Mr. Romney may be a very nice fellow, I can hardly say (except to note that his style of below the belt campaigning leads me to feel otherwise). But the real question with Mr. Romney is what is he all about? My sinking suspicion is that he wants to be elected president so that he can be the president. He has no vision beyond that, no real conservative goals to drive the country towards. He is not the man to lead us out of the hole the Democrats and more than a few Republicans have led us into. He claims he is a conservative because he believes that will sell, but he is no more committed to releasing the people to live freely and returning the government to a limited power presence than was Bill Clinton.
As if to confirm that assessment Mr. Romney followed his Florida primary win with an off the cuff remark that is more than a gaffe. Remarking on anticipated future Democrat criticisms, he said the following:
"We will hear from the Democrat party, “the plight of the poor,” and there’s no question, it’s not good being poor. . . . We have a very ample safety net and we can talk about whether it needs to be strengthened or whether there are holes in it, but we have food stamps, we have Medicaid, we have housing vouchers, we have programs to help the poor."This won't do. It is not a question of whether there are safety nets a plenty. The question is whether or not there is opportunity. This government is choking out the people, and as it grows and grows we become less and less free. Life as a cog in the matrix, with basic needs met by benevolent overseers is not the America I want my children to inherit.
With hat tips to Pundette and Terrance.