Richmond Times-Dispatch: "Prudent Change: Romney Promises Hope For Recovery" Mitt Romney will not raise taxes on the middle class. He will not destroy Medicare. And he will not lie to the American people every time he opens his mouth.
PoliticalNews.me - Oct 29,2012 - Richmond Times-Dispatch: "Prudent Change: Romney Promises Hope For Recovery"
Prudent Change: Romney Promises Hope For Recovery
The tone of the 2012 campaign might best be captured by the need to begin with an emphasis on what the Republican candidate will not do. Mitt Romney will not raise taxes on the middle class. He will not destroy Medicare. And he will not lie to the American people every time he opens his mouth.
Political campaigns exaggerate grossly, play loose with the facts and cast the opposition in the worst light imaginable. Yet it is difficult to recall a campaign less truthful than President Obama's in 2012. Its foundation rests on deeply misleading assertions about Romney, a strategy made inevitable by the current administration's weak record. Barack Obama's accomplishments are too few to merit re-election. So he attacks.
In the service of accuracy, let's look at the generally straightforward proposals and philosophy espoused by Romney, who strikes us as both more earnest and more accomplished than your average presidential candidate.
Romney understands the value of free enterprise, appreciates its utterly unique ability to alleviate poverty, unleash creative endeavor, spread wealth and lift the burden of ceaseless backbreaking labor. In this year's presidential campaign, he is alone in that respect.
Romney's plan to spur economic growth a phrase that seems absent from the Obama vocabulary offers a plausible and pragmatic path to a more energized private sector, the essential element in reviving a robust economy that builds jobs, raises individual incomes, rewards innovation and halts the suicidal expansion of public debt.
Romney will improve a dysfunctional tax system, as did Ronald Reagan, to encourage work, investment and risk-taking. Less complexity means less corruption and cronyism. By contrast, Obama claims a $60 billion annual tax increase on higher-income Americans, including successful small businesses, will magically erase trillion-dollar deficits while providing extra cash for education, medicine, research and all-around middle-class happiness.
Obama pretends that Republican reformers pose the only real threats to Medicare and Medicaid. Romney acknowledges that these programs face forced marches to bankruptcy unless someone has the courage to fix them. He promises to examine means-testing, market solutions, competition and state-level innovation. His is a progressive approach.
Romney also promises to repeal Obamacare a singularly necessary step to restore America's entrepreneurial spirit and replace it with reforms that will not bust the budget, not trample individual rights, not undermine the independence of patients and medical professionals.
This is the right approach, expressed with the appropriate mix of confidence, clarity and humility. Romney is ready to take command, as he demonstrated in Monday's debate.
Four years ago, Barack Obama's campaign and election generated remarkable pride and optimism, even among many of those who did not vote for him. He seemed filled with promise.
But his presidency has been filled with disappointment and failure. Those issues that inspired the most passion among his supporters principally having to do with the war powers of