Mitt Romney: New Leadership For More Economic Growth
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
October 21, 2012
Given the final two minutes to speak during Tuesday's second presidential debate, President Barack Obama quickly spotlighted what he said was the key distinction between his re-election candidacy and the campaign of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
"There's a fundamentally different vision about how we move our country forward," Obama said.
He's right, and "fundamentally different" is what the nation needs. For that reason, Romney should be elected president on Nov. 6.
The slow U.S. economy and its discouragingly high unemployment overshadow the other important issues in this election. Economic recovery must be spurred to a faster pace, and a change to Romney's leadership would do that.
But the middle class has suffered disproportionately in the 2007-2009 recession and its aftermath. Opportunity is lacking and must be restored.
The more relevant question is how to move forward.
The House is expected to remain under Republican control, the Senate Democratic. Absent change at the White House, the economy will be left to its own devices, most likely a continued but very slow recovery. But slow isn't what the country needs.
Romney is an agent of change whose primary campaign thrust has been the economy and his plans and qualifications to improve it.
On this front, he is highly qualified, both by business experience and public service.
No one should doubt that his economic recovery plan -- a 20 percent cut in tax rates, additional tax breaks for upper-income individuals and reducing the budget deficit, all with no increase in taxes on the middle class -- is but a loose sketch of a policy approach.
Details will have to be developed through working with legislative leaders from both parties who thus far have not made much progress on the nation's fiscal problems.
Romney has laid out a consistent theme focused on encouraging business innovation and growth, reducing government spending and its economic footprint and educating and retraining people to take new jobs.
That theme is a winner, and Congress will be receptive when Romney brings it.
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