Update: Mitt Romney will not appear at campus conference this fall. Read more here
Let’s get ready to Romney! So states the standout headlines at Bwog.net – Columbia University’s go-to campus blog newsletter. It’s a catchy way to announce that it’s Columbia’s turn to host the Millennium Campus Conference next month (September 17th-19th) and Governor Mitt Romney will be a featured speaker:
Great news for fans of ridiculously good looking Republicans–former Massachusetts Governor and 2012 GOP presidential candidate front-runner Mitt Romney will be speaking at Columbia mid-September.
Romney will be speaking at the Millennium Campus Conference, a gathering of 1,000 or so student leaders and leading minds for a candid discussion on matters of sustainable international development. Chuck Roberts, CC’12 and executive director of the event, confirms that Romney will speak on “matters relating to global education and volunteerism.”
Roberts said organizers were looking for an alternative voice to more Democratic-leaning speakers, and Romney may be able to offer “an alternative view from a party you might not necessarily expect.”
A consortium of Boston-area schools put the 2008 program together, though Roberts said Columbia students primarily organized this year’s conference. Organizers are also trying to involve other New York schools, and registration opened last week.
Roberts said there are a few big names invited that have yet to reply– he wouldn’t give names, though he said he was planning to travel to D.C. to meet with a couple of potential speakers. He hopes their current line-up will help draw more interest, both from students and possible lecturers.
(emphasis mine) As presidential candidates, Barack Obama and John McCain also spoke at Columbia on September 11, 2008. Although it will be interesting to see other big names that may be included on the program, Governor Romney, a fervent advocate for education reform and admirable exemplar of volunteerism, is sure to deliver an insightful speech – one that will be Millennium Conference memorable.
NOTE: Those wishing to attend the conference are encouraged to register now. Click here for information.
Today, Mitt Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC added two Missouri candidates to its previously announced slate of endorsements in the state.
Vicky Hartzler: Vicky Hartzler, a former state representative, is now running to represent the 4th Congressional District of Missouri. For more information about her and her campaign, visit www.vickyhartzler.com.
Billy Long: Billy Long, a successful small businessman, is now running to represent the 7th Congressional District of Missouri. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.billylongforcongress.com.
The PAC also announced that is sending Billy Long and Vicky Hartzler each a $2,500 contribution toward their respective Congressional campaigns.
“Rather than enacting pro-growth policies that will put people back to work and turn around our economy, politicians in Washington are instead focused on growing the size of government. We need leaders like Vicky Hartzler and Billy Long who will stand up to the Washington culture of higher spending, higher taxes, and higher debt. The road to taking back our majority in Congress runs through Missouri, and I am proud to stand with them today,” said Romney.
These are the second wave of Missouri endorsements announced this year by the PAC. The PAC has previously endorsed the following Missouri candidates:
• Congressman Roy Blunt, who won his primary election last week, and is running for U.S. Senate;
• Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson, who won her primary election last week, and is running for reelection in Missouri’s 8th Congressional District;
• Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer, who won his primary election last week, and is running for reelection in Missouri’s 9th Congressional District;
• Congressman Sam Graves, who won his primary election last week, and is running for reelection in Missouri’s 6th Congressional District;
• Ed Martin, a community leader and public servant, who won his primary election last week, and is running to represent Missouri’s 3rd Congressional District; and
• Tom Schweich, a former U.S. Ambassador, prosecutor, law enforcement official, and author, who won his primary election last week, and is running for Missouri State Auditor.
Take a moment to learn more about these two great candidates:
Former teacher, Vicky Hartzler
Tweet today from Vicky Hartzler:
Honored to receive Mitt Romney’s endorsement today! He’s supporting conservatives who will stand up to Washington! Onward!
Small businessman, Billy Long
UPDATE: Tweet from BillyIsFEDUP (Billy Long)
Thanks to Mitt Romney for his endorsement and $2,500 contribution in our Congressional bid as the GOP nominee in MO7 – Thanks Mitt!!!
Romney has really put his muscle into helping conservatives get elected this fall. While supporting our favorite candidates, let’s continue to support his Free and Strong America PAC. Every little bit helps. Click here to donate. Thank you!
Wolfeboro, New Hampshire and scenic shores of Lake Winnipesaukee
Guess who the Special Guest is at the New Hampshire Republican State Committee’s fundraiser tomorrow, August 12th? That’s right – Granite State resident, Governor Mitt Romney. Billed as an Evening on the Lake Reception, the event will be held at a private home in Tuftonboro, not far from Wolfeboro where Romney lives. The fun begins at dusk (5:30 PM - 7:30 PM).
