MITT ROMNEY is having trouble dealing with an economy that is creeping upward. Down in Florida, Romney's campaign people have told Republican Gov. Rick Scott to cool it on boasting that more people have jobs today in the Sunshine State. For a candidate for whom good economic news is bad news - at least until after the election - Romney must hope that we'll all be on welfare by November in order to sell his vague jobs plan to the voters. Next thing you know, he will ask Republicans to stop buying new cars and homes until you-know-when.
His position remains as he stated it during the primaries:
"Of course the economy is getting better, but Obama made it worse."
So "worse" in Summit County that home sales were up 18.5 pct. and 19 pct. in Ohio over a year ago. During that period Akron's unemployment dropped from 9.2 pct. to 7.6 and in the county 8.3 pct. down to 6.6 pct. Those are figures that Team Romney may prefer to discuss in a quiet room.
And another thing, while we're at it: Does he really think it will be all that helpful to substitute one word for another to avoid suspicion that there is less in his orations than meets the ear? His campaign has now banished the use of the word "outsourcing" - a killer thought among people who want to keep the jobs in America. His euphemism of choice is "offshoring". But that sounds like a better fit for rich investors like Romney who keep their mega-accounts in non-taxed offshore vaults.