Originally Posted by DaneMcCloud
I'm an independent as well.
First off, it wouldn't be in the "hands" of Romney, it's in the "hands" of the Congress. The POTUS plays a role in the laws but he's not a dictator.
Furthermore, I don't see how a "businessman" makes any difference, whatsoever. He can't hire and fire the Congress. He can't hire and fire Americans. It's not the type of "business" than can be run like a CEO runs a corporation.
Romney "might" have ideas as how to streamline government spending and run the country in a more efficient manner but if he does, we sure as hell haven't heard about it.
Now, contrast Romney with Ross Perot. Perot had a vision for streamlining government and a plan. He even bought network airtime to present his plan to the American people. He may have been a little "wacky" but one thing's for sure, he put his money where his mouth was.
Romney, despite enormous wealth, hasn't done anything even close. Furthermore, I don't think he has any passion to be POTUS (unlike the aforementioned Perot). He just sees it as another notch in his belt, at least from my POV.
I'm an independent too. I like Romney. I've never really liked any candidate before, Republican or Democrat. I think he'll be an effective leader. He's just not a good politician.
I don't think he's a flip flopper. Frankly, I think as a business guy, he knows that it's more important to have a flexible stance than to bully your opposition into taking your position. That's the leadership that drove me crazy about Bush and drives me crazy about Obama.
I disagree that this is a notch in the belt for Romney. What I like about him is that I think he's a really super competitive guy, and his motivation is actually to stroke his ego by proving he can do this job well. Whether you disagree with him or not, it's hard to deny that he's an extremely driven guy.
It does drive me crazy that he keeps shooting himself in the foot. I don't think he's nearly as dumb as people think he is. I just think he's a bad politician and I sense that he despises that he has to pander the way he does to win elections.