A solemn challenge is presented to our campaign: prove to Americans why we’re most likely to effect greater safety and happiness with a guarantee for 4% growth in the economy.
That’s why it’s so disappointing to see a celebrity politician like Mitt Romney spend and say anything to get elected while living a life out of touch with the many Americans who may be supporting a family paycheck-to-paycheck at best.
Consider your typical construction worker. Not only does he face a disproportionately high rate of unemployment, he’s also facing big declines in construction spending, largely responsible for keeping a lid on job creation in his occupation (see below figure).
It presents a challenge specific to job creation but that applies to the wider economy: how to keep cyclical unemployment from becoming structural in nature, due to losing skills and connections in the work force.
We’re up to the challenge. ARMY STRONG and Harvard trained, I volunteer to lead our campaign with a focus on how the economy can affect a typical family’s ability to maintain any sense of middle-class dignity. It’s the same emotional intelligence that accounts for much success in a president’s leadership style.
We can’t afford four more years without a president with emotional intelligence in touch with the typical, middle-class American — join me
John A. Garraty, Unemployment in History: Economic Thought and Public Policy (New York: Harper & Row, 1978).
Fred I. Greenstein, The Presidential Difference: Leadership Style from FDR to George W. Bush (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2004).