Mitt Romney told the truth. And he is now apologizing for it.
This is, and has been, my problem with Mitt Romney.
When you say something such as “there are people who feel entitled to handouts and do not pay taxes who will vote for President Obama no matter what…”, you are stating a fact. This is not up for debate. It is not an “opinion”. This is the truth.
You should not care who is offended by the truth.
So… you should not apologize. Ever. You don’t even think about it.
Yet, he does and did.
Keep in mind, he has my vote… but he was not my first choice exactly because of situations like this. His ideological foundation that his premises are built upon is questionable at best. I believe Romney will win this election, but he will need to be watched closely throughout his term. (This reality will also require many “limited government conservatives” to ride his coat-tails into office. The down ticket matters immensely.)
So why does this man need to have a very strong grounding in Limited Government and Free-Markets?
Because if he wins he will have to extricate government interference from the markets and employ simple, predictable tax law so we can figure out how to invest. He will have to communicate this clearly and often… almost daily. He will have to communicate at every step. He will have to understand, genuinely know, that this is what must be done in order to save the U.S. from fiscal collapse.
So what does that mean?
It means that there will be a ton of pain quickly. Interest rates will need to skyrocket in order to begin undoing the ridiculous amount of newly printed money that has been pushed into the market. There will be at least a full year of ugliness before economic numbers can begin to improve. Romney will have Socialists screaming “SEE, SEE, SEE, he’s no better! He’s even WORSE! And if the Republicans have any desire to retain the House and Senate in 2014 they will have to be prepared for this, starting at the top. Retaining both houses will be integral to any possible success, this eventuality will force a very accelerated and painful 2013. But the up-front pain is only the first step of recovery from our addiction to government and the Socialist paradigm. This will be a decades long process.
So back to my original point… if this guy is apologizing for making a factual statement, where is he going to be when things get hard? If he can’t stand by the truth, what will he do when the population needs an explanation, and a lot of them, not an apology?
The covert tape of this Boca Raton fundraiser where he states the facts he is now apologizing for should instead be turned into a campaign ad. It could only add some clarity to a person best described as Mr. Gray Area.
Mitt Romney does not yet know why he thinks what he thinks. We can not assume he ever will. We must surround him with people in the House and Senate who do.
His Fear of truth is unacceptable.
Somebody buy this guy a shot.