OBAMA BEGINS by saying straight to camera, we were “losing nearly 800,000 a month” and were “mired in Iraq.” Romney’s ad to the camera is below, which debuted yesterday. Obama’s in a suit; Romney’s casual.
The direct pitch from Romney straight to camera is an effort to change the trajectory of his losing campaign by revealing more empathy from Romney for Americans who are struggling. One obvious move is to couple himself with Obama on both caring for middle-class Americans.
Obama outlines his plan: 1) Create 1 million new manufacturing jobs, double exports, tax breaks to invest in America; 2) Cut out imports in half and produce more American energy; 3) Keep best work force in America by preparing 100,000 new math and science teachers, train 2 million workers with job skills, expand student aid; Reduce deficit by $4 trillion in next decade, wealthy would pay a little more, end Afghanistan war and rebuild America using “half the savings” to pay down debt and “do some nation building right here at home.”
From the Wall Street Journal on what Obama’s $4 trillion in cuts in the next decade included back when Obama proposed it in 2011:
Obama’s Original ‘Grand Bargain’
The president would reduce deficits by $4 trillion over 10 years by slowing spending growth and ending some tax breaks and Bush-era tax cuts to boost tax revenue by $1 trillion. Would make major changes to Medicare, Medicaid and potentially Social Security. PROSPECTS: Overtaken by the Gang of Six plan.
It’s understandable that Democrats are voting for Obama over Mitt Romney, who’d likely do worse. But how are progressive activists going to push back on cost of living cuts in Social Security, which was part of the so-called Gang of Six, or make sure the entitlement changes are at least even with Pentagon, corporate welfare and tax breaks and other competing expenditures? A tax increase for the wealthiest must be non-negotiable, for starters.
There’s no evidence in America that anyone will take to the streets.
Obama calls what he’s asking for “a new economic patriotism.” “Clean coal” is another one of the things President Obama mentions. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as “clean coal,” at least not yet and that’s widely feasible and cost effective.
“Too many Americans are struggling to find work in today’s economy. Too many of those who are working are living paycheck to paycheck, trying to make falling incomes meet rising prices for food and gas. More Americans are living in poverty than when President Obama took office and 15 million more are on food stamps. President Obama and I both care about poor and middle-class families. The difference is my policies will make things better for them. We shouldn’t measure compassion by how many people are on welfare. We should measure compassion by how many people are able to get off welfare and get a good paying job. My plan will create 12 million new jobs over the next four years—helping lift families out of poverty and strengthening the middle class. I’m Mitt Romney and I approve this message because we can’t afford another four years like the last four years.”