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Romney’s Optimism Will Win
National Review ^ | 11-5-2012 | Larry Kudlow

Posted on 11/05/2012 3:07:48 PM PST by smoothsailing

NOVEMBER 5, 2012 3:00 P.M.

Romney’s Optimism Will Win

It’s no year for a big-government pessimist.

By Larry Kudlow

Putting aside all the voter models, there’s one overlooked point worth making with Election Day at hand. Most times in American politics, optimists win, and pessimists lose. I know that’s not always the case. And sometimes it’s hard to distinguish between the two. But in this election, I believe Mitt Romney is the optimist, and Barack Obama is the pessimist. It’s Romney’s election to win.

Parenthetically, in my lifetime, it was Dwight Eisenhower the optimist, Stevenson the pessimist; Kennedy the optimist (“Get America moving again”), Nixon the pessimist; Reagan the quintessential optimist, Carter the pessimist; and going further back in history, FDR the optimist, Hoover and the rest of them the pessimists.

And of course, four years ago, it was Obama the optimist. He was the candidate of hope and change. But he has run such a negative campaign in 2012, right up to the end, that I believe his negativism is translating into pessimism. And that’s not what the beleaguered American people want.

“Voting is the best revenge,” Obama infamously said this past weekend. What did he mean by that? F. Scott Fitzgerald’s line was, “Living well is the best revenge.” But with President Obama, what exactly is this revenge? Revenge against whom? Against what?

Mitt Romney quickly countered that one should vote for the love of country, not revenge. But I wonder, regarding President Obama, is his revenge against the rich? Is it revenge because his class-warfare argument isn’t working? Is it revenge because his policies have not spread the wealth and redistributed income as much as he wants?

Is it revenge against his failure to grow the government even larger? Is it revenge because he wants more than 50 percent of American households to be government dependent? Is it revenge because his big-spending fiscal policies haven’t worked?

The Joint Economic Committee reports that both economic growth and job creation are the worst in modern times, dating back to 1947. So is it revenge for Mr. Obama because he hasn’t had the chance to create even higher spending, taxes, and regulation?

In his closing argument in the Wall Street Journal this weekend, Obama went on several times about raising taxes on individuals and businesses. This is pessimism. You know why? Because optimists believe in the ingenuity, entrepreneurship, and spirit of gifted individuals who are free to use their God-given talents to make our economy and society the best it can be. Not government. That’s the pessimistic view. But individual initiative — the optimistic view.

Mitt Romney takes this individual view. God granted natural rights to individuals, and it is they who truly run the government and the country. That’s the Romney view. It’s the free-enterprise view. The market view. The human-action view. To my way of thinking, that makes Romney the model optimist.

Look at Romney’s general plan. He sets optimistic goals of 4 percent growth and 12 million new jobs. He will reduce and reform the tax system in ways that will reward, not punish, the success of individuals and companies. He would encourage business, not insult it. He believes free-market capitalism and choice, not the heavy hand of government, are the best solutions to poverty.

When Romney talks about increasing take-home pay, he’s creating a dividing line between a larger private sector and a more restrained government sector. This goes hand in hand with his goal to contain government at 20 percent of GDP. This, too, is optimism.

Even more, when Romney offers to reach across the aisle to find common ground on major issues — like spending, deficits, debt, tax reform, and entitlement reform — he is in effect showing an inherent optimism that well-meaning men and women can get things done in order to make the country better.

In effect, just as Reagan did in the crisis of 1980, Romney is saying: We can fix this and solve this with people of good will and strong principles coming together for the first time in many years.

I am not blaming Barack Obama for all the country’s ills. He was dealt a very bad hand. But he chose the wrong course. He relies too much on big government and too little on the enterprise of ordinary people. He is operating a historically discredited model.

Mitt Romney, on the other hand, is working to restore the freedom model created by our Founders. This model has served the country well for 250-some years. It is fundamentally a belief in people and good common sense. It is profoundly optimistic.

Perhaps I’ll be wrong. But I think optimism wins this election.


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1 posted on 11/05/2012 3:07:49 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Here Here!


2 posted on 11/05/2012 3:10:06 PM PST by Republic Rocker
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To: smoothsailing

I certainly hope


3 posted on 11/05/2012 3:16:46 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: smoothsailing

I certainly hope


4 posted on 11/05/2012 3:17:04 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: smoothsailing

I certainly hope


5 posted on 11/05/2012 3:18:34 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: smoothsailing
I'm putting this on my Facebook page:


6 posted on 11/05/2012 3:20:42 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o (What does the Lord require of you but to act justly, to love tenderly, to walk humbly with your God.)
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To: GeronL

Romney is positive

O is negative.

Romney wins.


7 posted on 11/05/2012 3:20:42 PM PST by stephenjohnbanker ((God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.))
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To: smoothsailing
Just Do It!
Show Up And VOTE.

Vote Romney/Ryan

8 posted on 11/05/2012 3:22:07 PM PST by MEG33 (O Lord, Guide Our Nation)
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To: stephenjohnbanker
Romney is positive

O is negative.

Romney wins.


