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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

WASHINGTON — It turns out that there is at least one question on which Mitt Romney is not a flip-flopper: He has a utopian view of what an unfettered, lightly taxed market economy can achieve.

He would never put it this way, of course, but his approach looks forward by looking backward to the late 19th century, when government let market forces rip and a conservative Supreme Court swept aside as unconstitutional almost every effort to write rules for the economic game. This magical capitalism is the centerpiece of Romney’s campaign, and it may prove to be his undoing.

Here’s Romney’s problem. His best strategy is to cast President Obama as a failure because the economy has not come all the way back from the implosion of 2008. The most effective passages in his well-reviewed speech after his Tuesday primary victories were about the shortcomings of the status quo.

“Is it easier to make ends meet?” Romney asked. “Is it easier to sell your home or buy a new one? Have you saved what you needed for retirement? Are you making more at your job? Do you have a better chance to get a better job? Are you paying less at the pump?”

And there was the line pundits were bound to love that played off James Carville’s memorable utterance from Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign. “It’s still about the economy,” Romney said, clearly relishing the moment, “and we’re not stupid.”

But Romney, unlike Clinton, is not offering a program through which government would take specific steps to solve the problems he catalogs. Instead, he is calling on voters to share his faith that our difficulties would go away if the state simply got out of the way, allowed the market do its thing, and counted on the success of the successful to lift up everyone else.

Romney is right in saying he has “a very different vision” from Obama’s, and this is where the magic comes in. He envisions “an America driven by freedom, where free people, pursuing happiness in their own unique ways, create free enterprises that employ more and more Americans. And because there are so many enterprises that are succeeding, the competition for hardworking, educated, skilled employees is intense, so wages and salaries rise.”

Just like that, all would be well — as if we never needed the trust-busting of the Progressive Era, the social legislation of the New Deal, the health programs of the Great Society, and the coordinated action of the world’s governments in 2008 and 2009 to keep the Great Recession from becoming something far worse.

  • Jerpell

    I’m one of those people who collected unemployment for 3 years, Now I’m allowed to abuse the welfare system along with food stamps and I also get my heating oil and cell phone fully subsidized. Your darn right I’m voting for Obama, I don’t want to be forced to look for a job. Now I’m fully and completely dependent on the Government, He bought my vote, I like my free goody bag of handouts!

    • blueindy1

      TROLL. More than that, IGNORANT troll. You mock what you don’t understand, and in a Romney paradise would quickly find yourself a pathetic little peon dying in a slum on wages unfit to slop pigs.

    • WOW, it looks like we’re moving to George Orwell’s 1984 or maybe Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World or moving back to the way it was in the 19th century, before all the government programs and regulations, we could have another depression, because that is what he will move us to. If he gets in don’t cry to the masses that you no longer have SSI or Medicare, because that is what Rand Paul’s budget is going to do away with. He says it right in the bill, I hope people read it before they vote, then they will know what Mitt is all about!!!!! Not for us, just for the rich and corporations!!!!!!

      • rustacus21

        …unless the COHERENT amongst us FAIL to challenge ignorance ON THE SPOT & make conservative voters justify their reasons 4 wanting 2 destroy the nation they CLAIM to love so dearly. WE, the people are a Liberal/Progressive & overpowering MAJORITY!!! It’s time we exert our strength & guide the nation (that INCLUDES the executive, legislative & judicial branches of OUR government) 2ward a sane & coherent policy orientation that is virtuous, life-affirming & JUST – 4 the 99% specifically, but the 1% generally, if they come w/out their paranoia, greed & other psychosis’…

    • Hope you also get free cable and a free “govmint” big screen tv so you can get all the latest fair and balanced updates on Fox news

      • Enjoy the fair and balanced opinions from FOX.

      • Enjoy the fair and balanced opinions from FOX.

    • ObozoMustGo

      Jerpell comes through with another dagger to the heart of leftist nutjobs. Nice work. Keep it up!

      Have a nice day!

      • As I said earlier, Jerkpull has his allies. Ignorant ideological zealotry is a disease that is hard to cure.

        • ObozoMustGo

          Yo Bifblunder! And liberalism is the disease that presents itself as its own cure.

    • ssf1803

      Be proud to be an American Get of your lazy ass and get to work

      • Jerpell

        I am self made, the piece was intended to be sarcasm!
        I am a very proud American!

