Though there are many differences between Barack Obama and Jimmy Carter, they are strikingly similar in their poor economic records and even more so in their shared pessimism and bearishness on America.
That is why it is so important for Mitt Romney, in addition to focusing a bright light on Obama's failed record and connecting the dots between his policies and that record, to challenge and obliterate Obama's message of hopelessness and stagnation. He must, in his own way, grow increasingly Reaganesque in the sense of violently rejecting Obama's death verdict on America and vigorously proclaiming that despite this astonishing mess Obama has created, it is not too late to turn things around and that America's best days can be still ahead of us.
Romney must make clear to the American people that Obama is like the hospice provider who has come in to make America's last days more comfortable, dispensing pain medication limitlessly (in the form of ceaseless spending and expanding the welfare state) because there is no downside to addicting a terminal patient. Romney should say that this national grim reaper has delivered the wrong diagnosis and that he must be asked to vacate the premises.
America is not dying of old age or an irreversible disease; she has just been administered a debilitating cocktail of drugs, and we must wean her off them and allow her to heal and regain her natural strength and vitality.
The good news is that in contrast with Obama's empty promises of "hope and change," Romney can make a persuasive case that America can rebound and soar to new heights -- because it happens to be true. By his implementing pro-growth tax and spending policies, structurally reforming entitlements, rolling back the regulatory state and using the bully pulpit to re-befriend America, its entrepreneurship, its businesses, its domestic energy producers, its greatness and its people, we would see an unprecedented restoration of America's pride and an economic explosion.
We don't have to accept 8 percent unemployment as the new 5 percent. We don't have to accept $1 trillion deficits as the new norm. We don't have to accept the suicidal notion that we can't reform our entitlement programs and bring our budget into solvency. Romney has begun to sound those themes, and I hope he doubles down on them in the last three months of the campaign.