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George: The Better Romney

Here's a great piece from The Atlantic's website about George Romney, Mitt's father, who was a bold, thoughtful leader — someone who didn't cower from the truth, didn't pander to his audiences.

In the 1950s and 1960s, at the very height of American automobile dominance, and at a moment when his American Motors Corporation teetered on the edge of insolvency, Romney was calling out the Big Three automakers for a lack of engineering innovation — "most present-day automobiles are the lineal descendents of the ox-cart," he said — and for pandering to consumers' egos.

"Cars 19 feet long, weighing two tons, are used to run a 118-pound housewife three blocks to the drug store for a two-ounce package of bobby pins and lipstick," Romney told the Motor City Traffic Club of Detroit in a 1955 speech titled, "The Dinosaur In the Driveway."

Too bad Mitt isn't half the man his father was. 


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