According to nymag.com, as the economy moves into growth, the Republican Party finds itself awkwardly retreating from years of doom-saying and into weariness. The Republican party concedes that things have gotten better, but everybody knew it would happen. “Mitt Romney knew the day would come when a president would be able to swagger into the House Chamber and lay claim to a burgeoning economic recovery,” writes Jon Ward.
Ward’s evidence for Romney’s insight into the inevitable recovery is a statement the Republican candidate made:
“I wouldn’t be going after this job if I thought the future was bleak. I would not want to be president — be on watch if you will — as America goes over a cliff. I would not want to take this job and this responsibility if I didn’t think the future is going to be extraordinarily bright.”
Here’s Mitt Romney’s speech at the Republican National Convention:
“His policies have not helped create jobs. They’ve depressed them, and this I can tell you about where President Obama would take America. His plan to put taxes on small businesses won’t not add jobs. It will eliminate them. …”
Romney felt that he was the only man that could bring economic growth to the country. How confident was Romney that Obama’s job-killing policies would prevent the economy from recovering? Apparently, he was 100 percent confident:
“…and his trillion dollar deficits, they slow our economy, restrain employment, and cause wages to stall. To the majority of Americans who now believe the future will not be better than the past, I can guarantee you this — if Barack Obama is reelected, you will be right.”
Romney guaranteed the economy would get worse. The point is that the Republican analysis held, as a matter of certainty, that the Obama economic program (stimulus, higher taxes on the rich, health care, clean energy, etc.) would make a strong recovery impossible.
That analysis does not seem to be real.