By Rawlein G. Soberano
GERMANTOWN, MD (June 1, 2012) — Recently disclosed tax forms of three family trust funds from Mitt Romney, his wife and their adult children show scores of trades in companies whose business operations are inconsistent with Republican Party stances that Romney favors on Iran, China, stem cell research, abortion and other issues. His family trusts kept some of those holdings and repeatedly bought new ones till 2010 when they were finally sold off.
The continuous trading between 2006 and 2010 raises questions why the investments continued for 3 more years, even after Romney said in 2007 that the trust would sell off any conflicted holdings. Those trades came during the period when Romney has sought to convince voters of his conservative Republican values. He is a CINO (conservative in name only). The trades also raise questions about whether any of the transactions were vetted for possible conflicts or negative political perception before they were made.
It is not difficult to figure why Mitt Romney lost in the South. Richard Land, the leading figure in the Southern Baptist does not even consider him and other Mormons to be Christians, and compares Mormonism to Islam. Franklin Graham, son of the respected evangelist Billy Graham and president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association expressed a similar view about Romney and his Mormon faith in his interview at MSNBC.
Land and Graham will be shocked when they find out that their fellow evangelicals play a big role to elect the first non-Christian president in this country. Their credibility is shattered if they go out to support him. This was very visible in the primary results in southern states which rejected him loud and clear in favor of Santorum, and to a lesser degree, Newt, who won SC and GA. Santorum finally endorsed him through email at 12 midnight, a bizarre way of supporting a presidential nominee while making sure it’s the least effective in terms of results. It is equivalent to a non-endorsement.
When push came to shove, Santorum told his conservative supporters they might as well vote for BHO if he is not the nominee, made worse by one of Romney’s staffers who brought the image of the Etch and Sketch toy. What we see now of him may not be the same in the fall. Just shake it and start it all over again, describing accurately the type of politician Romney is who will say or do anything to win, a palpable character flaw of a non-conservative.
Santorum reiterated his own position on issues as firm, solid and non-changing, win or lose. He did not let Romney get away with his shallowness when the latter said that he is going “to run as a conservative” versus “I am a conservative.” It is form, style, show and proceed-where- the-wind blows versus content, commitment, authenticity and character. Ouch!!
Foster Friess, the mutual fund executive, bankrolled Rick Santorum’s Super Pac (Red White and Blue Fund) and stood behind on the stage as Santorum basked in the glow of his triple victory in Montana, Minnesota and Colorado. He helped conservative commentator Tucker Carlson launch the political Web site (Daily Caller) in 2010 with a $3 million investment and has since funded more cash to the Caller in the second round of financing.
The Daily Caller, News Max, Red State and other hyper-partisan far-right Web sites all seem to be in the business of throwing red meat to the Republican base. They still haven’t seemed to figure out that the comprehensive Affordable Healthcare Act is the real name of the bill that the uneducated “dittoheads” call Obamacare. They live in a very strange world permeated with hate.
There are millionaires who cannot stand the President for one reason or another, and there are consultants who are drooling to take their money to do their bidding, deliver the coup de grace and profit from it. They hired a black front man, Larry Elder, a conservative talk show host from Los Angeles whom they paid $25k, to be supported by other black conservatives (as long as the price is right) to protect themselves from being labeled as racists, which they are. They would not have done this to a white guy — pay him $25k (slave wages) from a $10 million budget. This racism is evident everywhere in various forms in the GOP!
Santorum called WMR the “worst Republican” in the country to put up against Barack Obama. Romney admitted it was a normal process in the primaries and not a sign of a fractured party. It’s not the fault of the Republican Party that Romney turned out to be a fink, who cannot connect with the average American. He thinks he can buy the election in the same way he bought the primaries. He tries to underscore BHO’s record which is already public, but when the Obama people do the same about his record, he calls it character assassination.
He maintains the premise that the top 1 percent should operate on a different set of rules by hiding the fact that he and his kind, among others, pay only 15 percent or less on their income versus the rest of Americans who pay 35 percent. Romney has serious character flaws as a recidivist serial flip-flopping principles-reviser who changes positions to satisfy right-wing extremists that control the party.
GWB finally gave WMR his much-awaited, though flat endorsement of the GP standard-bearer in less than five words, which sounded more like it came from Calvin Coolidge, “I’m for Mitt Romney” before the elevator door closed after him. Republicans acknowledge the party could best be served by not reminding voters of the Bush legacy of gaping budget deficits, two wars and record low approval ratings resulting from tax cuts for the rich, slash public education, slash environmental protection, gut Medicare and Social Security, reduce public services, do away with regulations of the financial industry, use religion to get the working-class and middle-class to vote against their own economic interests.
