What does Romney Hope to Get by Comparing Obama to Jimmy Carter

I saw a snippet of a campaign rally where former Massachusetts Governor Willard Romney is asked about his economic plan. His response was that he will do the opposite of whatever Mr. Obama has done.

Wow. That really fosters great expectations.

Granted Mr. Obama has acted more like a community coordinator-in-chief; a housing foreclosure program there, some stimulus money over here, etc., but just saying you are going to do the opposite doesn’t say much.

For example, if we followed that logic, we would reverse the policy of bailout nation, which is all well and good. Problem is, we are already doing that, thanks in part to the dreaded Dodd Frank Act.

Reversing stimulus? Too late. The money has already been spent.

Government spending has been on a decline the last few quarters. Reversing that policy would put you out of favor with the rest of the Republican Party. Sorry Mittens. The O has you cornered there as well.

Hopefully you are not telling us that the econ guru is already running out of silver bullets to slay the Big Bad Wolf Mr. Obama has created. If that’s the case, yours will be the fastest first 100 days in American political history.

Oh. Before I forget. Most Americans don’t remember the Carter years. They weren’t born yet, and if that’s how you expect to go after young people, by comparing two very different presidents and economic environments, then good luck to you.

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Alton Drew brings a straight forward and insightful brand of political market intelligence. Alton Drew graduated from the Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in economics and political science (1984); a Master of Public Administration (1993); and a Juris Doctor (1999). You can also follow Alton Drew on Twitter @altondrew.
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One Response to What does Romney Hope to Get by Comparing Obama to Jimmy Carter

  1. Kenneth J. Ciszewski says:

    Relative to the Carter Presidency, Romney’s memory obviously needs improvement. We had inflation and the Fed trying to control it by raising the prime rate to astronomical levels. Unemployment was low. The economy was growing. People were buying houses due to creative financing in spite of 13% mortgate rates.

    Carter got a bad rap for the rescue mission to Iran that failed.

    Obama’s era is obviously quite a bit different.

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