Romney-Democrats Will Be Watching the Republican Convention Closely

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The new website Romney-Democrats.com will be watching the Republican convention for confirmation of their view that Mitt Romney is the leader the country needs to overcome ideological stalemate and to implement common sense solutions that benefit all Americans.

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Stimulus spending on infrastructure can promote recovery and help pay for itself; political-based stimulus spending is just political.

The new website Romney-Democrats.com will be watching the Republican convention for confirmation of their view that Mitt Romney is the leader the country needs to overcome ideological stalemate and to implement common sense solutions that benefit all Americans

Romney-Democrats believes that Mitt Romney is the leader the country needs to help overcome the view that in the US the only way to win is to force the other side to lose. America needs to return to an era of shared prosperity.

The creators of Romney-Democrats.com are life-long Democrats. Their career choices reflect their political interests: labor organizer, environmental preservation, anti-poverty research. Indeed their members have voted exclusively for Democratic nominees from Mondale to and including Obama. Their website, however, contains strong evidence that the political, moral, and economic divisions in the United States are wide and growing. They believe that these divisions are responsible for the inability to get anything done to address the country’s economic and social problems. The site also argues that Romney has the proven leadership, personal integrity, and political and business experience to overcome these divisions and to embrace common sense rather than ideological solutions to the nation’s challenges.

Under the banner “Common Sense for the Common Good” this recently launched website describes the sponsors’ view of the kind of leadership the country currently needs. They make the interesting argument that “the current political polarization in the US is driven by … emotions” and that people use their reasoning to support what “just feels right.” They call for “a national leader who can … help the people of our nation see our strengths and who will lead us away from politicians of both parties who hammer us with speeches about inequities and our political and economic weaknesses at home and abroad.”

Americans clearly are demoralized. Polls indicate that a majority believes that the country is on the wrong track. The approval ratings of key political, economic, and social institutions fall well below 50% with some in the single digits. Moreover, Jonathan Haidt reports that there is broad disagreement over core values: liberals focus almost exclusively on caring for others, promoting “liberty,” and seeking “fairness;” conservatives embrace those but also value “loyalty”, “authority” (versus subversion), and “sanctity” (versus degradation.) Romney-Democrats observes that given “such divergent views on what constitutes moral behavior there is little chance that we can agree on common policies.” The site then attempts to apply common sense to find common ground on a range of economic and public policy issues.

For example, in a section titled “Keynesian Stimulus Spending” they argue that common sense suggests that government spending during a recession should have a positive effect on economic activity, at least in the near-term. However, how the money is spent also matters. “Stimulus spending on infrastructure can promote recovery and help pay for itself; political-based stimulus spending is just political.”

For those who are worried about China they make the case that China needs the US (as a buyer of their production) more than the US needs China (to finance our consumption of their exports.) On green energy they point out that “wind and solar farms may not generate carbon emissions, but they are not environmentally benign.”

Perhaps most surprising is the discussion of income inequality. Romney-Democrats offers evidence that the key driver of increasing inequality is the relative decline of middle-skilled, middle-income jobs. Moreover, they argue, the cause is not jobs going offshore; it is automation. This has impacted far more than manufacturing (office clerical jobs have also disappeared) and it is global. Recent news stories covered the plans of Foxconn to introduce thousands of robots into their electronic assembly plants in China; Morgan Stanley has announced that it will replace some of its bond traders with computer trading systems. This means: “tax increases on the wealthy will not lead to a return of middle-skilled and middle-paying jobs. Rebuilding the US base of human capital will be a key step to ease the inequality of income.”

Romney-Democrats argues forcefully that the divisions within the country are driven largely by emotion and only supported by reasoning. Thus they state that the country needs “a national leader to help Democrats and Republicans, Tea Partiers and Occupiers, liberals, conservatives, libertarians, and independents to step back from the confrontation, to breath deeply, and then to begin to think about the nation’s challenges with a lot less emotional ideology and with a lot more focus on common sense solutions.” They clearly believe that Mitt Romney can be that leader. For more information visit http://www.Romney-Democrats.com or sent a request to info(at)romney-Democrats(dot)com.

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