By CNN's Jack Cafferty:
One in five voters has a problem with Mitt Romney's money.
According to a new Gallup Poll, 20% of those surveyed say Romney's net worth of over $200 million makes them less likely to vote for him for president.
Most Americans - 75% - say Romney's wealth makes no difference.
While only 4% say his money makes them more likely to vote for him.
Democrats and independents make up most of those who say they're less likely to support romney because of his riches.
Most of these Democrats probably won't be casting a ballot for Romney anyway but when it comes to independents, we all know how important they are - especially in swing states.
Voter income plays a role in all this. Nearly 30% of those making under $24,000 say they're less likely to support Romney because he is rich.
Romney's money has become a campaign strategy for President Obama and the Democrats. Call it class warfare.
They've been highlighting Romney's wealth, how he made many of those millions working for the venture capital firm Bain Capital, and how he's yet to release all of his tax returns for the last decade.
President Obama, who is also a multi-millionaire, wants to convince Americans that Romney can't relate to poor and middle class Americans - and that his policies as president would mostly help the wealthy.
Of course this is America and it's no crime to be rich. There's also an argument to be made that as the economy keeps sputtering along, a businessman in the White House wouldn't be the worst thing for this country.
At this point it's unclear if poverty and high unemployment will prevent Americans from voting for a rich guy. A very rich guy.
Here’s my question to you: Do you have a problem with Mitt Romney's money?
Tune in to the Situation Room at 5pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.
And, we love to know where you’re writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.
I do not have a problem with millionaires becoming president. What I have a problem with is Romney only revealing his 2011 tax return when his father ran for president he revealed 12 tax returns. I also have a problem with all the offshore accounts in Switzerland, the Cayman Islands and Bermuda and Romney's reluctance to speak about them. Plus I just learned that Romney still worked for Bain capital after claiming he left three years earlier. If Romney wants to be president I think he needs to reveal his past.
It's not so much that I have a problem with his money, but more of a problem with how he got it. It's one thing to make money by hard work, providing a service or product to people, or giving something and being able to get something back for it. It's another thing to "move around" money to make money. Some people may call that Capitalism, but it seems to me more like "cheating" your way to richness. It seems the work ethic, as we once knew it, is a thing of the past.
Why would I have a problem with about $200 million? Doesn't every middle class American have that kind of money, or is it just Republicans?
Jack, I have absolutely no problem with Mitt Romney being wealthy. I do have a problem with someone who doesn't know where their "Blind Trust" funds are but wants to be POTUS. What did he do, invest in the "Helen Keller/Ray Charles Blind Trust" or what? Also, we constantly hear about what a great "financial whiz he is" but he is reluctant to be transparent regarding tax returns. Lastly, the last time I checked there were only 2 major reasons for Swiss/Off Shore Bank Accounts"; one as a "Hedge against the US Dollar" and two, for "tax reasons". This is what concerns me regarding Mitt Romney- If he doesn't know where his own money is and is currently hedging it against the US dollar, why should I vote for him to be POTUS?
He may but I don't Jack. The fact he's rich is his business. That some people dislike his wealth overlooks the fact virtually all American Presidents have been among the 1% in the country. You don't get to be President by being a Joe lunch bucket.
Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona
My problem is with rummy's reported $100 million IRA. As I interpret IRS rules, one may contribute no more than $15,000 each year to an individual retirement account. If that rule also applies to the mitt, it's obvious that he's been stashing money away for the past 6,600-plus years! Can you or anyone else clarify this for me Jack?
It is not about money–it is all about his ETHICS. Yes, entire this nation has problem with his ethics, morality, standards. We need to stop foreign influx for a while till we are made in USA. Bain capital sent jobs overseas. Ok.
Not at all. I want to be a multi-millionaire. The problem is his dishonesty and character. The last thing we need is another spin-master, i.e. George W. Bush – i.e., Weapons of Mass Destruction.
When he uses the money to buy tax avoidance and to fund anti-American activities like DOMA, I am not impressed. If he were to donate money to the poor like Warren Buffet, I'd be happy about that.
I have a problem with Mitt and his money is only part of it. For starters, he seems to be a puppet that is alternately controlled by the far right or the Bush neocons; he doesn't seem to be able to think for himself. It irks me he made some of his fortune by outsourcing American jobs and it irks me even more that he's stashing the loot all over the world rather than investing in the country he would like to be president of. Lastly, there's the way he treats those he seems to deem beneath him. Whether it's making snide remarks about cookies or strapping the dog to the roof of the car, he is lacking in empathy and I don't think that's for sale.
Nope. My problem is that he doesn't understand that the rest of us don't have any.
Martha, Rew, PA
Jack: I do not have a problem with Mitt Romney having money, but I do have a problem when the money is in Swiss Bank or Off Shore accounts. Why is there, and why is he hiding it? These are troubling questions which the candidate should answer. I am really tired of men with rich fathers believing their son's should have a right to be President of the United States. George W. Bush's father H.W. is rich, and Mitt's father was rich. Some people would have you believe that rich men would not steal from American citizens. Guess again!! The rich get richer, and most times they do not care who gets hurt. Bain Capital is a prime example.
His money? No. But I do have a problem with his off-shore investments. Why would you go to the Cayman Islands other than you wanted to avoid or reduce your taxes? If there is another reason, then Romney needs to come clean about his financial activities. Otherwise, I will assume that he is hiding something. Especially since he wants to release only one tax return. His father released a dozen, but he should at least release his returns from 2008, when he first ran for the presidency. It is not that he has money that bothers me, but what it he has done with it.
I don't have a problem with his money, I have a problem with the way he got it, laying off Americans and outsourcing their jobs to India, and the way he's apparently hiding it overseas in a Swiss bank account, and in shell companies in the Cayman Islands and Bermuda.
Is there a legitimate reason for doing that? I can't think of a case where people did that and it WASN'T for tax evasion, or to hide money acquired from illegal sources.
He's only released one year of tax returns, unlike his father, who released 12 years worth of returns when he ran for President.
Maybe everything Mitt is doing is legal, but he's sure hiding things and stone-walling like a guilty man.
If everything's legal, why doesn't he just come clean and make the information public?
People may stop thinking of him as Al Capone if he were just more transparent.
I have a problem of being ruled over by the richest man to occupy the White House when I have a hard time finding a decent middle-class job, don't you? I am from the 99 percent while Mitt Romney is from and represents the 1 percent!
Ask yourself why did the American colonists revolt against a powerful King and his Parliament of English aristocrats from thousand of miles away, over 2 centuries ago. The problem was, not only, misrepresentation but also mis-communication between the ruler and his subjects.
No Jack, I have a problem with MY money (or lack thereof). If I had Romney's money, I wouldn't have any problems.
His money is his business. I am glad I live in a country where people have the opportunity to make money. How much does Lebron make? Tiger? Bill Gates? Obama? Clinton? The only way we will all have the same is the elimination of private property. I am definitely not for that!
I have no problem with Romney and his vast wealth. Romney should be commended for his success not punished for it. Wealth does not make you a bad person Jack it just makes some people envious of you. If people have a problem with Romney's financial success then they are simply unhappy with their own lack of it.
Yes I have a problem with his money and how he got it. Mitt Romney is the quint essential poster boy for the 0.1 percenters that have it all and want yours too. He made his vast fortune by slash and burn vulture capitalism.
So, don't be surprised when he slashes and burns your Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, home interest deduction, education funding, EPA and Healthcare funding. After-all, that IS what he's good at. Oh BTW, you can be sure he and his 0.1 percent Wall Street friends will make a fortune off it.
Like it or not he earned that money through the system that the u.s. govt and wall st created..What i dont like is fact Obama Becomes a Millionare after he got into govt....
No Jack, him being a billionaire is not an issue for me even if he was born with it. It is what he wants to do with it that bothers me e.g. buying the presidency and how he was instrumental in profoundly changing the lives of others when he closed factories so he can make him and his ilk richer. My probllem the struggling middle class and the poor. Remember daddy was vying for it and it is now "Mitt's turn" as his wife so eloquently put it. What scares me more is that once Mitt becomes president we have to prepare us for a lifetime or Romneys via for the presidency as he has five sons with enough money in their trust fund problably stashed overseas to give them "their turn" for the presidency. Life as we know it will forever change should this guy ever enter Pensylvannia ave.
Romneys' money is no different than the Kennedy money, Kerrys' money, Rangle , Pelosi ,hollywood money,and ABC CBS ,and NBC billions. The rule is that the LIBS are allowed to have money,but not conseritives. Any one who has money invested in the stock market knows that a lot of the investments are overseas . Too many people just listen to the talk , and do not do their homework.
He's your typical republican......do as I say, not as I do. Yesterday as the Kochplicans were overturning the Affordable Care Act. Did they overturn their Affordable Care Act? The one that's bought and paid for by the taxpaying American public? Hell no, they didn't!! Jack, Willard doesn't have a chance in winning the White House. Jack, congress has written laws that give people, like Willard a huge tax break if they offshore their money. I don't blame Willy, I blame the bought off Congress!!
Just to clarifiy what i just said. Getting the presidency is of the items on Mitts "bucket list", not a need to want to serve the struggling midle class and poor. For me, it is not the jobs, jobs, jobs you media people are touting all the time but the character of the man that is going be the deciding factor in who I plan to vote for. Dont care about jobs reports.
If Romney can make money and hang on to it maybe he can do the same for this country. If the only way he made money was to stick his hands in people's pockets who do not live as well as he does than of course it's a problem he'll be like everyone else in this country.
It's not the money. It's the low rate of taxes he pays on it. It's how he got it and where it is now. I would never consider voting for him without a lot more information and tax returns for multiple years.
I am a "middle class", free thinker and don't have a problem with Mitt Romney's money, however.....I just wish I were wealthy enough to visit some of those foreign countries where Mitt keeps his cash to find out why their banks are better than American banks.
I would think that if someone that wants to be MY president, he would have enough confidence the OUR banking system to keep his assets here......unless......the American banks are worse off than we have been told.
I don't have a problem with Mitt Romney's money. I have a problem with him. He could be the poster child for corporate America. Maybe he's what the Supreme Court had in mind when the decided corporations were people. I want a president that's more human and understands basic survival...not how to get rich. He's got that part down, but no understanding on what it takes to survive for a "regular" person. I'd like to see how he'd do on a "regular" paycheck. It would be laughable. He may know how to run a corporation, but if he had to survive on pennies, I'd take his 10k bet that he couldn't handle it....if I had 10k that is.
