Shortly after reading about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s economic speech in Chicago, I decided to read the address itself and see if a word search confirmed my hypothesis that the GOP presidential frontrunner emphasized the word, “freedom.” Sure, enough the word,”freedom” occurred 32 times, (30 not counting the titles) in the prepared text.
This “word cloud” shows you just how central the word is to this man’s economic ideas:
Now, to be sure, this cloud does show that Mr. Romney also used the word, “government” a good deal (17 times by my browser’s count), but mostly to criticize state intervention in the economy:
The government does not create prosperity; free markets and free people do.
For three years, President Obama has expanded government instead of empowering the American people. He’s put us deeper in debt. He’s slowed the recovery and harmed our economy. And he has attacked the cornerstone of American prosperity: our economic freedom.
In response to these attacks, the Republican was going to tell us “why economic freedom is so critical – and how” he would “restore it in order to get our economy growing again”. He found that the ideal of liberty distinguished American culture:
But one feature of our culture that propels the American economy stands out: freedom.
The American economy is fueled by freedom.
Free people and their free enterprises are what drive our economic vitality.
He went on to detail some of the damage regulators do and took the incumbent to task for the crony capitalism he practices: [Read more…]