Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Virtue of Firing People

Mitt Romney is under fire for saying that he 'likes to fire people'.  In New Hampshire he was discussing health care and said the following:

The Democrats immediately jumped in to criticize him.

The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee on Tuesday pounced on Mitt Romney’s comment from the previous day about how he likes to “fire people,” saying it demonstrates the Republican candidate’s “insensitivity and callousness.”

“Is there anybody that likes firing people? Mitt Romney had the opportunity to be specific and talk about [how] he would let his insurance company go and switch insurance companies, but he didn’t,” Debbie Wasserman Schultz said on Fox News.

Wassermans accusations are complete and utter lies.  There is no truth to them whatsoever.  She realizes, however, that most people only read the headlines, and what will stick is the mantra that Romney likes to fire people.

This is instructive on several levels:

Context:  Republicans look stupid and mean when you quote them out of context.  Democrats, however, look mean and stupid when you quote them accurately.   Mitt did not say he likes 'firing people'.  He said "I like to be able to fire people that provide services to me" when companies are providing poor services.

Philosophy: Mitt's comments are 100% correct, and the ability to freely choose who you buy services from is the very foundation of capitalism.  To criticize him on this (as some other Republicans are doing) is to reveal yourself as an opponent of freedom and capitalism.   The ability to choose who provides you goods and services is the most fundamental freedom.   Mitt is saying he likes being a free man.  And he is being attacked for this.

Politics:  The Democrats play to win, and the ideas of truth, accuracy, and fairness are thrown over the side in the quest for re-election and power.  Republicans need to get serious, and understand the vicious and unprincipled nature of their opponents.  Democrats will do anything to win, and the Republicans need to understand that and act accordingly.

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