This is the first of two posts.
Here is my attempt to outline the meaty 53 minute economic speech President Obama gave yesterday in Cleveland. I built this outline to help myself analyze the speech, then realized that others might find it useful. While it is true that little of the substance was new, this is nevertheless a serious policy speech that makes what the President and his advisors think is the economic part of their best case for reelection. I will take it seriously and recommend you do so as well — this isn’t just another blow-off stump speech. This is the theory of the economic case the way the President wants you to see it.
If you’re a student of economic policy I recommend you watch or read the whole speech. No summary or analysis can substitute for the candidate’s own words and presentation.
Here is my plan of attack: summarize first; then explain; then respond. Today is just the first step, the summary.
In some cases i use the President’s words, but I’m often using my own more colloquial language to express his arguments more clearly if I can. So in some cases these are his thoughts (I think) in my words. I have done my level best to capture his arguments in their most effective and convincing form, especially when I disagree with them. I will express my disagreements another time.
This post contains just the highest level outline. The next post contains a much more detailed outline. I recommend you skim this one, then read that one.
High level outline of President Obama’s Remarks on the Economy
Cuyahoga Community College
Thursday, June 14, 2012
I. Big and fundamental choice — two paths.
II. Define & blame Republican theory for bad stuff.
III. Be patient.
IV. Take credit for progress / the good stuff.
V. Romney wants to repeat the failed experiment of the last decade.
VI. Romney’s plan is bad for the middle class.
VII. My plan is an economy built from a growing middle class. Race to the top.
VIII. I’m a centrist, look at my record.
IX. I am for keeping the American tradition of bipartisan government involvement in the economy.
That’s the short, high-level outline. Here is the detailed version.
I hope you find this useful.
(photo credit: Obama campaign)