To win the 1928 Presidential campaign, Hubert Hoover claimed that the everyone will be prosperous under a Hoover presidency with this slogan :
A chicken in every pot and a car in every garage
Well … in 2012, to let everyone know how prosperous they will be under a Romney presidency then this slogan is a sure winner :
Romney-Yost 2012 : Everyone Deserves a Big Mac for Lunch
Mitt Romney is on his VP-test drive tour … today, he was in Euclid Ohio … a city that borders Cleveland … making a pit stop at a small private business … Stamco, Industries makes parts for truck manufacturers and as such would be classified as a tier II automotive manufacturer … which seems kinda odd considering Romney’s advice to ‘let Detroit go bankrupt,’ thus, manufacturers like Stamco might not be around today … but this is politics, so a small crowd (optimistic guess – 800 which quite likely includes company employees) was invited in to hear the Republican candidate offers his views and take ten questions from the audience.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported some of the details :
Before Romney took the stage for his 45-minute forum, a trio of state and local GOP officials — Cuyahoga County Chairman Rob Frost, Brecksville Mayor Jerry Hruby and Ohio Auditor Dave Yost — offered brief introductory words.
But no words were more explosive than those from Yost, a co-chairman of Romney’s Ohio leadership team who said that giving Obama credit for terrorist leader bin Laden’s capture and killing “would be like giving Ronald McDonald credit for the Big Mac you ate for lunch” adding that “the guy at the griddle,” deserves the credit “not the pitchman on TV”.
“I’m glad that he is dead,” Yost said. “bin Laden, that is.”
Yost also attempted an impression of Obama by mimicking the president’s deliberate cadence. He ridiculed Obama for his performance on the economy and for taking vacations that Yost said middle-class families cannot afford.
Romney made a friendly reference to Yost in his speech, but a campaign spokesman would not comment after the event on the state auditor’s remarks. In the past, Romney has said Obama deserves credit for last year’s bin Laden operation.
The audience applauded during a question-and-answer session when a woman accused Obama of subverting the Constitution and said he should be tried for treason. Romney did not voice agreement or disagreement, sticking instead to talking points.
This is Romney’s third visit to Ohio in three weeks … obviously, Ohio is an important state in the Electoral College … and could there be a better crowd-motivator than Dave Yost ?
Yep, that’s the ticket … Romney-Yost 2012.
BTW … previously, Romney appeared at a private company in Lorain where complained about jobs that were lost during the Bush presidency and wanted to know why Obama had not replaced them (as readers already know, the company, National Gypsum, opened a new plant in North Carolina.)
Also, Romney appeared at small (3000) private Otterbein University, near Columbus, where he told students to borrow from their parents to start new companies … heck with Otterbein tuition and fees at $29,550 (for the 2011-12 school year), what parent doesn’t have an extra $20 grand sitting around to help start a business.
To tempt the crowd for what the Romney-era will be like, Romney penned an OpEd in the Cleveland newspaper (highlights below) :
Dear Mr. President,
Welcome to Ohio. I have a simple question for you: Where are the jobs?
I recognize, of course, as do all Americans, that you inherited an economic crisis. But you’ve now had three years to turn things around. The record of those three years is clear. Your policies have failed, not only in Ohio, but across the nation.
Mr. President, forgive me for being blunt, but when it comes to economic affairs, you’re out of your depth. Unlike you, I am not a career politician. Unlike you, I’ve spent more than two decades working in the private sector, starting new businesses and turning around failing ones. Undoing the damage you’ve done will be a daunting challenge. But I’ve learned a thing or two about how government policies can kill private investment and stifle job creation and I have a plan to get government out of the way.
I have a path forward
Our taxes are too high, and our government is too big. I will cut individual tax rates by 20 percent across the board to jump-start job creation, grow the economy and help Americans keep more of their hard-earned dollars. I will reform a corporate tax system that drives American jobs overseas.
As readers of the Wall Street Journal know, jobs in the private sector are HIGHER today than when President Obama was inaugurated while Government jobs are DOWN (607,000).
Gosh, isn’t that the objective that Republicans want ?
But Mitt Romney plan is to cut taxes 20% … heck, why doesn’t he just promise everyone a Big Mac for lunch too.
Oh, it should be mentioned that President Obama kicked off his re-election campaign at The Ohio State University greeting a crowd estimated at 14,000.
One question that needs to be asked … if Romney is this great businessman, why isn’t he visiting some of those businesses where thankful employees could embrace him … maybe because the Wall Street Journal reported that :
A Wall Street Journal analysis of 77 businesses Bain invested in while Romney led the firm found that 22 percent either filed for bankruptcy reorganization or closed their doors by the end of the eighth year after Bain first invested (although in many cases, that was after Bain had parted with the companies).
Romney acknowledges that not every Bain deal was a hit, that some investments went bad and ended in bankruptcy, while others led to layoffs.
Maybe those workers have a different view of Romney-nomics than the wanna-be CEO-in-Chief wants heard.