Romney Ruffles Obama’s Feathers: “Sauce for Goose is Good for Gander”

“Sauce for the goose is good for the gander.”
- Mitt Romney (responding to Obama campaign tactics)
Illustrator/Rahul Vyas

We’re not surprised…

Mitt Romney is no namby-pamby.

All the distractions being slung at Romney by Team Obama – from dogs, to misogynism, to the p.u. of private-equity, to The Gov’s good refusal to dump Trump – has voters taking notice.

The Gov’s deft ruffling of the Obama/Axelrod feathers proves he’s more than ready for the challenges from our Choomer-in-Chief.

From Victor Davis Hanson, National Review Online (NRO):

Romney Fights Back
He has no intention of running a model, but losing, campaign.


What to make of the puerile back and forth? It would be easy to tsk-tsk the shallowness of such kindergarten name-calling, which diverts attention from domestic and foreign policies. Or political observers could argue that the Obama campaign is successfully creating all sorts of diversions from a dismal economic record; in each instance Romney’s handlers are forced to take their eyes off 40 months of 8 percent–plus unemployment or 50 million people now on food stamps.

But there is a far better lesson from the Romney counterpunching: Apparently his campaign is not going to be a repeat of Mike Dukakis’s smiley-face efforts when knocked silly by the late Lee Atwater’s no-holds-barred management of George H. W. Bush’s 1988 campaign. Nor will 2012 prove anything like 2008, when John McCain took all sorts of issues off the table — from Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayers to scrutiny of Obama’s memoirs. Note in this regard the frequency with which an increasingly desperate Obama is now praising the McCain campaign, in contrast to the supposed extremism of Romney — as if an incumbent president George H. W. Bush would have admonished a “war room” Bill Clinton to emulate the more noble tone of Dukakis’s failed effort.

Romney’s ostensible point, of course, is not to allow scurrilous stories to linger in the press. And he probably wants to create deterrence by warning the Obama campaign that for each petty story of a teenager pushed down by Romney a half-century ago, there will be a middle-school girl whom a younger Obama rudely pushed away — and that was according to Obama’s own telling.

Anyone who doubts Romney’s capacity to fight has foolishly underestimated him (and we heard plenty of that during the primaries):

But the real significance of firing back is not just to balance impressions with the general public or to warn Team Obama of the boomerang effect each time they offer up a new diversion. Instead, it is to remind the Republican base that Romney intends to go all out, and would rather win a bloody fight than lose in noble aloofness.

Yes, “sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.“ “Where are the jobs? Where are the jobs?” “Solyndra! Solyndra!

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So when Romney refused to disown the mercurial Trump, he sent quite the opposite message from McCain’s or Dole’s — something like “I don’t need the associate of Bill Ayers, Jeremiah Wright, and Tony Rezko to tell me with whom to appear.” Apparently, each time Obama issues a “How dare you?” Romney is not going to point fingers at his own backers, but rather will fire back with a “How dare you dare me?”

Romney is taking the gamble that whatever damage may be done by his overzealous supporters is hardly commensurate with the damage of sanctimoniously castigating them in order to win approval from the press and the Obama campaign. In other words, Romney would prefer winning in 2012 to being praised by liberals in 2016 for running a model, but losing, campaign.

That fact alone — not litmus tests of his conservatism or assessments of his style — will be the dominating factor in the Romney campaign, and it will make 2012 quite unlike 2008.

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Obama is realizing Romney won’t be goaded into responding to his team’s Alinsky honks and hisses.

He doesn’t go on wild goose chases.

Romney is no namby-pamby.

He knows when and how to launch some flight-stopping sauce on the squawking high-flying goose.

(emphasis added to article)

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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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The Romney Campaign Releases Part 2 of the Day 1 Ad Campaign and Responds to Bain Attacks

After Mitt’s well-received speech to the Latino Coalition’s Annual Economic Summit, the campaign releases part 2 of their Day 1 ad campaign.

The Spanish version of the ad can be viewed here.

There will be more to do on Day One: deficit reductions, stand up to China, & repeal job-killing regulations. Donate to the campaign here even if it’s only $5.

Then, this morning, Gov Romney responded to the President’s attacks on Bain Capital:


Finally, find out why this week was so bad for the President’s re-election chances below the fold. (more…)

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!


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