Who Can Fix the Economy, the Loner or the Consensus Builder?

The caricatures of Obama and Romney are not totally fair, but here's why they matter

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President Obama speaks at a campaign event at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh on July 5, 2012

In the world of traditional media, Sunday newspapers are supposed to take a slightly longer view than the daily editions, and Richard W. Stevenson did just that this past weekend in the New York Times. In a single paragraph, Stevenson aptly framed the open questions of the year:

“In an era of populist backlashes against the 1 percent and increased concern about the economic and social ramifications of income inequality, will the long-held assumption that the United States is an aspirational society that admires rather than resents success hold true? At a time when individual billionaires and moneyed interests can play an outsize and often shadowy role in shaping politics and policy, do political leaders have less incentive to put the needs of the poor and the middle class ahead of the agendas of their benefactors?”

(MORE: In Search of the Changing American Voter)

Nothing else really matters — not Mitt Romney’s vice-presidential pick, not the conventions, not anything. In the absence of a significant national-security crisis, the election is going to be about which candidate can convince enough swing voters in a handful of key states that he is a better steward of the economy.

The numbers are unambiguous. According to Gallup, a “variety of economic-related issues dominate Americans’ top concerns on a list of 15 issues facing the country today. The economy and gas prices lead the list, with 71% and 65% of Americans, respectively, saying they personally worry ‘a great deal’ about each. These are followed by federal spending and the budget deficit (60%), the availability and affordability of healthcare (60%), unemployment (55%), Social Security (48%), and the availability and affordability of energy (48%).”

For the people, then, this year’s election comes down to a choice between two men who, in the cold calculus of politics, can be described as the loner and the consensus builder.

President Obama is that rare creature, an intellectual who is also an accomplished politician. He faces standing criticism that he has created uncertainty for business and has failed to engage lawmakers even of his own party. Yet there is an American fondness for loners — we like the idea of single-warrior combat, of heroes who carry the day.

(MORE: Obama’s “Pottery Barn” Strategy)

Romney is clearly a talented man comfortable with the challenges and complexities of large organizations. He has taken the risk of judgment as a businessman and as a governor and presidential candidate. As one of his sons told my colleagues Mike Allen and Evan Thomas in a Politico–Random House e-book on the 2012 campaign, Romney is the kind of man who comes over to your house and immediately wants to figure out why one of your trees is dying. He’s an inveterate Mr. Fix-It.

The problem with consensus building is that leadership is about more than PowerPoint presentations — it sometimes requires instinctive decisions that are inevitably based on a person’s core. We know George W. Bush’s core, and we know Obama’s (for better or worse). Obama’s personality turns on his conviction that when all else fails — and all fails a good bit of the time — he has the capacity to see himself and the country through difficult hours. Beyond Romney’s ambition to be President, it is not as clear what he is at heart. Showing us is perhaps his greatest task between now and November.

The drama of the next several months will be which of the two can win the confidence of a public that wants results — quickly.

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BOLTFANDAN
BOLTFANDAN

I really dont see anything changing for the better if Obama remains our President. I am very disappointed with his performance and dishonesty . If he gets reelected then there will be continued  gridlock in Washington  and Americans will suffer because of it.

Leftcoastrocky
Leftcoastrocky

"Beyond Romney’s ambition to be President, it is not as clear what he is at heart."

Sorry, that is it; that is all there is.  He wants to be president so he can be president.  There is no thought, for example, about making the country better for the average citizen.

(I am worth a 1/4 billion dollars, I am a Mormon bishop, I have two graduate degrees from Harvard, I am good looking -- I deserve to be President) 

ayeshuratnam
ayeshuratnam

‘Basically, Romney is promising a return to free-market, supply-side policies on taxes, trade, regulation, and spending. Hopefully he will embrace a sound and stable dollar as well. I still believe Romney is the most levelheaded  politician in America today

Raymond Chuang
Raymond Chuang

I say it's the only who is willing to directly say to the American people it's time for truly bold action that will win the election.

And that must start with a major "third rail" of politics: massive income tax reform. Many will not say it openly, but will say in private--and increasingly in public--that the current income tax code has too high a tax rate, is just WAY too complex with exorbitant yearly compliance costs, is rife for serious corruption with 30,000-plus tax lobbyists fighting for every scrap of a tax loophole and is a serious privacy issue with the IRS needing to know intimate details of your personal and business finances in tax filings. Economic insanity, in my humble opinion.