No Jack I dont. Success in this country should be celebrated, and something everyone should strive for. Since when did people start looking down upon success? I thought it was part of the American Dream to want to do better for yourself and provide for your family. The sad part is the "Obama Attack Machine" has nothing better to run on. This president's record is horrible and very comparable to that of Jimmy Carter and they are running scared. They are trying to throw so much mud at the wall they could make a mud hut because nothing sticks. It would be nice to see Obama actually try to run on his record, but then again he wouldnt get very far with that or win any election. Oh did I mention that Obama is rich too?
Politics is politics, and I see it as desperate to criticize Romneys success in business. Tell me. Did we similarly criticize Jack Kennedy, LBJ, Ronald Regan, FDR all of whom were quite wealthy. All of these people earned their wealth and brought that experience to the office of the Presidency to benefit us. Romney has valuable experience and demonstrated by his net worth. Our President, on the other had cannot do that, and in his normal mode of operation demonizes anything that he isn't, chant do or disagrees with. Romney had demonstrate leadership ability while Obama couldn't do that when he ran for the office so promised change, but like him or not, we must agree that he couldn't deliver. Will Romney deliver? I don't know, but he has done so in his past professional life.
Yes I do – a HUGE problem with it and have not liked it since he only decided to release 1 year of his returns. When a candidate running for office asks us to "Trust him" but yet won't release his tax return information I can't help but think he's either got something to hide, or it will show 99% America just how screwed up and unfair Congress has allowed the tax code to get to that allows the ultra wealthy tax havens to park their money offshore (money made no doubt in part by outsourcing good paying American jobs overseas too) while the rest of America is struggling, or maybe he is evading taxes or some combination of all of the above. It just disgusts me and makes me mad.
The problem I have with Romney is ,first, he is a Republican, second, a wannabe conservative, third, Mormon and last a super rich businessman. Electing him would be like making the fox the sheriff of the hen house, and we had one of those deciders the last time around.
For what purpose ??
To demonize an American for being successful and wealthy ??
Don't you think it's time to clear the air here Jack and spell out the Democrats and liberal media that demonizes and destroys wealthy folks who play by the rules, the one that desperately promotes class warfare, mainly because they have very little else to sell their gullible audience ???
This is all beyond "getting old".
Please, tell your so called journalists and reporters to go out and develop some relevant realistic stories about what really matter, starting with how this current Socialist President is destroying our free enterprise system with zero experience of the same.
That might take a little work and dealing with facts instead of poor folks emotions.
Not at all. I have seen no evidence of dishonesty and It is good to know that a presidential candidate is smart, successful at his chosen previous profession. If we really wanted on of us we would pick a non-college educated middle aged person with an IQ of 100.
Do I have a problem with Mitt Romneys money....yes. But it is more surrounded by how he made his money and why he is stashing it outside of this country. Even though one can complain that it is none of my business but Mitt is running for president and it is all fair game and he better get used to the fact that he will have to answer because the debates are right around the corner and he will be put front and center for everyone to see and hear. You better have an answer Mitt.
I don't have a problem with his wealth, but I do have a problem with his attitude towards it. I have no problem that he dedicated his life to money, but I do have a problem that he considers anyone who has not is envious when most of us are not even impressed. I have a problem that he suggests his "success" was the inevitable outcome of hard work and not related to his upbringing. I have a problem with his air regarding money: an attitude Warren Buffett, Bill Gates and Richard Branson simply do not convey. It is an air that Romney's presidency will be entirely dedicated to the 1%.
Only someone with Romney's experience in wealth generation can get us out of the debt Obama's out of control spending has generated
I'd like to have enough money to have it hidden in many banks around the world and avoid paying our tax rates; Not really as I'd pay the tax and keep jobs in the US as I was born in America and owe her a great deal.
tampa, fl i am more bothered by his actions, like strapping the dog to the roof of the car than how he manages to hide his money. if elected he will most likely make a few billion dollars and continue to treat his us like his dog.
I sure do!! And from his speeches and attitude and conversation, he doesn't have a clue about us. He has always been rich, where as the Pres knows first hand what it means to be in my shoes! The President's money in no way compares to Romneys. And this guy has things to hide. Why not tell us about you secret stash of money?? He has already said he will support the 1% on all issues. My question: Since Bush put these tax breaks in place, Republicans keep saying we can't start taxing the 'job creators" That's a long time to keep repeating a lie. If not–where are the jobs???? The rich just keep getting richer–check the facts–and the middle class is dwindling. Laughing all the way to the bank!!
I don’t have a problem with Mitt Romney’s money. Heck, I wish I was born to a millionaire father. That would have made my life a whole lot easier. I do have a problem that he isn’t releasing his tax returns and hasn’t said what he would do to fix the economy, other than go back to the same policies that got us into this mess in the first place. And I really have a problem that he keeps his money in the Cayman Islands and a Swiss bank account. Legal or not, we don’t need a President that outsources his money along with jobs.
I would love to know if those 20% who are less likely to vote for Romney because of the money he has EARNED in the PRIVATE sector (no taxpayer dollars) voted for FDR or JFK, both multi-millionaires from inheritance!? My bet is that this envy is for Republicans only?
Tom, Artesia, NM
Its not his wealth; its his lack of the common touch. The President has the same problem with white working class – he just doesn't connect with them. Hillary doesn't suffer from this deficiency. She was the best candidate in 2008 and is the best candidate now. Hillary is the one!
I have a problem with how Mitt got his money. There are big secrets here, glossing over the facts, hiding his offshore accounts and his Bain Capital mysteries. Mitt's biggest flip-flops involve not revealing the truth about himself.
I do not have a problem with his money, I do have a problem with his "Let them eat cake attitude"
As a Blue Star mother I have a problem with his attitude about not one of his sons serving in the military.
As a resident of Massachusetts I have a problem with the state he left us in, and for throwing his Lieutenant Governor under the bus, since he did not run for a second term and did not campaign for her.
So no problem with his vast wealth, my problem with him is, he is unprincipled.
Romney's experience in generating wealth will help fix our federal deficit spending problem
No. Its not that I don't need or wouldn't like more money, its the old be carefull what you wish for cliche. You can only enjoy so many luxuries at once, and they are but a small reward for all the troubles a large fortune can bring you. A Presidents wealth or lack of it has nothing to do with what he is going to do when he gets in office. The President is going to do what he is told to do by higher ups. If Romney doesn't know it yet, I will tell him. He is going to be nothing but a PR man for the Big Special Interest Groups. I think he would be allright with that, because what he really wants is that Portrait on the wall with his image on it. And maybe because he thinks it will make him a bigger man in his Cult. Go for it Mitt. Doug, Pepperell, MA.
That Romney is wealthy is not the problem. It's how he uses his money; for example on an elevator system for his cars. It seems that he has too much of everything except the one thing that eludes him: enough.
Saying that a rich person (Romney) can't empathize with the poor is like saying a prison warden can't understand what being a prisoner is like without being one or that a Doctor can't understand kidney stone pain since he has never had them?? Give me a break.
No, I don't have a problem with MItt Romney's money, but------
I have a big problem with his secretive ways and the fact that he refuses to be specific about what he would do,
as President, to help all Americans. I don't trust him and I am beginning to lose what little respect I might have had
No problem with his money. Just with his cluelessness about those who don't.
Carol in Northampton, Ma
My problem is not his money but his 14% tax rate which he thinks is too high. I'm a job creator who pays 50% tax and has a son serving in the Marine Corps Infantry during a time of war. I find it much easier to relate to Joe Biden.
That calls for speculation, Jack, and I don’t like to speculate. I lost too much money that way. However, if you can give me a small sample of his money, say one tenth of one per cent, I would be able to see for myself first hand if it is problematic or not. When can I expect delivery?
I don't have a problem with Mitt having money, I have a problem with me having barely enough to get by in this day and age. He played the game and was rewarded by the system. I am, however, empathetic and sympathetic to those that work hard and are not, nor ever will be, rewarded by our economic system. As the program Undercover Boss shows, there are many jobs within their own companies that CEO's can't do.
I take no offense to Mitt Romney's money, however, if true, I do question Mr. Romney stashing some of his fortune in the Cayman Islands, Bermuda and Switzerland, because those jurisdictions are notoriously secretive, affording wealthy individuals and corporations broad protections from U.S. tax authorities. Although not illegal, it does bring to question his business credence to invest in America when he 'outsources' his own wealth.
I have a problem with Mitt Romney the politician. He is sleezy, slimey and out for himself. Just like any politician, he will say what he needs to get elected and once he is elected, he will play party politics while doing whatever he needs to enrich himself.
Voting for either Romney or Obama fit Einsteins definition of insanity...doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
San Jose, CA
It's not so much the money as it is the high handed and arrogant way he is acting toward the public about it. Of course, the fact that he made his huge fortune from the misfortunes of others says a great deal about his opportunistic and predatory nature. It might be different if he was a self-made man, because most people admire that. His has been a life of privilege from the start, so I very seriously doubt he could possibly have empathy for those that struggle against the economic climate his kind promote.
The problem is not so much that he has so much money but that he seems to be trying to hide it. His out of country accounts and his several plus homes and claims of so many home states makes him look slippery at best. I just can not trust Richie Rich I mean Mitt Romney.
I have no problem with Romney's money, for the same reason that the Democrats had no problem with John and Ted Kennedy's money. Adjusted for inflation the Kennedy's had way more money than Romney. Where were all the complainers/whiners back then??
Anybody that has a problem with Romney's money is die hard Negative Liberal Neocon. They have to comment on all the negatives of a conservative candidate(s). Get a life Liberals. The Mother of all complainers for the Liberals is MSNBC. They should get their license taken away. They try to brainwash the listeners. It is so obvious it's sickening.
Obama is not doing that bad since he became a politician, writing books on government time while serving in office, making millions. Plus he'll be getting millions giving speeches when he is out of office. I don't hear any complaints. My feeling is good for him. That is an American dream. If your sucesful you're rich. You can't be rich if you only look for a government handout and constantly complain about it.
You never hear any complaints from the Republicans, it's always the Liberals that whine and complain. . Think about it. The biggest whiner is Majority Leader Reid. He's the mother of all whiners leading the pack, nobody complains about him being a millionaire and most of all he's a Mormon. why isn't Reid's religion an issue being in line as the fourth in succesion for the Presidency. Open your eyes Liberals.
