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Romney Tells Tampa America Needs 'Real Reform'

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is addressing a crowd at Landmark Aviation in Tampa this morning.

For the second time in less than a week, Gov. Mitt Romney is on stage in the Tampa Bay area.

Romney began addressing a crowd at Tampa’s Landmark Aviation a short while ago.

"My view is straight forward," he told the Tampa crowd. "I believe this is the time for America to take a different course; a turning point for our country. With 23 million Americans struggling to find a good job, this is something that requires a different path than we've been on.

"I will bring real change. Real reform."

During Saturday’s visit in Land O’ Lakes, Romney told a crowd of an estimated 15,000 that America was ready for a change.

“This is happening all over the country," Romney said to the crowd in Land O’ Lakes. “People are coming together that want change. We're going to give it to them.

"When we win Florida, we're going to win the White House."

President Barack Obama has also made it a priority to visit the Tampa Bay area on the campaign trail. Florida is a critical swing state in the race for the White House, making Tampa a vital region to win.

"I've come to Florida today to ask you for your vote," Obama said during his Oct. 25 rally in Ybor City. "I've come to ask you to help me keep moving America forward."

Stay with Patch for updates about Romney’s rally In Tampa today.

TJG. November 07, 2012 at 11:40 PM
ObamaCare also makes tax and budget reform much harder. But once the program is entrenched, people likely will soon grow to view the taxpayer subsidies for health coverage as, well, an entitlement. Just sit and let government grow: The president's last budget got zero votes in Congress, even from Democratic lawmakers. Though required by law to do so, Senate Democrats haven't even proposed a budget in almost 3-1/2 years. Obama isn't going to get big new spending initiatives through a GOP-led House (and possible GOP senate majority) in 2013. But he can just sit back and let ObamaCare kick in and let entitlement spending explode automatically. Federal government spending is expected to rise to 24% of GDP by 2022, according to the Congressional Budget Office's alternative fiscal scenario — far above the post-war average of 20%. Meanwhile, the debt-to-GDP would swell from 40.5% in 2008 and 72.8% in 2012 to 89.7% in 2022 according to this CBO forecast. By 2037, total debt would be triple the size of the economy, though a budget crisis would likely hit well before then. In all likelihood, spending and deficits will be far higher over the next several years. The CBO forecast does assume some spending curbs don't happen while some (but not all) tax cuts are extended. But it continues to predict extremely bullish economic growth over the next several years, even though GDP grew at a tepid 1.7% annual rate in the first half of 2012.
TJG. November 07, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Taxes will go up, a lot: A year-end fiscal cliff of major tax hikes threatens to push the U.S. back into recession at the start of the year. Washington may push that back a few months. But if federal government spending heads to post-war highs as a share of the economy, then tax revenue will have to soar far above historical norms. Even if Republicans control the White House and Congress and act boldly, merely curbing the entitlement spending explosion would be a slow, difficult process. Taxes are likely to be part of an eventual fix — and not just on the rich. But with Obama in office for another term, the federal spending path will be at a much higher trajectory. So taxes would have to go a lot higher. Federal government revenue hit $2.44 trillion in fiscal 2012, according to preliminary CBO estimates. To equal 24% of GDP in FY 2012, federal revenue would have needed to be 52% higher to $3.73 trillion. The increase alone would be $5,247 for every American over age 16 — and just 58.7% of them have a job. ObamaCare imposes several taxes — including a Medicare surcharge and medical devices tax that kick in on Jan. 1. The law also makes pro-growth tax reform harder. Eliminating the employer health care tax write-off could help pay for lower marginal rates. But with ObamaCare in force, many people would simply shift from work-based coverage to the subsidized exchanges. Keep in mind states' massive government pension and other retiree costs.
TJG. November 07, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Massive regulation: Obama won't just rely on inertia to expand government in a second term. His administration also has a slew of new regulations in the works. Just 13 major new rules in the pipeline will impose $515 billion in costs, according to the National Federation of Independent Business. That doesn't include massive regulations still being written for ObamaCare and the Dodd-Frank financial law. Dodd-Frank rules could eventually run to 30,000 pages, according to some estimates. The EPA plans to issue major environmental regulations on a wide variety of fronts, from greenhouse gas emissions to natural gas fracking. The Obama administration last year delayed a new smog rule, citing the job impact, but it will revisit the issue after the election. Several other big bureaucratic edicts have been held up temporarily but will return in a second term.
TJG. November 07, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Slower economic growth: The U.S. recovery has been the weakest since World War II and has lost speed in 2012. Economic forecasts generally envision another year of sluggish growth — assuming a "fiscal cliff" or other shock doesn't trigger another recession. In any case, tax, spending and regulatory policy in an Obama second term means growth will be weaker than it otherwise would have been. U.S. global competitiveness has declined for four straight years, from No. 1 in 2008 to No. 7 in the latest report by the World Economic Forum. Higher taxes, more red tape and no meaningful entitlement reform create a cocktail of knowns (higher costs on business, consumers), known unknowns (costs will climb further down the road as fiscal policy is unsustainable) and unknown unknowns. Will the U.S. face a Greek-style spiral of debt, austerity and economic free-fall? This cocktail will suppress spending and investment. ObamaCare is already spurring restaurant chains and many other employers with many lower-wage workers to study capping work hours at 30 hours per week to avoid the health law's provisions. Sluggish economic growth will exacerbate America's fiscal crisis and make solutions that much harder. More important, a weak economy means that millions of Americans won't find work — especially good-paying jobs. That hits the bottom rung of the ladder most of all — the jobless rate for those without a high school diploma is 12% vs. 4.1% for college graduates.
TJG. November 07, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Well... - I'll leave it at that folks.. - Can't say that us Republican (Americans) didn't tell you so and warn you ahead of time.. Enjoy your Obama handOuts -- all at the expense of the MiddleClass. - This Country is now recognized as a complete joke in the International community. And Religious figures from all across this Country are praying to find a way to bless Obama with at least some form of wisdom and decision-making-skills over these next 4 years (with the exception of Jeremiah Wright... Because he is laughing his @ss off that this "Damn USA" can actually vote for 'his man' TWICE.. !!! ) -ridiculous. Let's just see how these next 4 years really works out (or should I say - how quick Obama can make it to $20 TRILLION ) ~ out here. - TJG.

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