• Can Mitt Romney Save the Economy from the Republicans?

    The Washington Post's Ezra Klein offers what is to my mind the most reasonable argument that I've heard so far for giving your vote to Mitt Romney

    That's not because he has business experience. For all his bluster about the lessons taught by the private sector, his agenda is indistinguishable from that of career politician Paul Ryan. Nor is it because he's demonstrated some special knowledge of what it takes to create jobs. Job growth in Massachusetts was notably slow under Romney's tenure. It's because if Romney is elected, Republicans won’t choose to crash the economy in 2013.

    In a sense, Republicans are holding a gun to the economy’s head and saying, "vote for us or the recovery gets it." That might well prove an effective political strategy: The more they say that they’re willing to let the debt ceiling expire and the economy run over the fiscal cliff, the more businesses will pull back and households will stop spending in order to make sure they have enough cash on hand to ride out another crisis. That will further depress the economy this year, making it more likely that Romney wins, and that Republicans embrace the smooth Keynesian glide path that they’re denying Obama.

    "Vote for us or the recovery gets it." You've gotta admit, Republicans really do excel framing their argument in the most elegantly succinct terms. Even when those terms are mostly unspoken.

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    Tags: Debt, Economy, House of Representatives, Mitt Romney, Republicans


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