Mitt Romney has written another of his thorough, well-reasoned editorials, this time hitting at the heart of what is destroying American morale, the economy. The title of the piece, “Grow Jobs and Shrink Government,” is itself a five-word summary of what America absolutely needs to do. The op-ed begins with a simple summary of the economic fiasco that has been the Obama administration that, although sounding like a blazing attack is only really a statement of several hard facts.
IT’S NOT happening the way President Obama had planned. Unemployment blew past his 8 percent ceiling and hasn’t looked back. Private sector investment in new jobs and capital has languished. Even the head of the president’s Council of Economic Advisers, Christina Romer, has resigned
Almost every action the president has taken has deepened and lengthened the downturn. The private sector has retreated, frightened by his agenda and paralyzed by the uncertainty, lack of predictability, and outright hostility he has engendered.
There is no denying that these past nineteen months have been a government induced economic disaster. Romney then goes on to list the dozens of new taxes that the administration has imposed or attempted to impose on American business, corporations, small business, and individual investors alike.
This op-ed serves two purposes. It not only provides a recommendation from a leading business expert in this nation on what the government desperately needs to do to revive this faltering economy, it explains to America the Republican agenda once we have regained leadership in Congress, and on into a potential Romney administration. Romney combines sweeping ideological statements:
Republicans made mistakes when we were in charge, yes, but Democrats pointing that out doesn’t absolve them for the mistakes they are making today. Job and income growth can only come from a growing, successful private sector.
with specific outlined goals:
A pro-job, pro-prosperity government works to create the conditions that enable businesses of all sizes to grow and thrive. These should include aligning corporate taxes with those of other developed economies, eliminating special corporate tax breaks that lobbyists have inserted over the years, and preserving the Bush tax cuts — especially for small business.
A piece such as this represents an important milestone in the conservative campaign to regain the hearts and minds of the American voter, and leadership of the American government. For months now conservatives and Republicans have seen their support rise as the Democrats governing this country have shown their deafness to public opinion. The many missteps of the Obama administration has seen the President’s approval rating dip into the low 40s, and conservative voices against the Obama-Pelosi agenda grow popular among voters.
Nevertheless, a candidate and a party can never win election by claiming only that he is not the other guy. More precisely, a candidate, particularly one seeking the Presidency, cannot run simply on the failings of his opponent; he must put up a positive message of what will be done, what can be accomplished to overcome the issues of the day. This is the lesson John Kerry showed the nation in 2004. His party consistently attacked the Bush administration, but never presented any positive arguments to show why a Kerry administration would do better in serving the country. In this article, Mitt Romney is presenting the positive outline for Republican economic policy. It is always easy to be a critic, particularly a critic of the amateurish Obama administration, but it is far more difficult to be a leader. Romney is showing the difference between the liberals in power, and the latest wave of conservatives that will give the voters reason to choose in favor of the conservatives, rather than vote against the liberals.
Romney has a plan, and it is a smart plan. It is a plan that this country, with slowing – nearly stagnant – growth and rising unemployment needs to see implemented as soon as possible. Once again, Romney is stepping up to lead at a time when those that were entrusted by the American people to lead the nation are falling woefully short of their duty. There is a link above and below; the article is well worth reading. Its ideas are well worth putting into effect.
Some bad news for the Obama administration, as it seems as if the concept of blaming George W. Bush for this failed economy is losing some traction among the people. The latest poll, in which a plurality of Americans, 48-47, now blame the current President for the ongoing bad economy, is a terrible blow to the President’s primary economic strategy of pointing the finger at George W. Bush, while spending our money. As has been the case often lately, independents are ahead of the national trend, declaring Obama responsible by a wider 52-44 margin. Is it any wonder that Congressional Democrats are distancing themselves from Obama in their midterm campaigns?
This poll shows the clear failure of the Democrat narrative of “recovery summer” and that the economy is on the rebound. The people are not listening to the hearsay of Obama, Biden, and John Kerry on this, but instead following the reports of stagnant 2.4% second quarter growth in the GDP, and continued unemployment over 10% in most states. The people are not listening to the administration narrative because they are feeling the effects of the Obama economy.
It was only a matter of time before the “Bush economy” became the “Obama economy” as well. Eighteen months of poor leadership has seen promises of recovery, and growth, and an unemployment rate of under 8%, and hope and change and everything that will get voters to the polls, and yet the economy is worse than when Obama’s scapegoat, George W. Bush left office. The administration has asked and taken billions of dollars from the American people, with the claim that we need a stimulus to bring this economy forward. Meanwhile they refuse to extend the Bush tax cuts to keep small business going through the rough times without punishing taxes from Washington.
That is after all, the saddest part of the story. Wait until January, when the tax cuts signed by George W. Bush, expire without a word from Barack Obama. Then you’ll see the true difference between the Bush economy, and the amateur hour leadership that we currently have in the White House.
Governor Romney is championing the conservative cause, this time from a foreign policy perspective. In an op-ed for the Washington Post, Romney lists the many foreign policy failings of the Obama administration, before rightfully declaring New-START, Obama’s “worst foreign policy mistake yet.” The article is excellent and a must read. Although, one can argue that as Governor of Massachusetts, Romney has had almost as little foreign policy experience as Obama had before taking the Presidency, the article once again shows the fundamental flaw of the Obama administration: a lack of leadership ability and executive experience. Romney details the points of the treaty with a keen eye, noting the many loopholes within that benefit Moscow at the cost of our national defense. Romney then outlines the fact that the terms of New-START will ignore the thousands of Russian tactical nuclear missiles that are ignored under the limits of the treaty, and threaten the safety of our European allies, concluding that due to its many flaws “New-Start is a non-starter.” Of course, my brief summary does not do it justice. If you’ve read this far without clicking the link above, then click the one below to read the piece for yourself.
Once again the issue is leadership, something I have a feeling I’ll be arguing on here quite a lot over the next two and a half years. Mitt Romney has shown it as CEO of Bain & Co. and Bain Capital, as Governor of Massachusetts, and as a leader of the conservative movement in exile, endorsing and financing dozens of campaigns in this year’s quest to take back America. Mitt Romney has leadership skill; Barack Obama does not. The treaty is riddled with goal-defeating loopholes and dangerous missteps over which a capable executive would have confronted Moscow or scrapped the treaty. Obama, presumably read these stipulations, and willingly signed away a fair share of our national defense. Of course Obama should not take the entirety of the heat for this. Before thinking that the solution to 2012 lies in the Democratic primaries, remember that as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton has her thumbprint all over this. The U.S. delegation negotiating this travesty was led by Assistant Secretary of State Rose Gottemoeller.
Looking at this treaty point by point, one is forced to wonder whether the administration is entirely incompetent or is deliberately and systematically weakening this country piece by piece. Romney is once again correct, in not only should the Senate resoundingly reject New-START but also “demand and scrutinize the full diplomatic record underlying the treaty.”