Romney pounces on Obama’s economic policies

April 28, 2012

By Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times

WESTERVILLE, Ohio — Europe has long been a pejorative in Mitt Romney’s lexicon, a laugh line popular with conservative crowds as he has campaigned for the Republican presidential nomination.

So it came as no surprise when he told an Ohio audience Friday that massive government borrowing and spending under President Obama was putting America “on track to becoming Greece.”

Describing Obama’s “government-dominated society” as a breach of America’s tradition of letting free enterprise thrive, Romney said, “In my view, that takes us down a path to becoming more and more like Europe. And Europe doesn’t work in Europe.”

Romney skirted any mention of Britain and other European nations recently sliding back into recession after they pursued the sort of austerity agenda that he proposes for the United States.

The remarks were only one demonstration of Romney’s sometimes selective rhetoric clashing with facts as he adjusts his pitch for the general election.

Speaking at Otterbein University here in this suburb of Columbus, the former Massachusetts governor criticized the $787-billion stimulus package that Obama signed into law three years ago. Romney said it did too much to protect government jobs, “which is probably the sector that should have been shrinking.”

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