Things Going South Between Obama and Romney

President Obama “intellectually Exhausted”

Mitt Romney came out swinging on the final stop of his 5 state tour saying, President Obama is an “intellectually exhausted” leader, that resorts to “angry and desperate” tactics in his battle for re-election.

“This is an election in which we should be talking about the path ahead, but you don’t hear any answers coming from President Obama’s re-election campaign,” Romney said. “That’s because he’s intellectually exhausted, out of ideas, and out of energy. And so his campaign has resorted to diversions and distractions, to demagoguing and defaming others. It’s an old game in politics; what’s different this year is that the president is taking things to a new low.”

Smiling Romney

Obama’s Campaign Strategy

We should expect many more comments like these over the coming months as the election nears. Romney went on to say, “Over the last four years, this president has pushed Republicans and Democrats about as far apart as they can go,” Romney continued. “And now he and his allies are pushing us all even further apart by dividing us into groups. He demonizes some. He panders to others. His campaign strategy is to smash America apart and then try to cobble together 51 percent of the pieces.”

The Obama camp fought back, calling Romney’s remarks “unhinged” and “particularly strange coming at a time when he’s pouring tens of millions of dollars into negative ads that are demonstrably false.” And Obama also made reference twice to the Romney dog that endured a family vacation on top of the Romney’s car.

We Import Far More Than We Export

So much for the candidates taking the high road, just days after Mitt Romney picked Paul Ryan as his running mate, the presidential campaign devolved into nasty charges and countercharges.

Many wish the candidates would just focus on the real problems facing our country in crisis. It seems that neither side has a really solid plan for turning things around. They just keep distracting people with hot button issues to keep them from focusing on what is really important right now. Issues like, no longer producing the things that can sustain us, we import far more than we export, and we continue to sell off our assets and take on massive debts all in a vain attempt to sustain a way of life we can no longer afford. This is not the way we became we superpower but it is a way to make us go the way of ancient Rome. Our Politicians seem all too willing to play the violin as Nero did when Rome burned.

Obama smiling at the people

US Losing Self-Sufficiency, National Security and Leverage

Our international competitors are rendering us completely dependent on them for production, innovation and financing. Thereby losing self-sufficiency, national security and leverage – our political influence in foreign affairs will suffer greatly. Predatory foreign trade policies are bleeding us dry and destroying U.S. industry because we encourage U.S. manufacturers to design, engineer, and produce in third world markets like Mexico and China, instead of reinvesting in our future.

We need to manage access to things like our markets, “We should not naively rest on the faith that other countries will hold themselves to our standards in areas such as the environment, labor and competition policy. These standards affect the cost of production. If other countries fail to adhere to these standards, they gain an unfair cost advantage.”

Our House Needs to Be Put in Order

We cannot keep getting involved in international affairs like in the middle east, we are no longer in a position globally (in the financial sense) to sustain the investment of U.S. capital in volatile markets. People like William “Fox” Fallon, a retired admiral who was U.S. Central Command chief, says “We must fix ourselves before we can convince others of the righteousness of our policies,” Fallon told a Dartmouth College audience Monday August 6th. “Our house needs to be put in order. The huge debt must be reduced, and the government put on a sound financial footing.”

In the words of James Carville, “It’s the economy stupid.”

Russell W. Dickson
Russell W. Dickson, lives in upstate NY, and is a Freelance journalist. He has written for both print and online news/opinion pages.Russell holds a B.A. in English, minor Journalism from The University at Albany, Albany, NY. His writing experience spans more than a decade and his work has graced the pages of newspapers, magazines, online news orgs, and political websites in both the U.S. and abroad.