Mitt Romney: Keeping It In The Family

January 15, 2012

Columbus, MS, News, Politics

by Invino Veritas

2012 is a big year for the American people and world in general. Depending on what you believe, the world will end, the golden age will begin, the illuminati will reveal themselves and enslave the people, the seven years before Armageddon begins, and yes, the presidential race begins. When I think of all the possibilities for this upcoming year, these thoughts become really quite overwhelming. But I was taught to believe in a simple idea, and that idea is that you can’t worry about the things you cannot control. This rings true for most things. Live life, have fun, watch a movie, go to the circus, smile, laugh, and be happy; it doesn’t matter. But if you are like me, you don’t put a lot of faith in the end-of-the-world scenarios with which we have been bombarded over the years. But out of that list of potential happenings, there is at least one thing we can control. The American people can elect their President (at least in theory).

I think I’ve been pretty clear so far about how I feel about the state of affairs in this country. The foundations of this country:  its ideals and political landscape and its understanding of the past, present, and history is at stake. The Bill Of Rights is being undermined at every corner. The United States Constitution is being subverted at every turn. The overall political theory and practice is changing from what it was intended to be. Law doesn’t seem to mean anything to those who have enough money to shrug off the penalties, or circumvent and abuse the current system. The unfortunate thing is twofold, however. First, if we don’t change something, it’s all just going to get worse. Second, we, as a nation, need to realize and act to prevent it. But the hard part is convincing 300 million people that a.) they can make a difference, b.) that entertainment isn’t as important as some of these current affairs, and c.) they are losing their rights and abilities to live the way that they and their children want to live. Moreover, we need to stand united against these problems and prevent ourselves from being continually divided by those who have and want more power and resources. The people — the human beings who are citizens of this country — are the power, and they need to fight to keep their power.

Recently, the media has flooded the airwaves with reports from the Iowa Caucus and New Hampshire Primary, and now the candidates are heading to South Carolina. I’ve included a couple of graphs to help you guys get a better look at how each presidential candidate is doing so far:

The Associated Press, as you can see, says that Mitt Romney leads both states. Michele Bachmann seems to have dropped out, or so I hear. Newt Gingrich, despite professing that he’s going to win, is staring failure in the face. Despite dropping to fifth place in New Hampshire, Rick Santorum seems to have decent support having come in second in Iowa. Rick Perry is a non-issue at this point, but Ron Paul remains strong in both states — finishing second in New Hampshire and third in Iowa. While it’s nice to have a visual depiction of the summaries, I have this distinct tendency to want to see a little more than the graphs are often willing to tell, so I set out to find out a little bit more about this guy Mitt Romney who seems to be winning the vote so far. It’s important to know something about the guy who you want to lead the country. Only with quality information, and an abundance thereof, can we make the right, informed decision. With this in mind, let’s take a look at the front runner: Mitt Romney.

Mitt Romney’s family has been in American politics for several generations. His father, George W. Romney, was the Governor of Michigan from 1963 – 1969. Mitt was Governor of Massachusetts from 2003 – 2007. George W. Romney was the great-grandson of Parley Pratt, one of the Mormon Church‘s original Council of the Twelve Apostles. Now, here’s where it gets interesting: Parley’s great-great-etc-grandson is Jon Huntsman, Jr. Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman, Jr., one of the other presidential candidates, are related! (If that doesn’t smell like a three-day-old egg sandwich left out in the sun, then I don’t know what does.) That, my friends, is what could be metaphorically seen as ‘stuffing the ballot box’. That means the Pratt-Romney-Huntsman family got roughly 30% of the vote in Iowa and roughly 50% of the vote in New Hampshire. But let’s have a little bit of fun, and present a hypothetical situation. Let’s ‘pretend’ that Huntsman, Jr. drops out of the race and concedes to Romney’s superior votes. So what, right? Hypothetically, once again, let’s say Huntsman decides to endorse Romney… and why shouldn’t he? He’s family, and they both have strong (very strong) ties to the Mormon Church. Ok, I’ll stop here. I think I just threw up in my mouth a little bit at the thought of the Presidency becoming a family business…  again.

