September 4, 2012
'Mittens' or Monster?
You tell me what happened last week. Did Governor Romney and Rep. Ryan fail the test of audacity by playing it safe, as the Wall Street Journal complained? If they can't confidently and aggressively win the argument for tax reform and spending restraint and why they promote faster growth and more jobs, they will give Mr. Obama an opening to win an election he should lose. Or did they make a fearless case for ending the welfare state as we know it, as Janet Daley argues? What is being challenged is nothing less than the most basic premise of the politics of the centre ground: that you can have free market economics and a democratic socialist welfare system at the same time. Well, what do you think? Are we dealing here with harmless little "Mittens," as Mitt Romney's friends on the left like to call him? Or is he the monster of Bain that closes a couple dozen unionized steel plants every day before breakfast? How about "all of the above"? On the one hand, Mitt...(Read Full Article)