Earlier this summer, in what looked like another move towards a possible run for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, Romney donated $20,000 to the Republican Party of New Hampshire. According to a state GOP spokesman, Romney’s contributed $30,000 since the beginning of this election cycle.
New Hampshire plays a crucial role in presidential politics, as its primary historically kicks off the presidential primary season.[...]
Through his Free and Strong America PAC, Romney has endorsed over 100 Republican candidates so far this 2010 midterm election cycle. [...]
Romney also helped raise money for the NH GOP when he delivered the keynote address for New Hampshire’s House Republican Victory PAC fundraiser on August 5th – you know, the one where he drove his truck to get there…(Why, the audacity! The impertinence! How dare he be a regular truck-driving citizen in the free land of America?!)
Tuftonboro, NH, where the Evening on the Lake Reception is being held, is about six miles from Wolfeboro, where Mitt and Ann live. With their well-known love for Lake Winnepesaukee and its small-town ambience, it’s no surprise they are enjoying the beauty of their surroundings through the summer. I hope Mitt rolls up to the ‘reception on the lake’ behind the steering wheel of his truck -with dings, scratches, and the usual stray leaves and skiffs of dirt in its bed – just to be his regular self and further the ambience…
WOLFEBORO – Here, Romney’s just one of the crowd…
Save for the time two summers ago that Mitt Romney and his sons used Jet Skis to rescue a family of sinking boaters, the Massachusetts governor and potential presidential candidate has generally kept a low profile when visiting his summer home, out at the end of Clark Point.
He’s a regular at a couple of local businesses and has been known to ride his bicycle to Bailey’s Bubble for ice cream on Saturday nights.
“He doesn’t jump out and say, ‘Here I am, world,’” said Bob Hughes, the local real estate broker who sold Romney his house. “He very much fits into the community without raising a fuss. It’s fun to see him in town.”
Paul Skowron, the Wolfeboro town manager, lives up the block from Romney, in a Cape-style house on Greenleaf. “From my perspective, the family has been friendly, the family has been courteous,” Skowron said. “When they first moved to the neighborhood, they took the opportunity to introduce themselves to as many people as they could.”
Romney slips into town with relative ease, since his home is a mile and a half from the center by car or bike and a more direct route by boat. He can be seen at Bradley’s Hardware on Railroad Avenue once or twice a weekend, the employees said.
“He’s a very, very friendly person,” said Jim Savage, who works at Bradley’s. “If you didn’t know who he was, you wouldn’t realize he was there. He comes in ratty jeans and a T-shirt and just blends with everybody else.”
Here’s a video someone made which captures the beauty and down-home feel of life at Lake Winnipesaukee – gives a jeans ‘n T-shirt taste of why Mitt and Ann love this place. Skip ahead to 1:38. (I saw a few trucks, too!):
A peek at Wolfeboro, NH:
Lake Winnipesaukee was known by native Americans as ‘Smile of the Great Spirit’.
To glimpse picturesque Wolfeboro in the winter, click here.
Governor Romney, thanks for the extraordinary fundraising, speeches, and behind-the-scenes work you’re doing to help elect conservatives this fall. Hope you and Ann continue to enjoy a regular jeans ‘n T-shirt Wolfeboro summer. And, from all of us at MRC, give your truck a pat on the hood…
It was a pleasure to receive this tweet (including a Twitpic link) from Mitt Romney this morning:
Welcome to the world! Jonathan George Romney, Grandchild number 15.
What a sweet little guy! (A happy Grandpa, too!)
Young sweethearts, Ann & Mitt
The love story between Mitt and Ann Romney (which began when they were teenagers), their committed, vibrant marriage, sons Tagg, Matt, Josh, Ben, and Craig, five remarkable daughters-in-law, and their resulting growing, happy family is solid testament to their deeply-rooted belief in family values.
Conservatism has had from its inception a vigorously positive, intellectually rigorous agenda and thinking. That agenda should have in it my three pillars: strengthen the economy, strengthen our security, and strengthen our families. ~Mitt Romney
Taking a look back, when Governor Romney announced his presidential candidacy on February 13, 2007, the Romney family tree was graced with 10 grandchildren:
Romney family, Ford Museum, Detroit, Michigan 2/13/10
Love of family is very evident in Ann Romney’s face in this next photo which was taken August 26, 2007. While speaking at a meeting of the Florida Republican Women’s Network in Orlando, she cleverly introduced her family through a series a photos. Son Josh, his wife, and children are shown in the photo she is holding.
