Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Mr. Romney’s money problem (55 Gallon Barf Bag Alert)
WashingtonPost.com ^ | 10/5/2012 | Cynde Sears

Posted on 10/07/2012 9:36:41 AM PDT by raybbr

Regarding the Sept. 30 front-page article “Romney’s money trap”:

Mitt Romney asked a contractor (perhaps a small business) for an estimate to construct a walkway. When he learned what it would cost, he decided to build it himself with his sons’ help. In this one action, Mr. Romney unwittingly displayed who he really is.

When my husband and I faced a similar construction project for our home, we did the calculations. We looked at the cost of the raw goods, the amount of time it would take us and our lack of professionalism in this arena. The economy was very bad then (2009), and we decided that we were fortunate enough to be able to pay someone to do the work. We did what every reasonable homeowner does: We got three estimates, then hired the firm we thought would do the work best and at the fairest price. (Note that I didn’t say cheapest. Fair includes a measure of quality.) We watched as three young men worked hard over several days, earning their paychecks and giving us something we wanted in return. But by taking the little step of moving money from our bank account to that of the small business, we helped at least three people stay in their jobs (at least for the duration of our project), we received something in return, and we are all better off as a result.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Editorial
KEYWORDS:
Find out more about Ms. Sears.

Although you probably know by reading her "letter" that she's not really all there...

1 posted on 10/07/2012 9:36:45 AM PDT by raybbr
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: raybbr
Do-gooders make me sick.

This woman feels morally superior because she lacks the ability to perform simple construction tasks and is dependent on others to get that work done.
She despises Mitt because Mitt had the skills and put in the effort to do the work himself.

Such a twisted way of looking at the world. This is the world that Ayn Rand saw and predicted. It's in full bloom now.

2 posted on 10/07/2012 9:40:42 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (ua)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: raybbr

How to build and maintain a loving family:

“he decided to build it himself with his sons’ help”

Sometimes it is not about money.


3 posted on 10/07/2012 9:45:15 AM PDT by donna (Pray for revival.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: raybbr

There was a great comment about making your own sandwich and mowing your own lawn - putting deli employees and landscapers out of work.


4 posted on 10/07/2012 9:46:04 AM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ClearCase_guy

she was too lazy and lacked the skills so she hired someone else to do it. BS that she hired someone for the greater good.


5 posted on 10/07/2012 9:46:49 AM PDT by No Socialist
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: raybbr

This is all they got?


6 posted on 10/07/2012 9:46:55 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Romney vs Obama, Round One: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyNxHOZiQPA)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: raybbr

Mitt Romney(by all accounts)is a VERY THRIFTY man!If he is THRIFTY with his money(chances are)he will be THRIFTY with ours!What’s not to like???????????????????????


7 posted on 10/07/2012 9:47:23 AM PDT by bandleader
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: raybbr

So the Romneys are self-reliant and this Sears individual is a condescending, patronizing tool. So we’ve learned nothing new.


8 posted on 10/07/2012 9:47:54 AM PDT by wideawake
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: raybbr
When he learned what it would cost, he decided to build it himself with his sons’ help. In this one action, Mr. Romney unwittingly displayed who he really is.

A self-sufficient man who is not afraid to get his hands dirty.

9 posted on 10/07/2012 9:48:23 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Romney vs Obama, Round One: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyNxHOZiQPA)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: raybbr

Typical liberal.....would rather see money wasted than see ‘common sense’ prevail.


10 posted on 10/07/2012 9:49:07 AM PDT by LibFreeUSA
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Jeff Chandler

Not only that, but also someone who understands the importance of a project that the whole family can work together on.


11 posted on 10/07/2012 9:50:18 AM PDT by sunshine state
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Jeff Chandler

Yeah, that’s what I thought. If this is all the Dems can respond with after the past week, then things are going well for our side.

I remember in the 1992 election, as we entered that last month things started to look very bad for Bush Sr. and thus his campaign started to lash out with a lot of negative advertising and commentary about Clinton and his character.

Now yes, I did like that advertising and thought it accurate, but the people in the middle didn’t. They wanted an optimistic person for President, not some campaign tossing mud at the other side.

Mitt just needs to stay positive and above the fray and let the nut cases like this letter writer keep it up. We don’t even need to bother to respond to stuff like this. It speaks for itself.


12 posted on 10/07/2012 9:53:45 AM PDT by SteveAustin
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: raybbr
It was not so long ago that they were criticizing him for being " WEALTHY " and now ? he's got money problems.. i.e. " POOR " ?

That's fine Liberals.... now you have made it official.



It's official folks, read all about it...... The Washington Post, Liberals have declared that Mitt Romney is one of the guys, a working mans's man, Mitt Romney is for the working people of America, and for the poor people of America

13 posted on 10/07/2012 9:55:28 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: raybbr

“We looked at the cost of the raw goods, the amount of time it would take us and our lack of professionalism in this arena.”

