Romney had a good night with the first debate. President Obama, ever the gentleman, statesman and leader, did not aggressively challenge Romney on his many lies and changed position during the past year.
Romney kept insisting that tax cuts for everyone, including the rich, is the only way to create 12 million new jobs out of thin air and get the economy going faster. He said increasing taxes on anyone would kill the economy, a position every Republican has held for 30 years.
The truth is that increasing taxes on the wealthiest 1 percent would tell the world and our financial markets that the United States is serious about getting our financial house in order. That would be good for all of us.
Don't forget that in 1993, President Clinton and congressional Democrats passed a budget with a tax increase. The economy grew, the increase helped balance the budget and the U.S. started to pay down the national debt. That was responsible leadership, fiscally responsible, and in the best interest of our country.
Every Republican in Congress voted against President Clinton's budget because they vowed no new taxes, regardless whether it was the right thing to do. In my book that is irresponsible, unpatriotic and un-American. Unfortunately for Republicans, obstruction of governing at all cost is business as usual.
You can stop them by voting for every Democrat on Election Day. It is your country. Don't let the Republicans undermine it again.
Joseph Schad, Strasburg