        • 101strac

          Ah, I was right. A republican proud american who posted a misleading and demeaning statement in an effort to besmirch the president and his policies.Your policies would have 90% of this country living third world lives, and that wouldn’t bother you a bit, so long as you had yours.

        • SeaSurfer

          You’re ignorant!!!

        • heyuoutthere

          Self made? You Have No employees, you paid for your own education ,you use no highways,no pell grants no student loans.You my friend are an amazing individual.

        • oldtack

          In his “strange” sarcastic way Jerpell does make a point. Certainly my empathy is for those through no fault of their own became unemployed. Unemployment adversly affects our Economy therefore our Government set up an assistance program for emergency relief. If used as originally intended this is a good program. But – like so many “good” programs it became weakened and corrupted. I think unemployment compensation recipiants should be closely monitored. If no job Joe is humping his tail looking for a job and is working at anything to put a little food on the table then no job Joe is eligible for further abbreviated assistance. In retrospect, if no job Joe sits on his butt and refuses to consider any employmant that pays less than his old job or doesn’t fit his self image then no job Joe needs to have all assistance terminated and he can hit the hard streets of reality and “root hog or die”. Our bleeding hearts in the Government (both D and R and I) in their efforts to become Good Samaratians have instituted programs that are slowly destroying the core of our civilization. We now have a “breed” of people that are walking encyclopedias on every aid program in the book. They do not intend to ever work a job. Some I encounter are in their thirties and have never hald a job anywhere yet they have money because they know how to milk the system through wellfare, Food Stamps, contrived “disabilities” and ADC and so forth. They refuse to enter the workforce because the feel they are entitled to their own pursuit of life liberty and the pursuit of happiness.We need to help those who are in need through no fault of their causing. But these programs should all be stopped and at best be restructured to exclude all of those that manipulate the system. I don’t think anyone is entitled to assistance in perpetuity. I like the old adage “If you don’t work, you don’t eat”. Throw out the garbage in Washington (D, R, and I) and replace them with responsible leaders.

          • What is the difference between those few who sit on their butts and don’t work and suck the teat of the government and those who get giant government subsidies and give out huge bonuses to their CEO’s? Which ones cost the tax payer more? What about the members of Congress who put in four years and suck the teat of the government for the rest of their lives? I have no problem with anyone badmouthing those who will not work and only suck for 18 months or whatever the term is now! But lets be fair, Congress and the big oil companies have been sucking the teat of government for many years and there is no end to their sucking!

          • oldtack

            If I knew your location I would have someone rush you some Imodium AD. Your bowels are all in an uproar and I don’t want you to have an accident.

            You didn’t get the gist of the message. When I said shut down these programs and restructure that included all of the ones you speak of also. There is too much buddy buddy bleeding heart giveaway in Government period. This includes our Frderal Income Tax structure also. Tear them all down then restructure thos that are utile . Close all loopholes and have strict oversight.Right now our Government is like a big opened door money vault with free picking from the wealthiest to the poorest depending on which programs they choose to exploit. So – in a way – I agree with you. I am not lambasting those unfortunate enough to be caught up in this unemployment mess. Help those who are earnestly trying to get back on their feet But cut off the freeloaders that are making no effort to break out of this quagmire. I have a couple in our jurisdiction that has milked the system since they were teenagers. Neither has ever held a job for more than two months. They live apart so they both get food stamps. The woman has two children so she gets ADC and some wellfare. The man managed somehow to get a disability for psychological problems that hinder his abilities. And they are only two among multiplied thousands. The Government is in sore need of an internal overhaul.

        • CrankyToo

          You’re self made alright. You’ve made yourself into an ignorant Repugnican. What a dumbass!

    • majong13

      In mocking the President, you are also mocking those of us who have lost their job through no fault of our own and who have been desperately looking for another. I happen to have a Master’s Degree, work part time and cannot find full time work. If it was not for unemployment I would not be able to eat or save my house. Until you are someone who is in my shoes it would best to keep your lousy opinions to yourself.

      • SeaSurfer

        Well said!!!

        • majong13

          Thank you.

