Mitt Romney “Gets” What’s Important

At the DNC, Julian Castro, Mayor of San Antonio, Texas, said Mitt Romney “doesn’t get it.”  According to some, Mr. Romney doesn’t relate to the “little people” because he didn’t grow up like average folks.  Well, so what?  Mitt Romney comes from money, I don’t.  I don’t want him to “get” my life; I want him to fix what’s wrong inWashington.

I don’t want a President who can “relate” to me.  Were these things said about John F. Kennedy and his trust fund when he ran for President?  I doubt it.  When our country was being founded, did the common folk care about George Washington’s wealth?  Did they moan and complain that General Washington didn’t “understand us.” The idea is laughable.

I don’t want another hope-y change-y kind of President – we’ve already got one of those and look where it’s gotten us.  Complete incompetence at solving our Nation’s problems.  If I want my President to “relate” to me in a touchy-feely sort of way, I would’ve nominated Dr. Phil for President.

If I had a brain tumor, I would want to find the best surgeon to cut out the cancer and wouldn’t care about his bedside manner.  I’d look to God, my family and friends for solace – not to my doctor.  I don’t need or want that from a surgeon.  That’s not his job.  His job is to remove a cancer growing inside my skull.  Period.

I view the Presidency the same way.  With the state of the economy today, I want someone who understands economics – someone to come in and fix what’s wrong inWashington.  I have to ask myself why we think community organizers and lawyers (and there are plenty of them in Congress) are capable of solving the monumental problems facing us today?  Lawyers may know how to write laws, but that doesn’t mean that we actually need more laws.  We need common sense and a basic understanding of money management, which, in my opinion, is completely lacking inWashington at the present time.

Anytime I had a question, I’d go to my late cousin who had a high school education, was a butcher by trade, and knew more about the economy, stock market and money management than anyone else I knew and probably more than half the fools in Washington put together.

Even if the government taxed “millionaires” 100%, it still wouldn’t put a dent in our debit.  I want someone who’s going to put the brakes on the uncontrolled spending.  If some things have to be cut, then we all have to put on our big girl panties and deal with it.

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a dozen times, government is incapable of competently overseeing any sort of program – there’s so much waste and unaccountability that if I ran my home and office the way the government did, I’d have to file bankruptcy.  And the politicians in Washington (and in just about every State at this point) don’t seem to care; they just keep funding more and more programs with absolutely no oversight resulting in mind-boggling waste.

Our national debt has just hit $16,000,000,000,000,000.00 (yes, that’s $16 trillion) and if we keep going the way we’re going, I foresee the chaos on the streets ofGreece being repeated on the streets of Los Angeles and New York when this country reaches the brink of bankruptcy.  The liberals don’t seem to realize that we’re just running out of money.  They just want to increase the number of people sucking the government teat in order to maintain their power.  It’s that simple.  That’s their view of America.  Make people dependent of them and they’ll keep voting for them.  That’s their philosophy.  It’s not mine.

I have no idea when the idea of “self-reliance” turned into a “sense of entitlement.”  I certainly wasn’t raised with that idea.  You work, you get paid.  You work harder, you get paid more.  You go to school, you get a better job.  You get a better job, you get paid even more.  That’s the American Dream.  Too many people don’t want to do what’s necessary to achieve it – they want it handed to them without the hard work.

Our Declaration of Independence insures us life, liberty and the pursuit ofhappiness.  It does not insure us happiness.  The government has no obligation to make us happy.  It’s up to each of us.  I just read a story about 82-year old Doris Thompson, who’s led a life of crime and is back in prison (on the taxpayers’ dime, of course), and who has the audacity to say she “wouldn’t do all this nonsense if the government gave us more money.”  Her actions and her choices are now the fault of the government!  I’m surprised she didn’t specifically blame President Bush.  Is that insane, or what?

I don’t care whether Mitt Romney “gets” me.  As far as I’m concerned, he “gets” what’s important and I pray he’s elected in November to do what needs to be done to turn this mess around.

Author Bio:

For over twenty years, Leona has tried to heed her husband’s advice, “you don’t have to say everything you think.” She’s failed miserably. Licensed to practice law in California and Washington, she works exclusively in the area of child abuse and neglect. She considers herself a news junkie and writes about people and events on her website, “I Don’t Get It,” which she describes as the “musings of an almost 60-year old conservative woman on political, social and cultural life in America.” It’s not her intention to offend anyone who “gets it.” She just doesn’t. Originally from Brooklyn, and later Los Angeles, she now lives with her husband, Michael, on a beautiful island in the Pacific Northwest, which she describes as a bastion of liberalism.
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  • Roger Ward

    There it is again:  that demand for “feelings”.  The Right doesn’t give a damn for “feelings”;  the Left demands that you have “feelings” — that a candidate “get it.”  Well, I don’t “get it.”

    Read once more the tenth paragraph of Leona’s piece.  (It starts with “I have no idea when the idea of ‘self-reliance’ turned into a ‘sense of entitlement”.)  This paragraph should be made mandatory reading for the half of all Americans who don’t pay taxes …. better yet, this paragraph should be beaten into them. 

  • Wheels55

    We do not need Romney or anyone else to “get” lower and middle class. We need them to get what it takes to make our country financially healthy again so the middle and lower class have the opportunities to thrive once again. As soon as a politician tries to get the unwealthy, entitlements flow out like water.

  • Artlouis

    Leona, Someday the national debt may reach $16 quadrillion, but even under Obama that could take a while. You might want to knock off three zeros. 

    • Leona Salazar

       Sorry, I’ve look at my numbers again and I posted $16 trillion but $15 quadrillion. 

  • Ron F.

    Mitt Romney started a health care plan in Massachusetts that can only survive because it is being subsidized by the Federal Government.  The Winter Olympics, which he saved also relied on Federal money.  And I believe Mitt Romney said he was in favor of the financial bail out under President Bush.  I am not sure what he gets and if he does, can you guaranty that he will not change his position.  President Obama gets blamed for everything that is wrong in the economy but he did inherit an economy that was losing something like 700,000 jobs a month and I believe that median family income, in real dollars declined under George Bush.  Have we already forgotten that the debt almost doubled under President Bush as well.  The Wall Street Journal recently had a graph showing the increase in people receiving benefits from the Federal Government.  It has increased under every single President and it seemed that the rate of growth was similar under every President except for President Reagan in which there was a slower rate of growth.  No one has ever suggested taxing the rich at 100%.  By the same token, cutting spending by $100 billion will not make a dent in the deficit and the debt will continue to increase.  In addition, the last balanced budget that we had was under President Clinton and the previous tax rates.  Nevertheless, I will vote for Mitt Romney, not because I think he gets it but because I do not think President Obama deserves another term.  Things have not gotten better under him and have gotten worse.

  • Bruce A.

    Leona, I find many people thinking the way you do regarding the comment about Greece.   Many of us feel that is coming to the USA as soon as it’s noticed there is no money or borrowing available to pay for the massive entitlements.  It can happen here in the USA.

  • DanB_Tiffin

    “doesn’t get it.”  is just the liberal politics of pity.  They must rescue victims, victims, victims and ignore or deny the national debt sickness.  Reality might get in the way of rescuing all these victims, victims, victims!