Mitt Romney's Experience And Leadership Can Rebuild America's Economy
Grand Rapids Press
October 24, 2012
Few Americans will forget that electric moment when Barack Obama took the stage in Chicago’s Grant Park on the night he was elected president.
We were a war-weary country jolted by an economic plunge and looked to the man promising hope and change and assuring us that, yes, we could. We were inspired.
Four years later, do you feel the same way?
But four years later, we need to be further along. And we don’t believe we are on the right path.
Our economic engine is sputtering. We have maxed out the national credit card, adding $5 trillion to our already burdensome debt.
Four years later, do you feel optimistic?
We do not believe he has made the case that he deserves another four years as our president.
The Michigan-born Romney has built a successful business. He rescued the 2002 Winter Olympics from disaster.
Most importantly, he demonstrated as governor of Massachusetts that he can work with the other party. Working with a Legislature dominated by Democrats, Romney was able to erase a $3 billion budget gap without raising taxes.
Romney has offered a 5-point plan built around boosting small businesses, calling them “our engine of economic growth” and creating energy independence by harnessing our own resources.
As a businessman, Romney wants to crackdown on nations including China that engage in unfair trade practices that hurt American businesses and workers.
And he recognizes that it is time to for serious talk about changes to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid to make sure the entitlements remain for future generations.
Tackling those problems will require leadership and compromise and two-party solutions. That means Romney will have to stand up to the extreme elements of his own party and set aside divisive social issues while focusing on rebuilding our economy and putting Americans back to work, making us stronger and safer.
After the last four years, we believe Mitt Romney is the right man for the job. Do you?
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