Governor Romney has not publicly stated it yet, but I think he is preparing to propose a radical restructuring of the income tax code, one that will substantially cut yearly compliance costs, encourage way more savings and capital investment in the USA, and simplified to the point that we can kick most of the tax lobbyists out of Washington, DC and no longer require the IRS to know every intimate detail of your personal and business finances. Such a change would put a hugely positive "bang" on the economy--probably more so than that Reagan tax cuts made the 1980's one of the most prosperous decades in American history.

rafe4
rafe4

This is truly sad.  Is this what America has become?  A country of winers, complainers and blamers.   If these pathetic bloggers represent America, then Obama has the election in the bag.

Ohwoahisme
Ohwoahisme

There are no 'quick' results.  In January, someone will continue to preside over an extended modern era depression.  The question the electorate needs to resolve is who's policies and leadership will lead the nation out of the ditch or keep it there?

Peter Saal
Peter Saal

I'm bemused to see Jon Meacham's unabashedly slanted, logically flawed framing of this election into caricatures that he arbitrarily defines. This is such a cynical DC perspective on what is at stake. There are much larger problems than polls and swing states. We are battling over the soul of our democracy.

The defining issue in this election is that American politics is flagrantly being bought by moneyed interests, thanks to the Citizen's United decision by the Supreme Court. The US government resembles the 3rd world governments of Latin America more and more each year. Why not just let the billionaires decide and do away with the charade?

TimothyLoftin
TimothyLoftin

No one will fix the economy by tweaking its mechanism. Not interest rates, not tax rates,  not tax incentives, not bailouts, not unemployment incentives, not social security benefits, not medicare, not health insurance, not job training, not tax pledges, none of them.

I'm not saying that they won't contribute to the improvement of the economy, some or all of them, but whatever effect any one of them has on the economy is indirect.

The one who will improve the economy is the one who will lighten the load of fear.  Which means that no one political player will be able to do it alone.   Whatever fear-reducing effects may come from pulling any of the potential levers listed can be expected to be reduced if not completely vaporized by the fear-mongering attacks by the opposition.

No one except the clinically paranoid can stay afraid forever, left to his own devises.  You eventually acclimate to the source of your fear and the fear relaxes. It takes special effort on our part to keep ourselves afraid.  Until we acclimate to the images of boogie men waved at us by the political profession, we and our economy will be at their disposal.

robert10001
robert10001

Obama the intellectual is a myth perpertrated by the left. By any standard, obama is an aloof know nothing, who has never demonstrated even a modest grasp of issues or showed any insight on the economy, the debt, foreign policy, jobs. What he is especially good at is demonizing others as a solution to any problem, and never, never talking in specifics, which would give him away.

If an intellectual is defined by the ability to grasp the facts of a situation and determine one or several courses of action based on those facts, the most intellectual presidents of the past fifty years were nixon and clinton.

ThomasSanDiego
ThomasSanDiego

No question here.  Both parties jumped in to get the stock market, corporate profits and Wall Street bonuses back up to where they were before the crash.  So "the economy", as far as anyone who matters to these guys, is already fixed.  That it is not fixed for ordinary people does not seem to matter except as a topic for verbal sparring with the opposing party.

Cosens Valido
Cosens Valido

casting a lot of aspertions there.. too cynical a forumula for my liking..

VictorCraig
VictorCraig

YOU check the record.

1. The Republicans did not earn the name of "The party of No" for nothing.

2. Our political system is built on the premise that members of congress from both parties will work together for the welfare of the American people.

 A group of elected officials who scream"No compromise"  are not practicing that principle.

Many of that same group took an signed an oath to a wealth lobbiest not to raise taxes. They put that oath above that other oath to uphold the constitution and work fro the general welfare of our nation that they took when they assumed their offices.

If you are going to criticize, which is your right, please try to have your facts straight.

Pepper Glass
Pepper Glass

 Victor Craig

Tell me, who said "On this I will not compromise."

That would be Barack Obama.

Who wrote the ObamaCare bill, and excluded ALL Republicans from contributing, then took a secret vote, without even reading the bill?

Who is it that have rejected no less than 6 budgets submitted by Republicans, without even READING the budgets?

DEMOCRATS!

Who is it that said "Raising the debt ceiling is a sign of poor leadership".

That would also be Barack Obama, then he raises the debt limit 4 times!

Who is the man that said if he couldn't have his way, he wouldn't pay our troops, (this was during the debt ceiling fiasco)?

Who is the man that said he wouldn't pay ANY Social Security benefits unless he got his way?

Again, all are Barack Obama.

Who is the man, who after Congress voted against the Dream Act 4 times, (and this includes Democrats), enacted it through Executive fiat anyway?

The people spoke, and this man said stick it.

Again, BARACK OBAMA!

Who is the man that said our troops are under the authority of NATO and the UN?

Once again, Barack Obama

And yes, the Republican Party IS the Party of "NO!"

NO to raising the debt ceiling.

NO to the "stimulus" package that did nothing to fix the economy, but made Bankers, Unions, and other campaign contributors rich.

NO to the amnesty for illegal aliens.

NO to to wars that Obma started anyway, and called them "kinetic military actions"?

NO to senseless spending increases that only benefited Wall Street, Bankers, and foreign countries.

VictorCraig
VictorCraig

Half wrong- Half right

From the very beginning of Obama's term, the Republicans opposed everything and said publicly that the word compromise was a dirty one.

They had ample time to read the bill.  They chose not to do it..

Please bear in mind the words of Senator McConnell."(One-Term President)"

ObamaCare is not a perfect law. It has major flaws in it that might have been worked out if there had been any indication from the Republicans that they wanted to discuss it and amend it.  Instead, they wanted to take it apart and restart the whole legislative process which would have taken even more years to finally come into being.

The Republicans have publicly stated and demonstrated that they have wanted the Obama presidency to have been perceived as a failure.  They have diligently worked to achieve that goal and from your writings, they have succeeded in convincing you of that. You are not alone.

Where is there any supporting document to prove that the nether the president none any member of his staff never read a proposed budget?

Historically, the US debt limit was raised several times before by other presidents including Eisenhower, Reagan, Nixon, Johnson, Clinton, Bush_1 and Bush-2.

 From where did you get the information that Obama was doing anything differently? (Four times??). When?

By the way, G.W. Bush pushed through the first version of the most recent stimulus package just before he left office or have you forgotten?

Finally, check the GPO office's record of reduced federal government spending.  It just might surprise you.

Try to get you information from sources other than Fox News or Rush Limbaugh.

You are probably a good person and your motives may be honorable. However, I do question your sources of information and lack of historic study.

VictorCraig
VictorCraig

Someone once said that "A man is known by the company he keeps".

So, we ask these questions:

 1.From whom is Romney receiving all of the millions of dollars to fund his campaign?

2. What are their motives for making such enormous contributions?

3. What do they hope to gain?

 

4. How, if he is elected, will Romney re-pay these favors?

We already know the answers to some of those questions and to me, it speaks volumes about Romney's character and his commitments to help the wealthiest Americans buy and control the presidency.

Unfortunately, President Obama is being forced to play this same game by accepting large sums of money form his supporters to finance his campaign. They also, will expect favors for their investments.

This is very, very dangerous. The presidency is being corrupted by money.

Which of these men has given us his same message and which of them has changed his as if he were a chameleon?

I suggest that we judge both men by their characters and consistent or in-consistent messages to us as they both seek our votes.

 

Pepper Glass
Pepper Glass

Well Victor Craig, answer me this.

You ask lots of questions about Romney, can you answer those same questions about Obama?

Isn't it Obama who claimed LAST YREAR that he would raise $1 BILLION dollars for his re-election campaign?

Isn't it Obama receiving MILLIONS from the likes of America hating George Soros?

Isn't it Obama gets MILLIONS from Unions, and then returns the favor by exempting them from ObamanationCare, and gives them special deals. Gets his Department of Just Us to SUE Boeing for building a plant in SC instead of WA because the Unions didn't like it?

Who supported the anti-American OWS crowd?

Who is it that started 4 (four) illegal, and unconstitutional wars without the advise and consent of Congress, while he campaigned against Bush's "illegal wars" (2)?

Who is the man that decided that any mention of Islam, muslim, radical Islam/muslim etc, from the description of what a terrorist is, and replaced it with "average WHITE people, middle class, who quote the Constitution, Founding Fathers, Bible, support 3 Party Candidates, are 2nd Amendment supporters", etc?

Yeah, we need 4 more years of the Traitor-in-Chief like we need The Plague.

 

VictorCraig
VictorCraig

What of the things that gall me about people like you is when that with you disagree with any of us who give you a clear message, you resort to insulting name-calling as is clearly reflected in your last message.

America hating?

Please allow me to give you a brief history lesson:

Labor unions were born out of the need for workers to receive fairness and safe practices from their employers. (Example: coal miners). Their original intentions were honorable. However, the labor unions have become more powerful over the years and like any other entity, that power has been abused, corrupted and mis-used.

Read the above statement.  Have I insulted anyone?

If you want to debate me, do it in a tone that reflects your intelligence and use accurate information. If you cannot do that, then say nothing to me at all.

VictorCraig
VictorCraig

To whom are you specifically referring?

dymb
dymb

Somewhat in agreement with you.

I've said this before but...

Why is it that those who most vehemently claim to love their country, want to lock up or kill most of the people in it?

Pepper Glass
Pepper Glass

Obama is "an intellectual who is also an accomplished politician"??? Obama is NEITHER. What accomplishments, beside Obamanation Care? He rules by Executive fiat, does not care about the will of the people (over 60% of Americans were and still are, against Obamanation Care). Over 95% of ALL laws enacted since Obama took office, have NEVER gone to the Congress for debate OR a vote. (Check the Congressional Record, liberals). NONE, and I mean NONE of the bills enacted into law were ever even read! (We have to pass the bill so you can see what's in it, away from the fog of controversy" Nancy Pelosi).

THIS is what qualifies as an "accomplished politician"? Sounds more like Communism and a dictatorship, not a Constitutional Republic!

NEVER have we had a President who skirts around the Constitution, ignores the Constitution, and feels the Constitution gets in his way ("We can not wait for the Congress to act, we must act now." Barack Obama). Obama has said this on several occasions. I guess our supposed "Constitutional professor" (any evidence of this claim? NO!) does not understand the Constitution, or he would know HE MUST WAIT for Congress.

The Executive Branch of our government DOES NOT MAKE LAWS, that is the job of Congress, the LEGISLATIVE BRANCH of our government.

Remember "The Constitution is fundamentally flawed, and remains so to this day"? Barack Obama

How can a President, who swears to uphold and defend the Constitution say that that same Constitution is "flawed"?

Then you say he faces standing criticisms. That is because EVERYTHING he has done, from banning oil drilling, the Keystone Pipeline, bankrupting the coal industry, GIVING SOVEREIGN AMERICAN SOIL, OIL RICH soil, to Russia, has been anti-American.He won't allow us us our own natural resources, some of the largest in the world, but has no problem giving billions to Brazil to develop their oil reserves. Then he tells them that America will be their biggest customer??!!If we tapped our own oil reserves (among the largest in the world, bigger than the middle east) we would be self-sufficient. But our liberal friends, environmentalist dolts, and other America hating peoples, don't want us to drill. Why? And don't tell me to safe the environment either. If that were the case, they would be protesting all over the world, not just America.Barack Obama, the anti-American, who helped organize the Occupy Wall Street crowd, and even came out in SUPPORT of these wingnuts!By Executive Order, Obama has taken power unto himself that is NOT given him in the Constitution.Obama says he "inherited" these problems from Bush. Really?Were not the DEMOCRATS in charge of Congress from 2007? Isn't it the DEMOCRATS that have REFUSED to pass a budget ever since? Isn't it the Democrats, along with Obama, who kept passing "Continuing Resolutions", instead of a budget, and nearly doubled the debt during the last two years of Bush Admin? (Check it for yourselves!)He inherited what HE AND THE DEMOCRATS did, not Bush.Besides, Bush has been gone almost 4 YEARS, when does Obama take responsibility for his own actions, instead of blaming others, and you in the MSM support these lies.NEVER in American history, has an American President taken the power to KILL American citizens ANYWHERE in the world, including here in the USA. And he HAS used it.I could go on for pages and pages, but I'll stop.Obama is a "politician" alright, along the lines of Pol Pot, Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Hitler.NO THANKS.Palerider1957

Kimmee Sun Woo
Kimmee Sun Woo

Only the workers of Southeast Asia can fix the economy, if they accept American wages instead of $.33 per hour, then American jobs will come back, until then, 8.2% is the new norm and we better be thankful that it is THAT low! The idea that one human being can fix the economy when America's economy is dependent on global conditions is ignorant, out of touch, and lazy. 

Stephen R. Tod
Stephen R. Tod

48 years ago, I watched as Barry Goldwater was demonized and painted as the warmonger - as Lyndon Johnson won the election purportedly the peace candidate and then, suddenly, America had 550,000 land troops in Vietnam.  Johnson's decision tainted his legacy. 

