The political conventions are finally over, and with just less than 60 days before the general election, it appears that the electorate is as unchanged going into the fall as it was before Tampa and Charlotte.
We heard from Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan on why it is imperative to change the current administration. Romney laid out his 5-Points Plan on getting the United States out of recession and back to work: 1) get the country to become energy independent by 2020; 2) strengthen the education system; 3) facilitate new global markets for U.S. exports while toughening a stance against the Chinese; 4) reduce and cap federal spending while balancing the bloated budget; and 5) advocate small businesses growth who in turn create jobs for Americans.
Obama, on the other hand (and unlike President Reagan in 1984, who ran on his economic record), ran away from his record. He did not speak of the $1 trillion stimulus he rammed through the Democrat-controlled Congress or the $5 trillion national debt growth under his first term alone. Obama also ran away from the tax increase brought on by Obamacare.
Obama did, however, lay out his vision to create jobs, not in the private sector but in the public sector where unions are in charge. And wherever unions are in charge, expect lots of waste, fraud and mismanagement, which will inevitably result in cost overruns. These public works projects do not add to GDP growth. They do take away from the private sector in the form of higher taxes for all. And that is Obama’s economic plan: higher taxes regardless because he sees himself as this century’s FDR, and only the government can create jobs and stimulate the economy.
What a gross error in judgment.
Any student of history will tell you that FDR did not get the United States out of the Great Depression. And it was because the nation was the remaining dominant power after World War II that allowed this country to recreate a world order that resulted in markets becoming readily available for U.S. exports of goods and freedom once the war manufacturing returned to civilian manufacturing.
At the Denver DNC in 2008, then-candidate Obama said, “If you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from.”
Obama believes, yet again, he can fool the American people by simply running an attack campaign against Romney, and not by offering a viable and sustainable economic plan to get us out of the recession.
What he stated in his address was nothing new, and was merely a rehash of old speeches woven with fancy code words like “shared responsibility.” Nowhere did you hear about the summer of recovery that Biden promised in 2010 as a result of the stimulus package of 2009. Nothing about the “shovel-ready” jobs that Obama promised under stimulus, though he later admitted there were none. There wasn’t even any mention of the high gasoline price which has doubled since he came to power. Sure, he did say we needed to invest in wind and solar energy, but hasn’t the Obama administration wastefully invested billions in green alternatives with the results of watching the Solyndras declare bankruptcy?
The Obama speech clearly showed the president has run out of gas and steam. There was nothing but platitudes. No substance, but plenty of empty rhetoric. Clearly, Obama is a president running on fumes.
The office of the presidency is not for a person who lacks vision and skills. Sixty-seven million voters truly believed Barack Obama had the vision and skills in 2008 to be president, but in reality, what Obama had was a severe case of astigmatism and the runs.
By Lee Anthony Nieves, guest contributor
Lee Anthony Nieves is a conservative libertarian political commentator and frequent Being Latino blogger. He resides in Charlotte, North Carolina.