Gov. Mitt Romney is a philosophical contortionist. He rails against the president for wanting to redistribute wealth, preferring wealth-creating individualism. Yet Romney worships the man whose economic philosophy was that "all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need" (Acts 2:44-45).
Would Romney, as many do, assert a justifying interpretation? If so, how would he explain this from his own Mormon holy writ: "But it is not given that one man should possess that which is above another, wherefore the world lieth in sin" (Doctrine and Covenants 49:20)?
Can Romney's economic beliefs somehow be reconciled with those of his supreme religious leader? I don't see how.