Now comes Mitt Romney trying to get elected, trying to figure out exactly what he needs to say -that he can live with - to get elected.  It's sad that Mitt doesn't feel it is safe to be honest and direct.  His wife, his sons, his business associates, all reveal that Mitt is a decent guy with a good heart.  His record - saving the Olympics in 2002, and pushing through a health care plan in Massachusetts - which he now feels he must, if not completely disown, back peddle furiously from - is really that of a very successful man. 

Contrast that image with Barack Obama who has not done a good job of convincing America that we needed the stimulus, that the Affordable Care Act would cover all Americans and cut the deficit, who has not been able to avoid being scapegoated by politicians who decided in 2009 to put winning the election in 2012 over uniting the country behind its president - the same complaint they had when George W. Bush was president . . .

The debates this fall will be revelatory and perhaps conclusive.  The high priced political advertisements and character assassinations may drive even more Americans into unmitigated disgust with the political process.  The election will be decided by those who possess the moxie to go and cast their ballot. 

When the dust settles, if Mitt Romney is President, who knows what he will truly do then?

Loki
Loki

We will see. I get the feeling, unfortunately, that the next president is going to be handed a dysfunctional congress. It seems, little, if anything, will get done in the nation's capital. No matter the Presidential victor, until both sides decide to put country first, we will continue to spin our wheels and the economy will continue to thrash. I see no evidence that positive attitude towards compromise is eminent in DC.

Catherine LaBella Trask
Catherine LaBella Trask

Thank you.  I have been saying that for quite some time--it doesn't really matter who is elected President.  Until Congress remembers that they are supposed to represent US, not thier polital cronies, there will be no compromises and no significant legislation passed.

KarlShellenberger
KarlShellenberger

So who is the consensus builder John?  Certainly it's not Obama.  He campaigned on a theme of consensus-building yet has done nothing of the sort. He has repeatedly demonstrated an utter lack of cooperation.  In his first 2 years, he had the opportunity to really take the bull (not the economy) by the horns, yet chose to throw up his hands and leave health care to back room deals not quite satisfactorily bi-partisan.  This resulted in a health care bill almost nobody liked.  So, sit back and just wait for a dysfunctional Congress to actually function?  Sorry, but I voted for him.  I am now ashamed to say, the naysayers were right.  Obama was exactly what Hillary's campaign advisers accused him of being, loudly.  Have the voters forgotten that we were duped into 'hope and change?'  We ignored all of the Reverend Wright miasma.  We ignored his links to a checkered subversive past.  We ignored those at our peril.  Our only hope now, is that Romney doesn't turn out to be the President his foes in the Republican debates labeled him as.  Most voters I know think Romney is just a white version of our biracial President.  There is little difference seen by the public between Republicans and Democrats.  Voters are dismayed and apathetic is huge masses because we feel there literally is NO hope and change, from either candidate.  It's all more of the same old crap, only it's bankrupting the American Dream, right out from under our much-widened, couch-potato derrieres.   

Tommy3134
Tommy3134

 Karl should he have gone and had his boys whip McConnell's a$$ early on and then Cantor in some back alley?

JeffBoyd
JeffBoyd

I have often enjoyed Mr. Meacham's commentary, but two quibbles on this article: 1) The following sentence is a mish-mash of the English language and almost unreadable: "In the absence of a significant national-security crisis, the election

is going to be about which candidate enough swing voters in a handful of

key states choose to see as a better steward of  the economy. 2) As Bill Parcell famously said, "You are your record!" Obama had no record prior to running for President; why don't you look at Romney's impressive record and draw the obvious conclusions? He's successful at most things, many of which are complicated, to which he applies himself. To say that "Beyond Romney’s ambition to be president, it is not as clear what he is

at heart. Showing us is perhaps his greatest task between now and

November," is moronic. What he is at heart? How about a successful, committed American with great values led by his faith, family and country. Are there values of the heart, Mr. Meachan that you hold more dear? Jeff Boyd, Atlanta, Georgia

Read more: http://ideas.time.com/2012/07/...

Read more: http://ideas.time.com/2012/07/...

dymb
dymb

 If you actually look at the facts, readily available since Obama is the US President, you'll see that our Pres. has an extensive and varied "record".  Romney, on the other hand, hasn't had a job in 6 years and served only 1 term as Governor of MA.  That is his ONLY experience as a "public servant".  The latter half of his single term, he spent preparing for his 1st presidential bid.

