New Romney Op-Ed at Politico: The Cost of On-the-Job Training

Governor Romney has published his newest op-ed. This one was published at Politico.com and it’s a good one. Here’s a sampling:

In March, not long after taking office, President Obama explained his convictions regarding the conflict. He charged that “the terrorists who planned and supported the Sept. 11 attacks are in Pakistan and Afghanistan.” Further, “if the Afghan government falls to the Taliban, that country will again be a base for terrorists who want to kill as many of our people as they possibly can.” And he concluded: “To succeed, we and our friends and allies must reverse the Taliban’s gains and promote a more capable and accountable Afghan government.” What followed this bold and definitive goal was the classic failing of people without real leadership experience: the inability to do what is necessary to achieve one’s objective.

The president refused to focus on what was most important. He took on so many tasks that he underinvested in the most critical ones. The restructuring of the entire health care system and his cap-and-trade proposal eclipsed the economy and the war. Investor Warren Buffett, the “sage of Omaha,” counseled him against such a foolhardy agenda, but Buffett’s wisdom was no match for the heady prospect of all-encompassing change.

So it was that in the first 100 days after his appointment in June of Gen. Stanley McChrystal as commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, Obama met with the general only once. After the press took note of it, the president squeezed in a mere 25 minutes for McChrystal when he was in Copenhagen to pitch Chicago’s Olympics bid. In the annals of American history, it is certain that no wartime president has ever spent less time with his generals than Obama has.

Emphasis mine. Click here to read the entire article at Politico.com.

~Nate G.

Mitt Romney: Fix the Stimulus

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A new Op-Ed from Mitt Romney at NRO in regards to news that job losses accelerated in September and the unemployment stands at 9.8%:

Another Stimulus Is Not the Answer by Mitt Romney

With every month’s release of bad unemployment numbers, Americans must feel like Bill Murray’s character in Groundhog Day. The 263,000 lost jobs in September and the rise in the unemployment rate to 9.8 percent was far worse than forecast. What’s clear is that the stimulus bill as crafted has not worked. President Obama sold the stimulus as an immediate boost to the economy that would keep unemployment below eight percent. Rather than put the economy on sound footing, it has ushered in a new era of big government. Now the liberal voices in Congress will grow for yet another stimulus bill. That’s the wrong answer. We can’t afford anymore back-breaking debt that further hobbles our ability to remain competitive as a nation. The right answer is to fix the stimulus we have — throw out the provisions that are not directly tied to job growth and substitute incentives that will stimulate the private sector and create jobs.

Why do we continue to waste money on un-stimulating pet projects of the liberals while our economy falls into decay and our deficit skyrockets? The 2012 elections just can’t come soon enough.