Romney closes out the primaries by attacking Obama’s unfairness

The news from last night was not that Mitt Romney easily swept the five states that held primaries; that was assured once Rick Santorum left the race, if not before. Nor was it the prospect, which is being confirmed this morning, that Newt Gingrich would also drop out of the race as a result.

No, the news is that Romney finally gave the speech some of us have been waiting for him to give. (Click here to see a video of the speech, which lasted about 13 minutes, or here to read the prepared remarks; he didn’t stray too far from them.)

The heart of it was the contrast he drew between himself and President Obama. First, what he said about the president:

Government is at the center of his vision. It dispenses the benefits, borrows what it can’t take, consumes a greater and greater share of the economy. You know, with Obamacare fully installed, government would have control of almost half of the economy, and we would have effectively ceased to be a free enterprise society.

This President is putting us on a path where our lives will be ruled by bureaucrats and boards, commissions and czars. He’s asking us to accept that Washington knows best — and can provide all.

We’ve already seen where that path leads. It erodes freedom. It deadens the entrepreneurial spirit. And it hurts the very people it’s supposed to help. Those who promise to spread the wealth around only ever succeed in spreading poverty around. Other nations have chosen that path. It leads to chronic high unemployment, crushing debt, and stagnant wages.

And then there’s his counteroffer:

I have a very different vision for America, and for our future. It’s an America driven by freedom, where free people, pursuing happiness in their own unique ways, create free enterprises that employ more and more Americans. And because there are so many enterprises that are succeeding, the competition for hard-working, educated, skilled employees is intense, so wages and salaries rise.

I see an America with a growing middle class, with rising standards of living. I see children even more successful than their parents — some successful even beyond their wildest dreams — and others congratulating them for their achievement, not attacking them for it.

The repeated mentions of free enterprise, and the good line about congratulating people on their success rather than attacking them for it, are welcome. But here’s where Romney signaled an important theme leading to November:

This America is fundamentally fair. We will stop the unfairness of urban children being denied access to the good schools of their choice; we will stop the unfairness of politicians giving taxpayer money to their friends’ businesses; we will stop the unfairness of requiring union workers to contribute to politicians not of their choosing; we will stop the unfairness of government workers getting better pay and benefits than the very taxpayers they serve; and we will stop the unfairness of one generation passing larger and larger debts on to the next.

When an opponent — as Romney correctly said Obama would do — wants to run not on his record but on distractions and distortions and fuzzy notions of “fairness,” you hit back at what other people might consider unfair. And there is a great deal of unfairness to be found in Obama’s conventional liberal positions, some of which Romney catalogued.

This is a promising start to turning Obama’s raw populism on its ear.

– By Kyle Wingfield

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Tiberius - Banned from Bookman's and proud of it!

April 25th, 2012
2:18 pm

Really, Finn? Spain? The next Greece? France? The next Spain? Former Warsaw pact nations that never had thriving economies and whose average standard of living is lower than the poorest people in this country?

Really?

getalife

April 25th, 2012
2:18 pm

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

April 25th, 2012
2:18 pm

gitmo- How can you still show your face in here after being punked by Kyle like that?

Have you no shame, sir?

getalife

April 25th, 2012
2:19 pm

Andy,

I own Kyle and this blog.

DannyX

April 25th, 2012
2:19 pm

“Because we’re heading into our double-dip recession here.”

We’ve been hearing about this so-called double dip recession for a year now. Exactly when is this fictional event supposed to happen?

2012 US GDP will be released on Friday, what is your prediction? Negative growth for us just like the UK?

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

April 25th, 2012
2:20 pm

Sen. Marco Rubio calls Putin ‘weak’

Wow, Rubio didn’t even whimper.

Like obozo did.

Dusty

April 25th, 2012
2:21 pm

I just read Romney’s speech again and it is so honest and true. You liberals here should read it again. Romney is promising to pursue the freedom and enterprise you once loved yourself.

Have you forgotten how it feels to be out of debt, able to pay your mortgage, going to your family doctor, a hassle free voting place, pride in the armed forces, older friends retiring but not fired, advanced education within the means of many, religion appreciated, and gasoline at an affordable price? Have you really forgotten all of that?

