To Mitt and Newt: Knock It Off
Memo to Messrs Gingrich and Romney: While we understand each of you wants to be the Republican nominee, the stakes are too high this year for you two to be attacking each other on your blind investments in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. We want to know how you're going to beat President Obama.
We don't want to hear, Mr. Romney, about how you'd fire someone in your administration who wants to civilize the moon. Mr. Gingrich, we don't think Mr. Romney is anti-immigration.
Just days ago, America was treated to a State of the Union address by the president that was a bold and clear message that he will double down on all the big-government interventionist failures of his administration, and that he will use the tactics of pitting certain segments of American society against others to do it.
It's critical that you understand this now, and not later, because extraordinary as it is, Mr. Obama has tapped into the resentment felt by the unemployed and the supposed have-nots in American society, and glomming onto the momentum of the OWS movement, is prepared to use these voters as pawns in a political gambit to win re-election.
He has successfully deflected attention away from the fact that it is his own policy failures that keep the unemployed out of a job, or those with low incomes from getting ahead, and has shifted that blame to land squarely on the private sector.
In a cynical and insulting ploy upon the American people, this president has a considerable portion of America actually believing that the freedoms and personal opportunities granted by the free market are now the root cause of their personal misfortune, and that only government can step in to level the playing field, redistribute the wealth, and make their lives better.
When you consider that virtually all current polling data has Mr. Obama running neck-and-neck with you guys, you simply don't have the luxury of time to beat each other up with meaningless and petty personal issues that do nothing to tell Americans how dangerous it would be to give Mr. Obama a second term.
We need a clear explanation from you about how the stagnancy of our economy and its inability to get back on a growth track is the direct result of big government and Keynesian economic principles of taxing and spending, which cripples our chances for a robust recovery.
Remind those of us contemplating a vote for Obama that if the liberal playbook for income equality was actually going to make individual lives better, that would have occurred a long time ago. Point to the failures of Johnson's "Great Society." Home in on the malaise of the Carter years and connect the misery indexes of his administration to those of today.
Remind voters it wasn't until Ronald Reagan backed the government out of our daily lives, reduced taxes across the board, and unshackled the private sector from punitive regulations that a dynamic economic recovery occurred.
Tie in Obama's European-styled socialist agenda to Europe's failed economies. Bring up Greece on a daily basis.
Tell us how Mr. Obama's plan to tax millionaires no less than 30 percent on their income will affect capital gains tax revenues and what it will do to personal investment in the stock market.
Ask the unemployed how a president who says he wants to put Americans back to work could possibly deny the construction of the Keystone pipeline.
These are the types of issues voters need the Republican nominees to discuss, and at this juncture in the run-up to the presidential election, there is no reason that the Republicans shouldn't be speaking in one strong political voice, despite their slight differences on individual issues. This election, more than any other, is about two distinct political ideologies. And the focus needs to stay there.
Voters need to understand that if President Obama wins a second term - and at this juncture, that looks confoundedly possible - there will be nothing to stop him from doing everything in his power to (as you might say, Newt) radically, fundamentally and profoundly alter America as we know it. Please work on the incumbent, not each other.
Geoff Cutler is owner of Cutler Tree LLC in Southern Pines and is a regular contributor to The Pilot and PineStraw magazine. Contact him at geoffcutler@ embarq mail.com.
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