Your facetious claim that, "Obama had no record prior to running for President" seems to be one of the new favorite lies on the right.  Thank you for invalidating  all on your own, every comment you make.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E...

Pepper Glass
Pepper Glass

 Dymg: WHAT "extensive and varied" record? He wasn't even in Congress 2 years before running for the Presidency!

Voting record of Obama, raise the debt and mostly vote "present".

So dymb, let's hear it. Why don't you expound to us the many accomplishments of Obama? Come on, would LOVE to hear this.

And while you are at it, why don't you also explain why Barack Obama AND Michelle were forced to surrender their law licenses? (Him for LYING about his past, and her for EXTORTION!)

Name ONE (1) accomplishment by Barack Obama PRIOR to becoming President. Just ONE!

I really hate liberal dolts!

dymb
dymb

 Maybe you should bother to check the link I provided before you rant.  The facts are there, not in your fantasies.

Jim S.
Jim S.

Let me add to my recent, if it posts, that Obama already has in many area's but especially as to veterans by embarrassing companies into hiring that they've needed but use weak excuses to not:

"The unemployment rate for Iraq- and Afghanistan-era veterans fell to 9.5

percent, down from 12.7 percent the previous month and from 13.3

percent in June 2011, according to the employment situation report

released Friday by the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. :"

No matter what group takes a dip in employment, especially these

veterans and this past decade plus though, be they veterans,

manufacturing, even lower wage, and shouldn't be, service sector

employee's, across the economic job sectors, brings with the ability to

boost their communities needs. Thus real business personal hire with the

rise in those needs, unlike the reagan capitalist, who are supposed to

according to their new capitalist mantra, continue hoarding any monetary

gains and force the workers they have to work harder while complaining,

or are used by the media and those of same ideology in same, they don't

know what Washington will do so they don't hire in their business needs

until frankly it might be to late and they've lost customers or

services etc..

As the country still has Not Demanded their Sacrfice as to not only the wars, paying for them, but Especially the results of and the decades long under funded VA, especially this past decade!!

Jim S.
Jim S.

Who can fix the economy??

Simple answer, the reagan capitalist who are supposed to have been investing that wealth to the top all along, and believe me they haven't in the construction industry as they used everyone else's money, like every economic issue, since it was implemented ,and haven't as they hoard or invest in cheap labor, no regulation, oversea's for their bottom lines and not as a capitalist share the fruits of the labor!

Call them free marketers, or supply side, or whatever else, that's the problem and if romney thinks he would do any different, especially as he is one, with them that didn't work under the bush now did it!!!!!

max_cady
max_cady

Its not called the Republican party any more, its now called the obstructionist party, they hate the American people, they are doing more damage to America than any terrorist oganization ever could think of.

Tommy3134
Tommy3134

 I call it the Union of the rich, by the rich and only for the rich. The odd thing is the rich are entirely against everyone else forming a union that can benefit themselves and have successfully brainwashed the majority to be likewise..

DaveZiffer
DaveZiffer

So long as we hold onto the idea that the economy can be "fixed" like a piece of plumbing, and that it is the people in Washington who are qualified to "fix" it, we are going nowhere. All the measures taken so far are analogous to a patient who goes to a bogus "dentist" who "fixes" a toothache by prescribing painkillers, thereby enabling the patient to engage in behavior that destroys rather than repairs  his own health. "Fixing" our economy is going to require an extraction, namely the extraction of the folks in Washington who have warped it into its current dysfunctional shape.

rokinsteve
rokinsteve

I didn't know Willard was a super hero?  I didn't know Pres. Obama lived in a mile-high tower?  I didn't know journolist's wrote in crayon?  Cartoon much?

Dan Bruce
Dan Bruce

The Bible warns us that "the love of money is the root of all evil." Do we want evil to head our government. Of course not. So, when we look at the lives of Obama and Romney, which life has most demonstrated a "love of money"? The answer is simple. Romney loves money above all else, and he has spent a lifetime amassing it both here and abroad. The simple fact is that Romney is a man whose life revolves around making lots of money for himself and he has very little beside his love of money in his resume. Thinking he will be a people's president is just plain folly. Romney will be a president of, by, and for the rich. His economic policies will be for those who already have lots of money, and Mitt will represent only his fellow worshippers at the altar of Mammon.

