Mitt Romney‘s campaign is out with a new ad critiquing President Obama‘s decision to end welfare as we know it. I’m surprised it took nearly a month for this to become a prominent campaign issue — after all, Mickey Kaus wrote about this on July 13 in the Daily Caller — then again, better late than never.
Obama’s welfare order is right out of his playbook: Facing a Congress that won’t give him what he wants (at least, not without a fight) — and a public that isn’t “evolving” at his speed — Obama simply sidesteps and subverts the rule of law. The welfare decision wasn’t the first example of abusing his executive authority, and likely won’t be the last.
Here are some suggestions for a few more ads:
- Obama’s DREAM order on immigration
- Obama’s threat to issue an executive order on cybersecurity
- Obama’s use of executive privilege to cover up details of the Fast & Furious scandal
- Obama’s contraception mandate (and his attitude on private business and freedom of conscience)
- Obama’s refusal to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in the courts
In these dog days of summer, it is refreshing to see real issues (such as welfare reform) being debated. Despite my general concerns regarding Romney, there are plenty of ways in which he can honestly — and powerfully — critique the disaster that is the Obama era.
While pundits agonize over who will be the vice presidential nominee, Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid makes wild accusations from the senate floor, and partisans worry more about Romney’s tax returns than a struggling economy, Romney should remind Americans that their president isn’t delivering the “Hope and Change” he so boastfully promised.