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 Quote by Oltz http://mittromney.com/sites/default/...rowth-Full.pdf 59 Policy Proposals That Will Get America Back To Work 1. Maintain current tax rates on personal income 2. Maintain current tax rates on interest, dividends, and capital gains 3. Eliminate taxes for taxpayers with AGI below $200,000 on interest, dividends, and capital gains 4. Eliminate the death tax 5. Pursue a conservative overhaul of the tax system over the long term that includes lower, flatter rates on a broader base 6. Reduce corporate income tax rate to 25 percent 7. Pursue transition from “worldwide” to “territorial” system for corporate taxation 8. Repeal Obamacare 9. Repeal Dodd-Frank and replace with streamlined, modern regulatory framework 10. Amend Sarbanes-Oxley to relieve mid-size companies from onerous requirements 11. Ensure that environmental laws properly account for cost in regulatory process 12 Provide multi-year lead times before companies must come into compliance with onerous new environmental regulations 13. Initiate review and elimination of all Obama-era regulations that unduly burden the economy 14. Impose a regulatory cap of zero dollars on all federal agencies 15. Require congressional approval of all new “major” regulations 16. Reform legal liability system to prevent spurious litigation 17. Implement agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea 18. Reinstate the president’s Trade Promotion Authority 19. Complete negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership 20. Pursue new trade agreements with nations committed to free enterprise and open markets 21. Create the Reagan Economic Zone 22. Increase CBP resources to prevent the illegal entry of goods into our market 23. Increase USTR resources to pursue and support litigation against unfair trade practices 24. Use unilateral and multilateral punitive measures to deter unfair Chinese practices 25. Designate China a currency manipulator and impose countervailing duties 26. Discontinue U.S. government procurement from China until China commits to GPA 27. Establish fixed timetables for all resource development approvals 28. Create one-stop shop to streamline permitting process for approval of common activities 29. Implement fast-track procedures for companies with established safety records to conduct pre-approved activities in pre-approved areas 30. Amend Clean Air Act to exclude carbon dioxide from its purview 31. Expand NRC capabilities for approval of additional nuclear reactor designs 32. Streamline NRC processes to ensure that licensing decisions for reactors on or adjacent to approved sites, using approved designs, are complete within two years 33. Conduct comprehensive survey of America’s energy reserves 34. Open America’s energy reserves for development 35. Expand opportunities for U.S. resource developers to forge partnerships with neighboring countries 36 Support construction of pipelines to bring Canadian oil to the United States 37. Prevent overregulation of shale gas development and extraction 38 Concentrate alternative energy funding on basic research 39. Utilize long-term, apolitical funding mechanisms like ARPA-E for basic research 40. Appoint to the NLRB experienced individuals with respect for the rule of law 41. Amend NLRA to explicitly protect the right of business owners to allocate their capital as they see fit 42. Amend NLRA to guarantee the secret ballot in every union certification election 43. Amend NLRA to guarantee that all pre-election campaigns last at least one month 44. Support states in pursuing Right-to-Work laws 45. Prohibit the use for political purposes of funds automatically deducted from worker paychecks 46. Reverse executive orders issued by President Obama that tilt the playing field toward organized labor 47. Eliminate redundancy in federal retraining programs by consolidating programs and funding streams, centering as much activity as possible in a single agency 48. Give states authority to manage retraining programs by block granting federal funds 49. Facilitate the creation of Personal Reemployment Accounts 50. Encourage greater private sector involvement in retraining programs 51. Raise visa caps for highly skilled workers 52. Grant permanent residency to eligible graduates with advanced degrees in math, science, and engineering 53. Immediately cut non-security discretionary spending by 5 percent 54. Reform and restructure Medicaid as block grant to states 55. Align wages and benefits of government workers with market rates 56. Reduce federal workforce by 10 percent via attrition 57. Cap federal spending at 20 percent of GDP 58. Undertake fundamental restructuring of government programs and services 59. Pursue a Balanced Budget Amendment Nice find Oltz, a pithy summary of his positions on everything that matters to him. If I could listen to a speech from each of the candidates like this addressing each item, I might be drawn into the political process, without it I am afraid that I will be a lurker at the fringe. Off topic, RobD, every time I see your Avatar of Feynman, it reminds me of how much I miss him and how we need more great physicists like him. Thanks for the reminder. Rhody... Mentor P: 26,449  Quote by rhody Nice find Oltz, a pithy summary of his positions on everything that matters to him. If I could listen to a speech from each of the candidates like this addressing each item, I might be drawn into the political process, without it I am afraid that I will be a lurker at the fringe. I can make a list too, anyone can, how will these be done and why, what are the pros and cons, and can or should they be done and how will each one of these supposedly help the mid to lower classes? Obviously I don't see a lot of these as being good for anyone but the rich and the business owners. Repeal the death tax? Yeah, that's going to help me...NOT.  For deaths occurring in 2011, up to$5,000,000 can be passed from an individual upon his or her death without incurring federal estate tax.[2]
How many members here are planning to inherit more than $5 million? I personally disagree with half of that list. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Estate_..._United_States PF Gold P: 765  Quote by Evo I can make a list too, anyone can, how will these be done and why, what are the pros and cons, and can or should they be done and how will each one of these supposedly help the mid to lower classes? Obviously I don't see a lot of these as being good for anyone but the rich and the business owners. Repeal the death tax? Yeah, that's going to help me...NOT. How many members here are planning to inherit more than$5 million? I personally disagree with half of that list. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Estate_..._United_States
Yeah some things on his list bother me too Evo. I have been to political rallies before, and I must say, no hard questions were asked. I felt cheated and a fool for playing the game and wasting my time, you know me by now, no BS kind of guy, who do what he says he will. I would make a horrible politician, I would offend everyone in some way or other.

