As the presidential election ticks down to its conclusion, voters find themselves with precious little time to finalize this all-important decision.
Iíve tried to keep an open mind and give an honest hearing to both candidates. Iíve resolved to judge them by their actions, by their vision and by what they say they plan to do if elected.
Sorry to say, Iíve been given only a partial picture of GOP candidate Mitt Romney. How will he govern? What are the specifics of his economic policies? I truly donít know. His candidacy really does seem to have been written on an Etch A Sketch, and it seems like heís shaking it every day.
All of which brings into sharp focus the other things about Romney with which Iím extremely uncomfortable. Why wonít he release his tax history? Why does he keep so much of his wealth overseas? Why doesnít he want me to know, even approximately, how much heís worth?
That issue of foreign bank accounts has to be the deal-breaker. Thereís a reason that no previous presidential candidate has had Swiss accounts: Itís elitist at best, downright suspicious at worst. Thereís also something decidedly un-American about moving your wealth out of the U.S. to benefit only yourself and foreign nationals.
Perhaps thereís a reasonable explanation, but since Romney refuses to offer one, heís lost my vote.
Patrick J. Worden
A manager who ?fixes things
Not sure for whom you are going to vote? Recently, I heard a radio program featuring undecided voters. There were several good callers who put forth good and bad points about both candidates, supporting their reasons for being undecided.
One caller did a nice job of summarizing. He gave Mitt Romney credit for having a good business background and record, and for getting things done, both as governor and in the private sector.
But Romneyís wealth was a problem for the caller. He added that President Obama seemed more likeable, easier to relate to.
Then I thought: If I was looking for someone to hang out with, go to a ballgame with, I would choose Obama. He seems more like me, and not rich and aloof.
But we are not choosing a drinking buddy, we are choosing the president of the United States.
Thatís when I decided that I want the candidate who has made millions by being a successful manager of large resources. Romney fixed the Olympics and other big businesses. I think with Romney, our country has a better shot at getting fixed.
Help for Ford
Although the Ford Motor Co. did not collect funds from the Troubled Asset Relief Program, it was in favor of the other companies getting assistance, as Ford had concerns regarding its suppliers. Ford did collect $5.9 billion in government aid in 2009 to help them retool, but these funds did not come from TARP.
It also asked for but was denied assistance from the German government. To make a big deal about Ford not accepting government money is completely false.
Note to Mitt Romney: You can never be what you are not.