“Third party payer systems are always inflationary.” Steyn points to one of those truisms Obama seems to have never understood. Subsidiarity is another. Someone from Romney’s background knows that – knows efficiency, responsibility, community – with every fiber of his being because this is his life – as Shannon so solidly summarizes below. It isn’t just that Obama doesn’t take care of his blood relations and Romney has long stretched that responsibility out to increasingly large communities. He knows what fulfills him and what works. He probably also thinks it is good. What are we doing with a president that can’t even imagine such responsibilities?
I want to hear my president talk and to have a sense that he doesn’t see
• a dead ambassador dragged through the streets as a “bump” in the road
• a president’s responsibility as filming ads to distance his administration from a private citizen’s expression – and then instructs the government to subsidize an ad buy in another country?
• his second term as one in which, as he tells Russia, he need no longer consider voters’ opinions
• “noise” that needs to be discounted coming from another nation’s leader, a relationship he desribes with the cattiness one might expect from the women of “The View” – a program on which he finds himself considerably more at ease than with his Jobs Council or his Foreign Relations advisors
• his appropriate milieu as raising funds with a sorry crony capitalist like Corzine or a misogynistic and violent rapper or a television personality known for spewing misogynist nonsense
• his appropriate audience as Whoopi Goldberg rather than the leaders of countries moving toward economic catastrophes, on fire, or facing an existential threat
• his role as increasing the cost of gas, oil, and coal – ignoring (either from stupidity or . . .? what?) the remarkable increase in life expectancy and health, as well as leisure, of the lower classes (as well as the wealthy) that energy and innovation have produced in the last three hundred years
• his role as developing cradle to grave assistance programs, with built-in committees to make decisions about the most important and most trivial aspects of our lives
• his role as backing an Attorney General who sees himself as protecting “his people” rather than fair elections, for purposes still hazy endangers border guards and hundreds of foreign nationals.
I can go on. Romney may not be sufficiently conservative, but surely he (or, indeed, any sane person) won’t close the coal mines, the refineries, the pipeline from Canada. My sense is that Romney sees as well or better than most of us the importance of energy, of small businesses, of open government, of free markets. But, if I’m wrong and he doesn’t, surely he doesn’t share Obama’s disdain for technology, for history, for family, for free commerce, for faith. Indeed, few do. But a large number of people gathered around Obama & populating the bureaucracies of Washington do.
I want Mitt Romney to win. I get the feeling he doesn’t need to be loved; he’s certainly not a man of broad and extroverted gestures, he’s more stiff than beguiling. But he doesn’t sneer and he does radiate an earnestness. Perhaps he won’t take the risks necessary to right our clearly sinking ship. But he’s in a business that took risks. Of the people who’ve lately contemplated the presidency, he has the most experience cutting away deadwood to revive the living tree within – and sometimes, of course, there is no life left and the whole thing needs to head for the sawmill. That may be true of the EPA, the Department of Education. . . . He did such surgery on the companies Bain took over. If Obama sees it as a problem that Bain led to smaller workforces, that is the very skill we most need.
Ryan inspires, but then he’s spent his life understanding how important votes are. It isn’t just that he’s young – I’d have voted for him for president, sure. But I think we really do need the kind of experience business gives. I may be wrong – Romney may try to do what he did and it may not work. We always say we need an outsider – and often they can’t do it. They don’t know how. But if a legislator from the House joins a man of Romney’s experience, perhaps – perhaps – changes can come. We’ll see if they win. One thing I’m sure of: Obama wasn’t an outsider – he was the quintessential political insider, so far inside he hadn’t spent much time needing to press the flesh. He just was an insider of a kind we’ve known about throughout history, but assumed the free press would uncover and the Constitution restrain. Neither happened – and how much worse could another four years be?