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Monday, April 16, 2012

Obama Thinks It’s Romney’s Achilles Heel, But It Might Be Mitt’s Secret Weapon

Here’s the Nonsense:  The Obama campaign feels that Mitt Romney is nothing but a backwards, out-of-date man of the 1950s.  Pointing that out to Americans will assure an Obama victory in the election.

Here’s the Horse Sense:  Obama may think that a 1950s image will hurt Mitt Romney, but Romney could turn this into a big win if he handles it right.

The Obama campaign has decided to attack Mitt Romney on a variety of levels.  One of the ideas they have is to attack him as a man of the past, who is out of touch, who isn’t prepared to deal with current or future events.  I’ve heard that they want to use his appearance with the slicked back hair and conservative professional image as a way to compare his style to that of the 1950s.  Their attack will paint a picture him as a man of the 50’s raising the question of how effective he can be when he’s so old fashioned.

So if I understand this right, they’re saying that no one should want to go back to the 50s.  My question is why not?  The 1950s was a time that was known predominately for two things:  peace and prosperity.  That is the legacy of that decade in American history. 

While Harry Truman started the decade as president, from his 1953 inauguration through rest of the decade Dwight Eisenhower was the president.  As time has gone by historians have come to believe that Eisenhower was one of the best presidents in our history.

Eisenhower did not have the nation riding a roller coaster of emotional ups and downs while taking us through one crisis after another.  Rather, he was stable and steady.  He led a country that was in an era of peace while riding the wave of prosperity brought about by America’s clear position as the leader of the industrialized world. 

No nation in history had ever before achieved the successes in these areas that America attained at that time.  Americans had overcome the Great Depression and the worst war in history.  The middle class was expanding and the average citizen’s standard of living achieved a much higher level than had ever before been seen.  Innovation in science and technology was expanding at a rapid rate.  As the population expanded they were able to look to the future with great promise and hope.

During the 1950s the economy grew by 37% and purchasing power for Americans was up 30%.  President Eisenhower worked hard to keep the federal budget balanced, thereby keeping inflation under control.  The oil industry was producing domestically and keeping the cost of oil down while other technological advances saw productivity increase.  And the fact that the industrial strength of other countries was still trying to recover from the destruction they incurred during World War II gave the U. S. an advantage by making us the industrial powerhouse of the planet.

Compare that to what we’ve faced under President Obama.  According to Mark Zandi, chief economist for Moody’s Analytics, about 150,000 fewer households are being formed each year than would be formed in a well-functioning economy. That means a depressed demand for homes, which thereby holds home prices down and lowers property values.[1]

Consider these discouraging statistics:
·      The average length of time spent unemployed has risen from 19.8 weeks in January 2009, the month of Obama’s inauguration, to 40.1 weeks in January 2012.[2]
·      According to the Congressional Budget Office, unemployment at the rate we are seeing it has continued for the longest time since the Great Depression. They project it will remain that way until 2014.[3]
·      According to, when you include discouraged workers in the calculation (discouraged workers are unemployed people who've given up trying to find a job), the unemployment rate is actually 23 percent.[4]
·      The number of long-term unemployed workers has increased under Obama from about 2.6 million to 5.5 million.[5]
·      The Federal Housing Administration is headed toward collapse. The financial mess it’s gotten itself into has done so much damage that its survival is at risk.[6]
·      49.5 percent of Americans did not pay income taxes in 2009.  Spending on "dependence programs" accounts for more than 70 percent of the federal budget.  The American public's dependence on the federal government shot up 23 percent in just two years under President Obama, with 67 million now relying on some federal program.[7]
·      On Dec. 11, 2009, USA Today reported that at start of the Recession the Transportation Department only had one person earning $170,000 or more. Eighteen months later there are 1690 employees with salaries above $170,000.[8]
·      According to August 2010 data released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, federal employees earn twice as much on average as private sector employees.[9]
·      The Federation for American Immigration Reform reported in February 2010 that the cost of illegal immigration is $113 billion annually. That is $1117 for every native-headed household in America.[10]
 So, if Mitt Romney can return America to a time of peace and prosperity like that of the 1950s, then I don’t think people will look down on him.  Rather, they will look at him as a hero. If President Obama thinks that his success at dragging our economy further down, increasing unemployment, and tearing down our military to make us less secure is the preferred choice, then I think he may be in for a surprise when the American citizenry get to choose between what he has to offer and what Mitt Romney has to offer.

No Mr. Obama, I think that most Americans would far rather see America return to the peace and prosperity of the 50s.  We are tired of wondering if our nation will be safe, if we will ever be able to recover from all the losses we’ve suffered economically, and if we will ever be able to see the American Dream come alive again.  Since you have nothing positive in your record over the past 3 years you must rely on attacks to tear down your competitor.  And if you think it’s negative to suggest that we return to some of America’s glory days, then you’ll be in for a real surprise in November when the election results come in.