Up until yesterday, Mitt Romney was the only, and I repeat, only politician trying his best to redirect our attention to the most important issue of the day: jobs, jobs, jobs. Fix the economy now, and worry about the deficit afterwords ought to be the motto of every thinking conservative. As David Frum puts it in his latest must read,
The deficit is a symptom of America's economic problems, not a cause.Romney's careful avoidance of supporting a reckless policy of not raising the debt ceiling and his insistence that jobs are the real issue was precisely what the conservative movement needed to hear. Unfortunately, Romney figured that Jim DeMint's endorsement is just too important in a presidential campaign. And so he gave in to the pressure.
When the economy slumps, government revenues decline and government spending surges.
Federal revenues have collapsed since 2007, down from more than 18% of national income to a little more than 14%. To put that in perspective: That's the equivalent of losing enough revenue to support the entire defense budget.
Federal spending has jumped to pay for unemployment insurance, food stamps and Medicaid benefits.
Fix the economy first, and the deficit will improve on its own.
Cut the deficit first, and the economy will get even sicker.
Now, I am certainly not a purist (else I would have left the Republican Party a long time ago). This is not the first time I have been disappointed with Romney this cycle. I find his support for ethanol subsidies quite disagreeable. But unlike ethanol subsidies, not raising the debt ceiling has severe consequences for the American economy. How can Romney preach his jobs message and from the same mouth call for the debt ceiling to not be raised? Those are two opposing messages.
The way that some of us Romney supporters rationalize Romney's occasional pander is that we just tell ourselves that he really knows better. We think, he just has to play with the clowns in the circus because that it what you have to do. When Bachmann says outrageous things, we believe that she believes it. When Romney says outrageous things, we believe that he is just playing politics. And that may very well be the case, but it is a disheartening way to rationalize it. I, for one, will gladly make my voice known that I strongly disagree with Romney's position on the debt ceiling vote. And while Mitt is still likely to get my vote (where else would I turn?), I hope sincerely that he really is pandering and that a President Romney would not take Candidate Romney's advice on the debt ceiling.
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