Entrepreneurs for Romney (They Built That)

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Building America One Small Biz at a Time (Click to view larger image)

Meet My Family: by Carrie Yost

Meet my family. Each us are entrepreneurs. Most of us have several employees.

We wanted to share our message, simple as it may be, to potential voters in the upcoming election. Obama’s regulations and impending ObamaCare tax have killed many small businesses like us. When we built our small companies it was with great hope and desire that America would be for us, what it was for our parents… A land of promise and free enterprise. What we see now as young business entrepreneurs, is a bleak future filled with uncertainty.

We plead with the voters of the United States to realize that small companies like ours, are the framework of this nation and employ millions upon millions of Americans. If we continue to fail, so do all Americans. As a family we implore you realize the consequences of this election. Businesses like ours have struggled to keep our doors open for the past four years, we can’t be sure they will last another four under the current administration. Please Vote for the man who will EMPOWER small business, who UNDERSTANDS small business, who REALIZES our potential for good in America.

As a family, we have all undergone immense amounts of risk to start these companies, worked twice as long as the average American to get them off the ground, sometimes not taking a paycheck to make sure our employees are covered before our own needs are met. But even with all that work, we cannot succeed with a government who continues to take the revenues we need to invest and grow our companies. Let us grow, let us offer Americans more opportunities for employment.. allow us pay our employees better. Everyone wins when we have a thriving private sector, and that’s a truth that we know Romney/Ryan understand.

Our family proudly stands with Mitt.

Please join us.

Obama’s Math Mish-Mash, Romney’s Expertise, Speaks on ECONOMY in Ames, Iowa

Mitt Romney has criss-crossed the nation many times listening to and speaking with small business owners and everyday Americans deeply concerned about the economy. He’s pictured at such a meeting at Brewery Bar IV on June 19, 2011 in Aurora, Colorado. (Photo – John Moore/Getty)

A couple of nights ago, President Obama admitted his MATH challenges to Jay Leno. Do you think his deficiencies just might have something to do with his economic challenges? Like his bullheaded thinking that government is the engine behind America’s economy? (Notice: I did not use Obama’s “bull******” word.) What about his failure to understand that continually spending more than we take in has put us on the rickety road to ruin? Does his aversion to arithmetic prevent him from grasping that he’s added almost as much debt held by the public as all prior American presidents in history? How about the President’s choking on things like, oh… say, a FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BUDGET?

Take a look:

Leno: Here’s Samantha from Colorado: “When you help your daughters with their homework, is there a a subject you struggle with?”
Obama: Well, the math stuff I was fine with up until about seventh grade.
Leno: Yeah.
Obama: But Malia is now a freshman in high school and — I’m pretty lost.
Obama: Fortunately, they’re great students on their own. and, you know, if something doesn’t work, I’ll call over to the Department of Energy and see if they have a physicist to come over.

How about we call Mayflower moving company and get the math mish-masher out of the White House? We’ve got someone running for president whose passion for numbers, economic analysis, and results is part of his DNA. Undergirding it all is his passion for helping people. It’s helped him turn around failing businesses, a state in trouble, and an entire troubled winter Olympics.

How did Romney learn so much about numbers, economic analysis, and business? Glad you asked! Here’s how:

Romney attended Stanford University for a year before serving 30 months as a missionary for his church. He then headed to BYU (where Ann was attending) to study English and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Mitt wanted to pursue a business career, but his Dad advised him that a law degree would be helpful to him, even if he didn’t become a lawyer. So, he enrolled in a grueling, newly-formed, joint four-year Doctor/Master of Business Administration program coordinated by Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School. It was a rigorous, dual course of study. (He and Ann were married by then and were busy parents to two small children. Ann also determinedly finished her undergraduate work by taking night courses at Harvard University Extension School. In 1975, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in French language from BYU.) With hard work, discipline, and dedication, Romney graduated in 1975 cum laude from the law school in the top third of the class. He was named a Baker Scholar for graduating in the top five percent in his business school class.

★ Also worth noting: We’ve got a vice-presidential candidate, Congressman Paul Ryan, who also runs arithmetic circles around Obama and Biden.

You’ll like this: Romney for President today launched four excellent new videos on SterlingBusinessCareer.com. It’s a NEW website highlighting Governor Romney’s successful achievements in the private sector. When you stop by, you’ll hear from folks who worked at businesses benefitting from Romney’s work. Romney for President says, to date, the campaign has released 17 different videos documenting The Gov’s private-sector experience. The videos have been viewed over 125,000 times.

Here’s one of the new vidoes: ‘Uniquely Qualified’

Learn more about Romney’s record of building, fixing, and growing business; see the other three new videos here.

If you missed it, Romney delivered a fantastic economic speech today in Ames, Iowa. Watch it here!

