Mitt Romney: He can fix our problems

Ten months ago, the Blogland endorsed the candidacy of former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney for the GOP nomination for President. We expect that few of our readers would be surprised to see that the Blogland stands behind that endorsement. We wholeheartedly stand behind him and encourage our readers to support him - and to get others to cast their votes for him as well.

We've endorsed Mitt Romney because has proven himself to be thoughtful, reasoned and accomplished in a number of areas that qualify him to lead our nation, most notably with regard to creating jobs, fiscal reform, advocating rational policy-making, and boosting national security. Romney is qualified, proven and ready to lead the way to fix the problems at hand and set a more constructive course than we've seen in the last four years.

The issues before the nation in January are still before us today. The economy remains stagnant, unemployment still hovers around the eight percent mark, deficit spending runs unchecked and our weak foreign policies continue to cost American lives and prestige abroad. President Obama has not lived up to his expectations, cautioning that if re-elected, the next four years could well look much like the last four.

That's unacceptable and it's time for a change. Mitt Romney has the track record and experience needed to lead the way for the kind of real and substantive changes that are badly needed.

The most important issue in this election is jobs and the economy. Romney’s record as a businessman who has helped start business and keep them open means he’s well familiar with the hurdles faced by businesses. As Governor of Massachusetts, he worked hard to advocate the targeting allocation of education resources for workforce development initiatives and expanding college opportunities.

Obama’s record on this issue is not one to be proud of. The so-called “stimulus” went mostly to fund social assistance programs and very little went to anything related to putting people to work. New regulations have stifled job growth and even more are coming – which the Blogland has discussed on more than one occasion. The NLRB action against Boeing also sent a chilling message that this administration will put politics over jobs.

The second issue on the minds of many is the nation’s fiscal health. As a businessman, Romney managed major budgets and made tough decisions to live within a budget. As Governor of Massachusetts, he closed a multi-billion dollar budget hole, working with a Democratic legislature. When asked to take over the Salt Lake City Olympics, Romney turned a budget shortfall into a surplus which was used to help fund future U.S. Olympics efforts.

Obama has failed to tackle the growing fiscal problems. In his first two years in office, he worked with a Democratic Congress to draft and adopt budgets with unprecedented debt and when Republicans took the House, he was silent while the Democratic leadership in the Senate blocked budgets that would help get the nation’s fiscal house in order. With our credit rating being downgraded and European nations struggling with default on their debt, it’s stunning that Obama hasn’t taken this matter more seriously.

Romney's ability to be focused and well-spoken on policy matters, able to discuss his concerns and connect problems to answers shouldn’t be surprising. As a former business executive and Governor, Romney successfully worked with people from many different walks of life towards common goals. As Governor, he worked with a Democratic legislature and assembled a very robust, diverse and qualified leadership team, which some Democrats recently tried to malign by taking his comments out of context. He’s not always good at putting partisan spin on his talking points, but that’s not a bad thing. We could use a little less politics and more rational policy-making.

By contrast, Obamacare was passed in Congress without a single Republican vote and with a number of Democratic defections - and it wasn’t the only time Obama failed to engage Republicans or unify his own party behind his initiatives. His focus on his health care legislation came at the expense of much-needed action on the economy – and that lack of focus continues as his so-called Jobs council hasn’t met in nearly a year. 

Romney was measured in the foreign policy debate which closed out the debate series. In some cases he agreed with Obama and in others, he disagreed with directions taken by President Bush. We see that as a good thing. While taking about the need to be firm and work with our nation’s allies, Romney was also careful to not promise a major increase in America’s foreign military involvement while he challenged the pending sequestration and defense cuts. Over 300 military leaders have endorsed him, which makes a pretty strong statement of support.

Since taking office, Obama has struggled to develop a coherent approach to foreign policy. While he wound down overseas operations begun under President Bush and allowed the manhunt of Bin Laden to reach its conclusion, he failed to tackle new challenges that have arisen. He failed to get Iran in check, hasn’t stood up to those who threaten democracy such as Hugo Chavez and Vladimir Putin, and fumbled handling foreign policy storms in the Middle East. The lack of accountability for the arming of Mexican gangs by a Justice Department and the attacks on American embassies is deeply troubling. Blaming things on videos and hiding behind executive privilege are beyond disappointing – they’re just plain wrong.

Presidents Reagan and Clinton took office in the middle of economic downturns and had thriving economies four years later. Reagan was able to reverse America’s standing in world capitals and pull it out of the post-Vietnam slump. Clinton was able to work with Republicans to balance the budget and enact welfare reform proposals. If they could get results, we think it’s telling that Obama can’t. While Obama is fond of blaming his successor for his inability to get results, Clinton or Reagan didn’t do that. They did what real leaders do: they don’t fix the blame – they fix problems.

Obama said if he couldn’t show results, he’d be looking at a one-term proposition. It’s time to hold him to his words and give Romney a chance to do what he’s succeeded at doing time and time again – lead the way in fixing the problems that afflict our nation.

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