I can agree that Romney would have some very good ideas on how to improve the
economy.Unfortunately, his hands are tied and he would be limited by
the GOP from implementing sound fiscal policy.Those on the right
have already decided on what to do and no deviation from that plan is allowed,
regardless of the wisdom and experience of Romney, or anyone else.
This is silly. Which Romney? The one who says government should not intervene,
or the one who says he will step in and save it? The problem is that we have no
idea what Romney will do, let alone know where he stands on any issue. Merely
parroting campaign propaganda really is useless.
Childish comparisons of our economy with cows are silly and pointless.The American economy is not a farm animal. It's huge, complex, and highly
dynamic.America is not a struggling corporation - it's a
nation.Moreover, Romney is pushing the exact same "pamper the
rich" economic policies that created this massive recession in the first
From my youth, I recall a newsreel depiction of what happens to a cow who gets
the freedom of getting into the alfalfa field. The cow had gorged it’s
self and lay in much pain and near death. A vet in an attempt to save the cow
stabbed the cow’s side allowing a gusher of pent up pressure and
overeating to erupt. I have no recollection of whether the cow lived or died.
A cow is a tool of people who use it to produce food. Like a
corporation, it is not people. In order to achieve the best results from a cow
it must be carefully controlled and not allowed to have unlimited freedom.
Controlling the cow is the best way to benefit people and the cow it’s
Over my lifetime the president of the United States seems to be irrelevant.
Whomever the POTUS is we are still at war. We are still ALWAYS spending more
money. Wage war, sell weapons, say otherwise. America's M.O. All the
while slowly eroding freedoms from the people. I wonder what the U.S. will look
like after my lifetime. I would love to see Romney win and do what the
letter writer says he can. Heak, I'll even vote for it to happen.However I suspect the new boss will be the same as the old boss. It's a
sad state of affairs.
By the time the election rolls around President Obama probably will have
convinced the cow to believe:"From each according to his ability, to each
according to his need". If by then, the cow still isn't on board, he
will loan the cow $1 billion dollars to produce a milk substitute that's
just as good for us as the regular stuff.
Keep in mind Romney stated when the housing crisis struck he would NOT do
anything to help Americans keep their homes. And, when our largest automakers
were facing bankruptcy he said he would NOT help them and would let them go
under. Can you imagine how much deeper our recession would have been with Romney
Seriously? Let's see Bush produced lower taxes, fewer regulations, and
just how did that work out? Look up the stats for '07, and '08.
Romney is proposing lower taxes, and fewer regulations..and it will be different
how, particularly in an economy with low demand?
So setting the cow free will save the eocnomy... what happens when the cow runs
into the neighbor's yard? Can the farmer still get its milk?Romney stashes his profits in the Cayman Islands to avoid paying U.S. taxes
and benefiting the U.S. economy. The problem with letting the cow
run free is that too much milk gets diverted away from the farmer and ends up
only benefiting the neighbors.
Mitt Romney is concerned about the happiness of the cows' FARMER, not the
the happiness of the cows. The farmer thinks he can make a bigger profit if he
moves his cows out of Amereica. Mitt Romney's policies encourage the
farmer to do so. Mitt Romney can't produce a happy American cow when all
the cows are moved to India.
Business is a tool of Society. It’s purpose for existence is to provide
those things and services to the society that the people of society cannot or
don’t want to do for themselves. Business did not arise spontaneously, it
was created, facilitated and allowed by society. Only be carefully
controlling the actions of business can the best results be obtained for both
society and business. Business operation allows a person to utilize
and profit by his particular skills and efforts. The business platform provided
by the American government permits and even promotes this in order to get the
best results. Freedom for business also leads to many other ways to
gain profit, such as the Bain activities that weed out the deadwood and
inefficient in favor of more efficient operations. However sometimes the
freedom to make profits overshadow and diminish the worth to the society. When business does more harm than good to the society, the society must
step in and exercise it’s control over business and not allow business to
harm it’s self and society. Business strategy may be great in
the business world, but in the government an entire nation will be bad.
Romney should be a dairy farmer.
Very appropriate analogy. Indeed the way both political parties perceive the
people is as animals that need keeping. Some stupidly feed the animals their
own milk and others want to PROVIDE them with freedom.I expect this
perception can be traced to Cain's lilt that he wasn't his
brother's keeper. If Cain said it, then surely the opposite must be true:
we ARE our brother's keeper. Hence the perception by pious politicians
that we the people must be kept... like cows.While appropriate, I
reject the cow analogy morally. The government does not PROVIDE freedom... it
can only defend it or violate it and too often it is the latter. And I reject
the Cain/Abel premise. We are NOT our brothers' keepers. I don't
want to be kept and I don't want to keep. I'm a man and I mean to
live as one.The article title says "Romney can fix the
economy". Any politician could. Just get out of the way! So, any
politician CAN fix the economy. The question is WILL he? Judging from his
record (Romneycare?) and his loyalties (Hatch?), I wouldn't bet on it.
