Evan Vucci, AP
I've been following the Republican Convention pretty closely. I get the message. Mitt Romney is a really nice guy. He served as bishop, helps his neighbors and really cares about people.
Unfortunately, I'm not looking for a nice guy to be president. I'm looking for the best candidate for the long-term stability of the country. Right now, I'm looking for someone who will actually take the federal budget seriously. I'm not convinced that Romney is that person. He talks about reforming Medicare but insists on repealing the only law that addresses it — the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.
Romney talks about balancing the budget but promises to cut taxes and raise spending. How will increasing the deficit reduce the deficit?
Let's be serious for a moment. If the budget is going to be balanced, there are going to have to be deep spending cuts and tax increases. There is no way around it. Romney is not going to do it. No Republican president in a century has raised taxes and been re-elected.
The time has come to really share the sacrifices. Raise taxes, cut spending and balance the budget. No one will like it, but it needs to be done.