After winning 5 states in a walk, Mitt Romney made his case and it was all economics. It wasn’t pretty, but it drove home his point. Then there was this:
Four years ago Barack Obama dazzled us in front of Greek columns with sweeping promises of hope and change. But after we came down to earth, after the celebration and parades, what do we have to show for three and a half years of President Obama?
Is it easier to make ends meet? Is it easier to sell your home or buy a new one? Have you saved what you needed for retirement? Are you making more in your job? Do you have a better chance to get a better job? Do you pay less at the pump?
It’s Mitt’s answer to Reagan’s one-liner, are you better off than you were four years ago? The follow-ups were familiar, yet different too.
I see an America with a growing middle class, with rising standards of living. I see children even more successful than their parents – some successful even beyond their wildest dreams – and others congratulating them for their achievement, not attacking them for it.
This America is fundamentally fair. We will stop the unfairness of urban children being denied access to the good schools of their choice; we will stop the unfairness of politicians giving taxpayer money to their friends’ businesses; we will stop the unfairness of requiring union workers to contribute to politicians not of their choosing; we will stop the unfairness of government workers getting better pay and benefits than the taxpayers they serve; and we will stop the unfairness of one generation passing larger and larger debts on to the next.
In the America I see, character and choices matter. And education, hard work, and living within our means are valued and rewarded. And poverty will be defeated, not with a government check, but with respect and achievement that is taught by parents, learned in school, and practiced in the workplace.
It was a man putting bromides together that wouldn’t upset anyone, so he could be anything to everyone.
But who thinks poverty can be “defeated” through “respect and achievement”? What is he talking about?
Absolutely nothing and he intends on doing it through November 6th if he can. It’s not that Mitt Romney can’t put something of substance on the table. It’s that he’s scared to death if he tells people what he’d actually like to do, especially if his win ushers in a Republican Congress, independents and moderates will bolt.
If Romney wins the election, it’s almost a sure bet that Republicans win control of both the House and the Senate. And that matters. Right now, the GOP’s agenda is the Ryan budget, and that’s entirely fiscal: It’s a premium support plan for Medicare, and tax cuts, and deep cuts to Medicaid, food stamps and other domestic programs. All that can be passed through budget reconciliation — which is to say, all that can be made immune to the filibuster. – Ezra Klein