Donald Lambro

Obama rejects Romney's tax cut plan, saying it will favor the rich at the expense of the middle class and would drive up the budget deficits. But there are really only two ways to effectively cut the budget deficits, and raising taxes --as Obama proposes -- is not one of them.

One is through stronger economic growth and sharply reducing the unemployment rate. Putting tens of millions of workers back on the income tax rolls, along with millions of new businesses, will boost federal revenues. The other is to reduce federal spending. Romney's plan does both.

You do not hear Obama talk about economic growth. It's a foreign language he doesn't understand and never will.

His approach from the beginning is that, as in the New Deal's failed policies in the 1930s, government can create jobs by spending a lot money. But his $800 billion-plus infrastructure spending plan was a spectacular and costly failure.

Why? Because the politically-chosen list of federal, state and local projects he invested in touched only a relatively small part of the economy. And when each contract ended, and the money ran out, so did the jobs.

Permanent tax cuts are the most effective way to reach every nook and cranny of the nation's economy. Instead of spending hundreds of billions of dollars borrowed from China and driving our government deeper into debt, lower tax rates are designed to flow throughout our economy's blood stream, like a fast-acting antibiotic.

Obama and his Democratic allies insist that they will not work, but we have at least three examples where they did work with spectacularly good results -- two of them under Democratic presidents.

President Kennedy's across-the-board income tax cuts in the 1960s met with strong opposition from naysayers who insisted, like Obama, that they would worsen the deficits. But by the end of '60s, increased tax revenues led to a budget surplus and a stronger economy.

Like Obama, President Reagan inherited a recession-battered economy, though he faced higher unemployment (10.8 percent at its peak). He, too, cut taxes across-the-board, and the economy began to recover after two years. When he sought reelection in 1984, the economy was growing at 6.3 percent and the unemployment rate had fallen to 7.3 percent. He carried 49 states.

Bill Clinton never utters a word about the GOP capital gains tax cut bill he signed in his second term to spur new investment, but it is widely credited by economists for the soaring tech-driven economy that followed -- driving the unemployment rate down to 4 percent.

Romney's recovery plan also contains other pro-growth components, too. Among them: A doubling of U.S. exports by ending Obama's moratorium on new trade agreements; lifting Obama's blockade of the oil pipeline from Canada that would have created 20,000 jobs; and ending offshore limits on oil and gas exploration to boost energy supplies and flatten gas prices.

Meantime, does anyone know what Obama's agenda would be in a second term? He certainly did not offer any specific plans in his convention address to get the U.S. economy growing again. "If Mr. Obama has a plan, Americans who listened [last] Thursday don't know how he would achieve it," the Washington Post said in an editorial.

Instead, Obama offers us more of what we've seen in the last four years: a mediocre economy and ever higher unemployment. Had enough?


Donald Lambro

Donald Lambro is chief political correspondent for The Washington Times.