“This is a family affair that we’re involved in.” ~Ann Romney
Congratulations to the entire Romney family on the latest addition of Jonathan George to their family tree!
The former Massachusetts governor, no surprise, leads the pack of 2012 hopefuls who have donated to the state party [NH] and state GOP candidates. Romney has donated already $30,000 to the state party, Williams said. Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is the next biggest contributor of the group with $5,000.[...]
Romney has also given $7,500 to other local and state special election candidates in New Hampshire, and $1,000 to Chris Sununu, who is running for the state party’s executive council. Chris Sununu is the son of state party chairman John Sununu, a former governor.
What seems to have caught the attention of a few observers was how Gov Romney arrived at and departed the event:
We all know how important a politician’s choice of car has become.
Deval Patrick’s Cadillac – not good. Scott Brown’s pickup truck – very good. And maybe it’s a coincidence, but when Mitt Romney arrived to a private fundraiser in Manchester on Thursday night, he wasn’t being driven around in his usual SUV, he was all alone in his very own pickup.
To be fair, the truck is not just a political prop. Judging by all the scratches, he uses it a lot, but it certainly fits the image he’s trying to shape for the next campaign.
I guess silly season starts early.
Gov Romney is simply a down-to-earth great guy; he’s known for a fervor for hard work, his generous nature, and a willingness to roll up his sleeves to lend a hand to those in need. His wife, Ann, has also told us about his penchant for helping around the house and for nitty-gritty outdoor work. He hasn’t got a lazy bone in his body. It looks like he’s got a truck that’s been put to good use and it can keep up with him!
Governor Romney, keep the wheels rollin’ for the conservative cause!
Romney brushes aside the Scott Brown comparison. “I’m going out to my place in Lake Winnipesaukee,” he says. “I have got to pull a trailer for my wife over the weekend, so the truck pulls the trailer.” Eric Fehrnstrom, Romney’s spokesman, tells the AP that if Romney runs again, he’ll take an RV — the “Mitt Mobile” leftover from his 2008 presidential run — over the truck.
“Diane Black’s blend of experience as a small business owner and a conservative Tennessee legislator make her the type of person we need in Washington. She will fight every day to put people back to work, decrease the federal deficit and get our economy back on track.” – Gov Romney
TN State Senator Diane Black
State Senator Black is a small business owner and has worked in the medical field as a nurse for over forty years. She and husband, David, are parents of three grown children; six grandchildren round out the family tree.
Black’s Campaign press release (in its entirety):
Black Endorsed By Mitt Romney
Romney endorses Senator Diane Black in Sixth District
GALLATIN, TN – Tennessee State Senator Diane Black was honored to receive the endorsement today from former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. Romney, a well-recognized leader in Republican politics and a strong conservative leader, has endorsed Black in Tennessee’s Sixth District Congressional Republican Primary.
“I am very honored to receive the endorsement of one of the most respected voices in the conservative movement and in national Republican circles,” said Black. “Romney’s background in business, and his leadership in the Republican Party is well known, and I am pleased he has lent his name and his experience to my campaign.”
“Diane Black’s blend of experience as a small business owner and a conservative Tennessee legislator make her the type of person we need in Washington. She will fight every day to put people back to work, decrease the federal deficit and get our economy back on track,” said Mitt Romney.
Mitt Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC (www.FreeStrongAmerica.com) supports officeholders and candidates who are dedicated to advancing social, fiscal and foreign policies that will strengthen America at this critical time in the nation’s history. Romney bases his endorsements on core principles such as uncompromised military strength, a belief in the power of free markets, lower taxes, smaller government, as well as strong families.
Ad for Black:
Another ad for Black:
Interesting note: Newt Gingrich has endorsed an opponent of Diane Black – Republican Jim Tracy. Learn more about Black here.
“Rather than focusing on putting people back to work and enacting policies that will restore our economy, too many of our leaders are instead focused on growing the size of government. It is more important than ever that we elect leaders who will say no to the Washington culture of higher spending, higher taxes, and higher debt, and that is why I am endorsing these candidates today,” said Romney.
Senator Richard Burr: Richard Burr currently serves as a U.S. Senator in North Carolina and is running for reelection. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.burrforsenate.com.
