I don’t care what President Obama or any political candidate has to say about gay marriage. I really don’t. In fact, it’s getting annoying. I’ve heard and read more about gay marriage within the last week than I ever cared to.

Nor do I care that Mitt Romney strapped his dog atop the family van for a road trip thirty years ago, or that Obama ate a dog in Indonesia. Because at the end of the day, regardless of who ate dog and who didn’t and regardless of who was for gay marriage then was against it and is now for it again, America is still slipping towards the edge of a disturbingly steep economic cliff, and we’re losing our grip more and more every day. As Mitt Romney said in a speech back in April, this election is “still about the economy, and we’re not stupid.”

Sure, social issues matter, and we all have plenty of opinions on those. But if we continue down the path that we’re currently stumbling down under Obamanomics, social issues will be an afterthought. America cannot handle four more years of failed socialist—yes, I said it, socialist—economic policies. This country cannot afford four more years of spending much more than we take in, nor can we sustain this “tax the rich” mentality—eventually, the wealthy are going to run out of money if they’re constantly drained to pick up the tab of everyone else. We won’t be debating gay marriage, abortion, the imaginary “war on women,” or any social issue when we’re completely destitute as a nation, yet somehow moving “Forward” towards some unattainable, “socially just,” nanny-state.

We’re seeing a constant onslaught of attacks on conservatives, conservative values, and the GOP because, well, what else does the Obama campaign have to go on? A national debt that’s increased $5 trillion under his “leadership?” Unemployment still well above 8%? (And the blame game—that he “inherited” this economy from the previous administration—doesn’t really fly with me. He campaigned and fought for this economy, and he’s had it for three years. Enough with the lack of accountability.)

This is why the mainstream media and the Obama camp are pulling out all the stops when it comes to campaigning on Romney’s past. Last week, the Washington post accused Mitt Romney of bullying a classmate who was suspected to be gay in high school. But the family of that classmate, John Lauber (who passed away from cancer several years ago), says that they never heard of the instance the Washington Post describes and, understandably, they are “aggrieved that he [Lauber] would be used to further a political agenda.”

And the Obama campaign’s most recent anti-Romney ad is also a little off-base in the facts category as well. The ad shows emotional former steel workers from GS Technologies, what was formerly a steel mill in Kansas City, Missouri. The steel mill went bankrupt and closed under Bain Capital, demonizing Mitt Romney as the cause of it all. But the ad fails to mention that the plant layoffs occurred primarily in 2000 and 2001, but Romney left the “day-to-day operations” of Bain in 1999 when he went to take over management of the Salt Lake City Olympics.

We’ll be able to enjoy, I’m sure, a weekly (or daily?) dose of distraction from the real issues from the Obama camp until November. Don’t fall for it. Maybe you don’t like Romney; maybe you don’t like either candidate. But let’s cut the ridiculous distractions and stay focused on the biggest and most pressing issue our country faces right now—the economy. Let’s discuss ideas to restore prosperity instead of distractions that fuel frivolity.

At the time of this writing, according to the U.S. debt clock, each American taxpayer is over $138,500 in debt. Millions of Americans are out of work or have given up looking for work. And four more years going “Forward” down this same path are going to leave us with only a memory of economic freedom and prosperity.

It’s still about the economy.

Sarah Hinds | Webster University | @Sarah_Hinds76