Good Qustion Jack.
Jack, I don't have a problem with Romney's wealth, I have a problem when he says his money is in a blind trust; why is it in a blind trust, he's not president yet. Why would such a successful businessman allow his money to be in a blind trust? If he's such a successful businessman, why isn't he controlling his own money? Why should we trust Romney to control our national "money", when doesn't even control his own?
I do not. However, I do have a problem with him hiding it in other countries to keep from paying taxes here in the US as he seeks the highest office in the US. I also have a problem with him making it by destroying companies and expecially raiding their pension funds. Can you just imagine someone swooping down to dismantle CNN, shipping your jobs overseas, and taking your pension, Jack? Capitalism gone way wrong.
"What is all this about?? So he has lots of cash on paper, but that is not true wealth. He also has a large family to leave it too. What about Jackie Kennedy wealth when she died?? Remember, Jack???? Stocks can go liquid faster than mercury itself!"
Jack: In fact I do---I don't have any of it!
I don't have a problem that Mitt Romney is rich whether he inherited his wealth or had in his investments as long
as he remains a private American citizen/
It will be a problem if he is aiming to be the President of America – he should lay out in the open, be transparrent
– release all tax returns of the last 10 years ( just like what his dad did when he run for office) and how about his
No problem with Mitt being rich, but one may ask does he have any idea how most of the country lives or how many was through under the the bus to to become that rich?????????????
Retired and reasonably well-off, I don't mind his wealth, but I DO have a problem with how he got it. I have NO respect for someone who made millions destroying American companies and shipping jobs overseas, who parks his wealth overseas to reduce his taxes and hide assets, and who refuses to show voters his tax returns for the past 12 years. The only presidential candidates that HIDE their tax returns are the people who would be ruined if the voters knew the facts. I don't understand anybody that doesn't get this – only the guilty have to hide the truth.
Were the 20% who are 'bothered' by Romney's wealth bothered by John Kerry's incredible wealth when he ran in 2004? How about JFK's and FDR's enormous wealth? Once again, Obama is using 'class warfare' in hopes that this will divert attention away from the facts that Obama's Presidency has been an utter and complete failure; he is the most divisive President we have ever had. November 6 can't come soon enough!
Not particularly. But I do have trouble with his attitude.
My problem, Jack, is Romney. In the past we have had very wealthy Presidents, FDR, & JFK for instance were very wealthy & they inherited their fortunes. Didn't concern any of the voters. These were men who wanted to help those less fortunate tfan they were. And we loved them. Romney dioes not care about the average Joe. He can't because he has no core. No heart. An empty vessel is he!
It's not how much money you have its how you act towards others with less that matters. Money does not buy class which Romney clearly lacks.
I don't have a problem with Romney having tons of money (well, maybe I do), but what I do have a problem with is him saying that he doesn't know anything about his off-shore accounts. I mean come on! He's got millions of dollars in tax free accounts and he doesn't know anything about them?
It's not his money, it's his attitude; accusations of envy from his campaign really drove that home. I can't get the old bible quote out of my head about getting a camel through the eye of a needle, Romney strikes me as THAT kind of a rich man. It's not about money, it's about greed. It was the Gordon Gekko types who ruined our economy, you know, all of Romney's best friends.
Jack, voting or not voting for an individual because of their net worth is as inane as not voting for the person because of their color, gender, or religion. People with narrow minds are the problem. Look at the individual record of those running, not one's own biases. It should be that simple
Jack, if I were an American deciding who to vote for, the issue of the candidates' wealth would not matter. It's interesting that this campaign between Obama and Romney appears to be headed off the rails to deal with non-issues. The national debt, unemployment, job creation and a universal health care system seem to be what both of them don't want to talk about if they can help it. To their delight, from out of no where, someone from the media starts to raise questions about the candidates personal foibles as barometers to determine who is best qualified to be elected. And the two contestants will lose no time in keeping the campaign focused here by flooding the daily news with a barrage of negative ads to avoid the issues that Americans should be dealing with. It's a script much to the liking of both Obama and Romney when they can count on the media to be engaged in piffle talk till November.
Hey Jack, why do you Liberals hate someone who has money? Do you envy these people because you're not wealthy like them? Romney worked for his wealth, it wasn't spoon fed like Kennedy, Kerry, or as a tort lawyer like the adulter John the weasle. Shame on you people who dispise the wealthy, get a life, make something of yourselves. You're pathetic!
Our nation was built by men and women who wanted to be free and to succeed. When did it become a crime to be successful? Where were these critics when John Kerry was running? Where were these critics when Bill Clinton was paid millions for his appearances and speeches? What about the Hollywood bunch who give millions to Barack Obama? Why is there so much hypocrisy on the left? Why is a successful man NOT a good choice for president, when we elected a man about whom we know very little? Now there's a question for you Jack.
It doesn't matter how rich a person becomes in life. It's how they treat people with less. Class can not be bought and its something Romney clearly lacks.
His money wouldn't be an issue if we weren't in a recession. I'm afraid much like Hoover in the Great Depression, Romney will have no sympathy for the middle and lower class as a "self-made" man. Most people will agree when I say he'll be more sympathetic towards bigger businesses and wealthier Americans. So yes, I, an independent voter, have a problem with Romney's money. -South Bend, IN
No. It should not even get "honorable mention" as an issue.
The "sociobama-crats" are going to pick on anything they can to try to distract from real issues. same old-same old.
Real issues – Obama has track record of broken (unkept) promises, unbelievable spending, increasing the debt - on and on and on – "jobs"/unemployment worse....and I'm afraid to speculate on other things...
at this point, quit blaming Bush and quit looking for excuses to blame the Republican party and Romney –
It wasn't great situation that Obama came into – but he has made it WORSE and seems to be proud of his record
of doing so –
The candidate who said basically if he couldn't make it better in his first term, shouldn't have a second term was RIGHT. The farce of Obama-care just makes it worse – there may be some parts of it worth saving/fixing – but wake up people. It's a TAX. and "HE" made it happen. If that is the "show piece" of his first term.....another term will just put nails in the coffin!
I don't have a problem with his money, it's just the premise that he keeps money offshore to avoid taxes yet wants to be the commander in chief and is too cheap to support those very troops he could potentially put in harms way and not one DD form 214(proof of military service) in his whole family. Very selfish IMO.
No, kerry is worth 600 Million when you include his wifes money and it wasn't a problem for the dems when he ran for president. Hypocricy by the obama wacos.
I swear, it seems that they BOTH don't want to be President. Each of them keeps doing this or that that people can just jump all over. And Romney and his money ought to go to Afghanistan and play that game with the goat . . . full of money. THERE would be a real rugby game!
One more thing – besides my original answer – NO, it should not be an-issue ....
if he has money-understands the value of it, knows how to handle it, he would probably be less likely to be influenced or coerced by others who have money and power (for sale or otherwise).
Yes. I think he's very out of touch with people of ordinary means.
No. And I did not have a problem with John Kennedy's money, and he was probably the wealthiest person to run for president in the modern era. In fact, I don't remember John Kerry's money being a big problem for him, but now all of a sudden Mitt Romney's wealth is an "issue". Why? Oh, I forgot....CLASS WARFARE.
Hopefully he will need it to live on during his life as an unemployed former governor and also ran, genuine plastic man.
No problem with his money...money is money......Problem with how he made his money. By keeping lower income people from making any.
No, mitt Romney has a problem with MY money. Him and his Ilk seem to think they're playing a game of monopoly and there are no real consequences to unfettered greed. They want it all and everyone else be damned. My problem is with the American people not realizing that these people are as sick as it gets when it comes to having grotesque wealth and always wanting more at the expense of everyone else. Get rid of all these revolving door billionaire/millionaire families like the buffetts, the romneys, the clintons, the rockefellers, and the bushes who use government for personal gain while absolutely doing nothing for the country.
No- not at all. I don't see what the big deal is. I would rather have a guy who made money that someone who lost it all. A candidate also doesn't have to "relate" to me or " identified" with me. I just want him to be competant and able to run the country.
Do I have a problem with Romney's money. No, but I think he does. The problem with the rich and the way they look at those in poverty is they don't understand the teachings the Biblical responsibility, to see that the poor are brought up from the life of poverty. It's taught and written in all the religions of those who worship the God of Abraham. As Christ told the young rich ruler when he asked "How he could" guarantee his entrance into heavan and what would he have to do ...First reply was "the two greatest commandments' "to love God, and to love his neighbor as himself." The young man was sure he did. The third was to sell everything he had and "to take care of the poor". The next line says, "and the young man went away sorrowful, for he was very rich". I think Romney has a problem not I, because he is very rich...like so many rich he just doesn't get it.. If you are rich and don't have a job to give, you create one, for the poor for a feeling of self worth. That is the path way for God to bless a nation.
You can quote "God bless America" all you want but until you do as He (God) commands...I guess you'll have to be capitalized on by the rich.
Yes. His wealth insulates him from many of the issues those of us in the 99% face.
Looking at his track record at Bain Capital reinforces that fact. He made millions while putting people out of work.
The latest disclosures concerning his tax avoidance with shelters solidifies the impression that he handles his financial affairs in a vastly different way than most of us do.
As president, I feel that he would not hesitate to harm the 99% if it would benefit those in the 1% bracket.
FDR, and John Kennedy where rich but understood the plight of the working class and chose to help.. Romney knows too, but cares less.
No, and I'm an independent. You would be hard-pressed to find a Senator or Congressman or even Governor who is not a millionaire. Moreover those who get elected that aren't millionaires, are by the time they retire.
I have no problems with Mr. Romney's money. I have a problem with the fact he claims he doesn't know where it's held offshore. If he can't keep track of his own money, I don't want him anywhere near taxpayers' money. Plus, I have problems with his Chinese connections and outsourcing; 5 sons none of whom are in the military but it's okay for children of the 99% to risk their lives or die in war; and putting the luggage inside the car and Seamus on top. I am a pet parent; many of my relatives have gone to war as have many of their children; and I may not have much but I know where every dime of my money is. As an Independent, I won't be voting for Mr. Romney. Voting against Obama isn't going to buy the White House for the GOP no matter how much money their big donors give the Party. Please pick someone else! I miss Huntsman. Heck, I miss Ron Paul.
