Vote for Rom­ney

The Washington Times Weekly - - Editorials -

Com­men­ta­tors have com­pared this year’s pres­i­den­tial con­test to mo­men­tous elec­tions from 1860 to 1980 and ev­ery­thing be­fore, since and in be­tween. The United States has stared down many threats to the Union be­fore, and his­tory would have been much dif­fer­ent if Abra­ham Lin­coln hadn’t been elected at the cusp of the Civil War nor Ron­ald Rea­gan sent to the White House to win a Cold War Amer­ica was los­ing. No pre­vi­ous po­lit­i­cal sea­son, how­ever, had an in­com­ing pres­i­dent star­ing ahead to such a long, cold win­ter as this repub­lic now faces. Deficits and debt are bankrupt­ing the na­tion. Amer­ica needs a turn­around spe­cial­ist to save the Land of the Free from its own mis­man­age­ment. That man is Mitt Rom­ney.

Ex­is­ten­tial crises beckon great­ness from na­tional lead­ers. It usu­ally isn’t ob­vi­ous be­fore­hand where the in­ner strength to fight for the fu­ture will be found. Cer­tainly no one would have pre­dicted what a pro­found ef­fect a coun­try lawyer from Illi­nois would have in the mid­dle of the 19th cen­tury or the Hol­ly­wood ac­tor — also from Illi­nois — in the 20th. One fact is man­i­festly ev­i­dent though: Amer­i­can great­ness will not be res­ur­rected by the community or­ga­nizer from Illi­nois who doesn’t be­lieve in Amer­i­can ex­cep­tion­al­ism. On Pres­i­dent Obama’s watch, an­nual fed­eral deficits top $1 tril­lion and the na­tional debt raced past $16.2 tril­lion and is on pace to sur­pass $22 tril­lion (or 137 tril­lion Chi­nese yuan) by the time the next pres­i­den­tial term con­cludes in 2016. Al­ready, Wash­ing­ton owes $140,915 per U.S. house­hold, and the na­tional debt con­tin­ues to grow at a rate of $4 bil­lion per day.

It isn’t alarmist to warn that outof-con­trol big gov­ern­ment threat­ens free­dom. No ex­ter­nal en­emy or in­ter­nal in­sur­rec­tion can pose as much dan­ger to the repub­lic as our own in­dis­ci­pline and profli­gacy. What will it mean when U.S. debt passes 22 thou­sand bil­lion in four years? The Fed­eral Re­serve can tin­ker with the cur­rency, keep the print­ing presses pump­ing out dol­lars and ma­nip­u­late the mar­kets, but that won’t change the harsh re­al­ity that the United States is tapped out.

Our politi­cians have to go hat-in­hand to for­eign lead­ers for hand­outs, and those anx­ious to have us in their debt in­clude regimes op­posed to our demo­cratic val­ues such as com­mu­nist China. Be­ing in­debted to for­eign pow­ers such as Bei­jing gives them sway in our af­fairs. This has se­vere na­tional-se­cu­rity im­pli­ca­tions, and all so the bloated bu­reau­cracy can waste tril­lions on pro­grams a debtor na­tion no longer has the lux­ury to af­ford. “I’m not go­ing to keep on spend­ing money on things to bor­row money from China to pay for it,” Gov. Rom­ney has vowed.

The United States needs a leader to fight to­day’s fis­cal bat­tle. With more than 23 mil­lion Amer­i­cans un­em­ployed and eco­nomic growth limp­ing to reach 1.5 per­cent, the most press­ing chal­lenge is to re­vive the econ­omy to get peo­ple work­ing again.

This will take an ex­pe­ri­enced ex­ec­u­tive to cut gov­ern­ment spend­ing and reg­u­la­tion to un­chain the dy­namism of the pri­vate sec­tor. Mr. Rom­ney has spent his life tak­ing fail­ing com­pa­nies and re­vamp­ing op­er­a­tions to make them com­pet­i­tive; he has the skills to do the same in the Oval Of­fice. The Wash­ing­ton Times en­dorses Repub­li­can Mitt Rom­ney for pres­i­dent.

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