August 15, 2012

Charles Krauthammer’s Aug. 10 column, “The case against reelection,” ironically served as an example of the poverty of the Mitt Romney presidential campaign.

Mr. Romney and the Republicans have offered no detailed, intellectually persuasive budgets or programs for sustainable economic development or sustainable improvements in health care; no serious proposals to address climate change; and no innovative foreign policy or national security proposals.  They even oppose President Obama’s measures to improve family planning, health care for women, and civil rights for gay men and lesbians.

Without details of Mr. Romney’s vision, supporters can only attack the president — as Mr. Krauthammer did on two fronts, both of them dead wrong:

First, he blamed Mr. Obama for high unemployment and “declining economic growth.” But congressional Republicans blocked the president’s proposed American Jobs Act of 2011, which was high in potential job creation and infrastructure development. Mr. Romney’s embrace of the “marvelous” Paul Ryan budget would be worse than a replay of the Bush policies that created the recession and exacerbated structural economic inequality.

Second, Mr. Krauthammer misrepresented the president’s obvious meaning in his “you didn’t build that” comment. It was clear that great, innovative individual achievements are supported by a larger infrastructure to which all Americans contribute. 

Andre Sauvageot, Reston