Saturday, October 27, 2012

"If You're So Smart, Why Aren't You Rich?"

My Dad had dozens of little catch phrases that he use to posit about life, business, or just to entertain.  In this election cycle, I've been thinking a lot about one in particular.  

The Obama administration, the media, and the entertainment community have been extremely active at trying to paint Mitt Romney as an out-of-touch rich guy.  His success is something to consider as a liability, and something with which to attack him.

Excuse me, but don't we want an elected official that is successful?  Doesn't that make sense?  Why in the world would one be criticized for their success?

Which gets me to Dad's quote.  He'd often opine, "if you're so damn smart, why aren't you rich?"  

Romney didn't get rich via luck.  Indeed, he grew up with money, but how many stories have been repeated over and over of rich kids squandering their inheritance?  No, Romney's riches were earned.  Hard earned.  He was and is intelligent, productive, and successful.  

Aren't those the same qualities we want in our leaders?

He's damned smart.  He's rich.  Duh.

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