Tuesday, July 10, 2012
The John Kerry Dilemma
Ronald Reagan once famously asked, "Since when do we in America believe that our society is made up of two diametrically opposed classes — one rich, one poor — both in a permanent state of conflict and neither able to get ahead except at the expense of the other?" The answer it seems is whenever doing so benefits Democrats.
Obama and his surrogates have been trying to hit Romney hard on his wealth. Romney is estimated to have a net worth of just under $200 million. They say because of this he is out of touch, he is a rich elitist that isn't familiar with the struggles of the average American. As proof they point to offshore bank accounts, his tax rate of 15%, and his wife's horse hobby. What they never say is that Romney also donates an additional 14% of his income to charity.
Where were these Democrats so concerned with the country being led by an out of touch, rich, elitist just two presidential elections ago when they were busy nominating John Kerry?
John Kerry's net worth was around $1.2 billion in 2003, the year he began campaigning for the presidency. Not only does his immense wealth eclipse Mitt Romney's, but as uncovered by the Boston Globe, Kerry also made use off offshore bank accounts. However, unlike the Romney's, the Kerry's refused to release tax documents that would show whether they held any other offshore bank accounts.
When Barrack Obama took the stage at the 2004 DNC National Convention he didn't attack Kerry for his lavish wealth. Instead he praised him.
"In this election, we offer that choice. Our party has chosen a man to lead us who embodies the best this country has to offer. And that man is John Kerry."
The John Kerry dilemma isn't stopping the majority of middle-class and poor Democrats from buying into the propaganda. Here's just a smattering of the thousands of twitter posts parroting Obama's talking points:
Let's look at the facts. Obama took over an economy in the middle of a deep recession. He was elected to right the ship.
He promised his stimulus bills would keep the unemployment rate from going above 8%. It's never been below that. Although the economy is now adding some jobs, it is at a rate far less than that what is necessary to keep up with population growth.
He promised that if the government bailed out the auto industry they'd be able to avoid bankruptcy. They went into bankruptcy anyway and tax payers are out an estimated $30 billion and hundreds of former investors in the companies were stripped of their rights in order to hand a portion of those companies over to the very same people that were helping to drive them out of business.
Obama promised a lot of things he has failed to deliver on. His policies have resulted in the slowest recovery in history, the largest expansion of feed stamps and other welfare programs in history, and the largest amount of people leaving the workforce to collect disability. Not exactly the hope and change Democrats and independents were signing up for when they elected him.
On the other side, Mitt Romney has spent his entire professional life turning around failing organizations. At Bain Capital, his company invested in failing or struggling companies. In most cases they were able to turn them around saving and creating thousands of jobs.
In 1999, the Salt Lake Olympics was failing. It was suffering from massive budget deficits and was embroiled in scandal. Romney was asked to take over and help save the Olympics. He did just that. By the time the Olympics were over it had turned a profit and was considered highly successful. Many of those working with Romney were so impressed by his leadership that they went to work for his presidential campaign.
As governor of the liberal state of Massachusetts, Romney inherited a state that was 50th in employment rate. By they time he left office, Massachusetts had climbed to 28th.
It seems America is once again being offered a choice, a choice between a proven leader, one capable of taking struggling organizations and making them successful again and another man who has repeatedly put his ideology before the good of the nation, a man who has ignored the signs of his failed policies and advocates for more of the same. When Democrats go to the polls in November they will have to search their souls, reconcile their John Kerry dilemma, and make a choice.
To borrow a phrase from Obama, Republicans have chosen a man to lead us, one who embodies the best this country has to offer. And that man is Mitt Romney.