Why not Romney?

by Thomas Goldsmith Oppenheimer on February 20, 2012

Like many of the people with whom I speak, I have had my doubts about the viability of Romney’s candidacy.  Democrats generally feel that Romney can’t beat Obama, and Gingrich, Santorum, and Paul inspire even less enthusiasm and confidence.  I know I can never cast a vote for Obama, as I disagree with almost everything he says in terms of the principles of governemnt.

So I have been looking for an explanation as to why I should vote for Romney.

I know Democrats will snicker that I have stated the above.  They see Obama as the gifted speaker, which he is, and they subscribe to his apporaches to governance, which largely consist of stripping individuals of most of their decision-making powers.

So I am almost 90% sure that I will be casting a vote for Romney in November, and each time I consider the concept, I grow more comfortable with the decision.  You see, I have decided that what we need in this country right now is something different than the candidate our system gives to us every four years.

Since Reagan managed to be a successful statesman, surprising the left and some of the right, the process has tried to nominate men or women who bear resemblance to Ronnie in demeanor and presentation.  The candidates have almost all been down-to-earth and ‘approachable’ – at least that is the image that each has cultivated to some extent.  Both Bushes had histories with which the American people could identify in some way.  The Elder parlayed his service to the country as a soldier, vice president, and director into an image of the tall, confident statesman that voters like.  The younger emphasized his battles with faith and with booze to identify himself as an underdog who had come back strong.  Clinton rose from nothing to feel our pain.  Obama was a street level community leader who was down in trenches helping the downtrodden.  (Of course, all of these images were fabricated, but they were created because voters would be influenced to vote for them.)

So I think Romney should cultivate a very different image.  What this country needs at the moment is a brilliant manager and strategist.  We need someone who genuinely understands how best to manage financial affairs.  We need a quick study statesman who may not have a backstory that makes him seem like one of us.  I think we should admit, for the first time in almost a half century, that our President’s most important attributes revolve around the skills, knowledge, and abilities that set him apart from us.

Romney has a history of success in leading, managing, and understanding the issues that are placed before him, especially in the financial arena.  What does this country need more than someone who understands money, finances, world markets, how to grow business, increase jobs, and avoid the errors that stifle progress?

I am no longer looking for a leader who feels my pain.  I want a leader who is crafty and resourceful, and knowledgeable enough to alleviate the pain.  He can start by promoting economic growth.


{ 47 comments… read them below or add one }

Anonymous November 7, 2012 at 2:03 am

All Obama is, is talk no action an that’s all he will always be an I believe that Romney would have got us out of debt and gave us jobs. I am a father of 2 children an now were liveing off of my savings because my job went under buisness because of are economy an Romney would have brought are economy. Up an out of debt.


JOSH November 5, 2012 at 11:01 am



Anonymous October 9, 2012 at 7:47 pm

I dont believe any of these candidates are “great” men. But when it comes to an election, i always base myself on what they have to offer to see who to vote for. I voted for Obama in 2008 because what he had to offer was convenient for me. After looking at the outcome, I lost trust in him. I cant stand hearing people say that “Obama just needs another 4 years” like if they’re 100% sure. What makes them so sure? Have they ever been president? anyways the point is, I dont think its logical to keep on going in the same path we have been for 4 years. Like Albert Einstein said “it is Insanity doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”


