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Walkerville, VA
Monday, July 8, 2024
Carolyn Purcell, Editor

Mitt Romney calls for straight-ahead change of public policy

In a major speech on October 14, Mitt Romney calls for a seamless transition to a new president, and new policies that don’t offend old constituencies.

Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, falling behind in some polls to pizza-mogul Herman Cain, released a bold new plan for American’s future on Friday.

We keep hearing promises of a brighter future, but from where I stand it’s looking pretty bleak if we don’t make a major change.

My opponents are putting forth policies and plans, but it’s going to take more than policy changes or fiscal restraint to put Americans back to work. It’s going to take a new president.

I am running for President of the United States. Let me tell you why.

Our country is at a crossroads. In one direction lies big government, even bigger debt, and certain decline. In the other direction lies limited government, free enterprise, and economic growth.

I know which direction is the American way and which direction I will take the country. That is the direction which I will take.

For example, on global warming, I absolutely believe that the world’s getting hotter and I believe that humans contribute to that. We must reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases. I do not say that we should spend trillions of dollars solving this issue, nor do I say we should not. That is the American way forward.

The Obama health care plan must go. Obamacare is bad law, bad policy, and it is bad for America’s families. It is based on the Massachusetts health care plan, which I enacted, and which is good law, good policy, and good for Massachusetts’s families. That is the American way forward.

Social security is not a Ponzi scheme, and I will not change it for anyone. I think Social Security has worked pretty darned well, except where it hasn’t. What we will do is potentially increase the age at which people receive it, and have slower growth in inflating the benefits of higher-income of Social Security recipients. But we will not reduce anyone’s payments. That is the American way forward.

I am running for president because I believe I have what it takes to turn America around, and around, and around, until we have found our direction again, whatever direction that might be. We shall be a great American weathervane, always pointing foward. We have gotten off to a great start and I am humbled by the support I am receiving from all over the country—including conservatives from California and Republicans from the Upper East Side.

President Obama has mortgaged our future, increased the budget by 20% and allowed our debt to skyrocket. In fact, by the end of his term he will add more to the debt than all the previous presidents combined.

I believe that I can be a greater president than Barack Obama.

Simply put, President Obama’s policies created a deeper recession and delayed the recovery.

The consequence is soaring numbers of Americans enduring unemployment, foreclosures, and bankruptcies. The way I see it, this is a moral tragedy. Unemployment is not just a statistic.

Without a paycheck, you can’t take care of your family. Without a paycheck, you can’t buy school books for your kids, keep a car on the road, or help an aging parent make ends meet.

Without a paycheck, it can feel like there is no hope.

That’s why I’m running for president.

The frontrunner in most polls, Romney criticized his Republican opponents for producing plans with “too many numbers” that will “turn social security into a Perry scheme”. “Simple answers are always very helpful, but oftentimes inadequate,” said Romney. “That’s the American way forward.”

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