Romney Wants An Economy He Refuses to Make Possible

(2 pm. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

Burning the Midnight Oil for Progressive Populism

Romney indulged in soaring rhetoric{1} when he declared victory{2} in the fight to become the Republican Nominee and launched his General Campaign pitch:

I have a very different vision for America, and of our future. It is an America driven by freedom, where free people, pursuing happiness in their own unique ways, create free enterprises that employ more and more Americans. Because there are so many enterprises that are succeeding, the competition for hard-working, educated and skilled employees is intense, and so wages and salaries rise.

One problem: he refuses to make it possible. The success of new business enterprise requires customers with the means and willingness to buy, and productive workers, equipment and natural resources. Romney’s policies are:

  • To take even more of the means from those with the willingness to buy to those who place a higher priority on accumulating wealth
  • Offer his hypothetical entrepreneurs workers that are under-skilled and under-educated
  • Saddle prospective entrepreneurs that attended college with a burden of debt
  • Reduce the freedom of those workers with health benefits to take a job with that entrepreneur
  • And insist on leaving all of those entrepreneurs exposed to the risk of the next oil price shock recession throwing them into bankruptcy

He expresses a desire for a wonderfully desirable economy, but his policies promise that his administration will be too damn lazy to lift a finger to it possible.

Heck, that could be a bumper sticker: “Vote Romney for a Lazy, Do-Nothing Government.”

That’s it. Nothing below the fold but notes.


{1}  Really, I read the transcript. That part of it is soaring rhetoric. If you had a different impression, you may have watched it as it was delivered ~ but I never said it was a soaring delivery.

{2}  He had of course declared victory before, but when running a scorched earth campaign, sometimes you have some hold outs in the hills that you have to chase down before its really won.


  1. This is going to be a depressing general election for me if I focus too much on the top of the ballot, so I’m going to focus on the fight in Ohio to keep the right to vote.

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