Clinton Global Initiative: Romney Tackles Futile Foreign Aid, Stop Handouts, Give a Hand UP

GOP presidential candidate, former MA Governor Mitt Romney appears on stage with former Pres Bill Clinton at Clinton’s Global Initiative Convention in New York City. Sept 25, 2021 (Photo - Evan Vucci/AP )

Today, Governor Mitt Romney and former President Bill Clinton walked across a stage, side-by-side, to stand together at a lectern before a large crowd. The meeting of the 8th annual Clinton Global Initiative in New York City had begun; Romney was about to speak. Yes, the guy who saved Obama’s bacon at the Democratic National Convention offered kind introductory words for Obama’s opponent, Mitt Romney (see link in next paragraph).

Before getting to the meat of his remarks, Governor Romney began with some humor. After Clinton’s intro, Romney quipped “If there’s one thing we’ve learned this election season, it’s that a few words from Bill Clinton can do a man a lot of good… After that introduction, I guess all I have to do is wait a day or two for the bounce.” (To see Bill Clinton’s introduction and Romney’s good-humored joke click here.)

Drawing from his years of experience in the private sector, Romney offered a fresh, new look at the issue of futile foreign aid. He tied the efficacy of foreign aide to the power of free enterprise: “…[E]conomic freedom is the only force in history that has consistently lifted people out of poverty – and kept people out of poverty.”

In his speech, Romney noted the difference freedom makes in creating prosperous societies:

When I was in business, I traveled to many other countries. I was often struck by the vast difference in wealth among nations. True, some of that was due to geography. Rich countries often had natural resources like mineral deposits or ample waterways. But in some cases, all that separated a rich country from a poor one was a faint line on a map. Countries that were physically right next to each other were economically worlds apart. Just think of North and South Korea.

I became convinced that the crucial difference between these countries wasn’t geography. I noticed the most successful countries shared something in common. They were the freest. They protected the rights of the individual. They enforced the rule of law. And they encouraged free enterprise. They understood that economic freedom is the only force in history that has consistently lifted people out of poverty – and kept people out of poverty.

Romney’s excellent speech:

Romney’s foreign aid plan wouldn’t be just handing out aid packages; he believes in providing a hand UP, not a hand out to needy nations, which would improve people’s lives around the world and be a step toward making the world a safer place for Americans. He continued to extol the virtues of assistance programs that unleash free enterprise, resulting in more durable prosperity:

A temporary aid package can jolt an economy. It can fund some projects. It can pay some bills. It can employ some people some of the time. But it can’t sustain an economy—not for long. It can’t pull the whole cart—because at some point, the money runs out.

But an assistance program that helps unleash free enterprise creates enduring prosperity. Free enterprise is based on mutual exchange—or, rather, millions of exchanges—millions of people trading, buying, selling, building, investing. Yes, it has its ups and downs. It isn’t perfect. But it’s more durable. It’s more reliable. And ultimately, as history shows, it’s more successful.

Romney introduced the idea of ‘Prosperity Pacts’, encouraging microfinance, and more:

Romney said he would negotiate trade agreements and offer “prosperity pacts” in the Middle East and other developing nations to encourage open markets in exchange for U.S. aid. “The aim of a much larger share of our aid must be the promotion of work and the fostering of free enterprise,” Romney said.

In a reflection of his policy on welfare in the United States, Romney said work is the key to lifting people out of poverty abroad by providing self-esteem and a grounding in reality instead of fanaticism.

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A Sad Day for America! Where is our President?

Today America suffered a great loss following a day of sacred remembrance! Most critically, we suffered the tragic loss of life in Libya, and we mourn with those who lost their loved ones, Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three of his staff. We offer our condolences and prayers for solace to the family members of those who have suffered this difficult loss. Today America mourns!

Yesterday’s remembrance and today’s tragedy are reminders that we are in the midst of significant turmoil, tumult and commotion in the world. Even so, it is difficult to measure the anger and outrage so many feel when our freedoms and principles are threatened, and lives are lost by radical Islamic thuggery. The disrespect and irrationality of these immoral thugs is difficult to fathom and comprehend, especially when as Americans we value and treasure life and human dignity so significantly. Needless to say, this is a difficult time for the world, and for America. I am grateful for who we are and what we stand for - now if we just had a leader in our President that stood resolute for these same principles.

After waking to the headlines this morning and seeking for some measure and understanding, I reflected back to Condi Rice’s recent speech at the Republican Convention in Tampa. Therein she speaks of leadership and a wanting definition of where America stands. She further speaks of the global turmoil and challenges we have and continue to face, and the critical need for wisdom and leadership on the global stage. She points out that if America doesn’t lead, someone else will. Today we have witnessed the consequences of absent leadership in Washington. The Arab Spring, as noted by Governor Romney is turning into the Arab Winter.

