Here in Ohio, we know how to make things. We make cars, batteries, tires and planes. Ohioans produce energy, among many other things.
When President Barack Obama took office, Ohio and the entire United States was in an economic free fall. The auto industry which supports one in eight workers in Ohio was on the brink of collapse. In January 2009 alone, over 15,000 Ohioans lost jobs in motor vehicle and parts manufacturing.
Today, Ohio and our country are making a comeback. We are moving forward in large part to President Obama's policies that restore middle class security and create an economy built to last. President Obama rescued the American auto industry. President Obama has invested in education, energy, innovation and infrastructure to create jobs here in America.
Mitt Romney, on the other hand, believes in an economy built from the top down. Romney believes in the same failed policies that have crashed our economy and devastated the middle class in the first place. Romney believes in an economy designed to make the 1 percent of Americans consisting of millionaires and billionaires richer and more powerful than ever.
As a corporate buyout specialist, Mitt Romney made massive profits at the expensive of the middle class by shutting down plants, firing workers, and investing in companies that pioneered shipping of good American jobs overseas.
As governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney increased debt and raised taxes and fees on middle class. Romney's policies left the state of Massachusetts 47th out of 50 in job creation. We just can't afford "Romney economics" here in Ohio.
Voters have a serious choice this November. The choice between Mitt Romney who would return us to the failed policies of George W. Bush and destroy the progress that has been made toward recovery; or President Obama who is fighting to protect the middle class, supporting the constitutional rights of workers to protection by joining labor unions and creating an economy built to last.
For me, I choose to vote for President Barack Obama.
David E. Silvus