This letter has more to do with bulls than with cows.
There is a well-established political myth in our country - that one knight in
shining armor mounted on his white charger can save the United States.
Isn't this exactly the scenario we watched play out in 2008 with disastrous
results. All the teleprompter rhetoric in the world couldn't put the
economy back together again. - Debt expanded by $5 Trillion- Deficits exploded- Entitlement spending went unaddressed- A responsible federal budget has not been put forward for over three
years- Healthcare costs have not only been escalating, but the
proposal to fix it will likely be ruled unconstitutional-
Uncertainty in every sector of our society is rampant- The more BHO
speaks the less people are inclined to listenNow we are to believe
the white knight is going to be Mitt Romney? Would that it were that
simple. What is needed is a leader who can consolidate the disparate
factions of society and the political class to address the glaring issues of
debt, deficits and gridlock. It's more than making the milk cow happy.I would love to believe the "uniter not divider" MIGHT be Mitt
Romney.History teaches us there is no white knight for the milk cow.
This analogy was poor. A president can make all the promises in the world but it
is congress who has to embrace the policies of a president and I do not see that
happening in this political climate.
Except it is Congress, not the President, that sets the budget and controls the
economy. Nor can the President pass laws.
But Blaine, he killed the cow in Massachusetts. He ran a slaughterhouse at Bain.
I think if elected he will lead 99% of us to slaughter with his friends catching
our blood, sweat and tears(profit). I wonder why you didn't use a teacher,
policeman, or firefighter in your analogy?
In fact, in a demand-side recession of this magnitude, what's needed is
more stimulus; more money in the economy, more consumers consuming; hamburgers,
among other products. But perhaps we can find a more useful cow analogy. .. .
Romney, well, Paul Ryan, thinks the best way to make the cow healthy is to
cut its feed, and then let it gorge itself unhealthily, a la Ultra Bob above.
Also, let's not forget that when Obama got the cow, it was close to
dead. He's nursed it back to a very tenuous health. So why should we
return it to the previous owners, the very people who abused it so seriously?
Romney's history and present actions don't indicate he is a patriot or
statesman loyal to serving the nation and all its citizens; he appears to be
self centered and dedicated to his ego and personal wealth and his rich friends.
He is not his father's son in service to America.
The only thing that will make a difference in any of these discussions is to
resort to fundamental principles. It is absolute foolishness to believe that
central planning in Washington can help a cow farmer in Panguitch, Utah make
better decisions about how to increase milk production! The best way to
"help" (central planners)him is to let him experience success and
failure. For all those who feel like they are being victimized by the panguitch
cow farmer who got together with other cow farmers (corporations, cooperatives,
etc.), it's time to grow up! You have a choice! Drink water, or find a
cow farmer from Nevada! But, please don't keep living under the delusion
that government is going to stop greed, or minimize exploitation. It will only
increase it! The free market is not the best system in the world, but it is far
and away better than any other system available! If you think the only way to
make the world better is by taking away individual liberty, you are no better
than communistic or socialistic leaders. Get your heads out of the clouds!
Continuing the analogy of the cow being the economy and the wealth produced is
the milk. Government is a bull. It does not produce milk but takes it from the
cow and consumes it or distributes it to the poor and needy or to its friends.
The bull is good at some things and terrible at others. When the bull is
defending the farm against predators it is magnificent, but when it tries to
interfere with the care and feeding of the cow it just causes trouble and breaks
things. (a bull in a china shop). Friends come to the bull with an idea to
produce milk using sunshine. The bull gives the millions and millions of
gallons of milk to get them started. They take the milk and pour it down a
deep, black hole in the desert. It doesn't produce a drop of milk. They
cover the hole and walk away. The bull never learns its lesson because it is
Continuing the analogy. Government is a bull. Many people think that the bull
produces milk because that is where they get it. The bull does not produce
milk. It produces something else called bull-stuff. Some have been fed this
bull-stuff for so long they can't tell the difference. The country folks
know the difference because it doesn't pass the smell test. When things
are going well our bull takes the credit. But when it goes wrong it blames the
When one is so "out of touch", there's no way, Mitt Romney can
refocus on middle-class economic issues and American's. He has no real
solutions to the ongoing economic problems. Even Romney's comments
represent a further softening of his rhetoric on immigration since now Romney is
refusing to say that he would overturn President Barack Obama's new policy
allowing some young illegal immigrants to stay in the United States. These
illegal immigrants will be able to avoid deportation if they can prove they were
brought to the United States before they turned 16 and are younger than 30, have
been in the country for at least five continuous years, have no criminal
history, graduated from a U.S. high school or earned a GED diploma or
certificate, or served in the military. There goes more American jobs. Is
this Romney's political future?. Our most important issue in the upcoming
elections is, by far, the economy. To fix the problem that the GOP created in
2008. NOT ROMNEY comparing the U.S. economy to a cow. The middlecalss cow is
not happy. An unhappy cow does not vote as much milk for GOP fools.
