James Pethokoukis

Politics and policy from inside Washington

Romney makes it official

June 2, 2011

When Roger Ebert reviews movies, he does not treat them all the same. Serious dramas are not treated the same as superhero films. “X-Men: First Class” is not treated the same as “Tree of Life.”

I am using the same approach, for now, when evaluating GOP presidential candidates. I have high expectations for Mitt Romney, a man of great intelligence and experience in both the public and private sectors. And, of course, he’s run for president before. So I am looking for big ideas and a well-thought out agenda.

Didn’t really get that from his speech today in New Hampshire, though. To take just one bit, Romney talked about capping government spending at 20% of GDP. Sounds good, but that number is only interesting, much less plausible, if Romney sketches out a path to getting there.  I would also have liked to here more about his ideas, if any, for pro-growth tax reform. Or maybe his pledge to cut business taxes is as far as he’ll go. I dunno. Sure hope not.  I mean,  I want details — on entitlements, on the Federal Reserve, on education. The whole shebang. I am sure Romney has deep ideas on all of those things. Love to hear them.

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