Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Romney's record will hurt him

Posted By on Wed, Aug 1, 2012 at 10:00 AM

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With less than 100 days to go before the presidential election, the public opinion polls would have us believe the race is close. Romney is neck and neck with Obama.

I'm not so sure. And after watching Mitt Romney embarrass himself repeatedly on his overseas trip, I'm even more convinced that Obama is going to win this election easily.

It's a hard job to make the British unite in hatred an American politician. They're America's lapdog. They export reality shows and pop stars to us as repayment for saving them from the Nazis seven decades ago. In exchange, they kiss the butts of every president.

Romney angered them on the eve of the Olympics by suggesting London was unprepared for the games. By implication, he was saying that nothing could compare to the excellent job he, Romney, did organizing the Salt Lake City Olympics.

Even though this was a minor incident, it's emblematic of the reason why Romney will blow this election that, by all rights, he should win in a landslide. It's not just that he's out of touch with the American people, boasting about his Cadillacs during an economic depression. It's that he doesn't care that he's out of touch.

Ironically, when Republican activists seem to be the most engaged and passionate they've been in the last 30 years, they're about to nominate a man who takes palpable pride in his complete utter lack of any beliefs on any issues whatsoever except his own ambition for power.

He's always been the CEO of everything he's ever done, he's waited his turn and now he feels he deserves to be elected the CEO of America merely because he's Mitt Romney. Americans have punished that sort of naked greed in the past and will likely do so again in November.

Instead of being a referendum on the past four years of Obama's presidency, the election is going to be instead a decision as to whether Romney deserves this promotion to which he feels so entitled.

In a sense, Romney embodies what the Republican Party has become: a confederation of rich and powerful businessmen with a rich sense of entitlement and a belief in making things easier for rich people.

He is literally the man whose job it was to buy companies, fire everyone and then go enjoy a round of golf. His job was to make his corporation more profitable for its shareholders no matter what the human cost. Because of him, thousands of Americans saw their jobs outsourced while

Romney made himself and his cronies richer.

His job-cutting policies hit Indiana workers hard. Go talk to the former employees of Ampad, a paper company Romney purchased in 1992 in Marion. Hundreds of workers were laid off and wages for the remaining workers were cut. The company later went bankrupt. Romney profited from the deal.

To the candidate, these accusations seem unfair. Isn't it a capitalist's job to make money and more money? If a few thousand people have to suffer because of business decisions, that's just how the game works. Economic Darwinism.

Romney is the less charismatic, less polished version of Ronald Reagan, who so firmly believed in the unalienable right for the rich to get richer that he helped dismantle all the regulations that once protected us from people like Romney.

If you could build a time machine and tell voters that electing Reagan would usher in an era of unbridled big business that would end up destroying small businesses, labor unions and local ownership, many of them would have voted for the Gipper anyway.

As Reagan helped provoke the collapse of communism in the Soviet Union, he was building a similar capitalist dictatorship at home by freeing up large corporations to exert even more economic control over our lives. Reagan tore down the Berlin Wall and wrecked local banks, manufacturing sectors and small businesses here at home.

He brought us the freedom of the economic slave, forced to buy cheap, foreign-made goods at Wal-Mart, bank at Chase and watch idly as people like Mitt Romney bought their businesses and closed them.

That's one of the many reasons that this election won't even be close. The past four years haven't been paradise but, given a choice between someone who understands average Americans and someone who doesn't, the electorate will make the right choice.

Romney's arrogance, lack of convictions and country-club persona would serve him well as the commissioner of baseball. He would also make an excellent bankruptcy judge, since he's helped create so many indigent people in the private sector.

So enjoy the Olympics, try and get in a few days' vacation somewhere nice and forget about the election for the next few months. No matter what Fox News or Drudge try to tell you, Romney has less than a 30 percent chance of pulling off a miracle and winning this election. Our country is still safe from a return of Reagan cutthroat economics for at least the next four years.

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