Romney’s strategy is that he is a career businessman who knows how to create jobs, not a career politician who has not created jobs.
Frankly, though, we don’t need a CEO in the Oval Office. America is not a top-down nation – as Obama is finding-out. CEOs rarely are successful in government because they are accustomed to others doing what they are told. If a CEO approach could work, Obama’s approach could work; he certainly is telling people what to do. Problem for Obama – and for Romney – is that that is not the role of government in a representative republic.
Frankly, Perry’s response needs to be,
“That’s fine, Mitt, but the president doesn’t create jobs. What the president needs to do is understand how to fix the tax and regulatory and legal GOVERNMENT environment so that the private sector can create jobs – and you’ve zero experience there. That’s where I made my mark and continue to do so.
“If telling people what to do actually created jobs, Obama would have been a success – he certainly, like a CEO, tells everyone what to do. Last time I checked that did NOT result in new jobs.
“It’s government policies that are in the way of job creation now, and what’s needed is an understanding of how POLICY affects job creation, how POLICY can be fixed to get the government out of the way of the private sector, and how to work with the legislative branch to help craft and pass those policies, and to get Executive Branch regulation out of the way. It’s what I’ve done in TX, why we’ve created half the total number of jobs in the US for several years. It’s what I know and you don’t.
“I’d be very happy to have you running a company in the private sector and creating jobs because that’s what you know how to do – and you want someone like me in the Oval Office to get government out of your way so you can do so, because that’s what I know how to do, and that’s what I’ve been doing for over a decade in TX.”
Perry can easily turn Romney’s strategy back on him. I just hope he sees that and does so, without pulling ANY punches. If he does that next week, the Primary campaign is OVER and we can begin concentrating on the General.