Therefore, I simply ask the question, ‘Where is our President?‘ At a time that demands great leadership in our nation and on the world stage, Mr. Obama is absent! At a time when our outrage and condemnation should be expressed in no uncertain terms, Mr. Obama and the State Department gave utterance to understanding the radical Islamic outrage over derisive comments against Mohammed. Clearly they indicated that such isn’t an excuse, but to give utterance to offense is not leadership, it is capitulation. At a time when our friend and ally in the Middle East, Israel, is under serious threat and their Prime Minister seeks an audience with our President, he is too busy to meet and is unwilling to make it the needed priority it is! And yet, Mr. Obama has time to visit with David Letterman in lieu of the Prime Minister; he has time to campaign in Nevada and Colorado on the very day we have suffered such a great loss in Libya; where are you Mr. President? And, do you really care about what matters? Or, are you too interested in the power, the prestige and the celebrity of the Presidency and your re-election?
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Obama Unplugged and Revealed (Updated)

Remember, Remember! This has been a weekend of tender remembrance and reflection on the precious treasure spilt in defending our freedoms and liberties. To each who has given the ultimate sacrifice, even their very lives, in preserving and defending our freedoms; to their families and to each of the willing who has served or is serving, words are wholly inadequate. Even so, THANK YOU!

Given the sacrifices born for our freedom, we not only need to be appreciative and grateful, but responsible and accountable to the price paid for freedom. Therefore, as we consider the choices before us in the current Presidential election, may we further consider certain constants or truths that may be applicable in our pondering, and hopefully help shape our decision in the course forward? Some constants that have come to mind this weekend, to consider in our choice:

“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.”

In November, America faces a ‘defining moment’, an inflection point where we are making a choice, not just for an economic turnaround, but a choice for our very freedoms and liberty. We are choosing a leader who will either, guide our nation with experience and integrity, and abide an agenda that preserves our exceptionalism and freedom, or a ‘leader’ who, with flattery and guile, subtly advocates an ideology that seeks to destroy the very fabric of our Nation’s foundation – our freedom, liberty and exceptionalism.

Disappointed as I was with the outcome of the elections in 2008, I deemed Barack Obama a good man, but one unprepared and untested to lead. After all, with little experience, how much damage could he really do? Was I ever wrong! Look how far we are off course because of his incompetence, or his duplicity, or both?

It reminds of the boiling frog where the water temperature subtly rises without warning until it is too late. The frog enjoys the warmth with mediocrity unknowing what is about to befall him in his ultimate demise. Wake up America!

Let’s take a look at Barack Obama unplugged and revealed –

Referencing the worst President in history for business, in the American Spectator, Gary Shapiro addresses a list of 50 things (could be more) Obama has done in the past three years to undermine our economic fabric, HERE.

The Republican National Committee further provides a brief glimpse at Obama gone wild when it comes to the discipline, or lack thereof, of managing our economy below – willful intent, duplicity, incompetence? You choose!

As telling and revealing as these things are, consider “The Obama Constants” and applications below. In each instance, there is more that could be said.

Flattery: President Obama seems to heap flattery upon selected American societies hopeful that they will be blinded by his praise and turn a contrary course against another. The President’s unstated objective of waging class warfare for preserving his position as POTUS is offensive at best.
(Definition - a compliment or speech; excessive, insincere praise. Synonyms - sycophancy, toadying, fawning, pandering. Constant - Flattery and cunning words are the tools most often used to gain power, advantage, influence and control.)

Duplicity/Guile: President Obama has stated that his Presidency would be the most transparent of any in American history – it has been anything but transparent. Whether in the advocacy of Obamacare, or management of foreign policy, Obama has stated one thing and done the opposite. His social mandate on the Catholic Church contrary to their tenets while proffering otherwise; his statement to Medvedev on a ‘hot’ microphone and the subsequent cover-up; his appointment of czars to get around the Constitutional checks and balances of Congress; in each case, Obama has pursued a secret agenda contrary to transparency.
(Definition – insidious cunning in attaining a goal; crafty or artful deception; duplicity; deceitfulness in speech or conduct, as by speaking or acting in two different ways to different people concerning the same matter; double-dealing. Synonyms – deceit, deception, dissimulation, fraud, hypocrisy, trickery. Constants - What you do speaks so loud; I cannot hear what you say. By their fruits ye shall know them.)

Hypocrisy: President and Mrs. Obama advocate for provident and responsible living for all Americans while they choose to live lavishly on the backs of the American people – citing the 16+ vacations costing taxpayers millions, and millions of dollars. It seems that the Obama’s find comfort in a “let them eat cake” mindset. Further, President Obama amazingly stated that sometimes he even forgets that Americans are suffering a recession; really? (see previous post here). President Obama’s attacks on American enterprise and private equity are unequaled and duplicitous at best; and yet, he has no qualms about ‘public equity’ wherein he invests America’s dollars into his ‘crony capital’ equity projects, i.e., Solyndra, Fisker and others - to what end? If given a choice of who I would trust with America’s dollars, it is Mitt Romney. Mitt Romney’s return on capital investment to his investors far surpasses anything President Obama could hope for, thankfully. President Obama’s failure to understand economics is irresponsible - he fails to understand simple economics, that in wealth creation, jobs are created - they are inextricably linked.
(Definition – a pretense of having a virtuous character, moral or religious beliefs or principles, etc., that one does not really possess. 2. a pretense of having some desirable or publicly approved attitude. Synonym – deceit. Constants - What you do speaks so loud; I cannot hear what you say. By their fruits ye shall know them.)

