|Note that I am not only 1 row up from "Clyde", but also standing on my seat in this picture!|
I was pretty impressed with Romney's speech. I was actually a fan of his 4 years ago but not overly enthusiastic this year. But I appreciate his private sector experience, his understanding of how to make jobs, grow business and not regulate and tax the lifeblood out of entrepreneurs.
I do have a hard time with the whole "Are you better off?" campaign slogan because they want us all to say "NO! [and it's Obama's fault.]" But I actually AM better off now than I was 4 years ago. Is that to Obama's credit? No, it's because of hard work, education, determination, sacrifice, the hard work of others to grow business and local economy, etc. But, if we want to defend individual achievement ("We Built it!"), then we also have to take personal responsibility for individual achievement. If we're not better off, I don't want to just blame the government and not take any personal responsibility. I don't want to say 4 years into a Romney presidency that "YES! I'm better off [and it's because of Romney], I want to say, "Yes! I'm better off [and it's because of God's grace and the same list of attributes hat helped my family and I prosper during the Obama administration]" I don't want the government to cause my prosperity, I just don't want it to hinder it. Maybe it's the marketer in me, but I just don't think this slogan works well--especially if you are Branstad. When he asked the crowd, "Are you better off now than you were 4 years ago?" I think some people shouted "No" in protest to Obama and some people said "Yes" in support of Branstad. I'll stop now, but I thought maybe this post should go a little deeper than Easy Cheese.
I haven't heard the whole story yet, but I guess my dad got interviewed by some TV station too, even though he was in the overflow crowd. But, my proudest moment was being retweeted by @nwciowa after tweeting about my Easy Cheese confiscation :). That's how we roll here in "God's Country."