James Stotter

If there was one theme during their Ohio appearances, it was R&R’s moniker “The Comeback Team.” That is, R&R are the economic comeback team because an economic comeback is essential for the comeback of this country generally beaten down by nearly four year of this Obamacession.** R&R will lead the comeback of America in domestic and foreign matters. But it begins with less taxes and less government.

Behind the podium, two successful small businesswomen, in turn, set the ground work on why they haven’t been able to add jobs in the last few years. Then on came Ohio’s U.S. Senator Rob Portman, followed by Paul Ryan, and then Romney. In front of them was the large middle-class tax relief sign you see on the lead image.

Romney, especially, energized the crowd. The scene was Lancaster Town Square in Fairfield County. Fairfield County touches southeastern Franklin County, where the state capital of Columbus is located. Lancaster had been an important industrial city until the late 1980s. Today, Lancaster still has some manufacturing. Thousands of people have moved to Lancaster from Columbus, which is still Ohio’s fastest growing major city. They commute the roughly 40 miles each way to and from their Columbus jobs.

Romney received especially loud applause twice. Once when he noted this was not his first time in Lancaster, which surprised almost everyone, including me. He said his very first consulting assignment was with a major employer in Lancaster, Anchor Hocking.*** Like many former Fortune 1,000 industrial companies, by the late '80s times were pretty difficult for Anchor Hocking. The company is still there and is still a major employer. Mitt recalled learning about making glass.

The second major applause came with his plans for energy independence. As soon as he mentioned coal, the applause really spiked. As with the time Mitt was in Chillicothe (please see http://http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/12846715-romney-in-chillicothe), many people in attendance work in the coal industry. Parts of Fairfield County are in coal country. And like with Chillicothe, Fairfield County also has a strong Tea Party base.

There is one more important point about Romney’s Anchor Hocking experience: No American president nor major party opponent has ever had the breadth and depth of experience in so many types of industries as Romney has had. He never claimed to be an expert in every industry. But he does know something about a lot of industries. And in today’s economy and today’s world, knowing how businesses and the economy work, that is very important.

Voters need to understand thinking something should work a certain way is not the same thing as actually knowing how something works. The former describes the seemingly clueless incumbent. The latter describes Romney.

This visit was part of a trip where Romney drew an estimated 10,000 in Sidney (suburban Dayton) in southwestern Ohio and an estimated 12,000 in Cuyahoga Falls (close to Akron) in the northeastern Ohio.

Rob Portman noted that in the Ryan-Biden debate, Biden said we should stop making the M-1 tanks. That the Army even said they don’t want any more. Right! Like a state highway patrol wouldn’t want another vehicle. R&R are strong on defense and an armored cavalry is certainly an integral part of that. Guess what. The only place that M-1 tank is made is in Lima, Ohio (about 90 miles northwest of Columbus) and a lot of people are employed there and in the supply chain.

Ryan also cautioned about Obama taking his own advice from 2008: If you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from. You make a big election about small things. (documented in previous link)

Romney said “And I make this commitment to you: Under no circumstances will I raise taxes on the middle class of America. Under his path, we’re going to have Obamacare installed. But let me tell you what that means. That means ultimately the bureaucrats are going to tell you what kind of treatment you can have. It also means your health insurance premiums are going to be $2,500 a year more expensive. When you listen to the president, he tells you all these free things you’re getting with Obamacare, but those things come with a $2.500 extra charge. What I’m going to do is repeal Obamacare and replace it with something that actually works for the American people.”

Romney also made clear two other points: First, "I will champion small business." Collectively, small businesses are the single largest source of jobs and job creation in this country. Romney will free them of numerous costly regulations that impede their hiring of new personnel.

Second: "I will repeal Obamcare." Obamacare is the single largest impedement to hiring. Who's going to hire without know all the additional costs one is incurring?

The choices here are echoed in the words of the late, great economist Friedrich Hayek: The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they know about what they imagine they can design. Romney understands those limits.

*One of a few links to the entire rally. On this you can see Ryan pointing up to the victory arch provided by the Fairfield County GOP. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzBvphB7jQM&feature=youtube_gdata

** Obamacession is my term for the U.S. economy under Obama. Statistically, The Great Recession ended in June, 2009. In the real world of Americans’ lives, it is still going on. An Obamacession is an economic recovery where job growth is minimal to negative, personal incomes decline, and prices rise. The Obamacession began around July, 2009, just as The Great Recession officially ended. It was Bush’s budget through September 30, 2009. However, Obama could modify it with Democrats controlling both houses of Congress.

***Anchor Hocking is over 100 years old and at that time was on the Fortune list of 1,000 largest industrial companies in the U.S. At the time, Romney was employed by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), a few years before being hired away by Bain.

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