    • SeaSurfer

      The majority of unemployed/people on assistance are there not by choice but by circumstances they can’t control (loss of job, medical issues causing bankruptsy, lack of opportunity, etc) with a minority who have given up. Unfortunately there are those few who have never experienced nor have known someone personally affected by these issues. I would say that this catagory would probably fit “Jerpell/ssf1803 and Obozo” quite nicely, as they have no understanding of what the less fortunate have experienced. Then you have the ones born with a silverspoon in their mouth as their parents were wealthy, they never have gone without food or medical, they went to the finest schools resulting in them becoming out of touch with the working class and poor. Romney fits this example quite nicely. These are also the people who attack women’s rights, attack hispanics, attack the elderly by privatizing medicare, attack the middle class by taking over and bankrupting their companies causing job loss, and want to give the wealthy tax cuts so the nickles can trickle down to the working middle class. And remember, the collapse of the economy occurred in 2008 under George Bush Jr. and a continuation of his failed policies under a Romney administration are extremely scary. Fortunately, the majority of Americans recognize these facts and will use their vote accordantly.

    • 101strac

      You are either a repub posting this comment in an effort to incite, or a lazy slob who never did an honest days work in his life, and probably never voted either.

    • Gammaanya

      Because you do not apply yourself to get a job or create one. If you have an ounce of ambition and get your lazy butt off the couch and stop watching TV and think of way to make a living then you don’t have to be trailer trash. Life is what you make of it with what you have and strife to do better. It doesn’t matter who is in the WH, it’s up to YOU to make a living not your President. All the tools are there, but it have to be a will to live a decent life not sponging of society and blame sitting President. I hope Romney wins – you will kiss your unemployment goodby, no SS, no Healthcare and get this – your will not be even cleaning toilets, all of people will be looking for jobs even cleaning toilets. Honest job after all. Cleaning Capitalists crap.
      Romney is trying to tell all of us – I am capitalist and I rule you work for me and drool.
      Honesty, truth is not a virtue of any politician, no mattery what party they belong.
      Besides, Economy collapsed in 2008 under Bush watch and Capitalism won we lost. Why? Bbecause some people did not take the time to listen, listen good and analyze what in it for us. Remeber one thing – economy is always better under Democrats and Liberals and Independents – never under Republican Conservatives. They always take you back at least 100 yrs back. History have tendency to repeat it’s self.
      Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country” JFK. Exactly – what can you do for your country?? You are the leech within the 99% and I am sad for you. This economy is the best for the 1% from the time Bush tax cuts kick in and we got stuck paying for their goodies and 2 wars. RoMoney is doing better , last year and year before and will do much better for 2012.
      Tax code is changing in 2013 we will have 5 not 6 and it starts with 15% not 10% and guess what – WE will pay more not the rich. No more write offs and if Republicans get their way we will kiss bye bye to even write off on interests on mortgages, the marriage penalty, FiCA expiring (2%) and more to pay to Medicare if we will still have it. Students loans interest they will upheld with cuts from health funds (for the poor) but not from the rich tax cuts. Fair???

    • Jerpell, How did you collect unemployment for 3 years. The limit for collecting unemployment is 99 weeks. It appears that you are breaking the law. You are either a thief or a lair, which are you.

    • Yes i am a successful business man who work hard through the revolving door to get all the hand out nicely coined as tax breaks. Everybody else who collects welfare is a useless lazy man because he cannot go through the golden revolving door.

    • Yes i am a successful business man who work hard through the revolving door to get all the hand out nicely coined as tax breaks. Everybody else who collects welfare is a useless lazy man because he cannot go through the golden revolving door.

    • You are full of BS, Jerpell. You didn’t collect unemployment fir 3 years unless you lied , because it lasts 18 months. You cannot survive long term on unemployment, there isn’t enough there even to feed you, and you have to look for a job. You are actually a conservative Republican who has a job who made up this story to make a political point, shame on you.

    • Truth is, I would bet an awful lot that you have not collected unemployment for 3 years, and are not on food stamps or welfare. My bet is you are an f’king liar worthless rich Retardlican making up a story to try to spread hatred for those who legitimately need social assistance!!

      • metrognome3830

        Actually, I think he just might be the deadbeat he says he is. He doesn’t sound intelligent enough to get and hold a job. I think his screen name is supposed to be “Jerkpell” but he can’t spell it.

    • AaronNashuaNH

      Yo Jerp!
      Sounds like you’re quite proud of having used, and using, the system for your own benefit.
      Way to go !!!

