It is quite reasonable to assess the Obama record as well as the Romney record, as the former is running on his record, the latter is avoiding most of his record, the latter which should be a significant concern to voters.
Republicans continually call attention to the job numbers, our unemployed, but I must note that the Romer/Bernstein report, which produced a goal of 8%, was produced in late 2008, at a time when the economy was in free fall, saved by bailing out the banks to prevent a global collapse of the financial system. Moreover, Christine Romer was out of her job in the Fall of 2009, because her predictions were too optimistic.
Therefore, should it really be a big surprise that their recovery projection should have been somewhat inaccurate? This was truly uncharted territory. What do you think should have been done and should now be done now to speed up the recovery?
I think it is rather remarkable that we have almost achieved the 8% goal for unemployment, down 20% from the peak 10% mark, in about three years. What do you think should be done to bring down unemployment?
This has been no standard recession, much worse, yet the stock market has about doubled from the low in the spring of 2009. Moreover, American Corporations continue to be strong, even with the significant headwinds in Europe and the slowdown in the BRIC emerging markets. What do you think we can do to respond more positively to this headwind?
The rupture of the housing bubble was so severe that now, about four years later, finally it may be about bottoming out. Foreclosures continue at record highs, and millions of Americans remain underwater on their mortgages. What do you think should now be done to further solve this economic headwind?
I note that so far Romney offers no solutions to these continuing recessionary problems, nor do any of you righties on here. Here is what we know of Romney’s plan:
* Cut 20% of everyone’s federal taxes, and eliminate loopholes like mortgage and charitable deductions. This greatly favors the wealthy again, as did the Bush tax cuts! Does this make sense?
* Invoke the Ryan Plan of austerity. This will negatively impact the middle, the poor, and our elderly citizens. How wise is this?
* Defense spending cuts are exempt. We all know there is plenty of waste in the DoD budget. Why not eliminate all the waste?
* Get tough on China. Right, antagonize our major creditor! What will this accomplish? What do you suggest?
* Encourage Israel to get tough on the Iran nuclear bomb program. No specifics here, just rhetoric. What is wrong with our policy of continuously increasing sanctions on Iran?
Not only does Willard Mitt Romney avoid giving us specifics of his stated initiatives, but he lies constantly about President Obama’s programs. Moreover, he cannot be held to any of his comments, because he has the reputation of changing them at any time.
Why should we even consider for a minute to elect a man unwilling to run on his record, unwilling to reveal his tax returns, and willing to flip-flop on issues seemingly on a whim? Please, this is an accurate characterization of the man.
And then there are the uncompromising tea party extremists who would come to power with Romney, folks who will likely cause Romney migraine headaches, and cause our country to prematurely embark upon austerity, and perhaps upon further military engagement in the Middle East, producing the above mentioned serious negatives.
President Obama has proven himself, for the most part, in his shepherding us through our economic crisis, as proven by the fairly positive results to date. Granted, job creation is still the outstanding issue, but I’ve heard nothing from Romney or the Tea Party on how to solve this continuing crisis. Austerity (the Ryan Plan) will certainly set us further back, at least temporarily, as in the UK. The President has sought to further stimulate job growth, something like FDR did, which should be done; but the Repubs rejected the jobs act.
Your mistrust of President Obama is ideological and yes, seemingly racial, neither of which goes to the man he has demonstrated himself to be, neither of which is a reasonable and rational assessment of the man, which is frankly what worries me the most about our future, that your assessment will somehow prevail due to all the negative noise which money can buy, and voter suppression.