Thursday, May 31, 2012
President Obama Attacks Governor Romney's Record
I took a break from blogging here. I'm sorry to my followers. Its just that I didn't have anything to say, that wasn't already being said. There still isn't that much to say. I have had a good laugh this week, however. The Obama team has decided to attack Mitt Romney on his Massachusetts record. This is a bad move. Lets take the arguments. First, Governor Romney was 48th in job creation. True- however, Governor Romney started with a 5.1% unemployment rate and left office with a 4.7% unemployment rate. Uhhh . . . it went down. And you can say that it was because people stopped looking for work, etc. but if you do that, then you have to apply that standard to President Obama's so-called recovery, which also reflects the number of people who have simply stopped looking. And the President's unemployment rate is over 8%. Plus the year Romney left office, Massachusetts had moved from 50th, (when he took office) to 12th in job creation, so I think this is a bad strategy on Team Obama's part.
Next the Obama team is saying that Romney left the state of Massachusetts in financial difficulties. In reality, he started with a 650 million dollar deficit. When he left he left a 2 billion dollar rainy day fund. Oh yeah, that was a terrible way to leave the state; richer than when he started. Please!
My favorite attack is that Governor Romney raised taxes. This is so ironic. First, technically, Governor Romney did not once raise taxes, in fact he cut taxes 19 times. What he did do, however, was close tax loopholes that businesses were using to lower their tax burdens. This is essentially a tax increase on those businesses, so I won't argue that it isn't. However, since the Obama Team wants the wealthy to "pay their fair share" and wants to stop businesses from using loopholes to keep from paying taxes, it seems ironic that they should pound Romney for what they want to do.
In the end, if President Obama could tout a record as impressive as Governor Romney's was in Massachusetts, he wouldn't need to attack Governor Romney with half truths- he would simply be winning.