The economy will spatter and sputter and probably crash around December. It may be a little late to this prediction and wait until 2013 due to some QE or other psychological trick. (According to fellow SLOB, The Liberator Today, The 2012 economy may improve.) It will be anemic and surrounded by blatant lies about jobs numbers and growth. However, neither Obama nor Romney can do anything about the economy for the moment.
Romney today deflected the issue of some super-pac getting scooped by the New York Times, by saying something to the effect of "don't talk about Obama's past, people want to know where the jobs went." Several talk radio personalities piled on with kudos and other praise. "People want to know where the jobs are!"
This tactic is fine for the moment, but if you think that winning on the economy is going to work, let me explain in excruciating, infuriating detail why it will not.
Remember a guy named John McCain? Do you remember his one trick pony "maverick" campaign? If not, here is a reminder:
McCain ran as the outsider, the maverick who went his own ways and opposed corruption and the same-old-politics. He electrified the nation and solidified his base among conservatives by naming Alaska governor Sarah Palin as his running mate. One of his TV commercials summed it up:Did anyone care about "corruption and the same-old-politics" when the Democrats crashed the 2008 economy? Nope.
"The original mavericks. He fights pork barrel spending. She stopped the Bridge to Nowhere. He took on the drug industry. She took on big oil. He battled Republicans and reformed Washington. She battled Republicans and reformed Alaska. They'll make history. They'll change Washington. McCain. Palin. Real change."
Most people did not understand why they were losing their homes or why gas prices were so high. Americans did not understand that it was radical Democrats in Congress who voted to kill 10.5 million jobs or why they would do such a thing.
Voters did not understand because John McCain and his campaign ads did not tell them. The campaign would not let Sarah Palin tell the people either. The campaign was a one trick pony, stuck in an irrelevant strategy and thus using irrelevant tactics.
Republicans did not "vet" Barack Obama or adequately explain that Democrat policies starting in January 2007 had crashed the housing market and locked up America's energy resources. The proof is that to this very day the Democrats, "BLAME BUSH."
Enter Mitt Romney and the 2012 EconomyRomney is "the man to fix the economy." Barack "Spread the wealth around" Obama is inept when it comes to the economy. In a one-on-one economic showdown, Romney has the advantage. The problem is: OBAMA KNOWS THAT! Everyone knows it!
By this summer, social issues, austerity and class/race violence will be tearing apart the fabric of America. ObamaCare will be declared unconstitutional, George Zimmerman will be free, Occupier's paychecks will be drying up, and Europe is likely to collapse financially. It may take until September or October, but the main issue will not be the 2012 U.S. economy.
Diversions from the Obama camp right now are designed to force the Republicans to solidify the "it's the economy" message. David Axelrod today tweeted at 5:29 a.m.:
"Stunning! Will Mitt stand up, as John McCain did? Or allow the purveyors of slime to operate on his behalf?"Gov. "Mitt" responded by rejecting the use of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright against Obama exactly like Sen. John McCain did in 2008. The truth will not be televised.
Obama Donor and alleged comedian Bill Maher is already on the talk show circuit joking that "The Republicans said 'lets go to plan B; calling women whores'" and other alleged jokes aimed to guide Gov. Romney back to economic issues. (The link provided is just prior to the comment. The segment and comment are from TBS' Conan, show 256, 5/15/2012.)
ABC News ran a story today, Political Sideshows: Birth Certificates and Dogs Trump War, Economy:
So while polls show that the economy is the No.1 issue on voters' minds this election, here's a look at the tantalizing sideshow stories that have instead captured the country's attentionConservatives are buying it.
Sen. McCain "the maverick" was out of position to battle the "Blame Bush" narrative of the 2008 economy. Gov. Mitt "the economy" Romney is currently out of position to battle the "race/sex/class warfare" 2012 social unrest narrative. The uber-progressive President will portray that he is "TEH ONE" to negotiate with endangered unions, angered minorities, anti-capitalist activists and occupiers.
At best, the issue should be changed to the cause of the bad economy and social unrest. Unconstitutional ObamaCare, massive debt, taxes, czars, entitlement dependence, environmentalism and other big government policies that stagnate employment, individual initiative and economic growth. The issue is not the 2012 economic environment or jobs. The issue is socialist policies that create an environment of poverty, dependence and hopelessness.
Let the 9% of undecided voters choose between socialism and capitalism. Gov. Romney's campaign slogan should be "Socialism is wrong and we should get rid of it."