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A Blueprint for a Romney victory

by Phantom Ace ( 50 Comments › )
Filed under Barack Obama, Business, Communism, Economy, Elections 2012, Fascism, Mitt Romney, Progressives, Regulation, Socialism, taxation at July 10th, 2012 - 11:30 am

I did a post discussing that Mitt Romney should attack Obama the cultural symbol. Although some dismissed my post, Rush Limbaugh made the same exact points I made in yesterday’s post. This post is about another angle Romney should use against the pop icon.

Romney is running on the economy. One item he should bring up is that he will support Free Markets, not Crony Capitalism. Big Businesses and Free Markets are not always in synch. In many places of the world, big companies support Socialist governments. One reason for this is that the regulatory structure of a Progressive regime inhibit small businesses from forming. This reduces competition and leads to monopoly by one comp-any that can absorb the costs of Socialism. Obama has favored Big Businesses since many of them supported his rise. This has lead to a system of crony capitalism that hurts entrepreneurship. Romney should stress, he is for Free Markets and not favoring big businesses over small businesses.

A recent New York Times op-ed by Bill Scher, “How Liberals Win,” must be commended for its honesty. Scher presents a compelling historical narrative of how Democrats are happy to ally themselves with big business in a Faustian pact to foster anti-market policies. From Franklin Roosevelt’s National Recovery Act, which promoted the cartelization of industry, to President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, which bought off big pharmaceutical companies by suppressing free trade in the drug market, Scher describes how Democrats have promoted crony capitalism to foster their liberal agenda. They are pro-business—at least certain businesses—but fundamentally anti-market.

This is exactly the opposite of what most Americans want. According to a survey conducted as part of the Financial Trust Index, which I codirect, only 19 percent of Americans reject the free-market system. But 51 percent are suspicious of the excessive power of big business. In other words, they are pro-market, but not necessarily pro-business, especially when business is large and politically powerful.

In fact, by inverting Scher’s argument, one can see that a pro-market, but not pro-big-business, platform would be a winner for Republicans. From Tea Party supporters to Republican-leaning independents, a vast majority of potential Republican voters already hold these positions. The party establishment lags behind, partly for ideological reasons and partly for financial ones.


For all of these reasons, Romney is eminently qualified to make the pro-market case. But his campaign, at least up to now, has lacked vision and followed in George W. Bush’s footsteps. Romney’s pragmatic, technocratic approach reassures people but fails to excite them. The Republican base is thus far uninspired, and independent voters fear a Bush repeat. Romney must differentiate himself from both Bush and Obama, rallying the Republican base while also attracting independents. Pledging a better future for America by defending the American free-market system against a Southern European–style crony capitalism is the perfect way to do it. It’s time for Romney to pick up this flag.

Crony Capitalism is just Socialism with the face of big business. Romney should make it clear he will not favor any type of business over another. His administration will support only the concept of a free market.

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  1. buzzsawmonkey
    1 | July 10, 2012 11:49 am

    No Subsidies.
    No Rebates.
    No Favoritism.
    Fair and Minimal Taxation.

  2. waldensianspirit
    2 | July 10, 2012 12:01 pm

    But, but, but are Romney’s friendscronies gonna have to retire for four years?

    [*snouts in the trough, snouts in the trough*]

  3. 3 | July 10, 2012 12:12 pm

    When you have an entity that’s in the business of picking winners and losers, corporations will be first in line to pay homage.

  4. waldensianspirit
    4 | July 10, 2012 12:19 pm

    October surprise: Mooch skips a vacation! And all the peasants shall be impressed with her sacrifice on their behalf

  5. 5 | July 10, 2012 12:25 pm

    It would appear that Obama and company’s silly attacks regarding secret Swiss bank accounts, etc. are also not working.

    If I were Mitt, I would be asking Obama this question:

    “I don’t understand, Mr. President, why you are not out there running on your record? You would think that if your accomplishments have helped the country as much as you say they have, if the economy and job market are as strong and moving in the right direction as you say they are, and if your healthcare bill is as popular as you say it is, I would think that I’d be hammering that home to the people every chance I got. Instead, for some reason, you seem to be obsessed with how I manage my money instead of how you’ve managed the taxpayers’.

