Candidate Mitt Romney asks Americans to have faith in the capitalist system and the American economy’s propensity for growth. Americans are faith-filled and generally optimistic as history shows this. That is not the problem.
“To see far is one thing, going there is another.” Artist Constantin Brancusi
Conditions on Earth are changing. 8 billion people live here now and that affects everything and everybody. We are global and do not exist in isolation. We are players in a global system that taxes and constrains what we do. We have limited capacity for change, improvement, and growth.
Being in the hole, the first improvement would be to identify and achieve a point of sustainability.
So, we need to get out of the capitalist evangelist tent where we are most faithful, and address the facts on the ground with a meaningful and believable plan toward sustainment. I did not find that in the first installment of 160 pages in the Mitt plan. Nor have I seen it in the Obama cloud.
The fact that improvement is being made in the economy to date may indicate Romney is right about one thing, you can’t stop progress from a system that works.
“His best strategy is to cast President Obama as a failure because the economy has not come all the way back from the implosion of 2008. The most effective passages in his well-reviewed speech after his primary victories Tuesday were about the shortcomings of the status quo.
“Is it easier to make ends meet?” Romney asked. “Is it easier to sell your home or buy a new one? Have you saved what you needed for retirement? Are you making more at your job? Do you have a better chance to get a better job? Are you paying less at the pump?”
And there was the line pundits were bound to love that played off James Carville’s memorable utterance from Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign. “It’s still about the economy,” Romney said, clearly relishing the moment, “and we’re not stupid.”
But Romney, unlike Clinton, is not offering a program through which government would take specific steps to solve the problems he catalogues. Instead, he is calling on voters to share his faith that our difficulties would go away if the state simply got out of the way, allowed the market do its thing and counted on the success of the successful to lift up everyone else.”