Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 18, 2012
This week a video was released on the Internet showing Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney making a political gaffe. In it Romney claimed that the 47% of Americans who do not pay income tax are not only dependent on the government, but look to continue being so. While some Americans unfortunately fit this narrative, certainly it is not the number Romney referred to.
Reactions from the Left and mainstream media to Romney’s miscue were over the top, but to be expected. That is the modus operandi for the press whenever a Republican makes a misstatement. Errors of similar magnitude have been made by Barack Obama before and since his election that have been ignored by the same folks. For example, when Obama stated he traveled all 57 states, it was but a misstatement. When Biden accused Republicans of wanting to placement minorities back in shackles, the media said we had to understand the full context. No such slack is offered to Mitt Romney.
Irrespective of double standard, Republican politicians must function adequately in the political climate that exists. While not yet catastrophic, Romney has shown weakness in this area. Should his miscues lead to an Obama second term, the cartoon below could become quote appropriate.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on August 12, 2012
On Saturday Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, announced his choice of Wisconsin Republican Congressman Paul Ryan to be his running mate. Choosing Paul Ryan makes a significant statement concerning Romney’s priorities.
While the Ryan choice will be viewed positively by most conservatives, his greatest strength is in the subject of economics. He clearly gets the fiscal mess America’s finances are in. Between Romney’s business acumen and Ryan’s economic knowledge, the focus of the Romney Ryan ticket will clearly be the United States economic challenges.
Often conservatives are placed under one general label which is an oversimplification. Conservatives can be divided into two categories: those who are conservative based on social concerns and those who are conservative on economic issues. While these two important topics often crossover, they are indeed very different.
Romney had the opportunity to choose Marco Rubio from Florida, who is indeed a bright and articulate Republican. However, Rubio’s greatest asset for the ticket would have been political, especially with Hispanic voters, and he is still relatively new to national politics. Romney could have chosen one of successful young Republican governors such as Bobby Jindal or Tim plenty. However, their success has so far been limited to statewide politics. Finally, Romney could have chosen a Republican who is focused on conservative social issues.
Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan for the VP slot is the correct one. The greatest challenge and danger facing the United States is not from a foreign source or a changing social issue. The Country must get its economic house in order to promote the well-being of any one group of Americans and in fact all Americans. Paul Ryan gets the economics that matter. It remains to be seen whether the Romney-Ryan ticket can get this important message across to the voters
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