It’s taken me a while to warm up to Mitt Romney. Judging by info gained from watching MSNBC, I’ve concluded the reason behind my hesitancy is either the fact that Romney’s a Mormon or because Obama is so amazing and sexy.
But really, I’d like to take this time to plead with any other conservatives still heart-broken over the loss of Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, or Ron … no – what am I saying? – he can still win.
Romney is our best chance at defeating President Obama, and the stakes are unbelievably high. As a nation we’re faced with two radically different options. On the one hand we have a blue state Republican who has chosen to run for president at a time when establishment ideas are his best chance at not getting elected, and, to our best knowledge, has promised to keep his Goldwater hat on until 2016; on the other, we have President Obama, whose idea of jumpstarting the economy is to further coddle the most-coddled group of American employees ever.
“The private sector is doing fine,” the president said in a press conference June 8, “Where we’re seeing weaknesses in our economy have to do with state and local government. … And so, if Republicans want to be helpful, if they really want to move forward and put people back to work, what they should be thinking about is, how do we help state and local governments … ”
Mind you, he said all this with a straight face while also dodging every possible chance of answering questions, condemning them as either rude or racist.
Of course anyone in the private sector, or looking for a job, knows the private sector isn’t fine. Human Events reports: “As of last month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported about 142 million jobs, a loss of nearly 4 million jobs since the last recession began in December 2007. Of these 4 million, about 3.2 million jobs lost were in the private sector; less than 800,000 were in the public sector.”
For every one job lost in the public sector four from the private sector were also lost. This means that over the past five years we’ve been bleeding workers who create goods and wealth, while those who are paid by the taxpayer (with a salary 16-percent higher than their private sector counterparts) are seeing less than 20-percent of total job losses and enjoying an unemployment rate half that of the private sector.
God love firemen and police officers, but they’re not a magic elixir for a sinking economy. We hire more firemen when we have more fires, more police officers when we have more crime, but when we want a confident economy we cater to businesses and not public employees!
What the president meant was that he’s “fine” with moving on from the private sector because he’s not fit to accommodate it. Everything we can do to make businesses happy falls under the category of being unfair.
He can’t hope to see good investments when those who invest are his punching bag. He’s done everything he can to try and turn the working class against their rich bosses. And while he’s not interested in balancing a budget with spending cuts, he’s emphatic about raising their taxes in the name of fairness. Please note: when this president speaks of raising taxes (whether income or capital gains) it’s not to bump up revenue, but for a self-righteous touchdown in the fairness arena.
Either you’re for the Buffett Rule, tax-ridden ObamaCare, and letting the Bush tax cuts expire or you’re for job creation. You can’t have it both ways.
Enter Romney. At a Michigan campaign stop Tuesday, the presumptive GOP nominee fired up residents, naming the precise Obama policies that are hurting growth in the country. In protest, a small group began to yell: “Four more years! Four more years!” (We have good reason to believe the protestors were either public employees or law school students seeking free birth control.)
What next transpired was a scene every Republican needs to think about every day until November. Romney responded, asking the crowd if they wanted four more years of ObamaCare, Dodd-Frank, unbearable energy policies, higher taxes and greater regulation. Each one receiving a resounding “No!”
“Sorry,” he continued, “the guys who want four more years, you can stay on that side of the street. We’re getting America working again on this side of the street!” At which time, eagerly counting down to November, the crowd hijacked the protestors’ chant: “Four more months! Four more months!” they cried.
People don’t want “fairness,” they want jobs. If Republicans can tap into the hunger that America is feeling at the hands of an overbearing federal government and manage to sell these common sense solutions to jumpstart business and increase freedom to the American people (without falling into a discussion on birth control or sodomy), then we can easily win in November.
We may not be the most articulate party, but we’re also not the ones suggesting an influx of 800,000 taxpayer-funded employees to save our economy.