I wouldn’t say he’s given up on the economy, more like he’s actively working to dismantle the American economy.

That said, here are some excerpts from Romney’s expected message at today’s 2:05 PM Town Hall event in Ohio.  Hopefully Mitt will capitalize on the impressive speech he gave in Pennsylvania yesterday.

“We have a jobs crisis in this country, a real emergency. Yet President Obama seems to have just given up on the economy. He hasn’t convened a meeting with his jobs counsel in six months, but has held more than a hundred fundraisers for his campaign. The only job he is interested in saving is his own.”

“President Obama’s insult of business owners was shockingly revealing, insulting and dismissive America’s entrepreneurs. In a world where “somebody else” – government – builds businesses and creates prosperity, it’s makes sense to raise taxes on small business owners and create more and more layers of bureaucracy to manage the economy. I understand that we need to unleash the private sector and encourage small business owners, not punish them with higher taxes and burdensome regulations. This is the difference between a bottom-up economy driven by the innovative spirit of America and a top-down economy driven by the government.”

“What made President Obama’s comments so insightful is that they reflect the policies he’s pursued in office – policies that reward people for who they know, not what they know. While he gave taxpayer money and special carve-outs to friends, donors, supporters, and special interest groups, the middle class has been working harder for less. This has to end, and it will when I am president.”

How could a guy whose mantra was ‘hope and change’ have given up?

Mitt’s right. It has to end.