Congressman Howard Coble: Howard Coble currently represents the 6th Congressional District of North Carolina and is running for reelection. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.cobleforcongress.com.
Congresswoman Virginia Foxx: Virginia Foxx currently represents the 5th Congressional District of North Carolina and is running for reelection. For more information about her and her campaign, visit www.virginiafoxx.com.
Harold Johnson: Harold Johnson, a former broadcast journalist, is now running to represent the 8th Congressional District of North Carolina. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.voteharoldjohnson.com.
Jeff Miller: Jeff Miller, a businessman and community leader, is now running to represent the 11th Congressional District of North Carolina. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.jeffmiller2010.com.
The PAC also announced that is sending Senator Burr a $5,000 contribution toward his Senate campaign, and that it is sending Congressman Coble, Congresswoman Foxx, Johnson, and Miller each a $2,500 contribution toward their respective Congressional campaigns.
These endorsements are another in a series of state rollouts of the PAC’s 2010 endorsements, which are aimed at electing conservative candidates who will work to lower taxes and spending, restore commonsense principles to healthcare and get our economy moving again. As part of this program, Romney’s PAC also has announced endorsements in Ohio, Missouri, California, Pennsylvania, Hawaii, Nevada, Illinois, Georgia, Texas, Indiana, Idaho, New Mexico, Virginia, Florida, North Dakota, South Carolina, Utah, Maine, South Dakota, and New Jersey.
Take a tour of the ‘The Tar Heel State’ in 3:24 minutes by clicking here.
Help Governor Romney support conservatives! Click here to donate to Free and Strong America PAC.
With mid-term elections pushing presidential considerations into the ask-me-later department (according to potential presidential candidates), and twists and turns still to be taken on the thoroughfare to the White House 2012, this is still good to hear:
Former Bay State Gov. Mitt Romney has the best shot at unseating President Obama in 2012, trailing the commander-in-chief by just two points in a new national poll.
The Zogby poll of 8,487 likely voters showed Obama slightly besting Romney 45 to 43 percent. Romney has yet to say if he’s running again but the venture capitalist has been traveling the country raising money for Republicans and handing out endorsements in state races.
The president would fare far better against Sarah Palin, garnering 48 percent of the vote to Palin’s 37. And Obama would beat former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee 46 to 37, the poll found.
Mitt and Ann Romney greet crowd at Ronald Reagan Library May 25, 2010
Addendum by Nate:
Nice little news report from NECN about the Zogby poll:
ADRIAN, Mich. – Adrian College is pleased to announce the opening of the George Romney Institute for Law and Public Policy which will take place this fall. The Institute is named in honor of the late George Romney who served as the 43rd governor of Michigan from 1963 to 1969.
Former governor of Michigan, presidential candidate and past Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in President Nixon’s cabinet, George Romney had a special relationship with Adrian College. He visited the campus numerous times. In 1968, he made a stop on his campaign trail to reelection of governor, and spoke to 600 students who gathered on short notice just to hear what he had to say as it was a defining time in our nation’s history.
Romney, who ended up winning reelection in a landslide a short time later, asked those students to “consider doing something valuable for mankind or face the possibility of losing the liberties and values you hold dear.”
A few years later, Mr. Romney gave the commencement speech to 245 graduates in 1974. During that address, Mr. Romney stated that it was most important to “take our citizenship seriously, that we work for a better, more responsible government.”
His words ring true almost 40 years later and the College, along with the Romney family, will help to instill these values with the new Institute.
This Institute, joins the four others launched recently and will work to weave legal and public policy considerations into the academic fabric of Adrian College.
The Institute director is Professor Nathan Goetting, an assistant professor in the department of sociology, social work and criminal justice, specializing in jurisprudence.
“It is a privilege to have been named Director of the George Romney Institute for Law and Public Policy, Adrian College’s first endowed institute,” said Goetting. “Cultivating a deeper understanding of public affairs is an essential part of the college experience.”
He says that the Institute will help provide students with the intellectual foundation and practical skills they need to succeed in law school, graduate school or simply as informed and active citizens.
Governor Romney shared a close and loving relationship with his father and credits him with teaching him how to work hard. Both parents taught Mitt the value of charitable work and service. I’m sure he and all of his family are very pleased that George Romney has been memorialized thusly.