OK, so all we know at this point is that Romney and Huntsman are related. On the surface, it may not be a big deal if it’s legitimate. But who can say? The next thing I find interesting about Mitt Romney is a statement he said at one of his speeches to promote his campaign. He said, “Corporations are people.” OK, first of all, no they are not. There’s been a little discussion recently about this idea of corporate personhood, and it’s time to put this to rest. I’m going to tell you why corporations are not people, and it really doesn’t have anything in the least to do with rights and money. It has to do with numbers and logic. If you’ve seen some of my other pieces, you know I like to diagram and point out the fallacy in silly arguments like this — so here we go. To begin, the argument that corporations are people violates a fundamental principle of logic. This fundamental principle demands that what is true of the properties of an object is not necessarily true of the entire object. Confused? In other words, corporate personhood assumes that the properties or qualities or the individual are the same as the collective. That’s like saying one bee is a hive. Using the same logic, you are saying one apple is an entire apple tree. It’s the same logic as saying that all you need to have a union is one worker. Here’s a good and similar fallacy for you: one Senator makes a Congress. Well, Mr. Romney, I don’t know about you, but last I checked, 1 was not equal to 2 or more. You know why? IT’S BECAUSE 1 IS NOT EQUAL TO TWO OR MORE. (Ahem.) At no time in the history of the universe has 1 equaled 2 or more. But for some reason, Mitt Romney wants you to believe that 1 is not equal to 1 but rather 2 or more. Make sense to you? Besides, why would you want to have board members who are citizens of other countries lobbying for policies in the United States? Me neither, but Mitt Romney apparently doesn’t seem to mind.

It’s pretty clear that President Barack Obama has been less than a stellar leader. He nearly bankrupted the country and increased the deficit by leaps and bounds. He helped to introduce fascist legislation and assisted with the undermining of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. But we have an opportunity to stop this sort of behavior when we vote and elect a new president. Generallly, if you follow the money, you can follow the problems through the system and avoid many of the same mistakes in the future. Knowing this, let’s follow the money. Who funded Barack Obama? Well, thanks to the guys over at the Ron Paul camp, we can take a look at where the money came from and where it is going. (No, this is not an endorsement for Ron Paul. This is me reporting my sources of information.) Let’s take a look:

Now, as the picture above shows, Mitt Romney was funded by nine of the companies that were bailed out. Five of those nine companies funded Barack Obama. This means that those same corporations are funding Mitt Romney’s campaign. Corporations don’t lobby unless they have a reason to do so, and it’s simply not reasonable to believe that the views of those corporations have changed in the last four years. This implies and suggests that Mitt will likely bring us much of the same that we had the last four years.

To this point, it appears as if all I have to say about Mitt Romney are things that are negative. To be fair, I tried to take the time to point out some positive things he did while in office. He managed to change the Massachusetts deficit to a surplus in three years’ time. He helped to close tax loopholes in the State of Massachusetts as well. As Governor, Romney helped to end the legislative stalemate in Massachusetts, paving the way for new legislation. Can we expect him to do these things as President on a national scale? Doubtful. Juggling a couple billion dollars is nothing like trying to manage the budgets and amounts of money involved with the U.S. Government. He may very well find and close some tax loopholes on the federal level in the tax system. But one of the hot topics with Romney is whether or not he will repeal ‘ObamaCare’, and the general consensus seems to be that either he will refuse, refuse to repeal it completely, or simply be unable to do so. But it’s been a year since it was reported that ObamaCare was modeled after Romney’s health care reform law in Massachusetts. Given this information, it seems more likely that he may change the current health care system and tweak ObamaCare, merely turning it into RomneyCare Version 2.0. But when you finally bite into that sandwich, it could very well taste like the other sandwich, and there’s plenty of complaint to go around with ObamaCare already.

It really wasn’t my intention to write this article with the idea of smearing Mitt Romney. But then again, is it really me that is smearing him by simply bringing to light his own doings? No, I don’t really think so. After all, it’s called ‘being accountable for his actions’. I tried to present you, the reader, with truly positive things using the resources I had at my disposal. But even if you are able to find minute snippets of positivity about Mitt Romney, it does not and cannot remove the quantity and weight of some of the negative things he accomplished and represents. It seems to me that Romney isn’t really a politician so much as he’s a capitalist. Wherever the money pops up, Romney seems to be there hanging out with the valet, metaphorically speaking. Romney spent years as CEO and co-founder of Bain Capital, where he instituted a practice of maximizing profits for the stakeholders. That sort of mentality will not translate to the politics of the federal government any better than it’s been tried to this point. The United States is built on the exact opposite idea. It’s not about the few; it’s about the masses. With that, I’m reminded by something Jon Stewart of The Daily Show said the other night, when he was talking to Senator Jim DeMint. Jon said, “…there is no question there is collateral damage from [capitalism], and that collateral damage has to be addressed in some measure by something. And it has to be something big, because corporations — the swath that they cut is bigger than people can fight. And there is a reason why unions arose. There’s a reason why regulation arose, and it’s not that people wanted to limit freedom — they wanted to eat meat that didn’t give them hepatitis.” Isn’t it time we got away from this course? It’s just not working.

Attempting to make sense of his universe, Invino Veritas bubbles outward from the chaos, sometimes submitting to its infinite whirl, and other times raging against its disregard for its own elements. His writings incorporate multiple styles and energies which can be found on his own blog of random things at http://musingsfortheinsane.blogspot.com/.

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4 Comments on “Mitt Romney: Keeping It In The Family”

  1. George Munson Says:

    Good call, Mr. Veritas. Just a few minutes ago, Huntsman announced that he’s dropping out of the race, and that he is going to endorse GOP ‘rival’ Mitt Romney.

    Interesting article..

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  2. Danny Liu Says:

    The real reason they don’t want to abandon Afghanistan is, because of the Exxon Mobile’s pipeline pumping oil from Afghanistan. George Bush Jr. brags he went to Iraq for the oil, to show off to his affluent friends. So instead of half the national deficit, we have it double, they want to build permanent bases in Iraq and Afghanistan, so big oil, and the Republican’s can get rich. So why do they want to make Afghanistan a permanent duty station so they can protect the interest’s of big oil and the pipeline, before they started drilling and pumping oil out of Afghanistan, the country was considered the largest untapped oil resource in the world. They don’t talk much about the pipeline now because the Billionaire’s and corporations have silence everyone. I don’t vote and support neither party. George Bush Jr and the Republican party wanted to control the oil infrastructure of Iraq, and Afghanistan to enrich themselves, Billions traded for the corporations, while America accumulated Trillions in national debt, not such a good trade off, but it was for 1% of the population.

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    • Danny Liu Says:

      The people of Afghanistan live simple lives as farmers and ranchers, living off of mountain goats, and sheep’s, and simple crops, too stupid to realize what they have an abundant source of natural resources that they do not benefit from, while Hamid Karzai hordes over 100 Billion in secret accounts for himself. The people of Afghanistan use horses and donkeys, and pick up trucks, as their main weapons, while military contractor’s keep building new weapon system’s for themselves and get richer, America goes down hill in debt. China owns 11% of the national debt, and Japan owns 10% and they are over 200% over GDP in national debt. So who owns most of the national debt Private Security Firms profiting off the national debt of the U.S.

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  3. emma Says:

    Had you rather “SHARE the WEALTH like OBAMA wants too ? If we don’t replace him soon there will be no need for oil. Maybe too late now .

    Reply

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