Skip to comments.Maximizing Mitt
Posted on 03/21/2009 10:45:23 AM PDT by BarnacleCenturion
Today there is a complete lack of adult economic leadership in Washington. President Obamas agenda on health care, higher education, and climate change is diverting his attention from the economy. Congressional Republicans are proposing austerity-oriented spending freezes and railing against big bank bailouts instead of articulating a pro-growth message and policy agenda.
The GOP and the country needs Gov. Mitt Romneys voice front and center in the economic debate. His private-sector experience as a chief executive officer, his record as a turnaround artist, and his expertise on economic and financial matters are head and shoulders above those of any current Republican or Democratic political figure.
Here are some more of the benefits Romney could bring:
Governor Romney is ahead of the curve in terms of modernizing our economic message. For instance, on regulation, Romney says: Republicans believe in regulation. You cant have a free market with people stealing intellectual property from one another, with monopolies being formed, we believe in law and regulation that sets rules for markets. . . . Do we need new regulations? Absolutely. Should regulators be looking at the market in a different way than they did 25 years ago? Certainly.
Romney has demonstrated his ability to craft innovative policy solutions. Last year, he put forth a proposal to create a public-private cooperative that would receive troubled bank assets, then renegotiate loans to homeowners and businesses to keep them performing. The income from the performing loans would then go to the owners of the troubled assets, thereby allowing them to recoup some of their losses.
Romney has raised some legitimate concerns about the efficacy of mark to market accounting, the inside-the-Beltway think tanks favorite cure-all for the banking crisis. He said, I do believe you need to somewhere recognize if you have a toxic asset and present that to stakeholders. Japan took the other route . . . and we have learned from that experience that if you try and hide the extent of the problem, you may not be willing to deal with it.
As a Michigan-born son of an auto executive, Romney is uniquely positioned to address the economic fallout that is occurring in the Industrial Midwest. Romney has been a trendsetter in calling for investment in new technologies that will modernize and preserve an industrial base in the country. The GOP has been hemorrhaging support in the Industrial Midwest because its leaders are tone deaf on the economic anxieties of blue- and white-collar workers in states like Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana.
Romney can be a credible voice on the intersection of education and economic competitiveness. He is well versed in the economic challenges presented to our country by a rising China. Romney and the Republican party should lead a national call to bolster our teaching of math and science. This is crucial issue to our long-term competitiveness.
Looking backward, it should have been Romney, not Gov. Bobby Jindal, offering the official GOP response to President Obamas address. And going forward, Romney should be the GOPs go-to economic spokesman for media interviews. He ought to give a series of speeches on how to turn around the economy. He should lead an economic task force made of elder statesmen, prominent business executives, global-finance experts, and Nobel Prize winning economists to develop economic policy solutions, with a focus on fixing the banking system.
In the presidential primaries, Mitt Romneys PowerPoint presentations did not connect to average Americans. But with the economy and stock market collapsing, he could find a much more receptive audience.
Cesar Conda is a founding principal of Navigators Global. He was a domestic-policy adviser to former vice president Cheney and former presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
Like I said on another thread. I think we all would be wise not to do any cheerleading, rather put every single potential candidate under a magnifying glass and make them prove to US why they are deserving of becoming POTUS.
Global warming is already disproven much less in 2012. Sanford opposes regulations and taxes as a means of fighting emissions, so his view of global warming from years ago isn’t an indicator of policy. I’m good with him there unless I hear more about it.
Who would buy it?
Well, lots of people, I'm sure. Like:
* Marriott could put one in every nightstand drawer next to the Bible. He's on the board, so it would be a shoe-in.
* Hairdressers and balding men in search on insider tips to truly awesome hair.
* People with one table leg just a tad shorter than the other three.
Story from October 2008 on Sanford’s executive order from 2007! This is not “ancient history”. Are we supposed to only look at their actions and statements they do during their latest campaign? Lol. Sanford buys into the manmade global warming hysteria. Maybe he’ll have a John Kerry or Mitt Romney moment and be against it after he was for it.
The story is from 2008, the action and comment is from 2007, which is the sole source I’ve seen for this nonsense.
You obviously did not even read the article, since it links to Sanfords actual executive order, which is the ultimate source.
BTW I don’t get it... because this article is 5 months old, it should be dismissed? What his your timeframe which we should apply to candidates?
BTW how is this “nonsense”. The comment and executive order ARE from Sandy... what’s there to misunderstand?
Order to create a committee (wow! as opposed to Romney creating Socialised Government Health Care in Massachetts). The order is from 2007 — which makes you wrong and covering the same ground. Two years ago he created a committee — big deal! Do you know what politicians do when they don’t want to deal directly with something or they don’t care about it? They create a committee. You are really off base on this one.
How does it make me wrong? He didn't just create a comittee... he made some pretty ridiculous statements on it.
Do you know what politicians do when they dont want to deal directly with something or they dont care about it? They create a committee.
They should call out the BS when they see it, instead of wasting taxpayers' money on "committees".
You are really off base on this one.
The only one off base is the isolationist, global-warming hysteric and name-calling Governor Sanford.
BTW it's funny that you bring up Romney... it's hardly a secret that I'm a Palin guy.
You claim that money was spent on the committee. Do you know that this is true or are you just making that up? How much was spent?
LOL! You don’t seriously think that Committees work and prepare reports for free!?
A lot of committees do work for free.
He goes in the RINO column.
Disregard this post.
“he has made some mistakes,”
Huge ones. Like supporting socialist heath care. Oh wait I forget “it’s just like forcing people to buy auto insurance, sureley you aren’t against that!”.
Without Slick Willard’s personal fortune, he would be a joke of a candidate. He chickened out of re-election. If a governor decides to cut and run out of re-election, no one in his/her right mind would consider that governor to be presidential material.
Oh he didn’t “chicken out”. He just didn’t didn’t give a damn about being Governor, he just wanted the resume credit. He had it, no need for a second term. It would have just interfered with his full time campaign anyway.
Quite foolish on his part, if he had campaigned as a conservative, blasting gay marriage (which he started to be ‘against’ when it was time to position himself nationally) and lost, that would have endeared him to many people.
Why do you like Sanford?
He was against removing Saddam, he is against using force preemptively (in other words hed only fight AFTER we are attacked with WMD), he is a global warming hysteric and called everyone who wants Obama to fail idiots.
Yep, dems da facts.
Ah. That same media that had 99 percent of Americans believing that Hillary was so beloved that she'd be a shoo-in for the Democrat nomination? That same media that pretends America loves Academy Award motion pictures that dwindle at the box office? That same media that has never reported on the phenomenal affection accorded the uber-popular Rush Limbaugh, the media that tries to tell us he's unpopular? That same media that is doing its best to convince the world that most Americans like Obama, a guy who would never have won if not for voter fraud?
That/s the media that "ruined" Palin for the presidency?
Jaidyn, as long as you believe the media calls the shots, you believe in illusion and will allow yourself to be manipulated by your enemies every time. And as long as you believe media validation is needed, then you will NEVER see a conservative in the White House.