Thoughts on Romney
by Tom Donelson on March 5, 2012 at 9:18 AM
Who is Mitt Romney? I will admit I am not yet sold on the Romney quest for the White House, but there are aspects to be admired. When Bill O’Reilly pressed on Romney on why he didn’t talk about giving away his father's inheritance, one could see that Romney really didn’t talk about his charitable actions but preferred to keep them private. When it comes to charitable donations, Romney views this as part of his life and as his tax return showed, he annually donated 20% to his church and charity.
The biggest problem in the minds of many is Romney's disconnection from the masses, in particular Main Street. The biggest obstacle can easily be turned into an asset, if Romney did one thing, he embraced his wealth and success and is not embarrassed by it. Romney's success is due to hard work, and if there is one message he can communicate, hard work still matters. Romney may have been born into wealth, but his father wasn’t, and he learned the lesson of what one can accomplish through hard work from his father, and it is a story of how one generation built the wealth for another. Isn’t it the American dream to pass on your wealth and hard work to your family, to have each generation wealthier than the previous?
Romney is not going to become the guy who goes in a bar to hit a few brew but he doesn’t have to be. He needs to be himself; let's face it, when was the last time any liberals complained about Warren Buffet and for that matter, turned down money from George Soros? Conventional wisdom is that Democrats will make Romney's wealth an issue in this campaign, but this action may actually backfire. Barack Obama is no more a man of the people than Romney, and in many ways, he is far more separate from the common folks than Romney. As an academic leftist and a community organizer turned politician, there is very little evidence to suggest Obama understands the working man any more than Romney. Obama came into office with so little basic understanding of our economic system. One would be hard pressed to come up with any president so little educated in how business works than Obama, and there is very little evidence that he has learned much in office. Barack Obama told a group of donors in San Francisco about how voters in the 2008 Pennsylvania primary clung to guns and God in time of troubles, and it was not met as a compliment. This was about Democratic blue collar workers; imagine how he feels about the half of the country who are Republicans!
Romney does understand what Main Street business owners go through since he helped enough of those businesses move beyond small businesses to major players while creating hundreds of thousands of jobs in the process. While the unemployment under Obama has been slipping downward, there are actually fewer people working today than there were when Obama took office. Job creation has been sluggish and this is the slowest recovery in post-World War II. The national debt is now exceeding the national output, something not seen since World War II, so what recovery that exists is threatened in the immediate future.
How can Obama truly understand Main Street when his energy plan is designed to increase energy cost for the average American, something that his Secretary of Energy all but admitted in a recent congressional hearing? Romney has to simply quote Obama and his own advisors to point the ignorance of their policy when it comes to energy. If there was a policy that shows how out of touch the Obama administration is, it is energy. Most Americans are not excited about $4 or $5 per gallon and they are not willing to pay a premium for Obama’s green cars.
Romney needs to remind voters: “Yes I am rich, but I didn’t inherit it or marry into it like some Democratic leaders, but earned it by helping put others to work and create new businesses. Contrast that to a President who mocks the value of whose votes he seeks. He views your belief in the Second Amendment as clinging to guns and your belief in God as clinging to God, and that simply shows that he is the one out of touch.”