If you were able to watch any of the Republican National Convention, aside from the major keynote speeches, you saw the first-hand accounts of friends, neighbors and acquaintances of the Romney’s. These stories were not some contrived, made-for-TV moments reserved only for campaign time. The genuine nature of each story stood out, as we are so accustomed to the staged and forced accounts of politicians and those around them. Mitt Romney is a good man, who has spent his life helping others, all while acting when the cameras aren’t watching. No doubt there are countless other stories that no one in the public will ever hear, but it cannot be denied that there is a clear difference between how Mitt Romney and Barack Obama lead their lives. Mitt Romney lives his message.
One story that hasn’t gotten much press, and one I feel deserves to be brought to light, happened in the swing state of Ohio earlier this month. While on a campaign stop in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, the final cost for the host city came to $7,050. In advance of the event, the Romney campaign contacted the city to request an invoice. If, after the event, there were additional costs on top of the original invoice, they would make the adjustment and pay the additional cost as well.
Doesn’t seem like a big deal? Here’s the comparison.
Earlier this summer, President Obama made a campaign stop in Fairlawn, Ohio. With rally expenses, police overtime and other incurred expenses, the bill totaled over $34,000 owed to the city. This, in turn, translates to additional taxes to the townspeople if not paid in full.
You can probably guess what happened.
After issuing a bill to the Obama campaign, not one penny has been paid back to the city.
Rewind to the 2008 campaign, when Joe Biden made a rally appearance in Copley Township, Ohio. Total cost: $10,549. Four years later, the city has yet to receive compensation. In August of this year, Obama again made a campaign stop in Ohio – this time in Akron – for a 25-minute rally. Try $852.16 per minute, for a grand total of $21,304. The Democrat mayor called it an honor to host the president and did not charge the campaign, instead passing on that burden to the people of Akron. Hard not to wonder if he knew it would be a lost cause, anyways.
So what can we take from this? At a minimum, this is about character. What do they do when the cameras are not zoomed in on their actions? Not many people will ever hear about these stories, and both candidates know it. That’s what makes the actions of Romney and those of Obama so much more significant. They could very easily get away with passing the bill off to others and never be held accountable, but ultimately, it reflects on every other decision they will make.
What has the message now been for so long? Pay your fair share.
How can we listen to a man who won’t even pay his bills?