George and Lenore Romney and members of their family at their home in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. From left, daughter Jane Robinson with Gregory, 1, son-in-law Larry Keenan with 2-month-old daughter Susan; son-in-law Bruce Robinson; son Mitt, 14; daughter Lynn Keenan holding son Brett, 2; Lenore Romney holding grandson 2-month-old Douglas Robinson; and George Romney with granddaughter Jody Keenan, 3. Not shown is the Romneys’ son Scott, who was serving a church mission in England.
Mitt Romney (R), with boyhood friend Tom McCaffrey (center), cousin Steve Hayward (L)
Unless Americans usher a new Congress into office this fall, Obama’s redistribute-the-wealth-bankrupt-America agenda will likely smother our wheezing jobless economic recovery. The Bush tax cuts breathe their last at midnight on December 31, 2010:
Fiscal Policy: Many voters are looking forward to 2011, hoping a new Congress will put the country back on the right track. But unless something’s done soon, the new year will also come with a raft of tax hikes — including a return of the death tax — that will be real killers.
Through the end of this year, the federal estate tax rate is zero — thanks to the package of broad-based tax cuts that President Bush pushed through to get the economy going earlier in the decade.
But as of midnight Dec. 31, the death tax returns — at a rate of 55% on estates of $1 million or more. The effect this will have on hospital life-support systems is already a matter of conjecture.
Resurrection of the death tax, however, isn’t the only tax problem that will be ushered in Jan. 1. Many other cuts from the Bush administration are set to disappear and a new set of taxes will materialize. And it’s not just the rich who will pay.
The lowest bracket for the personal income tax, for instance, moves up 50% — to 15% from 10%. The next lowest bracket — 25% — will rise to 28%, and the old 28% bracket will be 31%. At the higher end, the 33% bracket is pushed to 36% and the 35% bracket becomes 39.6%.
But the damage doesn’t stop there.
The marriage penalty also makes a comeback, and the capital gains tax will jump 33% — to 20% from 15%. The tax on dividends will go all the way from 15% to 39.6% — a 164% increase.
Both the cap-gains and dividend taxes will go up further in 2013 as the health care reform adds a 3.8% Medicare levy for individuals making more than $200,000 a year and joint filers making more than $250,000. Other tax hikes include: halving the child tax credit to $500 from $1,000 and fixing the standard deduction for couples at the same level as it is for single filers.
Letting the Bush cuts expire will cost taxpayers $115 billion next year alone, according to the Congressional Budget Office, and $2.6 trillion through 2020.
A few other areas where tax changes will occur include: The Medicine Cabinet Tax, HSA Withdrawal Tax Hikes, Brand Name Drug Tax, Economic Substance Doctrine, and the widening net of Alternative Minimum Tax – tax hikes on employers and the loss of deductions for tuition. Click here to read more on this tax nightmare. Read more here.
A VAT is a sales tax imposed on every level of a product’s path from production to consumption. It already exists in Europe and many other struggling countries around the world. It’s a sneaky sucker, too, since it’s essentially built in ahead of time and doesn’t show up on a receipt like a sales tax would. If a VAT were in place that iPad you just bought would be $600 instead of $500.
A VAT would pull in massive revenues. Just think: a 10% VAT would produce 1 trillion in revenues. Cash register sounds go off in the minds of every leftist that hears it.
Obama and the Democrats are spending SO much that they’ll be forced to invoke a VAT. They are creating a crisis so that they can solve it with a mechanism that will serve as the catalyst for future spending on their massive government programs.
And even though our president said he wouldn’t raise taxes on 95% of Americans while he was on the campaign trail, this move would raise taxes on everyone.
What Obama will say is that he is putting together a commission to find a way to pay down our country’s maxed out credit card.
Expect that commission to recommend the VAT tax after the 2010 midterm elections. By then, we’ll be on the verge of Greece-like catastrophe and we’ll have no choice but to impose a VAT. But only one that will, coincidentally, go into effect after the 2012 presidential election.
Mr. Geithner said there is “still some uncertainty about how strong the recovery is going to be,” which may be impacting spending decisions by businesses and individuals. But he discounted that as a reason to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for top earners, saying most private forecasts show moderate economic growth and increasing public confidence in the recovery.
No wonder Poll numbers for Obama are slippery sliding into the rocks; 27% of the nation’s voters strongly approve of his presidential performance and 44% strongly disapprove. Obama has a Presidential Approval Index rating of -17. More and more of his supporters are beginning to feel like this (go full screen and crank up your speakers):
“The Democratic Party is obsessed with spending more, borrowing more, and taxing more, all of which sap our national strength. ~Mitt Romney