    • metrognome3830

      You should really be proud of yourself! You know what? I believe you are exactly as you described yourself. The kind of jerk who degrades others who have to avail themselves of unemployment or food stamps to survive when there is no jobs that pay a living wage. Or people who who go to work every day, but can’t make enough money to pay rent and put food on the table. Yes, I believe you are exactly the deadbeat you described.

    • SaneJane

      “We’re not stupid”. You could at least have made an effort to sound truthful.

    • Let’s not be overly harsh on Jerkpull. Silly and stupid he may be but he’s not alone. This country is full of people who don’t have a clue what’s in their own best interest because they are blinded by either racism or ideological zealotry. Let’s try instead to educate the fool.

    • Paceride

      Yeah, right.

    • Well, maybe I am one of the 1%ers. Every year my company gets a check from the government because my company is one of the big oil companies! Since I am in upper management, I get a big bonus this year! We made more money than ever last year and the previous government killed many of those terrible regulations and cut our taxes. Oh, and every month I pay less taxes under the Republicans…thanks to George Bush. Can’t we get him back for another 4 years? Oh, we have a chance only he changed his name, Mitt Romney! This is great because every month I can send the money I save in taxes to the Cayman islands where I don’t have to pay taxes to take care of the infrastructure, education, and elderly in my country! Is nice to send my money to the cayman Islands, but wouldn’t want to live there. I didn’t have to look for a job…in fact didn’t have to, but I like to work. I take over companies, we borrow a lot of money, we take big dividends and get paid as important CEO’s millions of dollars. Then when we have our pockets full, we just bankrupt the company and bingo, more money to send to the Cayman Islands! I like my free goody bag of handouts…I am going to vote for Romney!

      • Dave_dido

        Cleverly done, Robert! A good comeback for Mr. Jerpell.

      • rustacus21

        1% does not a nation make. Benefits to 1% comprises in unjust system which is rotting from the inside out. It also reflects a manic selfishness that is in fact destroying this country. If U are content w/this, U’r children %/or grandchildren definately WILL NOT B, as the consequences of continued greed, associated w/fossil fuel ‘abuses’ (related 2 use) will leave a hellish world that they must try 2 survive in. U’r cursing the future of life on this planet, by a narrow, greedy, self-centered perspective, that has no virtuous or redeeming qualities at all. No amount of money can vindicate the obtusions U, Bush &/or all conservatives are ‘cursed’ w/. Any 1 reading this needs 2 B more determined than ever 2 overpower this ‘tribe’ & help civilize them, via votes for every Liberal/Progressive up for election this & every election going forward, to IRRADICATE an evil grown thru ignorance over the last 32 years. ‘Full’ pockets & an empty ‘mind’ is nothing @ALL to be proud of. It’s shameful, 2 B precise…

    • 1AmericanHoney27

      Jerpell…… Get some new material… S.O.S. you put in print day after day… Between you Bud & ONOZO we cann’t tell who’s gonna win the race of being the north bound end of a south bound jacka** One things for sure ya’ll will undoubtedly take 1st… 2nd& 3rd place. Never mind getting a job just get a life…. Good Grieffffff.

    • rustacus21

      W/this resume, the only job 2 fit these credentials would be to plant ‘commentary’ like this…

  • capitalismwithconscience

    Would someone please ask this candidate one question, if the economy is so bad, HOW DID HE do the four years. It sounds like utopia to have enough money to put elevators for your cars in your cliffside home. Really, I want to know if this economy affected him in any way… I think we know the answer but I want to hear him reply to the question.

    • rustacus21

      This is why God made women!!! We men are so combative, we rarely have the skills to think… ‘why do we behave this way anyway’, B4 we ACT? Many Americans – myself included, never even approached from this angle, but is THE most appropriate question of the hour!!! By the way, do U have any sisters?!

  • ObozoMustGo

    EJ… you may be right on this one. Think about it. All this talk of freedom and individual liberty is overblown. Better to recognize that we are all too stupid to really take care of ourselves and too dumb to realize that greedy corporations are just out take advantage of all of us. We are so helpless, we need an all-knowing and benevalent government with a genious like BH Obozo as our Dear Leader to guide us and take care of our every need. We need an overblown bureaucracy to take more and more of our earnings because we’re just too damned pitiful to be expected to take care of ourselves, our famililies, and our friends in need. All Hail Obozo! All Hail Obozo!

    Yeah, right.. sure, sure!