★ While Romney was standing with a stalwart crowd of patriotic Americans in blustery, chilly Iowa today, speaking on matters of great importance, and while further incriminating news about Benghazi was breaking, President Obama put on his suit to rock with MTV host Sway Calloway. No calling in (like he does for those pesky security council meetings); MTV deserved his presence! Listen to this hard-hitting question and how Obama rambles trying to give a presidential answer:

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Now, contrast that with Romney’s speech today. Here’s a helpful transcript:

Ann Romney: “The people hurt the most by this economy have been women” (VIDEO)

Ann Romney , wife of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, speaks at her first solo campaign rally ‘Women for Mitt’ in Findlay, OH on Sept 5, 2012.

Yesterday, FOX News’ Neil Cavuto was lucky enough to have Ann Romney on his show ‘Your World. If you’re like me, any time I get to see Ann the sun shines a little brighter.

Cavuto asked Ann about the election, women’s vote, Governor Romney coming under attack for commenting on unrest in the Middle East, upcoming debates, her knock-out convention speech, and more:


“This is going to be an economic election… The people that have been hurt the most by this economy have been women. They have higher unemployment rates than men. There are more women going into poverty – since the last 40 years.” – Ann Romney

Ann reassured listeners that Governor Romney “gets it”. He will focus on restoring jobs and better paying jobs for women and Americans, and he’ll tackle America’s deficit woes so the unthinkable won’t happen – forcing America’s children and grandchildren to pay for our current outrageous, wasteful excesses.

If you missed Ann’s wonderful, engaging speech on September 5th at the ‘Women for Mitt’ rally in Findlay, Ohio have a listen here.

Cincinnati.com – Sept 5, 2012:

FINDLAY — Ann Romney fired back Wednesday at critics who have accused husband Mitt Romney of being out of touch with average Americans, saying her own bout with multiple sclerosis taught the family what it means to suffer and lose hope.

When people say that we’ve led a charmed life and we don’t relate to people that are having trouble, I want to remind you that I’ve been in a very dark place, and I know what it is like to have no hope,” Mrs. Romney said at a rally for women supporting her husband, the Republican presidential candidate, at the University of Findlay in Ohio. “So believe me when I tell you these words: We are there for you because we know what it feels like.”

She described her struggle with the disease, which coincided with her family’s move to Utah so her husband could oversee preparations for the 2002 Winter Olympics there. She said she lost the use of her right side and had problems getting out of bed, but said that despite initial second thoughts the move turned out well.

“Sometimes when you take a risk like that and you just go and do what you know is the right thing to do, sometimes God looks over you,” she said.

Mrs. Romney has been in remission for years.

I’m telling you, the woman has a gift. Ann speaks with such friendly ease one doesn’t want her to stop.

Ann, keep up the great work and keep telling it like it is!

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Romney’s NEW OP-ED: What I Learned at Bain Capital

Mitt Romney at Bain

Romney Economics! Investing in Companies and Creating Jobs.

The original may be found on yesterday’s Wall Street Journal editorial page.

The back-to-school season is here, and as parents take their children to shop for school supplies, I suspect that many of them will be visiting a Staples store. I’m very familiar with those stores because Staples is one of many businesses we helped create and expand at Bain Capital, a firm that my colleagues and I built. The firm succeeded by growing and fixing companies.

The lessons I learned over my 15 years at Bain Capital were valuable in helping me turn around the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. They also helped me as governor of Massachusetts to turn a budget deficit into a surplus and reduce our unemployment rate to 4.7%. The lessons from that time would help me as president to fix our economy, create jobs and get things done in Washington.

A broad message emerges from my Bain Capital days: A good idea is not enough for a business to succeed. It requires a talented team, a good business plan and capital to execute it. That was true of companies we helped start, like Staples and the Bright Horizons child-care provider, and several of the struggling companies we helped turn around, like the Brookstone retailer and the contact-lens maker Wesley Jessen.

My presidency would make it easier for entrepreneurs and small businesses to get the investment dollars they need to grow, by reducing and simplifying taxes; replacing Obamacare with real health-care reform that contains costs and improves care; and by stemming the flood of new regulations that are tying small businesses in knots.

My business experience confirmed my belief in empowering people. For example, at Bain Capital we bought Accuride, a company that made truck rims and wheels, because we saw untapped potential there. We instituted performance bonuses for the management team, which had a dramatic impact. The managers made the plants more productive, and the company started growing, adding 300 jobs while Bain was involved. My faith in people, not government, is at the foundation of my plan to strengthen America’s middle class.

I also saw firsthand through these investments how energy costs impact the ability of a business to grow. Today, energy costs are weighing on job creators across America because President Obama has limited energy exploration and restricted development in ways that sap economic performance, curtail growth, and kill jobs. I will take a sensible approach to tapping our energy resources, which will both create jobs and make energy more affordable for every sector of our economy.

In the 1990s, when the “old-technology” steel industry in the U.S. was failing, Bain Capital helped build a new steel company, Steel Dynamics, which has grown into one of the largest steel producers in America today, holding its own against Chinese producers. The key to its success? State-of-the-art new technology.

Here are two lessons from the Steel Dynamics story: First, innovation is essential to the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing. We are the most innovative, entrepreneurial nation in the world. To maintain that lead, we must give people the skills to succeed. My plan for a stronger middle class includes policies to give every family access to great schools and quality teachers, to improve access to higher education, and to attract and retain the best talent from around the world.

The second lesson is that we must have a level playing field in international trade. As president, I will challenge unfair trade practices that are harming American workers.

Running a business also brings lessons in tackling challenges. I was on the board of a medical diagnostic-laboratory company, Damon, when a competitor announced that it had settled with the government over a charge of fraudulent Medicare billing. I and fellow Damon outside board members joined together and immediately hired an independent law firm to examine Damon’s own practices.

The investigation revealed a need to make some changes, which we did. The company, along with several other clinical-laboratory companies, ended up being fined for billing practices. And a Damon manager who was responsible for the fraud went to jail. The experience taught me that when you see a problem, run toward it or it will only get worse.

That will be my approach to our federal budget problem. I am committed to capping federal spending below 20% of GDP and reducing nondefense discretionary spending by 5%. This will surely result in much wailing and gnashing of teeth in Washington. But a failure of leadership has created our debt crisis, and ducking responsibility will only cripple the economy and smother opportunity for our children and grandchildren.

I’m not sure Bain Capital could have grown or turned around some of the companies we invested in had we faced today’s anti-business environment. Andy Puzder, the chief executive of CKE Restaurants Inc., which employs about 21,000 people at Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s restaurants, has said that the “current unfriendly economic environment perhaps best explains why American companies are sitting on over $2 trillion which they could invest.”

President Obama has piled on excessive regulations, proposed massive tax increases, added more than $5 trillion in federal debt, and failed to address the coming fiscal cliff—all of which is miring our nation in sluggish growth and high unemployment.

I know what it takes to turn around difficult situations. And I will put that experience to work, to get our economy back on track, create jobs, strengthen the middle class and lay the groundwork for America’s increased competitiveness in the world.

A few comments from Paul Johnson, if you’ll indulge, about why what Mitt says is so important:

1. Mitt’s succeeded before. We have some serious problems, but Mitt has displayed an unusual ability to solve difficult issues. From his tenure at Bain, to establishing and turning around other companies, to turning around the Olympics, Mitt Romney knows success and how to replicate it. (more…)

The Death of Obama’s Campaign Will Prove to be Four Words

Kimberley Strassel of The Wall Street Journal wrote a brilliant piece this week about Mr. Obama’s insulting remarks to the millions of business owners of America. As I thought of President Obama’s sixty second statement from his speech, I could not think of anything worse he could have said to business creators. In my opinion, these words by Obama will prove to be the death of his campaign — that is saying a lot since he has made some serious commitments such as promising to bring unemployment down to 6.5% and cutting the national deficit in half. No statement of his compares though with his insulting words to business owners.

What’s the difference between a calm and cool Barack Obama, and a rattled and worried Barack Obama? Four words, it turns out.

“You didn’t build that” is swelling to such heights that it has the president somewhere unprecedented: on defense. Mr. Obama has felt compelled—for the first time in this campaign—to cut an ad in which he directly responds to the criticisms of his now-infamous speech, complaining his opponents took his words “out of context.”

“Out of context.” Hogwash! If you listen to the entire speech, there is no question where Obama’s heart and mind are on the topic of government and business. These statements by Barack Obama are the most revealing of the man to date. No matter what Obama does from this point forward, he will be unable to live down his impassioned words about how business creators owe their start and the building of their businesses to government. Strassel finishes out her weekly column here:

The Obama campaign’s bigger problem, both sides are now realizing, is that his words go beyond politics and are more devastating than the Romney complaints that Mr. Obama is too big-government oriented or has mishandled the economy. They raise the far more potent issue of national identity and feed the suspicion that Mr. Obama is actively hostile to American ideals and aspirations. Republicans are doing their own voter surveys, and they note that Mr. Obama’s problem is that his words cause an emotional response, and that they disturb voters in nearly every demographic.

It’s why Mr. Obama’s “out of context” complaints aren’t getting traction. The Republican National Committee’s response to that gripe was to run an ad that shows a full minute of Mr. Obama’s rant at the Roanoke, Va., campaign event on July 13. In addition to “you didn’t build that,” the president also put down those who think they are “smarter” or “work harder” than others. Witness the first president to demean the bedrock American beliefs in industriousness and exceptionalism. The “context” only makes it worse.

This gets to the other reason the Obama campaign is rattled: “You didn’t build that” threatens to undermine its own argument against Mr. Romney. Mr. Obama has been running on class warfare and the notion that Mr. Romney is a wealthy one-percenter out of touch with average Americans. Yet few things better symbolize the average American than a small-business owner. To the extent that Mr. Romney is positioning himself as champion of that little business guy and portraying Mr. Obama as something alien, he could flip the Obama narrative on its head.