Indecisive: Throughout Barack Obama’s term as President he has and continues to vacillate on important decisions, even being pressed by his advisors on certain key decisions like pursuing Osama Bin Laden and others. Obama’s vacillation on the Arab Spring and other critical foreign policy matters has undermined America’s leadership position in the world; why else have we seen a diminishing of respect for America? Our President has not held constant to our core principles and values, and has undermined us by apology and subordination. When leadership and decisiveness were needed most critically at the beginning of his term, in dealing with our economy and domestic policy, he deferred to Congress (Pelosi and Reid) while opting for his ‘apology tour’. His lack of resolve on our deficit and spending has left us without, economically; his failure to be decisive is an unbridled failure of leadership and exposes his inexperience and incapacity to serve as POTUS. Never has one been so ill-prepared.
(Definition – characterized by indecision, as persons; irresolute; undecided. Synonyms – vacillating, hesitant, wavering. Constants - What you do speaks so loud; I cannot hear what you say. By their fruits ye shall know them.)

Most importantly - see the comparative illustrated below.

Thanks to Vic Lundquist for the link - this epitomizes the character comparative of pride vs humility/meekness. Like unto George Bush, Mitt Romney reflects humility.

Pride: With Obama, it is all about Obama! It doesn’t matter that the Navy SEALs took out Bin Laden, it was Obama who took credit. Is there anything he doesn’t take credit for, besides the economy which isn’t about him - it is Bush’s fault. Pride is a terrible disease and one of, if not the most destructive character traits an individual can aspire to, and is always preceded with the letter ‘I’. There is no letter ‘I’ in ‘we’. Contrarily, Mitt Romney, who has every basis for pride through his accomplishments, always defers to others and their successes.
(Definition - a high or inordinate opinion of one’s own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing, conduct, etc. the state or feeling of being proud. Synonyms - Pride, conceit, self-esteem, egotism, vanity, vainglory imply an unduly favorable idea of one’s own appearance, advantages, achievements, etc., and often apply to offensive characteristics. Pride is a lofty and often arrogant assumption of superiority in some respect: Pride must have a fall. Conceit implies an exaggerated estimate of one’s own abilities or attainments, together with pride: blinded by conceit. Self-esteem may imply an estimate of oneself that is higher than that held by others: a ridiculous self-esteem. Egotism implies an excessive preoccupation with oneself or with one’s own concerns, usually but not always accompanied by pride or conceit: His egotism blinded him to others’ difficulties. Vanity implies self-admiration and an excessive desire to be admired by others: His vanity was easily flattered. Vainglory, somewhat literary, implies an inordinate and therefore empty or unjustified pride: puffed up by vainglory. boast. Constants - What you do speaks so loud; I cannot hear what you say. By their fruits ye shall know them.)

A further comparative with Governor Romney will follow in a subsequent post, wherein we can compare with the same constants noted above.

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Who Won the CBS GOP Foreign Policy Debate from South Carolina? Full Debate Video Added

Republican candidates debated each other tonight on the topics of National Security and Foreign Policy. If the chat box starts moving too fast with all the chatting during the debate, feel free to start or respond to a topic at our forum. As soon as the entire debate is available, we will post the video below.

Full debate below followed by a compilation of just Mitt’s answers from the debate!

UPDATE: Looks like Mitt will be participating in the first Election 2012 Fox News Google+ Hangout with Bret Baier on Tuesday. Click here to learn how you could end up being one of the lucky few to “hangout” with Mitt on Tuesday.

UPDATE 2 by Jayde - Mitt Romney’s Special Adviser on Foreign Policy and former Reagan Administration official, Ambassador Rich Williamson, and S. Carolina Treasurer Curtis Loftis issued statements following tonight’s debate in Spartanburg, South Carolina:

Ambassador Williamson:

“Mitt Romney left tonight’s debate showing that he is the candidate best equipped to secure a more peaceful and prosperous world for the United States and our allies. Mitt Romney deeply understands that the only way to meet the challenges we face abroad is to rest our foreign policy on a strong military, a strong economy, and the strength of our values. For three years, President Obama’s feckless policies have weakened our country’s standing and influence across the globe. Mitt Romney is the candidate who will restore our standing and ensure that America leads the world.”

SC Treasurer Curtis Loftis:

“Mitt Romney won tonight’s debate by articulating a strategy to ensure that the 21st century is an American century. Unlike President Obama, Mitt Romney will conduct a foreign policy that acknowledges America’s exceptional role in the world, and he will do so with clarity and resolve. In a Romney administration, our friends will never question where we stand – and neither will our adversaries.”


FINAL UPDATE: The National Journal conducted a poll of Republican insiders and the results are as follows: