Romney actually said, “I like being able to fire people who provide services to me.” Specifically, he was talking about insurance companies that aren’t providing enough value. In essence, he was making a statement about free enterprise. Romney was making a statement about merits, quality, value, and every individual’s right to choose the insurance that is right for them. It was a statement against bureaucracy and large government (and yes, despite having been accused of flip-flopping on issues, consistent with what appears to be his emerging platform).
I think most of us would agree that if we hire someone to mow the lawn and they do a lousy job that we would find a new lawn service. If we go to a doctor that we’re not happy with, we move on.
As much as Romney can appear cool at times, I don’t believe he likes to fire people. Nobody likes to fire people. What he, and nearly every manager who has worked at a large corporation will tell you is that sometimes people need to be fired. Whether that’s to address an unaffordable business model or a performance issue, sometimes it simply needs to be done.
Does that mean that Romney is against job creation or that he wants to hurt the middle class worker? If he is truly an entrepreneur (as he describes himself) – then at his core, creating jobs is what he does.
Will Romney downsize the government? And will jobs be lost as he does so? If he sticks to his current message, then yes, that will surely happen. But he also says that he is planning to reduce the tax on corporations, keep private sector jobs from moving overseas, and encourage those companies to create more jobs. And if he does so, that will be good for the economy and for jobs. That’s a message I want to hear.
Will Romney stick to that message and follow through once he’s in office? What do you think?