Romney’s financial success should be touted as a virtue in this election

The Democrats are pointing to Romney’s wealth as a reason to vote against him.  In keeping with their Marxist world view that the economy is a finite pie, they are arguing, both implicitly and explicitly, that he must have stolen his wealth from the little people.  Republicans, rather than sneering at this economic fallacy, are trying to back away from Romney’s wealth.  Their snappy comeback to Marxist financial illiteracy is that “Romney is a decent human being despite his wealth.”  This is typical Republican stupidity.

Romney’s wealth is the best thing going for him.  In a time of tremendous financial trouble, this is a guy who understands money, markets, and economics generally.  Just think.  If we elect Romney, in a single election, we can go from an economic illiterate to an economic genius.  But noooo.  We accept their narrative, and are embarrassed instead of proud.

Years ago, I worked on a will contest case.  A little old lady had died and left her largest asset to the woman who had cared for her for twenty years.  The little old lady’s not-so-great-niece sued, claiming that the caregiver had used undue influence on the lady.  The contestant’s single most important piece of evidence was a letter over the lady’s signature in which the lady lambasted both the great-niece and her mother, claiming that they were parasites who made her miserable.  The great-niece contended that the letter was proof that her great-aunt was under the caregiver’s malevolent influence when she wrote the letter because, they claimed, she loved her family too much ever to put her name to such a calumny.

It’s no exaggeration to say that we spent years of litigation trying to deny that letter.  We read it this way and that way to prove that it wasn’t really vicious, that the old lady didn’t really mean what she said;  that someone else had actually written it so it had nothing to do with the caregiver; and that the letter was entirely unrelated to the eventual will.  We couldn’t back away from that letter fast enough, and the great-niece raised it in practically every paragraph of every brief she filed.

And then one day, I had an epiphany:  Let’s embrace the letter.  Instead of being on the defensive, let’s go on the attack.  Let’s use the letter to show that the old lady was correct and that both the great niece and her mother were indeed avaricious, vicious, manipulative, unkind people who had a distant relationship with the lady and were trying to bully her into handing giving them her money. Once we viewed the letter as proof of their greed, rather than trying to deny it as evidence of our own client’s malfeasance, everything fell into place.  A lot of evidence that had been difficult to address suddenly gained meaning.

Needless to say, we won the case.

The Super Tuesday results haven’t been tallied, but I’m beginning to sense that Romney is indeed inevitable, and it’s time for us to love him for his virtues — his very real virtues — instead of accepting the Democrats’ efforts to define those same virtues as faults.

This guy is scary smart.  So what if it makes his delivery a little stiff.  That brain is busy processing information at levels we should appreciate and enjoy, not ridicule and resent.

This guy has a huge learning curve.  Yes, he’s fighting this election hard, because he learned in 2008 that he had to.  He’s the opposite of insane, if one accepts that the definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over, while expecting a different outcome.

This guy lives a life of moral rectitude, decency, and charity.  Nobody has (yet) stepped up to claim that Romney has cheated on his wife, harassed women, abused animals, or stolen candy from babies.  We know that he donates sums of money to charity.  We also know that, when people are in need, he is there for them, regardless of the cost to himself.

This guy has increasingly embraced conservativism with age and who am I, a neocon myself, to find that trajectory unforgivable?

This guy is better than Obama.  Well, a chair is better than Obama, so I’m not sure whether this is true praise.  How about:  this case is way, extraordinarily, incredibly much better than Obama on every single political issue.

And most importantly, this guy understands money.  That’s a good thing.  A really, really good thing, and anyone who says otherwise may have an agenda that involves America’s financial collapse.

If Romney is indeed the Republican candidate, don’t feel as if you have to hold your nose to vote for him.  Vote for him with gusto.  He may not be the greatest president America has ever had, but he’ll certainly be a very, very good president.

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  • Michael Adams

    Amen, Book!Romney and everyone else needs to confront the Ali Baba economics of the Left.  I hear it everywhere, and I live in Blessed Texas. I call it Ali Baba because the only way that they can imagine one might accumulate wealth is to steal it, like the forty thieves.
    That Marxist  meme has permeated into every area of American life, and it’s worse, of course, in Europe. The economic illiteracy is so pervasive, and not limited to #Occupy Resolute Desk. People actually believe that you can make something be worth more, or more abundant, by fiat. We are already hearing, once again, that oil prices are high because of those damned speculators. People who break out in hives at the suspicion that some public figure does not “believe in evolution,” are utterly willing to accept the silliest pronouncements on economics.
    [Yeah, they are the folks who usually have only the very vaguest, and generally erroneous, understanding of evolutionary theory.]

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  • expat

    I just read a piece over at American Spectator saying that Romney would push for cap and trade. This is a perfect example of how people use scare tactics against Romney.  I can’t think of anyone more capable of crunching numbers than Mitt. Given the problems Europeans are having with their cap and trade programs as well as their varieties of renewable energy schemes, Mitt is the person least likely to throw our money away on feel-good schemes. He is also smart enough not to campaign on getting gas prices down to 2.50, knowing full well that he is not omnipotent and can’t predict the effects of Iran, etc on world oil prices.
    I am sick of people saying they won’t compromise their principles. I prefer people who know that the world is messy and sometimes the principled path is not well defined. Voting no on a sure-to-pass bill in congress or ranting on a blog is not the same as having to find your way out of a mess. Romney is willing to assume responsibility, and he will work hard to do his best. I really think people are jealous of his money and don’t understand why he doesn’t play status games.

  • Ymarsakar

    Stratfor emails suggest that McCain let the Democrats steal the election in 2008, without legally contesting it. Romney hasn’t proved to me he wouldn’t make the same choice, and just let the Dems piss on the Constitution however they like.

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  • Gringo

    This guy has increasingly embraced conservativism with age and who am I, a neocon myself, to find that trajectory unforgivable?
    When he was an undergrad at Stanford back in the ’60s, he was in a “support the troops” demonstration regarding the Vietnam War. 
    A lot of the grief that Romney is getting from the right comes from his being  a former Governor of Taxachusetts, where he used the veto power a lot more than Dubya did in DC. As I understand it, he vetoed hundreds of bills during his tenure as Governor, which shows me that instead of being a “go along to get along” squishy sort as many on the right are characterizing him, he stood up for his principles. In 2008, he was to the right of McCain. 
    From my knowledge of Taxachusetts- I have family living there- it seems to me he did the best he could.
    I concur with Book that his being able to accumulate a personal fortune – not inherit it-  is a good indicator, not a bad one. His father was also upwardly mobile, as he became  CEO/head of American Motors without a college degree.
    The libs never gave John Kerry any grief for being wealthy. I guess it is better to marry into wealth than to accumulate it yourself. Better to inherit it than to work for it: that appears to be the operating principle of the libs. Or in the case of the Kennedys, better to tax shelter your fortune in Fiji and then advocate confiscatory taxes for those who have not hired the accounting shysters that the Kennedys did.

  • Gringo

    Also point out that the state legislature overrode many of Governor Romney’s vetoes.

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  • Caped Crusader

    Pray God, Romney will hire you at a phenomenal consultant fee, to teach him to say this as powerfully, clearly, and succinctly as you have done.

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