Politicians often say, when speaking about the 2012 election, America is at a crossroads. I know that sometimes the rhetoric goes over the top. But this time, that one statement is on point. We are at a crossroads. Our country is pretty evenly divided, and the road the American voter chooses in November, will probably determine the future of this country we all love so much.
President Obama and the Democrats have made it clear that they believe we belong to the government. They have already expanded many programs to support this contention. Forty-seven million Americans now receive food stamps. The President is trying to bypass Congress with an executive order that will effectively gut the bipartisan welfare reform legislation that was crafted so carefully in 1996. I was proud to play a major role in the Welfare Reform Act, and am working hard to prevent the President's latest attempt to force more people to rely on the government.
The President started his "big government is the answer campaign" with the stimulus package, which promised to create millions of "shovel ready jobs". Then we were faced with Obamacare, legislation pushed through Congress behind closed doors, without the input of the American people or the opposition. He has continued his big government campaign with massive spending, green energy fiascos, and lending a hand to his most vociferous partisans, big unions. He has made it clear that he intends to expand the role of the federal government even further if he is elected to a second term.
The other road being offered in this election is the road that says "the government belongs to us." That's the road that Governor Mitt Romney and the Republicans want to travel. We know that big government is not the answer to our problems. In fact, we need a smaller and leaner government, a government that provides a safety net to our most needy citizens, but does so with a helping hand up, not a hand-out.
We know that our health care system needs reform, but we believe that you are better able to make your own health care decisions. We believe that you and your family and your community should be the only ones involved in making important decisions like how to educate your kids, or how to start your business. We know that you will make the right decisions and that you will help to create jobs if the federal government just gets out of your way.