Skip to comments.Mr. Romney’s money problem (55 Gallon Barf Bag Alert)
Posted on 10/07/2012 9:36:41 AM PDT by raybbr
Regarding the Sept. 30 front-page article Romneys 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 didnt 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.
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Although you probably know by reading her "letter" that she's not really all there...
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.
How to build and maintain a loving family:
“he decided to build it himself with his sons help”
Sometimes it is not about money.
There was a great comment about making your own sandwich and mowing your own lawn - putting deli employees and landscapers out of work.
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.
This is all they got?
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???????????????????????
So the Romneys are self-reliant and this Sears individual is a condescending, patronizing tool. So we’ve learned nothing new.
A self-sufficient man who is not afraid to get his hands dirty.
Typical liberal.....would rather see money wasted than see ‘common sense’ prevail.
Not only that, but also someone who understands the importance of a project that the whole family can work together on.
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.
“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.
Her walkway building skills appear to match those of her writing abilities.
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.
If he had contracted it out they'd have remarked on how "out-of-touch" he was.
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!!
“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.
hey, Cynde was satisfied with herself for writing that check. Are you suggesting that’s not an accomplishment?
Mitt was paid for working, unlike the Wookie who was paid to come to a place of work
So, I suppose if you wash your own dishes you are probably depriving an illegal alien of a job, according to this twit.
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.
You can’t make this stuff up
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 didnt 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].
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?
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.
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.
Mitt didn’t build that walk way!!!!!
You do not want 'landscapers' brought up in regards to Romney, he has a long history of using Guatemalan illegals for that work.
In a related story:
Obama supporters hate anyone who can think and do for themselves.
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
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....
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 Mitts 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.