Who would want to advertise these in their political platform? His eight-year tepid presidency (thanks to Karl Rove) merited no more than fleeting reference from Romney and his rivals in the debates, campaign stops and interviews. WMR is a typical tax-and-spend fake conservative like the Bushes.
Will he go and succeed by going the Santorum route to cement his position as the de jure leader of the conservative movement by being its presidential nominee in 2012, or something similar without being considered a RINO?
Mitt Romney is again found on both sides of the Wall Street regulations debate to protect the American worker. It’s not fair to bet people’s money to generate profits, and when things go wrong, to throw the problem on the lap of taxpayers. One of his advisers (Eric Fehrnstrom) told NBC that Romney is not opposed to regulation as long as it is effective and streamlined. “It should not be cumbersome and should not act as a wet blanket or a damper on the economy.”
This statement amounts to favoring regulation without being in favor of it, open to moving the other way in case of opposition, to please everyone. This is the statement of someone without balls, afraid to make a stand on issues.
The GOP today is the stronghold of racists, Obama haters and birthers. Romney even went a step further by embracing the Grand Dragon of the supreme birther of the east coast, Donald Trump, the egregious buffoon!
Be ready for the attack dogs of WMR (who do it for the money) which is well received by his campaign which starts to profile his divisive nature by taking credit for the bailout of the auto industry that he opposed and pretends to be a job creator when he was completely opposed to it. He tried to create a chasm between Obama and Clinton, whose legacy, he claims, has been destroyed by the liberal BHO. He accused BHO for turning his back on Clinton’s policies, e.g., welfare reform, middle-class tax cuts — becoming the reincarnation of the Snake of the Garden of Eden. Remember Fred Davis, the man behind the losing ads of Carly Fiorina in California and Christine O’Donnell in Delaware?
Now he wants billionaire Joe Ricketts, founder of Ameritrade and Chicago Cubs Baseball Team, to ante up to bring down BHO, a right-wing hate rhetoric, designed to get into Ricketts’ pocket. This ad was made four years ago linking Rev. Wright with BHO which McCain turned down. His group is confident that if it was shown in 2008, BHO would never have won. As of late, it was also rejected. These consultants make money by selling dirt, true or false, on others to interested parties.
WMR is a dud; he has no honest bone in his body. He loves the attacks against the President even if he knows they are inaccurate or false, e.g., the woman who said the “President should be tried for treason.” What treachery has BHO committed? Is it treason to be black?
Instead of correcting this falsehood, his deafening silence was construed as agreeing with the ignorant woman. As Thomas Aquinas put it, silence can be construed as consent — “Qui tacet, consentiri videtur!”
John McCain may be a rusty old man, pushed to a corner by his submissive, timid reaction to the Tea Party, but had the guts to set right what was wrong when he corrected a mistaken supporter that BHO was an “Arab” (and what it implies) and corrected her for her comments. Romney is no different from Palin, Bachmann or Santorum, all losers and will never be elected to national office. Because McCain would not go along with their evil strategy four years ago, they labeled him a crusty old politician who often seemed confused, frustrated with a campaign just as confused.
They come up with a categorical statement that BHO failed (because they are not part of his administration), and talked about the misguided influences of his formative years (says who?) that have made him this way. The bottom line is that they’re looking for some deep-pocketed right-wing benefactor for the plot they are preparing to launch in Charlotte at the Democratic National Convention.
Bringing back the memory of Rev. Wright is a long shot to nowhere. Their goal is to get to the convention, supported by their minions of lapdogs who’ll do anything for money, to attract attention, heavy press, two weeks of national television, social media and a long-standing Web presence to run through the elections.
What they have not anticipated is the number of defenders who stand by the president to make sure that the public is aware of his record to be proud of, with a list of his accomplishments in spite of the active obstruction and malicious lies coming from the GOP Taliban, Tea Party activists, women-haters/vaginal probers and big military spenders. He gives conservatives a bad name in that his actions show lying is like breathing to him.
For Romney to profess he is a conservative doesn’t make him one. Besides, we now know that he’ll say anything in order to get elected. He gets an F as a conservative for being a Fake one.
Rawlein G. Soberano, Ph.D. is the President of the Asian American Business Roundtable.