Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Instead of focusing on the gaffe of the day, we, and especially the Romney team, should be focusing on the facts and real analysis.

Here are a few that merit our attention:

President Obama, 42 months into his term, has yet to pass a balanced budget. According to the Federal Reserve website, U.S. debt has increased 51 percent -- from $10.6 trillion to more than $16 trillion.

U.S. gross domestic product annual growth for the second quarter was 1.7 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis website. Unemployment exceeds 8 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics website; more than 17 percent of those who want to work full-time are either not working at all or are working part-time.

According to the U.S. Census bureau, 28 million people were receiving food stamps in 2008. That number had soared to 46 million people at the end of June of this year, an increase of 18 million people, a 64 percent increase.

Those are the facts. These facts should be driven into every talking point that the Republicans have over the six-plus weeks left before the election.

Here's my analysis: President Obama has had his chance to lead our country, and I am not satisfied with the results, (see facts above).

My hope is that there will soon be change in the White House.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Jackie Gingrich Cushman is a speaker, syndicated columnist, socialpreneur, and author of "The Essential American: 25 Documents and Speeches Every American Should Own," and co-author of “The 5 Principles for a Successful Life: From Our Family to Yours”.