Obama is obliterating the promise of equal opportunity for all, exploiting class, racial, gender and ethnic divisions, destroying our domestic energy industry, demonizing business, smothering the private sector, shoving Obamacare down our throats, giving us double-digit actual unemployment, bankrupting the nation and pushing America toward decline.
Romney must make Obama own his failures. For starters, Romney must unpack this horror picture known as the most recent jobs report. Though the nominal unemployment rate went "down" to 8.1 percent, when you factor in those who've quit looking for a job, actual unemployment exceeds 11 percent.
As Mortimer Zuckerman wrote in The Wall Street Journal, 8 million people are no longer counted as unemployed, because they are no longer looking for a job. The economy only added 96,000 jobs last month; the monthly average for 2012 had been 139,000. A staggering 5.2 million have been out of work for at least 27 weeks. Though our population has grown by 31 million since April 2000, we now have fewer people working. Our employment numbers are way worse off than they were when the recession began at the end of 2007.
In addition, millions more are on food stamps and Social Security disability, and millions fewer are paying any federal income taxes in Obama's America.
Obama, in consciously choosing to adopt the Jimmy Carter vision of malaise and resigning himself to America's inevitable decline, has thrown Romney a high-hanging curveball, and Romney must oblige him and knock it out of the park, with an abundant dose of optimistic, winning Reagan conservatism.
Experts are saying that Romney must give more specifics about how he would turn the economy around. Yes, he and Ryan have detailed plans and must communicate them. But it is equally important that they present their competing vision. They must underscore their pride in America and their commitment to the American idea and American exceptionalism. They can and will turn things around. Our best days are still ahead.
Above all, Romney/Ryan must not sell the American people short and assume they can't handle the truth. Hit them between the eyes with it and they'll return you a decisive victory.
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