If "freedom", deregulation, and lower taxes is what really produced
milk/provided a good economy, then why did our economy slow down and crash under
Bush II? Why did our economic system completely crash in 08? If
higher taxes and greater regulation killed the economy, then why did it boom
under Clinton? Why did it grow after Reagan raised taxes? Why was it booming in
the 50s when taxes and regulation was much higher? Why did the New Deal save the
economy in the 30s only to have it hurt once taxes were lowered and public
spending decreased?See, it's these basic questions that repubs
cannot answer that ruin their credibility. It's basic principles. Yes, we
need taxes, not too high and not too low. We need regulation, otherwise Wall
Street's mice will play without the cat (as we saw under Bush and what we
still see today). Without the middle-class with disposable wealth, it
doesn't matter what the tax rate is on folks like Mitt Romney. The
middle-class are the real job creators. Otherwise, why isn't
the economy booming right now? The rich are fine, everyone else isn't.
Here's another fun false analogy. Romney borrows a lot of money on
somebody's else's cow, pockets most of the money, fires the farmer,
turns around and sells the cow at a profit. This is called "growing the
economy," otherwise known as legal piracy or making huge amounts of money
while adding no value at all.
If Romney wins I am going to buy stock. If Obama wins I am going to buy gold.
All he can do is to turn the economy to the billionaires. He advocates no
government action remember?
Thanks for this bovine analogy of the economy. Watch Niall Ferguson's
"Ascent of Money." He also uses the cow analogy, but his model has lots
and lots of cows. The anology doesn't work with just one cow. For example
market panics require mob behavior spreading though a herd, not just one cow.
Romney was Obama as Governor. They had all the same policies. You expect him to
fix the economy? Forget it.
To "UTAH Bill" if Romney's ideas of doing nothing had been
implemented, the Recession and its after effects would be a distant memory by
now. According to economists the recession ended in July 2009, that is nearly 3
years ago. On average a recession takes 18 months to 2 years to resolve itself,
with the exception of 2 cases, the Great Depression and this recession.Had we done nothing, our GDP, tax base, and employment numbers would be back
to pre-recession levels by now and would have most likely grown beyond those
levels.So, thanks Obama for letting us have a taste of what our
Grandparents felt during the Great Depression.
Redshirt,No doubt. If we had done nothing, as Romney called for, all
sorts of good things would have come to pass. No doubt unicorns and fairies
would have arrived, ending war and showering us all with lemon drops and root
beer. And we would spend our days frolicking in verdant meadows. I love this
kind of conservative fantasy world--"if you'd only listened to me!"
The fact is, previous recessions ended quickly because Presidents and the
Fed stimulated the economy, not because nobody done nuttin'. This
recession is different, different causes, different solutions. Most recessions,
in fact, were deliberate, hedges against inflation. This is a demand side
recession, and it is the worst since 1929, much much worse than any previous
one. If nothing had been done. . . .Okay, I'll play. If nothing had
been done, the auto industry would be gone, with minimum added unemployment over
120,000. Not just Lehman, but Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, most other Wall
Street firms would have collapsed. Probably half the banks in the country would
have gone under. That's what we know. Residual effects? Unknown.
@Redshirt "To "UTAH Bill" if Romney's ideas of doing nothing
had been implemented, the Recession and its after effects would be a distant
memory by now. According to economists the recession ended in July 2009, that is
nearly 3 years ago." Yes the recession ended, but it is a largely JOBLESS
recovery. THAT is what needs to be explained. Give it a short Redshirt.
If I had to place Obama and Romney on a platform and ask who of these two is
better able to bring our economy back from the brink, the choice would be clear.
Romney has the experience and know-how to make it happen. Obama is a career
politician who's accomplished nothing in the private sector.
But then again Mr. Obama knows everything that doesn't work, i.e. his
agenda. That should count as some experience.
There is absolutely NOTHING in Romney's experience or accomplishments that
suggests that he has any hope of "fixing the economy". At best he has
some talking points and a "plan", but his plan has been vetted and
discredited long ago.The claim that Romney can fix the economy is