  6. heysoos
    6 | July 10, 2012 12:37 pm

    @ Carolina Girl:
    there you have it

  7. 7 | July 10, 2012 12:58 pm

    @ heysoos:

    From our friends at Ace of Spades,

    Obama’s tax hike proposal is dead on arrival in the House and the Senate, where even the Democrats realize that raising taxes is bad for the economy (and bad for their reelection hopes). Also noted in the piece: several Dems plan to vote this week to repeal Obamacare.

  8. 8 | July 10, 2012 1:01 pm

    @ Carolina Girl:

    Mitt should bring up some of the stimulus money went to to European companies.

  9. lobo91
    9 | July 10, 2012 1:03 pm

    I’m starting to scare myself.

    I not only got my website put back together, but I got it a real domain, and an email address to match.

    And it actually works!

  10. pat
    10 | July 10, 2012 1:08 pm

    Another way Dems win;

    Politico reports on a creepy new tactic practiced by Democrat campaign operatives: following Republican candidates home and filming video of their houses, which is then uploaded to the Internet, with the blessing of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

    Both parties employ “trackers” to follow candidates around, in the hopes of catching them in some embarrassing act. As Politico notes, one of the most famous examples of a tracker hitting paydirt came when Democrat Rep. Bob Etheridge freaked out on camera, and began screaming at Republican interns who had been following him around.

    But this Democrat home-stalking is new, pervasive, and extremely disturbing. Obviously, it raises security concerns for the targeted candidates, who find their home addresses, including video of their front doors and mailboxes, splashed all over the Internet. It also intimidates the candidates, eliminating the last vestiges of their privacy.

    The ostensible reason Democrats are shooting these creepy stalker videos is because they want to fuel their class-warfare campaign with images of the nice houses Republican candidates and their families live in. Democrat Party operatives are hoping that allied Super PACs will pick up the videos and use them in waves of TV commercials designed to portray the Republican candidates as greedy plutocrats.

    You might be wondering if anyone is actually stupid enough to think Democrat candidates live in ramshackle homes. The answer, sadly, is yes. Seven of the top 10 richest members of Congress in 2011 were Democrats, but they continue to posture as modest defenders of the poor, while painting Republicans as sinister manor-dwelling aristocrats. They push this narrative hard enough to have some success with low-information voters.

  11. 11 | July 10, 2012 1:10 pm

    @ lobo91:


  12. 12 | July 10, 2012 1:11 pm

    Apropos of nothing, but the Army is ending its sponsorship of the 39 car in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series, owned by Stewart-Haas Racing (for those that don’t know, Tony Stewart is the current NASCAR champion.

    According to a release issued Tuesday by the team, the decision was made because of “a reallocation of [the Army’s] marketing budget that will not include a presence in NASCAR.”

    The National Guard is the sponsor for Dale Jr.’s team 88 car. I’ll await with interest to see if that sponsorship is pulled. I guess Bammy’s realized nothing he does is getting him the NASCAR fan vote.

    Wonder if flyovers at the races will be the next to go.

  13. 13 | July 10, 2012 1:13 pm

    @ Rodan:

    Check this out at Ace – – the GOP is on it – website called

  14. 14 | July 10, 2012 1:14 pm

    @ lobo91:

    And are your going to keep this a secret.
    I really was stoked the day I typed in a website that was a “.com” (rather than wordpress/blogspot/typepad, etc.) and it was ME!!

  15. lobo91
    15 | July 10, 2012 1:17 pm

    Carolina Girl wrote:

    @ lobo91:

    And are your going to keep this a secret.
    I really was stoked the day I typed in a website that was a “.com” (rather than wordpress/blogspot/typepad, etc.) and it was ME!!

    Wait…you mean I’m supposed to tell people where to find it?

  16. 16 | July 10, 2012 1:18 pm

    @ Carolina Girl:

    Good give the god-king a taste of his own medicine.

  17. lobo91
    17 | July 10, 2012 1:19 pm

    I need to see if I can set up an NRA membership page.

    I’m a recruiter, but at the moment, I can only do face-to-face registrations.

  18. buzzsawmonkey
    18 | July 10, 2012 1:22 pm

    Take off the gloves, Mitt!

  19. 19 | July 10, 2012 1:23 pm

    @ lobo91:

    Are you powered by WordPress? I think you can do something via JetPack to put a widget in for NRA sponsorship.

    I think the powers that be here or at Daedalus could provide some guidance.

  20. 20 | July 10, 2012 1:24 pm

    @ pat:
    We need to hit back twice as hard. All these Democrats have home addresses too. Put Nancy Pelosie Galore’s multi million dollar spread on YouTube.