It would be all the more potent were Mr. Romney to use “you didn’t build that” to launch his own economic narrative. One unexpected side effect of “you didn’t build that” is that it has emboldened the GOP to re-embrace and glory in free enterprise (so abused since the financial crash). And the president’s disparaging attack on business has also made voters more open to a defense of it.

I am convinced the only people that really want another four years with Barack Obama as president are those who truly feel entitled to other peoples’ money or those who still hang on to Obama’s original campaign theme of hope and change and who are completely oblivious to truth due to their unwillingness or inability to perform research.


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Obama’s “You Didn’t Build That!” Defining Moment – Govt Supreme or Govt Subordinate?

A Clear Choice

Thank you Barack Obama for waking up America and exposing who you really are, albeit through a small crack in the window! The internet is now abuzz with pictures and commentary about Obama’s comment, “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” Appreciating Mr. Obama’s statement, the contrast for America is a little clearer; for those on the fence, or those who have been wondering – they now have a better vision of the distinction between Governor Romney and Barack Obama. Even so, this is just the tip of the iceberg. If Obama talks unscripted long enough who knows what more he will reveal – keep talking!

Barack Obama – Recent Revelatory statements.

“If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

“Yes, there have been fierce arguments throughout our history between both parties about the exact size and role of government — some honest disagreements. But in the decades after World War II, there was a general consensus that the market couldn’t solve all of our problems on its own.”

“… Even my Republican friends who complain the most about government spending have supported federally financed roads and clean energy projects and federal offices for the folks back home. The point is, we should all want a smarter, more effective government.”

Only government can break the vicious cycles that are crippling our economy, where a lack of spending leads to lost jobs which leads to even less spending.”

We are either a society that empowers people and recognizes a government subordinate; a government that is of, by and for the people – or we are a society that believes government to be supreme and sovereign where the people are subordinate. It is America’s choice, and that choice is clear!

Surely there are many whose dependency upon government and want for entitlement will cause them to vote for Mr. Obama; but when we become a ‘purchased’ and/or ‘dependent’ society (in the majority) we will have lost our freedoms and liberty; we will have become oppressed, subordinate and held hostage to a failed and unsustainable society in bondage.

About the time our original thirteen states adopted their new constitution in 1787, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years earlier:

A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government.

A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury.

From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.

The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history has been about 200 years.

During those 200 years, those nations always progressed through the following sequence:

1. from bondage to spiritual faith;
2. from spiritual faith to great courage;
3. from courage to liberty;
4. from liberty to abundance;
5. from abundance to complacency;
6. from complacency to apathy;
7. from apathy to dependence;
8. from dependence back into bondage

This is our defining moment!

Although we have known that Barack Obama believes the solution to the ills of our society is bigger and more intrusive government, his actions reveal an even more destructive and socialistic agenda. Whether in his imperialistic edicts and czar appointments that obviate Congressional and Constitutional authority; overburdening society with untenable and oppressive debt; neutering and subordinating America on the world stage; fracturing society through heightened class warfare; or creating a “purchased or dependent society” through government largesse, in each instance Mr. Obama elevates his socialistic agenda. Clearly we can see in Obama’s recent comments that government is the solution to all ills, and this will wake up many in America. However, the challenge remains whether our society will see the depth of his destructive agenda? What is clear is what Obama wants for America is not what American’s want for America.

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Character, It Matters

We have a defining choice in November, and it is imperative that we become informed before committing to our decision; informed as to the character of those seeking the highest office in the land, for ‘character matters.’ The absence of principled character often results in negative consequences, the impact of which can seriously compromise that which matters most to our Nation and lead us down a path of decline. It doesn’t mean that everything will always go right or be easy, but in the difficult moments that come, and they have and will continue to come, character is what enables us to come through the trials with integrity, tutorial perspective and become better for the experience, individually or as a Nation. It is with principled character that we progress through trials with an ultimate positive result.

When pondering the question about who? We have to ask certain fundmental questions; for example: what are the defining and guiding principles that determine a person’s character? How and in what way is character manifest? Can I trust them to do what is right, or what I think is right. Character establishes the basis of trust; and we need to ‘trust’ our President. We need to trust him or her, to do what is right; to lead our Nation with integrity; to lead with principle and with character above reproach; we need him or her to lead with values that are consistent with our American ideals and values. We needn’t necessarily agree with them on all points, but we should agree with them on what matters to us; what we feel is important!

As we consider the two candidates for President of the United States, we should be wont to know their character; to know them as best as we are able before choosing who will secure our vote in November. Mark DeMoss, principal with the DeMoss Group, offered the following statement in his introduction of Mitt Romney when Governor Romney spoke to the 2012 graduating class of Liberty University. He said, “I was struck by the difference between knowing about someone and knowing them. You see you can know about someone simply by reading about him or her, but you can only know someone by spending time with them.” I agree with this statement completely, but it is difficult for every American to spend time with either Barack Obama or Mitt Romney. For most of us we are only able to glean insights through what we read about them, or what others might say who we have come to know and trust through personal experience, or by measuring our trust in them by and through observation over time. Another way we can come to know the candidates is by the company they keep, or observing their actions over time. Notice, I said actions, not just in the words they speak. The adage is true that states, “I can’t hear what you are saying because your actions speak more loudly.”

