Democrats Read Romney Playbook?

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Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter.

For about an hour today, the Democrats appeared to be reading from Mitt Romney’s playbook.

Appearing at a panel on the nation’s fiscal plight, cosponsored by Bloomberg and the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter gave a bracing summary of his philosophy, one that would not have been out of place last month at the Republican convention in Tampa.

“Government is a business,” Nutter said, adding that he helms the equivalent of a $4 billion corporation.

Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado chimed in with a swipe at Washington politicians for bringing the economy to the edge of the so-called fiscal cliff. Automatic spending cuts agreed as part of last year’s debt ceiling showdown would indiscriminately savage good programs and bad, he said.

“Any business would look at that as a reckless decision,” Hickenlooper said of the Doomsday machine approach to governance.

For her part, Gina Raimondo, Rhode Island state treasurer, championed the wisdom of bringing greater “transparency” to her road shows for investors in the financially-troubled state’s municipal bonds.

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