Thursday, October 18, 2012
The growing national debt fueled by deficit spending can’t be sustained. Changes have to be made to reduce the debt or this country will crumble.
Yet, in the short term the economy has to be handled carefully as the nation slowly emerges from the Great Recession. Wages are shrinking and unemployment remains high. The president must work with Congress — whether divided or controlled by Democrats or Republicans — to get the nation on the right path.
It is for that reason we see Mitt Romney as the better choice for president.
But we see the race as extremely close even though President Barack Obama, a Democrat, and Republican Romney differ greatly on social and fiscal issues.
We agree more with Obama on his social stands (favoring gay marriage, for example) but side with Romney on the importance of reducing federal spending, including making significant changes to entitlement programs. This country can’t keep spending borrowed money.
The president has to lead, which includes getting Congress on board. That isn’t happening.
For example, the so-called Supercommittee on debt reduction was formed last year to trim $1.5 trillion in spending over the next 10 years. Although that is a lot of money, it is less than half of what the U.S. government spent this year. The bipartisan committee failed to take action. Once again, the problem gets kicked down the road. Strong leadership would not have let this happen.
It has been particularly difficult for Obama to work with the Republican-controlled House. The blame goes both ways, but this is nevertheless a fact.
The result is spending beyond the country’s means and no solutions for entitlement programs on their way to insolvency — with a devastating fiscal crisis on the horizon.
Another four years of an Obama administration offers another four years of partisan fighting while the country teeters at the edge of the fiscal cliff.
Romney’s philosophical approach to reduce the scope of government seems more realistic and has a chance of putting the government on a sustainable path.
No, it won’t be easy.
But Romney’s record as governor of Massachusetts and in business has been impressive.
We concede he is far less impressive as a campaigner (although his performances in the two debates are a significant improvement), but campaigning and governing are two very different skills.
We believe Romney, who worked well with a Democrat-controlled Legislature in liberal Massachusetts, has the best chance to work with a fractured, partisan Congress to get the economy to a point where employment rises and the debt declines. Getting more people working — jobs — is the key to solving the nation’s biggest problems.
The partisan bickering in Washington is crippling this country.
A new direction is needed.