Mitt Romney's op-ed in USA Today looks past his primary foes and lays out his principles for governance, attacking President Obama for expanding government's role and "replacing our merit-based society with an entitlement society."
Romney has consistently kept at least one eye on the general election, and this piece is no different. But the op-ed's timing shows he is comfortable enough looking past his primary rivals — and concerned enough about building on his general-election argument — to begin a pivot toward Obama.
The op-ed frames America's choice as one between an "entitlement society" where "government provides every citizen the same or similar rewards, regardless of education, effort and willingness to innovate, pioneer or take risk," and an "opportunity society" where "free people living under a limited government choose whether or not to pursue education, engage in hard work and pursue the passion of their ideas and dreams."
The piece talks in broad strokes abour reining in government spending, without detailing which programs to cut, and argues limiting the government will unleash private-sector innovations that will grow the economy. Read it in full here.