Inherit 5 million ? Wouldn't that be nice...

Rhody...
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 Quote by Evo I can make a list too, anyone can, how will these be done and why, what are the pros and cons, and can or should they be done and how will each one of these supposedly help the mid to lower classes?
It's easy to make bullet-point lists with no details. It's also easy for the "faithful" to fall in behind you and read their own wishes and preconceptions into each of the points. Until perceptive people start tearing apart that list and asking for details, Romney is off-the-hook as an "idea man". I'm not surprised that his list is so long and wide-ranging. Can't really hurt him in the debates.

Also, has anybody bothered to notice that the President can't legislate? He can propose and he can twist some arms or perhaps even offer to trade key administrative appointments for favorable legislative votes, but until a law comes across his desk, he has no real authority under the Constitution. He can sign, veto, or pocket.
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 Quote by turbo Also, has anybody bothered to notice that the President can't legislate?
Nah, you're never going to get elected that way. Only democrat presidents can't legislate, if you are a Republican.
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 Quote by Evo ... I don't see a lot of these as being good for anyone but the rich and the business owners. ...
Yeah, Romney's definitely a status quo guy. Not that that's entirely bad. But it isn't particularly inspiring, and doesn't seem to offer any real improvements that would benefit the majority of Americans.

Romney's undoubtedly smart, a good family man, emotionally/behaviorally stable, and he doesn't "wear his religion on his sleeve". I think he'll win the GOP nomination primarily because people will find less to not like about him than the other GOP candidates.

But I predict that, wrt one on one debates with Obama, Romney will tend to project that shallow "used car salesman", political opportunist, pro-corporation, anti-populist sort of image, while Obama's rhetoric will again tend to inspire (even if Obama's disappointed a lot of people wrt his first term).
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 Quote by Evo Do you have anything that shows it's not true?
Which part? The "another white collar criminal" part is quite a stretch from "most legally thorny", which is all the article says. I'd say gravennewworld has come nowhere close to the burden of proof required to make such a claim.
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 Quote by Evo I can make a list too, anyone can, how will these be done and why, what are the pros and cons, and can or should they be done and how will each one of these supposedly help the mid to lower classes? Obviously I don't see a lot of these as being good for anyone but the rich and the business owners. Repeal the death tax? Yeah, that's going to help me...NOT. How many members here are planning to inherit more than $5 million? I personally disagree with half of that list. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Estate_..._United_States Evo that is the Point right now you are taxed on ALL inheritance he (and many others) want to roll that up to 5 Million so when You inherit your 100K or whatever its yours with no tax bill as who ever earned it was already taxed on those earnings. I know a fam ily who ran a Bakery they had roughly 2 Million in equipment and property involved in the bussiness. The Father passed suddenly and they litterally had to sell off a 30% intrest in the family bussness to pay the inheritance tax on the company or fold. I do not know what your situation is you may inherit debt but if you have any real amount of money in your future rolling the death tax up to 5 Million is for you. P: 926  Quote by Rob D Hello...Occam here...could it be because it isn't true? When I say I never heard about it, I mean the fraud that was committed, not Romney's involvement or non-involvement in it. Then again, management kept us in the dark about most things as they ran the company into the ground. P: 18  Quote by turbo ^ People who have been around long enough to see companies destroyed when their pension funds were supposedly "overfunded" and were taken over, and lost their jobs due to predatory tactics used by "venture" capitalists may never be persuaded to pull the lever for Mitt. He is out-of-touch with voters, IMO, and older voters especially. Too many of us have been on the receiving end of his brand of capitalism. He seems like an earnest and pleasant guy, but I think his past will haunt him. That leaves Gingrich as the "inevitable" candidate and he has even more personal (and belt-way) baggage to be seriously considered in the general election. Private equity isn't all about vulture capitalism. Vulturing is one type of private equity, but there are others. What is interesting is that one would think that if Romney was of the vulture sort of capitalist, he would have been fully prepared to handle any such attack on his background in that sense. And if he is not the vulture capitalist, one would think he would still be prepared as his opponents will try to make him out to be the vulture type. He needs to point out that in the process of turning certain companies around, you sometimes have to fire people to prevent the whole company from going under. This is exactly what President Obama did with GM and Chrysler to save them. People got laid off, dealerships were closed, but it was to save the companies (well actually the auto unions really I think) from going under. It really is strange, the GOP were practically given this election, but I feel they are handing it over on a silver platter to the Democratic party simply on the basis of having such horrible candidates. Mentor P: 26,449  Quote by mheslep On the tax question I think Romney should say, "I paid$3 million in taxes in 2010." In answer to follow up questions about percentages, he should say, "I paid $3 million in taxes in 2010. I gave away another$3 million in charitable donations in 2010"
of which half actually went to the incredibly wealthy Mormon Church, not really a charity, IMO, but did lower his taxes.

