During several exchanges, the differences between the President and Mr. Romney could be clearly seen. The difference? Obama has an agenda, Romney has a plan.
When asked about jobs and how to create them, President Obama went off into the usual wish list of liberal agenda items, struggling to relate them back to some relevance in job creation. Mr. Romney talked about how to create jobs and what he would do to get government out of the way and allow the private sector to lead the way.
When Obama came into office, he promised "a laser-like focus" on jobs, what we got instead was a laser-like focus on fund-raising and playing golf.
Last night that difference was glaring. While Romney talked about reducing regulations where possible and freeing up capital for investment with sound tax policy so that this economy could begin a real recovery and produce Vice-President Joe Biden's favorite "three-letter word" J-O-B-S, the President talked about "hiring 100,000 new teachers," or "adding 2 million more openings" in our universities and colleges, or investing in "green energy" and research and science funding . . . all very fine and noble aspirations, but all associated with Democrat Party efforts to advance a particular leftist agenda.
All of these items, Obamacare (universal government run healthcare), green energy in preference (and even to the exclusion of) coal, gas and oil, all of which are more accessible and cheaper to produce and consume, and expansion of the federal workforce, are straight off the Democrat Party wish list that have been sitting there waiting for Democrats to get the power to pass them.
There has always been a lot of rhetoric coming from this White House
about jobs, about creating jobs, about focusing on jobs, they even
attempted to create the impression of recovery by having Vice President
Joe Biden declare the summer of 2010 the "Summer of Recovery." I
believe it was just after that the jobs took another negative dip.
Problem is, even as Obama was paying lip-service to
"creating jobs" (governments don't "create jobs," it can only create a
regulatory and tax environment that encourages businesses to expand) he
was pursuing a reckless agenda of spending directed at bolstering, not
the economy in general, but his chances for reelection. Most of his efforts went toward his supporters on Wall Street (his campaign
was the recipient of huge contributions from the banking industry), the
unions (most of the stimulus money went to bolster union jobs and union
pension funds, and his cronies in all the politically correct
industries, like the "green industry" fiascos of Solyndra and Fisker.
The press has done its dead-level best to drag the stumbling President across the finish line, but judging from his lackluster performance, even Obama believes he doesn't deserve a second term.
Last night, not only was the emperor revealed as having no clothes, but the myth of the great orator died a well deserved, teleprompter-less death.
Watching that debate was the most fun I've had in politics since Reagan's presidency. Obama was schooled by Romney . . . Obama looked like the tyro he is, out of his depths, with no command of the facts, (he had only what his spin-meisters provided, all half-truths and misrepresentations of Romney's agenda), and subject to personal outrage that Romney had dared to question him.
Narcissist rarely react well when their self-created defensive, illusory world which surrounds them is dismantled. I fully expect to see an aggressive, snarky, rude Obama in the next debate.
Just as in the Gore Campaign, Obama has no self-image beyond the "I am wonderful" common to all narcissists, therefore, he has to pretend to be someone he's not . . . again as Al Gore did in 2001 . . . and just as Al Gore did in the second debate, the Obama camp will move too far in the opposite direction. They believe that Obama was too passive, that he should have been more aggressive and confrontational.
Therefore, the next debate will be characterized by Obama looking like the jerk he truly is . . . the guy who won't allow anyone by him to tell jokes in the White House, the guy who truly believes he lives on a superior plane to the rest of us, the guy who is so superior to his American citizens that only he can decide what is best for them.
Well, Romney won this debate just as he will win the next two. Obama will struggle to find his "true self" and come out swinging and get stomped once more.
Believe me folks, barring some unforeseen major disaster, Obama is toast.
My prediction . . . Romney/Ryan - 54%, Obama/Biden - 46%.
Long Live Our American Republic!!!!