The key to a Romney victory is not to defeat President Obama; that would be a byproduct. The key is to make the case that the Blue Social Model is truly dead, that a new model is urgently needed and to present the first rough draft of what the new model might look like. Points one and two are an open-and-shut case.♠ Point three is much riskier, obviously, but will (over time and with repetition) sharpen the points of difference. Vote for Obama and surely sink. Vote for Romney and at least there’s hope.The best line in the article was "The war against arithmetic is also a war against the young." There it is, the best candidate for campaign catch phrase—"The war against arithmetic."
We need a social safety net, but we need to reject Keynesian economics. It didn't work for us in the 1930s and it hasn't worked for the Japanese. The fact is that the less fortunate are suffering more than they need to because we have the wrong model.
Regards — Cliff
♠ I thought that the first two points weren't obvious, so here they are. The first is "Blue Social Model (the New Deal through to Richard Nixon's implementation of the Great Society) is a failed paradigm. The second point is that we urgently need a new social model.