On the morning of Friday, September 17, Governor Romney spoke at the Values Voter Summit. In the speech, very much focused on economic issues, Romney drew sharp contrast between the common sense solutions that America needs to progress down the path toward recovery, and the amateurish failed efforts of the Obama administration. Although Romney is justifiably focused on 2010, the tone of the speech could be a preview of what we may see should the former Massachusetts Governor run for President in 2012.
Video of the C-SPAN feed of the speech is now up on Youtube. Imbedded below.
Just about all of us have our stories of that day, watching the events unfold on television or hearing snippets while at work. The atmosphere was hectic and confusing for the average American, and a thousand times more so for residents of New York City or those with loved ones who they knew worked in the landmark buildings of New York or D.C. We were shocked, confused, angry, uncertain.
Since then the nation has “moved on.” America has dealt with economic instability, a lingering recession, a new government promising “change” and bringing only intrusion. Indeed, with time we have forgotten about the fighting spirit that day gave us. It is natural with time that we move on to other battles, those concerning personal finances, high unemployment, massive government spending, a weak dollar, intrusive government mandates. Meanwhile we let the fight for the freedoms threatened on 9-11 fall to our troops overseas, and our government agents hunting threats domestically.
On this day, nine years later, we do need to remember the trials America has seen, and thank those who have fought for us since then, while our minds have wandered to the other concerns of life. Reflect also on the leadership of our President, George W. Bush on that day and the words he spoke to us that evening:
Today, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist acts. The victims were in airplanes or in their offices: secretaries, business men and women, military and federal workers, moms and dads, friends and neighbors. Thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of terror. The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge — huge structures collapsing have filled us with disbelief, terrible sadness, and a quiet, unyielding anger. These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat. But they have failed. Our country is strong.
A great people has been moved to defend a great nation. Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve. America was targeted for attack because we’re the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world. And no one will keep that light from shining. Today, our nation saw evil — the very worst of human nature — and we responded with the best of America. With the daring of our rescue workers, with the caring for strangers and neighbors who came to give blood and help in any way they could.
“For two years we’ve listened to President Obama say that Republicans have no ideas to boost the economy as he pursued his reckless spending policies. Now he’s finally adopting some of the job-creating incentives for which I and other Republicans have been calling. Making the R&D tax credit permanent and letting businesses immediately write off capital expenditures will make a real difference for jobs and the economy. It’s unfortunate that it has taken the President so long to listen.“It would be a mistake, however, to attach another spending stimulus, paid for with higher taxes, to the ideas that will actually work. Keep the good, and drop the bad.”
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.
So, it is clear now that Pete Hoekstra finished second in the Michigan primary for Governor. Unfortunately with the conservative vote split among Hoekstra, Cox, and Bouchard, the moderate Rick Snyder managed to unify enough of a plurality to advance to the general election. It is a shame for Michigan, as Hoekstra would have made a strong governor and made some strong moves to fix the devastated economy in that state. Thwarted in the Republican primaries, there is only one moved that we, disappointed and frustrated conservatives can make now. We need to stand up and fight!
Fight for Rick Snyder.
As frustrating as it may be to know that Michigan will go at least four more years without strong conservative leadership, Rick Snyder is by far a better conservative and better leader than anybody the Democrats put up, including and especially big union favorite Virg Bernero. Michigan cannot afford to have Bernero continue in the failed liberal vein of Jennifer Granholm. 2010 will give many opportunities for conservative favorites to advance and take the fight to the left, but in this case conservatives need to unify behind the moderate Republicans and back Rick Snyder as Michigan’s next governor. Division now will only benefit the left.
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.