I always get a kick out of self-proclaimed “non-partisan” voices of “honesty”…who then proceed to repeat the sad talking points of the Left. Either that, or they admit to not getting the simple reasoning of Mitt Romney as to why he includes Americans who’ve stopped looking for work in his “23 million Americans out of work” number. Funny— I would think it were obvious: people have stopped looking for work because they’re out of work.
Next, there’s the convenient ignoring of the governor’s promise to close tax loopholes for high-income earners… which, as CNN was quick to note after the debate, could well prove that Mitt’s right when he says that the tax cuts won’t reach up to $5 trillion. As to how he’d pay for it… well, I’d hardly need to remind my faithful readers of revenues to the federal government doubling under Ronald Reagan, following his famous tax cuts. Tax cuts encourage job growth. Job growth results in economic growth. Economic growth results in companies with more income… which results in more tax revenue. More tax revenue means decrease in deficits. It’s as simple as that.
What’s also simple to see, friends— even to the panicking commentators on MSNBC—is that, last Wednesday, Mitt Romney wiped the floor with President Barack Obama. Excuses, of course, run rampant. Al Gore theorized with a straight face that the high altitude of Denver… uh… did something. It didn’t affect Governor Romney— and it certainly hadn’t hurt Obama back in the 2008 DNC. But of course— Gore’s been so stuck on hot air for so long, I suppose it was inevitable he’d get a generous amount into his system…
Anyway— the Left has also been claiming that Obama won on substance, Romney on style. You know… Nixon and Kennedy. Romney, they continue, is a big liar, and Obama couldn’t keep up with it! Yeah…
Meanwhile, poor Chris “Tingles” Matthews flipped his lid on how weak Obama was— substance or no substance. His near-screaming rant after the debate was something to behold. But Tingles wasn’t the only one: the Left all cried out, “Why didn’t Obama drop the 47% line?”
The answer? I’d wager Obama thought Romney’d be prepared for it. Had Mitt smacked down that talking point along with all the others he did, that debate… the administration would never have been able to drop that quote again. In short— Obama feared Romney. And as anyone who saw the president’s almost complete lack of eye contact with his opponent during that debate knows full well… it showed.
That fear, indeed, was justified: Romney conducted himself with grace and charm, pulling no punches and leaving no stone unturned. His catch-lines were great, of course— invoking kids telling lies over and over to make you believe them (translation: “Mr. President, you’re behaving like a child.”); “I’ve been in business for 25 years— I have no idea what you’re talking about,” on Obama’s weird comment about tax breaks for shipping jobs overseas; and my favorite— Obama’s entitled to his own jet, etc., “but you’re not entitled to your own facts!” It was one golden “there you go again” after another.
All right, let’s talk about substance. Obama was not the winner there, either. We heard from him the standard vague platitudes about fairness, empowerment… fairness… and bizarre spins on bipartisanship. Substance: Mitt Romney worked with a heavily Democratic state legislature— and passed a pretty good agenda, too. Obama shunned the GOP with “I won,” and rammed Obama-care through Congress via back-room double-deals.
James Carville noted that, unlike Romney, Obama looked like he didn’t want to be there. And really… who can blame him? Even after the market crashed, then-Senator Obama pledged to “go line-by-line” and cut the deficit. Well… no-go on there. He also pledged that the stimulus package would go to “shovel-ready” jobs… and then joked about how they weren’t as “shovel-ready” as he’d thought. He’s had four years to put our economy back on track… and today, any growth we have is sorrowfully anemic. (For the record: the reason the unemployment rate seemingly plummeted to 7.8% is… Americans are giving up looking for work, and are thus no longer counted.)
Now… the Left, of course, is holding out some hope. After all, Ronald Reagan’s first debate with Walter Mondale wasn’t his best. We’ll see how things turn out, next round. The VPs clash on Thursday. Until then…