By Benjamin Gaul:
Voting for something, or someone, is always more intellectually satisfying than simply voting against something else. For me at least. Just ask the “Anyone but Hillary” crowd if they haven’t learned to be more careful what they ask for.
Historically speaking, most political campaigns have centered around the “Change” theory, and “vote the blighters out!” rhetoric. So it’s safe to assume it’s a viable campaign tactic which few politicians would abandon. And, I have no problem pointing out the myriad reasons President Obama has given me, personally, to want him out of office.
The only promises he’s kept from his 08 campaign are the ones which have caused our country the most economic damage. Like Obamacare, the largest tax increase in American history. There are many many lobbyists working in the White House, no bill has ever been put online for me to read for 5 days before he signed it, back-door private hush-hush meetings about legislation have become the rule, unemployment has stayed over 8%, G’itmo wasn’t closed and it’s getting a $750,000.00 taxpayer bought Soccer Field!
There are tons more, but none of that tells me why I should vote FOR Mitt Romney. So lets take a look at what Romney has done in the past ~as a leader and a politician~ to measure what we can assume he’ll do in the future, should he be elected President.
Mitt Romney’s father George was a Republican Governor of Michigan who publicly, vocally supported Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. and marched through the Grosse Pointe suburb of Detroit in support of equality for all Americans. Not a bad pedigree, so far.
In 1965, Mitt enrolled in Stanford University. However, his stay there was cut short because he traveled to France to begin missionary work. So he had experience with foreign travel for 2 ½ years, meeting Europeans where they lived. Literally.
On return to the States, he enrolled in Brigham Young University and graduated in 71 with a Degree in English with a 3.97GPA. Married to Ann by then with a growing family, Mitt enrolled in both Harvard Law (HLS) and Harvard Business School (HBS). He obtained his MBA from HBS in 1975 and graduated cum laude from HLS with his Juris Doctor the same year, finishing in the top 5% of his class. His transcripts are available to the public.
As Governor of Massachusetts, Romney didn’t approve any general hikes in tax rates, but he did increase fees and close tax loopholes, which raised an extra $750 million, per year, for State coffers. Meaning the people who obtained specific licenses and permits paid a little more for them, and the general public was no longer required to subsidize activities they didn’t partake in. Works for me.
Mitt Romney saved the 2002 Winter Olympic Games; he refused his salary and donated $1 million of his own money to the cause. He turned a $379 million deficit into a $100 million profit. America could REALLY use some of that, right now.
Mitt Romney is his own man, with a string of Business and Political successes and many years of Executive experience, in both arenas. THAT is why I’m voting for him.
What more could we ask for in a President, today?