Nonaffiliated
Nonaffiliated

 That would make our government the most evil place on Earth, wouldn't it?  There is no other organization in existence that demands more money than the  United States' federal government.  No one 'loves money' more than a politician.    Maybe it's time to shrink the evil.

Ralphinphnx
Ralphinphnx

Oh wait these magic underwear LDS cult members,like Bishop Weird Willard Mittens Romney are devoted to making money and then hiding it overseas in

their Cayman Islands,Bermuda and Swiss Bank Accounts and to shipping our own America jobs to India,Communist China,and Mexico over them worshipping God right Weird Willard?

Jennifer4836
Jennifer4836

Yes, but the election is not about choosing which candidate is more likely to go to heaven.  It's about choosing a candidate who can get the US back on sound financial footing.

Dan Bruce
Dan Bruce

Choosing a man ("Love of Money" Mitt) who favors repeating and adding to the failed Bush economic policies, is hardlly the answer.

Cosens Valido
Cosens Valido

cheap accusations without any basis in truth.. Romney is a man who has put more money to good use for boosting the economy, rationalising markets, meeting the needs of the poor and needy and serving God than you can begin to imagine.. Your abusing the Holy Bible in this way is the evil that needs condemning in this case..

Ralphinphnx
Ralphinphnx

Oh sure sure Weird Willard Mittens Romney has used his ill-gotten

money as a Job Developer for India,Communist China and Mexico that

Willard shipped overseas to them and the Willard quickly hides his

Bain Capital Vulture Businessman Commissions in all of his overseas

Cayman Islands (also used by drug dealers)Bermuda and Swiss Bank

Accounts.Economies that Weird Willard Mittens Romney helps not our

own US  economy or "creating" new American Workers Jobs.

Victor Adams
Victor Adams

Where are these people coming from ? What mental institution did they get out off? You are going against the rich people who worked their a.. off coming from poor people like you! The only difference between you and the rich is the rich did not rely on government handouts! They made themselves on pure innovations, persistence and hardwork, working and burning the midnight oil to uplift their economic status. Now Obama wants a part of it, he he he... That reminds me  of the Soviet Union. 

Obama actually perpetuates slavery. Let me explain. By giving money to the poor he is creating a subservient society that would forever rely on handouts, and of course, he gets something in return. That form of slavery is called "indebted servitude." Have I said enough? See you next time.

dymb
dymb

Funny then, that as Gov. of MA he made drastic cuts to homeless shelters and other programs designed to help "the poor and needy" in order to afford a tax cut for big business.  The MA economy also suffered under Romney ranking 48th among US states during his tenure.  Sadly, what you present to us is not fact, but a fiction of your own imagining.

Dan Bruce
Dan Bruce

cheap accusations without any basis in truth

Thanks for illustrating that for us!

dymb
dymb

An arrow shot straight into the core issue.  Who will do a better job of representing a larger portion of the people?

Tommy3134
Tommy3134

 And I doubt anyone can blame an individual as to what the price of gas is today, yesterday or tomorrow.  The only way to do so is to nationalize gasoline.

Pepper Glass
Pepper Glass

 Spoken like a true Communist Tommy3134. Good job Comrade.

Josef Stalin

netresearch2012
netresearch2012

 Of course, the Bible says nothing about judging people's motives.... How well you know Romney's evil motives and Obama's purity!! Might want to take a look at James 4:11-12.  BTW, IMHO the man who has single-handedly destroyed more of people's wealth in less than four years than anyone in recent history may not have pure motives either -- or competence.

Dan Bruce
Dan Bruce

the man who has single-handedly destroyed more of people's wealth in less than four years than anyone in recent history may not have pure motives either -- or competence.

Let's leave George W. Bush out of this. Fortunately, he's old failed history.

As for judging Romney's love of money, judgement isn't necessary. All it takes is observation, and perhaps a vacation to the Cayman Islands.

Dan Bruce
Dan Bruce

observation without judgement..!? you just gave yourself away...

Let's make it simple. You see man rob a bank four times. Saying that he is a bank robber is not being judgemental but being observant. Of course, the flip side is that seeing him rob a bank four times and then denying your own eyes is delusional. With Romney's record of "robbing the bank" so to speak to enrich himself, we have ample evidence of his love of money, and we all know where that leads.

Cosens Valido
Cosens Valido

observation without judgement..!?  you just gave yourself away...