Voters will have clear choice in November
Published: Thursday, August 16th, 2012
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s choice of Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin to be his running mate in the upcoming November election sends a clear message that the ticket is serious about fiscal restraint and reducing the burgeoning national debt which is unsustainable. The choice by Romney is a bold one. He could have taken a less controversial path by choosing rising Republican star Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. Rubio could have helped Romney garner Florida’s 29 electoral college votes which he needs to defeat the president in November. Wisconsin has 10 electoral votes.
Clearly, Romney sent a clear message that this election will be about the economy and getting the country back on solid financial footings once again. The Republicans want to provide more job opportunities for Americans who desperately want to regain their self dignity and get back to work. The unemployment rate has remained above 8 percent for the past four years, and is actually higher when those who have given up looking for work are added in the equation.
Under Obama the country has seen a dramatic growth in big government and a growing dependency on Washington for our every need, from food to housing. A record number of Americans are now receiving food stamp benefits. Jobless Americans whose unemployment benefits have run out are now applying for and receiving social security disability benefits. The number of Americans dependent on the government for some kind of entitlements or financial assistance is growing every day.
This kind of government dependency and unsustainable growth has not been addressed by the current administration in the last four years. In fact, the Democratic controlled Senate has not passed a budget in the last three years. Under Obama the national debt has grown from $10 trillion to over $15 trillion and counting. We have not been able to spend our way out of this recession.
There are many reasons for this, but one is the uncertainty of small businesses about what the government plans to do next in the areas of tax rates and regulations. The country may soon be facing huge tax increases due to the implementation of Obamacare and changes to the so-called Bush tax cuts.
Rep. Ryan has the reputation of being a fiscal conservative. He and Romney want to get the country back on the right track again by tackling some tough economic issues that are dragging our country down. The choice will be clear in November. Do we keep borrowing 40 cents of every dollar we spend, or do we get serious about addressing entitlements and start pecking away at the national debt?
Clearly, the path we are on will lead us nowhere but down. The last four years have been a lesson in frustration as we have seen the former community organizer struggle in a job that has proven to be way over his head. We look forward to two proven leaders taking over the reins of government in November. This seems to be our country’s only hope for survival.
We need bold leadership, not more of the same excuses, blame game and floundering we have had for the past four years.
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