As I pointed out in the key issues and positions I am for (on Why I Voted For Obama in 2008 page), that I offered to show that I am for some 'left' and for some 'right' items:
Good management of the Government Sounds like an oxymoron, but an excellent CEO can make alot of progress. We cannot achieve low enough taxes and spending to have a balance budget unless we do this vital piece - othewise it is wishful thinking. (He is the only candidate who has actually done this!)
ANYBODY CAN PROMISE things and some can make great speeches, but the question is "WHO CAN ALSO DELIVER, based on PROVEN PERFORMANCE and not just conjecture!"
Romney had to improve and greatly refine his skills in challenge after challenge, in the real world. And
now he can use those to transform America back into what represents true American values.
Do not base your vote on wishful thinking such as:
"He'll change this time." (Obama, Gingrich)
"It doesn't matter if he has experience in governing, he's smart (or eloquent or well-meaning or bold)."
(Obama!, Gingrich, Santorum, )
"I am the most electable." (Santorum - "Least popular of all 100 Senators, with a 38% approval rating and a
Let's try REAL SUBSTANCE THIS TIME - and have someone qualified for the actual position (the Chief Executive Officer Of The United States). (See Comparison Of The Candidates, which uses the criteria for a President. There is NO REAL COMPARISON between Romney and the other candidates - he alone stands out as being qualified through actual experience, versus theory and/or promises.)
TRACK RECORD QUICK SUMMARY
I'll make more comments, but for now you can look at these and follow the links to the pages that back them up and elaborate on them:
PROVEN CAPABILITY Of OUTSTANDING EFFECTIVENESS (Especially Where It Matters Most!)
Saved it from being closed down after 9/11). Salary $1/year.
PROBLEM SOLVING FOR BUSINESS - Management consulting experience and success = figuring
out how to make things work better!
RESCUED OLD CONSULTING FIRM! (Bain and Company, which got into financial difficulty),
temporarily leaving Bain Capital. Salary $1/yr.
RESCUED, CREATED BUSINESSES, WITH EXCEPTIONAL RESULTS - RAN BAIN CAPITAL,
outstanding results for investors (60% were pensions, union funds, foundations) - Demonstrated
ability to turn things around)
Review what was accomplished and the artiificially created attributions to him.
DEFICIT REDUCTION - Took Mass. from $3B deficit to $1B surplus, plus a rainy day fund of $2B;
$1/year. See accomplishments in promoting business, streamlining permit process, solving health
care crisis, having education be #1 in nation, etc.
Medical insurance solution - Reconstructed, with necessary compromises with Dems, a system to
cover uninsured, better and more economically, with no new taxes (Understand why it was
done this way and how it is not the same as Obamacare in its practical aspects and unique
design to save a catastrophe for the state and note that his gathered experts were so good
Obama sought them out to help. His only "mandate" was a requirement that "free riders" pay
JOINT DEGREES AT HARVARD, HONORS: Baker Scholar at Harvard Business School, cum laude
Harvard Law School,while married with two children
MANAGING, GOVERNING EXPERIENCE
Romney 30 years
Obama 3 years (?) (Community service organizer, up to 13 people in organization)
EDUCATION & BUSINESS EXPERIENC
1975 Graduated Harvard Law and Harvard Business, all honors
1975 Boston Consulting Group (BCG), thinking that working as a management consultant to a variety of companies would prepare him for a future job as a chief executive
1977 Hired away by Bain & Company (consulting)
1984 Cofounded Bain Capital
Jan.1991 Return to Bain & Company - Ask to and did save from financial collapse
Dec 1992 - After success, return to Bain Capital
1993-1994 - On leave: Ran for senator against Kennedy, lost due to a smear/innuendo about Bain
1999 Left permanently, no involvement
PUBLIC SERVICE ($1/year)
Feb 1999 Left to serve as President/CEO of 2002 Winter Olympics; spectacular success - Excellent display of his capabilities, across the spectrum.
Negotiated passive profit sharing on departure (he was not involved after 1999)
2002 election, 2003-2007 as Governor of Massachusetts
2006-2008 - Preparing and running for Pres.
*81- 94 - Layperson over a 'congregation. and later as stake president over 12 congregations.
As a young man, spent 2+ years as a missionary for his church, stepping up when needed to run the mission territory, in France. [Significant extra experience: Driver speeding the opposite direction ran into his car, killing one of the passengers, and he was thought to be unrecoverable at initial look. This brought alot of early reflection.]
Married with two children while at Harvard. Five children now.