In this exercise, I take the various speeches and highlight the words econ, job, grow, tax, and debt. Focusing on these highlighted words, I can reduce these speeches to their essential economic message, which basically is to grow the economy. Grow to what? It doesn’t matter, just grow. Such is the dilemma of a debt money economy, grow or perish. Nothing grows forever.
2012 Presidential Debate
Since this was an economic debate, highlighted the words jobs, taxes, and growth, and discarded the remainder of sentences without these words. Not sure why the global economy was ignored, nor any mention of quantitative easements, but anyway, they did talk about jobs, taxes, and growth.
Romney’s speech heavily emphasized jobs, a bit of growth and taxes, no mention of debt.
Ryan’s speech emphasized jobs, economic growth, debt, and mentions taxes to pay for Obama Care.
Clinton’s speech emphasized economics, jobs and growth, and a heavy dose of tax and debt.
Obama’s speech emphasized economy, jobs and taxes, barely mentioned growth and debt. In the 2008 election, growth was the mantra.