That is what Romney is talking about. He wants American values back in place. and our freedom to be the great value we once appreciated. That is what he wants and that is what I want. I hope you feel that way too.

old timer

April 25th, 2012
2:22 pm

Good speech…I wish more of the news stations carried it this morning. Good article!

emo

April 25th, 2012
2:22 pm

So all I’ve ever heard from this loser is, the economy’s terrible and it’s all Obama’s fault. Every time I hear his empty promises to make it better, I ask him, “How?”, but I never get an answer. Once he said it was just to cut taxes for the already obscenely wealthy (like himself), but now, it’s just vapid promises. Where’s the beef, Willard?
And if the economy really was as bad as he lies about it, perhaps the reThugs in Congress have something to do with it by digging in their heels and trying to destroy the country to cost one man his job.

Tiberius - Banned from Bookman's and proud of it!

April 25th, 2012
2:23 pm

“Johnny Reb states that a hiring program predates Obama but wants to know how you like Obama’s government because he didn’t stop the program?”

So your saying that it is the President’s job to keep every program, especially those that cannot afford to be continued, and was designed to attract those talent’s who usually went into the private sector but who no longer can find work there?

Just how long do we keep funding programs that are no longer needed, Finn?

getalife

April 25th, 2012
2:24 pm

murdoch and cameron are history.

Curious Here

April 25th, 2012
2:25 pm

@getalife

“Stop being lazy and google it.”

WOW! your name suits you perfectly! I did google it, funny you ask and the screen was BLANK! You can’t even tell me why you like him or what you feel he has done. I personally already know that he has done nothing. I was trying to figure out what the libs see in this guy that I might have overlooked.
Keep up with those clever, juvenile responses though!

Just saying..

April 25th, 2012
2:26 pm

“Don’t say Bin Ladin because it was not Obama, but our military intelligence.”

The intelligence consensus to Obama was “It’s a Slam Dunk”? That’s news.

Between the “$80B cost, and Iraq’s oil revenues will cover most of that” plus the “Roses in the streets” remark
and
the NATO co-op in Libya that cost zero American lives (kinda important here)
which Presidential judgement do you think turned out better?

getalife

April 25th, 2012
2:26 pm

Nothing but lies on this blog.

Anyhoo, President Obama by 10.

Try to be better losers this time.

Tiberius - Banned from Bookman's and proud of it!

April 25th, 2012
2:28 pm

DannyX, you really need to butch up your reading comprehension skills, son.

I said retail is the FIRST indicator of a down ward economy. Next up (or down, rather) will be orders for durable goods. GDP will continue to anemic for a few months until it finally catches up with the rest of the economy, which is already beginning it’s downward spiral.

Unlike you, I look at trends and analysis, not the immediacy of a one-time figure.

Curious Here

April 25th, 2012
2:29 pm

Nothing BUT lies for the past 3.5 years.
SEE YA NOBAMA! Don’t let the door hit you on the way out in January!

carlosgvv

April 25th, 2012
2:33 pm

Barry – 12:47

When Thatcher resigned from office on Nov. 22, 1990, she left leaving crippling unemployment and rising welfare costs.

I think that’s pretty much on topic.

ragnar danneskjold

April 25th, 2012
2:34 pm

Thanks Kyle, had not read any of the speech. Mitt may be ok after all. At least he is saying the right things.

Tailored for the tastes of Obama: tulsaworld.com/scene/article.aspx?subjectid=39&articleid=20120425_39_D3_CUTLIN142660

leslie johnson

April 25th, 2012
2:35 pm

Libel case against Obama’s ‘gay’ accuser tossed

“I know from personal experience that Obama lied when he said he had given up drugs in college, and I can attest in detail to the fact Obama engages in homosexual sex,” Sinclair said.

In addition, Sinclair says he believes that the murder of Donald Young – the homosexual choirmaster at Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago – was an attempt to protect Barack Obama’s secrets. Young was murdered shortly before the 2008 Iowa Caucus.

http://www.wnd.com/2012/04/libel-case-against-obamas-gay-accuser-tossed/

ByteMe

April 25th, 2012
2:35 pm

Ti, so you need me to prove he said it, huh?

Ok. here’s an article laying out the details.

http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2012/03/romneys-health-care-evasions-a-history.html

I’ll bet you impune the source instead of trying to refute the details. Ah, that’s a sucker’s bet, never mind.

a dad

April 25th, 2012
2:37 pm

BO’s latest campaign slogan: “Obama 2012 – No Child Left a Dime.”

md

April 25th, 2012
2:38 pm

“My contention is that you must be ignoring Switzerland, Finland, Norway, Spain, Iceland, Bulgaria, Germany, France, Lithuania, Hungary, Austria, Poland, etc.”

Might want to take those one at a time and do some serious homework……Spain is in big trouble for one, Iceland is still on the brink from their banking fiasco, and then check out their tax rates. And one may also notice that many do not have any such thing as 41% paying no income tax…..everybody pays something.

And then go look up some expats from each of those countries and ask them why they came here to work……………..

Tiberius - Banned from Bookman's and proud of it!

April 25th, 2012
2:41 pm

Already read the article, ByteMe, and already debunked the comments in it when that slug Santorum was trying to use it against Romney.

Want to get in bed with the slug, ByteMe, and show me where, EXACTLY, Romney called for EVERYTHING in Romneycare to be applied nationally?

Tiberius - Banned from Bookman's and proud of it!

April 25th, 2012
2:42 pm

leslie johnson. Really? This is the best you’ve got when everything else is crumbling around us?

Really?

JohnnyReb

April 25th, 2012
2:43 pm

Finn McCool (Class Warfare === Stopping Rich People from TAKING MORE of OUR MONEY)

April 25th, 2012
2:14 pm

Johnny Reb states that a hiring program predates Obama but wants to know how you like Obama’s government because he didn’t stop the program?

so sad…
____________

What’s sad Finn is, you don’t get it. A progam that may have been good before, but obviously not needed now, was not stopped under Obama’s watch. So whose fault is that? Bush? NO, it’s Obama’s and it fits very well with his spread the wealth mentality.

Finn McCool (Class Warfare === Stopping Rich People from TAKING MORE of OUR MONEY)

April 25th, 2012
2:44 pm

which is nearly the equivalent of a lifetime guarantee of employment (something the private sector does not enjoy

envious are we? Wealth envy? You would like to have those benefits? Might be possible – if you didn’t vote to kill off all the unions? If they are paid so much better why aren’t you working for the Government?

Finn McCool (Class Warfare === Stopping Rich People from TAKING MORE of OUR MONEY)

April 25th, 2012
2:47 pm

“Obama 2012 – No Child Left a Dime.

I thought Obama was giving all the money away?? Who is getting it? Big business?

Finn McCool (Class Warfare === Stopping Rich People from TAKING MORE of OUR MONEY)

April 25th, 2012
2:50 pm

Let’s see who else had a business degree? W? And what was the economy like when he left office?

Yeah, give us eight more years of that!

DannyX

April 25th, 2012
2:51 pm

“DannyX, you really need to butch up your reading comprehension skills, son.”

Girlfriend can you answer the question? When is the double dip recession going to start? You hunky Republicans have been predicting it for a year now. Will the second quarter see a decline in GDP? 3rd quarter?

Tiberius - Banned from Bookman's and proud of it!

April 25th, 2012
2:52 pm

Do not confuse stating the obvious as being envious, Finn.

I appreciate the job that most local public employees do, but I also understand the reality that they have certain protections under civil service that the private sector does not. Therefore, a case can logically be made that those protections are worth some monetary value. Ergo, wages in the public sector SHOULD be lower than the private sector due to those protections.

md

April 25th, 2012
2:55 pm

Sorry Byte, from the link:

“Romney’s current description of his 2008 health care position is simple and concise: “I said, not national program, state by state program.” He did say that. But it does not actually mean very much.”

I don’t see much credibility when a “writer” puts in a quote and then interprets what was “meant” in his terms. That’s called opinion……not fact.

a dad

April 25th, 2012
2:56 pm

Finn – it’s called entitlements. Apparently you don’t bother looking at actual tax structures, entitlement programs as percentage of domestic spending, etc. Bet you’ll love to hear that Social Security is projected to run out of money by 2032.
By the way, the slogan refers to the fact that OB is borrowing/printing so much $$$/debt that our kids will be paying forever for your extravagant lifestyle.

DannyX

April 25th, 2012
2:56 pm

“This is the best you’ve got when everything else is crumbling around us?”

Honey please, we are far from losing 800,000 jobs a month like we were when W was president. OMG, the stock market isn’t collapsing either. Girlfriend you need to wake up from your 3 year nap.

Steve

April 25th, 2012
2:57 pm

What does it mean when a bunch of ultra conservatives NOW rally around the flip flopping former liberal from Massachusetts that has an R next to his name? It means y’all are a bunch of pathetic, partisan hacks.

Just once I’d like to read an honest post on here about how Romney is not conservative enough for you and is too much of a corporate welfare king.

Just once.

Steve

April 25th, 2012
2:57 pm

Oh but Danny, Obama created the Bush recession and the economy is not improving fast enough!!

Finn McCool (Class Warfare === Stopping Rich People from TAKING MORE of OUR MONEY)

April 25th, 2012
3:00 pm

yeah, it’s easy to hate on unemployment entitlements when you have a job. Not so much hate comes from those in that situation.

Tiberius - Banned from Bookman's and proud of it!

April 25th, 2012
3:01 pm

“When is the double dip recession going to start?”

I don’t engage in meaningless predictions when too many variables are at play. I can only tell you what is going on and where we are headed generically. I will say that if the trends continue unabated, it will be less than a year before the first GDP numbers start to go downward. If Europe tanks, or if war breaks out in Korea or the Middle East, all bets are off.

“You hunky Republicans have been predicting it for a year now. ”

For the hundredth time, I am NOT a Republican.

Just saying..

April 25th, 2012
3:03 pm

“Therefore, a case can logically be made that those protections are worth some monetary value. Ergo, wages in the public sector SHOULD be lower than the private sector due to those protections.’

That, plus the benefits, has always been The Deal. Reworking it (trying to match private sector salaries, specifically) is killing us, and dramatically altering traditional baseline assumptions about the cost of government.

md

April 25th, 2012
3:04 pm

“Just once I’d like to read an honest post on here about how Romney is not conservative enough for you and is too much of a corporate welfare king.”

I haven’t been over here too long, but you must have missed all those days……..Kyle even endorsed Newt basically saying romney wasn’t conservative enough.

But that is all water under the bridge……..now there are two choices……and we all know which one of the two is more conservative…….or should know.

Tiberius - Banned from Bookman's and proud of it!

April 25th, 2012
3:04 pm

“Honey please, we are far from losing 800,000 jobs a month like we were when W was president. OMG, the stock market isn’t collapsing either. ”

No, it’s WORSE, because this current Disaster-in-Chief has no plan to fix what ails us except for more of the debt that didn’t work the first time.

Finn McCool (Class Warfare === Stopping Rich People from TAKING MORE of OUR MONEY)

April 25th, 2012
3:04 pm

plus the benefits, has always been The Deal

Yeah, boy, howdy. I only work for the benefits – I even told my employer to keep the money, just give me all those benefits.

DannyX

April 25th, 2012
3:06 pm

“For the hundredth time, I am NOT a Republican.”

LMAO.

(Was that butch enough for you?)

Right, you are a non-partisan, you just play a flaming hyper partisan Republican on the internet.

Finn McCool (Class Warfare === Stopping Rich People from TAKING MORE of OUR MONEY)

April 25th, 2012
3:06 pm

Mitt is more conservative than Obama? Who came up with Obama-care first?

Tiberius - Banned from Bookman's and proud of it!

April 25th, 2012
3:07 pm

“What does it mean when a bunch of ultra conservatives NOW rally around the flip flopping former liberal from Massachusetts that has an R next to his name?’

It means that, with all his perceived faults (and some actual real faults), he’s a darned sight better than the current Disaster-in-Chief.

Your point, Steve?

Lil' Barry Bailout (Revised Downward)

April 25th, 2012
3:11 pm

carlosgvv–Thatcher reduced unemployment from near 12% to 7%.

You need to do a better job of cherry-picking statistics.

Steve

April 25th, 2012
3:12 pm

Really? He’s darn better because he gets up there and pretends to be a conservative when he used to be a liberal? Wow…partisan hacks, ye are.

td

April 25th, 2012
3:13 pm

DannyX

April 25th, 2012
2:56 pm

1 million less jobs available in the economy today then the day Obama took office. The day Obama took office gas was $1.87 per gallon and today it is $3.70. US citizens receiving FS up 42% since Obama took office.

Is this the change we are suppose to believe in?

gw

April 25th, 2012
3:14 pm

Stay the Course!

Dusty

April 25th, 2012
3:14 pm

Dear Finn,

Whatever trade you would like to make, I will take Bush ANYTIME rather than Obama because Bush loved this country and acted like he did. He praised us, protected us, presented us as the best, was a veteran, and did what was possible in the way of economics. He was real!

Obama is ineffectual by way of inexperience and self interest. HIs political future is of more concern to him than anything else in this country. I find no evidence that the financial ;problems of our country are a concern to him. Presenting a few failing programs is not a vital interest. It is all Obama has to show.

I’ll take an honest Bush anytime over an over jealous self-ambitious politician. Right now, I see little more than political election interests coming from Obama. I want more than that from a president..

Cindi Sheehan

April 25th, 2012
3:16 pm

honest bush? gw lied soldiers died…