This is from the issues page of Mitt Romney's website:
The foundations of our nation’s strength are a love of liberty and a pioneering spirit of innovation and creativity....
Mitt Romney believes in America. He believes that liberty, opportunity, and free enterprise have led to prosperity and strength before and will do so again. America, however, must take decisive action to roll back the misguided policies of the last three years, empower our citizens, and restore the foundations of our nation’s strength.
First off, the whole thing is quite vague. But the real problem lay in the line "of the last three years". This guy doesn't get it. It's the misguided policies of the last thirty years, or last sixty years, or (in my view) the last one hundred years. A hundred years of wars, interventionism, and paper money. So long that we don't even know anything else.
He blames current administration. No mention of foundational problems stretching back much further.
Compare Mitt Romney's economy section of issues page to Ron Paul's:
The mission to restore America begins with getting our fiscal house in order. President Obama has put our nation on an unsustainable course. Spending is out of control. Yearly deficits are massive. And unless we curb Washington’s appetite for spending, the national debt will grow to the size of our entire economy this year.
As President, Mitt Romney will cut federal spending and bring much-needed reforms to entitlement programs. Mitt will work toward balancing the budget, reducing the size and reach of the federal government, and returning power to states and the people.1) blames current administration
2) doesn't give specifics
As President, Ron Paul will lead the way out of this crisis by:
* Vetoing any unbalanced budget Congress sends to his desk.
* Refusing to further raise the debt ceiling so politicians can no longer spend recklessly.
* Fighting to fully audit (and then end) the Federal Reserve System, which has enabled the over 95% reduction of what our dollar can buy and continues to create money out of thin air to finance future debt.
* Legalizing sound money, so the government is forced to get serious about the dollar’s value.
* Ending the corporate stranglehold on the White House.
* Driving down gas prices by allowing offshore drilling, abolishing highway motor fuel taxes, increasing the mileage reimbursement rates, and offering tax credits to individuals and businesses for the use and production of natural gas vehicles.
* Eliminating the income, capital gains, and death taxes to ensure you keep more of your hard-earned money and are able to pass on your legacy to your family without government interference.
* Opposing all unfunded mandates and unnecessary regulations on small businesses and entrepreneurs.
These are just a few of the steps we can take to put America back in place as the world’s leading economy. Taking a stand for these principles has often been a lonely fight in Congress for Ron Paul, but, now more than ever, our nation needs a President who will champion sound money, responsible spending, lower taxes, and free market enterprise.
And now a little bite from the Left:
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As a final note I would like to repeat that I am merely a questioner. I am trying to figure out what is going on in my world. Am I wrong? I couldn't possibly be right all the time. Email me with comments. I often post them.