If Romney can’t win, it’s because of people like this
The question felt like a sucker punch, taking Angela Boozhoo’s breath away.
Boozhoo and her husband had just missed a mortgage payment — their first missed payment on their house. She’s a homemaker, with four children at home, now looking for a job, and her husband, Patrick, a metal fabricator has been out of work since February.
“We’re nervous. This is the first month we’ve fallen behind,” the 39-year-old rural Rock County woman said. ‘We are, like, ‘What’s going to happen now? We’ve got to find a job.”
It was Boozhoo’s 16-year-old daughter who asked the question, stunning her mother.
“She said, ‘Mom, I’m really worried. Are we going to lose the house?’” Boozhoo said. “My heart just … That’s not something you should be worried about when you’re 16. You should be worried about your grades and school and talking to your girlfriends, or your next trip to the mall.”
A lot of families have found themselves in a similar position over the past four-plus years, muddling through a gut-wrenching recession and an anemic recovery.
Boozhoo tuned into Wednesday night’s first debate, held in Denver, between President Barack Obama and his challenger, Mitt Romney, with more than a passing interest.
She is a Mormon leaning toward Obama, but she said she is far from having made up her mind.
“What I’m looking for is hopefully to get some answers,” Boozhoo told Wisconsin Reporter before the debate.
By about 9:45 p.m. Wednesday, she wasn’t any closer to knowing, although she did come away with a reinforced opinion that Romney isn’t as connected to what the average American is going through.
The easy line here is to draw attention to the obvious Boozhoo / Bozo connection, but in truth, reading this kind of thing leaves me cold and sad and more than a little bit angry.
The family is in arrears on their mortgage payment; the husband has lost a manufacturing job; they have a sixteen-year-old daughter who is beginning to worry they’ll lose the family home.
And yet this woman still can’t make up her mind — even after nearly four years of economic stagnation. Romney noted last evening that, even among those with jobs, earnings have dropped precipitously. And then there are the hidden taxes in gas and electricity prices, food prices, clothing prices, and health care costs.
Obama wants to allow the Bush tax rates to expire. He will raise rates on those small businesses that employ nearly a quarter of American workers. This leads to a contraction of those businesses, loss of jobs for workers, and net less revenue for the government — along with a continuation of the trend line of ever slower growth.
In short, Obama’s policies — whether you believe them intentionally designed to do so or not — are creating economic misery, just as sure as did Jimmy Carter’s, the major difference being Carter wasn’t manipulative enough to artificially keep interest rates so low.
Romney’s policies, some conservative, some RINO / Democrat-lite, would certainly lead to a boom in growth, which in turn would, as it did under Reagan, lead to the creation of jobs and a renewed interest in US investment. We’d begin the process of driving down energy costs; and we can begin the very real hard work of tearing away all that bureaucratic legislation, which carries the force of unvoted-upon law, to reduce onerous and often obscene and absurd compliance costs. The administrative state was never meant to be it’s own branch of government. It needs to be severely pruned.
Still, none of this appealed to this “undecided,” sad, dull woman. Instead, she’s still concerned that Romney doesn’t really connect — doesn’t feel her pain — in the way Obama says he does, but has shown he does not.
The Democrats have her frightened and, soon, dependent. This is how they grow their base. And because the media and the Obama campaign have done such a solid job of creating the public character of “Mitt Romney” — while the Romney camp has done such a poor job of revising the narrative in their favor — our fate as a country is left up to people who, without jobs and about to lose their homes, still nevertheless cling to hope and change.
That’s no way to save a republic.