Anonymous November 1, 2012 at 8:40 am

If only you look at what your saying and realize how ridiculous it is. Most people vote as you do, basing it on self interest and temporary satisfaction. However this voting block is what has corrupted and twisted this country and the ideals it was built on. Your quote ““it is Insanity doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”” I find it funny that you would choose that, considering if Romany wins he will only be another republican staple to be easy manipulated by the party, such as bush and his father before him. If you delve deeper into the real problem of the last four years you will actually see it is the republican parties stubbornness and its complete aim to win and support the interests of the wealthy instead of improve the country that has held us back. Most people also don’t take into count that we could be going through a recession worse then the great depression of the 1930′s, this is what obama has had to deal. He saved the country from his predecessors mistakes that could have collapsed the entire market and with it most of the global economy. This is why that quote makes no sense because you want a man who has a plan to again outreach his budget with a war on terrorism instead a war on the Al-Kida (there is a difference). Terrorist groups exist in most of the world, dictators ruling countries ect… which is horrible but we need to realize that our goal should not be global domination but rebuilding the mess that Bush got us into. People say Obama has spent more then Bush but he has also balanced his spending, this spending again was to save the country’s/global economy from a complete collapse because of Bush. The reason why people say he needs another four years is because he has been too busy trying to carry a drowning country up to stabilization while dealing with ignorant republicans who want nothing more (not even a flourishing economy) then to fight obama on every issue.

For those of you who look at the situation logically anyways and don’t really care for either candidate, tell me what would be better? Lets look at both possibilities. If Romney wins and “even if” his plans might improve the economy faster he will spend his first four years fighting the democrats to appeal all Obama’s policies and when election time comes again we will be right beck where we are now. When it comes down to it Obama is the logical answer because he is improving the economy from when it hit its all time low. Taking a different path when we are finally starting to see improvements and get a momentum on the path we are on is only going to make everything backtrack itself and prolong once again building our economy and country.


A non e mouse August 29, 2012 at 9:43 pm

It is amazing how much more logical and intelligent democrat arguments are than republicans. Don’t go for the untouchable and irrational “because it’s what God would want” comments, they make folks roll their eyes and turn away every time. Who are we to claim we know what God wants? That is both insulting and a sin at the same time! THAT is taking the Lord’s name in vain. Puhleez….

Obama 2012


Thomas Goldsmith Oppenheimer August 30, 2012 at 2:01 pm

You want logical? Here’s logical: the current president was faced with a daunting task. Four years later, his primary accomplishment is a healthcare tax that most people do not want. His efforts at bolstering the economy have been at best ineffective. He has undermined relations with Israel, our one consistent ally.

His proposed second term solutions are to ramp up taxes and Hope the situation Changes.

Logic would say that his approach has failed, but you want to re-elect him. Go figure.


Anonymous August 30, 2012 at 2:46 pm

A healthcare tax that many people don’t want, but NEED. It takes more than one person to make something work. I don’t understand how people think that either all their problems will be solved with one president and the other president will be the end of the United States as we know it. The president is just one figurehead in a much, much bigger picture.

Biggest problem in government is gerrymandering and people’s apathy in state elections.


Anonymous September 10, 2012 at 7:03 am

So again we are down to brass tacks. People don’t want Obamacare, but because you and others feel that they NEED it, it’s ok for the government to undermine the will of the people. What happened to representtative government? What happened to of the people, by the people, and for the people?

Papa govenment is dangerous. Pull your damn head out of the sand.


d. W. September 9, 2012 at 10:46 pm

I am now rolling my eyes over by what you have said.

Voting for Obama with cause this country to fiinancially collapse on itself.
Every one has to control their expense, manage their money, except Obama, he tried to spend him self out of debt. Could some one tell him that never works.
Romney is the man who created jobs. That is what we need.


Anonymous August 29, 2012 at 9:00 am



USA September 9, 2012 at 10:59 pm

Yes, our world will end under Obama; Our world will survive under Romney.

Watch Movie: Obama 2012
to see what Obama has hide from the American people.

He wants to bring down Americas wealth, following his fathers goals, of his father’s hatred of American. This movie helps explain his intentions–weakening American, putting you and me at risk.


