Jewish World Review July 18, 2012/ 28 Tamuz, 5772
Romney's hysteria bubble
By Jonah Goldberg
It was one of
He had said we could save as much oil as we could get from domestic drilling if everybody properly maintained their cars and got their tires inflated. Now, that was hyperbole. But when conservatives, including his opponent, Sen.
"It's like these guys take pride in being ignorant."
The line struck a chord. It signaled that Obama was going to elevate the conversation even if he risked being demagogued or distorted. Of course, this was back when a lot of people thought Obama was a more enlightened politician rather than an unknown pol being marketed as one. Still, it was smart. He punctured a bubble of faux hysteria.
We could use a little -- a lot, actually -- of that sort of thing from
The former CEO of investment bank
Who can doubt their sincerity? Lord knows the president has been nothing but forthright and honest with the American people about his own past -- his own memoir notwithstanding.
Regardless, Romney has largely made this mess for himself. His tenure at Bain and his fat-cat status have been the subject of attacks throughout his political career. And yet he was caught off-guard.
Still, he needs to pop the hysteria bubble.
First, let's be clear: Outsourcing isn't evil. Building businesses overseas doesn't necessarily cost America a thing and often creates wealth and value both here and abroad. Consider the patriotic lamentations over our Olympic uniforms being made in
But going by the flimsy standards being hurled at Romney, one might wonder why Obama's
Obama's preferred cap-and-trade policies would amount to a massive jobs, wealth and pollution transfer to countries like
And yet it's Obama who's benefitting from faintly xenophobic ads about how Romney wants to give foreigners your job.
Obama's mercenary hypocrisy is not the point. What's significant is his -- and a lot of other people's -- willful ignorance about outsourcing and investment banking.
Is it really so shocking that that the dying companies Bain tried to turn around shed jobs? Is it fair or intellectually honest to hang a global trend of the last 40 years around Romney's neck? Do all the liberal activists tweeting on their made-in-
Indeed, if what
In a sense, Romney deserves more blame than Obama. He knows the truth but won't defend the industry that made him rich and gave him the career he says qualifies him to be president.
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