Running From the Plan
Before reading this full article, go to President Obama's official campaign website and look for his plan for the economy. What you will find is a button midway down on the page that says "President Obama's Plan for the Economy." Note that the button scrolls through a few other issues, such as taxes, health care, so you may not see it until it rolls back through.
Clicking on this link takes you to a page in which 4 items are listed comparing President Obama's actions to Governor Romney's plan. These items include "Rescuing the auto industry" and "Reviving U.S. Manufacturing" and include a one or two sentence summary of each position.
Selecting any of these items takes you to either a graph showing results, or a single page with four or five bullet points comparing what President Obama has already done or would do to what they claim Governor Romney would do. These claims consist of one or two sentences that state things like "Make tax cuts for the middle class permanent" for President Obama as compared to "Raise taxes on middle class families, while giving the wealthy new tax cuts" for Governor Romney. No source is given for any assertion on any matter and most are simply laughable.
What you won't find is President Obama's plan for the economy. Why? Because he isn't talking about it.
Up until a few weeks ago, the Barack Obama page looked a little different. When you clicked on the link to read President Obama's plan, it took you to a similar page noting President Obama's past accomplishments in Wall Street reform and the auto rescue. While those items remain in a new form, the old page also asserted that President Obama's economic plan was given in the 2012 State of the Union Address.
Looking at that address, the plan presented on the campaign site mirrors the bullets points in the campaign website. However, there is no discussion of how these things affect the economy nor any real committement to seeking them out. In fact, like we stated, the campaign website no longer even mentions the "Blueprint for an America Built to last" which was the 2012 SOTU address.
The main bullet points from the SOTU address were: "Manufacturing: Create New Jobs Here In America, Discourage Outsourcing, And Encourage"; "Skills: Give Hard-Working, Responsible Americans A Fair Shot"; "Energy: Make The Most Of America’s Energy Resources"; "Values: Ensure Every American Plays By The Same Set Of Rules And Pays Their Fair Share". Of these items, only the topic of energy even presents a recognizable subject.
So now we have a President running for re-election at a time when the economy is the pivotal item in the election and he doesn't even bother to present his plan to the American people.
You can still see the plan for each candidate on their profiles.