  21. MikeA
    21 | July 10, 2012 1:26 pm

    pat wrote:

    They push this narrative hard enough to have some success with low-information voters.

    Is this a nice way to say.. ignorant voters?

  22. 22 | July 10, 2012 1:27 pm

    Taliban Publishes book of poetry.

    “I stoned him with the stones of light tears / then I hung my sorrow on the gallows. … / It might have been the wine of your memory / that made my heart drunk five times.”

  23. 23 | July 10, 2012 1:28 pm

    Obama down 6 points among Hispanics in one week.

    And since it’s gallup, they no doubt oversampled Dems so I have a feeling numbers are worse than they indicate.

  24. lobo91
    24 | July 10, 2012 1:30 pm

    @ Carolina Girl:

    The NRA already has a website set up for recruiters to link to if they have their own sites. It automatically credits their account if someone signs up through the link.

    I just have to get them to send me the code.

  25. lobo91
    25 | July 10, 2012 1:31 pm

    Well, I’m out.

    3:30 comes way too early…

  26. 26 | July 10, 2012 1:35 pm

    @ lobo91:
    You should get a favicon for the address bar. Nice work on the site, and domain name. :)

    /should do that for my “walking blog” one day…

  27. 27 | July 10, 2012 1:45 pm

    @ Carolina Girl:

    I read that polls underestimate the GOP share of Hispanic voters. When they look for Hispanics, they tend to look in the Blue states and Barrios. They don’t realize most Hispanics live in suburbs. Also Many Hispanics don’t have Spanish surnames. One of my last names is Hache, which is Lebanese. Plus many Hispanics are just called that for cultural reasons but have one parents who is Non Hispanics. I know people who are part Puerto Rican and Irish or Colombian and Italian. They identify as Hispanics, but they don’t have Hispanic names.

    I actually saw some study on this showing this. Example on the pre-election poll in 2004, Bush was at 36% among Hispanics, yet the election exit polls showed him at 44% nationally and in swing states, he wong the Hispanic vote 49-48. McCain in 08 had 24% support in the polls and got 31% in actual vote. In 2010 the GOP was polling at 29% and got 38% in the actual result.

  28. spinmore
    28 | July 10, 2012 1:48 pm

    @ Carolina Girl:
    . . . on the other end of the Army’s budget concerns –

    my older boy (whom signed up for an active duty commitment upon graduation in the spring) has been told that Uncle may not activate him, but rather place him with a reserve unit. He is presently at Warrior Forge (Ft.Lewis, WA) with several thousand other young patriots.

    And, at bases all across the country, civilian workers are being let go by the thousands . . .

    Milktoast Mitt should be trumpeting all of ‘dis stuff (imho)

  29. tunnelrat
    29 | July 10, 2012 1:50 pm

    The media is doing their best to portray Romney as an ultra-rich, country club snob who has never worked a day in his life, and he needs to fight back aggressively any time that issue is raised. He should point out the many, many democrats who are more wealthy than him, and also some of the countless left-wing celebrities as well. He could point out that Nancy Pelosi and her husband are worth several times more than him, yet the taxpayers are footing the bill for her travel. There are numerous instances of left wing hypocrisy on this issue and he needs to have them at the tip of his tongue for whenever the issue arises.

  30. 30 | July 10, 2012 1:50 pm

    @ Rodan:

    Giving illegals a free pass, promoting gay marriage and attacking the Catholic Church isn’t going to endear him to “Hispanics” – they support NONE of those things.

  31. spinmore
    32 | July 10, 2012 1:59 pm

    @ tunnelrat:
    . . . yeah, like the unwashed one percenter (Michael Moore) who never misses an opportunity to hang with the “99”centers

    all smoke and mirrors, like Big Al’s concern for Mudda Earff (Gaea)
    *barf choke*

  32. NoThreat2U
    33 | July 10, 2012 2:05 pm

    @ doriangrey:
    Shared on facebook 😉

  33. spinmore
    34 | July 10, 2012 2:11 pm

    @ doriangrey:
    you can say that again

  34. pat
    35 | July 10, 2012 2:11 pm

    That June jobs report was contrived. For the 3rd time in 6 months the Department of Labor ‘seasonally adjusted’ the figures in a manner that is unprecedented, and such that the report looks much better than it is. And that is one shitty jobs report.
    As I have suspected since December last, The DOL has been infiltrated by political operatives that are manipulating reported statistics. The raw data is dressed-up for the press releases, always to make Obama look better. The real data is buried where only economists can find it. The public is oblivious.

