What is in this article?:
- What women really want: roaring economy
- Fed up with politicians and pundits
Many women don’t have much time to study the policy details of the two presidential candidates. We’re either running around with the kids or running around at work–and often we’re trying to do both at the same time.
So when we want to learn what President Obama and Mitt Romney think about an issue like international trade, it’s best when they provide one-stop shopping on their campaign websites.
Yet only one candidate devotes a page of his website to trade.
Reading it is a welcome breath of fresh air–a taste of substance in a race that occasionally seems to have lacked it. So after the near-non-stop news about the misbegotten words of Missouri senatorial candidate Todd Akin, it’s time to focus on issues that most women really care about: jobs and the economy.
When we talk of job creation and economic growth, we have to discuss big drivers of both: imports and exports.
So whose website has more to say?
President Obama has a record to run on–and there’s plenty to boast about. He signed free-trade agreements last year with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea. His administration is in the process of negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would create a huge trade zone that includes the United States and at least eight other countries. The next round of TPP talks start in a week, in Virginia.
And yet his campaign website is virtually silent on free trade. There’s a single mention of the three trade agreements, but it’s buried at the bottom of a page and easy to miss. Beyond that and a reference to increased exports by 2015, there’s nothing: No high-flying rhetoric, no policy objectives, and no specific promises about what he’d deliver in a second term.
In sharp contrast, Mitt Romney’s website has a whole page devoted to free trade, with slogans, sub-sections, bullet points, and more.
“Open markets have helped make America powerful and prosperous,” says Romney’s trade page. “Indeed, they have been one of the keys to our economic success since the country was founded.”
It goes on to list goals, such as reinstating Trade Promotion Authority for the president, finishing the TPP negotiations, pursuing new trade agreements with other countries, and building what Romney calls the “Reagan Economic Zone, in which nations committed to open markets will reduce trade barriers for mutual benefit.