Mitt Romney Fails to Qualify as President - Page 2
One is that another stash of money went offshore, to the Cayman Islands or to Switzerland or to somewhere else. Romney refuses to say how much or where. If half his earnings in 2010 snuck away into offshore accounts, the 13.9 percent underpayment of fair taxes becomes 6.8%. On his money, government services got only about one-third of a fair share, not even the two-thirds he admits.
Let’s assume that every other dodge and loophole Romney used is legal. It’s also legal to exaggerate when you’re selling a used car. It is legal to lie to your wife when you’re having an affair. It is legal to spend your children’s college fund on binge drinking and gambling. And it is legal to dump your dad into a nursing home while you suck off his retirement, as long as you’ve first convinced the old guy he can trust you.
Are any of these things presidential? No, of course they are not.
Then there is Bain Capital. Not the Bain that exported jobs overseas for profit (not presidential) or the Bain that ruined modestly profitable companies by debt-loading (also not presidential.) No, this is the Bain that Romney ran for three years longer than he claimed. One can’t really imagine why he’d lie. He hasn’t said. Perhaps this explains where the offshore money came from. In any event, this is yet another example of Romney failing presidential muster.
The Republican Party still has a chance to nominate a candidate who is worthy of serving as President. An open convention would be messy and embarrassing. But it might also be soul cleansing.
The GOP really has no other choice. The alternative is to put forward Mitt Romney, a candidate not even worthy of competing for the office, much less holding it. He doesn’t believe in government enough to contribute to its cost. He doesn’t believe in voters enough to let them weigh the facts themselves. He seems to be – as each day we find out more and more – a man who has spent his entire adult life betting against America.
In the end, Mitt Romney is a candidate who is not fit to serve as President. He simply doesn’t believe in the United States of America.
Art courtesy of DonkeyHotey