The Democrats are finally coming to Charlotte for their convention. They are going to spend a few days trying to persuade us that Barack Obama deserves a second chance in the White House. I dont envy them. Its going to be a tough sell, especially in North Carolina.
For the entire Obama presidency, unemployment has been above 8 percent. Here in North Carolina right now it is 9.6 percent. Median household income in our state has declined by $3,223 since President Obama took office. The president didnt create the economic crisis of 2007-2008, but he has had nearly four years to turn things around. And instead of making things better, he has made things worse.
Lets list some of his policies that have done serious damage.
Start with Obamacare
Number one on my list is Obamacare. The price tag has already soared to $2 trillion. But the costs go beyond dollars and cents. There is a tidal wave of regulations that is now going to wash over businesses, imposing costs that will cause them to grow slower and hire fewer workers. We also need to measure the harm done to our health care system itself by the program, a federal power grab that takes decision-making away from consumers and away from the states and places it in the hands of unelected bureaucrats in Washington, D.C.
Number two is record-breaking deficit spending. Obamacare is just a downpayment on a mortgage that also paid for the stimulus bill (nearly $1 trillion) and record-breaking spending on everything from green energy to food stamps. The only area the president has cut is national defense.
Which brings me to number three. At a time when the world is getting more perilous, Barack Obama is choosing to weaken our defenses. Here in North Carolina, where so many of our citizens are either in active service or are veterans, we know the meaning of military security. Were proud of our contribution to Americas position in the world. And we understand that the radical cuts of the kind President Obama is imposing on our military are going to cost us dearly both at home and abroad.
Then there is labor national labor unions. Trade unions have contributed heavily to Barack Obamas campaign coffers. Hes paid them back with policies that have directly affected North Carolinas economy, like when his appointees on the National Labor Relations Board attempted to punish our neighbors to the south because they are, like we are, a right-to-work state. The shenanigans the NLRB pulled with that Boeing plant in Charleston were just a taste of what well get if Barack Obama is given four more years in a second term.
Obama: Bad businessman
No one is more disappointed in the results of the last four years than those of us in North Carolina. We know Barack Obama well, and we gave him our votes in 2008. But at every turn, he has let us down. President Obama is a good family man, but he is a bad businessman. His failed economic policies have put my grandkids future at risk, and its time to elect someone who understands how to get our economy going again.
Thats why so many North Carolinians are turning to Mitt Romney. His vision for a brighter American future is precisely what we need in North Carolina and across the nation. The downturns and disappointments of the last four years need not become the new normal. But if we are to end this malaise, we need a new president. Barack Obama had his chance. Mitt Romney is a family man, a businessman and a man of his word. Hes who we need to lead our country to a brighter future.