    In the real world, Romney’s plan isn’t utopic at all. The visions of utiopia are left to leftist nutjobs like many of you useful idiot socialists that haunt this site. In truth, Romney does not describe a utopia, he describes FREEDOM and LIBERTY, concepts that America was founded upon and which are the foundation of our Constitution. Concepts that, when allowed to flourish, create the maximum amount of opportunity for everyone. The problem with you leftist nutjobs like EJ is that you want equality of outcomes, not equality of opportunity. Therein lies the difference between the way you leftist nutjobs all see Romney and the way the majority of sane and thinking Americans see him.

    Have a nice day!

    • Colorado15

      There are varying levels of freedom and liberty. If you have several million dollars you have a very different freedom and liberty than if you are living paycheck to paycheck. If you are wealthy or well paid and your employer decides to make increasing demands that are above and beyond what he is paying you for, you have the freedom to walk away and get another well paid job. If you are an uneducated or unskilled worker and your employeer does this you have no choice but accept what is happening, there isn’t another job.

      If you have plenty of money and you want to buy a house, car, etc and the first bank you go to won’t give the terms you are looking for, well there are other banks that will. But if you don’t have a lot of money you get stuck taking that loan with the bad terms, or you don’t buy a house, car, etc.

      The easy answer is to say well then you should have gotten an education. That is becoming more and more difficult given the cost of education, and for a lot of people impossible without reasonable student loans. I went to college on student loans, it was the only way I could go. I’m still paying them off but I make really good money so its doable. But how do we attract people toa career like a teacher when their education costs them 40-60K and there average salary will be $45-50K.

      Liberty and freedom are directly proportional to the amount of money in the bank and your ability to earn more, and that isn’t a level playing for everyone. Nobody deserves a handout, and i’m in full agreement with welfare recipients having to work to get their benefits, and student loans being just that a loan that you are required to repay. But everyone at some point needs a little help along the way, if your lucky you can get that help from your family, if not you may not have any choice but a gov’t program.

    • Hee-hee! Hope your day goes well when “Obozo” (that’s all you cons can do is call the Prez names cause you got nothing else on him, lol) is re-elected! Who’s voting for Romney besides the ignorant bigots, mormons and some Americans who would be willing to vote away their own interests in an effort to get rid of the black guy in the White House? Why yourself, of course! Good luck with that!

  • The type of unfettered capitalism he is talking about is responsible for sending 10’s of millions of jobs overseas over the past 50 years. His Bain Capital raided companies to send product lines packing and workers scurring. The only way to increase employment is to lock down the ports and reinvent our manufacturing base and petroleum industry here at home. Does sending $600 Billion each and every year overseas make any sense?

  • recipe for recession:
    romney or republican congress.
    or if you want a longer recession, try both!

  • recipe for recession:
    romney or republican congress.
    or if you want a longer recession, try both!

  • howa4x

    Romney is not a closet moderate but rather a closet elitest who says we should admire people with wealth and congradulate them. This brings up the point of how they got so wealthy. People who are on the top of the drug trade are very wealthy, people who are in charge of a food supply that is making people tragically overweight are wealthy, people who run the energy sector that pollutes our air with toxins are wealthy, people who run big pharma whos’ drugs kill 100,000 per year are wealthy, people who caused the BP gulf oil spill are very wealthy and this brings us to people who took companies piled a lot of debt on them, broke them up, sold off assets, layed off people, got tax breaks for it, took the profits and put them in offshore accounts and we call people like that Mitt Romney

    • I would like to say to the National Memo that I have lost a lot of respect for you since you are sending out advertisements saying that one easy step can cure diabetes.

      These cruel and misleading ads are typical of the right wing. We need higher standards for ourselves.

  • BroGil

    The man , though I think in some obscure way means well, hasn’t a clue about running America except what he thinks should have never happened to begin with, President Barack Obamam in the White House….get over it Mitt cause guess what…He’ll have another 4 years to finish the incredible job he and this administration has begun for our great country. Peace and Love Yall

  • Romney lives in a fantasy world where all his friends are rich, richer and richest. He has no connection with the average person and thinks nothing of making statements that show off his wealth and life style. He can’t hide it, neither can his wife. Multiple houses and cars and garages with elevators are too big to bury. Those that hate President Obama will follow him blindly and those who know they will profit from his policies will follow him gladly. He will never be President; most people will learn to mistrust him. He will never believe that he lives in a world with just 1% of Americans.

