Mitt Romney, speaking in New Hampshire on Motzoei Shabbos for the first time since the midterms, made a direct attack on President Barack Obama and what Romney has been calling “the Obama Misery Index.”
Romney, in the unofficial kickoff of his Granite State campaign, keynoted the Carroll County Republican Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner.
“Senator Obama campaigned hard in New Hampshire but he apparently didn’t like what he saw,” Romney said. “He certainly didn’t learn from it. Instead of lowering taxes, he raised them. He wrapped businesses in red tape, he grew government, he borrowed trillions of dollars, and he made it clear that he doesn’t like business people very much.
“He created a deeper recession, and delayed the recovery. The consequence is soaring numbers of Americans enduring unemployment, foreclosures and bankruptcies. This is the Obama Misery Index, and it is at a record high. It’s going to take more than new rhetoric to put Americans back to work – it’s going to take a new president.
In a section of the speech on jobs, Romney said: “And we need to stop penalizing companies that want to invest in America. Right now, we tax companies who make money overseas if they want to bring it home, but we don’t tax them if they keep their money abroad. That makes no sense at all. We want that money here, invested in new factories, new equipment, and new jobs. …
“How much money do American companies store overseas that’s waiting to come back? Estimates range as high as one trillion dollars. Bringing a trillion dollars back to the United States will create hundreds of thousands – or even millions of good, permanent, private sector jobs.”