For the most part I have focused my attention on the fad candidates running for the Republican presidential nominee due to the fact that I cannot get enough of the radicalism that keeps coming out of their mouths and how adorable and passionate Ron Paul is, but since it seems like Mitt Romney is not going away any time soon I have decided to do a little research about him and figure out the factual basis for why I don’t like him instead of casting him aside due to the fact that he is freakishly boring. I understand he is trying to keep his image squeaky clean in preparation to take on the alleged dirt throwing Obama campaign in the general election, but when all of his opponents are pretty much clinically insane it is pretty hard to keep any real attention on trying to remember his campaign positions. That or he flip-flops so much there is no way to tell what he currently is in favor of. None the less the time has come for me to learn about this extremely dull individual so that I can understand what he is really all about.
One of the most important aspects of a politician’s campaign is their stance on taxes. Whether a person agrees with where their money is going or not, it is important to understand how much of it will be taken to keep the government running. Romney plans to keep the income tax at its current level and eliminate the death tax as well as “taxes for taxpayers with AGI below $200,000 on interest, dividends, and capital gains”. In comparison to Paul’s desire to eliminate the income tax all together, which is pretty unrealistic at a time when the United States debt is so extreme, Romney seems to understand that no matter how limited you want government to be, taxes are always going to be necessary part of life as at United States citizen. Sadly this understanding does not extend to corporate taxes. Based on the past behavior of many powerful companies, lowering this tax will not lead to more revenue being used to hire new workers or give existing employees higher pay checks. According to Milwaukee Magazine, national CEOs paychecks are 14.6 times higher than they were in 1985 while national workers only saw their income multiple by 2.4 in the same time period. Apparently Romney has not seen this data because he continues to believe that lowering corporate taxes by 10% is just what companies need to spur them into a hiring overload. If this were the case all of the corporations that have figured out how to escape the current 35% tax entirely would have made a dent in unemployment already. Before our government can even consider lowering the corporate tax they need to make it a functional, serious system so that we can see how it is actually supposed to function and then assess if cuts would make corporations more beneficial to the entire population.
Another corporate-world concern that Romney’s past brings to the table is the limited success of some of his work for Bain Capitol. While he was not afraid to take risks when he invested in start-up companies, hoping they would take off and eventually make Bain Capitol loads of money, some of his private-equity investments were not as successful and resulted in bankruptcies and job losses. The United States needs a president who can not only save our country from our present economic crisis, but also develop a system that will ensure infinite stability in the United States. Short-term positive changes will make Romney look like the absolute cure for the country’s problems in the eyes of many citizens, but if his programs and solutions cannot withstand the test of time it may create more problems for future generations especially if long-term effects are not analyzed and considered.
Due to the current economic crisis in the United States and around the globe it may seem necessary to elect an experienced businessman to lead the country out of these dark times, but voters cannot forget about the importance of foreign policy experience or at least a realistic understanding of world relations. Upcoming foreign policy decisions will impact global interest and attitude towards nuclear weapons as well as dictate how much money will continue to be taken away from education and other social programs. Instead of reevaluating where the defense budget is being spent, Romney has simply criticized Obama’s budget cuts and wants to increase Navy ship building and reinstate cuts to missile defense in order to defend against nuclear attacks on the United States. This seems like all of the money he plans to save by cutting Obama’s regulations would then be spent on defense spending thus not really lowering government spending. Romney also believes that military action is an option in Iran, which actually would create a much more dangerous situation. If Iran thinks that the United States is a military threat to them they will put more energy into protecting their nation. The United States needs a less attack focused president who does not present the government as a global policing nation that will try to regulate the actions of independent countries.
Despite his altered positions on issues like the use of economic stimulus packages, abortion and health care or the fact that Rick Santorum actually gave Romney a run for his money when he came in second only by 8 votes in the Iowa Caucus last week, as expected Romney finished strong in New Hampshire and took the election 16 points ahead of Ron Paul. He also has received endorsements from John McCain, Chris Christie, Bob Dole and the Governor of South Carolina which is the type of big name support a candidate typically needs to move on to the general election. This seems like one of those walks like a politician, talks like a politician, looks like a politician, must be a qualified politician moment, but he may not have the personal strength or strong character to be the leader of the United States. It is not just the fact that he seems a little more modest when it comes to firmly presenting his stance on the issues and what he will actually do as president when compared to the energetic statements coming from Ron Paul during debates and on the campaign trail. Romney simply lacks the charisma needed to draw voters in and really want to succeed like Paul’s young supporters display in a way that resembles the popularity Obama had in 2008.
As I said before, if you can’t engage with his speeches enough to learn his stance on the issues you will be less likely to research him and feel like he has a plan of attack which the United States so badly needs. In my opinion he seems like another pawn going to the White House to further the status quo that needs to be shaken up, reevaluated and restructured with a fresh, possibly radical mind-set — but I always take a liking to someone with a little spunk and craziness and cannot stand fake squares who are afraid of taking a stance and be their own person. He may be getting the votes because most people believe that he is more likely to beat Obama in the general election, but replacing Obama is not the only important quality to look for in a candidate. The next president of the United States needs to be ready to look at real solutions no matter how tough they maybe. Who that will be or what the future holds for the United States is completely unknown….and I guess that is part of the reason I am so enthralled in the entire process.