  • JamesCurran62

    Well I for one will go to Romney’s House,if he gets elected and ask him to feed,clothe and house me,pay my health insurance.I’m sure he can and would be willing to do this,because I’m to old to work,living on my social security and will lose that if he gets to play at another game and take care of his super rich friends (thieves) of his.

  • DirkVanden

    Romney is a MORMON, first, last and forever. “For Time and all Eternity.” He has promised his soul to the Mormon God. As an ex-Mormon, I can see that he believes in Mormonism with all his heart. He believes that he is a Perfect Mormon. There is no danger at all that he is a closet liberal. He is an Old Testament conservative. He believes that Mormons are NewJews, spiritual-descendents of one of the two lost tribes of Israel (see Book of Mormon) and is dedicated to the building of Zion on this continent. His election would validate Mormonism, which is an extremist, backward-looking religion. He and Ann & The Boys are examples of a Perfect Mormon Family, rich beyond any ordinary person’s wildest dreams. Mormons believe that they, too, could become billionaires if only they had the chance–if only those terrible non-Mormons would get out of the way & stop causing problems. They seem to have forgotten that Jesus said “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” Mitt will be Mitt and he will hew the Mormon line. He is depending on the Presidency to secure his place in the Next Life, on a planet of his own, somewhere in the galaxy, where he can be a God of his own. He is practicing to become God! He loves manipulating people–and mistreating animals. His presidency would mean the end of America as we know it. It would be the beginning of the United States of Mormon, and those boys on bycicles who call themselves “Elders” will be on every corner of the USM with free books of Mormon for us all.

  • Gammaanya

    Amen Colorado15 – my former State. You said it best and I did the same. I used the gov. help to better myself (not welfare – SBA loans – repaid in full) and I am not rich by any strech of imagination but I am proud that I was able for immigrant to have a decent life and still promote that when we pay taxes they should go to help others to achieve independent life, no matter who is the President as long as he is on the same page with the rest of it’s citizens. Yes Romney had it easier, kudos for him but the moral side of his riches?? On the backs of those who don’t have the ambitions or brains to do better and rely on their job to make a living. You don’t build your life on misery of others.B. Bush said once ” NEVER LOSE SIGHT OF THE FACT THE MOST IMPORTANT YARDSTICK OF YOUR SUCCESS WILL BE HOW YOU TREAT OTHER PEOPLE – YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS AND COWORKERS AND EVEN STRANGERS YOU MEET ALONG THE WAY” Mittsy is too stuck up, too stiff and have no clue how to relate to average Joe. Hios last speech was Obama speech adopted. How funny, he turns democratic who he is next. Next speech will be something else.
    Every society is judged by how it’s treats it’s least fortunate amongst them. Not everybody can be rich but most can apply themselves and get ahead and help others to achieve the independence and freedom. It’s better to tech people how to fish and be independent than give them a fish every day and make them dependent for life. To do so you can either help the buy a boat to fish in big water than just be a knee deep and fish in a pond. Romney just tells people that you will have freedom to fish anyplace you want, but who will let you fish in an ocean with no boat and not an access to money to buy a boat or sources to get it. It was easy for him, got an education because his father already made his money and was able to help hi but does average American can do that. We have a lot of businesses very successful started by people without any education but brains and ambitions and know how to get the help they need it to get going with an idea, That’s what we need unfortunately Republicans/Dem talk about freedom and choices but when you have an a good idea the banks (1%) and loans say no – you have no job how do you pay back?? I have friends who tried so many times and can’t get a loan because they don’t have a job now or collect SS and don’t qualify. They want you to mortgage your house to the hilt. One borrowed money from friends and family, sold a car and started business and is doing well now banks want to give her all the money she wants to expand, CC and so on. Most people will do something and create jobs but the BIG BUCKS got bailed out when they gone under with our money but they don’t want to help you to get started. Yes it’s freedom but for the rich to get richer. Kudos to RoMoney for making it rich, I wonder if he helps others but lending some money to create a job for themselves and others. NONE does. B. Franklin said. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it…” That’s not what the Repukes and Romney offer. He only talks about Liberty and freedom and choice but is mum how he will implement that for the start ups?? How a cloolege graduate with a student loans over his/her head can start something with no money??? We do need Gov. to help with loans (SBA) and Repukes eliminating all thes. They want the wealth for themselves and tell people that it willtrickle down to them,
    Trickle down economy doesn’t work, never did and now we are in this fix.
    Obama is right we all need fair shot at achieving our goals and if you truly apply your self sky is the limit. I did it. Gov. gave me the chance I took it and living my life. Actually I did best under Ford,Carter,Clinton and Obama, worse under Bush son and Reagan. International trade and translations is my business. Starting 2 new one at ripe age of 63 and I hope I live long enough to see it successful and pass it on to my children. They doing well also, paying off student loans.
    Life is 10 percent what you make it and 90% how you take it. B. Franklin
    Thank you Colorado15 U R Right. I hope we have more people with your view the country will be in better shape. Ever thought to run for an office?? LOL.
    God Help America. Semper FI.

