It’s Not Just the Economy, Stupid!
The Republican should be winning, but he needs to explain why.


Dennis Prager

That Mitt Romney doesn’t offer precise plans as to how he will fix the economy and create millions of jobs is understandable. When George W. Bush explained how he would fix Social Security, the Democrats demagogued his plans and handed him — and the country — a defeat.

But precisely because he doesn’t offer details about his plans, Mitt Romney must run on the big issue of the direction of the country.

And the No. 1 issue must be the size of the state. America was founded on the belief that the citizen must be free as possible, and that such freedom is possible only if the government is as small as possible.


The bigger the state the smaller the citizen.

Every Republican candidate should be repeating that truth in every speech.

Why? Becausethe American experiment is on trial this November:

Are we to remain the heirs of the American Revolution or become heirs to the French Revolution?

Do we want to take care of ourselves, our families, and our communities — or do we want, as in Europe, the government to do so?

Is it moral or compassionate to saddle our children and grandchildren with a crippling national debt?

Is it moral or compassionate to keep printing dollars, which both devalues the savings of all Americans and imposes a tax on all Americans, especially on the poorest?

These are the questions Mr. Romney must pose every day and in many of his ads. Only when Americans have to answer these questions will a sufficient number of them vote Republican this November.

 Dennis Prager, a nationally syndicated columnist and radio talk-show host, is author of Still the Best Hope: Why the World Needs American Values to Triumph. He may be contacted through his website,


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