In most of my political posts, I promote ideas and principals rather than a candidate or party, but the fact is, I'll be voting for Mitt Romney in November and I want to explain why.
First of all, if you believe that the problem with America's economy is that government isn't big enough yet, or that a vibrant economy is not necessary for improved quality of life, vote for President Obama. If you believe a strong and growing economy and restraint on the growth of government are important, here are some things to consider.
When a company is launching a new product, agenda or program, they often appoint a "product champion". The product champion's role is to oversee the launch, keep everyone focused on the goal, overcome obstacles and ensure that the execution exceeds expectations. Is "Hey, things could be worse." a good rallying cry for a product champion? Is "What do you expect? It's harder than I thought." what you want to hear from a leader?
Mitt Romney has set a goal of 12 million new jobs in 4 years. Sounds lofty, but that's just over 300,000 new jobs per month. That used to be normal. President Obama is talking about 1 million new jobs in 4 years. I don't think any presidential candidate has ever set the bar so low. Is mediocrity the best we can hope for? Is 1.7 percent growth the best we can do? Is this as good as it gets?
The President likes to talk about the policies that "got us into this mess". First of all, that's an admission that after 3.5 years on the job, the economy can accurately be described as a mess. Secondly, we've had recessions and even depressions in our 236 year history as a nation. We did not throw out capitalism and free enterprise as a response. The financial sector collapse was brought about by the perhaps well intentioned, but misguided notion from both parties that everyone should own a house, regardless of their cash flow situation. Bailing out industries to remove the consequences of bad decisions did not help the situation in the long term. Mistakes were made, but capitalism and free markets were not the mistakes.
When you look at countries who have gone the farthest to take the risk out of the lives of their citizens, to take the pain out of failure, you're looking at Venezuela, Cuba, Greece. Is that where we want to go? Is the excitement of the discoveries, innovations and growth of the 80/s and 90's something our children and grandchildren will only experience through books and movies about the past? Are you ready to throw in the towel and live to just survive rather than thrive?
Economic freedom is risky business. Along with amazing discoveries, inventions, elation, wealth creation and jobs you get failures, disappointment and despair. That's what the President and the Progressives play on. They hope you are so afraid of all the bad things that might happen as a consequence of individual freedom, that you'll forgo the good to avoid the bad. As other countries around the world have demonstrated, it's certainly possible to flatten out the ups and downs, but personally, I'd rather risk utter failure than not be able to take my shot.