  • joyscarbo

    Don’t let Mitt Romney’s demeanor fool you. That bright, shiney, always with a plastered smile on his face is what you see from most Mormons. They have this almost robotic, manufactured look of happiness. Even when he’s being rude and condescending (ie: disrespecting cookies baked for him or insulting REAL unemployed people by saying he too is unemployed) he still try wear this creepy grin. Is it a way to get people to convert to mormonism? I don’t know…seriously!! Can someone explain it to me?

    • rustacus21

      2 B sure, Mitt is fooling no 1… But alas, that’s not entirely tru I guess, if including the ‘fools’ he’s fooling so far… Nice take…

  • lawoman32

    Romney has been so completely insulated from the real world by his immense privilege that he hasn’t a clue to what ordinary working Americans have to deal with. He’s completely unfit for high office. Let him and Queen Ann retreat to one of their mansions and live out their Midas-like retirement. Or maybe he can run for President of the Mormon Church, but we don’t want to see his nightmare Utopia of even more wealth and privilege for those like himself.

  • I do not understand how anyone who is not a member of the 1% – or at least the 5%, could vote for Romney, unless they were either a racist who hates Obama for being black, or a raving lunatic!

    • ChristoD

      The reason why folks are anti-Obama is because the right has done a VERY effective job identifying him as a socialist, anti-gun, pro-welfare, pro-black, etc. LIBERAL. To many, many Americans, not including the hard core right kool-aid drinkers, this positioning resonates with them and they are buying the rubbish that the right is selling. They would rather have a God fearin’, Christian, conservative leading their country than a LIBERAL, who will foolishly spend their hard earned taxable income. Never mind that Bush took us down a rat hole that will take us at least another 3 – 5 years to recover from or that $12 TRILLION of the National Debt was created under Republican Presidents (Reagan, Bush I and Bush II) and House and Senate controlled legislatures, etc. The right is lying and misinforming enough to make this a race close when it should be ANOTHER rout (Obama 53/47% popoular vote and runaway Electoral College win in 2008 IS considered a modern day rout). What should concern us is the President and his supporters have done a very poor job of articulating his many positive contributions allowing the rights’ flooding of the airwaves and media world with propaganda to succeed. In effect, he is part of the problem of demonizing himself.

      Make no mistake folks, WHO THE HELL IS MITT ROMNEY, with a Republican controlled House and Senate will return us to the days of Robber Barons where the rich owned all the wealth, unions were forbidden, there was NO middle class and they dictated whatever they wanted. The working man and woman on the lower third of the economic rung will get screwed to a fair-the-well. In addition all of the gains, except slavery of course, from the Civil War will be rolled back via increased states rights.

      Now if folks want THAT, vote for the GOP, make their dream come true and expect a REAL revolution.

      • hubydoll166

        Great but true reply…I agree totally on everything you just wrote. It amazes me that in this day and age that people can be so ignorant of fact finding and have such short memories. The other fact is that people have become accustomed to instant gratification and if people were more knowledgable about how economics worked then they would know that even with complete GOP bi-partisanship we would still be facing a struggle to come back. I dont know that we would ever reach the economic levels we reached at the height bcz they were a mirage to begin with but we could if we implemented green technologies in key areas of the country buit that wont happen until the elite have cvomplete control over all of it. Its a damn shame that any political party would sabotage this country like GOP have done in the last 3 years and have told me plenty. aOur whole system needs purging so we can get a government that works for the people again. When we fix the bank, tax issues then we will have a start but banks wont let this happen. Im middle aged and can only pray and vote for a better future..There is no reason why the world economy cant be started again..we have materials and men and money..whats the problem? Its the people who control the money have outgrown the biggest government..something we kept tame until we see the affects of out of control corporation and the supreme court didnt help matters. The supreme court becoming polarized is a real problem of problems..the GOP have successfully shown and exposed every bad behavior possibley done to the people of the country and yet half of the people wont get it until GOP policies are put in place again to remind many years will we lose for this to happen? Will be collapse like the roman empire? How could our politicians even let anything like that come close to even happening? WE NEED TO TAKE CONTROL OF OUR GOVERNMENT…

