National Catholic Reporter

The Independent News Source

Romney Gives Obama an \"F\"

I think Mitt Romney's charge that President Obama is "ineffective" runs at cross-purposes with the general GOP indictment of the President, which is that Obama is a threat precisely because he has been effective. After all, this is the President who achieved universal health care reform, a goal that has eluded several Presidents of both parties in the past and which, according to current GOP mythology, threatens the very fabric of our society. Which is it? Threat or ineffective?
Of course, Romney focused his remarks on the President's inability to lower the unemployment rate. But, the real way to address the ailing economy, with good old-fashioned Keynesianism, is no longer possible with the GOP in control of the House. Does anyone really think that cutting taxes for zillionaires will create more jobs? That's dreaming.
Reforming the tax code, simplifying it, that will help small businesses achieve a more level playing field against the large corporate interests with the lobbyists and lawyers and accountants all trying to get special tax treatment from the government. But, the fact is that a business hires more employees when the amount of their business activity demands it. Of course, a small businessman is mindful of his payroll expenses, including the taxes he must pay on wages. But, you get another waiter, or another mechanic, or another sales clerk when you have more customers, not because Bill Gates just got a tax cut.

NCR Comment code: (Comments can be found below)

Before you can post a comment, you must verify your email address at Disqus.com/verify.
Comments from unverified email addresses will be deleted.

  • Be respectful. Do not attack the writer. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the original idea will be deleted. NCR reserves the right to close comment threads when discussions are no longer productive.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report abuse" button. Once a comment has been flagged, an NCR staff member will investigate.

For more detailed guidelines, visit our User Guidelines page.

For help on how to post a comment, visit our reference page.

 

Feature-flag_GSR_start-reading.jpg

NCR Email Alerts

 

In This Issue

September 12-25, 2014

09-12-2014.jpg

Not all of our content is online. Subscribe to receive all the news and features you won't find anywhere else.