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Obama vs Romney Debate 2 — Michael Jones Asks the Right Question

Posted: October 17, 2012 at 9:20 am   /   by

The October 16 second debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney is only hours old, and many pundits are busy scoring it as if it were a boxing match.  Who landed the most blows?  Who was caught flat-footed?  Who lost his cool?

Here’s my question:  Who cares?  In a week or two, none of that will matter.

As only one or two pundits have noted thus far, the best question of the night came from Mr. Michael Jones, who asked:

Mr. President, I voted for you in 2008.  What have you done or accomplished to earn my vote in 2012?  I’m not [as] optimistic as I was in [2008].  Most things I need for everyday living are very expensive

President Obama rose to defend his record, and Governor Romney rose to critique it.  In my mind, this was the core of the debate.  Only foreign policy comes close to Jones’ question in importance, and the next debate will cover that topic.

Thank you, Mr. Jones.  Americans who are trying to decide whether to renew Obama’s contract needed your question asked.  The 6-minute response appears in the video below.  Obama threw up all the chaff he could, but Romney’s critique of Obama’s record was spot-on and devastating.

Bottom line: Obama tried his approach.  It hasn’t worked, it isn’t working, and the economy is still in decline with lower growth this year than last year, and lower growth last year than the one before.  We desperately need a team in Washington that understands how to turn around large-scale economic systems in deep fiscal trouble.

So …

It’s decision time.  Look at the resumés of the candidates.  Who can better manage a fiscal turnaround?  Governor Romney and Representative Ryan?  Or Barack Obama and his cabal of faculty-lounge, neo-Marxist, race/gender/class-warfare ideologues and Chicago-school political hacks?

Good grief, how clear does it have to be?

I hope Mr. Jones has come to the same conclusion that I have.

David Leeper

David Leeper

David Leeper is a retired engineer living in Scottsdale, AZ, with his wife of 45 years. He is currently a volunteer science teacher at In his 40-year career he held positions from lab technician to technical vice president at Bell Labs, Motorola, and Intel. He holds 16 patents in telecom technology and a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. During his career, he wrote mainly for technical journals including Scientific American. He began writing for in 2011.
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Obama vs Romney Debate 2 -- Michael Jones Asks the Right Question