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Mitt Romney’s Smart Move on Jobs

Of the two announced candidates for the GOP nomination, the two who, at present, seem most promising each have served as governor of a state. Yet, each comes with baggage attached.

On the campaign trail this time around — as well as in numerous web ads, Mitt Romney has been saying all the right things.  And now he’s made another smart move.  According to Michael Warren of the Weekly Standard:

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney told Fox News’s Neil Cavuto this afternoon that he will reveal his plan on job creation on September 6, the same week President Obama is set to unveil his own. Romney’s speech is part of a strategy to “pick up the pace” in a new phase of the campaign.

From what I’ve heard the former Bay State Govenor say on the campaign trail, I would daresay his plan won’t increase federal spending, but may decrease the “marketplace” for federal regulators.  Smart move to show that he is not just running against the Democrats’ failed policies, but has an actual plan to stimulate employment.  Indeed, the Democrats strongest attack against Republicans has been their charge that the Republican House has yet to pass a jobs bill.

Granted Republicans been busy cleaning up the Democrats’ messes, their failure to pass an FY 2011 budget and their failure to raise the debt limit high enough to accommodate their spending increases.  (The Democrats’ charge is not entirely accurate; the Majority Leader’s blog provides “a list of measures House Republicans have passed related to job creation“.)

House Republicans need do a better job of promoting their legislation promoting job growth — and remind Americans that the Senate has not taken action on many of these initiatives.

A Democratic “Stimulus” We Didn’t Pay For

“The latest posting by the Treasury Department” showing the national debt has increasing “by $4 trillion on President Obama’s watch” means that in the 2 years and 7 months since the Democrat took office, the nation has accumulated 82% of the debt it accumulated in 8 years under George W. Bush.

And someone thought we had been “living beyond our means” in the Bush era! ”

The debt,” reports Mark Knoller at CBS News, stood at “$10.626 trillion on the day Mr. Obama took office. The latest calculation from Treasury shows the debt has now hit $14.639 trillion“:

It’s the most rapid increase in the debt under any U.S. president.

The national debt increased $4.9 trillion during the eight-year presidency of George W. Bush. The debt now is rising at a pace to surpass that amount during Mr. Obama’s four-year term.

Mr. Obama blames policies inherited from his predecessor’s administration for the soaring debt. He singles out:

  • “two wars we didn’t pay for”
  • “a prescription drug program for seniors…we didn’t pay for.”
  • “tax cuts in 2001 and 2003 that were not paid for.”

Um, Mr. Obama, we elected you to fix the problems you repeatedly refer to as “inherited.”  You don’t fix them by blaming your predecessor, but by offering solutions.

Oh, and since we’re talking about things we didn’t pay for, what about that $800 billion dollar “stimulus” that Congress passed when Democrats were in charge?

H/t Gateway Pundit.