No, Jack. I have a problem with his lack of new ideas. He'll be "a little less of more of the same".
Yes I have a problem with his money. It was gotten at the expense of middle class people losing everything. No amount of laundering can clean it.
His money definitely seems to separate him from my life and my problems. The uber-rich generate their own country club conventional wisdom that overrides the reality that almost all of the rest of us are mired in. He seems way more worried about how he and his billionaire friends and associates can increase their wealth than solving any problem the country is facing. He sees a silver lining in 15% unemployment and can't understand why the average American doesn't grasp the ideological purity of letting "Detroit go bankrupt" so that capitalism can recycle the auto industry's remains like dung beetles on a steer carcass. It seems to Romney that the 99% are all merely "the help" and you just can't get good help these days. cy from arlington, va
I don't have a problem with Romney's money. However, I do have a problem with voting for him to lead the Executive Branch of the USA. Not only can't he relate to the bulk of American citizens; i.e. "I am friends with a NASCAR owner.", he's more comfortable talking to the K Street gang than to us of the middle class. Maybe He'd just appoint new cabinet position of Secretary of the Good Ol' Rich Boys network.
I have a problem with someone who wants to be the President of United States but would like to put his money in foreign accounts to avoid taxes. If he does not want to pay tax on his revenue, how can he justify his assertion that he will lead the country towards economic prosperity. I think that those who hide their money in foreign banks to avoid taxes are Crooks and do not desrve to be given a chance to be in the White House.
If everybody put his/her money away in foreign countries to avoid paying taxes, how can the government succeed economically? Mit Ramney is very selfish and cannot think for the good of all the people in USA. He should be stopped before he does another damage that could be wose than George Bush.
How could Americans have so short memory to forget so quick about the damage the Republicans and George Bush did to this country and the world not long ago. How could any body forget the economic depression averted by Obama administration and could even listen to the Republican vultures like mit Ramney and his group. Mrt Ramney is a man who says anything any time to suit his immediate purpose. He is fit to be a governor but not fit to be the President of this great country , USA.
YES. The biggest problem with Romeny is that he is hiding something bigger than his IRS returns. I read a Mother Jones artical that tells about Romeny being sole shareholder in Brookside in April 1998, long before quitting for the Olympics. He as the leader of Brookside shipped many American jobs to Dongguan, China, and aquires 748,000 shares at $19 a share, investing !4.2 million dollars. I also would like to know how he could have an IRA totaling 1.3 million dollars when a person could only invest 2000 dollars a year. It doesn't add up. He is hiding many things, me thinks.
I have no problem with Mitt Romney being wealthy. I do have a huge problem with him lying and pretending that he is just like the rest of Americans and understands our plights and issues. Sorry Mitt, none of my issues involve getting my luxury collectable automobiles to the 2nd floor of my garage in an elevator or figuring out how to hide my money overseas to avoid more taxes.
Jack – There is no problem with great wealth and we should not punish those who have been financially successful but, with Mr. Romney, he is a candidate for president and his character and business practices tell us, the voters, who he is which gives an indication of what kind of a president he would be. Out-sourcing jobs while at Bain Capital does not sit well with many, especially when he and his partners profited greatly from it. Money in Swiss banks and more money in the off-shore Bahamas smells of "tax evasion" even if it isn't. But, even more that this, his Republican-thinking, which shows total lack of concern for the less-fortunate, attacks on Medicare and Social Security, attempting to kill Obamacare, which gives health coverage to many, wanting to defund Planned Parenthood, trying to limit voting by restrictions and cutting funds for education. These are the reason he will never get the vote of the Independent voter. President Obama in 2012.
Jack, You are right that it not a crime to be wealthy; however, it would be nice if Mr. Romney had his investments in the US rather than offshore. But he is a Republican and we all know that Republicans don't invest in the US – Just take a look at our Republican-run House of Representatives. Take a look at Mitch McConnell and his Senate collegues. They don't care if the US goes in the gutter – they only care that Obama fails and doesn't serve a second term. The scariest thing for the US is that Mitt Romney gets voted in along with a Republican led House and Senate. American's should be shaking in their boots at that thought.
The only problem I have with it, outside of his always having it and so much of it is that there is no way in hell he understands those not having it, is the fact that I don't have it and he isn't sharing.
No problem with those that live good lives and earn money honestly. Whether Obama or Romney.
No Problem. I wouldn't want Bill Gates money. I would spend all my time worrying about it. I have no doubt Romney earned his money. I have met a lot of rich people in my time. They were all as nice as can be. I am not rich, even close. But I'm happy.
If Romney is the Answer . . .
I Fear the Question!
It's not the money, Jack. It's the lack of empathy for those who are struggling. Remember, "I'm not worried about the poor" and "I enjoy firing people"? Duh.
I have no problem with anyones money- I just have a problem with him! Bottom line, why do you think he wont win this election- he loses the popularity contest, like class president, he just lacks a class- like in middle
It does matter to me if he is rich or poor, all I care about is that he goes and gets President Obama out of the White House this November in a landslide.
I have no problem with Romney's money. He worked hard for his money. He chose not to sit at home and wait for a government check like what seems to happening to alot of people in America. They feel that they are entitled to other people's money and it bothers me when the democrats encourage that kind of lifestyle .Romney should not feel guilty about his money and why should it bother you liberals/democrats when you rather indulge in other things and sit at home and play your video games or watch TV. The American way that i know is to go out there, work hard and make your own money and not be dependant on government handouts.
Do you have a problem with Mitt Romney's money?
Answer : First of all, you have to put yourself in Romney's shoes – I don't know all the intimate details, but he most likely shut those businesses & factories down because they were either losing money – or they weren't performing, but the staples & sports authority was most likey holding their own, or making money. That's the whole bottom line, If a Business doesn't make money, the owners get rid of it in some way, shape or form. In other words, they can sell it, ship it overseas, or just plain 'ol shut it down, and use the building for a warehouse, or sell it as such. And IF he had the most shares (or ownership) in all those businesses ( like Bain) he most likely took the money and instead of putting it in a Bank here in this country, (where he would be taxed to death) he sent the Billions ( or millions, which ever it is) to off shore bank accounts. This isn't something New – If you really get into finding out, I'll bet you a dollar to a dime that Bill Gates / Warren Buffet & a whole host of other people (talking about the Donald Trumps of the world) have done the same, over the years. In my honest opinion, I really Don't Have a Problem with His Money – never did, never will have a problem
I have a little problem with his wealth but a bigger one with his birth locale. I think he was born on kreplack and I wanna see his birth certificate .P.S. If he is the best the Republicans can put up for President that is sad. do they think we are that stupid?
Nope. No problems at all with his money. How he handles it - that's another story. I know some very wealthy people and they don't hide money offshore and in foreign banks in order to escape paying taxes. Yet this fine, straightforward, upstanding businessman wants to run our country? Like he runs his own finances? Thanks, but no thanks.
I don't have a problem with Mitt Romney being rich. My problem with Romney is that I do not have a clear idea about what he is going to do to make the rest of us wealthy.
No, I don't have a problem with Mitt's money, or anyone else's for that matter. But I have a huge problem with how Romney accumulated that money and his attitude about it. Warren Buffet, who could buy and sell Mitt like a used car, knows that it's wrong for him to pay a lowerer tax rate than his secretary. Mitt thinks it's clever of him to do so . He calls himself a businessman but has never managed a company that produced a product or provided a service. In reality he is a parasite who specialized in sucking the wealth out of legitimate businesses and then hid every penny he could in offshore accounts. Now he claims that experience makes him uniquely qualified to be president. Excuse me while I vomit.
No problem with his money, just a problem with what he is trying to hide. He cannot relate to 99%, okay 98% of the people in this country. That means he will govern for the rich and maybe the rest of us will get some crumbs.
personally, I have no problem with rummy being rich. it is the FACT that he hides his money off shore instead of investing in America. any person who hides his money off shore , refuses to come clean and disclose his real income, refuses to disclose his taxes except for 1 year cannot be trusted. this on top of the fact that rummy's stance changes like the wind. some of his flip flops include gay marriage, abortion, etc. this is not to mention his joy in firing people, desire to destroy our safety nets after proclaiming he doesn't worry about the poor because they have safety nets. rummy is so far out of touch with us it is a shame. even his wealthy donors showed this dislike of us asking where the VIP area was and making rude comments about the 99%. JFK, Ted Kennedy were rich but didn't relish in it like rummy and were able to work for US. rummy only wants to use his money to BUY an election, feels he is entitled to the presidency. rummy's father would be ashamed of him.
No. Absolutely not! Neither do I have a problem with Bill Gates' money, Warren Buffett's money, or Larry Ellison's money, all of whom have far more than Mitt Romney. I simply do not believe that Mitt Romney would make a good President. He is fake, phony, a self-absorbed liar who flip–flops all over the place. He has got no back-bone, no guts, no character. He has sold hs soul to the devil... the same Koch family who built Adolf Hitler's war machine. No... money has nothing to do with my impressions of Mitt Romney. Mitt Romney would never stand-up for American citizens. He is weak and cowardly. Hecan be counted on to sell-out whoever stands in the way of making a profit for his cronies.
Please be careful with your terminology. We who work in Silicon Valley know that what venture capitalists do (invest in emerging businesses) is very different from what private equity firms like Bain Capital do (buy and restructure existing businesses, usually with a great deal of leverage which may at some point imperil the firm's cash flows and lead to bankruptcy). Do not elevate private equity or tarnish venture capital by confusing the two.
Yes Jack, I have a problem with Mitts money. I don't care that he inherited it. I don't care that he earned it. I care that he wants to be my president but keeps his funds in off shore accounts and blind trusts, that he knows nothing about. He may as well as me to buy the Alaskan bridge to no where before I'd trust him with a cent of my hard earned money.
It's not 'the money' per se, that bothers me about Willard "Mitt" Romney (after all, Warren Buffett & Bill Gates have a lot of money, too), but the way he got it, what he does with it, and his whole attitude about it.
What he didn't inherit from daddy, Romney got from Bain Capital through his famous adventures in outsourcing jobs, raiding pensions, and firing people.
What Romney does with his money is mostly a mystery, since much of it is hidden away in Swiis bank accounts, and Cayman Island sleight of hand. He admits to charitable giving, but nearly all of that goes to his "church", with a few hundred millions tossed to his kids so they don't have to enlist to make ends meet.