Building frames, pouring and finishing concrete: So simple that even a selfish Republican or caveman can do it. But not a Democrat, because they’re always thinking of others.

I suspect her car is a Prius, powered only by her smug sense of self-satisfaction.


14 posted on 10/07/2012 9:58:13 AM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: raybbr
"...our lack of professionalism in this arena."

Her walkway building skills appear to match those of her writing abilities.

15 posted on 10/07/2012 10:13:41 AM PDT by SnuffaBolshevik (In a tornado, even turkeys can fly.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: raybbr
We did what every reasonable homeowner does: We got three estimates, then hired the firm we thought would do the work best and at the fairest price.

No reasonable homeowner does any DIY projects? Ha! My dad was a a resonably paid executive and never hired anyone to do something like this in his life. I was dragged out of bed on many a weekend to help pour concrete walkways, build retaining walls, dig drainage ditches, etc. If I asked why he didn't just hire someone since he could afford it, the answer was "that's what I have you boys for". He also fixed his own car, built his own furnature, and we kids learned how to do all those things by helping.

16 posted on 10/07/2012 10:15:35 AM PDT by Hugin ("Most times a man'll tell you his bad intentions, if you listen and let yourself hear."---Open Range)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Jeff Chandler
A self-sufficient man who is not afraid to get his hands dirty.

If he had contracted it out they'd have remarked on how "out-of-touch" he was.

17 posted on 10/07/2012 10:19:26 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: raybbr
Mitt Romney asked a contractor (perhaps a small business) for an estimate to construct a walkway. When he learned what it would cost, he decided to build it himself with his sons’ help. In this one action, Mr. Romney unwittingly displayed who he really is.

Maybe the contractor wouldn't do the walkway the way Mitt wanted it done. I had that happened to me, I wanted a walkway put in and the contractor I was going to hire started to tell me what was wrong with my plan. I did it myself!!

18 posted on 10/07/2012 10:24:37 AM PDT by ExCTCitizen (Yes, Obama, I had help with my business. MY CUSTOMERS!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: donna

“How to build and maintain a loving family:
“he decided to build it himself with his sons’ help””

Can you imagine how self satisfied and proud those sons along with their father felt after completing that project? How pleased they must feel everytime they walk on that walkway, knowing they built it? And that they made their dad happy, as well as feeling good about themselves. That’s what doing it yourself results in. Self satisfaction and a great sense of accomplishment.


19 posted on 10/07/2012 10:24:55 AM PDT by flaglady47 (When the gov't fears the people, liberty; When the people fear the gov't, tyranny.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: flaglady47

hey, Cynde was satisfied with herself for writing that check. Are you suggesting that’s not an accomplishment?

/sarc


20 posted on 10/07/2012 10:32:11 AM PDT by EDINVA
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: raybbr

Mitt was paid for working, unlike the Wookie who was paid to come to a place of work


21 posted on 10/07/2012 10:37:25 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: raybbr

So, I suppose if you wash your own dishes you are probably depriving an illegal alien of a job, according to this twit.


22 posted on 10/07/2012 10:48:04 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: raybbr

So Mitt used the need to teach his kids how to plan and complete a project and used the event to have good father/son time. He also had to purchase materials which provided work for others.


23 posted on 10/07/2012 11:16:21 AM PDT by Raycpa
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: raybbr

You can’t make this stuff up


24 posted on 10/07/2012 11:17:47 AM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: raybbr
When my [wussified, metrosexual leftist] husband and I [a smug, Pious driving, leftist] faced a similar construction project for our home, we did the calculations [could we get the self-sufficient Conservative guy down the street to do the job for free and/or minimal cost].

We looked at the cost of the raw goods, the amount of time it would take us and our lack of professionalism in this arena. The economy was very bad then (2009), and we decided that we were fortunate enough to be able to pay someone to do the work [we feel good lying about this being our motivation, but it was all we had, since, no matter how hard we looked, we could not find a government program that would cover the cost by ripping off the taxpayers to fund our "needs"].

We did what every reasonable homeowner does: We got three estimates, then hired the firm we thought would do the work best and at the fairest price [well, actually, we hired the firm with the lowest price -- but they had a "go green" sign in their window, and that satisfied our fake "fair" and "quality" concerns ].

(Note that I didn’t say cheapest. Fair includes a measure of quality.) [Note that my whole dissertation doesn't really say anything of value, but we really, really like to see our words in print, and we feel that this lecture will vastly improve mankind by revealing to the world the sense of justice and fair-mindedness that only leftists possess].