Why the company they keep? As individuals, or as a group, we tend to feel most comfortable associating with those most like us in key measurements; people with whom we share common values, ideals, and perspectives. We typically find discomfort being among those least like us in these key measurements. In fact, we most typically choose friends with whom we share similar core values. This point has been clearly illustrated in the current factions or divisions in our society. There are exceptions, but they are rare.

It is important that we spend time studying, reading and understanding the nature and character of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. In this regard, I am trying to remain objective, but knowing Mitt and Ann Romney personally, and having spent time with them in public and private moments, I acknowledge my bias.

Even so, there is plenty of material available to read to come to a better perspective of these two men. Of course we need to take into account (more…)

Romney Unplugged and Revealed (a comparative to Obama)

The choice between these two gentlemen is clear, as they are distinctly different candidates, in experience, in ideology, in capacity and integrity, and in seasoning. Although I have observed Barack Obama from afar and in the media (his advocates), I have known Governor Romney and seen him from a much closer vantage point. I know those that know him even more so, and without exception, he is as genuine, real and true to what matters to each of us. He is a valiant friend to those who know him and a caring and committed advocate for what is right. Some say he is a little quirky and/or corny, but he is who he is and stands uniquely qualified in his belief system and the principles that he espouses, to lead us as few have or can. In my experience there are certain key factors that define a great and successful leader and correspondingly, a great President. Below is what I see in Mitt Romney and, contrasted with Barack Obama, why he will be one of our finest Presidents.

Some key contrasts while applying the three constants noted in my previous post –

“Flattery and cunning words are the tools most often used to gain power, advantage, influence and control.”
“What you do speaks so loud; I cannot hear what you say.”
“By their fruits ye shall know them.”

Decision Making – Barack Obama is hesitant and indecisive, whereas Mitt Romney is decisive. It has been said that the cost of a mistake is far less than the cost borne of indecision. We have seen this evidenced during Barack Obama’s term, and America has borne the greater cost. A key to Mitt Romney’s success is his ability to assimilate information, determine a course forward and act thereon with confidence. Mitt Romney gathers information before making a decision as few can. He seems to have the innate ability to gather the just right information without gathering too much, and being able to make the right decision with appropriate foundation. While serving as Governor, a few on his staff had drawn a unanimous conclusion on a state project. When he heard their decision he queried if they were all agreed without dissension, to which they responded yes. He then charged them to bring in the strongest proponent against their position whereupon they addressed the issue and the decision was made. Mitt Romney is not myopic and pre-disposed to ignore critical or even contrary information. What he is disposed to do is make principled decisions based upon metrics and conservative values. He has done so throughout his life, both personally and professionally. Mitt Romney’s successes in business, government and philanthropy are grounded in his principled decision-making, and the disciplines employed therein have set him apart among his peers.

Wicked Smart – I can recall an instance a few years ago after returning from a business trip to China; I was talking with a friend about the trip and sharing an experience with a state-owned-enterprise that dominated the market in renewable energy turning waste into power. Mitt Romney had overheard the conversation, turned around and began to drill down on the details of the renewable energy venture. He was becoming very granular, wanting to know all of the metrics of the transaction. Such is his nature and capacity. Mitt Romney thrives on data, metrics and market dynamics as few can. His command of markets and business dynamics is like none that I have ever encountered, and I have encountered some of the top business minds around the world. I cannot see the same dynamic in Barack Obama.

Economic Experience – Barack Obama has no consequential experience in the economy and markets, whereas Mitt Romney has spent the majority of his career in the economy. Mitt Romney has garnered great wisdom and capacity as a result of his well of experience in business and economic markets. Such is what has enabled his successes in business. He questions everything and is a sponge when it comes to absorbing information; his retention is unparalleled.

Seasoned Executive/Leadership Experience – Barack Obama has had three years of first-time executive experience while on the job, whereas Mitt Romney has successfully led sizable private, public and philanthropic organizations for decades. Mitt Romney is comfortable, confident and without guile. He surrounds himself with the brightest and the best without concern for his own position or ego, and then leads by example. When the Olympic Games were mired in scandal and excess, Mitt Romney stepped in and set the standard without guile. As sponsorships and donations were waning and critically needed, he was first to make a sizable personal donation; when excesses were evident with lavish meals, he called meetings and brought in pizza; when traffic was stalled, he got out of his car and help direct traffic; when the weight of the crisis was overburdening, he clearly delineated a core path to success. To quote Mitt Romney, “the key to a successful turnaround is focus, focus, and focus.” If there was ever a time for critical focus by someone who has been there and done what is needed, it is now.

Business Successes – Given current economic climates, practical business experience would be an asset. Barack Obama has no business successes, whereas Mitt Romney has innumerable business successes. Mitt understands what it means to sign the front and back of a payroll check. Comparing Barack Obama’s public equity investments and failures to Mitt Romney’s private equity investments and successes offers interesting insights.

An interesting note not considered by many – Mitt Romney’s self-made business successes have created personal wealth estimated at $350 million. What isn’t discussed are the billions of dollars of wealth created for so many others. What Mitt Romney garnered in wealth from his business success is nominal compared to what he has created for so many others, including pension fund and retirement accounts for many Americans, charities, employers, employees, individual investors and shareholders and businesses. If one understands the multiplier effect of wealth creation, this means that in his career, Mitt Romney has had a profound and extended impact in the lives of many Americans – far beyond the 100,000 jobs created in and as a result of his work.

Juxtapose that with Barack Obama’s career and how many lives have been positively impacted by his service and dedicated effort.

Qualified – When the facts are considered, to Jack Welch, former Chairman of GE, stated “In my lifetime, Mitt Romney is the most qualified leader I’ve ever seen run for the Presidency of the United States.” Further, see the opinion/editorial by Karen Hughes, former Advisor to President George W. Bush – here.

Personal Character – Mitt Romney’s life reflects selfless service wherein he, without compensation, has served others in charitable service for eighteen years, and led the Olympics and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In fact, during his lifetime, he has served others without personal consideration or gain for approximately 25 years, while at the same time blessed the lives of so many through his business success. His family is a testament of his character, integrity and commitment to American values and principles. Those who have served with him and been associated with him – stand with him today in his aspiration to restore our nation. Barack Obama has spent his life in pursuit of his ideologies, leaving no lasting legacy that has blessed the lives of others. It has been a life of self and ideological pursuit. Those who stand with him are bound in his agenda and want to dismantle what has made America great. In fact, it is challenging the system to identify any legacy of Barack Obama besides his own self.

Ideology –
~Barack Obama has a clear agenda to neuter America’s role in the world, whereas Mitt Romney believes in America’s exceptionalism and leadership in the world.
~Barack Obama seeks to create greater dependency on the US Government by all Americans, thus impinging on our freedom, whereas Mitt Romney defers to, and seeks to restore personal freedom and responsibility.
~Barack Obama seeks to enlarge government, whereas Mitt Romney seeks to shrink and diminish the size of government.
~Barack Obama seeks to shrink the military strength in America, whereas Mitt Romney seeks to increase a strong US military, believing in the principle: peace through strength.
~Barack Obama embraces debt, borrowing and franchising the future of our children with reprehensible government spending, whereas Mitt Romney seeks to cut and cap spending and balance the budget.
~Barack Obama seeks a government solution for US healthcare, whereas Mitt Romney advocates a private solution.
~Barack Obama is not an advocate for traditional marriage and seeks to repeal DOMA, whereas Mitt Romney stands for traditional marriage, including support of DOMA. Marriage is a sacred trust of fidelity between one man and one woman.
~Barack Obama supports abortion, whereas Mitt Romney supports and advocates for life.
~Barack Obama is an advocate for liberal and socialistic type agendas, whereas Mitt Romney advocates conservative social and economic values and center-right positions.
~Barack Obama advocates a weak foreign policy with deference to global governance enterprises like the United Nations, whereas Mitt Romney stands for independence and leadership in the cause of freedom around the world, and will not subordinate or answer to other international agencies or bodies.
~Barack Obama is singularly focused on green energy initiatives, whereas Mitt Romney is an advocate for measure and pragmatism in the energy markets.
~Barack Obama advocates government/sovereign rule, whereas Mitt Romney advocates Constitutional rule.

My personal experience with Governor Romney confirms a deep-seated love for our America and the values and principles that have made it the greatest nation on the earth. He has lived the American dream, having not benefitted from an inheritance, he succeeded the old-fashioned way; he earned it (by very hard work). And yet, he was not without when it came to caring for his family, in time, resource and devotion. Irrespective of the demands on his time in business, to paraphrase Ann, when he was home, he was home. This is further evidenced by his singular devotion and love for Ann. As she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, and breast cancer, he stood myopically focused on her care, attending to her every need. Mitt Romney’s capacity to apply his life’s experience to leading and restoring our nation is like none other in recent history – it is a proven track record that is tangible to each and every one of us. What he has done for his family, for his un-purchased service to others, for his business interests, for the Olympic Games, for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, we want him to do for America.

America is facing a choice in November and given the current commotion and challenges before us, we must choose the individual who has a proven history of performance. In his career, Governor Romney has taken on significant challenges, while as Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the leader of the Olympic Games or as a businessman; in each case, he has subordinated his personal interest with an objective to make a profound difference for those whom he has a responsibility and duty. He has been successful in every occasion.

Mitt Romney has been prepared and fortified throughout his career of business and service. His life’s experience has brought him to this pivotal time in our Nation’s history, a time when America requires someone of Governor Romney’s caliber, capacity, and experience to lead with integrity.

