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Wade Heath What I like — and do not like — about Mitt Romney

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Wade Heath

Posted: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:11 am, Wed Feb 22, 2012.

Willard Mitt Romney. Where to begin? His tax personal income rate? His horrible inability to connect with normal people?

I know. I'll start on the most important topic. Is ol' Mittens as "severely conservative" as he claims? One only needs to look at how he governed in Massachusetts.

During his tenure, Romney supported several pro-Second Amendment bills and signed them into law. He walked into a state with a financially deteriorating core. Throughout his reign as the executive in charge, Romney oversaw a balanced state budget and slashed spending. Several surpluses also surged forth, taking the struggling state from billions in the red to billions in the black. Unemployment drastically shrunk during his time in office.

Romney attempted to lower the state's income tax rate from 5.3 percent to 5.0. However, the majority Democratic legislature didn't agree. It wasn't all bad, though, as Romney found other ways to cut taxes, and that trimming took Massachusetts from the 13th highest taxed state in the nation to the 17th.

Hope you speak English. Romney instituted an English immersion program in Massachusetts public schools. He strongly opposed the legislature's proposal to allow illegal immigrants the opportunity to receive drivers' licenses. But that's not all — he also shooed away the concept of illegal immigrants being allowed to pay in-state tuition, stating that no family should receive an incentive for breaking the law.

Romney called for a mandatory employment verification program, checking the legal status of people. He also proposed a plan to work with the federal government in order to allow Massachusetts state troopers the ability to identify and detain illegal immigrants. This was before Arizona, people!

As governor, Romney felt that gays should be respected and not be discriminated against. Although, traditional marriage must be preserved. The Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage was considered valid. Romney urged an amendment to the state constitution that would outlaw gay marriage.

While he did at one time support abortions, Romney's record as governor shows him consistently pro-life. At one time, Romney vetoed a bill that tried to mandate that Catholic hospitals administer emergency contraception.

Romneycare? Many claim Obamacare was modeled after it. And while it may appear similar, there are several differences. At the time, healthcare was desperately in need of reform in Massachusetts. So Gov. Romney, only after balancing the budget, drafted his plan so that it didn't burden citizens with fees if they decided to opt-out. Sadly, the legislature disagreed and fees were put into place.

Multiple federal judges have declared Obamacare unconstitutional. Romneycare, not perfect by any means, has never been challenged as being unconstitutional. Under Romney, insurance price controls were never suggested, taxes weren't raised on businesses or citizens, nor was the plan 2,000 pages long like President Obama's. Instead, it was a lowly 70 pages deep.

The legislation was not a government takeover of healthcare.

It should also be noted that multiple changes to Romney's free market approach to healthcare have been implemented by state lawmakers since the governor has left office.

Under his administration, state public schools tested first in the nation for math and sciences. He proposed financial bonuses for math and science teachers and for teachers with a proven record of results. "We have to raise the bar in education. We have got to invest more in technology. We have got to change our immigration laws. We have got to be serious about shrinking the size of government and releasing more entrepreneurial activity," Romney said in a C-Span interview in 2006.

Romney created the Welcome Home Bill that would honor members of the military with free tuition to state schools at the community and university level, reduced life insurance premiums and increased active-duty pay rates, and provided high school diplomas for those veterans who dropped out to enlist in the Korean war, Vietnam and World War II.

Fast forward to today and those messy debates he's fumbled in, and you'd wonder if this was the same man. He seems to have a hard time speaking to his conservative values, and awkwardly suggested we should all be concerned with his taxes when he never had a solid answer on the matter whenever questioned.

For the record, he is my least-favorite candidate because of his pure inability to connect with the voting public and the conservative base. But the question I started out with was, is Mittens as "severely conservative" as he says he is?

According to his record, I'd say he is definitely conservative. You can have a great record, a strapping young family and perfect hair. But if you don't understand what the core of this nation needs right now, you are not going to win. We don't need another figurehead; we need a leader who gets that the United States is falling off a cliff.

Columnist Wade Heath is a contributing editor to NationalTalkLive.com. He can be reached at Wade.Lodi@Gmail.com.

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16 comments:

  • Andrew Liebich posted at 10:11 pm on Fri, Mar 9, 2012.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2999

    People who view this brief You Tube video might just begin to understand why Congressman Ron Paul is the only Presidential candidate...

    http://youtu.be/Y5kb3D50_vg

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 4:11 pm on Fri, Feb 24, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Ann Winters states...I’m focusing on the sad state of affairs the US is in now. With that thought in mind why not concentrate on the one with the most political skills and know-how, with a reasonable track record in Washington of getting positive things done. That would be Newt...