Then there's his whole attitude about his enormous wealth: by turns, he is either smug & condescending towards the rest of us (the 'great unwashed' who don't have car elevators and feel lucky to have a halfway decent roof over our heads these days), or oblivious to the reality facing us.
The guy just can't help being of, by, and for the 1%.
I have a problem with the way he earned money. Also though legal to have money in other countries sounds strange for OUR President to do so. Have there been other Presidents to do this ? I dont recall any.
I have no problem with Romney and his vast, unending wealth. What I have a problem with is his lack of morals, his lack of ethics, and his lack of character. Romney didn't earn his wealth the way ordinary people earn their livings–he made his multi-millions by taking over companies, sucking the capital and life out of them, then selling them, outsourcing jobs to the cheapest labor markets like China and India. And there's a dishonesty about him too–people who typically have Swiss/Cayman/off-shore bank accounts usually have something to hide. Unlike his father who released 12 years of tax returns, Mitt released one year, and only then after a good deal of kicking and screaming and stonewalling. He claims that he understands what the people need and are going through, but when your wife's t-shirt costs $6,000 and you only pay 13% income tax (compared to 1/3 for ordinary people), when your response to families asking you to support public education/state universities is if you can't afford UMass, just go to Harvard or BC or kids should just hit their parents up for the $20,000+ per year tuition, it really shows that he DOESN'T have a clue how most Americans live.
Yes, to be president requires wealth–someone making $50K per year might be a wonderful candidate, but the truth is that he can't afford the filing fees to run for political office, much less what it costs to run a campaign. But other presidents–JFK in particular, come to mind. The Kennedy kids (JFK and his siblings) were very wealthy too, but the difference is that they were raised to not only appreciate their wealth and the country that allowed them to achieve it but to give back to those less fortunate. Rose is remembered for telling her kids–you are the fortunate ones, you have been given much, so you owe it to the country to give back and help those who are not as fortunate as you. Romney believes only in helping himself and other .1%ers become even more wealthy at the expense of everyone else. And that's the difference.
Oh, and by the way, Jack, you stated that "having a wealthy businessman in the White House would be a good thing for the country". I disagree–look at history and what happened when we elected wealthy businessmen to the White House–Hoover and W. Bush were and are wealthy businessmen. Their disconnect from how most people live and their policies of favoring only the wealthy and corporations precipitated massive economic meltdowns and caused economic depressions. What we need is someone who will put service to the country first, self (and self-interest) second. That isn't Mitt Romney.
I could care less about his money. It's his lying that I don't like
No! I do not believe it is a problem. Everyone in America would love to make millions of dollars in business. However, if you're running for President of the United States you will be asked to show tax returns. Every candidate has done it in recent years, so this time should be no different.
I do not have a problem with his money, I do have a problem with his "Let them eat cake attitude"
As a Blue Star mother I have a problem with his attitude about not one of his sons serving in the military.
As a resident of Massachusetts I have a problem with the state he left us in, and for throwing his Lieutenant Governor under the bus, since he did not run for a second term and did not campaign for her.
So no problem with his vast wealth, my problem with him is, he is unprincipled.
Not a single problem with his money or his handling of money. If you and I had the same amount of wealth, we'd also be looking for ways to keep Obama from squandering it away. Somehow Obama keeps raving about how he saved the auto companies, yet both GM and Chrysler ended up in the bankruptcy court just as Romney said they should. Both received tens of billions of our tax dollars and still had to declare bankruptcy and neither have paid it back to us yet. And to top it off, Chrysler is now owned by Italian company Fiat. Wow, what a great save Mr Prez.
I have no problem with Mitt's money...I have a problem with the slime ball way he's stashing it so that he doesn't have to pay ANY taxes on those off shore accounts.
Mitt and his reTHUGlican buddies have been shagging this country for far too long.
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I have no problem with Mitt Romney's wealth as long as he pays his fair share of taxes. I do have a problem with how his campaign has been financed (rich donors) and how much of an obligation he will feel toward favoring them if he is elected. He has no feeling for those who are not wealthy and seems to look down on the 99% as if we are all free-loaders. He said that if we want our freebies (social security, medicare, medicaid, etc), we should vote for the "other guy". I think I will do just that.
His money does not matter to me, but the same old rich white guy who believes making other rich white guys richer will somehow help any of us lower class just hasn't been proven over the last half dozen rich white guy presidents.
Wellll, now, Jack, most all of our presidents have been rich, Obama included, so I do not have a problem with Romney's wealth. I do have a BEEG PROBLEM with Romney's paying a much lower tax rate, 15%, than the majority of us, those making below $200K/year, while he's claiming that, among other things, corporations are people. It's Romney's attitude that's the PROBLEM. The Rich are dancing a hard-heeled tango on our hard-working backs– let's shrug! Like, heck, I would rather vote for Joe the Plumber, invite him down to the Crowbar, toss back some TreeFrog beers and figure out how we're gonna feed those who cannot afford the coming SPIKE in food prices [due to world-wide drought]. Wouldn't you? [Later on, we can segue over to the Portrait Gallery for a game of darts.]
Your question is kinda misleading. Yes, President Obama is a millionaire, but he started from nothing - single mom on food stamps, etc. He can relate to the rest of us.
Governor Romney doesn't get it.
Romney's money doesn't bother me but having it has put him so far out of touch with the rest of America that he will never understand the problems that we face. His lack of intelligence really bothers me. That boy ain't right!
Yes Jack. I don't want to live in a plutocracy. This is a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. Not the privileged few.
Once upon a time Bernie Madoff was considered a very successful businessman and rich, then one day.............
no problem here. I wish this was set up as a simple yes/no click. it's easier to see the results.
I thought it was the American Dream, come to America, make wealth. So, now we do not want to be behind someone who has obtained that dream? He is successful? Are we not only looking for mediocrity? To say we have a problem with Romney's wealth is to say we only want those who are not bettering themselves. We should look up to Romney and his wealth as something we can all aspire to make for ourselves. Not hold him back because of it.
Not as such, but being a businessman means having a different set of skills and talents than a statesman. Romney has plenty of the former, but little of the latter. And as to having a businessman as president, don't forget about our famous first MBA president: George W. Bush. Look what that got us.
YES, I have a problem.
1) What is he hiding?
2) IF he can not be honest; then he shouldn't be President.
You bet I do Jack! And if you think I'm joking, you'd better ask Meg Whitman!
My only problem with Romney's money is...that it is not mine!
I don't have a problem with Mitt Romney's money, but I don't think private sector success automatically qualifies him to run an entire country. The point of a country is not, or at least should not be, to generate wealth for those that are already the wealthiest while completely disregarding everyone of more modest means.
No I don't have an issue with Romney's money. Used to be the American dream to work hard for something, now it's almost a crime to be successful. I have a issue with Obama and the American peoples money.
We don't have a problem with rich people. The problem is that we would like to elect someone that can connect with the average voter. The average voter, sadly, does not have $200 million dollars. It is especially difficult to vote for Romney in a time when many Americans can't even find a job.
Don't call the president a "multimillionaire" when talking about Romney's wealth. Obama's money came from writing books, not from cooking the books!
Nope. Money means nothing. What means most is someone who will do a better job of managing America. Someone who will treat our soliders as assets rather than expendable supplies.
Its not how much he has, it's how he got it. I don't think he can relate to what some of us are going through.
I have no problem at all with Romney having so much money, I have a problem with him having so much that he could never understand those that don't have any.......................
i am a minority and not that rich no i don't have a problem with mitt's wealth, he earned it. democrats talk about his money and a lot of democrat politicians are loaded as well. People need to stop worrying about other peoples money and learn how to make money themselves. wake up you need to put in work to get ahead.
Absolutely not. Having a problem with his being wealthy is no different from having a problem with a candidate for being poor or of average means. Also, the Kennedys, Roosevelts, and the Founding Fathers for that matter, weren't exactly working class.
I don't have a problem with Romney's money. I do have a problem with the fact that the only thing he stands for is money! Other than money, I don't trust a word he says!!
With his Money? Maybe not.
With how he GOT it? DEFINATELY YES!
I have a problem with romney's wealth, because it makes him feel disconnected from the realities faced by the poor and middle class, that is why he is for tax cuts for the rich and more priviledges to people like him
A rich, businessman for President? How quickly we forget. George W. Bush was a rich businessman who told us his experience would be good for the country. Well, to paraphrase Sarah Palin, "How did that whole richy, businessey thing work out for us?"
Your premise is wrong. The Obama campaign is not engaging in class warefare by pointing out how Romney made his millions. Romney got rich by waging economic warfare against working class Amerixcans.
Money when at the level of someone like Mitt Romney, tends to provide some isolation or insulation from the realities that the average middle American faces. Romneys don't have car payments, don't worry about saving for college, childcare expenses and the like. So the idea that someone at Romney's wealth level can be a bit insulated can surely gain traction when he says the kinds of things he does (e.g. his wife has several Cadillacs). Mitt's his own worst enemy when he opens his mouth without a script.
Yes I do have a problem with anyone's unearned enormous private wealth, especially in a country that has a shamefully high child poverty rate. Money is like manure: it's really no good unless spread around, and Romney's money stinks to high heaven.
I have a problem with Mitt Romney, period – his wealth, his attitude, his arrogance.
The only problem I have with his money is that he can't possibly understand how the middle class lives and the problems a lot of families and singles face trying to make ends meet. No matter how much he says he does, I don't believe it.
I don't have a problem with all of Mitt's money. Just the part he's hiding offshore. How can you trust a President that tries to get out of paying taxes.
I don't have a problem with Romney's wealth, but I do have a problem with his complete disconnect from the realities of NOT being wealthy. When your idea of struggling is living off your father's trust fund while you go to school and your wife stays at home, you can't possibly understand how the other 98% really live.
I have no problem with Mitt's money. I have a problem with his lying, his pandering, his arrogance, his animal cruelty, his bullying, his reluctance to discuss his religion, his pompous attitude towards people with less than him and his hair. Other than that, he's perfect...just ask his wife.
I have no more problem with Romney than I would have had with Franklin Roosevelt, another very wealthy man, or Jack Kennedy, similarly wealthy, who were the right men for the job, at the right time. Being wealthy is not an indictment and may well provide additional insight and perspective that isn't found in ordinary experience.
