I really want to like Mitt Romney.
Really, I do. He's a wonderful man, a fellow of excellent experience, world-class education and business acumen, and has a terrific, terrific family. He is a solid American. Really, I keep hoping I can find something to hang my hat on the Mitt Wagon, even as its wheel-base seems to be shrinking a tad in recent days.
So, I heard today that he's got a voluminous Jobs Plan.
Alright, I'll bite: The fellow certainly has the chops to talk about creating jobs. After all, mine depends and weekly trips to Staples, so, he's supported my own career over the years with cheap copier paper and toner cartridges. But, I also cringe a bit when I hear "Jobs Plan", because its so obviously a de jour bit of theatrics of the sort I wish our politicians would stop engaging in today. "Jobs Plan!" "Pivot to Jobs!", "Crime Bill" and on and on and on, as if we just need a really cool PowerPoint presentation, a hip logo, and low-varnish 80-pound bound volumes of creamy foolscap to solve our seemingly intractable problems.
I remember a while back that Governor Romney had what seemed like a reasonable approach to begin opening up the floodgates of private capital to sluice into job creation: Repeal Obamacare outright. Most business leaders will list job Numero Uno in getting nervous and fidgety business owners to free up the personnel budget is repealing this stinking, 2,100 page bill of tyrannical cow dung masquerading as an overhaul of the "healthcare" industry. And, early on, Mitt echoed the sentiments.
Then, he rather amended that. He said, a little later on, that he would "issue 50 state waivers" so that this would defang Obamacare. Not undo it-- make it less menacing, somehow, someway, for a season or two at least.
Well, Mitt's full throttle assault on Obamacare is now more of a damp squib. On the summary page he lists five Day One executive orders-- a quote from the actual coversheet of Mitt's Jobs Plan:
An Order to Pave the Way to End Obamacare:
-Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services and all relevant federal officials to return the maximum possible authority to the states to innovate and design healthcare solutions that work best for all Americans.
Wow. Hard-hitting. I can feel the passion-- yawn-- can't you, to chisel out every last vestige of the worst piece of federal legislation ever (and I mean ever)? Boy, with this sort of leadership, I expect we'll get to full repeal, well... never.
Obamacare is the 900-pound gorilla in the room that is squashing all hope of economic recovery. Everybody knows it, and yet this is the sort of dissembling we get from a leading contender for the GOP nomination.
I cannot vote for this man. Not yet.