Our Nation is on the edge of a precipice and in the midst of this critical inflection point, we will either rise above our challenges, or we will fall. Throughout history we have always risen above our midnight moments. Whether at the founding of our Nation, the fracture resulting in a Civil War, the Great Depression, WWII, the Cold War and subsequent fall of the ‘evil empire’, we have been led by great men prepared through life’s experience for the greater good of our Nation. America is on the edge and the challenges we face are significant, and of equal gravity to events past.

In 2008, we elected a man we didn’t fully know or understand – he was never fully vetted on the national stage. He had very little depth and experience to prepare him for the challenges of the office of POTUS. The demands of the Presidency cannot sustain on-the-job training. Even so, we elected a man that excited the masses, unknown but inspiring nonetheless. Barack Obama was eloquent and drew upon the hopes of the people – he said what they wanted to hear. We have since learned that Barack Obama has always sought for power and position where he could change the course of, and diminish America, and its role in the world. Knowing what we now know, would the Nation have elected Barack Obama – NO! Barack wasn’t the answer then, and he isn’t the answer now. He is incapable of leading our Nation because he doesn’t want what Americans want and stand for. And, at this critical juncture in our history, we need a leader who believes in America, who reflects all that America stands for, an individual who is steeped in experience and capacity to lead and restore that which has been tarnished or lost.

Mitt Romney has spent his life, not in pursuit of becoming POTUS, but in living the American Dream. He has been more successful than many could imagine, in all aspects of his life. His life’s experiences have prepared him for this time, to lead our Nation in crisis. Now is the time to elect an individual who can inspire us once again to the greater good, to the duty and role that America has been divinely entreated. Mitt Romney stands uniquely qualified to lead our Nation at a time when leadership has been absent.

An interesting comparative of experience and capacity elucidates the contrast below.

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Private Equity Deceptions?

Bewildered or Deceptive?

The failure of President Obama and his advocates, including the mainstream media, to understand economics 101 is distressing to say the least. Whether it is intentional duplicity, guile, or dishonesty on his part, or just plain ignorance because he doesn’t understand – it is disconcerting and frightening that our President would be so irresponsible as to lead American’s astray from truth!

Recent attacks against free enterprise and private equity by Barack Obama and his apologists are the tip of the iceberg and reflect an underlying agenda that is alarming. Even so, let’s address the attacks with substance and truth. The attacks are seeking to vilify the free enterprise system, private equity investors, and specifically Mitt Romney because of his business success. Barack Obama wants to disparage those who have been successful in business and fails to realize that rising tides float all boats. It is the foundation for his class warfare argument! Truth is, if we do not have a successful free enterprise system, no one, and I mean no one benefits. If we disrupt the balance and supplant the free enterprise system with government, we all lose and the middle class will disappear – in fact, we will elevate the impoverished. It is in our free enterprise system, and it’s success, that we overcome poverty. Why else have we seen nations around the world, even socialistic and communistic nations, adopt free enterprise? Within this context, free enterprise and private equity are synonymous.

Private equity in its simplest form is the foundation of free enterprise and economic markets. Anyone who invests capital directly into a business with a hoped for economic return is engaged in some form or degree of private equity. Whether you are Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, the owner of a small business selling jewelry out of your home, or a large private equity fund, you invest time and capital into building a business and making it successful – this is basis for the private equity markets. Interestingly, you may not even be aware that you are a private equity investor. If you have pension or retirement funds (IRA or 401k) and are invested in the debt or equity markets, you are participating in private equity investments in one form or another; if you have donated to a charity or not-for-profit you may be, tangentially, a private equity investor; it is only a matter of degree. Private equity investors are individuals, pension funds, charitable funds, educational foundations, governments, corporations, etc., each of whom provide capital to build and sustain free enterprise markets and businesses. That said, no one invests their money with an expectation to fail, only to succeed; and success comes with sustainability and a return of capital and then some. The role of government is not to constrain these markets, but to encourage and expand them. For in such we see the ‘private equity multiplier effect.’ The ‘private equity multiplier effect’ is most easily seen in job creation, wealth creation and innovation.

Mitt Romney creates billions of dollars for others

Mitt Romney’s self-made business successes have come under attack from President Obama. We read that his success has created personal wealth estimated at $350+ million. What isn’t discussed are the billions of dollars of wealth created for so many others. What Mitt Romney garnered in wealth from his business success is nominal compared to what he has created for so many others, including pension fund and retirement accounts for many Americans, charities, employers, employees, individual investors and shareholders, and businesses. If one understands the multiplier effect of wealth creation, this means that in his career, Mitt Romney has had a profound and extended impact in the lives of innumerable Americans – far beyond the 100,000 jobs created in and as a result of his work.

The President of the United States has available to him the full resource of the United States. He has access to the brightest and most capable economic minds on the planet, and yet he doesn’t understand basic economics? He doesn’t understand the private equity multiplier effect? Or, he does and deliberately seeks to misinform the public? Either way, it is irresponsible and/or dishonest! The President of the United States is held to a higher standard. As a people we entrust him with the burden of care and stewardship to lead with integrity. We trust him to put country above self, and not subordinate American’s to ignorance, deception and deceit for personal power or position. He has a sacred trust and stewardship to lead with integrity and truth. This is a standard that all who have been elected to public office must abide. Even so, many don’t, and neither is this President.

