Appearing yesterday at — I kid you not — a truck dealership in recession-battered North Las Vegas, Nevada, Mitt Romney unveiled his plan to construct a "a job-creating machine in America," which will be run, of course, by America’s foremost business machine, Mitt Romney.
If the quality of showmanship is any indication, Romney's Salesforce software update is really paying dividends…
He appeared on a bright stage, surrounded by seven giant trucks, an American flag painted on metal cages, and a large banner that read, "Day One, Job One." His campaign distributed paperback books for the occasion that were titled, "Believe in America: Mitt Romney's Plan for Jobs and Economic Growth." Romney took the stage to the upstage country music of Alabama's "Roll On."
Romney also boasted that he was speaking without a TelePrompTer, as Obama often does, and instead referring to some scribbled notes on a legal pad.
Impressive, but curious tech watchers want to know: Why the scribbled notes? Was the Wi-Fi connection to Romneybot broken? These are not the IT standards I expect in Romney's America.
In any case, the Wall Street Journal editorial page was curiously unimpressed with Romney's 160-page proposal, calling it "timid and tactical." Looking through the presentation, I think I can spot some problems the WSJ missed…
* Not enough Reagan, not enough freedom! The plan starts strongly enough, with a proposal for a "Reagan Economic Zone" of free trade and economic integration, but the document cites Saint Ronnie only 8 other times. And why isn't it called the "Reagan Zone of Economic Freedom," as it was in 2007?
* Still too much socialism. Romney's plan includes a provision to repeal one regulation for every new rule that's issued, because you can't have a policy regime of clean air and safe workplaces, child labor regulations and non-toxic food. But why do we have to pick and choose which protections to eliminate?
* Too timid about revealing Barack Obama's time-traveling powers. Though Obama assumed office in January 2009, Romney released a chart dubbing the period of time from 2007-2009 the "Obama recovery." I'm happy to have Obama's ability to travel back in time revealed for all to see (can all Muslim socialists do this?), but why stop at 2007 when the president’s job killing powers can clearly reach back to any point in history?
Then again, maybe a new crop of youthful advisers will help Romney guide the economy to better health, even if his plan lacks a certain Reaganesque panache…
Romney also announced his economic policy team today, which consists of R. Glenn Hubbard, dean of the Columbia Business School who was chairman of President Bush's council of economic advisers from 2001 to 2003; Gregory Mankiw, an economics professor at Harvard University who was chairman of President Bush's council of economic advisers from 2003 to 2005; former Senator Jim Talent, of Missouri; and former Representative Vin Weber, of Minnesota.
Or maybe not.
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