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http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/m...135129751.html
 P: 1,414 I'm wondering, can a reasonable, critically thinking person truly be a Mormon? The whole scenario just seems silly to me. But that's, of course, just my perspective and opinion. But I have to wonder about an apparently intelligent person who gives millions of dollars to such a religious establishment. So, I wonder about Romney. He seems like a good and smart person. But he's a self professed Mormon. So, I have to consider the possibility that he's somewhat willfully ignorant. And I don't want a willfully ignorant person to hold the highest administrative position in the US.
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 Quote by skeptic2 Why single out Mormons? The same question can be asked of any religion.
I agree. So, I wonder if a reasonable, critically thinking person can be a Christian, or a Muslim, or a Mormon, or ... whatever.
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 Quote by ThomasT I agree. So, I wonder if a reasonable, critically thinking person can be a Christian, or a Muslim, or a Mormon, or ... whatever.
Your point hinges on our individual core beliefs or lack thereof, which is deeply private, but I must agree with you in that I tend to see very religious people as delusional or even worse dishonest. However, and despite the tithe thing (it is after all only money) I do not think that Romney is a deeply religious man.

At least I hope that he is not.

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RD
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 Evo that is the Point right now you are taxed on ALL inheritance
No, you aren't. The federal exemption is currently something like 5 million. Only estates worth more than \$5 million are taxed at all. The exemption has been 2 million since at least the Bush presidency.

 I know a fam ily who ran a Bakery they had roughly 2 Million in equipment and property involved in the bussiness. The Father passed suddenly and they litterally had to sell off a 30% intrest in the family bussness to pay the inheritance tax on the company or fold.
This doesn't make much sense- their estate planner must have been horribly incompetent. On top of the fact that you value their estate as below the exemption (so there wouldn't have been tax anyway), there are lots of games that can be played with property (tax free gifts, property left to the spouse, etc).
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 Quote by Rob D Your point hinges on our individual core beliefs or lack thereof but I must agree in that I tend to see very religious people as delusional or even worse dishonest. However, and despite the tithe thing (it is after all only money) I do not think that Romney is a deeply religious man. At least I hope that he is not. Best, RD
Well, afaik, we have no way of knowing for sure. Therefore, I can't vote for Romney, because he's either an adherent to what I consider to be a nonsensical religion, or he's lying.
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 Quote by skeptic2 Why single out Mormons? The same question can be asked of any religion.
 Quote by ThomasT I agree. So, I wonder if a reasonable, critically thinking person can be a Christian, or a Muslim, or a Mormon, or ... whatever.
 Quote by Rob D Your point hinges on our individual core beliefs or lack thereof, which is deeply private, but I must agree with you in that I tend to see very religious people as delusional or even worse dishonest. However, and despite the tithe thing (it is after all only money) I do not think that Romney is a deeply religious man. At least I hope that he is not. Best, RD
Not to hijack the thread, but I would like to point out that the Dalai Lama would probably be considered "deeply religious" - so being religios doesn't necessitate non-critical thinking.

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