Sunday, April 22, 2012

Mitt Romney - short list bio 04.22.2012

Family: Wife: Ann; 5 Children: Tagg, Matt, Josh, Ben, Craig
Birth Date: 03/12/1947
Birth Place: Detroit, MI
Home City: Belmont, MA
Religion:        Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints


JD, Harvard Law School, 1975
MBA, Harvard Business School, 1975
BA, Brigham Young University, 1971

Professional Experience:

President/Chief Executive Officer, Salt Lake Winter Olympics Organizing Committee, 1999-2002
Chief Executive Officer/Chairman, Bain and Company, Incorporated, 1991-1993
Vice President, Bain and Company, Incorporated, 1978-1984
Founder/Chief Executive Officer/Managing Partner, Bain Capital, Incorporated

Political Experience:

Candidate, United States President, 2012
Candidate, United States President, 2008
Governor, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 2002-2006
Candidate, United States Senate, 1994

Caucuses/Non-Legislative Committees:

Former Chair, Republican Governors Association


Member, Board of Directors, Babbages
Member, Boy Scouts of America
Member, Board of Directors, Duane Reade
Founder, Free and Strong America Political Action Committee
Visiting Committee, Harvard Business School
Member, Board of Directors, Marriott
Member, Points of Light Foundation
Member, Board of Directors, Staples
Former Board Member, City Year

Voting Record:

Would be delighted to sign federal ban on all abortions. (Nov 2007)
2005: Vetoed availability without Rx of morning-after pill. (Aug 2007)
Defining mistake: supported abortion law despite opposing it. (Aug 2007)
Would welcome overturning Roe v. Wade. (Mar 2007)
Committed to not change law on abortion as Gov., and did not. (Mar 2007)
Opposes Roe v Wade, but won’t tamper with abortion laws. (Dec 2006)
Vetoed emergency contraception for rape victims. (Jul 2005)
Endorsed legalization of RU-486. (Mar 2002)

Bailout + Stimulus:

No bailout for Italy; let Europe take care of Euro. (Nov 2011)
Let foreclosures happen; let the market reboot. (Nov 2011)
QE2 didn't work; focus on jobs & higher growth. (Sep 2011)
Bailout program wasted money; let companies go bankrupt. (Jun 2011)
US didn't bail out Wall St.; we prevented financial failure. (Mar 2010)

Health Care:

Romney healthcare stances compared to Obama. (Jan 2012)
Return healthcare to states, under the 10th Amendment. (Dec 2011)
No FEDERAL individual mandate; but state mandate ok. (Dec 2011)
ObamaCare waivers on Day One; repeal bill on Day Two. (Oct 2011)
ObamaCare has enormous differences from RomneyCare. (Sep 2011)
On Day One, ObamaCare waivers to all 50 states. (Sep 2011)
ObamaCare's biggest difference: I believe in 10th Amendment. (Aug 2011)
MA Constitution allows mandate; US Constitution does not. (Aug 2011)
ObamaCare's power grab won't work; Obama didn't ask me. (Jun 2011)
RomneyCare intended as state plan; never as national model. (Sep 2011)
In MA, we addressed only the 8% who were uninsured. (Sep 2011)
I stand by what I did in Massachusetts. (Sep 2011)
If people of MA don't like RomneyCare, they can change it. (Jun 2011)
2006 lessons: involve everyone; demonize none; transparency. (Mar 2010)
People without insurance already receive care via E.R. (Mar 2010)
2006: Compromise with Ted Kennedy to make RomneyCare reality. (Mar 2010)
FactCheck: MA employers have no mandates, but “requirements”. (Dec 2007)
FactCheck: No, MA healthcare plan is not paid for, yet. (Dec 2007)
FactCheck: HillaryCare closer to RomneyCare than “all gov’t”. (Oct 2007)
FactCheck: MA plan works, but Romney not proposing it for US. (Oct 2007)
MA plan blends personal responsibility & universal coverage. (Aug 2007)
FactCheck: Romney plan virtually identical to Obama plan. (Jun 2007)
MA program relies on personal responsibility & the market. (Jun 2007)
MA health plan insures all without taxes or socialization. (May 2007)
FactCheck: MA plan not yet in place so analysis premature. (May 2007)
Signal accomplishment as Governor is MA insurance reform. (Mar 2007)
MA reform focuses on individual responsibility (via fines). (Mar 2007)
State universal coverage plan is national test case. (Apr 2006)
MA state health insurance plan lowered costs. (Jan 2006)
Mandates on health insurance work in Massachusetts. (Jan 2006)

