The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Letters

October 31, 2012

Ghost governor

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney is proud to extol his record as the Governor of Massachusetts from January 2003 to January 2007.

According to the analysis done by the New York Times, Governor Romney's record as a one-term governor was rather lackluster.

As a Republican Governor in a predominantly Democratic party controlled state, Governor Romney was fairly popular at first.

To achieve anything, he had to be bipartisan to get any legislation passed.

He did pass balanced budgets every year, primarily because the State Constitution required a balanced budget.

He did propose an overhaul of the health-care system. Governor Romney vetoed some provisions of the bill, such as the provision for $295 per employee for employers who had no health insurance, but the House over-rode this veto and the bill was passed.

Governor Romney has the dubious reputation for being absent as Governor for 25 percent of the time. In his four years as Governor, he was out of state a total of 417 days. He went on frequent vacation of up to two weeks to his vacation homes in New Hampshire and Utah.

He frequently went on trips to about 38 states, doing fund-raising for local politicians and raising money for his own Political Action Committee to position himself for a presidential run.

These trips were unrelated to his job as governor and were to promote his political ambitions. He also made several trips to foreign countries, including Iraq, Cuba, and Afghanistan.

It is reported that Governor Romney did pay for his personal travel himself and collected no salary as governor.

Governor Romney also tries to take credit for the state's number-one rated education system.

The educational gains were in place before Romney became Governor, and he had little to do with it.

In short, Mitt Romney's term as governor seems aimed at promoting and developing his base for his run for president.

David Moser,

Milton

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