Where are the jobs, Mr. President?

On Friday President Obama officially launched his re-election campaign. I say “officially” because the fact of the matter is he never stopped campaigning after winning in 2008. The results of his 3 years in office amount to failure on failure and the only thing he’s been any good at – arguably – are the stump speeches he continued to give throughout his term. Of course, even his official launch is appearing less-than-thrilling as he proven incapable of generating the interest to fill up the venue he used, in spite of promises to the contrary.

It’s been a rough couple of months for Team Obama, too. They’ve tried desperately to make the election about anything except Obama’s record in office and the economy. In spite of his allies in the press, he’s been unable to force the attention sideways to the distractions he’d prefer to make everyone talk about and it just keeps coming back to the policies and programs he’s espoused failing miserably to fix the problems. There’s solid argument that they have, in fact, made things worse. Mitt Romney submitted a column to the Cleveland Plain Dealer ahead of Obama’s tepid kickoff event on Saturday. In it, he pointedly asks, “Where’s the jobs?”

Dear Mr. President,

Welcome to Ohio. I have a simple question for you: Where are the jobs?

As we enter the fourth year of your term, unemployment is over 8 percent and has been for your entire term. Nearly 23 million men and women are unemployed, underemployed or are no longer even looking for work. In the face of such challenges, many Americans have simply given up hope.

That last bit is especially important as the media have all but trumpeted that the unemployment rate dropped to 8.1%. The reason it dropped at all is because so many people have simply quit looking for work and the government simply quits counting them when they do. The rate dropped not because more people got work but rather because more people simply gave up.

As I said back when he was 1st nominated, Obama simply lacks the experience to do the job the nation hired him to perform. He’s got zero experience in the business world, and – unless you count the last 3 years of flailing failure – he lacks any executive experience of any kind. Mitt Romney has experience in all of these areas. He’s been a successful business owner, both with those he started and those he acquired, and he know how to turn around enterprises that are in fiscal trouble. He’s been a governor which gives him the needed experience at the head of a government apparatus. We need someone with this expertise to turn us around and get us back to solid economic footing. That’s not Obama, not in any way.

We need Mitt Romney as our President.