Country not founded on 'handouts'
Al Dimilio said he does not like the idea of pitting the rich against the poor, and it is one of the reasons why he will not be supporting Barack Obama.
“Give the poor an opportunity to seek their own ability, not money, and watch how they flourish,” Dimilio said.
The president, he said, has created class warfare, a system that does not encourage hard work.
“This country wasn’t founded on handouts, and that’s what Obama has done,” said Dimilio, a former CEO.
“My family emigrated here from Italy in 1929, and my father was offered something called relief; he was so proud that he never took a penny from it,” said Dimilio who was born two years after the family arrived in New Jersey.
“He believed in hard work. You have to work hard for what you want; no one gave us anything,” Dimilio said.
Dimilio waited less than 10 minutes before casting his ballot for Mitt Romney at the Biltmore Hotel polling station in Coral Gables.
Dressed in a white T-shirt, beige bathing suit trunks and penny loafers, Dimilio, who is divorced, said his “chronological” age is 81, which is not the age he gives to “younger women.”
Levity aside, Dimilio said the 2012 election deserves serious consideration.
“I don’t want another four years of Obama,” he said. “I don’t want to see the continual failure of the American economy. Romney can rebuild the American spirit and ultimately create jobs.”