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Romney warns of Obama’s ‘government-run economy’


This news story was published on June 7, 2012.
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By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times –

ST. LOUIS — Arguing that the growing government control of the economy threatens the nation’s freedom, Mitt Romney on Thursday said President Barack Obama is trying to transform the United States into a nation that is starkly at odds with its founding.

“America is on the cusp of having a government-run economy. That’s where he’s taking us. President Obama is transforming America into something very different than the land of the free and the land of opportunity and we know where that transformation leads,” Romney told several hundred supporters gathered in a factory that produces equipment for the military that protects soldiers from chemical, biological and nuclear threats. “There are other nations that have chosen that path. It leads to high unemployment, crushing debt, and stagnant wages, and, yeah, Greece. I don’t want to transform America. I want to restore to America the principles that made us the hope of the Earth.”

Romney made the remarks in Missouri, which has 10 electoral votes and is a state that Sen. John McCain won by 0.12 percent in 2008 over Obama.

Romney’s speech was new — instead of a collection of vignettes of suffering Americans he has met on the campaign trail and stories about his time leading Massachusetts and the Olympics, the remarks were more sweeping about the stark differences between Obama’s and Romney’s world views. But Romney offered no new policy, a fact seized upon by Obama’s campaign.

“In yet another in a long line of ‘major’ economic speeches, Mitt Romney offered no new ideas and no new policies that would actually grow the economy and strengthen the middle class,” said spokeswoman Lis Smith. “Mitt Romney has promised to use his experience to turn around the economy, but all he has offered to date are negative and dishonest speeches tearing down President Obama.”

In his remarks, Romney argued that the government under Obama has breached faith with and morally failed Americans because of its inability to right the nation’s economy. The president, Romney said, puts more faith in government bureaucrats than Americans, leading to a world where citizens are reliant on the government for permission in how they live their lives, from what they can buy to who they can hire.

Romney painted himself as a champion of the free-enterprise system who would turn around the economy by lowering taxes, relaxing regulations, increasing trade and energy production and issuing waivers to states for Obama’s health care law.

“I am absolutely convinced we can prosper again,” he said. “… All this can be more than our hope, it can be our future. It can begin this year. We don’t have to wait, it can begin this year on November 6.”

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