Every election always seems like it is more important than the last, but this time it may actually be true. Americans will go to the polls and decide whether to keep our country on the same path we have been on for the past four years or to change course.
There is one fact that should make this an obvious choice: Americans are not better off than they were four years ago. From high unemployment to shrinking household incomes to a failed budget and a foreign policy disaster, American have a very clear choice to make.
President Obama promised to fix our economy, but out economy is still broken. Under President Obama, unemployment just recently reached the same level as at the start of this administration, 7.8 percent, but that is only because countless Americans have simply given up looking for a job.
23 million Americans are currently unable to find full time work. In addition, the people that do have jobs are still struggling right now, despite the actual recession having ended a few months after President Obama came into office.
Most Americans are spending more and making less. The income in an average household is down almost $5,000. But I don’t need to tell you the averages, because most of you are living with the reality. You see the results of the President’s policies when you go to the store, when you stop at the gas station, and when you open the never-ending pile of rising bills in the mail. Add to that a series of unprecedented trillion-dollar yearly deficits that will likely lead to further inflation and leave future generations with a bill they cannot pay. It is undisputable that Americans are still struggling.
President Obama promised to improve our standing in the world, but current events show the opposite has occurred. We have enemies of America attacking our embassies and taking over formerly allied governments. We have record tensions with close friends such as Poland and Israel. Even some of the successes that President Obama takes credit for are not really his doing.
The President likes to mention getting our troops out of Iraq, but he forgets that it wasn’t his choice. The truth is we won the war in Iraq because of a troop surge that President Obama opposed. Once in office, Obama tried to keep our troops there past the end of the agreement that President Bush made, but was rejected by the Iraqi government.
You know that it shouldn’t be like this. This is not the America you grew up in and this is not how you want to leave it for future generations.
President Obama’s argument is he did the best he could, but the truth is that it was not good enough. His best just did not work. President Obama can say he did not know how bad things were or how hard it would be, but he asked for this job. He said he could turn it all around. Even if you believe he tried his hardest, the bottom line is that he failed.
A big part of President Obama’s failure stems from him not living up to the person that ran in 2008. President Obama ran as a reformer that was going to take us past our partisan divisions, but we are now more divided than ever. The President and his allies blame that on his political opponents, but what kind of leadership does that show?
His main complaint now is simply that now he has to deal with the other side and they won’t just agree to rubber stamp his agenda. Well, we tried his agenda for two years and Americans weren’t happy with the results, which is why Republicans had a record election in 2010. President Obama hasn’t even passed a real budget in four years. The budget he did propose got zero votes in both the House and the Senate, even from members of his own party. A real leader finds a way to get the other side to work with him; he doesn’t just dismiss and blame them for his failures.
In 2008, President Obama himself decried a campaign that would try to make “big elections about small things.” Now his campaign is focused on binders, Big Bird and personal tax returns. Instead of bipartisanship, he is running a campaign that has stood by as his opponent has been falsely accused of being a felon, a liar, a tax cheat, and murderer. Does that sound like someone who is looking to work with the other side?
The truth is that President Obama never tried to work with Republicans. He came into office with unprecedented Democratic supermajorities controlling both houses of Congress. He could have passed almost any policy he wanted and he did, without including the other side. President Obama and Congressional Democrats passed a stimulus bill that didn’t fix unemployment and a healthcare bill that Americans didn’t want and will cost countless American jobs.
Instead of focusing on the issues that Americans cared about, President Obama focused on the issues he cared about. The final results of his choices are that things are not better for you and your family. Since when do we reward failure in America? That isn’t what we are about. This isn’t what the American people signed up for when they voted in 2008. There is no more important job than the President of the United States and you don’t earn another four years simply by participating. America needs more than campaign speeches and repeated empty promises. We need solutions.
The good news is that America has a choice. We don’t have to condemn ourselves to a future of stagnation and despair. We can turn it around. But it’s like that old joke about the drowning preacher ignoring a boat because he expects God to save him… we have to actually make the choice to save ourselves. That is where Mitt Romney comes in.
In Massachusetts, Mitt Romney was a successful governor despite having a legislature that was completely dominated by the other party. He found a way to co-exist with Democrats and accomplish things on behalf of Massachusetts voters. Mitt Romney saved the Olympics when they looked like they were destined to fail. Mitt Romney turned around countless companies during his time at Bain Capital.
The President and his allies have tried to attack and distort that record in order to hide their own. They attack his job creation in Massachusetts, but fail to recognize he left the state with 4.7 percent unemployment. They attack the federal funds Romney accepted to save the Olympics, but fail to recognize the universal acknowledgement that the Olympics were in major trouble before Romney took over. They attack the jobs lost at companies that Bain liquidated, but ignore that many of those jobs may not have existed without Bain and the thousands more jobs that Bain created. Finally, they attack his success, forgetting that the possibility of that type of success is exactly what makes America great. They are essentially attacking Mitt Romney for having a history of doing everything this administration has failed to do.
We can elect someone who has a history of success and a plan forward so that the rest of America has the opportunity to succeed.
I am not saying that Mitt Romney will be perfect. I am not saying that you will always agree with Mitt Romney. I am not even saying that electing Mitt Romney will fix all of America’s problems. I am saying that a President Romney will give America the fighting chance that President Obama has not. If our history is any indication, a fighting chance is all we need.
President Obama might not have been able to do better, but America can. To improve our present, to ensure your children’s future and to preserve America’s rich past, I ask you to cast your ballot for Mitt Romney on November 6th.