FOUR years ago, after their economy cratered, Americans elected a man who promised them, vaguely, "hope" and "change." They didn't get what they expected.
The "change" turned out to be a federal takeover of health care, a vast expansion of the welfare state, trillion-dollar deficits, high unemployment, a cuckoo energy policy, and disregard for constitutional limits on power.
As for "hope," 23 million Americans are still struggling to find work and the national debt is up to $16 trillion. Four more years of this would be even more disastrous.
The United States needs a turnaround specialist, and it has one - presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
President Obama has spent his life in politics, and he is smooth - and deceptive.
Romney, though he served as governor of Massachusetts, has spent decades as a private-sector leader.
He does not dazzle. He comes across as the serious-minded square that he is. He knows what needs to be done to get the American engine running again.
The president's pitch is that larger government will save the day, and Democrats insist that tax increases when the economy is flatlined is the right approach.
Romney backs an approach that would actually work: