When Romney campaigned on the economy he talked about creating jobs. He should have talked about saving our way of life from Obama who is a dangerous radical. We understood we needed jobs to generate GDP so that we can grow our way out of the debt crisis which might have been possible if we had been willing to cut government spending to the bone. Now that Obama has won, taxes will go up, jobs will fall, revenue will fall with GDP, and we will plunge over the cliff.
We understood this all along. The left does not, would not, and will not. Romney would not campaign on it.
Many of us commented on this campaign lapse at the time but we also assumed that Romney knew what he was doing, especially after the first debate. We assumed that he was being informed by his focus groups and by his internal polling. We now have reports that Romney himself was utterly surprised at the results of the election. We have heard that his advisers were using him only to fleece him of money. We have heard that they were Rinos who cannot be trusted to deliver a winning conservative message. Whatever the reason, it simply was not done.
So not only do we have a failed campaign that did not campaign on conservative social values, it did not really even campaign on conservative economic values. In a sense, Romney's campaign was another kind of government welfare: I will get you a job. The bedrock conservative message is that liberalism is destroying us and must be halted and the economy will give you that job if it is allowed to live.
It was recently reported http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/10/18/welfare-spending-topped-1-trillion-in-2011-study-shows/ that welfare, when all types are added up, is a little over $ trillion.
This amount does NOT include Medicare or Social Security.
Of course, it is quite close to the amount of annual deficit.
A President who was doing his duty would permanently end all that spending by Executive Order, and let Congress wrangle over that. The economy would start doing so much better so quickly, the order would stand.