Weighing The Nominees: Romney

Ben Reiser and Olivia Kalb

If President Obama was the CEO of a corporation, he would be fired.

America has given President Barack Obama four critical years to save our economy. In fact, he failed even with virtually unchecked power to fix things when Congress was under complete Democrat control his first two years in office.

President Obama is unquestionably responsible for the state of our continually weak economy. More than 23 million Americans are either unemployed, underemployed or have stopped looking for work. Over 46 million Americans are on food stamps. The national debt recently exceeded $16.2 trillion—an over 50 percent increase from the $10.6 trillion it was on Inauguration Day 2009. In fact, Obama’s ongoing spending plans warrant a further $1 trillion in deficit over the next ten years.

Topping off his ultimate wreck of the economy was the passage of his notoriously expensive entitlement program: Obamacare. President Obama elected to focus the majority of his political efforts on passing the Affordable Care Act, flying in the face of the 65 percent of Americans who opposed it.

We elected President Obama on a platform of hope and change—we saw him as our savior, the man who would lead us out of misery. If anything, the Obama administration has become our nation’s very economic problem.

Gov. Romney, however, has proposed the solution.

Under a Romney administration, over 12 million jobs are expected to be created in the next four years. Romney’s Five-Point Plan for a Stronger Middle Class details key components of our economy that Romney seeks to change. These include a path toward energy independence, a trade system that promotes a level playing field for American workers, a better education system, a strategy to slash the deficit and an emphasis placed on helping small businesses grow.

The math of this plan is sound. His plan does not call for taxing the middle class or spending an extra $5 trillion in tax benefits for the wealthy no matter how many times Obama says it will. His plan offsets the lost revenue from higher taxes by eliminating tax deductions that mostly benefit the wealthy.

Further, President Obama has egregiously failed on matters of foreign affairs, effectively dismantling the concept of American exceptionalism. From the disgraceful way he has treated Israel—going so far as to cite the Holy Land as the reason for our nation’s struggles in the Middle East—to referring to the death of an American ambassador on the anniversary of 9/11 as merely a “bump in the road,” President Obama has far from effectively managed the United States’ role on the global stage. He has even begun a process of starving and shrinking our military, thereby making us weak in the world’s eyes.

When an American consulate compound is burned to the ground, those who might have “hurt the religious feelings” of Muslims most assuredly aren’t the ones who need to apologize.

Mitt Romney would not stand for this contrite attitude. In his Oct. 8 foreign policy speech, Romney asserted that if America does not lead, “others will—others who do not share our interest and our values—and the world will grow darker, for our friends and for us.”

This is the kind of foreign platform we need.

Above all else, Gov. Romney offers something President Obama hasn’t shown a glimmer of: leadership.

President Obama has simply failed to reach toward compromise—and that is the key difference between him and Mitt Romney.

Unlike Obama, Romney knows how to work in a bipartisan manner, effectively proving this during his four-year term as governor of a state with an 87 percent Democrat-controlled legislature. Like former President Ronald Reagan reached across the aisle toward then-Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill, Romney has proven his ability to reach across the aisle toward Congress to pass an effective budget and get our economy back on track.

To compensate for an ineffective first term, the Obama campaign has depicted a falsely misogynist portrait of the governor. Romney absolutely doesn’t promote a devolution of women’s rights, but President Obama has taken advantage of the Romney campaign’s economic prioritization, making Romney appear anti-feminist. President Obama said it himself in 2008: “If you don’t have a record to run on, you paint your opponent as someone to run from.”

In a 2009 Today Show interview about the national debt, President Obama said, “If I don’t have this thing done in three years, then there’s going to be a one-term proposition.”

Mr. President, it’s been well over three years.

It’s time to go.