Ara is a Journalism graduate from California State University Northridge who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.
One Reason Some Say Romney Would Have Been a Bad President
After the 2012 Presidential election, I was wondering and asking the question: would Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have been bad for the United States? While the Obama administration was asking Mitt Romney to release ten years of his tax returns, and Paul Ryan was criticizing Obama because of the economy, there is something that is really important.
And that event is that if Mitt Romney were to win the presidency, it was estimated that the US would have lost up to one million more jobs in 2013 alone. That is a lot of lost jobs. But the fundamental question of this article is would Mitt Romney have been a bad President of the United States had he defeated Barack Obama in the 2012 Presidential Election? I try to make the case that he would not have been a bad President.
Some Reasons Why the US Lost So Many Jobs
We have already lost too many jobs in this country because of employers’ refusal to hire workers. They refuse to hire anybody because in their mind it is cheaper to hire no one. To add to this mess, many employers say that they are reluctant to hire new employees because of the Obama care health insurance plan. What are they afraid of? Many companies are sitting on huge piles of cash and they can hire more employees but they just don’t want to. It is because of corporate greed pure and simple. They want to keep as much of the money to themselves as they can. The amount of lost jobs, especially in the manufacturing sector, has other reasons behind it which is beyond the scope of this written piece.
Let’s put things in perspective here for a moment. During the Bill Clinton Presidency (1993-2001), there was a trade agreement that was signed between the US, Canada, and Mexico. Those that were in favor of the agreement argued that NAFTA would lead to the creation of jobs for the US economy. While the agreement helped to make trade investment for businesses easier without them having to deal with the movement of labor across borders, by 2011, it was estimated that there were 682,900 jobs lost due to NAFTA. All of this happened under a Democratic administration.
Before I go any further on this, let me say that I was one of those people that did not trust Romney and even signed a petition urging him to properly release his tax returns. I ended up voting for Romney during the 2012 election, feeling that Obama had not done enough to improve the overall economic and business standing of the United States. To be fair, Obama has been under scrutiny for many things which is a different topic for a different day.
Mitt Romney As a President of the United States
The Liberal Point of View About Romney
Here is what liberals have said about Romney:
- The election of Romney and Ryan would cause the rich to get richer according to arguments from people on the left.
- Romney would have increased taxes on the middle class and this would destroy an already fragile economy and kill any job creation in this country.
Even John McCain Would Have Had a Hard Time With the Economy in 2008
Would the election of John McCain in 2008 instead of Barack Obama have really changed things? I personally doubt it because this country is still struggling economically even in 2016. No one could have fixed the country in just 4 years. It may take up to another ten years to really see improvement. Patience is a virtue for a good reason and many do not have patience. It takes time to fix a broken country. But time is running out for Obama who has only until January 2017 to finish whatever goals he set out to accomplish.
But to get back to the focus of this article, would the election of Romney and Ryan have been bad for America? At the time before the 2012 Presidential Election, I certainly thought so. Romney’s defeat in the election was because of many factors but one factor that was huge was Romney’s inability to win over the Hispanic vote. This was due to his far right stance on immigration. Romney himself was said to have been shell shocked. These elections are decided by which candidate wins the key states. After Ohio went for Obama in 2012, Romney’s chances of winning were over but it was also said that no one was able to process this result. Defeat is sometimes very hard to take and it was especially tough for Romney and Ryan. The victories for Obama in Colorado and eventually Florida were more than a sucker punch to the Romney campaign. Those victories assured Obama of another solid win which resulted in his second term in office.
How Do We Get the American Economy Moving Again? Two People Offer Different Views on the Greatness of Romney
We have come to the point that we need to come together as a country and realize the future health of this country economically is going to depend on how well both major parties are able to work together to solve the major issues of our time. Steve Forbes has argued that Romney would have made a better president than what was seen during his campaign. It was back in 2010 during an interview with Neil Cavuto of Fox News that Romney asserted that the Obama Administration spent $787 billion as part of a stimulus plan to create new jobs and there was not a single net new job created.
Politics is also about what candidates say to better their standing so they can win votes. Michael Snyder of the End of the American Dream website gives 16 reasons why he feels that Mitt Romney would have been a terrible president for the United States. While I am no politician and I don’t have all the answers I do know that effective change in Washington will only come about through both Democrats and Republicans willing to compromise to solve this nation’s difficulties. So what is the solution to making sure that this country gets back on the right track economically? Well, one thing we can do is to reduce the salaries of these professional athletes and invest more money into programs for education, infrastructure, and the economy.
