By Donald Lambro –
Mitt Romney has returned from his overseas trip to resume talking about a four-letter word that has been missing from Barack Obama’s vocabulary: jobs.
The presumptive GOP nominee’s mid-campaign trip abroad hit some bumps in the road but nothing of any consequence that’s going to become an issue in a year that is totally fixated on Mr. Obama’s recession-teetering economy.
While Mr. Romney was gone, the nation’s barely breathing economic growth rate slowed to virtually comatose levels — 1.5 percent in the second quarter with bleaker forecasts for the next three months in the 1 percent range.
Life in Mr. Obama’s economy, now in its fourth year, is going to get worse. The Labor Department’s report this Friday is expected to continue an unbroken string of puny monthly jobs numbers that will keep unemployment rates above 8 percent for the rest of this year and next.
While the nightly network news shows devote their air time to the occasional gaffe or irrelevant stories about the ups and downs of the marathon race, voters are worried about more important things: finding a full-time job, talk of impending layoffs by year’s end and struggling with declining incomes.