Monday, July 9, 2012

Who is Willard Mitt Romney?

Get to know the candidates before you vote!

His full Name is: Willard Mitt Romney.

• He was Born: March 12, 1947 and is 65 years old.
• His Father: George W. Romney, former Governor of the State of Michigan.
• He was raised in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
• He is Married to Ann Romney since 1969; they five children.
• Education: B.A. from Brigham Young University, J.D. and M.B.A. from Harvard University.
• Religion: Mormon - The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints.

Working Background:

• After high school, he spent 30 months in France as a Mormon missionary.
• After going to both Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School simultaneously, he passed the Michigan bar exam, but never worked as an attorney.
• In 1984, he co-founded Bain Capital a private equity investment firm, one of the largest such firms in the United States .
• In 1994, he ran for Senator of Massachusetts and lost to Ted Kennedy.
• He was President and CEO of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.
• In 2002, he was elected Governor of the State of Massachusetts where he eliminated a $1.5 billion deficit.

Some Interesting Facts about Romney:

• Bain Capital, starting with one small office supply store in Massachusetts, turned it into Staples; now over 2,000 stores employing 90,000 people.
• Bain Capital also worked to perform the same kinds of business miracles again and again, with companies like Domino's, Sealy, Brookstone, Weather Channel, Burger King, Warner Music Group, Dollarama, Home Depot Supply, and many others.
• He was an unpaid volunteer campaign worker for his dad's gubernatorial campaign 1 year.
• He was an unpaid intern in his dad's governor's office for eight years.
• He was an unpaid bishop and stake president of his church for ten years.
• He was an unpaid President of the Salt Lake Olympic Committee for three years.
• He took no salary and was the unpaid Governor of Massachusetts for four years.
• He gave his entire inheritance from his father to charity.
• Mitt Romney is one of the wealthiest self-made men in our country but has given more back to its citizens in terms of money, service and time than most men.
• And in 2011 Mitt Romney gave over $4 million to charity, almost 19% of his income. Just for comparison purposes, millionaire Joe Biden gave $5,540 or 1.5%.

Mitt Romney is Trustworthy:

• He is unafraid to show us his real birth certificate.
• He is unafraid to show us his high school and college transcripts.
• He is unafraid to show us his social security card.
• He is unafraid to show us his law degree.
• He is unafraid to show us his draft notice.
• He is unafraid to show us his medical records.
• He is unafraid to show us his income tax records.
• He is unafraid to show us he has nothing to hide.

Mitt Romney's background, experience and trustworthiness show him to be a great leader and an excellent citizen for President of the United States.

You may think that Romney may not be the best representative the Republicans could have selected. At least I know what religion he is, and that he won't desecrate the flag, bow down to foreign powers, or practice fiscal irresponsibility. I know he has the ability to turn this financial debacle that the current regime has gotten us into. We won't like all the things necessary to recover from this debt, but someone with Romney's background can do it. But, on the minus side, He never was a "Community Organizer", never took drugs or smoked pot, never got drunk, did not associate with communists or terrorists, nor did he attend a church whose pastor called for God to damn the US.

Note: I verified the above at left-leaning Snopes.

I confess that Romney doesn't elicit the emotional attachment that Obama does. But, are you going to vote based on emotion or reality? I know he's not a minority. But, are you going to vote based on the candidate's character, as suggested by Martin Luther King, Jr., or based on the color of his skin?

I am troubled by some of this past actions on key issues (abortion, homosexual marriage, and gun rights). But, he says he's changes his views on those issues. It's clear that his opponent is still on what i consider to be the wrong side of those issues.

So, Romney is far from my ideal presidential candidate. But, he's the only candidate with a chance to replace one of the only anti-American president we've ever had. Romney will get my lesser-of-two-evils vote. Regardless, we voters must do better pre-vote homework than this:

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