Mitt Romney: No Apology: Book Analysis: Chapter 11: America The Beautiful. Epilogue and Acknowledgements. (A BUSH IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING.)
This is Romney’s last chapter and he addresses and congratulates all the brave men and women who fought in wars to protect the United States. He mentions 600,000 died in the Civil War alone. (But that one wasn’t against a foreign enemy but ourselves albeit to preserve the Union. While he’s praising the service men and women who did serve he fails to mention his own contribution. He was 20 in 1967 at the height of the Vietnam War. However he obtained deferments to go to France on missionary duty, not exactly a hardship assignment and then it was off to Brigham Young University to finish his B.A and then on to Harvard for a joint MBA/JD degree. By the time he graduated he had a high lottery number. Nothing is mentioned about any of his sons serving in Afghanistan or Iraq. However he extols the patriotism of those who did serve but he offers no examples of sacrifice on his part when the country needed young men. If patriotism is what made this country great then he has no claim on it.)
Thorough out this book Romney is a man who sees the future in terms of the past or to put it another the way he analyzes what the problems of the future may be by looking to the past.( However it is not the predictable but the Black Swans whose demands we need to be able to meet even if we cannot prepare for any particular risk because it is unknown and unpredictable.)
In terms of economics he mentions the Composite Index of Leading Indicators that economists use to analyze the current state of the economy and trends in the economy.
Cleverly, he has devised a broader index to forecast the long term heath of the United States with indicators he suggests that might include the following: (He leaves out a few things that account for our rise as a World power including the fact the success of the U.S is based on an efficient agriculture providing the capital for the country to industrialize and then the advent of oil and other forms of cheap power that gave meaning to the rule of law, personal freedom, individual rights and political stability provided by the Founding Fathers.)
1. The Prevalence Of Freedom,
2. National Security Assessment,
3. Relative Productivity,
4. Relative GDP An Growth Rate,
5. Trade Share Of The GDP,
6. Relative Market Shares in Growing, Traded-Product Industries,
7. Innovation Index,
8. National Debt and Liabilities,
9. Tax Bite,
10. Health Care Funding Gap,
11. Energy Burden,
12. Children born Out Of Wedlock,
13. Relative Education Attainment,
14. Citizen Engagement.
(Most if not all of these items are already being addressed by the regulatory bodies responsible for the given areas and which issue reports that are public and become part of the National policy dialogue and ultimately are addressed by the President and Congress. However Romney doesn’t believe in regulation but lightly regulated free market forces.
Let us examine the presently most contentious issue; health care. Making health care universal will benefit everyone in the long run. Taxpayers used to pay for crisis management for the uninsured who only went to an emergency room when their problems became acute and were more difficult to treat, often resulting in long term disability or death.
Under Obama Care everyone gets routine checkups and developing problems are addressed early with the likelihood of a better medical result with less cost. The formerly uninsured are healthier, live longer, are more apt to have useful occupations and the welfare rolls are reduced.
In the long run this is likely to bring down the overall ratio of health care costs to Gross Domestic Product. Formerly, private insurance skimmed off the best risks, had no interest in containing costs in the long term as they took a percentage of the gross cost. Also the principle of the larger the insurance pool the lower the individual cost was not brought into play. Obama Care sounds more humanitarian and less costly in the long run than what Romney is suggesting.)
Romney says there is evil in the world not just evil men. Examples of the manifestation of this evil are seen in the leaders of Iran and N. Korea and must be dealt with by good men everywhere and in particular a strong and resourceful United States. The U.S. has always been a leader in protecting the world from evil and must continue to do so. We cannot rely on others.
Therefore we must foster free markets and defense, limit unions, limit government regulation, reduce taxes, reduce entitlements, reduce welfare, etc. His mantra is the same as most conservative Republicans, short sighted and designed to benefit the top 20 % of the population to the detriment of the middle class and the poor.
This chapter was highly charged with patriotic stories of personal sacrifice by our men and woman serving in a military that he never participated in all though he had the opportunity. It now seems he wants to be elected to high office based on someone else’ hard work and sacrifice while he enjoyed the benefits of being well off from birth.
The Epilogue to this book deals with a series of talking points that have already been dealt with but which have been restated in aphoristic form.
The Acknowledgments include friends, a professor and foundations ranging from the Heritage Foundation to the Brookings Institution.
Overall this book was based on sophomoric economic arguments and appeals in favor of God, family and the flag that have served Republican candidates so well in the past. He seems to forget that from 2000 to 2008 George Bush was President. A conservative Republican who presided over the greatest economic collapse since the Great Depression, the decimation of the American middle class and a huge increase in the national defense bureaucracy. Romney would continue the same feckless policies of Bush.