"It breaks my heart to see what’s happening in this country. These failing hopes make up President Obama’s own misery index. It’s never been higher. And what’s his answer? He says this: 'I’m just getting started.' No, Mr. President, you’ve had your chance."
Through Liberal Eyes - Mitt Romney is corporate America's 2012 presidential candidate. He's reaped a personal fortune from downsizing U.S. businesses by laying off American workers and outsourcing jobs to third world and other low wage, low labor-standards, low environmental-standards countries.
Expect Mitt "Corporations are People Too" Romney to fully believe that what's good for U.S. corporations is good for America. Under President Romney, also expect for-profit privatization of all possible government functions and jobs.
The bottom line: If greedy Wall Street executives are your heroes, you'll love Mitt Romney. Tea Partiers don't trust slick Mitt's Ivy League manners or his fuzzy flip-flipping on conservative social values.
Competitors - As of April 2012, Mitt Romney is widely acknowledged as the inevitable 2012 Republican presidential nominee. Gov. Romney's top competitors for the party's nomination included former Sen. Rick Santorum, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Herman Cain, pastor and businessman.
Mitt Romney on the Issues
- Corporate America - "Corporations are people, too..." shouted Mitt Romney in August 2011 to hecklers at the Iowa State Fair, aptly describing his closeness with corporate America.
Romney is apparently a firm supporter of the 2010 Citizens United ruling by the Supreme Court that corporate funding of political broadcasts in candidate elections must not be limited because corporations, like individuals, have free speech rights. The nightmarish ruling, heavily criticized by President Obama, equates corporate political spending with free speech.
- Immigration - Romney believes that a border fence should be built along the entirety of the U.S.-Mexico border. He does not support The Dream Act, which would provide the ability to apply for permanent residency for illegal immigrants who were brought by parents to the U.S. as minors.
Romney said in a 2011 Republican debate, "... if you're opposed to illegal immigration, it doesn't mean that you don't have a heart. It means that you have a heart and a brain."
- Social Issues - Mitt Romney has flip-flopped on most social issues, ostensibly for political expedience. Issues on which Romney has changed his public stance include abortion, stem cell research, gay rights and gun control.
Mitt Romney served one term as governor in blue-state Massachusetts, from January 2003 to January 2007. Romney ran unsuccessfully for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination. Romney won the 1994 Republican senatorial primary election, but garnered only 41% of the vote to 58% for incumbent Democrat Sen. Ted Kennedy.
Mitt Romney, American Businessman
After earning law and graduate business degrees from Harvard in 1975, Mitt Romney worked as a consultant for prestigious firm Boston Consulting Group where he proved talented and socially adept. Romney was recruited away in 1977 by Bain & Company, top-ranked management consultants, and made vice-president in 1978.
In 1984, Mitt Romney founded Bain Capital, a venture-capital and private equity firm that originally aimed to invest in and advise start-up companies and those in early stages of development.
"More than twenty five years after its inception, Bain Capital manages approximately $65 billion in assets, and has founded, acquired, or invested in hundreds of companies including AMC Entertainment, Aspen Education Group, Brookstone, Burger King, Burlington Coat Factory, Domino's Pizza, DoubleClick,... Guitar Center, Hospital Corporation of America, Sealy, The Sports Authority, Toys R Us,... Warner Music Group and The Weather Channel," per Wikipedia.
Romney left Bain Capital in 1999 to become President and CEO of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee which organized and ran the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Mitt Romney's Background
- Birth - Born on March 12, 1947 in Detroit, Michigan, one of four children born to George and Lenore Romney.
Father George Romney was a top U.S. auto industry executive, and three-term Michigan governor from 1963 to 1969. He served in the Nixon administration as Housing and Urban Development Secretary for four years after briefly running for the 1968 Republican presidential nomination.
- Education - Cranbrook Schools, a private school in wealthy Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. 1965. B.A. in English, 1971, Brigham Young University, where he was class valedictorian. J.D. and M.B.A., both in 1975, Harvard University
Romney matriculated two semesters at Stanford University before departing in 1966 for a 30-month mission in France for the Mormon church.
- Family - Married since March 21, 1969 to Ann Davies. Five adults son: Tagg (1970), Matt (1971), Josh (1975), Ben (1978), Craig (1981). Mrs. Romney was diagnosed in 1998 with multiple sclerosis.
- Faith - Christian, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon)