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How Romney Can Up His Game – Putting the Puzzle Together


How Romney Can Up His Game

By: Ben Sailors

 

Romney fans are rabid. I know, because I am one, but just as there are certain degrees of political leanings, there are certain degrees of Romney support. Some support him to the point of admitting no flaws, as if the man were perfect. I feel he has room for improvement, which I would venture to say, so does Mitt Romney. I don’t think he accomplished what he has in his life by saying “good enough” or “close enough”. My argument rests around the idea that Mitt can articulate his vision for America in better words than he has.

For those of us who have had the opportunity to read Mitt Romney’s economic plan, he lays out a fantastic representation of his vision for the country. He explains how all the changes he wants to make will simultaneously work together to repair our economy, strengthen our military, and solidify America has the leader of the free world. This goal is met in a few ways.

First, Mitt Romney wants to open more trade agreements with other countries. At the time of writing, Obama had yet to get the trade agreements negotiated and approved under Bush signed. Obama has since done that, but hasn’t opened any new trade agreements with other nations to help fuel our economy. This first step is critical, because it allows our companies in the US to get most customers, more access to raw goods, and access to other countries to build and develop in. This all is a net gain for America. Money is money, regardless of where it is made. The trouble then becomes our tax system.

Mitt Romney proposes to decrease our corporate tax rate to something far more competitive. Right now we have the highest corporate tax rate in the world at 35%. Canada just lowered theirs to 15%. Mitt Romney recently endorsed the Ryan plan which reduces corporate tax rates to 25%. His own plan also lowers the corporate tax rate to 25%. The trouble is that with our complex tax system, there are too many loopholes for the businesses and the rich to escape taxes. Unfortunately, if we eliminate the loopholes, but don’t lower the rates, we’re stealing the rich and business owners blind for the benefit of Americans who contribute nothing. That isn’t to sound cold and unfeeling, but there are millions of Americans who work for these companies who are dependent on them for their income. A job is not a form of independence. It’s a form of dependence on that company for the income. Businesses are dependent on their customers, Americans and other citizens of the world for their income. Let’s be honest, if America’s policies eat into a business’ profits, and they can go elsewhere, why wouldn’t they? The purpose of business is to create wealth for those who create them. Jobs are certainly a byproduct, but the main purpose is to generate revenue, not pay for Medicare and other government programs. Mitt Romney understands all this and wants to lower the tax rate, attract businesses to the US, create jobs, and help get people back on their feet.

I know that some people by this point will be thinking, what’s it all for then, if a job isn’t true independence? What does it mean for the millions of Americans who are employees? We can’t all be entrepreneurs! How do I hold on to the money that I make? Mitt Romney understands this as well. He allows investors and regular citizens, under his plan, to save and invest tax free up to $200,000 dollars. He wants Americans to invest and save. He wants them to prepare for the future. He wants them to have security. When more American families are secure, they’re more likely to take that step of entrepreneurship, or the true freedom of participating in the free market. He wants people to have the opportunity to join the ranks of the wealthy, not just the ranks of the middle class. There is a false rumor that Democrats love to spread around that there’s only a finite amount of wealth and the 1% are hoarding it. The fact of the matter is, in a global economy, there is so much more money than what’s just in America. And given the right idea, incentive, drive; those 1% will gladly invest in someone who they feel will make them more money. There is ALWAYS more money. What there isn’t enough of is the drive, ambition, and courage to go get it. Mitt Romney wants people to have the opportunity to have their own wealth and future secured in a way that a regular job as an employee could never accomplish.

The point of this tirade is to show how Mitt Romney can take all of what I just said, condense it down, and saying something like: “I want Americans to have the opportunity to grow and thrive in this country. I want them to feel the joy and dignity of being able to provide for themselves again. My plan will open up new trade agreements and lower the corporate tax rate so they can compete across the world. I want to make sure they can keep more of the money they make by eliminating taxes on capital gains and interest. I want the American people to have their money in their pockets, so they can have a life that they’ve always dreamed of.”

Sure it’s really close to what he already says. I just want him to show how his policies are all friendly to one another. How they coalesce to make a stronger, safer, easier, more powerful system that not only boosts our military, but also boots our economy and our citizen’s wealth. Knowledge is power and I think the more than regular Americans hear how the system works, the more they’ll buy into Mitt’s plan.

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O Captain, My Captain – What Romney I’m Looking For


I’ve been a strong Romney supporter since 2008. I think he’s a wonderful man, has a great family, has a great set of morals and ambitions and really shows America how to be American.

BUT

I have to say this: Romney MUST  up his game in this debate tonight. If he doesn’t it’s all over for South Carolina.

On Monday night’s debate, Romney did what he always does, survives. The trouble is Gingrich was phenomenal. I don’t like Gingrich, I’m not going to go on about what a piece of trash he is. I already talked about that in my last post. But let’s get one thing clear: Gingrich is a better debater than Romney thus far. If Romney wants to win this nomination, he has to up his game.

I recently watched a video of Romney with fire in his eyes, passion in his voice when debating Kennedy for the Senator position in MA. He was passionate, he was angry, he wanted change. He has to get that fire back. He has to show the people of South Carolina what this election is about: The direction and soul of America, and that deserves more than the mediocre and uninspiring performance he gave on Monday night. Every candidate was more fired up than he was. Every candidate overshadowed him with audience reaction and connection between the candidate and the audience. Gingrich excelled at that in a big way. Romney must land a hit or effectively brush Gingrich to the side and take command of the debate. He has to project the strong leader that America wants. Right now Romney looks like he would be a president who would sit back and let the other countries duke it out until he was asked a question then recite talking points.

I know Romney’s better than that. He’s MORE than that. He deserves to get a little unhinged at the ridiculousness of Newt Gingrich. He needs fire in his eyes, in his words, and in his body language. SHOW us you want to be our leader. Don’t beg for us to come to you, MAKE us come to you. Don’t talk to us, INSPIRE us! Make us know you are our Captain and we will follow you into the depths of hell to get Obama out of office. But if Romney fails to do that, we go to FL with huge momentum for Newt and it’s just going to get harder.

Show us you’re ready to lead Mitt. I’m waiting for you, O Captain, my Captain.

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Gingrich’s War on Romney


GINGRICH’S WAR ON ROMNEY

I want to get something out loud and clear:

Gingrich has declared and is in active war with Romney.

Let’s get another thing clear though. Any glove that Gingrich has landed is on a non issue or a petty issue.

For example:

  • Tax Returns. Who cares what Mr. Romney makes? He’s operating legally under the law. If you don’t like it, get rich, or change the law. I advise getting rich.
  • Bain Capital – Biggest backlash and backfire ever. Gingrich looks like a fool for attacking the fundamental driving force of what made America great.
  • Promising a positive campaign, then going back on it. Twice.

Let’s give more examples of how Gingrich has failed:

  • Sat down with Nancy Pelosi on global warming.
  • Says he “worked with Reagan.” He was in Congress, but he never worked directly with Reagan. He’s lying.
  • Takes credit for balancing the budget while Clinton was in office. Clinton is actually the one who proposed the balanced budget.
  • Has cheated on two of his wives. First lady Callista, the adultress?
  • Was fined 300,000 dollars for ethics violations by Congress.
  • Forced out of the Speakership.
  • Took 1.6 million for consulting for Freddy Mac.

The list goes on and on. Romney doesn’t go attacking his opponents across the media and in debates. Gingrich wages all out war.

Some may perceive that war to be a strength, but let me ask you, do you really think that people would get behind Gingrich? They might like his rhetoric, but he’s a walking bomb ready to go off at any time. He’s lost his moral compass. He cheats on his wives, he gets fined for ethics violations, he received 1.6 million for being a consultant at Freddy Mac. Tell me how that worked out. Was that advice good? Freddy should be suing for bad advice.

Sure, Gingrich is eloquent. Sure Romney has a lot of money. But let’s look at that closer.

Romney says he didn’t get very much for his speaking and apperances. It was around $350,000 dollars. Now let’s ask the real questions.

Was money used for the campaign or pocketed? If it was campaign money, it’s not very much. He raises $1.5 million in a day during fundraisers. My guess is that it went to his campaign, not his pocket. But because it was in the context of his tax returns, lets assume it’s pocketed. Again, who cares? Part of it get’s taxed and that helps the American people. Even at 15%, that’s over $35,000 dollars going to other people. That’s more than some people make in a year. Why are we begrudging Romney of his contributions to society? Why are we making him out to be the bad guy when he’s donated the proceeds of his book to charity? Why are we saying “Shame on you!” for him living the American Dream? If it were a regular American making the money, I would surmise most people would pocket it just fine. To Governor Romney, 300k isn’t a lot because he’s worked hard to accumulate wealth. He’s done more, taken more risks, than most people and he’s been rewarded for it. It’s not his job to go out and work for you. It’s YOUR job to go out and make a living.

If you think Mitt Romney is disconnected, my guess is you might as well become a liberal, because you have no shame asking for handouts. You think the rich owe you a living. I feel sorry for you. The level of hopelessness and weakness you must feel in your life must be tragic. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Your destiny is in your hands. You’re the captain of your life. Just like Romney was the captain of his. Keep this in mind. Romney wants to serve this country as president. Do you think he would be broken hearted to go home to his beautiful wife, kids, and grandkids with all the money he could want? He’s going to Washington to help America. Not appeal to their over inflated self righteousness or ego.

What are Santorum’s motivations to be president? Gingrich’s?

In the case of Santorum, I think it’s to make himself feel important. Same with Gingrich. I think Gingrich needs to validate himself to feel good about himself. He’s been in such denial that it’s pretty obvious.

But Romney is running because he’s lived the American Dream. He wants to help America. He wants to promote business, growth, opportunity, and to make us the hope of the earth. This IS a battle for the soul of America. Gingrich and Romney couldn’t be more different. I would argue Gingrich’s motivations are not to help America. He never talks about helping America. He accuses, complains, attacks, puffs himself up, but I don’t believe for a second that he’s trying to make America better. He’s trying to gain power, soak it all in, retire, and bask in his glory and write memoirs. He doesn’t care about America and what we need. Romney does.

Romney lived in a $75 dollar basement apartment with his wife and first son while attending BYU. He knows what it’s like to have next to nothing. You’re kidding yourself if you don’t know that. Romney was a bishop and a stake president for the LDS church. If you knew the sacrifices and level of service that took, you’d understand Romney’s desire to serve America better. He’s a good man trying to make positive change in this world.

I’m voting Romney. I won’t support Gingrich. I think Obama is a better man. I think Obama cares what happens to America. Gingrich is slime. All he cares about is self gratification, self indulgence, and self pride.

Want proof?

Ask his wives.

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It’s Time To Take America Back


Take a good look at our budget.

What I find truly disturbing about this coming election is not who the Republican nominee is going to be. My gut, the polls, trends, and likely scenarios point to Mitt Romney, but whoever the president is matters very little when the voice of the people are calling for the government to save them from the aftermath of the 2008-2009 recession.

We are turning into a welfare state. We spend as much on pensions as we do on defense. We spend more than each of those individually on health care. As Republicans we decry spending money on the Department of Education, but it’s only 3% of our federal budget! See http://www.usgovernmentspending.com/budget_pie_gs.php

Education is one of the sources of jobs in this country and we aren’t going to get out of our economic and political downturns if our rising generation is not getting the appropriate education that they need to compete on a global scale.

I don’t think that Republicans need to be worried about which Republican candidate is the nominee as much as we need to be focusing on getting the right people into Congress. It’s important to note that Democrats can have Republican ideals on certain issues. When we insist on a Senator or a House representative that is staunchly left or right, and completely uncompromsing, what do you suppose the outcome will be?

Gridlock.

By holding on to our values and positions so staunchly that we lose sight of the ability to compromise, we lose sight of the very thing that allowed the Founding Fathers their ability to negotiate, to compromise, and to ultimately draft the documents like the Constitution that we hold so sacred and dear in this country.

Our Federal debt is out of control, some of our public schools can’t even stay in session for a full school day, they have to let the teachers out at 1:30, regulatory burdens and high taxes push companies away from our shores.

Our government’s job is to look out for the ultimate welfare of our nation as a whole. It’s not to coddle us every step of the way. Education is the one place where I make an exception, because without it, millions of our citizens would be illiterate, unable to find good employment, would drive the crime rate up, and would lower our competitiveness in the world.

It’s simply not enough to put Mitt Romney in the presidency and expect all to be well. We must put the right men in the House of Representatives and in the Senate. We have to make sure that we put in the people who will give our country the fighting chance that it deserves rather than keep hoping that someday people in Washington will get it right.

The Founding Fathers gave the decisions of who to put into office into the hands of the public. It’s the public’s job to be informed, to know what solution they want, and to vote the people into office to get it done and get it done right.

I think Mitt Romney is an excellent start. I think his moderation and his ability to work across the isle is a fantastic asset. I couldn’t care less about abortions, gays, or guns this election. His previous record on that doesn’t mean jack to me. All I care about is the right man, in the right position, who can bring people together.

Newt Gingrich didn’t bring people together. He just built a majority. Perry has never faced true Democratic opposition in his life. Santorum is just another big spender hiding under the guise of the Republican banner because of his social issue stances. Ron Paul is a good man with a poor understanding of how his policies would never be enacted by Congress.

Right now we need someone who knows how to get Democrats on his side. Who knows how to make good with those he disagrees with. I couldn’t care less about RINOs, being staunchly to the right or anything like that. I want to save America. Romney has a history of making hard decisions and doing what it takes, at any cost, to get his job done. He did it in business, he did it in the Olympics, and he did it has Governor. Now I want him to do it as President.

But we need the Senate and we need to keep the House, too.

It’s time to take America back.

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