Personal History:

As college athlete, learned to pace himself. (Jan 2012)
Near-fatal accident at age 21; in coma for 3 days. (Jan 2012)
At age 24, two kids while grad student at Harvard. (Jan 2012)
2008: Caught eating KFC chicken with a knife & fork. (May 2010)
Father George Romney born & raised until age 5 in Mexico. (Aug 2007)
Valedictorian at Brigham Young University. (Aug 2007)
Wife Ann in remission from Multiple Sclerosis. (Aug 2007)
1983: Carried dog in kennel on car roof, against MA law. (Aug 2007)
Has “over-developed community service gene”. (Aug 2004)
Pronounced dead at age 20 from car accident in Paris. (Aug 2004)
Dad inspired him to public service. (Mar 2002)

Welfare & Poverty:

I'm not concerned about very poor; they have safety net. (Feb 2012)
My faith would inform my presidency. (Nov 2010)
Entitlements: focus on future beyond next election. (Mar 2010)
Opportunity is in our DNA; dependency is death to initiative. (Feb 2008)
Creating jobs helps poorest workers; not cash handouts. (Jan 2008)
Vetoed $220K for state-run homelessness projects. (Jul 2005)
Vetoed studying how MA can overcome federal workfare rules. (Jul 2005)
Faith-based programs to provide social services. (Jun 2005)
Would require welfare recipients to work. (Nov 1994)

"Jan. 24, 2012: ....In 2010, Romney made $21.7 million, on which he gave nearly $3 million in taxes at an effective tax rate of 13.9 percent. In 2011, the former governor earned a similar amount, and will pay more than $3.2 million in taxes at a rate of 15.3 percent....Romney's tax rate appears to be considerably low for someone with his amount of wealth, but Ginsberg pointed out that capital investments are taxed at the corporate level, at a rate of about 35 percent...The returns also showed that Romney and his wife, Ann, gave away $3 million in charitable donations in 2010, including $1.5 million to the Mormon church....Financial disclosures with the Office of Government Ethics showed Romney's net worth to be between $190 million and $250 million. In 2008, his personal wealth made him the richest presidential candidate...." -- Src.: ( )



See also:

Text Of Romney Religion Speech:

Speaking at the George Bush Presidential Library, Gov. Mitt Romney addressed the American people about his views on religious liberty, our country grand tradition of religious tolerance and how faith would inform his presidency. Romney's "Faith In America" Address:

Mitt Romney’s complex relationship with religion, family explored in new book:

Overview of fundamental Mormon beliefs.:


Additional Information:

Current Car: 2005 Ford Mustang Convertible

Date of Wedding Anniversary: 03/21/1969

Father's Name: George Romney

Father's Occupation: Former Michigan Governor

Favorite Athlete: David Ortiz

Favorite Book:

Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
What It Takes, Richard Ben Cramer
Theodore Rex, Edmund Morris
The World Is Flat, Thomas Friedman
1776, David McCullough
The Battle For Peace, Tony Zinni and Tony Koltz
The Business Of Winning, Robert Evangelista
Future Jihad, Walid Phares
The Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren
The Wests Last Chance, Tony Blankley
Mastering The Rockefeller Habits, Verne Harrish
The Four Obsessions Of An Extraordinary Executive, Patrick Lencioni

Favorite Food: Meat Loaf Cakes

Favorite Movie: Raiders of the Lost Ark

Favorite Musician:

Roy Orbison, The Beatles, The Eagles, The Kingston Trio, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Brooks and Dunn, George Strait, Clint Black, and Garth Brooks

Favorite President: Dwight Eisenhower

Favorite Quote: The pursuit of the difficult makes men strong -- George Romney.

Favorite Sport: Baseball

Favorite TV Shows: American Idol

First Job: Chauffeur for the university physics department

Hobbies or Special Talents:

Spending time with family - especially grandchildren, running, reading, skiing, horseback riding with my wife, waterskiing, and watching movies.

Mother's Name: Lenore Romney

Mother's Occupation: Theater; United States Senate Candidate

Number of Grandchildren: 10

Personal Hero: Ronald Reagan

Pets (include names): Family recently lost Marley, a Weimaraner

Publications: Turnaround: Crisis, Leadership, and the Olympic Games


Thursday, April 19, 2012

Monday, April 16, 2012

Happy 42 favorite gal-o-mine

A day late nonetheless Happy 42 to my *favorite* gal ;-)

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