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Dear Mark: I like former Gov. Mitt Romney as a Republican presidential nominee, but I think he is making a tactical mistake. Romney recently purchased a $12 million oceanfront house in California and is going to tear down the existing structure to build an 11,000 square foot mansion.

The media are already having a field day, as this makes Romney look like a rich elitist who's out of touch with mainstream Americans. Why doesn't he just put this purchase on hold for a while? — Wary Republican in Wabash

Dear Wary: News Flash — the media are going to paint Romney as some kind of out-of-touch evil rich man no matter what he does, so he might as well build a vacation house that accommodates his five married sons and 16 grandchildren.

Romney should turn this situation back on the pundits and, in the words of President Obama, use his new house as a "teaching moment" by educating Americans on the reality of trickledown economics.

Romney, who by all accounts is an extremely wealthy man, will be employing architects, carpenters, roofers, bricklayers, landscapers, etc., without one red cent of taxpayer or Chinese money. In fact, all of those people involved in the construction of his house will be paying taxes and increasing the revenue to California and Washington. Romney should be praised and not demonized for his success.

Instead of promoting bitterness and envy toward the wealthy, President Obama should develop policies that encourage millionaires and billionaires to purchase more private jets, yachts, fancy cars and mansions (kind of like his friends on Martha's Vineyard.) Instead of focusing on "climate change," Obama needs to "change his climate" when it comes to business in order to foster economic growth and create wealth for all income brackets.

Dear Mark: The Obama administration has announced plans to cut government red tape and trim back some regulations in order to help businesses, but Republicans and fat cat business groups are belittling the effort. What is wrong with you people? Isn't this what you want? — Barack Backer in Bama

Dear Backer: No, this isn't what we want. We want real signed legislation made from real paper from real trees, with real regulatory changes that actually help real business owners. The backdrop for the president's proposal looks more like he's filming an ad for his re-election campaign.

The garbage the administration is crowing about will only do things like speed up the visa process and payments to government contractors. That's not exactly going to set the economy on fire. Bill Kovacs from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce noted that "the Affordable Care Act created 159 new agencies, commissions, panels and other bodies. The Dodd-Frank financial regulatory reform has 447 new rules that are either required or suggested."

Sounds like the president is cutting an inch of red tape in front of the cameras while adding a mile behind the scenes.

Dear Mark: The tea party haters are in full force. Rep. Maxine Waters actually told the tea party to "go straight to hell." I'm tired of this unfounded hatred of down-to-earth, hardworking Americans. — Tea for Tennessee

Dear Tea: You forgot the rest of her quote where she said, "And I intend to help them get there." Excuse me, madam, but you and your Washington cronies have already taken this country halfway to hell, could you at least wait until after your congressional ethics investigation before you attempt to finish the job?

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---BTW, taking a break from the usual Rockefellow programming, take note:

Agenda 21, which is now hiding its Globalism and EUGENICS op behind such
fronts as 'Smart Future' 'Smart Planning' and Smart Living' --is caling for
people living by, much less on, the coast.

Time to DROP the neuro-linguistic trickery and call out what we're dealing
with ---TREASON.
Comment: #1
Posted by: free bee
Mon Aug 29, 2011 6:04 AM
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