An electorate’s task: Choosing between Romney and Obama

If we use Obama’s record to determine whether he deserves a second term, how should we assess Mitt Romney, his rival in this election? An important source would be his record as the governor of Massachusetts, in which capacity he served from 2003-2007. However, given that his tenure ended 5 years ago, the bulk of our assessment of him should be based on whether he demonstrates an understanding of the major challenges that concern us and the plans he has outlined to address the same.

An obvious issue in such a comparison is that while Obama has obviously put some of his policies into effect, Romney hasn’t. So it is more difficult to imagine the consequences of his ideas. It is especially for this reason that Romney has a responsibility to clearly explain what his policies are and specifically how they would address the challenges we face. This would allow us to differentiate between the candidates more accurately.  Separately, the existence of a record for only one of the two candidates has conferred both the challenger and the incumbent with distinct advantages. For instance, the lack of a record has allowed Romney to argue that Obama’s policies are the cause for a lackluster economic recovery, and that he would succeed where Obama has presumably failed. On the other hand, Obama is making the case that Romney’s plans are unrealistic/impossible to implement and that some of his measures would increase suffering among the most vulnerable classes of our society. Our job as the electorate is to carefully dissect these arguments and choose the one that best represents our interests.

For my part, having considered the plans of both Romney and Obama over the last 8 months, I have made up by mind. In the following posts, I will detail the reasons behind my choice.

3 thoughts on “An electorate’s task: Choosing between Romney and Obama”

  1. Can we not consider what Romney did with the Olympics? What he did with Bain Capital? So his MA record is a few years old, how does that allow us to discount it? I would argue that we have far more of a track record on Romney than we do on Obama…and that Romney’s record is overall quite amazingly positive whereas Obama’s record is overall rather dull.
    I guess it is obvious by now that I have also made up my mind (in favor of Romney) but I just wanted to say that I find Obama’s actual record to be quite lackluster and Romney’s rhetoric to be believable based on actual history in numerous situations.
    In retrospect (and somewhat off-topic), it is rather pathetic that the GOP allowed a recordless (or I guess we should rather say that he possessed a rather feeble record for a presidential candidate) youngster like Obama to win his first term by putting up such lackluster candidates against him – but that is spilled milk…

    1. Hey Joe,
      Thanks for commenting!
      Yes, we should indeed consider what he did with the Olympics and what he did with Bain. With respect to his Romney’s tenure at Bain, I would say that it demonstrates that Romney knows how to run a successful business and has a sound understanding of how various companies work. But if it is legitimate to use that experience as proof that he can be a good president, then it is also valid to use what he did at Bain as proof that he can be a bad one when it comes to creating jobs (as his opponents in this election have done). Personally, because this is a government job, I think his record as Massachusetts governor is more relevant. Also, Romney has been running for president since at least 2007. So I would also take what he has been saying over these years into consideration. It is indeed eye-opening to compare what he proposed and did as governor on taxes, on healthcare reform, and other issues, and what he is proposing now.

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