Conservatives generally have a hard time dealing with the limitations of capitalism and a free economy. There are and must be limitations for if not, John Dillinger would have been considered an entrepreneur instead of Public Enemy #1.
As I’ve tried to understand my own antipathy for Mitt Romney I have slowly come to believe that my discomfort is due to the nagging suspicion that Romney has more in common with the robber barons of the 19th Century then he does with Dave Thomas, Steve Jobs, Herman Cain, or for that matter George Romney.
Combined with that concern is a feeling that, to paraphrase Barry Switzer, Romney was born on third base but thinks he hit a home run. Let me hasten to add that there is nothing wrong with being born on third base and in fact I wish I had been. Building assets through multiple generations is the way many wise families have become extremely wealthy.
But Romney’s whiny “I didn’t inherit my money” schtick rings about as false as anything I’ve heard this campaign season. Inheriting money and/or position and/or access is an honorable thing but then pretending you didn’t is both dishonest and ungrateful. Even a modest inheritance or financial help from one’s parents can give a person starting out a huge leg up.
The moments when Romney seems most authentic and even approaches eloquence at times, is when he is talking about amassing his fortune and this plays into my unease and my gut feeling that he is man without a core set of beliefs that go any deeper.