25 posted on 10/07/2012 11:20:15 AM PDT by Col Freeper (FR: A smorgasbord of Conservative Mindfood - dig in and enjoy it!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: raybbr

What the self righteous idiot failed to see is that the do-it-yourself-ers are keeping Home Depot, Lowes, and Ace Hardware, along with their thousands of respective employees, in business too. But as long as she’s happy that she gave three people a one day job, who am I to point out the error of her logic and spoil her smugness?


26 posted on 10/07/2012 11:23:22 AM PDT by VRWCer ( They will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. - ML King)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: raybbr
We watched as three young men worked hard over several days, earning their paychecks and giving us something we wanted in return

I'm sure you checked the following:

1. They were paid prevailing wages

2.They were covered under workers comp and had health insurance coverage

3. They held valid licenses

4. They were compliant with all OSHA rules.

5. They were citizens and their I-9's were valid.

6. None were behind on child support.

7. The work was done to building code.

8. The employer did not have discriminatory hiring practices.

9. The equipment used was environmentally sensitive and they drove hybrids.

10.The project itself would not put endangered species at risk.

27 posted on 10/07/2012 11:26:54 AM PDT by Raycpa
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: raybbr

She’d really hate me!

I built all my fencing with the help of 2 teenagers who had never pounded a T-post before in their lives. I would not have even hired them if I hadn’t hurt my back. The post holes were contracted out, but I fenced and cross-fenced 5.58 acres into 6 paddocks with electric fencing by doing it ourselves. 14 gates, 3 perimeter entrances, about 3++ miles of fencing, up and back, down & around.

Then I bought a garage kit from Meeks Lumber and hired 2 helpers locally. The garage cost only about $15,000 when the local ‘contractors’ wanted %35,000. That cost includes feeding them because the nearest real food is about 17 miles away.

Who’s the dummy?

Mitt has 5 kids and lots of talented friends.

We don’t call ‘contractors’ unless we just have to, but then, out on ranches, we don’t buy our help very often.


28 posted on 10/07/2012 11:37:05 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Raycpa

Mitt didn’t build that walk way!!!!!


29 posted on 10/07/2012 11:39:11 AM PDT by Kozy (Calling Al Gore)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: andyk
putting deli employees and landscapers out of work.

You do not want 'landscapers' brought up in regards to Romney, he has a long history of using Guatemalan illegals for that work.

30 posted on 10/07/2012 12:27:25 PM PDT by ansel12
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: American Constitutionalist

In a related story:

Obama supporters hate anyone who can think and do for themselves.


31 posted on 10/07/2012 12:35:23 PM PDT by Leep (Forward! To Surfdom)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: raybbr

She is a peaceful one, saw a hammer and didn’t wanna get nailed, observed the saw but spiked a tree instead, picked up a level and decided to blow bubbles( No not Jackson’s chimp), plumb bobbing made her sea sick, wasn’t the sharpest sheet rock knife in the toolbox so made herself a screwdriver and, eh...going now


32 posted on 10/07/2012 1:51:42 PM PDT by Karliner ( Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28, Romans 8:38"...this is the end of the beginning."WC)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ansel12
You do not want 'landscapers' brought up in regards to Romney, he has a long history of using Guatemalan illegals for that work.

The contractor he hired to do his landscaping was caught using illegals. He told them to stop, they did it again, he fired them.

But you know all that....

33 posted on 10/08/2012 9:35:19 AM PDT by Tamzee (The U.S. re-electing Obama would be like the Titanic backing up and ramming the iceberg again.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: Tamzee

There is a little more to this 11 year running scandal and the habit of Mitt Romney lying and deceiving, by the way, the naturalized Colombian that Mitt contracted with and pushed onto other family members was a fellow Mormon, and a personal connection.

Here is insight into Mitt’s natural dishonesty, my jaw dropped when I saw Mitt denying his illegals in the 2007 debate, and was not surprised what came of it a week later.

Governor Mitt and Ann, with all of his state resources and security, were interacting with the Guatemalan illegals at their private home for 10 years. The landscaper that the illegals worked for, was a naturalized Colombian himself, (A naturalized Colombian, Guatemalan illegals, and a sitting Governor), IDs better have been checked.

In December of 2006, the republican Governor was exposed, and suffered national embarrassment for using illegals for 10 years.

In December of 2007, in a national debate, Rudy Giuliani accused Mitt Romney of having run a “Sanctuary Mansion”. On national TV, Mitt Romney indignantly denied the claim.

A few days after the debate, the Boston Globe decided to look again at Mitt’s house, and guess what, they found Guatemalan illegals, they were working for the same Colombian, MITT HAD NEVER FIRED THEM!

Ten years and a national scandal, turned into 11 years, and a second national scandal, with all the same players, the same “contractor”, Guatemalan illegals, and the same Mitt Romney and his wife interacting with them at their home during the week.


34 posted on 10/08/2012 12:42:19 PM PDT by ansel12
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson