Good news! Everything is all better now for the GOP frontrunner now that he has said he’s the one that has lived on the “real streets”of America. He, and only he, has by insinuation lived life as the common man. But perhaps there needs to be some clarification. Yes, he’s lived and the homes where he has lived were at addresses located on real, actual streets, boulevards, circles, ways, places, and/or drives.
But for a man who was born into wealth, has always lived in wealth, and has little fear of ever living otherwise it is doubtful that he has ever truly lived on the real streets in the sense that the common man lives with and understands.
So, maybe things are not all better. He says he will make public his tax returns if he becomes the nominee. In contrast, Newt Gingrich has already made his public. Have any of the others publicized theirs? I don’t know. I don’t have to know about them. None of the others have been found to have squirreled away millions of dollars in other countries. If it is discovered that any of them have done something to make us suspect foul play, I will castigate them equally.
There may be nothing of any import contained in Romney’s finances. Putting one’s money in another country may be perfectly legal. He may and probably has paid all due taxes on his interest income. Why do we continue to give him grief over all of this? Ethics! There is something called ethics that has really not been addressed in these discussions.
Putting your money in another country’s bank removes that money from the country in which it was earned, deprives other investors of access to that capital, drives up inflation by forcing the Fed to print more money, and tells me that Romney has not put his full faith and confidence in the success and vitality of the future of America.
For people to do this, especially a candidate for president, and continue to enjoy the freedoms, benefits, and name that comes from being an American, it rubs me the wrong way. It rubs me the wrong way the same as when a US corporation sends hundreds of jobs to other countries in the name of profits while Americans are hurting, and those same corporations continue to exist on the New York Stock Exchange and accept money from American investors. If nominated and elected, Romney will likely maintain those Cayman Island accounts, pay his 15% taxes on the interest, deprive the US of the fruits of its economic freedoms, and make use of all of the benefits that come with being the president.
Would Romney make a good president? Probably! But even that is a big MAYBE. He was once a liberal Democrat. His RomneyCare was the model for ObamaCare, a program which was enacted in such haste that the majority of Americans demand its repeal. Yet, Romney continues to defend his version of it.
Is he really one of us? I doubt it. Though this is not a litmus test for the presidency, when a candidate makes a claim of this nature, he had better be right. Voters are never fooled by this kind of talk. The common man knows that Romney is not his equal, and it is an insult for him to claim to be.
To me, this is almost as bad as Obama’s hiding his birth certificate, supporting OWS, or wrecking the economy ever worse with everything he does. Is his heart in the right place? I don’t know. But why would I support a candidate with whom this is a question? Wouldn’t I be better served by voting for one whose sincerity is not in doubt? Allow me to introduce New Gingrich!
"Moving the profits to other countries drains the pool, so to speak."
If this country is a good place to invest (it has low taxes and minimal intrusive regulations), why would an investor want to "move profits to another country"?
He would rather take his profits and use them to start a new product, or invest in machinery to increase his output and market share, right where he is now.
Moving profits and jobs to other countries is a direct result of intrusive regulations and high taxes. Companies would prefer to keep everything in one place, because the cost of doing business far from home adds cost for transportation and duplicate management personnel.
Any new product erodes the market of old products, and helps the system weed out low-performing products and companies. That is "life".
The optimum situation is for the new products to be in the US. Then, the products which are dying are in other countries.
Or, the opposite can happen. If new products are invented in other countries, then the US suffers. If the US has lower taxes and smaller government, then we get the benefit of new products and more jobs.
Pick your poison. Your vote for Newt in 2012 will drive the outcome.
I agree, John, but wouldn't it be better if Americans who are running for President of the United States feel that it is their duty to invest completely and totally in the United States of America only, even if the return is a half-a-point lower? I think a remedy to this is to limit the amount of money an American can remove from the country. If we can't keep the jobs here (NAFTA) at least we should keep the money here.
When Gingrich created a balanced budget and a budget surplus for Clinton, do you think he did it by creating a "bloated government"?
Where do you get these crazy ideas?
You must be reading a Liberal blog between your postings here.
Clinton's surplus came from gutting national defense.
Why do you make up crap and post it?
Romney is honest,has integrity and is ethical !!!!!!
Gingrich can not claim any of those traits !!!!!
A red,white and blue American North Korean,Iron Triangle,War Veteran !
Right on right on right on Go Jeff you said well !
Why hasn't anyone considered John Bolton as VP? We need people with backbone in the new administration, and John stands up for what is right. He knows our enemies and he is not politically correct! Please save us from any more political correctness in government. In fact all that does is take away our 1st Amendment rights, which is why the left loves it so much. I love the way Newt stands up to the liberal media! God bless America and our next new president! Emphasis on NEW. It is time, way past time, to get back to conservative leadership. Obama has only done a trail of destruction.
Check out: http://www.glennbeck.com/2011/12/13/unbelievable-newt-loves-fdr-mod... Gingrich is not the great conservative savior... He is also a flip floper and has been anything but a social conservative. Hehas been involved in lobbyist type of activities and is definitely a Washington Insider that was almost removed as Speaker by his party. Santorum, Romney and Paul have all been married to the same women for their entire adult lives and great fathers and I don't know about Ron Paul, but Santorum and Romney are very involved in their faith.
Gingrich was the big hero this past week because he took on the MSM after questions that look more like gifts... and right now the media polls lower than anyone in Washington... Congress, Obama or any of the GOP candidates, so many undecideds voted against the media instead of for Gingrich. Also many people mistook Palin's comment about voting for Gingrich to keep the contest going as an endorsement.
And Clarence (below) I will check out Santorum, but my guess is that his father was a naturalized citizen when he was born and here is piece on Romney's eligibility: http://askmarion.wordpress.com/2012/01/17/bulletin-romney-is-eligib...