Ray Budisavljevic: We would have been better off if Romney were president
Granby, CO Colorado
To the Editor:
A response to Jessica Rose: What if Romney had been president?
Romney of course told us what he would do if elected. He told us that we had a great opportunity to reduce the size of government by allowing 40 percent of the federal government workforce to retire and not replace them (this was in 2008). With the specter of a $10 trillion debt and looming deficits, this was the sane choice. Romney would have reduce the debt-not added to it.
Obama instead chose to increase the size of the bureaucracy by an additional 100,000 workers and gave most other federal workers reckless raises. Romney would have addressed the tax code, which is convoluted and allows companies like GE (which donated heavily to Obama’s campaign) to pay no income taxes on billions in profit while saddling all other companies with the highest tax rate in the developed world. We don’t live in a vacuum so companies invest their dollars where they get the best return (which includes the tax burden). These companies go to other countries with their jobs. Our tax code chases them there.
Now, Obama is chasing more companies and citizens away by promising even higher taxes. Obama “saved” GM and Chrysler. Really. What he did was take the companies from their rightful owners and illegally give them to unions.
The bankruptcy laws allow for restructuring, which Romney would have let take its course. Obama closed dealerships all across the country. Many jobs were lost and dealerships that had been in families for generations were lost – not because they were unprofitable but because the regime decided that they must be closed. GM received $25 billion in taxpayer money, which will never be returned, and Romney certainly would never had done that. Additionally, the government last month increased its purchases of GM cars by 79 percent – the main reason GM numbers look good.
Under Romney, we wouldn’t have invested in so called “green” industries that have mostly just gone bankrupt. Under Romney, there would be much more drilling for oil, and gas prices would probably be under $2 per gallon. Under Romney, pro business policies would mean a quick end to the recession and 5 percent to 6 percent unemployment. Romney wouldn’t bow to Saudi princes and he wouldn’t apologize for America. Under Obama, well, there is “Hope and Change.”
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