Mitt Romney in The Wall Street Journal on what he learned at Bain The Republican nominee writes today about how his Bain Capital experience makes him qualified to be president. The biggest message from 15 years there: "A good idea is not enough for a business to succeed." Knowing that, he would empower entrepreneurs and small businesses by reducing and simplifying taxes, deregulating, and getting rid of Obamacare. Romney then brings up companies that he helped, including a steel company and a medical diagnostic lab. From innovation to tackling problems head on, "I know what it takes to turn around difficult situations," Romney argued. "And I will put that experience to work."
Michael Bloomberg and George Mitchell in The Washington Post on the importance of fracking correctly The conversation around fracking needs to be less extreme because "the production of shale gas through fracking is the most significant development in the U.S. energy sector in generations." New York's mayor and a pioneer of hydraulic fracturing write that it lowers energy costs, spurs economic growth, and reduces dependence on coal. Fracking can be good for the environment, but only if done responsibly, by doing things like disclosing the chemicals used, optimizing rules, and minimizing water consumption. "With so much at stake for the environment, jobs and energy security, it is critical that we make reasoned decisions about how to manage the use of hydraulic fracturing technology."
Thomas Geoghegan in Bloomberg View on how Medicare is the one stimulus Republicans can't stop If Medicare didn't shoot up automatically, unemployment would probably be in double digits, Geoghegan writes. In 2011, health care alone added a half-million jobs even in the recession for both inner-city high-school grads and people with "some college." Thanks to entitlements, "there is still at least one way into the middle class." The problem for Geoghegan isn't the spending but the inefficiency, where "spending seems to entitle us to less and less." But for now, "Americans should be grateful that they live in a country where entitlements are out of control."
Henri J. Barkey in The Washington Post on why intervening Syria is a bad idea The two arguments for U.S. military intervention in Syria--humanitarian crisis and putting U.S. in good standing--are wrong, Barkey writes. "This is a civil war, not a genocide." That said, U.S. intervention would have two negative effects: There would be casualties, including civilians. And the U.S. would be at war with another Muslim country, which would "deepen the perception that Washington is trigger-happy about dropping bombs on Muslim populations and regimes." Arab nations, even under friendly regimes, have been exposed to anti-Americanism, and intervening in Syria won't end that.
R. Scott Asen in The New York Times on changing the way parents pay for private school Private school may be expensive, but Asen argues that the costs are too low for some of the students. There's always "the gap" between what school actually costs and how much parents pay. Fund-raising becomes critical for private schools. But what if people who could afford to pay more, did? Tell parents from the beginning that they will be expected to fill "the gap" with donations. "I think that for every affluent family scared off by the new policy, there would be another of equivalent means — with an equally desirable child in tow — willing to pay full cost."