Bloodless Romney Misses Great Counter Attack
Pressed about his taxes and, by implication, his personal wealth, here’s what Romney should have said. It would have given him a win in the debates and cleared the decks for a come back in Florida and beyond:
“Yes, I AM an investor. An investor in American companies. American companies that produce American products…that do it on American soil…and employ American workers. Yep, I helped raised capital that turned X number of American companies around, rebuilt them from the ground up…and unleashed them to compete with the Chinese and Europeans. And give American families jobs, money in their bank accounts, futures for their youngsters. Hey friends, let me tell you…I AM PROUD OF THAT!” (Wild and stormy applause – as they were fond of saying after speeches by Stalin in his glory days).
Then, if challenged further, he might have pointed out that those companies paid tax at the corporate rate before he paid tax at the rate for investors. And then really turning on his rivals, he could have said he was proud, not ashamed, to have worked in business instead of being – like their opponent, President Obama – a mere community organizer. And, appealing to main street Republicans, said the country needed more free enterprise not less – and more business know-how in Washington especially.
Missed opportunity, and now he’s on the defensive.
It was the inimitable Disraeli ( not Jack Lang as one Labor Prime Minister stated ) who said never apologize, never complain, never explain.
And, for Godsake, when under attack begin sentences with the locution, “I am proud to say…”