By: Dale Bowling
Since the general consensus among pundits and instapolls is that President Obama did a bad job during last night's debate, it begs the question of what should the President have said.
Here are some suggestions:
1) He should have reminded the viewers that over a half million jobs were being lost every month when he became President and that we've had 29 months of consecutive job growth under his leadership.
2) Obama should have owned the Stimulus, like he owned Obamacare and told Americans the truth about it: the American Recovery and Investment Act created at least 3.5 million jobs by the end of 2010 when the US economy needed them most, is still producing jobs as its effects ripple through the economy and kept us from sliding into a second Great Depression.
3) The President should have reminded viewers that the American Jobs Act which economists have projected would produce around 2 million jobs has been languishing on Capitol Hill for a year because of Republican obstruction. The AJA is fully funded and could be immediately implemented.
4) He could have asked Governor Romney if he really does think that 47% of Americans will never take responsibility for their lives and if so, how would that affect Romney's role as President.
5) President Obama could have called out Romney more forcefully on what his plan entails. How are enormous tax cuts not going to add to the deficit? How can Romney close enough loopholes to offset a 20% tax cut across the board and a 10% reduction of the corporate tax rate? How can Republicans invest in all these things like education, the military, etc., with decreased revenue?
6) Lastly, Obama should have condemned Romney's plan (just cuting taxes and regulations on businesses) as exactly the same set of policies that got us into this mess in the first place.