It’s time for another Mitt Romney “chair shot” editorial where, just like in pro-wrestling (which politics seems to be faker than), he runs in when no one is paying attention, wacks the President with a chair (proverbially), and leaves through the audience.
And I have to be honest, I’ve never wanted to be hit in the head with a chair so much before in my life because if I hear the word “mosque” one more time…I’ll have something snarky to say aboot it on the Twitter.
It’s also welcome because, while August is traditionally the “silly season” of politics, the economy and jobs (or the lack there of) are still kinda important. Unemployment is at 9.5 % (1.5 % higher than the Obama Campaign said it would get if we passed their stimulus) and small business, which are struggling in the first place, are afraid to move with the threat of tax increases and other anti-business rhetoric coming from the White House.
Mitt, whatcha got for us?
To give an immediate boost to jobs and investment, permit businesses to write off in 2010 and 2011 the capital investments made in those years rather than over time. Aggressively negotiate and sign trade agreements with other nations to promote American exports. Adopt an energy policy that will actually eliminate our dependence on OPEC and hostile states. Preserve our balanced labor-management rules and regulators. Rather than raising the tax on investment dividends, eliminate it and the tax on capital gains and interest for all households earning less than $250,000 a year.
Reshape government programs to ultimately put spending in balance with revenues. Restructure entitlements to make them fiscally sustainable, honoring our commitments to seniors. Rather than opening the door to ever-increasing demands from states for bail-outs, take action to enable the states to solve their unfunded pension obligations. And tame the growth of government by limiting the political power of public employee unions.
The president said last week that Republicans have no economic ideas other than lowering taxes on the wealthy. This brief agenda is not the only refutation: Republicans in Washington and in states like New Jersey and Texas are promoting and implementing economic policies that do what the president has not: grow jobs and shrink government. It’s time for a growth and jobs agenda to replace the special interest political agendas that we have endured over the past decades. So much is at stake — a strong economy provides for the strong defense which preserves our liberty and promotes peace.
Personally, I wish Romney ’08 would have been this focused on the economy in 2008. Hopefully he has learned his lesson this time around, as Chris Cilliza elludes to…
Romney’s message disciple — it’s the economy, stupid — is also aimed at portraying him as the most serious candidate in the field, the candidate not distracted by the bright, shiny objects thrown at him on a near-daily basis by various interest groups and the media.
I know my eCon brethren get the hives and threaten to vote for a third party whenever I bring up Mitt Romney. Personally, I’m less concerned with ideological purity than I am with winning the White House in 2012…which we need to do if we want to undo all of the policies we complain aboot on the Internets all day. I’m less concerned with a candidate who impresses tea partiers than I am with a candidate who will destroy the President when it comes to debating the economy.
My heart’s still with Team Daniels (as in Mitch), but editorials like this make Romney look like the strongest candidate we have.