There is no doubt that President Barack Obama inherited an abysmal financial mess created by Congress and former President George W. Bush. But, that excuse no longer holds any weight.
Obama promised to navigate us out of a financial disaster, but has failed to do so. Employment has now crept below 8 percent for the first time in over 42 straight months. Our debt has surpassed $16 trillion, and is rising every second. Obama promised to slash our debt in half, promised to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, promised that by the end of his first term the unemployment rate would be below 6 percent. Health insurance premiums have gone up by an average $2,500 due to Obamacare. It is painfully obvious that the promises of “hope and change” have failed us all.
America is in dire need of new leadership. Gov. Mitt Romney is precisely the man for the job. Romney will set us on a path to fiscal restraint, something this federal government has yet to learn. Romney will not continue the failed trickle-down government policies that the Obama Administration has supported. Romney is the man to bring Wall Street investors from hanging onto billions of dollars to instilling the confidence back into the economy to create the commerce and jobs that mainstream America desperately needs.
Romney has a five-point plan to get America back on track. It involves the US becoming energy independent by drilling for oil that we have off our shores, utilizing our abundance of natural gas and coal and by approving of the Keystone Pipeline. Romney wants our workforce to be better trained to be able to deal with the rapid expansion of globalization that is happening before us. He also wants trade and policies that will increase demand for American goods and services.
Lastly, we need to fix our national debt and to promote the growth of small businesses across America. He has the tools and the experience needed to solve our countries problems. While working in the private sector, Romney rescued failed companies and returned a profit which kept communities alive around the country. He also took the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics from billions of dollars in the red and turned it into a success story. Romney governed arguably the bluest state in the nation, Massachusetts. He had to work across the aisle to work with Democrats. He cut red tape for small businesses, signed into law job-creating incentives and fought hard to bring new businesses to the state. He eliminated a $3 billion deficit without having to borrow or raise income taxes. By the end of his term in 2007, he lowered the unemployment rate from 5.6 percent to 4.7 percent.
With an impressive resume as the Governor’s, it is beyond any doubt that he is the most qualified person to take control of the White House and to fix our economy. If you believe that you are not better off than you were four years ago, then you must vote for Romney.
Reach Danny Meehan
Member, USD College Republicans at Danny.Meehan@coyotes.usd.edu