In the first edition of Mitt Romney’s “Plan for Jobs and Economic Growth,” released on September 1, 2011, Romney promised Americans that he would submit a jobs package to Congress consisting of five bills designed to fix the economy on Inauguration Day. He also vowed to take immediate steps as president by issuing a series of executive orders that would get the U.S. government out of the economy’s way. This promise, more commonly referred to by Republicans as the Romney/Ryan 5 Point Plan, serves as their recipe for getting Americans back to work.
Barack Obama, who four years ago promised “hope and change,” now promises to move America “forward.” If he means along the same path as the last four years, that’s some election strategy! Instead of providing Americans with a plan to improve the dire unemployment situation, Obama seems to depend on star power to win re-election.
Obama has no actionable promises. None. In fact, he only recently released his “Plan for Jobs” which, ironically, seems to boast about how much involvement the government already takes in building small businesses. It seems President Obama really does think that “if you've got a business — you didn't build that.”
These two approaches crystallize the differences between the liberal Obama Democrats and the conservative Romney Republicans. Republicans want smaller government. They promise to help small businesses by cutting red tape and generally getting out of the way. Democrats want to tax those who are successful despite government red tape, and give that money to the type of companies that need to apply for taxpayer-funded government handouts.
That certainly does not make for a good argument for Barack Obama’s plan. So instead of talking about the first five things he would do if re-elected, he brings in the Hollywood stars and celebrity musicians.
Obama is a typical Democrat when it comes to basking in the glow of celebrity admiration. Even as he is still being criticized flying off for a fundraiser in Las Vegas the day after the Benghazi attack, he flew back again to Las Vegas this past week to party and fund-raise with Desperate Housewife Eva Longoria. So much for "Captain Hurricane Relief!"
Romney’s 5 Point Plan may not have the glitz and glamour of Obama’s celebrity entourage, but it’s a plan for which he is making himself accountable. In fact, in addition to submitting his jobs package, Romney has promised to demand that Congress act on that package within 30 days and to use every power at his disposal to ensure its passage.
I’d vote for that over a celebrity endorsement any day!