Mitt Romney addresses supporters at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia today.
Philadelphia, Pa. — Presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney tried to subtly redefine the debate over his wealth in a speech to Tea Party supporters in Philadelphia, attacking President Barack Obama for “apologizing for American’s success at home.”
Romney, who is under pressure from Democrats to release more than the two years of tax returns he has already made public, seized on Obama’s support for the Buffett Rule — a minimum tax on millionaires — to assert that the president is uncomfortable with peoples’ economic success. Specifically — his own.
“If I’m so fortunate to become president, I will not apologize for America’s success at home, and I would certainly not apologize for America’s success abroad,” Romney said to cheers from the crowd of several hundred members of the Independence Hall Tea Party Association.
Romney is personally worth as much as $200 million — and pays a lower tax rate than the average American family — and Democrats are trying to turn it into a liability. The former Massachusetts governor is trying to reframe the Democratic attacks as divisive, adding, “we need a president who will not attack fellow Americans — who will bring us together.”
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This is an excellent line of attack for Mitt Romney. In Obama’s vision of America, if you play by the rules, take risks, are successful and make a lot of money, you’re supposed to feel guilty about it. Instead of being admired, people are supposed to resent you because of your success and be envious of you because you have more money than they do, never mind the fact that the choices they made earlier in their lives are what put them where they are today. You’re supposed to willingly give up your hard-earned money to bail out the losers, who then repay the favor by regularly voting to re-elect the Democrats who voted them the goodies to begin with. This is how we are, as a nation, slowly losing our exceptionalism. In the name of “fairness”, we have made a habit of penalizing success while subsidizing laziness and inefficiency. The current administration has raised it to an art form. Is it any wonder that businesses are sitting on piles of cash rather than investing it to create new jobs in this climate??? We are now well down the road to the same type of failed “welfare state” socialism that now has Europe firmly planted in the toilet, not to mention staring out & out bankruptcy in the face 10 years from now because of our profligate borrowing and spending. One can only hope that the American people can wake up to these facts and elect Mitt Romney as president in November. But if we’re stupid enough to keep to our current path with the current admonistration, then we will richly deserve what we wind up getting.
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