The Video in Which Romney Criticizes the Obama Economic Stimulus Plan
Final Thoughts on Whether Mitt Romney Would Have Been Bad as a US President
Would Mitt Romney have been a bad president? It is tough to say because we currently do not have enough effective bipartisanship in our Congress and as long as this continues, the party in charge of things in the White House is going to have a very tough time getting legislation passed. As one of the largest representative democracies in the world, the United States deserves to have leaders that will make sure that there is a strong middle class where people can work hard, send their children to college, and have enough money for their retirement years. Romney certainly would have been different for the United States but a bad president? It is too tough to say.
Regardless of whether we had Romney in the Oval Office or not, this country still has to be able to create a solid middle class so that those people that want jobs can get them. However, there is one major hurdle to creating a strong middle class and that is the outsourcing of jobs that has been happening. For instance, the US manufacturing sector decreased from 19.5 million back in June 1979 to 11.5 million in December of 2009. That’s a total of 8 million manufacturing jobs lost over 30 years! These middle class jobs have been the biggest strength of the US economy for decades and these losses have done much damage to this country’s economic health. In spite of Obama saying that he would bring hope and change, the election of Romney may or may not have been a bad choice. Only time will tell. As time has passed, I have begun to have respect for Willard "Mitt" Romney. He can speak very well, is intelligent, and knows how frustrated and angry many Americans have become as a result of the decline of the American manufacturing sector and the loss of millions of good paying jobs. Romney would not have been any worse than George W. Bush.
If the people of the United States really wanted to have change, they had their chance in 2012 to vote for it. Instead, the United States chose a man in 2016 who will more than likely be considered the worst president in history. If Mitt Romney had won the 2012 Presidential Election, there would be no way that the country would have been stuck with Donald Trump. I will agree with former President Obama that Romney and McCain are two very decent men.
Mitt Romney Would Have United the GOP
This writer says that Mitt Romney would not have been a bad President. Though I am not a big fan of the GOP, there are still some decent Republicans that would be good Presidents. After all, let’s be fair. One of the greatest men in American history, Abraham Lincoln was a Republican and a caring person. Dwight Eisenhower who served in the US Army during World War II also was a decent President. I remember Barack Obama mentioning during the 2016 Election campaign that if either John McCain or Mitt Romney had been President, he would not have been as concerned as he is now. Karen Hughes who served as a counselor to President George W. Bush makes a great point about Romney when she says “he’s lived a life of faithful commitment to his family and his church,” (Hughes, 2012). If you want to be a great leader, one of the most important qualities to have is strong family values and a commitment to church. Our current President Donald Trump is now on his third marriage and he does not have a good relationship with daughter Tiffany whose mother is Marla Maples. Romney is not perfect, but the GOP would have been more unified and stronger with him.
Hughes, K. (2012, April 22). Politico . Retrieved from http://www.politico.com/story/2012/04/why-mitt-will-be-a-good-president-075437?o=1
Mitt Romney Makes Good Points Here
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Ara Vahanian (author) from LOS ANGELES on March 01, 2019:
To be fair about John McCain, this is a man that served his country in Vietnam and he was taken as a P.O.W. He could have died but survived to have a nice career in the US Senate. I was very upset to hear of his death because he was such a decent man. One of the men who really cared about this country, may he rest in peace. As for Romney, yes he would have enacted some tough trade & economic policies and I agree the US political system is corrupt but at least Romney is a classy man. He does not act like a jerk like Donald Trump does. Actually it is because of Barack Obama that people such as me with a preexisting condition can get health insurance. Anyway, this article is about Mitt Romney. He may have not been perfect had he won in 2012 but at least we would have had a President and leader.
bradmasteroccal on February 28, 2019:
To succinctly answer some of your questions in your article.
Mitt Romney, John McCain and Paul Ryan showed their true colors when Trump was running and won the presidency. These people would have made the White House just as bad as the people that they lost to.
These elections since Regan was president through 2012 had no winners for the US or the American people. So, in essence it didn't matter who won, the result would have been bad, but in different ways. And that is a function of the differences in the republican and democrat parties. Neither of these parties provide solutions, but both parties cause problems.
Ara Vahanian (author) from LOS ANGELES on September 17, 2016:
Good analysis there. The economic crisis would have been blamed on the GOP for sure, for they would have been in charge of the White House. The mortgage disaster was caused by these mortgage companies selling these risky loans that many took and could not afford. There have been many mistakes made by our politicians from both major parties and this is contributing to the frustration that the US public has with the Establishment. However, Romney also knows that Donald Trump isn't the man that can lead the country effectively.
CJ Kelly from the PNW on September 17, 2016:
Romney would have been an excellent President. The economic crisis would have been blamed on the GOP and he probably would not have won re-election, but he still would have served the nation well. The mortgage disaster of 2008 was 20 years in the making and it's hard to blame any official elected after 2008.