Mitt Romney recently blamed his overwhelming electoral loss on so-called "gifts" that President Barack Obama conferred on certain Democratic constituencies to win their votes. Mr. Romney was rightly criticized for his comments by several members of his own party, including some governors.
The irony is that the election results were probably influenced, at least partly, by a gift from Mr. Romney himself to the president in the form of the infamous "47 percent" video.
On an unrelated topic, during the election season and prior to the recent hurricane, Sandy, we all heard about the great things that private capital can accomplish. Since the storm, I have not heard one word about private capital rushing in to repair the devastation and damage caused by the storm. The cleanup and restoration work is being handled with assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, an agency that would be abolished if Mr. Romney had his way.