Liberals assail conservatives for supposedly not caring, but it is liberal policies that are destroying America's prosperity and particularly harming the very people Obama professes to care about the most -- minorities and lower-income groups. But he's doing enormous damage to the middle class, as well, which is not mitigated by his phony protests of caring more. A party that is destroying the prosperity of future generations, is keeping minorities trapped in inferior inner-city schools and is blocking protection to the innocent unborn is hardly in a position to lecture us on compassion.
Liberals whine that Mitt's "insensitive" statement hurt people's feelings. Meanwhile, Obama's policies have destroyed their pocketbooks.
My quibbles with Romney's comments are that the percentage of people not paying income taxes is closer to 49.5, and many in that group haven't given up and are striving toward upward mobility. Some are there because of legitimate deductions or earned benefits. And let's not fool ourselves; Obama has plenty of support among the top income earners himself -- and not just in Hollywood. It's a myth that the rich are all Republicans.
What concerned me the most, though, was Mitt's statement that his main task is to reach that 10 percent in the middle. I know this is conventional wisdom among political strategists, but I believe that this election will turn more on voter intensity than on swaying this inscrutable group of so-called centrists.
As such, like others, I see this as an opportunity for Mitt to make this a defining moment to contrast his policies with Obama's promises of indefinite malaise. He must articulate conservative principles unapologetically and inspire voters with the uplifting message that pro-growth policies benefit all income groups as history has shown. He must make clear that he is wooing, rather than writing off, lower-income groups -- stressing that he is determined to greatly shrink the 49 percent as people use their God-given liberty to climb the ladder toward prosperity.
The Democrats' desperate effort to change the channel from the reality show featuring Obama's America in decline is backfiring because Romney, to his enormous credit, is refusing to take the bait and is standing his ground.
Mitt must seize this moment to reject the advice of those surrounding him who are forever cautioning restraint and admonishing him to play it safe.
Please, Mr. Romney, take your foot off the brake and the gloves off your hands and make your case with passion. That's how you'll ensure your victory -- and America's.
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