And his economic policies would be warmed-over Bush Sr. and Dole.
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Indeed, with personal accounts, rather than the government specifying the retirement age, each worker chooses his or her own retirement age, with market incentives to delay it as long as possible. That is because the longer the worker waits to retire, the more the account funds will accumulate, and the more the worker can ultimately enjoy in benefits, and/or leave to his family. With those incentives, many millions of workers employed in more intellectual work that is not physically taxing will work well into their 70s, a result that could never be imposed through politics. But workers in more manual occupations who really cannot work past their early 60s can still plan to retire then, perhaps with extra contributions from employers during working years to make that more possible and comfortable.
But all of this is far too sophisticated for Romney’s establishment Republicans.
The Least Electable
Since 1896, only Republicans who have campaigned on a pro-growth platform have been elected. Mitt Romney, instead of being the most electable, is firmly in the tradition of Thomas Dewey, Jerry Ford, Bob Dole, and John McCain. His timid, scared proposals do not offer the promise of booming economic growth that Reagan’s bold reforms delivered.
Moreover, his weak record on social conservative issues will only discourage voters who are inspired to participate in political action on those grounds. It’s not just his dramatic flip flops on the core pro-life issue, with clips on the Internet of him protesting that he is so definitely pro-choice on the issue. As Governor, Romney kowtowed to liberal activist court rulings on gay marriage, issuing gay marriage licenses right out of the Governor’s office, when even the liberal Massachusetts legislature was balking at making the legal changes to authorize such licenses as demanded by the court. Contrast that with the bold policies to counter liberal activist judges that have been promoted by Newt Gingrich.
On fiscal issues, Romney was not tough on spending as Governor of Massachusetts. Nor does he have a record on defense and foreign policy issues.
As the Republican candidate, he would be the least electable most of all because he would not inspire the maximum vote from grassroots conservatives, failing just where his friend John McCain did, as Bob Dole did before him. That effect would be felt all the way down the ticket, as Republicans fail to win the Senate and Congressional seats with a disappointing turnout that they could have with a grassroots earthquake, as was inspired by the Reagan Revolution in 1980.
And even if Romney managed to squeak to victory in the fall, he would be the most disappointing, failing to win the dramatic reforms that would be possible after this most promising of all election cycles.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online