    I agree 100 %. In my view, it is so obvious that Newt's intellect and proven leadership skills are exactly what we need. Ann Winter's post reflects what most conservatives know but some how have been persuaded that he can not win... this in my mind is silly beyond belief. I sincerely hope conservatives vote in mass for Newt as he would defeat Obama and benefit our country economically.

     
  • Ann Winters posted at 2:00 pm on Fri, Feb 24, 2012.

    Ann Posts: 27

    I have watched all the debates and without stating my personal likeable personality choice, I’m focusing on the sad state of affairs the US is in now. Most anti-Obama voters agree anyone but Obama. With that thought in mind why not concentrate on the one with the most political skills and know-how, with a reasonable track record in Washington of getting positive things done. That would be Newt. Who, even with the personal flaws and crucifixion of negative ads, shines as a person with know-how, wisdom and the ability to wipe Obama off the throne in debates.

    Our country is in a serious freefall. We really need to consider many things and not let personal feelings get in the way. After all we were willing to forgive many of our past presidents of personal flaws, in fact, as recently as Clinton in order to stay stable as a nation. Why not Newt? I truly believe the man, regardless of personal life, loves America and will do what he can to keep us safe and fiscally sound.

    While the other candidates have some very favorable qualities, my gut tells me that Obama’s glib way with speech is too much of a match for them.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 11:26 am on Fri, Feb 24, 2012.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Interesting that the LNS allows "m.o.r.o.n" and "q.u.e.e.r" from letter writers, but those two words are a no-go in the comments!

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 11:25 am on Fri, Feb 24, 2012.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Mr. Baumbach wrote: "Is there any doubt that Ms Bobin, as illustrated in her own writings, is a paranoid,venomous angry woman who enthusiastically enjoys belittling and diminishing the stature and character of others... "

    Mr. Dados wrote in his LTE of 2/23/12:

    "This m.o.r.o.n of a secretary travels the world over at the people's expense to do what she does best; causing problems..."

    and

    "Observe their obnoxious behavior when they demonstrate on national television their snarling and chanting, "We're q.u.e.e.r, we're here and nobody can do anything about it."

    and

    "They have everything in their favor; a dumbed-down people, flawed public education, universities that teach false doctrines and principals, the rift-raff in the movie industry and a pandering news media..."

    And Mr. Baumbach chided an individual who wrote a very civil response to Mr. Dados "venom-"filled LTE:

    "Speaking of a lack of tolerance,
    Evidently, Alex has a lot to learn about love, judgment and tolerance as well."

    I guess it depends on who, according to the hypocritical Mr. Baumbach, is spewing the "venom."

     
  • Brian Dockter posted at 5:32 pm on Thu, Feb 23, 2012.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2830

    Alex,

    I know you would never acknowlege Obama's shortcomings. I try not to focus on Romney or Obama's public speaking shortcomings. Romney's abilities overshadow
    his public speaking shortcomings. With Obama, they try really hard to make him look like he knows what he is doing. It doesn't fool me. The man is incompetent to the nth degree. Haven't you ever noticed when Michelle is present and she's drinking something he isn't speaking?

     
  • Alex Kennedy posted at 11:39 am on Thu, Feb 23, 2012.

    Alex Posts: 215

    Brian stated: Whenever Obama does not have a teleprompter in front of him he stumbles through his speeches. Romney has yet to have to use a teleprompter because for the most part he is a much better speaker than Obama.

    Brian, did you read JB's post with an exact Romney quotes?

    "A little history -- I was born and raised here. I love the state. It seems right here. Trees are the right height.

    "I like -- I like seeing the lakes. I love the lakes. Something very special here. The Great Lakes but also all the little inland lakes that dot the parts of Michigan.

    "I love cars. I don't know -- I mean, I grew up totally in love with cars.... I love cars. I love American cars."

    They are much worse when you see the tape of him saying these incredibly panderous, awkward statements. Obama has never looked or sounded as disingenous or awkward as that. Furthermore, you may think he speakes better but he is the scummiest of the republican primary scum. I wouldn't even let him walk my dog much less support his presidential bid.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 7:50 am on Thu, Feb 23, 2012.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Mr. Docktor wrote: "I consider Wade's writing abilities quite exceptional. Ther's nothing wrong with a little bit of humor. And Ms. Bobin. Put your money where your mouth is. I really doubt if you could even come close to writing as well as Wade."

