Romney, v. Gingrich: Are The "Smart" Republicans Missing Something, Or Am I?
by Larry Perrault on January 8, 2012 at 11:03 AM
This was a post I wrote to Senator DeMint:
I understand that you endorsed Mitt Romney in 2008. It is remarkable to me how so many smart established conservatives are clearly in his corner this year, pretty clearly because they think "he's our best chance to win." A) I don't believe that. I think they will make a hideous beast of him. But besides all that, B) I have to wonder whether these people are carefully considering just how...("deep" is just too weak a word – the numbers are astronomical) a hole we are in, with respect to our debt, entitlement liabilities, and inflated currency. Are soaring prices only restrained by institutions holding those dollars out of general circulation? But C) I've watched the man closely, and putting aside his historical "pliability" on issues, apparently with respect to his audience, I just don't think he gets it.
Streamlining and capitalizing an existing organization are one thing. Cultivating the social terrain for the seeding and growth of new and innovative efforts is quite another. To paraphrase Bush in another context, I've looked into his eyes (including at a speech at our state's 2008 convention), and I just don't see a philosophical compass. Someone who looks at the situation we are in, and proposes no tax reform (not even rate cuts) and no entitlement reform, I don't regard as serious.
In 2008, he opposed The Fair Tax, which would have been a boon to individuals and aspiring entrepreneurs, eliminating all income and employment taxes. I think Romney’s clients and co-travelers much prefer the arcane system of tax loopholes and credits to the prospect of a sales tax on their planes and boats. I think it would be better if ALL commercial expenditures were undertaken for their genuine relevance to a business, rather than for purposes of luxury and/or tax advantages.
Here's what I fear most: that as president his actions would be so politically tentative, rather than bold and ably defended, that there will be little chance of averting the type of hardship that our situation portends. And as was the case with Bush and the spending and gentility as to broadcasting the dangers, when the troubles come, Republicans will catch the blame. Boy, I can hardly wait. I'm still praying that Gingrich, with his clarity and communication facility, will recover and be able to capture the nomination. I would only feel bad for Romney because it seems to me that personally scaling the Mt. Everest of attaining the presidency is more important than saving the nation from its folly and mental ambiguity.