        • ChristoD

          Actually, the process IS working. Half the country, dumb or not, supports the GOP and half support the Dems. So each side feels the country is out of control.

  • Ask him about the salamander.

  • It hard to tell what Mitt Romney truly believes. He’s been a serial liar for so long that its unlikely he himself knows what he believes in. But one thing is for sure. He doesn’t believe in helping the middle class — a group of Americans he just doesn’t understand.

  • ChristoD

    Jerpell, you are a Republican FRAUD who has NO conscience or guts. Your mischaracterization of MOST Americans in the lower econonmic rung is obscene and obnoxious. I suspect you may be a paid for plant by the right. If you are, get a REAL job you slimeball.

  • anyone who thinks mit romney cares about anything other than power, is fooling themselves. he is ALL about riches , power , and control of the world.

  • hubydoll166

    I got an idea..Romney president, rubio vice president and gingrich secretary of state…of the new moon colony they create…go gettm romeny!

  • Please, someone explain for me the deference between -Hebert Hoover -and – Mitt Romney.

  • David_LloydJones

    To brand Romney’s views “radicalism” seems plausible, but makes an important error. It gives the appearance of a political position to what is in fact a contrived array of falsehoods intended to fool people into supporting a selfish collection of desired actions.

    Romney does not propound theories. He spreads self-serving lies.

    He is not a politician. He is an adverstiser, spreading stories which serve his own interests, but not those of most Americans.


  • Truthseeker562

    This election is so important we are making a clear choice in which path we want to take as we evolve. Putting all religion aside lets delve to our very soul. What is our Soul’s purpose. This election is A clear snap shot of our very soul. Romney is serving his purpose as so is President Obama. Both these men were clearly hand chosen by the Almighty himself. Whose path are we going to choose. I personally will choose a path that makes me look deep within my Soul. I need to question myself am I a racist would I vote against myself because President Obama is black and I haven’t cleansed that part of my soul. Am I so greedy that I cannot see that everyone doing their fair share will benefit everyone. Am I so ignorant that I would vote against myself by voting blindly or even keeping myself ignorant as an excuse not to look deep inside. I believe there is an awakening coming there is a sharp contrast here this didn’t happen by chance it is Gods way of putting out the question of where your Soul is. Romney is not a bad man he is there for a purpose he is doing God’s will also we need to see both sides to a clear choice. Everyone is playing their role here. God Loves everyone in this World no matter who you are where you come from. Wake up people.

  • rustacus21

    Way, WAY back, in the earliest days of civilization, there was this idea that lead or other substances could be transformed ‘magically’ into gold. There was no science to base or confirm such, so the commoners were obliged to just take the word of the psycho’s advocating such craziness. That goofball concept was called ‘alchemy’. Ignorance was the fundamental principal which validated it. We have obviously regressed if, for the 3rd time in 30 years, some in the nation are willing to accept this same psycho, goof-ballery, called ‘trickle-down’, free-market economics, knowing it doesn’t and simply is incapable of working – in real world terms. In the world of fantasy, anything is possible. But this is the real world & reality demands that we WAKE UP & shake off the reckless sleep & gambling habits we’ve bcum addicted to, w/our nation’s future. For 20 of the last 30 years, conservatives have made suckers of American voters too unwise to distinguish between what is best for ALL Americans & that which is best for Americans entrapped in a fantasy, imagined version of the real world, which wakes them up @intervals, only to reveal just how dangerous it is to sleep on the job. Those of us who ARE awake can’t do it alone. Americans, it’s time to wake up family, friends & strangers alike, to this danger mortally threatening the continuance of OUR nations Democracy. Seeing how far we’ve fallen & how wide we’re divided, should be indication enuff of the urgency of the hour…