Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Romney vs Trump

On March 3, 2016, Mitt Romney gave an anti-Trump speech that was as Orwellian as anything I've heard in a while. I won't go through it in detail, but juxtaposed with Romney's smiling acceptance of Trump's endorsement four years ago, when he praised Trump's business success and knowledge about the economy, Romney's latest speech would have been shocking coming from anyone who wasn't a politician tool of the establishment.

One commentary headline: "Romney attacks Trump. But who is the real phony and fraud?" Another meekly points out this: "Romney redux: Why he's the wrong messenger for he stop-Trump gang."

I watched the speech in stunned disbelief. Here's a corporate raider, the former head of Bain, falsely claiming that Trump inherited his company and criticizing a businessman who has actually started successful companies. By contrast, Romney made his millions playing financial games with Wall St., closing and "consolidating" businesses while extracting the pension funds and other assets for Bain's own benefit. True, Trump has had some businesses fail, but far more of his projects have been successful. Customers sort the winners from the losers.

Now Romney is making robo-calls for Rubio. I hope voters realize how ridiculous Romney's efforts how, how he is destroying his legacy, and how, if he's successful, he's insuring that the Establishment (Big Brother) will endure, whether the next President is Clinton, Cruz, or Rubio.

There is another possible explanation for Romney's antics. Maybe whatever hedge fund he's working with now is planning a takeover of Trump's businesses and he's trying to knock down the valuations. Unlikely, sure, but far preferable to the more likely explanation that Romney is repaying the rich elite establishment who gave him $1 billion four years ago.

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