Related to the economy, I came across this depressing map called "The Decline: The Geography of Recession". This map was last updated on January 12, 2011 with information from the U.S. Department of Labors Bureau of Labor statistics. It shows the deteriorating transformation of the U.S. Economy.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Voters show that just 31% rate Obama’s handling of economic issues as good or excellent.
Take a look:
A larger, more impressive, and MORE DEPRESSING version of the above map can be found HERE and is really worth the look.
I would not expect the economy or job growth to improve much over the next 2 years. This is what will make the 2012 Presidential election one of the most important in the history of our country.
Mitt Romney's Time is now!
Here are some of the highlights of his success in that area taken from Wikipedia:
PLEASE NOTE: Several links to back up the claims in the highlights below, can be found HERE.
1983 - 90 Bain Capital - A spinoff of Bain & Company, Romney founded the company with Bill Bain. At first, Bain Capital focused on venture capital opportunities. Their first big success came with a 1986 investment to help start Staples Inc., after founder Thomas G. Stemberg convinced Romney of the market size for office supplies; Bain Capital eventually reaped a nearly sevenfold return on its investment. The firm's successfully invested in or acquired many well-known companies such as Accuride, Brookstone, Domino's Pizza, Sealy Corporation, Sports Authority, and Artisan Entertainment, as well as lesser-known companies in the industrial and medical sectors. Bain also was involved in leveraged buyouts which sometimes led to layoffs. Of these, Romney later said, "Sometimes the medicine is a little bitter but it is necessary to save the life of the patient. My job was to try and make the enterprise successful, and in my view the best security a family can have is that the business they work for is strong."
1990 - 92 Bain & Company - Romney returned to Bain & Company which was facing collapse as a favor to his mentor Bill Bain and was named CEO taking only a symbolic salary of one dollar. Romney managed an effort to restructure the firm's employee stock-ownership plan, real-estate deals and bank loans, while rallying the firm's thousand employees, imposing a new governing structure that included Bain and the other founding partners giving up control, and increasing fiscal transparency. Within about a year, he had led Bain & Company through a highly successful turnaround and returned the firm to profitability without further layoffs or partner defections. He turned Bain & Company over to new leadership and returned to Bain Capital in December 1992.
I'd like to hear about similar experiences of other candidates in this area. I don't believe there are any. This is why I believe Romney is unique and that HIS TIME IS NOW!