Apparently, former Mass. Governor Mitt Romney has a little lunch habit, which sometimes spills over to snack time. According to some close observers, including his wife, Romney loves peanut butter. Preferred lunchtime menu is… peanut butter and honey sandwiches. While this little factoid, in and of itself, may not seemingly be of much interest, I suspect it may just tell us something about the candidate.
One must wonder why a gentleman with a net worth north of 200 million dollars, who spent the bulk of his career in the company of high priced corporate buyers and sellers, would make peanut butter sandwiches his lunch choice? These sandwiches you’d be more likely to find at a food bank, than on the lunch menu of one of the wealthiest men in America. And it’s not apparently an isolated frugality. You see, Romney, on the road, does his own laundry most of the time, by hand. Indeed, he washes his own clothes.
The irony of Mitt’s soon to be famous frugality is that the DNC is working over time, to paint him as the rich white guy who hates common people. Just this week on Fox, a DNC talking head actually called him “Richie Rich”. Even the hosts laughed at the juvenile attempt to label Romney. And somewhat lost in the Hillary Rosen remarks of last week about Mrs. Romney’s work history, was a comment Rosen made right afterward, that Mr. Romney was so “old fashioned” that he just had to be out of touch with women. Of course he’s silly and out of touch. He’s the out of touch ex Governor who took no salary in Massachusetts. He’s the same out of touch old-fashioned guy who, when flying commercially, rides in coach. He’s the same “one per center” who routinely donates millions of income each year to charity. And he’s the same insensitive guy who, when encountering a jobless, single mother who had volunteered time in his South Carolina campaign, gave her the contents of his wallet, without her asking for it. Geez, this guy is so out of touch.
So while we have an incumbent president whose own majority party can’t even pass a budget for the country to live on, because it deplores fiscal accountability, Mr. Romney exudes a frugality and respect for money that the country’s leaders have not seen in three generations. I know who I’d rather have making decisions, when faced with the worst fiscal crisis in the history of the country, and it’s not Barrack Obama. And if you think it rhetorical to refer to our present circumstance as the worst crisis in our history…I’m not talking about the last four years. I’m talking about the next four. You see, regardless of the outcome in November, the United States, and much of the rest of the world is extraordinarily close to a fiscal melt down. An utter and complete collapse. If you think that’s hyperbole, you’re not paying attention. And when those storms begin, I want someone with Romney’s frugal life vision in charge.