    I think that statement says a lot more about your standards for the written word than it does about my ability to compose a comprehensive, well substantiated piece of writing.

     
  • Brian Dockter posted at 6:50 am on Thu, Feb 23, 2012.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2830

    That Alex. Sorry Eric.

     
  • Brian Dockter posted at 6:50 am on Thu, Feb 23, 2012.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2830

    Eric,

    Whenever Obama does not have a teleprompter in front of him he stumbles through his speeches. Romney has yet to have to use a teleprompter because for the most part he is a much better speaker than Obama.

     
  • Brian Dockter posted at 6:47 am on Thu, Feb 23, 2012.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2830

    Ms. Bobin wrote:


    "Mittens?" Really? Just when we think Wade Heath has become more professional and polished in his writing...........

    -Hmm,

    I consider Wade's writing abilities quite exceptional. Ther's nothing wrong with a little bit of humor. And Ms. Bobin. Put your money where your mouth is. I really doubt if you could even come close to writing as well as Wade.

     
  • Alex Kennedy posted at 5:16 pm on Wed, Feb 22, 2012.

    Alex Posts: 215

    Mitt is a disingenuous tool. He comes off like someone who feels entitled to the presidency. He has been campaigning for 6 years now and cannot beat Mullah Santorum in the polls or the last few primaries. Mitt is like a super awkward used car salesman, he says what he thinks you want to hear while at the sometime never answering direct questions with direct answers. He also made hundreds of millions of dollars destroying American companies for the sake of Bain Capital profits. Bain bought struggling companies, restructured them so that they were doomed to absolute failure, took out loans against the companies, forced companies into bankruptcy, never paid back or intended to pay back the loans, and charged millions annually in management fees. He is the scummiest of all the primary republican scum. 

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 3:34 pm on Wed, Feb 22, 2012.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Mr. Docktor wrote: "Just because he can't connect ( in your opinion)." Wade Heath got one point right. Witness "Mittens" Romney last week "connecting" with fellow Michiganders:

    "A little history -- I was born and raised here. I love the state. It seems right here. Trees are the right height.

    "I like -- I like seeing the lakes. I love the lakes. Something very special here. The Great Lakes but also all the little inland lakes that dot the parts of Michigan.

    "I love cars. I don't know -- I mean, I grew up totally in love with cars.... I love cars. I love American cars."

    Reminscent of the dog Dug in the movie 'UP!" - Squirrel!!! Only he was cute and loveable. And a dog.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 9:08 am on Wed, Feb 22, 2012.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    "Mittens?" Really? Just when we think Wade Heath has become more professional and polished in his writing...........

     
  • Brian Dockter posted at 6:59 am on Wed, Feb 22, 2012.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2830

    Mitt Romney Biography

    Career:
    Governor Mitt Romney has been an effective leader in both the business and public service worlds. With the 2002 Winter Olympics mired in controversy and facing serious financial crisis, Romney was asked to become President and CEO of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee. Although the challenge seemed daunting, he was compelled to assume the task by both the urging of his wife and the memory of his late father, George Romney, who was a successful businessman, three-term Michigan Governor and tireless advocate of volunteerism.
    In his three years in Salt Lake, Romney erased a $379 million operating deficit, organized 23,000 volunteers, galvanized community spirit, oversaw an unprecedented security mobilization to ensure public safety and led one of the most successful Olympics in our nation’s history.

    Prior to his service at the Olympics, Romney had a distinguished career in business. From 1978 to 1984, he was a Vice President at Bain and Company, the Boston-based management consulting firm. In 1984, Romney founded Bain Capital, a highly successful investment company that founded, acquired or invested in hundreds of companies,

    including Staples, Brookstone and Domino’s Pizza. In 1990, he took a two-year leave of absence from Bain Capital to lead a highly successful turnaround of Bain and Company as its interim CEO during a period of financial turmoil.

     
  • Brian Dockter posted at 6:52 am on Wed, Feb 22, 2012.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2830

    Wade,

    Thanks for all the info on Romney. I already knew quite a bit about him. Your info
    has re-enforced how much I think he is best for the job of President. Just because he can't connect ( in your opinion) has nothing to do with his accomplishments. As a matter of fact. His ability to get the job done in MA as Gov. means to me he did connect with the people there. When it comes right down to the facts, his track record of accomplishments overshadows any of his public speaking shortcomings. In other words, stop nitpicking the man.

     

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