Democrats continue to expound the 20th-century model created by Franklin Roosevelt and expanded by Lyndon Johnson in which the federal government fosters a growing dependence on government rather than encouraging self-reliance with government as a safety net. That model, while well intentioned, has failed those who bought into it. The greed, envy and entitlement mentality it perpetuated has harmed, not helped, the poor and middle class it promised to help. While technology has advanced and improved many lives, this dying government-first culture has done the opposite, stifling individual and national growth and lowering, not raising, motivation for individual success.
If enough Americans believe that Romney-Ryan are serious about doing what is necessary to fix our sick economy, they might trust them sufficiently to vote for them and for other Republicans. This must be a package deal. Divided government will hurt, not help reform.
That's the case Romney and Ryan must make at the convention. Democrats have no vision for the future, other than pacifying their unions and other liberal groups with a failed model for government.
Some opinion polls are showing a trend toward Romney-Ryan, but it's a hard sell to get government "addicts" into political rehab.
If Romney-Ryan can close the deal and get Congress to go along with them (a big "if" even if Republicans win a Senate majority), they will deserve the thanks of a grateful nation and maybe a place on Mt. Rushmore.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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