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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Maureen Dowd, "The Son Also Sets": Where's the Business Plan?

In the business world, if you want to raise money for a start-up, you must present potential investors with a detailed business plan for future operations. No business plan, no money. Harvard Business School graduate Romney should know this.

In her latest New York Times op-ed entitled "The Son Also Sets" (, Maureen Dowd observes with regard to the Romney campaign:

"Even if voters are inclined to fire the incumbent, they need reassurance about what the replacement would do. Romney has failed to give details where needed, and when he does give details, they contradict his own past stands."

Or as I said in a prior blog entry (, "winning the presidency away from an incumbent, no matter how bad the economy, is not a matter of entitlement." Has Mitt provided a business plan? There's not even an executive summary.

Obama's recovery plan? It also doesn't exist. Obama is perfectly content to coast into a second term without providing a program, given the ineptitude of Team Romney.

How refreshing it would be if either candidate were to say that he is planning to put an immediate end to America's ground involvement in Afghanistan.

Or to declare war on Medicare and Social Security fraud.

Or to reinstate Glass-Steagall and the Uptick Rule.

Or merely to treat the American electorate as intelligent adults.

But it's not going to happen. We have only the next season of "Game of Thrones" to anticipate. Everything else is downhill.

Winter is coming.


  1. Yeah, agreed. IMO there's a lack of "plan" and a lot of posturing because there's really no plan when you're facing the inevitable. What plan can there be? There isn't. All there can be is whistling past the graveyard.

  2. No one is going to offer concrete solutions for fear of alienating some voters.Instead,they rely on dream material and fluff,certainly a game that attracts some strange and self centered particpants to what I think is the dirty game of politics.
    Treat the American electorate as intelligent adults? Doubtful that will happen.No one wants to prescribe the unappealing medicine for the ailments that plague the nation.Only sneers and rebellion from those expecting a miraculous cure,unwilling to make the slightest sacrifice,behaving like spoiled chidren."The masses is asses" as someone once said,and the behavior of many of our so-called leaders certainly confirms that is a core component of their thinking.

  3. "Or merely to treat the American electorate as intelligent adults."
    Well, the American electorate hasn't given any reason to be treated as intelligent adults. Intelligent adults don't vote for "Hope, unity, change," "Read my lips" or anything similar.

  4. It only makes sense an enterprise would need a succinct business plan to get funds. No lender wants to invest in a speculative venture with no designated plan or outlined course of action.