Substitute "Reagan" for Romney, and "Carter" for Obama and you have a synopsis of the 1980 election.
9 posted on 11/05/2012 3:23:46 PM PST by Signalman
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To: Signalman

” Substitute “Reagan” for Romney, and “Carter” for Obama and you have a synopsis of the 1980 election. “

Yep


10 posted on 11/05/2012 3:25:21 PM PST by stephenjohnbanker ((God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.))
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Obama quotes

“‘We’re going to punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends...” http://dailycaller.com/2010/10/25/obama-tells-latinos-to-punish-our-enemies-the-gop/

“voting is the best revenge,” http://www.usatoday.com/story/theoval/2012/11/03/obama-romney-revenge-ohio-election-2012/1679161/


11 posted on 11/05/2012 3:27:24 PM PST by Livin_large
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To: smoothsailing
There's many reasons Obummer is negative and probably a lot of them stem from his childhood which make him a revenge seeking person.
12 posted on 11/05/2012 3:29:08 PM PST by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: Livin_large

“voting is the best revenge,”

Yeah..for US!


13 posted on 11/05/2012 3:30:07 PM PST by stephenjohnbanker ((God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.))
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To: jazusamo

Obama had a bad home life. An unwanted child. Let’s make up for it, and pension him out tomorrow.


14 posted on 11/05/2012 3:32:10 PM PST by stephenjohnbanker ((God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.))
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Let’s make him even more unwanted tomorrow!!!


15 posted on 11/05/2012 3:33:39 PM PST by Lakeshark (Vote the basturd out!!!)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Exactly!! I’ll vote for that!


16 posted on 11/05/2012 3:34:45 PM PST by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: Lakeshark; jazusamo

We should give Obama a few weeks to reacclimate himself to private life.....then arrest him for Benghazi.


17 posted on 11/05/2012 3:38:55 PM PST by stephenjohnbanker ((God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.))
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To: jazusamo
There's many reasons Obummer is negative and probably a lot of them stem from his childhood

obp1

"Jaz is a Big Meanie"

LOL, I don't think he likes you! :o)

18 posted on 11/05/2012 3:41:56 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: Mrs. Don-o

That’s Great! :)


19 posted on 11/05/2012 3:43:23 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

LOL! That little twerp is right about that!


20 posted on 11/05/2012 3:47:07 PM PST by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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Click

21 posted on 11/05/2012 3:52:16 PM PST by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=om93destr)
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To: smoothsailing
I am not blaming Barack Obama for all the country’s ills.

I do.

With the right policies and leadership, we would have a roaring economy two years ago instead of the present moribund one, sinking into another pit of quicksand and piling up debt like a drunk buying everyone at the bar.

22 posted on 11/05/2012 4:02:51 PM PST by Gritty (Back in Benghazi, the cool President in a bomber jacket is all jacket and no bombers-Mark Steyn)
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To: Gritty

Hey Kudlow - Obama was in the Senate in January 2005. What do you mean not blame him? What the hell was he doing to fix the country?

And by the way, he ran for President. Boo hoo that times are tough. Nobody made him run.


23 posted on 11/05/2012 4:06:26 PM PST by TJ Jackson
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To: stephenjohnbanker
I liked the suggestion that we send him to Benghazi as the new ambassador.....

:-)

24 posted on 11/05/2012 4:14:13 PM PST by Lakeshark (Vote the bass turd out!!!)
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To: RedMDer

?


25 posted on 11/05/2012 4:53:07 PM PST by upchuck (Our margin of victory this November 6th MUST BE greater than their margin of fraud.)
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To: Lakeshark

OK, but for a 10 year term.


26 posted on 11/06/2012 6:48:57 AM PST by stephenjohnbanker ((God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.))
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Okay. No bullets, no marine guard, no back up........


27 posted on 11/06/2012 10:42:25 AM PST by Lakeshark (Vote the bass turd out!!!)
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To: Lakeshark

1 baby rattle

1 pkg Sprigley’s Rearmint Gum

1 toy teleprompter

1 hand-held mirror


28 posted on 11/06/2012 10:48:39 AM PST by stephenjohnbanker ((God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.))
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To: stephenjohnbanker
No toilet paper, extra Korans.......

Reading list: "Gay and lesbian organization in middle eastern states"

Dinner menu: Roast pig nightly.

29 posted on 11/06/2012 11:10:14 AM PST by Lakeshark (Vote the bass turd out!!!)
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To: Lakeshark

even better!


30 posted on 11/06/2012 11:11:37 AM PST by stephenjohnbanker ((God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.))
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To: stephenjohnbanker
He'll be part of the NASA reach out to middle eastern states:

Need
Another
Sunni
Ambassador

31 posted on 11/06/2012 11:19:59 AM PST by Lakeshark (Vote the bass turd out!!!)
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To: Lakeshark

We won’t miss this guy.


32 posted on 11/06/2012 11:23:11 AM PST by stephenjohnbanker ((God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.))
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To: stephenjohnbanker
Full agreement.

*High five*

Let's hope for a great day.

Later........

33 posted on 11/06/2012 11:25:00 AM PST by Lakeshark (Vote the bass turd out!!!)
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