No, I don't have a problem with his money. I have a problem with his ability to pander with what issue is popular for the day. RomneyCare was his baby, now he wants to throw the baby out with that bath water and call it ObamaCare.
Not my quote, but I agree 100%: "Apparently, I'm supposed to be more worried with what Romney does with his money than with what Obama does with mine!"
I don't have a problem with Romney's money. But, I do not necessarily trust businessmen because they frequently work in a cut throat environment. They do not necessarily care about anything but their bottom line. I especially do not like or trust a Republican businessman who takes a hard right political line – a Tea Party line.
Problem with his money, nope. Problem with how he made the money, heck yes. While vulture capitalism is not illegal, it should be as its takes money from the pocketbook or every American without our consent.
Why would I have problem with Mr. Romney's money? I don't have any problem with his money. I simply do not trust Mr. Romney.
Every president in my lifetime (I'm 66) has been wealthy so that's not the problem I have. What sticks in my craw is that I KNOW that he is SO wealthy that he truly cannot identify with anybody who isn't. And for all his wealth he hasn't seemed to llearn manners – when he turned up his nose at the "7-11" cookies in Pennsylvania, I almost couldn't breathe because of his rudeness. He would NEVER understand the young Barack Obama's thrill of a motel swimming pool and ice machine, but I imagine most of your viewers do because it's what we did on OUR summer vacations.
I don't have a problem with him being rich but I have a problem with any of his money being off shore. It you want to be our president you best have all your money in our great USA!
I have a general opposition to his wealth. I am often reproached for continually attacking the rich. Yes, because the rich are continually attacking the poor. But those I attack are not the rich as such, only those who misuse their wealth. I point out constantly that those I accuse are not the rich, but the rapacious; wealth is one thing, covetousness another. Learn to distinguish.
Romney is one, due to the Republican party being lead astray by gold and silver.
Romney's money is not an issue for me. The ability to excel is an important freedom in any society. His unwillingness to reveal how he got there is absolutely pivotal and revealing. Pleading "the fifth" is not a way to get elected.
I have a problem with Mitt's secrecy. He is obviously hiding how he made his money, Otherwise he would relase all of his tax returns. Romney is already showing signs that he has a lot in common with Tricky Dick and we know how that turned out.
I don't have a problem with Mitt Romney's $. I have a problem with his partnership with the Koch brothers who are dangerous right winged experience with $$$$ in a multitude of places most of which we do not know. I have a problem with Mitt Romney's alliance with Dick Cheney who makes the Bush family look like they live in the poor house. The problem is with the ideology -extreme right wing – Make Obama a 1 term president since the day he took office with the Justice unable to swear him in without stuttering.
200 m vs 36 k my tax rate more than his and he wants a tax cut!!!!!!!!!!
YES, I do, Jack. Romney was born in a solid silver crib....let alone with a silver spoon. He NEVER had to worry about where the next buck is coming from. He NEVER watched REALLY poor people live their lives day after day, month after month, year after year. At least our "Community Organizer" Commander-In-Chief has seen with his own eyes, the poor, the downtrodden, the desperate. Oh wait, Obama ACTUALLY lived it for a time. You see, IT IS a matter of character, Jack. The "Real" versus the "Phony." I need a garage elevator, Jack.
Yes, I do have a problem with Romney's money. He has led a life of luxury and he doesn't seem to relate to the middle or lower class. All of his friends as he tells it are super rich and his solutions to problems are aimed toward helping them to acquire even more money. He wants to let the housing market hit bottom so that the wealthy can make money by buying up our housing at rock bottom prices and then selling them for a big profit. That's a shame and should be a crime. If you're rich, then you should vote for Romney, but if not, vote for Obama.
I have no problem with Mitt Romney being rich. If Mitt Romney has a clear plan to create a boom of jobs, and make it easier for all Americans to get health care with out becoming financially drained, I will not only give him my vote in November, I will encourage others to vote for him as well.
Not the amount. Just how he got it, where he keeps it and why he feels the need to keep everything secret.
I live two miles from Mitt and voted for him when he became Governor so it's not the money that bothers me but rather, where most of it is. He has most of his wealth outside of the country he wants to preside over to avoid taxes. He also pays less percentage in taxes than my wife & I and we're retired. Thus, it's not the money at all, just that his pot of gold continues to increase while most of us struggle to just get by.
I can not vote for a man who does not know what it feels like to be short of 25 cents while trying to pay for a breakfast. I know the majority of Americans fall in this category. Frank
I do Not have a problem that he is a rich guy, but the next president will have to work on a tax overhaul. Do you think that a person who uses every available loophole to avoid to pay taxes, including offshore accounts, is qualified to lead a serious effort to stop these damaging practices? Would you put a fox into the hen house?
I'm an Independent and have no problem with Mitt Romney's success. In fact, that success should transfer to his handling of the US economy. Far better than the amateurish attempts of a community organizer whose success is a downward spiral of our economy. I'm all for giving him a chance. He could only do better, not worse.
I have NO problem with his money. It has to be a good thing.
Augusta GA 30909
No, I don't have a problem with Romney's money–he does. For a man who's trying to win the presidency based on his business acumen, he doesn't seem to know much about his own businessesses–right now he's struggling to figure out who is/was CEO of Bain Capital when/where. And as for being an astute investor, he's trying to convince us that he's the man to handle the U.S. economy, but he has no idea about the what/where/when of his own investments–blind as they are.
Don't have a problem with success and the money that follows, but do have a problem with a background based on corporate greed and money made off of the sweat and pain of average everyday people. Romney is a shell filled with the interests of only the top 1 percent in this country. To think different is foolish.... and I come from the corporate arena myself.
Yes the more money a person has in the multiple millions scale the more that person has no connection to conceivable reality the rich and famous may cover all our television 24/7 but the people who represent the closet connection to reality are far from the political spectrum which may be the problem with our current politics we all complain about . the poor should run for office to bad there to busy trying for food shelter and safety . while Romney rides jet skiis
I don't have a problem with Mitt Romney's money. I do have a problem with how he got his money and how he is hiding his money. Why won't he release more tax returns?
The problem is not what he has,but rather how he got it and what he is doing with it.
Did he use the proceeds of his newly Earned wealth to create American jobs, or just put it in an off-shore bank?
Not the money as many of said but the way he earned it, by breaking things apart and selling off what ever was left of value. That when coupled with what we've heard of off shore accounts and taxes paid and many of the statements by him and his wife suggests to me he is not in touch with what most of us face on a daily basis.
While it may be true that it's not legally a crime to be rich in America, people who have no choice but to WORK for a living understand that there is something inherently unfair about inheritance, and about "earning" money from money, not work. There is a very big difference between earning an honest living and "earning" profit from an investment, or the kind of ruthless big practices that outfits like Bain Capital made their legal American wealth from. I sincerely don't think Obama thinks of this as "class warfare," as you suggest.. but I think class warfare would a very good thing for the hardworking Americans who tell a whole different story than the ones we see on Wall Street or coming out of Hollywood. It's too easy for some people, to make a buck.. while so many millions of us have to struggle, day in and day out, just to make ends meet. One might expect a talking head on CNN to understand this, and know it's just as valid a fact about America as the myth of getting rich we all want to believe.
Michael Ryan, Erwinna, PA
2 problems Jack;
1. How he got it
2. How he's used it.
1. If he got it investing in America, or Americans, I'd be lining up to vote for him. I – we all are tired of foreign labels, and foreign phone help. He says his business experience will help...how...spreading the wealth worldwide is a good thing, I suppose..?.
2. He has a show horse? He has a car elevator? If he lived modestly, as most wealthy do...again, I and most Americans would welcome a rich leader. He does have 2 cadillacs...so he believes in G.M...sort of....
I think that Mitt Romney should be respected for his astuteness in attaining and maintaining that amount of money. I would like my leader to be wise!
Kennedy was rich and so was FDR, oh they were Democrats. So why do we have a problem with Romney? I don’t. Being rich should not matter.
No problem with his money; just his politics towards the middle class ...he doesn't care one iota about us.
Yes Jack, his money tells alot about the man. He dosen't need anymore. He already has more than the job he seeks offers. He is not in it for the money. He sure is not in the campaign to help people so whats left? Power that what, that makes the whole Romney situation scarry.
Jack – .there ares busimen and there are busimen. Gov. Romney appeared to be a good businessman making money anyway he could including betting against America and Americans. That kind of businessman we don't need in the White House. No wonder he doesn't want to relaease his financial records as such transparency would reveal a man most Americans would have sincere problems with.
I have a problem with his wealth and his 10% tythe to the Mormon church. The reason you keep money off shore is that if you bring it into the USA you will be taxed. So as long as he has his wealth off shore he does not pay tax on it. I really object to a person from a cult religion being POTUS. Who knows what influences that would have on this country. You do not run a coutry like you run a company, he entirely the wrong choice.
I would much rather have a proven, successful leader/president with governor experience rather than someone who had no corporate or governing experience.
He came from money and has lived without ever having to really know what an average person worries about or how an average person feels. Too elite to lead.
Of course! I have no problem how much money he has made, but the way it was made? and now the way he is hiding? we are nation of highest billionaires on planet earth. No billionaire have to hide money like Romney. And especially if someone running for President, need to be honest, and the problem is to trust him, of his practices at Bain if he continue those practices, Americans will never have higher salary, but Romney principle of fire and rehire at minimum wage will put our country at risk.
I can not vote for him, because he is not trust worthy not because he is rich but, he is not trustworthy? I rather stay home and save my vote.
what i have a problem with Mitt is that he has not came out with is tax return and its funny how Republicans have a really hard time releasing their Tax Return and Contributors what is he hiding and plus I am a student so he says he going to cut everything he can think of and thats my financial aid which I count on federal grants he also flips flops on issues
Well Jack, if there was any question where you stood on this I think you've made it quite clear today. For you to still refer to President Obama as a "community organizer" is pretty pathetic. He has been President of the United States for 3 1/2 years, I think at least the media, you included, should give him the respect that position holds and stop the politics of demeaning his abilities. I would expect this from Sara Palin, but I really didn't expect it from you, Jack. You're less of a professional than I thought you were. Maybe you should go join Lou Dobbs.
