Romney Announces: TX Congressman Smith Endorsement, MD Campaign Chaired by Gov Ehrlich & RNC’s Pope

We’ll begin the day here at MRC with welcome news from The Lone Star State and The Old Line state…

Mitt Romney Announces Support of Texas Congressman Lamar Smith

I am proud to have Congressman Smith’s support,” said Mitt Romney. “On issues that I have focused on such as border security and job creation, Lamar has been at the forefront in the Congress. I look forward to working closely with Lamar both during my campaign and in the effort to fix our struggling economy.”

Congressman Lamar Smith said, “Like many Americans, I believe the United States urgently needs to replace Barack Obama as president with a proven leader who will create jobs, reduce the nation’s debt and embrace traditional values. The Republican Party is fortunate to have many candidates who are well-qualified to do just that. Last May– three months before Governor Rick Perry announced his candidacy – I committed to supporting Mitt Romney. I support Mitt Romney because I believe that he has the specific skill set needed to turn around the economy: he has a conservative track record as a successful businessman and as a governor who created jobs, cut taxes, and kept spending low.”

Background on Congressman Lamar Smith:

Congressman Lamar Smith represents the 21st district in Texas. In the U.S. House, Smith serves as Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. Prior to his election to Congress, Smith was a member of the Texas House of Representatives. He also was a practicing lawyer and rancher.

From The Hill:

Smith’s endorsement is another likely signal that Romney is gathering momentum on immigration and border security issues. Romney seemed to gain traction in his criticism of rival Perry’s stance on both, with Perry sliding in the polls under a heavy barrage of Romney’s criticism on his support as governor of extending in-state tuition rates to undocumented students who graduated from a Texas high school.






Romney Announces Gov Bob Ehrlich as Chairman and RNC Committeeman Louis Pope as Co-Chair of Maryland Campaign

Boston, MA – Mitt Romney announce[s] former Maryland Governor Bob Ehrlich as Chairman of his Maryland campaign and RNC National Committeeman Louis Pope as Co-Chair.

I am proud to have the support of Bob Ehrlich,” said Mitt Romney. “As Governor of Maryland, he oversaw a drop in unemployment, balanced the budget, and said ‘no’ to tax increases. He understands that President Obama’s over-spending has failed to get voters in Maryland and across the country back to work. I am glad to have Bob’s help in my efforts to put our economy on the path to recovery.”

After studying all the candidates, it is clear that Republicans’ best chance for beating President Obama next November is Mitt Romney,” said former Governor Bob Ehrlich. “Mitt Romney is the only candidate with the necessary experience to turn around our failing economy. He has laid out a comprehensive economic plan that will restart the economy beginning day one. Republicans can’t afford to let President Obama have four more years to spend trillions of dollars, burden small businesses, and fail to create jobs.”

“Maryland voters are tired of the failures and excuses from this administration,” said National Committeeman Louis Pope. “They want a president who will make job creation his number one priority. Mitt Romney has worked in the private sector for 25 years and knows how jobs are created. He is the only candidate who will be able to fix the fiscal and economic mess that the next president will inherit.”

Background on Maryland Co-Chairs:

Bob Ehrlich served as Governor of Maryland from 2003 to 2007. Previously, he represented Maryland’s 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003. He also practiced law and served in the House of Delegates.

Louis Pope serves as Republican National Committeeman for Maryland. In 2006, Pope was selected by President George W. Bush to serve on the Small Business Administration’s National Advisory Council. He is the President and Owner of Century 21 Trademark Realty, Inc, based in Montgomery and Prince Georges County.

(emphasis added)

Members Of Mitt Romney’s Maryland Steering Committee:
• Former Maryland Republican Party First Vice Chair Chris Cavey
• Former Maryland Republican Party First Vice Chair Chuck Gast
• Former Maryland Republican Party Chairman Audrey Scott
• Howard County Republican Party Chairman Loretta Shields
• Former Howard County Republican Party Chairman Brian Harlin


Pope endorsed Governor Romney back on September 8th.

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Fmr NH Gov John Sununu to Give “Holy Grail” Endorsement to Romney

Former New Hampshire Governor John Sununu will formally endorse Mitt Romney on Monday, Oct 24, 2011. Sununu will also serve as Chairman of Romney's National Steering Committee.

He said he had narrowed his nominee choice down to two candidates – Rick Perry or Mitt Romney.

He said he would make up his mind, regarding which man to endorse, after a series of presidential debates.

He said it would be some time in mid-to-late October.

He’s made up his mind.

On Monday, Former New Hampshire Governor John Sununu will formally endorse…

Mitt Romney.



Sununu to endorse Romney for President
Union Leader
By John DiStaso, Senior Political Reporter
Oct 23, 2021

MANCHESTER — Former Gov. John H. Sununu on Monday will throw his considerable political influence behind Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

“I’m viewed as a good, solid conservative Republican and I’m supporting a good, solid conservative Republican,” Sununu said in disclosing his long-awaited endorsement.

In exclusive interview, Sununu said he narrowed his choice to Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, but was won over by what he views as Romney’s conservative approach to pressing domestic and national security issues.

He said the final component that persuaded him to back Romney was the former Massachusetts governor’s early October foreign policy speech at The Citadel in South Carolina.

“That showed me that he understands that the principal role of the President of the United States is the security of the country and participating in trying to stabilize the world,” Sununu said.

Sununu, 72, will be named chairman of the Romney campaign’s national steering committee and will on hand Monday morning when Romney files his candidacy in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary at the New Hampshire State House and then attends a campaign rally there.

While the importance of big political endorsements are subject to speculation in independent-minded New Hampshire, Sununu’s backing is viewed as a plus not only locally, but also nationally. A Boston newspaper recently went so far as to term Sununu “the Holy Grail” of New Hampshire endorsements.

Sununu elaborates:

While critics try to portray Romney as a moderate Republican, Sununu called him “truly a conservative. He’s committed to cutting spending and taxes, and he’s committed to some issues that I really care about.”

Sununu noted that Romney kept Massachusetts out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), “believes in local control of education and understands the importance of maintaining the integrity of our national borders.”

He also said Romney has sufficiently answered criticisms of the Massachusetts health care plan he signed into law, which imposed an individual mandate and has been portrayed by Romney opponents as a forerunner to President Barack Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Sununu said Romney did well with the plan considering the “constraints” of having a Democratic-controlled Legislature. He said the Romney plan was “built on” an idea put forward by the Heritage Foundation, which Sununu said was the “gold standard” for conservative thinking.

“His firm commitment to repealing ‘Obamacare’ is a very important part of his agenda,” Sununu said.

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This is BIG news; we’ve been hoping for Sununu’s endorsement! By the way, Sununu’s son, NH Executive Councilor Chris Sununu, recently endorsed Romney.

Stay tuned…

► Jayde Wyatt

Alabama Leaders Support Mitt Romney

Mist rises from the Cahaba River on a chilly autumn morning in Alabama. Governor Mitt Romney has received seven more endorsements from Alabama leaders. Oct 21, 2021

Mitt Romney has announced more endorsements from the picturesque state of Alabama:

Boston, MA
I’m honored to receive the support of these distinguished leaders from Alabama,” said Mitt Romney. “We will work together to reduce government spending, ease the regulatory burdens that are stifling small businesses and create jobs. President Obama has failed and it’s time to turn around this economy.”

Announcing his support, State Senator Cam Ward said, “Mitt Romney is the candidate with the vision our country needs. As Governor, he balanced the budget without raising taxes and created jobs. I am confident that, as president, he will be able to get our country moving forward and put Americans back to work.”

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Alabama Leaders Endorsing Mitt Romney:

State Senator Cam Ward, Co-Chair Alabama Legislative Steering Committee
Ambassador Bill Cabaniss
Mary Scott Hunter, Alabama State Board of Education
Richard Bollinger, Councilman, Montgomery, AL
Jeff Peacock, Alabama Republican Party Vice Chair, Districts 1,2
Sue Neuwien, Alabama Republican Party District 2 Chair
Marty Connors, Former Alabama Republican Party Chairman

Alabama Leaders Already Endorsing Mitt Romney:

• Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey
• Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard
Lee Styslinger III
• Congressman Mike Rogers
• Former Congressman Jack Edwards
• State Representative Phil Williams
• State Representative Lesley Vance
• State Representative Steve Hurst
• State Representative Randy Wood

Way to go, Alabama!

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Kentucky Congressmen Rogers and Whitfield Endorse Mitt Romney

Autumn frames the bluegrass as thoroghbred horses graze in a pasture at Donamire horse farm near Lexington, Kentucky. Hal Rogers and Ed Whitfield, Congressmen from the Bluegrass State, have endorsed Mitt Romney.

As we begin a new week, the endorsements for Governor Romney continue.

From the Bluegrass State…

Mitt Romney has announced the endorsements of Kentucky Congressmen Hal Rogers and Ed Whitfield.

I am proud to announce the support of Congressmen Hal Rogers and Ed Whitfield,” said Mitt Romney. “They share my goals of lessening the regulatory burden on small business and getting our exploding deficits under control. They also share my goal of making our country energy independent. I look forward to working with them to help ensure Kentucky’s leading role in providing energy and jobs for our country.”

“Governor Romney is the right man for the job in the White House,” said Congressman Hal Rogers. “We need proven leadership to get our economy back on track and spur real job creation in the Commonwealth. At the hands of President Obama, Kentucky has been besieged by burdensome red-tape, out-of-control bureaucracies, and ill-advised bailouts left to our children to finance. Kentucky and our country cannot afford to continue on this path. Instead, Mitt Romney has laid out a comprehensive economic plan that gets Main Street rolling again, lessens the tax burden on working families and encourages small business growth and innovation to create real, private sector jobs. His successful business and government experience leave Mitt well prepared to tackle the economic and security challenges ahead. I am proud to support him.”

Announcing his support, Congressman Ed Whitfield said, “At a time when our economy is struggling, we need a serious leader who understands how to grow the private sector, not the government. President Obama’s job-killing regulations have failed to get millions of unemployed Americans back to work. From his time as a businessman, Mitt Romney knows what it takes to create jobs and economic growth. As Governor of Massachusetts, he applied his conservative free market principles to government and it worked: he was able to balance the budget without raising taxes, leaving office with a sizable Rainy Day Fund. Washington needs this kind of leadership today.”

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Background On Representatives Rogers and Whitfield:

Congressman Hal Rogers Represents Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District. Rogers has served since 1981 and serves as Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. During his time in Congress, Rogers has been one of the foremost advocates forAppalachia.

Congressman Ed Whitfield Represents Kentucky’s 1st Congressional District. First elected in 1994, he serves on the Committee on Energy and Commerce and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Energy and Power. Prior to entering Congress, Whitfield served in the Kentucky House of Representatives and in the U.S. Army Reserves. He also practiced law and was Legal Counsel to the Chairman of the Interstate Commerce Commission.

We’re happy to have Congressmen Rogers and Whitfield on board!

► Jayde Wyatt

CA Congressman Wally Herger Endorses Mitt Romney

Wally Herger, Republican CA Congressman, has endorsed Mitt Romney. 9/21/11


Another endorsement for Mitt Romney today comes from The Golden State:

Boston, MA – Mitt Romney today announced the endorsement of California Congressman Wally Herger.

I am proud to earn the support of Congressman Herger,” said Mitt Romney. “I am looking forward to working with him to move this country forward and ensure Californians and all Americans get working again.”

Announcing his support, Congressman Herger said “Governor Romney’s experience in both the private and public sectors are what make him the best candidate to defeat President Obama in 2012. As governor, he balanced the state’s budget and built up a $2 billion rainy-day fund without raising taxes. That is the kind of experience we need in the White House.”

Background on Congressman Wally Herger:

Congressman Herger Represents California’s 2nd District. He currently serves as Chairman of the Health Subcommittee and as a member on the House Committee on Ways and Means and Subcommittee on Trade.

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California Congressional Leaders Already Endorsing Mitt Romney:

· Congressman John Campbell
· Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack
· Congressman Buck McKeon


We appreciate Congressman Herger’s endorsement!

► Jayde Wyatt

Praise for Romney’s Jobs Plan: Book is Detailed, Easy to Understand, and FREE

Candace Salima, US Daily Review contributor, praises Mitt Romney’s 156 page detailed jobs plan:

Book Review: Believe in America by Mitt Romney

I don’t believe we’ve ever seen a candidate for United States president publish the basis of his economic plan for all to read before. And yet, this is precisely what Mitt Romney has done. He then, very wisely, made it available in electronic format, both on his website and on Kindleand to top it all off, it’s free.

That’s the right price for me, so I immediately downloaded it onto my laptop and Galaxy Tab and started reading. I was not only pleasantly surprised by the thoroughness of the contents, it set a new standard for me in presidential candidates. Let me explain.

When someone, Mitt Romney in this instance, puts a plan down on paper, we can then hold them to it, every aspect of it. That takes a certain kind of conviction and ability to stand behind what you say. I’d like to see the rest of the candidates do the same. I’d like their plans for the U.S. economy down on paper, published, and made available, for free, to the American people. Then we can vote on facts rather than just debates, websites, and news articles. Of course, you’ll be held accountable, but isn’t that the point of the current political climate. Taking responsibility.

Ms. Salima agrees with Romney’s list of problems that America is grappling with: taxes, regulations, trade policies, energy, labor, human capital, and fiscal policies.

She appreciates Romney’s commitment to his jobs/economic plan, the way it is outlined, and that the price is right - FREE:

This takes an immense amount of belief in one’s stance on the issues. Whether you support Mitt Romney or not, I am going to encourage you to read Believe in America because I came away with a clear, concise understanding of the fiscal situation we are now facing, as well as a solid plan to put America back on the proper fiscal path. It is written in understandable language and is not in a complicated fashion. It was written, I believe, to put forth Romney’s plans for America so it could be understood by everyone willing to read it.

…[I]t is short, concise and worth the read.

Access Believe in America on Mitt Romney’s website

Access Believe in America on Kindle

Cost: $0.00

Rating: 4 Stars


(emphasis added) Read entire article here.

► Jayde Wyatt

Mitt Romney’s ‘No Teleprompter, No Text’ Jobs Speech: Bold & Comprehensive

Gov Mitt Romney emphasizes his 'no teleprompter, no prepared text' jobs creation speech by holding up his one page of notes. Romney rolled out a comprehensive jobs plan to a large crowd at McCandless Intl Trucks in Las Vegas, NV. Sept 6, 2021 (photo by Julie Jacobson/AP)


DAY ONE, JOB ONE

He said it would be bold and sweeping.

He was right.

59 points contained in a 160 page book…

It was a stunning revelation as Mitt Romney outlined his much–anticipated, comprehensive jobs plan to modernize the wheezing American economic engine.

From Las Vegas, NV, a state crippled with 12.9% unemployment, 300 people crowded into a warehouse at McCandless International Trucks to listen to Gov Romney. Delivered without prepared text or a teleprompter, Romney elaborated at length on his vision for American prosperity – from just one page of notes. He spoke on taxes, regulation, trade, energy, fiscal policy, etc. He also outlined what he would do to spur job growth on his first day as President of the United States:

At best, government can provide a framework in which economic growth can occur. All too often, however, government gets in the way,” Romney wrote Tuesday in an opinion piece in USA Today that previewed his 160-page plan. “The past three years of unparalleled government expansion have retaught that lesson all too well.”
[…]
Romney planned to use the plan’s rollout to contrast his candidacy with his Republican rivals and present a comprehensive outline for fixing the economy just as Obama prepares to unveil his jobs initiative on Thursday.

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FACT SHEET: MITT ROMNEY’S PLAN TO TURN AROUND THE ECONOMY

Five Bills for Day One

The American Competitiveness Act: Reduces the corporate income tax rate to 25 percent

The Open Markets Act: Implements the Colombia, Panama, and South Korea Free Trade Agreements

The Domestic Energy Act: Directs the Department of the Interior to undertake a comprehensive survey of American energy reserves in partnership with exploration companies and initiates leasing in all areas currently approved for exploration

The Retraining Reform Act: Consolidates the sprawl of federal retraining programs and returns funding and responsibility for these programs to the states

The Down Payment on Fiscal Sanity Act: Immediately cuts non-security discretionary spending by 5 percent, reducing the annual federal budget by $20 billion

Five Executive Orders for Day One

An Order to Pave the Way to End Obamacare: Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services and all relevant federal officials to return the maximum possible authority to the states to innovate and design health care solutions that work best for them

An Order to Cut Red Tape: Directs all agencies to immediately initiate the elimination of Obama-era regulations that unduly burden the economy or job creation, and then caps annual increases in regulatory costs at zero dollars

An Order to Boost Domestic Energy Production: Directs the Department of the Interior to implement a process for rapid issuance of drilling permits to developers with established safety records seeking to use pre-approved techniques in pre-approved areas

An Order to Sanction China for Unfair Trade Practices: Directs the Department of the Treasury to list China as a currency manipulator in its biannual report and directs the Department of Commerce to assess countervailing duties on Chinese imports if China does not quickly move to float its currency

An Order to Empower American Businesses and Workers: Reverses the executive orders issued by President Obama that tilt the playing field in favor of organized labor, including the one encouraging the use of union labor on major government construction projects

To learn how to access the PDF and kindle version of Romney’s book Believe in America: Mitt Romney’s Plan for Jobs and Economic Growth click here.

Immediately following Romney’s speech, CNBC’s Larry Kudlow was on hand to interview him:

Part 2 Kudlow interview:

Greta Van Susteren (FOX News) also conducted a phone interview with The Gov.
Romney: “I’m looking at America over the next 30 years.”

To see video of Romney’s entire speech, which includes an intro by Congressman Joe Heck (R-NV), co-chair for Mitt’s campaign in The Silver State, and inspirational remarks from John McCandless, founder of McCandless Intl Truck, click here. (Look in right-hand column at ‘Video Playlist’ then click on Mitt Romney Speech on Jobs & Economy.)

► Jayde Wyatt

Romney in New Hampshire: Packed Town Halls, Tough Questions, Endorsed by Fmr NH Senate Pres Tom Eaton

When Mitt Romney finally called it a day yesterday in New Hampshire, he must have felt a satisfied exhaustion. He’d had the kind of day which is likely to be more the norm as his presidential campaign heats up.

The Gov worked non-stop - hosting packed town hall meetings in Keene and Lebanon and a business roundtable in in Claremont. He enjoyed taking the tough questions and handling hecklers. And, in the midst of it all, he received an impressive endorsement from former NH State Senate President, Tom Eaton (R-Keene):

Tom Eaton has been a staunch supporter of the traditional New Hampshire principles of lower taxes, limited government and less spending,” said Mitt Romney. “I am honored to have Tom’s support and am proud to have him join my campaign to create jobs and turn around our struggling economy.”

“With 25 years of experience in the private sector, Mitt Romney knows how our economy works and how to promote pro-growth policies that will produce jobs,” said Eaton. “Mitt is the strongest candidate to take on President Obama and he has the skills needed to rein in spending, control our exploding deficits and bring fiscal sanity back to Washington. I am proud to support his campaign and look forward to helping him spread his pro-jobs message across the Granite State.”



12:00 PM - Town Hall meeting at Keene Recreation Center

At a town hall here on Wednesday, Mitt Romney reiterated a controversial statement he made earlier this month at the Iowa State Fair — “Corporations are people, my friend,” he said at the time — voluntarily alluding to his corporations-as-people comments in a response to a question about what he would do to fix the economy.

“I made the point the other day,” Mr. Romney said. “Corporations, they’re made up of people. They’re just groups of people who come together for work.”

He explained: “And when you say tax corporations, the steel and the vinyl and the concrete, those things don’t pay taxes. Only people do. So high taxes on corporations is high taxes on people, and people are going to go places where taxes aren’t too high.”

Romney addresses a crowded room at Keene Recreational center (opening remarks):

Romney is local, he’s battle-tested and to many, he looks like a president. “People here know Romney,” said Tom Rath, a veteran state Republican strategist and Romney adviser.

They sure do.

I liked how he balanced the liberal Massachusetts Senate and House and got things done,” said Isaac Matson, a Baldwinville, Mass., college student.

For additional VIDEOS of Romney’s remarks on the economy, reducing U.S. debt, taxes, national defense, and much more, click here.

3:00 PM - Hosts business roundtable event at The Common Man, Claremont

CLAREMONT, N.H. — Former Bay State Gov. Mitt Romney, feeling the heat as Texas Gov. Rick Perry creeps up on him in the polls, worked to bolster his socially conservative credentials while highlighting his job creation chops while touring the must-win Granite State yesterday.
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He took pains to contrast his private-sector experience against Perry’s 27 years in elected office — even though he didn’t name the pistol-packing Lone Star pol.

“There will also be some differences, and in my case I won’t just have been somebody who watched jobs be created, I actually created jobs. I’ve had that experience,” Romney said, echoing his comments earlier in the day at a Keene, N.H., Town Hall.

I spent my life in the private sector. I’m a business guy; I’m a conservative businessman; I’m not a lifelong politician,” Romney said. “I spent four years in government. I joke that I didn’t inhale.”

Continue reading here.

5:30 PM - Hosts a town hall meeting at Lebanon Senior Center

Asked about global warming at a town hall meeting in Lebanon, New Hampshire, Romney said he believed the world is getting hotter and humans contribute in some way to the change — but could not judge to what extent.

“Do I think the world’s getting hotter? Yeah, I don’t know that but I think that it is,” he said. “I don’t know if it’s mostly caused by humans.”

What I’m not willing to do is spend trillions of dollars on something I don’t know the answer to.”
[…]
A Romney aide said the candidate has not altered his position on climate change

He criticized a bill backed by President Barack Obama that would have capped carbon emissions and allowed polluters to buy and sell rights to emit carbon.

“I do not believe in cap and trade and I do not believe in putting a carbon cap” on polluting industries, Romney said.

Read more here.

A portion of Romney’s town hall in Lebanon, NH (amateur video/shaky):

UPDATE from Romney’s blog: Mitt focuses on jobs in New Hampshire (good pics!)

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► Jayde Wyatt

(Video Update) Mitt Romney Heads to Florida, Lauds Tea Party, FL Congressman Connie Mack Endorses Romney

U.S. Rep Connie Mack, R-Fort Meyers, Florida

As Mitt Romney heads to Florida today, a hearty endorsement from influential Florida Congressman Connie Mack is welcome news:

Mack for Mitt: Romney Picks Up Florida Endorsement

MIAMI- Mitt Romney has picked up another important Florida endorsement as he continues to build his network in the crucial primary state ahead of his probable run for president. U.S. Rep. Connie Mack IV has said that he will support the former Massachusetts governor because of his economic credentials.

“We need true leadership in the White House with someone who is uniquely qualified to grow the economy and create the quality jobs that Americans deserve and need,” Mack told the St. Petersburg Times.
[…]

“If Governor Romney decides to run for president in 2012, I will absolutely be supporting him and helping him in Florida,” Thrasher told FOX in March.” He would be a great GOP nominee.”

Romney sights are firmly focused on Florida, a state at the center of his political strategy to win the GOP nomination, according to Florida insiders who are backing him and his expected entry into the 2012 race.

A precursor to Romney’s Florida stops and Tax Day was an op-ed penned by Romney in the Orlando Sentinel yesterday. For Americans, who are busy crunching numbers this weekend to pay voracious Uncle Sam, Romney echoes many feelings regarding America’s complex, convoluted tax system. He writes that “our system of taxation is killing our nation’s once-strong economic engine.” (A special exception gives taxpayers until Monday the 18th to make the IRS happy.)

“The mind-boggling complexity of our tax system is only part of the problem,” he wrote. “As of last year, the U.S. tax code had mushroomed into 71,684 pages that no one human being can fully understand. Along with complexity comes a dizzying array of perverse incentives.”

Romney also writes about our national debt, states that one of the biggest tax reforms is reining in Obama, and lauds the Tea Party movement:

Almost 21/2 centuries after the original Boston Tea Party of 1773, the idea of limited government that inspired our forebears is very much alive. The growth of government is not some inexorable force. In a democracy, we the people decide. Thanks to the Tea Party, there’s real hope that we can rein in our profligate federal government.

Nate covers the full op-ed here.

UPDATE:

The Romneys attended a fundraiser in Orlando today. Among all that was said, a nugget was revealed: The Gov WILL campaign in Iowa. Read more here.

 

Video hat/ tip: RightSpeak.net (Bosman)

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Mitt Romney’s Time Has Come: Obama Gets an “F” on the Economy

The number of voters nationwide who give President Obama good or excellent marks for his handling of economic issues has fallen to a new low.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Voters show that just 31% rate Obama’s handling of economic issues as good or excellent.

Related to the economy, I came across this depressing map called The Decline: The Geography of Recession. It was last updated on January 12, 2022 with labor statics taken from the U.S. Department of Labor. It shows the deteriorating transformation of the U.S. Economy.

Take a look:

A larger, more impressive,  MORE DEPRESSING version of the above map can be found HERE and is really worth the look.

I would not expect the economy or job growth to improve much over the next two years. This is what will make the 2012 Presidential election one of the most important in the history of our country.

Mitt Romney’s time is now!

There are some good choices on the horizon among the 2012 Presidential hopefuls but only one GREAT CHOICE for what needs to be done to put America back on the road to economic recovery. That candidate is Mitt Romney. Not only would he bring his success as a Governor to the United States Presidency but he would, more importantly, bring his business savvy.

Here are some highlights of Romney business success taken from Wikipedia:

PLEASE NOTE: Several links to back up the claims in the highlights below, can be found HERE.

1977- 83 Bain & Company - Romney proved adept at learning the “Bain way”, which consisted of immersing itself in each client’s business, and not simply to issue recommendations, but to stay with the company until they were effectively changed for the better. With a record of success with clients such as the Monsanto Company, Outboard Marine Corporation, Burlington Industries, and Corning Incorporated, Romney became a vice president of the firm in 1978 and within a few years one of the its best consultants. Romney became a firm believer in Bain’s methods; he later said, “The idea that consultancies should not measure themselves by the thickness of their reports, or even the elegance of their writing, by rather by whether or not the report was effectively implemented was an inflection point in the history of consulting.



1983 - 90 Bain Capital - A spinoff of Bain & Company, Romney founded the company with Bill Bain. At first, Bain Capital focused on venture capital opportunities. Their first big success came with a 1986 investment to help start Staples Inc., after founder Thomas G. Stemberg convinced Romney of the market size for office supplies; Bain Capital eventually reaped a nearly sevenfold return on its investment. The firm’s successfully invested in or acquired many well-known companies such as Accuride, Brookstone, Domino’s Pizza, Sealy Corporation, Sports Authority, and Artisan Entertainment, as well as lesser-known companies in the industrial and medical sectors. Bain also was involved in leveraged buyouts which sometimes led to layoffs. Of these, Romney later said, “Sometimes the medicine is a little bitter but it is necessary to save the life of the patient. My job was to try and make the enterprise successful, and in my view the best security a family can have is that the business they work for is strong.”

1990 - 92 Bain & Company - Romney returned to Bain & Company which was facing collapse as a favor to his mentor Bill Bain and was named CEO taking only a symbolic salary of one dollar. Romney managed an effort to restructure the firm’s employee stock-ownership plan, real-estate deals and bank loans, while rallying the firm’s thousand employees, imposing a new governing structure that included Bain and the other founding partners giving up control, and increasing fiscal transparency. Within about a year, he had led Bain & Company through a highly successful turnaround and returned the firm to profitability without further layoffs or partner defections. He turned Bain & Company over to new leadership and returned to Bain Capital in December 1992.

1992 - 99 Bain Capital - Romney left Bain Capital in February 1999 to serve as the President and CEO of the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games Organizing Committee. By that time, Bain Capital was on its way to being one of the top private equity firms in the nation, having increased its number of partners from 5 to 18, had 115 employees overall, and had $4 billion under its management. His experience at Bain & Company and Bain Capital gave Romney a world view that was business oriented – centering around a hate of waste and inefficiency.



I’d like to hear about similar experiences of other candidates in this area. I don’t believe there are any. This is why I believe Romney is unique and that HIS TIME IS NOW!

UPDATE by Jayde: Is Romney Winning the Base?

(H/t Paulee)