Lauren August 26, 2012 at 10:31 pm

We have not had a good president since JFK. Romney will be no different than the Bushes, Reagan, and the rest of the Elephantitis presidents. I hope he does when. When you see Gotham City roll up in your living rooms – stealing from you because Big Money Romney cut off peoples SSI and Welfare checks, and when all the lower income people are coming to turn tricks, selling drugs, and stealing in your neighborhoods, I hope you don’t regret your vote. I don’t trust Rich people. They don’t make good presidents. And yes, Obama is cleaning up Bushes mess. White man turn this country upside down, then they sent in a Black man to clean his mess, and when he doesn’t clean it fast enough people want to bitch and moan. This is not a fast food chain, this is the US. gov’t, people need to act like it. I gave Bush a chance and watched Bush’s every move in the White House. Bush killed this Country and when I voted for Obama, I knew he wouldn’t clear it up in four years. It will take 8 years, and 4 more presidential elections to clean that shit up. Just like Al Gore should have one, but the gov’t manipulate votes, I feel it coming again this election. Cause this country was founded on racist values, and when people want to kick a nigger out they will try to by all means. I hear more complaints about Obama than I ever did Bush. Not even Black folks complained about Bush as bad as White folks do about Obama. Explain that.


Anonymous August 27, 2012 at 7:26 am

I am sure that some people are biased against Obama because he is black. However, you admit that you are biased against Romney because he is wealthy. Why is your bias justifiable?
The prevailing dissatisfaction with Obama is not caused by racism. Obama made promises that his policies would effect change. For two years he had control of Congress. He implemented a number of ideas. The economy responded very little, and by many accounts, negatively.
Before it’s too late and you have made a bad voting decision, ask yourself this question: would you support the president’s four year record if his name were John McCain and his vp were Sarah Palin? Not a chance.
His record is poor. Vot him out.


Anonymous August 30, 2012 at 2:50 pm

I think someone’s record is bound to be poor with the shit of a situation he has to deal with. I’m not one of the crazy Obama fans who blames everything on Bush, but I’m not also one of the crazy Romney supporters who thinks that Obama didn’t do anything and Romney will solve all of their problems.

His record is not that bad honestly. 4 years isn’t much to go with either. Recommend this: http://whatthefuckhasobamadonesofar.com/


James August 17, 2012 at 12:55 am

Obama has done nothing but ruin our country and try to make up for the past by handing entitltments and high level jobs to incompetent Afriacn Americans. His Chicago Campaign Machine is run by thugs who couldn’t ” beat their way out of a paper bag” is confronted physically (which I’d love to do. They have nothing to debate with in terms of positive record, so they resort to scandalous lies.

If Democrats want Romney’s Tax Returns, give us Obama’s college transcripts. I’m sure we’d see terrible grades and foreign student application. How else could he get in? It would go a long way to letting us know where he was born too!


Anonymous November 1, 2012 at 8:51 am

WOW this is why racist people, like you, should not be allowed to vote. Beliefs such as yours are what is ruining this country and all the principles it was founded on. People like you are what make me ashamed to be an american sometimes.


Jena July 21, 2012 at 7:54 pm

Whereas, I agree that Mitt Romney appears unapproachable……There is a good reason for that…it has nothing to do with his ability to get the job done. He can do that…It has nothinng to do with his sincerity…He is sincere…nothing to do with his love for our counntry……He love the USA….however, he is a Piscean……Pisces people have to grow on you. They are born hiding themselves and their true feelings….It is just a protective shield…this shield keeps them from getting hurt, physically as well s mentally. If you can start seeing him as a Piscean as opposed to a stuck up rich, secretive man with something to hide…the real Mitt Romney will emerge and you will be able to see that he is a kind hearted, caring man who is very private in nature….but loves this country and will fight very hard to rescue each and every American by assisting him and her in climbing the highest ladder to their greatest potential. Please do not judge him by his outer appearance… It’s really true…You cannot judge a book by it’s cover….you must study that book…get to know that book…. sometimes you have to take a second look… You will be glad you did…for he is a good man with a big heart! You do not have to take my word for it….just give him a chance…he can and will keep his promises to the greatest extent of his ability. I have never met him in person…I have simply observed him very closely…via the way he carry himself, his devotion to his family and loved ones and determination to be able to say…”I told you so…You can count on me! Mitt Romney for president! He will not let you down America!


Wisdom August 8, 2012 at 10:53 am


You are either very young or very naïve. Please explain (logically) why he won’t release his tax returns for more than two years… like the past 10 presidents have done. Here are some facts: When he ran against Kennedy some years ago, he demanded that Kennedy release multiple years of tax returns, but he wouldn’t release his own. He was for Romney Care as governor of Mass and publicly stated that it would be good for the nation. Now that it’s been adopted for the nation by the President, he says it’s bad for the nation. He supported gun control in the early 2000’s and now he’s against gun control. He used millions of dollars of government money when he “saved” the Olympics, and now he against government and government funding of programs. I could fill up 50 pages of half truths and lies he’s told over the past 2 years. He will say and do whatever he thinks necessary to get elected. That being said, he’s been running for various offices for the last 20 years and he’s only been elected ONCE. Last year he paid 13.9% in taxes… that’s more than 10% less than I paid and I don’t earn nearly as much as him. I don’t care that he’s rich, I care that he’s likely guilty of tax evasion. Offshore accounts, Swiss bank accounts, millions in Luxembourg? He is clearly hiding money from the IRS. (illegally)
If you think he’s sincere, you’re a fool. Trust you? What a joke… do some homework you nut!!!


Wisdom March 16, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Janie and Gary,

If you believe the president should be a devout religious man and he should impose his religion on the rest of the country, ie. schools, courts, the workplace… then what happens if that president’s religion is different than yours. There are many different religions in America. Would you vote for a Jewish candidate? Would you not vote for a candidate if he/she was very religious but his/her religion was different than yours? You agreed that Romney comes from “descent honorable stock.” Does a man with 5 wives come from that same stock. If a man believes that people of color got their dark skin because they have been cursed by God, is he a decent man. There is only one reason that Americans have off-shore accounts in different banks, and that is to comit fraud… to hide from the IRS. Are people who do this decent and honorable? Do they come from good stock?Romney made millions of dollars at Bain Capital and he never produced a product. The “service” he provided was to take over struggling companies and liquidate them. It was all legal but it wasn’t the right thing to do. Many lost everything and it made not difference to him or his cronies. It was all about the $$$$$. Is this an honorable man. I think not. I’ve listend to him and the other GOP candidates very closely on the past few months and they have all told big lies about their past and their position on the issues. The biggest lies have been about the President. What has become of the Republican party? They are not decent men (except Ron Paul) and they certianly not honest or honorable. That’s why the only truly decent and honorable man will remain in the White House for another 4 years.

Thank you Mr. President!

Obama 2012


Frederick June 19, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Very accurate post. Romney would be another Bush, another 4-8 years of wars, greed and favoritism for the wealthy donors who rented him the White House.


Thomas Goldsmith Oppenheimer June 19, 2012 at 7:32 pm

You base your comparison to Bush on —- ? Oh, that’s right, you heard it on Bill Maher or some such other tv program. Obama’s stint has been an abysmal failure, yet his supporters can not be swayed. To them he is great no matter what he does.

I honestly don’t know if Romney is a good answer to the problems the country faces. I do know that four more years of Obama promises disaster.


Bob Williams August 1, 2012 at 11:27 pm

I choose Obama over Romney for the following reasons.

The unemployment rate was 5.0% in January 2008. The unemployment rate when Obama took office in January 2009 was 7.8% or a 2.8% increase in Bush’s final year. It peaked at 10.0% in October 2009 and has been declining slowly to the current 8.2%. The Dow Jones had plummeted from 10,587 in January 2001, Bush’s first day in office to 7949 January 20, 2009, Bush’s last day in office. This represent a net LOSS of 25% under eight years of Bush. On August 1, 2012, the stock market closed at 12,971 or a net GAIN of 63% under less than four years of Obama. While things aren’t perfect, they ARE better than they were four years ago. I didn’t vote for Obama in 2008, but he has earned my vote in 2012.


Wisdom August 30, 2012 at 12:08 pm

NewsFlash!!! You are not as intelligent as you think you are. You skew the facts to ammommodate your ends. Any reasonable person presented with the true facts about Obama and Romney would chose Obama. Romney has been for everything until he was against everything. There has been no bigger flip-flopper in the history of American politics. Check the facts….


Thomas Goldsmith Oppenheimer August 30, 2012 at 2:07 pm

I’m curious – how intelligent do I think I am? I don’t believe I have made any mention of my positions being smarter than anyone else’s. Instead, I have based each position on the facts I can gather and my experience with people and human nature.

The middle class that Obama claims to want to protect has lost earning power and personal wealth at a significant rate during each of his three years in office. I have repeatedly said that I am willing to give Romney’s approach a try, because Obama’s approach has proven to be destructive.

Bob Williams August 1, 2012 at 11:31 pm

Thank you Wisdom, your comments ring true


Concerned March 4, 2012 at 2:16 pm

The Republicans need a compassionate Republican image. They need to say we care about you. That is why we are reducing the debt and spreading the burden across all sections of society. That is why we are getting rid of departments that don’t make a difference or add value to our community. Instead, they come across as super rich, caring only for themselves and not caring for the poor. Before they get the Presidency they need action in Congress – their message needs to be about compassion. As for 2012 I predict an Obama landslide.


Gary Gibson March 10, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Dont be so sure. Obama is a fraud.


Peter March 12, 2012 at 7:11 pm

How can I be sure that Romney isn’t a fraud and a puppet as well?


Thomas Goldsmith Oppenheimer March 12, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Simply put – you can’t. A more recent post spells out a logical scenario as to how Paul’s presidency would run were he able to get elected. So the voting citizen tries to make an educated guess as to how things will go, given the candidates’ agenda and the forces which will push him to make decisions. In Romney’s case, Republicans will not support him if he doesn’t sanction an overhaul, or outright repeal of Obamacare. Similarly, his party will push him to address the debt with spending cuts, with the most Darconian measures not passing into law. The attempt to appease the other side of the aisle will prompt some changes in the tax laws, as the truly wealthiest Americans – like Buffet – are right in saying that the ultra-wealthy should not be paying less than the middle class.

Key Point: I think these things will happen. None of us knows that they will.


Bill Morton March 1, 2012 at 11:27 am

Given the strategy that Mitt Romney has in his DNA, the way he has always run – it is highly unlikely he will succeed in his presidential bid. He is the wrong candidate, at the wrong time, and of the wrong familial and moral background for 2012. Given that he he is a poster boy for “white” America doesn’t help either. The Republican Party must reinvent the brand, and they have to become completely beaten to a pulp before they can grow.
It is called “bottoming out” and the following step is “recovery” Courting young people in elite universities, as apposed to BYU, Texas A&M and Southern Methodist would be a first step, as would accepting global warming. Continuing on the present road will only take us on the road backward in terms of world leadership and the economy


Gary Gibson March 10, 2012 at 6:09 pm

We need a God fearing man as President. Not.a Muslim


dan March 11, 2012 at 10:50 pm

That’s offensive.


Thomas Goldsmith Oppenheimer March 12, 2012 at 8:12 pm

Gary, Muslims fear God. Ridiculously silly comment.


Frederick June 19, 2012 at 5:53 pm

Obama is not a Muslim you half-wit…. that is propaganda from Obama haters.


Thomas Goldsmith Oppenheimer June 19, 2012 at 7:35 pm

Frederick, and your earlier comment is propaganda from Obama sycophants. PROPAGANDA comes from all sides, including the Ron Paul camp. Think for yourself.


Wisdom August 30, 2012 at 12:14 pm

You sir, are a dumb-ass. You should be dismised from the roles of America. If I had my way, you would be executed for crimes against sanity. You Idiot!!!!!!


Thomas Goldsmith Oppenheimer August 30, 2012 at 2:10 pm

I am guessing that your comment is directed to me. I have found that people, when they have run out of arguments, resort to name calling. Thanks for the compliment.


Thomas Goldsmith Oppenheimer February 22, 2012 at 8:58 pm

If I vote for Ron Paul, in my opinion, I vote for Obama. Whomever the Republicans nominate will get my vote. You may be accurate in saying that Romney is too beholden to the Establishment, but I think all the politicians are, or will be, once they are in power – even Ron Paul. I see no reason to believe that Romney’s agenda will be to continue to stray from the ideals of the ‘republic’ in which we live, but I know that Obama’s agenda has been a direct attack on American values and tenets. Your last article says so directly.
I happen to agree with Ron Paul on many issues, but I can’t see him playing the game well enough to get elected, and the system in its present form demands that the nominee submit to the game.


Gary Gibson March 10, 2012 at 6:13 pm

We all need to follow the God of Abraham and just maybe he will save this nation from Satan. Satan seems
ems to be winning right now.


Anonymous May 11, 2012 at 4:56 pm

Dude you are trolling. I can see it through and through. :D


Erik the Red February 22, 2012 at 5:56 pm


This is where we part company, my friend. Romney is one of the Establishment’s lackeys, just like Gingrich. Have you not heard of RomneyCare? Mitt is more like Obama than many want to admit. Oh sure, he is entrenched in his Mormonism and he voices other “conservative values”. But at the end of the day, make no mistake that his election would be a continued erosion of our beloved Constitution, where Obama left off and Bush before that.

If you are TRULY concerned with the fate of our nation and a protection from our over-reaching government, Ron Paul is the only viable choice in 2012.


Justin "RON PAUL" 2012 February 28, 2012 at 4:25 pm

thank you Erik the Red, why don’t more people see this. Nothing is going to change if Romney or Santorum get in. Take a look at who funds these people. Romney is backed by the same people as Obama, Wallstreet!


Gary Gibson March 10, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Mitt comes from descent honorable stock. He will repeal Obama care, drill for oil, allow the Bible back in our schools, restore honor to the White House. He will make us proud to be Americans.


Janie Waguespack March 11, 2012 at 5:17 pm

I agree with everything Gary Gibson says…..thank you for saying exactly what I have been thinking and praying for for 3 years.


Anonymous May 4, 2012 at 11:42 am

Mitt sucks. If you want a real president, vote Ron Paul. At least he believes that people should be able to do whatever they want to themselves, without the government interfering.


Confused May 14, 2012 at 11:55 am

Yes vote Ron Paul and get the representative that represents you the least. Though you have your oppinions of Mitt Romney, you disagree with barack Obama as well. If you Vote Ron Paul you throw your vote to a third party leaving the entire Democratic Party to unite under Obama. Defeat is hardto take, Ron Paul is a solid candidate but not a winning candidate. If you want to make changes in this country you are going to have to compromise with the rest of nation. Seperation of Church and state my friend, its in our constitution. You should probably read it some time. You may be surprised with what you find.
P.S. Gary Gibson- Your really not making the honor of White House very faorable to me.


Anonymous August 1, 2012 at 11:23 pm

People wanted to repeal Medicare in the 1960′s. Would anyone be willing to give that up today? Whatever you want to call it, health care reform was long overdue in this country.

We need to look for renewable energy sources if we want to leave something to our children, not drill for oil. The oil companies have a strangle hold on our wallets and we need to change that.

While I believe in a separation between church and state, I believe that the morality in this country is scraping the bottom of the barrel and something needs to be done.

If we want to restore honor to all forms of government, we need to eliminate lobbying of Congress, limit political offices to a single term, eliminate political contributions and commercials and replace it televised debates, so interested individuals can learn where a candidate stands and make their decision based on facts, not the twisted misinformation in commercials. Bottom line, politicians need to be held accountable, serve their country and return to the private sector.

One last comment, no more political pensions. If you are a government employee or elected public servant, you collect social security like everyone in the private sector.


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