I don't have a problem with Romney's money, but don't see any thing in his experience as a businessman that would help him make good economic policy as president. Indeed, his ever changing policies suggest he would not have helped save the auto industry and would continue lowering taxes for the wealthy with no plan for paying for these according to third party analyses. His experience might help him in a cabinet position but not as president. Since he disavows the good things he did as governor of MA, it's hard to see how his polices would help bring us out of the current economic situation, or put us on a sound long term path toward improvement. In the short term more consensus is likely on the budget and taxes in the lame duck session this nov dec if Obama is reflected.
Good for him that he made a lot of money. The problem is that he has the "let them eat cake" attitude, shows no compassion for the poor, and exhibits no willingness to compromise that is the GOP.
Nobody should NOT vote for Mitt because of his money but since the presidency is the one thing he can't buy on his own with his billions – he owes all the other billionaires that are helping him buy it- that he will do the bidding of all the RICH fatcats first -next he's promised the teaparty all the looney things they want -then all the ultra religious get whats left so for all you regular folk you get whats left & after he makes all the cuts to satisfy his base there aint nothing left good luck to you all you will need it!
It's not his money Jack it's how he seperates himself from those without the wealth. Did you see him almost run off the stage at the NAACP yesterday? His comments about free loaders. His stand on his faith yet half of his statements according to politifact are in the false to pants on fire range. Where there is smoke there is fire and we keep hearing of Bermuda corps, off shore bank accounts, SEC documents that contradict his statements and all he has to say is that he does not have to tell us any more than he has. His approach to those without, his untruths (lots of them) in spite of his faith and refusal to discuss it all leads one to believe his money isn't all it's made out to be making it hard to have trust of anything but especially his money.
George W. .Bush was a business man too. Look where that got us!
I dont have a problem with Romneys' money. I do think that he should forgo the Presidential salary because he is so very wealthy. Mayor Bloomberg in NYC has done this and it has saved the city a bunch of money. This would be the way Romney could show people that he does feel for the American people and wants to HELP the economy. I additionaly think when and if he gets into office the first thing that should go is the pension money paid to former Presidents and the money so freely given to pay for the office space they ? need post presidential service ... Millions could be saved with the simple signature to repeal this...... All presidents are wealthy enough and continue to make millions for speaking engagements etc they dont need the American people to continue paying millions for thier office space and staff.
I have a big problem with how he got his money – by being a corporate raider. I have a huge problem with his hiding his money in overseas bank accounts and evading U.S. taxes. I can't believe this guy is running for President.
Heck no I have no problem with Mitt Romney's money as long as he made it legally. If the banks, the regulators, corporations and the lot of the people dealing the people and their money can't be trusted to behave in a legal fashion or to protect us from white collar criminals...I am sorry to say I can't trust that Mitt Romney made the money he is hiding off shore legally either.
For many of us it has nothing to do with his success or how much money he has.........after all that is part of the American dream.....its the total lack of understanding of how people who are the disappearing middle class, live.....how they struggle....just a pink slip or health issue away from economic ruin.....Mitt Romney has no clue....how the 99% live....and never will........
Lets see . . Community Organizer with no business experience VS Wealthy Rich Successfull Businessman . . Jack I think this time around I will vote for the successfull businessman with some actual experience. If the guy in the white house had actually been vetted instead worshipped like an american idol we probably wouldnt be in the huge mess now that we are. The blame Bush arguement just doesnt work anymore. I'm willing to give Romney a chance this time around instead of 4 more Obummer years. I dont think we can take 4 more. I know I cant.
I would not have problem however basing my decision on the goofs he had during his initial campaign days, yes I have a problem. After betting Rick Perry $10,000 during the debates and a comment that his wife owns several Cadillacs, in my mind Mitt Romney is completely out of touch with what most Americans are experiencing!
Silver Spring MD
I don't have a problem with Mitt Romeny's $. I have a problem with his partnership with the right winged extremists the Koch Brothers, and his partnership with Cheyney who makes the Bush family look like they should live in the poor house. I admired Romney before he caved in to the Tea Party extremists. The roots of that group hve insisted on making Obama a 1 term president since he first took office. The Justice couldn't swear him in without stuttering.
I don't have a problem with Mit Romney's money. I have a problem with mine. Is there anyone out there who can vouch for Mit Romney helping them make money. If theres one thats good. 299 million to go.
the man who wants to be the leader of the free world is looking for a free ride when it comes to taxes. he wants us to pay his fair share.
I have a problem with the way Romney and Bain makes money, showing no compassion for workers in so many instances. It's great to get rich, but not on the backs of my fellow citizens. He has a lot of dirty money.
It is not the fact that Willard has all this money. It is the fact that he is running for POTUS.That is the United States of America!!! He insisits that he is all American, and cares about Americans, and yet, it would appear that he has no interest in following the tax code of the US by hiding his many assets off shore in other countries.
He will not discuss his hidden loot, and will not release his tax returns.
He has always been of the elite class and seems to feel he has the right to ask to be elected president without any questions regarding his financial business. In my book this makes him an elitist and added to his callous mistatements regarding the middle and lower class a complete turn off.
For me, $200 + million is a problem for Mr Romney. He has never lived a life of survival as part of the lower or middle classes, and cannot, even in his best imagination, understand what living from pay check to pay check means. Same is true for any of his comrades whom he'd appoint to his administration. Too, his lofty view of business management would be no help either. Mr Romney is as qualified to handle economic recoveries as Herber Hoover was ... and Hoover was a business leader turned politician in similar cloth as Romney.
Unbridled greed is a human right...it is not how much money Mr. Romney has....just how he uses it.
Does he give to those whom he ruined by his corporate raider mentality...as an American...he does not believe in keeping his money in his country.
John Kennedy was the Democrat hero. He was very wealth having inherited his wealth. His investments were never disclosed, and he had foreign accounts. I guess that's OK because he was a Democrat. Its kind of like free speech that's only allowed for Democrats.
No, I don't have a problem with his money, but I do have a problem with everyone acting like Obama is Joe average when his net worth is in the millions and he runs with the wealthy just like Mitt.
I have absolutely no problem with Romney's money...my problem is "where he keeps it!" If he's not cheating the tax laws, then why is he using the Cayman Island Islands, (where it's against the law to even ask about someones bank account) for his banking needs, not to mention his accounts in Switzerland and elsewhere overseas? I've heard no explanation for this that I'm buying!
I trust Romney about as far as I can throw my house, his money does not factor into my feelings. I am voting for him solely because he is the Republican candidate to run against President Obama. hell, id vote for Nixon if he were warmed up and running against Obama.
T. Smith Tucson AZ
No problem with Romney's money. Money is just money no matter who owns it. However, I do have a problem with Romney's evasiveness, lack of candor and inability to relate to the everyday concerns of America's middle class.
It is not Mitt Romney's money per se that bothers me. It is his world view that shows he has no clue about the life lead by 95 percent plus of the US that so bothers me. Things like saying students should just borrow the cost of college from their parents rather than seeking Government-assisted student loans, that when he and Anne were in college and needed money, they just sold some stock, and that he didn't earn much from making speeches (only a few hundred thousand dollars - petty cash i guess). Not to mention that he thinks one of our biggest problems we face is that the super rich pay too much in taxes, even though today's tax rates are their lowest since Truman sat in the White House. Therefore, Mitt would cut taxes on the rich, making capital gains and dividend income totally tax-free. This will be paid for by eliminated "unspecified" deductions which most studies show would likely raise overall taxes paid by the middle class. THAT is what bother me so much.
I'm not concerned about him having money, but am concerned how he made it. He was seen to be a bully in earlier years. Did this continue to his actions at BAIN, and could he in fact bullied his way into the Republican nomination. I'm sure he's not the only one, perhaps we should study most CEO's etc to see if they too bullied their way to where they are.
My problem with bullies is that it leads to the conclusion that might makes right. Romney's might comes from his finances, he certainly used it against any threat to his getting the nomination. I strongly believe our political campaigns ought to be fought out in a series of public debates, no commercial or campaigning permitted at all. I know it's a dream, won't ever happen, but I'd like to see those with the best ideas rise to the top, not those with the most money.
I admire Gov. Romney's success and wealth and have no problem with a wealthy individual campaigning for the presidency. Most of the candidates that run for the highest office in this land are rich. The problem that I have with Romney is that everything is a secret, off shore accounts, how much control did he have at Bain after he 'retired' and showing us only one tax return and one estimate. Gov. Romney told the NAACP that they would vote for him 'if you knew what was in my heart', but the man is a mystery. If there is nothing to hide then why hide it. Show us the money Mitt!
Given where we have just come from and what consequently we are still going through, of course "his" money is an issue. After all this it is beyond imagination that anyone would want to reelect the same people to fix it. You can't cure a sick mind with a sick mind.
No... I do not have a problem with Mitt's Money. I think its great that he has managed to be so successful. His money is not why I'm not voting for him. I would not vote for him because I honestly feel that he could care less about America. He just wants the power associated with the office. Right now... the Republican Agenda overall is just scary. They don't even see that they have spent the last 3.5 years trying to get power... and have all failed to really see about America and the people. They are just scary....
If the message that Mitt Romney wants to send to voters is that he's qualified to be President and guide the economy because he's been successful in business and made a great deal of money then by extension ANYONE more successful than him would be a better presdient.
Someone please call Warren Buffet or Bill Gates and see if they're interested. How about Jack Welch?
It's too easy to say "I'll better than President Obama" on the economy. Listen carefully and will never hear any specifics whatsover how about he intends to improve the economy nor how he's going to pay for his tax cuts.
If the CEO of a company presented such a vague plan for fixing a company, he'd be fired.
It's not certain, but wealth probably means theft. People make money by paying as little as possible for the resources they use including capital (preferential interest rates), and labor (breaking unions, outsourcing, raiding pension funds). They charge as much as they can (taxation without representation) for as little as they can (racketeering). Most great wealth is created by causing an aneurism in the circulation of economic activity and shunting 'blood' into their own gullets. Wealthy people are economic vampires.
I don't have a problem in the world with Romney's money. My problem is that he's becomes so rich that's he out of touch with the realities that the poor and middle class have to face every single day. What I would like him to do is go to the low-income and poor neighborhoods like I grew up in and see how people live! Hopefully that reality will change everything and he'll change his view of who needs tax cuts. Then maybe him and his well pampered wife won't apprear on television wearing $1500.00 blouses, saying he wants to help the poor because he gets their challenges!
