Mitt Romney, assumed presidential candidate of the Republican party, is well-known for his flip-flops. In the past two decades or so Mitt has been on both sides of issues ranging from a woman’s reproductive rights to his support of Ronald Reagan to global warming. If we are in a charitable mood we can say Mitt simply changed his mind as his political views “matured”. Mitt’s latest flip-flop doesn’t leave much room for charity.
When running against the uber-rich Ted Kennedy in 1994, Romney called the notion of a blind trust “a ruse” that fools people into thinking the beneficiary has no control over his own investments. Now, in 2012 Romney uses that same blind trust to claim he has no control over where his money is invested.
Mitt’s a smart man, particularly when it comes to finances. The Mitt of 1994 was telling the truth. The Mitt of 2012 is lying, plain and simple. An objective observer would have to ask how can we believe that someone, Obama, will jump start our economy in the next four years when he hasn’t done it in the past four. That same observer would have to ask how we can trust our government to a man, Romney, who has proven his word cannot be trusted.
Postscript: It would not be fair to finish this post without remarking on the constant state of Silly Season that is this presidential race. We have over 8% unemployment. We have cities declaring bankruptcy and resorting to paying their public officials a minimum wage. We have a global financial market in turmoil that could blow up in our face at any moment. The election is less than four months away and neither candidate has offered anything of substance about how to fix our problems. When we are not hearing platitudes, we hear attacks against the opponent, often tangential to anything that ultimately matters. The President is doing, at best a luke warm attempt at defending his record. His opponent will not discuss his time as Governor of Massachusetts and runs away from any in-depth discussion of his time as a businessman, the key experience he claims makes him the candidate of choice.
As of this writing Obama and Romney are neck and neck in the polls. Virginia is one example where the president has lost ground and neither candidate is particularly appealing to the electorate.
As we look at the current campaigns, we long for an adult to offer solutions. There does not seem to be an adult to be found.