New Hampshire Primary Push Brings Romney's True 'Rich Guy' Colors Out

With the New Hampshire primary looming large (tomorrow) and Mitt Romney looking poised to take number one, there is no more important time to look closely at who he is and the many (many!) reasons he ought not become the President.

It would be easy to talk about the convenient ways he changes his views based on who he needs to appeal to at any given moment. As a resident of Massachusetts, I have watched him evolve from the governor who was socially (somewhat) liberal, who helped usher in mandatory health insurance coverage as well as gay marriage (even though he was openly opposed) into someone who would not vehemently oppose both.

It gets worse. Many (like Newt Gingrich) says Romney is a liar who only supports rich people. And even Mitt admits as much. On Sunday, a Meet the Press debate proved that Romney believes only wealthy people should run for office. He said:



He [Romney's father] had good advice to me. He said, ‘Mitt, never get involved in politics if you have to win an election to pay a mortgage. If you find yourself in a position when you can serve, why you ought to have a responsibility to do so if you think you can make a difference, you oughta have a responsibility to do so.

Now, that could be taken any one of several ways, but the fact is, Romney is rich. He is incredibly rich and he apparently thinks that anyone who has a mortgage on their home (the grand majority of us) ought not be in positions of power. His point may very well have been to say that someone who NEEDS a job might not be the best for it and maybe he is right. But coming from someone so wealthy, it just seems wrong.

The fact is, people as wealthy as Mitt lose perspective. They forget what it is like to not be able to afford to fix the heat in your home or potentially have to default on a mortgage. They forget what it is like to have to send their kids to struggling public schools because they can't afford the $40,000 a year tuition at schools like Belmont Hill (the school where is his sons attended). In fact, as a voter, I would so much rather vote for someone who understand 99 percent of us than someone who understands only one percent.

When Romney joked that he was proud of making Senator Ted Kennedy take out a mortgage on his home when he ran against him for senate, he showed just how out of touch he really is. There is no shame in having a mortgage and the fact is, if we only let people without them become President, we would be looking at a rarefied, sheltered and out of touch bunch of candidates (which is really not far from what we have anyway). What will he say next? Only rich people should vote? It seems that the people who are most interested in serving the majority ought to hold office. Is that just crazy talk, though?

Romney can talk a big game about how he wants to serve his country, but what he really wants is to be President. He is willing to change everything about his stance and his beliefs in order to get there, too. There is not much I agree with Newt Gingrich on in this world, but on this, I do. He recently told the CBS Early Show what a liar Romney is and has been. He said:

It’s just like his pretense that he’s a conservative. Here’s a Massachusetts moderate who has tax-paid abortions in RomneyCare, who has Planned Parenthood in RomneyCare, raises hundreds of millions of dollars of taxes on businesses, appoints liberal judges to appease Democrats, and wants the rest of to believe somehow he’s magically a conservative.

I would never vote for either of them, but if I had to choose, I would not go with the man who wants to be in the Oval Office more because it is a life goal and thinks only rich people should be there. Let's hope the New Hampshire primary shows people are smart enough to see through him.

Do you think only rich people should run?



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