It has now been a year since the presidential election - lets take a minute to recount some of the key events that have occurred since that fateful day. It is really amazing how accurate many of Romney’s forecasts have proven to be. Buzzfeed.com started the conversation with a provocative article titled “Was Romney Right About Everything?” and the news about Romney’s accurate predictions just seem to keep coming. With President Obama’s approval ratings at all time lows, I can’t help but wonder how different things might have been with a different president.
1) Obamacare - Democrats as well as Republicans agree that the roll-out of Obamacare has been an embarrassment. The new website that people were to use to sign up for health insurance has been basically unusable and not functional since day one. Tech gurus find it humorous that the federal government, with all its vast resources, can’t produce a website capable of handling the amount of traffic seen by the Drudge Report. Lets remember that Romney ran against Obamacare from the beginning citing numerous difficulties and contradictions inherent it its laws.
But the website is only part of the problem. A bigger problem is how it was discovered that Obama willfully lied to America time and again by saying “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it. period.” It is now widely known that Obama knew since early 2010 that millions of Americans would not be able to keep their health plans. Already 3.5 million Americans have had their healthcare plans cancelled, according to the Associated Press. Conservative estimates say that 14 million people will have their insurance plans cancelled. Obama apologized recently for misleading Americans, and is currently scrambling to try to fix his healthcare woes.
It is my opinion that the biggest bombshells with Obamacare could still be coming. For example, the media hasn’t really begun to discuss the skyrocketing costs of health care premiums Americans will have to pay to purchase new, more comprehensive health plans. Also, for those Americans who are forced to switch health plans, many of those individuals will not be able to keep their doctor because their doctor may not accept their new health insurance plan. Remember, Obama promised repeatedly that Americans would be able to “keep their doctor.” Obama should have followed the RomneyCare model by letting each state have more control over their own healthcare plans and by rolling out the healthcare reform in phases.
2) Russia - We all remember how the Obama administration mocked Romney for saying that Russia is America’s “number one geopolitical foe.” Romney’s statement caused Obama to say one of the most childish retorts ever uttered by a president during a debate: “The 1980’s called and they want their foreign policy back.” However, as time has gone on, Romney’s hardline stance on Russia appears to be proving more and more accurate. For example, earlier this summer Moscow defiantly refused to extradite National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden to the United States, prompting Obama to cancel a meeting he had scheduled with Putin during the Group of 20 summit. “Russia has stabbed us in the back,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer, the New York Democrat regarding the extradition of Edward Snowden. Further, Russia has blocked United Nations action against Syria and, more recently, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told lawmakers that Russia was one of the countries supplying Syria with chemical weapons.
And now, just last week, Forbes magazine’s list of the “Worlds Most Powerful People” placed Putin as world’s most powerful person and Obama as number two.
3) Detroit - This year Detroit became the largest American city ever to declare bankruptcy in U.S. history. Detroit’s bankruptcy became a symbol of Obama’s inability to rescue a flagging U.S. economy. The Motor City was a symbolic battleground during the election, with Romney proudly touting his father’s ties to the auto industry and his childhood years in the state, while the Obama campaign relentlessly attacked Romney for a New York Times op-ed article he had written years earlier headlined “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt.” Of course Romney didn’t write the title to the NY Times article. The title was written by the NY Times editorial board. But Romney did say that “Detroit needs a turnaround, not a check,” and advocated a “managed bankruptcy” process for the auto industry rather than a federal bailout to get Detroit through the first phases of their turnaround. During the campaign, Obama frequently blasted Romney for his comments in the NY Times article. Obama said time and again, “[W]e refused to throw in the towel and do nothing. We refused to let Detroit go bankrupt, I bet on American workers, and American ingenuity and three years later that bet is paying off in a big way.” Ironic words considering how the city of Detroit has fared since those comments. And yet, the federal government has made pretty clear there won’t be any sort of bailout for the city of Detroit like there was for the auto industry that lives there. Obama eventually took Romney’s advice to allow the auto industry to go through a managed bankruptcy process.
4) Government Shutdown - During the race for the White House, Romney spoke of how a government shutdown would be very likely due to Obama’s inability to work with Republicans in congress. One year later, the government did indeed shutdown for nearly two weeks, people were forced out of work, the economy was unnecessarily slowed down, and the U.S. threatened default of its payments. The shutdown and threat of default could have been avoided with a President more able to work with both sides of the aisle.
5) Mali - During a foreign policy debate in October, the Romney briefly expressed concern over Islamic extremists taking control of northern Mali — an obscure reference that was mocked on Twitter at the time, including by liberal comedian Bill Maher. Three months later, France sent troops into the country at the behest of the Malian president, bringing the conflict to front pages around the world.
6) Syria - Obama declared that there are clear “red lines” that Syria can’t cross without forcing the U.S. to get involved in their civil war. However, once those red lines were crossed by Syria when they used chemical weapons on their own people, Obama stated that military action was necessary, but then quickly withdrew his support for involvement in Syria. Declaring foreign policies that America has no intention of enforcing destroys American integrity and credibility. Who could trust a president who establishes a “corner-stone” foreign policy and then immediately refuses to uphold it? America cannot afford this kind of leadership. “If there is a part of the world in which America is stronger, it’s hard to find,” said Stuart Stevens.
So yes, it looks like Romney was indeed right about a whole lot of things, and we’re only 10 months into President Obama’s second term. I shudder to think of what other things Romney will be right about in the next 3 years.