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Fayetteville Observer - Renee Elmers - How Do You Solve a Problem Like Obama?

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By Representative Renee Ellmers

Who's in charge? When we look to the president of the United States, we seek direction, vision, and responsibility - or in one word: leadership. By electing the leader of the free world, certain expectations come with the office and, fair or not, guide the national consensus of who we are and what we want to be. But when it comes to the fiscal disaster lurking on our doorstep, President Obama remains at best aloof and at worst uninterested in rescuing our nation's future from the peril of our debt.

In North Carolina, we have seen the devastating effects of government-knows-best ideology. North Carolina has the fifth-highest unemployment rate in the country at 9.4 percent as our own chief executive, Gov. Bev Perdue, has carried forth the failed policies of her liberal ideology.

Businesses continue to drown in a sea of regulatory red tape and uncertainty. I will never understand how, in a country whose power was earned through the prosperity of capitalism and forged through the protection of our freedoms, we have allowed the very entities that bring jobs and opportunity to be suffocated by unnecessary regulations.

Mitt Romney has the expertise and experience our nation yearns for in a leader. He has worked his entire career with a drive to lift people up, not drive them down. He lives by the creed "to those whom much is given, much more is expected." This is the worldview of responsibilWho's in charge? When we look to the president of the United States, we seek direction, vision, and responsibility - or in one word: leadership. By electing the leader of the free world, certain expectations come with the office and, fair or not, guide the national consensus of who we are and what we want to be. But when it comes to the fiscal disaster lurking on our doorstep, President Obama remains at best aloof and at worst uninterested in rescuing our nation's future from the peril of our debt.

In North Carolina, we have seen the devastating effects of government-knows-best ideology. North Carolina has the fifth-highest unemployment rate in the country at 9.4 percent as our own chief executive, Gov. Bev Perdue, has carried forth the failed policies of her liberal ideology.

Businesses continue to drown in a sea of regulatory red tape and uncertainty. I will never understand how, in a country whose power was earned through the prosperity of capitalism and forged through the protection of our freedoms, we have allowed the very entities that bring jobs and opportunity to be suffocated by unnecessary regulations.

Mitt Romney has the expertise and experience our nation yearns for in a leader. He has worked his entire career with a drive to lift people up, not drive them down. He lives by the creed "to those whom much is given, much more is expected." This is the worldview of responsibility and determination: not for personal gain or social experiments, but for the betterment of a country that has given him the opportunities to earn a better life.

Romney's views

Success through hard work, risk-taking and determination is the model all Americans strive to achieve. It comes from the lessons of failure and the promises of reward. Gov. Romney knows this, and knows the basic principles of how to manage a company, foster innovation and make the hard but necessary decisions that allow job creators to survive and flourish.

When he took the helm of the 2002 Winter Olympics, Romney's goal was to strengthen the games and make them a success, not blame what he inherited, ignore the future risks and move on. But this is exactly how Barack Obama managed his administration, which has prolonged and delayed our recovery. The credit cards are maxed, the excuses persist and we are left with the false hope of borrowing our way into prosperity.

President Obama can travel across the country touting how the economic disaster he has presided over would have been worse had he not wasted the hard-earned incomes of our citizens on shovel-ready projects and bailouts. He can point to the policies of previous administrations and the unchecked spending of other Congresses in better times, but there is no excuse for living in the present, ignoring the warnings of the debt all around us and simply doing nothing to save our precious republic from the depression on our doorstep.

Imagine a government where laws were passed and policies enacted to strengthen our economy and make our unacceptably high unemployment rate a thing of the past. Imagine leaders who put jobs ahead of politics and value freedom over entitlement. We continue to fight for these goals with each piece of legislation that passes through the House of Representatives. But we need a leader who will work with us and bring the expertise of economic success into the fold.

Our nation yearns for successful leadership, and will find it in Mitt Romney.

Dunn resident Renee Ellmers is serving her first term as U.S. Congresswoman representing North Carolina's 2nd District in the U.S. House of Representatives.ity and determination: not for personal gain or social experiments, but for the betterment of a country that has given him the opportunities to earn a better life.


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