It has been said that the fear of losing the office of POTUS is greater than the want to secure it; and it is becoming more and more apparent that Barack Obama, and those who advocate for him, are willing to abandon truth and integrity in an effort to preserve power and position. Their want for power and position, and willingness to do whatever it takes to preserve it, is frightening given the agenda they hold to neuter and undermine America’s divine exceptionalism and freedoms.

Fundamental to America’s economic strength, and consequentially our freedom, is our adoption of free enterprise and “free markets”. Free enterprise embodies the principles espoused in our Nation’s founding documents, wherein we are empowered with the agency to choose and act, within the bounds of nature’s law. In free enterprise, we act on principles embodied in such and granted by “nature’s God”, the unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Barack Obama should be ashamed!


A new book by David Parker

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“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.” Declaration of Independence
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Mitt Romney to Address 48,000 Evangelicals at Liberty University in May

Among friends and family members, discussions will often turn to the presidential campaigns. It is well known that Governor Romney has a strong, optimistic vision and message for America, contrasted with Mr. Obama’s aversion to any discussion of his own record as president (for example, when was the last time he touted his signature legislative “victory” — ObamaSnare?). His rhetoric is mostly negative and serious.

It seems the question always arises, “What do you think the Democrats are going to do to attack Romney?” One answer I hear almost every time goes something like, “Oh, there is no question the Democrats are going to make this one of the nastiest presidential elections of all time! They are going to look for every angle they can to attack Governor Romney’s Christian faith.” Anybody who follows the writings of our friends at Evangelicals for Mitt (“EFM”) and Article VI Blog know these attacks began in earnest about five years ago and really never abated (see John Schroeder’s excellent piece yesterday).

Liberty University

Though the DNC has said, “Attacking a candidate’s religion is out of bounds,” they know such a statement is like an open invitation to the liberal mainstream media and Democrats of all stripes do exactly the opposite. The latest example is the Democrat governor of Montana, Brian Schweitzer’s reference two days ago to Governor Romney’s LDS family background, generations ago. And to what end? Division: a weak attempt to divide Americans of faith. Oh, and deflection from Mr. Obama’s record of course — as always.

I was excited Thursday to read the announcement that Governor Romney would give the commencement address at Liberty University next month — the audience is expected at 48,000 (Liberty University is to Evangelicals what BYU is to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints). Minutes after receiving the news alert, I sent an email to Nancy French at EFM asking if she might like to write a brief guest post for MRC (little did I know that she had just brought her husband David home from the hospital with a concussion — she reports that David is recovering well). Charles Mitchell at EFM wrote this piece about the announcement.

David French is relentless in his support of Governor Romney for president; even with a concussion he was somehow lucid enough to provide these excellent thoughts for National Review Online yesterday regarding Governor Romney’s speech May 12th. In my opinion, should Governor Romney be elected POTUS, the national attention he receives at the Liberty University commencement address will be exceeded only by his Tampa and inaugural speeches.

Interesting Factoid: Mark DeMoss, a trustee of Liberty University and a nationally prominent Evangelical gave an outstanding speech at BYU January 24, 2012. Referring to the invitation to speak at BYU, he said it was, “one of the highest honors I have received.” His BYU speech is truly outstanding and worth watching in its entirety.

Unfortunately, in the next six months, there will be many enemies of religious freedom that will do everything in their power to divide people of faith in the battle tested tactics of “divide and conquer.” We saw it this week. Jayde referred to it in her “Bigot Hall of Shame” post of April 6th referring to O’Donnell’s MSNBC lies that he later admitted were wrong.

Never forget Mr. Obama’s central campaign strategy: DIVIDE — DISTORT — DISTRACT — DEFLECT… Mr. Obama will use any person, entity, and message to take voters’ minds away from his record as POTUS.

Once before, I mentioned Dennis Prager, one of my favorite radio talk show hosts; one who is nationally syndicated. He refers often to his faith — he is an orthodox Jew. In light of the Obama strategy to relentlessly divide Americans on class, gender, faith, ethnicity, etc. and with this week’s announcement of the Liberty University address, I decided to include a segment from Dennis Prager’s radio program. Prager provides excellent reasoning to illustrate that he perfectly understands what he calls “the Evangelical argument” — also included are his thoughts on Romney and the presidential election. ABSOLUTELY EXCELLENT (crescendo to the end):

“Bigotry and intolerance, silenced by argument, endeavors to silence by persecution, in old days by fire and sword, in modern days by the tongue.” ~ Charles Simmons

“Bigotry and judgment are the height of insecurity.” ~ Jasmine Guy

“Bigotry or prejudice in any form is more than a problem; it is a deep-seated evil within our society.” ~ Judith Light