President Obama has turned America into an "entitlement society," Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney wrote in a Tuesday-morning USA Today op-ed, arguing that Obama's policies have crippled the economy and that shrinking the size of government can make America an "opportunity society" once again.
“Over the past three years, Barack Obama has been replacing our merit-based society with an entitlement society,” Romney wrote. “The federal government has insinuated itself more and more deeply into health care, finance, energy, industry, the environment, and labor. As a result of one of the most dramatic expansions of Washington's power in our nation's history, federal spending under Obama is now nearly a quarter of our GDP, and has risen to the highest level since the national emergency of World War II.”
Romney did not mention the 2008 financial crisis or the bursting of the housing bubble; he instead blamed "the growth of government" and the national debt for continued high unemployment.
“If we remove the shackles of government, if we unburden ourselves from the mountain of debt that we have been saddled with, we can become the opportunity society that we once were,” Romney says.
“I will put every single government program to a simple test: Is this program so critical to our nation's future that we should borrow money from China to pay for it?”