Jack et al,
Think of every worry you've ever had in your personal life and then try to tell me that money wasn't somehow at the root of it. Our very lives: The water we drink, the electricity we use, and the food we eat are all dependent on whether or not we have enough money to support these and many other needs. To say that Mr. Romney or Mr. Obama don't have to worry about money at all may be a bit bold, but they certainly will never EVER have to worry about consuming and providing those basic things that most of us are constantly dispersing the majority of our incomes to. They can say they understand those feelings, but at the end of the day will go to whatever home they have with hot tapwater, plentiful electricity, and whole kitchens filled to the brim with food. Maybe they grew up with those feelings, but they don't have them now and How can you truly understand how money is indeed the root of all our fears and anxiety unless you are living it in that moment?
We have a choice – a President who has sent us into debt to the tune of multiple trillions of dollars, with more debt to come because of Obamacare, or a candidate who is wealthy because he knows how to turn a buck and has shown he can turn our economy around. Tough choice.
My main problem is why would you want a President that has so little confidence in the United States that he keeps his money off shore rather than re-investing it in America? This seems very anti-American to me!....Fred Nielsen Alberta "Canada"
If Obama releases his college reciords and who paid for his education then Romney should release all of his tax returns and financial records. Otherwise, Romney should tell the Democrats and press to drop dead.
Jack – .there ares businessmen and there are businessmen. Gov. Romney appeared to have been a good businessman making money anyway he could including betting against America and Americans. That kind of businessman we don't need in the White House. No wonder he doesn't want to relaease his financial records as such transparency would reveal a man most Americans would have sincere problems with.
I don't have a problem with his amount of money. What I have an issue with is the way he got and protects it. He needs to disclose more of his tax information and explain his offshore accounts. He needs to be more transparent instead of obtuse.
Jack, Kennedy had a lot of money did it matter then, This race is about race, Obama could be the worst President ever and they will still vote for him.
That's why people are poor there gullible, i can't take four more years of Obama, we will all be bankrupt.
It time for a professional business man to run this country.
No problem with his money at all. The REAL problem are his positions, which are muddy and self serving to say the least. Example one: he agrees with the four supreme court judges that don't think Obamacare is constitutional, but then he says, it's a tax which makes it constitutional. Duh!! Example two: Obamacare is a copycat of Romneycare, which he made law in Massachusetts. And now, because it's not Romneycare anymore but Obamacare, he doesn't like it anymore. Duh! That in itself is not scary, Scary is that millions who don't have a clear view of his flip flopping character will vote for him anyway . Very scary! God help America if those millions will not change their minds.
No i dont its not my money and you need lots money to become president anyway, if he was succeful in buisness and if hes self made then i dont see the point in criticizing him.
I have problem with the man that wants to be President of my country, lying and not being transparent when it come to his wealth Jack. After all it was a rich man that got us into this mess in the first place remember Jack or did that escape your memory. So in a word YES!
yes, I have a problem with Romney's wealth.To me, he is trying to buy the presidency, instead of earning it.
Why would a presidential candidate have offshores banking accounts so he won't have to pay taxes. What would he do if he was president?
I don't have a problem with Mitt Romney's money. What I have a problem with is how he says he became rich by creating jobs. You should just admit he worked as a capital investor and make money as a capital investor. I also have a problem with the fact that he keeps his money in an offshore Swiss bank account instead of investing in American banks. If he is so sure that the people that are rich part of the job creators and why this is money sitting in a bank instead of creating jobs
I do not have a problem with him being rich. And I find it hypocritical that they are making it a huge deal now, when it was downplayed how wealthy John Kerry was (from his heiress wife, no less) during the 2004 elections.
it's not his money as much as how he got it. Where he keeps it. How he hides it. Even more, the way he uses it to keep himself above us, and completely out of touch with those of us that are not aristocrats like him. My kids should ask me for a loan to go to college? He doesn't understand that his tax write off for his horse, is more than I make in a year. I don't have the money to loan my children for a car, much less a college education.
I don't care about his money....just like I don't care if another spineless creature, such as a jellyfish, catches a big fish.
As a Californian who has been down this road with our own Business guru governor in Arnold Schwarzenegger, I can tell you business savvy and politics do not always mix well or produce tangible results... I think I'll stick with the Chicago based politician!
Willard(Mitt) indeed has money and business experience but little else in what I believe falls into a wish-list of presidential qualities such as beliefs in equal rights for all, the opportunity for all to thrive in this country, the belief in truth and fairness. Sure the wealthy can be wealthy, but just because you have wealth does not assure you have sincere concern for all. President Obama I find holds all these qualities of a man I am proud to say leads my county. Hey after all, what is an executive staff employed to be? economist, business-minded, global, , , , , you get the point.
We expect a President to manage United States resources well. to build a better a future. Just think how many jobs could have been created with Romney's campaign chest and ask whether this argues for him to become President. Campaign management is one of the best indicators of Presidential ability.
Hey Mitt: you're a Morman (nothing personal)-stike 1, your rich (didn't make your millions by getting your hands "dirty"), strike 2, you really didn't have much competition getting the nomination, (not your fault), strike 3. I guess you're out. Your motives might be pure, but people calls them as they see them.
This whole notion that "there's nothing wrong with being rich in America" has got to go. There may be plenty of cowboys who would fight and die to defend such a statement, but that doesn't mean it's not a politically-charged, ideological lie. The real, true American story is just as much about what it takes to survive on the fruits of one's labor.. with nothing but hard work and wages.. as it is about those who've figured out that's no way to get rich. There is a difference between earning wealth from one's work and profit, what they so smartly call "earnings" from owning a business or making an investment. In the former, it's the only truly honest way to earn wealth of any kind. In the latter, "earning" is actually just a nice word for what it really is: taking as much as you can before anyone notices, including the law. Almost every time, the reason an investor is able to take a profit is due to the fact that someone who was working was not paid enough for their work. So, yes.. I have a problem with Mitt Romney's wealth.. because it really never belonged to him. He started off with an inheritance that put him at an unfair advantage to 99% of us, and then used that to continue his father's tradition of screwing people over for a quick buck. At least Obama has some idea of what it's like, from his childhood and the world he knew before he gained his wealth practicing law and selling books. Big difference!
God's will for us is to prosper and be in health even as our soul prospers. My Father does not have a problem with wealth. so I don't. But what He does have a problem with is when people love money more than they love His people. Money is not the root of all evil. But the LOVE of money is the root of ALL evil.(I Tim. 6:10). That's what I have a problem with. So whoever is in the White House make sure you don't esteem money higher than the good of people. Vonne
Jack, even though it is no crime to be rich in America, It is a crime to hurt people by doing unethical things in order to get rich. I have a problem with the way Mitt Romney made his money–he outsourced American jobs overseas to foreign countries. Mitt Romney stashed his money in overseas bank accounts to evade paying U.S. federal and state taxes. Mitt Romney destroyed companies and jobs in American communities resulting in mass layoffs–He enjoys firing people!! Mitt Romney is a modern day Gordon Gecko of Wall Street who aspires to be President and protect the very wealthy and the robber barons like himself.
Certainly he is allowed to have whatever money he inherited/earned but what he does with it, how he behaves towards others less fortunate goes to character. Jesus was a Socialist. I am not espousing socialism as a replacement for our system but I do believe we could learn something from Jesus here. We need to take care of each other for our own sake. In the worldwide economic system, we all feed off each other so everyone's health is of vital importance to our own health. It does us no good if we win and all others lose; who will buy our stuff? Romney does not get this. He wants to win and has a winner take ALL mentality which in the short term is fun but for the long term it is self destructive. Jesus was a Socialist and we need to take his teachings and incorporate them into our capitolistic system for the sake of our own survival.
If people have a problem with Mitt Romneys wealth, then they're the ones with the problem. Call it what u want, but if he has the the intelligence to make money, then more power to him!! Thats what I believe this country is all about, being a success!! The people who complain about his money are either jealous or envious of him because he made it and they didn't. I have no problem with how he made his money. The fact is, he did it. People, get over it!!
So We must also rule out Mayor Bloomberg from higher office. Oh, the NYC Democratic Party removed the two term limit for him, not too wealthy when one's politics agrees with the left.
Jack, are you building a resume to apply at Fox? :-)
Everybody admires self-made people, we make movies about them, like the kid who created facebook. We just don't like people who hide his money in foreign countries, most of them hide it because they don't want people to know the source of it. Like many Latin-American politicians and drug cartel bosses.
Bill Gates and Warren Buffet don't hide it, they give it away!! What a difference!
Jack, I do not have a problem with Mitt being rich. Many wealthy people do great things with their wealth , My problems with Mitt comes from the words of Grover Norquist, when he said that, "We don't need him to tell us what to do. All [he} needs, is to have five working digits to sign Paul Ryan's budget" This tells me that Romney is not respected for who he is and will only be a "yes man for the GOP. He also has not articulated any core convictions other than tax cuts for the very rich. He has no plan for the masses that are dis-infranchised in all segments of society in this country.
Romney's money is a sign of what I can achieve as a naturalized American if I work harrrd here in FL and invest in banks abroad. Romney's money story is an honorable America tale... No problem with Romney's money Jack. I've got problem with Romney's Swiss Bank Account and so forth...
I don't have a problem with Romney having money. I have a big problem with the lies he is apparently telling regarding his hidden accounts to avoid paying his fair share in taxes. This man who wants to be our President, can't even show his tax returns. Newt Gingrich called him a liar. For once, I agree with Newt.
I don't have a problem with his money, however I do have a problem with how he obtained his money and where he chooses to hide or keep his money. Is the USA not good enough for his money?
It's not his money it is his attitude towards it. It's like he doesn't have to care. How much and where it is doesn't matter. He is so far removed from the average American he doesn't know what a bugget is. He will deny this but wont be able to tell what it is.
Jack, Most people that are complaning about his money are jealous of him.
I would take advice from him on my finance any day.
The question i have would you take financial advice from a poor person or a Millionaire?
Is this the only thing that people have to talk about him.
Taking a look at Gov Romney as the son of a two terms governor would reveal that he may not be able to identify very well with the poor and his being a multi-millionaire businessman may tend him towards being totally out of touch with the middle care. How would a person identifying with the poor say he would repeal the health care law, the least he could have said was to help the people more at ensuring it is workable. Based on these, i think it is difficult not to be scared with his being the president of the freest democracy in the world.
Tunde, Grand Blanc, Michigan
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