I’ve admitted being a fan not only of Mitt Romney, but also of his “Stone Cold Steve Austin” approach to campaigning where he runs in, drops a few stunners, flips off the camera and leaves. So while Mike Huckabee is catching heat for a clemency, while Tim Pawlenty is repeating the same mistakes Romney made in 2008, and while Sarah Palin is…well, Sarah Palin, our man M-Ro appears when we need a grown-up to discuss issues.
Take last week as an example. President Hopeandchange held a “jobs” summit with supporters and his employers in the labor unions to discuss how to save or create the jobs that have been lost a) since he took office, and b) since his stimulus bill would have prevented the unemployment rate from hitting 8%. It’s current at 10%. But good news, it’s down from 10.2% last month.
There idea is…wait for it…a government jobs program which does nothing to help the small businesses who are responsible for most of the employment in this country, and have been struggling to create or save any new jobs; mainly because they have no idea what tax increases are coming their way. Romney has a different idea. Ten of them actually…
Create tax incentives that promote business expansion and hiring. For example, install a robust investment tax credit, permit businesses to expense capital purchases made in 2010, and reduce payroll taxes. These will reignite construction, technology and a wide array of capital goods industries, and lead to expanded employment.
Prove to the global investors that finance America’s debt that we are serious about reining in spending and becoming fiscally prudent by adopting limits on non-military discretionary spending and reforming our unsustainable, unfunded entitlements. These are key to strengthening the dollar, reducing the threat of rampant inflation and holding down interest rates.
Stop frightening the private sector by continuing to hold GM stock, by imposing tighter and tighter controls on compensation, and by pursuing a public insurance plan to compete with private insurers. Government encroachment on free enterprise is depressing investment and job creation.
Repair the stimulus. Freeze the funds that haven’t yet been spent and redirect them to immediate, private sector job-creation priorities.
Check out his editorial for the rest of his ten-point plan, plus a few words on where, how, and why the President has been failing in dealing with the economy. And let’s pray that while Pawlenty isn’t learning from Romney’s past mistakes, that Mitt Romney is at least learning from Bob McDonnell’s successes.