If today's economy is the Obama economy, as Romney repeats ad nauseam, and if Obama must be held accountable for every job lost in his first year, even though no one can seriously blame Obama for forces that were far stronger than a new president in his first few months, then surely and obviously, Mitt Romney is responsible for the actions of a company he co-founded, managed with only a small leave from 1984 – 1999, was paid a salary of more than six figures from 1999 – 2002, and reaped all the benefits of the profits from 1999 – 2002.
Obama's first year, 2009, was shaped by his predecessor, and so can be legitimately argued as only partly his responsibility. Romney's predecessor at Bain from 1984 – 1999 was, however, Romney. It was a company he created, whose staff he hired, whose practices he honed, whose acquisitions' board meetings he continued to attend – and yet he wants to be excused from any responsibility for anything that happened from 1999 to 2002.
Sorry, Mitt. No deal. Own it all. Or are you actually ashamed of what your company did from 1999 – 2002?