The presidential election is a referendum on the last four years. Barack Obama excited a lot of people, especially young people in 2008. In 2012, many of them must be disappointed because so many of Obama's 2008 campaign promises have not been kept.
What any candidate has done in the past is the best indicator of what he can do as the country's chief executive. Mitt Romney gives us a rare opportunity in 2012 - a candidate who has been successful as an executive in three different situations. Obama's accomplishments before he was elected president, and even including his presidency, pale by comparison.
In each of Romney's executive positions, he had different objectives, and his objectives as president will be different again. Having succeeded three times already makes it likely that he will be able to execute a program that will succeed again, more likely than his opponent who has fumbled the past four years.
At Bain Capital, the objective was profit. Sometimes Bain cut American jobs. Bain also created jobs. Keeping/creating jobs was not the objective. Plant closings and other job cuts may have been necessary to save other jobs. Jobs may have been outsourced, but moving work to lower cost areas is inevitable, like water running downhill. Just because Bain cut some jobs doesn't mean that Romney would do that as president. As president, an objective will be to create them.
In the debates, Obama accused Romney of having investments in China. Any savvy, diversified investor has investments in China, Russia, Brazil, India... When Romney asked Obama if he has investments in China, Obama ignored the question. In fact, we all invest overseas. Take a look at the labels in your clothes. They are all made in Third World countries.
As chief executive of the Salt Lake Olympics, Romney took on a failing situation and turned it around.
Obama's watchword in 2008 was, "change!" He would change how Washington worked. He has failed to deliver this promise. He hardly ever met with the congressional opposition. As Massachusetts governor, Romney met with the opposition every week.
Richard and Sybille Stromberg, Front Royal