  35. spinmore
    36 | July 10, 2012 2:25 pm


    Prager had co-authors James Robison and Jay Richards on today to talk about thier new book “Indivisible – Restoring Faith, Family, And Freedom Before It’s Too Late” (c)2012
    . . . the book ‘rang a bell’ (i had scoured the book shelves at the thrift store yesterday, and thought i had seen this book)
    sure enough – went back and picked it up for a buck 😀
    I would love to know how that book traveled to the thrift store so quickly – that ‘trip’ must have set some new speed record (haha)

  36. 37 | July 10, 2012 2:35 pm

    @ Carolina Girl:

    What really pisses off Hispanics is Obama thinking we are subservient slaves or Descendant of Aztecs. The GOP does have to do a better job of outreach though. Many Hispanics don’t vote for the Democrats, they vote against the Republicans. But as you, Speranza and I have discussed,The GOP has a messaging problem in general.

  37. song_and_dance_man
    38 | July 10, 2012 2:59 pm

    I’ve been away for a few days and just noticed that Alan West commented on our Twitter page? Did we run a story about him recently?

  38. RIX
    39 | July 10, 2012 3:15 pm

    WLS Radio in Chicago is reporting that they have been
    told by Dem sources that Jesse Jackson Jr.has tried
    to take his own life. They are saying that is why he
    has disappeared & is hospitalised.
    He has been incognito for about a month & his office
    will not say where.
    The story is NOT confirmed.

  39. spinmore
    40 | July 10, 2012 3:17 pm

    song_and_dance_man wrote:

    I’ve been away for a few days and just noticed that Alan West commented on our Twitter page? Did we run a story about him recently?

    for the no-twitter crowd, what did Col. West say?

  40. song_and_dance_man
    41 | July 10, 2012 3:21 pm

    @ spinmore:

    I know next to nothing about twitter, but it appears we had said something about him and he was replying that if we were going to attack him we had to get the facts straight.

  41. spinmore
    42 | July 10, 2012 3:30 pm

    song_and_dance_man wrote:

    @ spinmore:

    I know next to nothing about twitter, but it appears we had said something about him and he was replying that if we were going to attack him we had to get the facts straight.

    strange . . . i’ve only ever seen praise here for West

  42. 43 | July 10, 2012 3:32 pm

    @ song_and_dance_man:


  43. 44 | July 10, 2012 3:38 pm

    @ song_and_dance_man:

    No, he was replying to the people attacking him. We Tweeted support of him.

  44. 45 | July 10, 2012 3:39 pm

    song_and_dance_man wrote:

    @ spinmore:
    I know next to nothing about twitter, but it appears we had said something about him and he was replying that if we were going to attack him we had to get the facts straight.

    Nope, I remember that, West wasn’t talking to us, he was talking to someone else and Blogmocracy retweeted it.

    Allen West ‏@AllenWest

    If you are going to attack me…get your facts straight!

  45. song_and_dance_man
    46 | July 10, 2012 3:39 pm

    @ spinmore:
    @ Rodan:

    Like I said I don’t know enough about tweeting. Maybe someone linked the comment there and he was referring to someone else. I don’t know, but there is a comment by him there, and it is him, the Col. You can follow him to his own page.

  46. song_and_dance_man
    47 | July 10, 2012 3:40 pm

    @ Rodan:
    @ doriangrey:
    That’s what I thought, since we mostly only praise him here,.

  47. spinmore
    48 | July 10, 2012 3:42 pm

    @ doriangrey:
    that makes more sense

    you know there’s about two or three things we all agree with ’round these parts . . . and Allen West’s one of ‘um :)

  48. 49 | July 10, 2012 3:58 pm

    spinmore wrote:

    @ doriangrey:
    that makes more sense
    you know there’s about two or three things we all agree with ’round these parts . . . and Allen West’s one of ‘um

    Well, cept for Rodan, who is from Florida and is trying to hog all the West goodness to him and his fellow Floridians selfs… 😈

  49. spinmore
    50 | July 10, 2012 4:08 pm

    @ doriangrey:
    it seems like West is slowly getting more and more national exposure (esp.via Fox)
    what a stark contrast between him and just about every other wacked politician (left or ‘right’)

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