Republican front runner Mitt Romney points excessively to his success in the private sector as an indication that he can be a strong and decision leader as President. However, as Richard Cohen of the Washington Post points out Romney also acquired another skill, the masterful ability to lie in any situation. As Cohen writes,
“He often cites his business background as commending him for the presidency. That’s his forgivable absurdity. Instead, what his career has given him is the businessman’s concept of self — that what he does is not who he is. This is what enables the slumlord to be a charitable man. This is what enables the corporate raider to endow his university. Business is business. It’s what you do. It is not who you are. Lying isn’t a sin. It’s a business plan.”
I believe that Cohen discusses a very important point that will be highlighted in this election season; does a career in finance really prepare an individual to be a good politician? Are the skills transferable? A majority of Congressmen are lawyers, not bankers, by trade and I feel this is for good reason. The public sector cannot be managed like a business. You cannot just cut one part of the government, or expand another part of it without feeling serious effects and consequences. Yes, the managerial skills that Romney acquired during his career in finance would definitely help him with the job of the presidency. However, voters must remember there are two sides to every story. Romney is also masterfully good at being deceptive. He evolved from a moderate Republican Governor in a very liberal state, to the candidate for a Republican party that is as conservative as it has ever been. He has flipped -flopped his position on various social issues that include abortion and gun control, and yet he still beat true social conservatives in the Republican primaries. Given Romney’s history, the American voter should be cautious as to what they are actually getting in his candidacy. In terms of alleviating political gridlock, who knows whether a Romney presidency would be beneficial or counterproductive; we can only wait to see what Mitt Romney we would get in 2013.