The U.S. Senate’s top Republicans called for the GOP to unite behind leading presidential candidate Mitt Romney on April 1.
On CBS’s “Face the Nation”, Vice President Joe Biden appeared to think this was a joke. In the interview, Biden said, “I can’t remember a presidential candidate in the recent past who seems not to understand … what ordinary middle-class people are thinking about and are concerned about.”
Reuters has identified this as only one of many attacks by the Obama administration focusing on Romney as an out-of-touch millionaire and former businessman. In all honesty, the Obama administration appears to be more out of touch with the voters than Romney.
Many Democrats, including President Barack Obama, have targeted Romney as coming from the elite. According to the Hill, Democratic strategists intend to use this for all it is worth. But like Obama’s rhetoric, only time will tell if it works.
One of Obama's best attacks on Romney has been his use of the word "marvelous" to describe the House Republican budget plan. Obama spent a disproportionate amount of time criticizing Romney’s word usage, as stated by the Hill.
Obviously, Romney’s use of lofty language is one of the most important discussion topics of the election. In fact, it might even surpass the importance of the unemployment rate or nuclear arms.
It is impossible to dispute that Romney did come from a well-off family. From one of his many biographies, you will immediately find that his father, George Romney, was a 1968 Republican presidential candidate and governor of Michigan. Romney is no stranger to the world of politics, but he began his career in business. Democrats may see this as a weakness, but I see it as what makes Romney a better candidate than Obama. There is no one better to relate to the business owners of today than a man who founded his own investment firm. The investment firm, Bain Capital, was founded in 1984 and helped launch or rebuild hundreds of companies under Romney’s leadership, according to Romney’s campaign website.
Not only did Romney found his own business, but he did well, resulting in the opportunity to live the lavish lifestyle he is so often criticized for. But he is entitled to do so. The American people have no right to begrudge him the benefits of his hard work.
The Obama administration may criticize Romney for being a millionaire and a businessman. However, it would appear that the real issues that the ever logical Obama campaign has with Romney is that he is familiar with how the economy works and he can relate to the modern business owner. Business owners make up the majority of taxpayers these days, according to The Wall Street Journal. Thus, calling Romney out of touch with taxpayers is ridiculous, bordering on insane.
But it would be almost irresponsible for the Obama administration to not play into Romney’s riches. The media constantly portrays rich people as evil, holding back the wealth they themselves earned. In reality, rich people are not evil. For example, Paul Allen donated $26 million to WSU Global Animal Health program in 2010. Allen is only one of many wealthy people who donate to worthwhile programs around the globe.
As unemployment remains high and out of control spending is the popular motion in the U.S. government, Obama has rather foolishly pointed out Romney’s strengths. As a successful businessman, Romney can offer the change that the U.S. needs. Obama can continue to have a field day with his petty accusations on Romney’s elite language. Romney has demonstrated real experience by bringing the unemployment rate in Massachusetts down to 6.9 percent, as reported by the Boston Globe. This should be far more impressive to voters than empty rhetoric.
Why, I would even go as far to say that it is marvelous.