Your Voice: Record all that matters
by Tom Whitten, Tracy
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EDITOR,

The second and third presidential debates were much livelier than the first. Most pundits noted that President Barack Obama had a dramatic change of “style.”

Seventy million or so voters are estimated to have seen this change in style during the second debate alone. But the records of the two candidates remain the same.



For example, President Obama’s includes —

• Community Organizer in Chicago.

• Illinois senator for 7 years.

• Lecturer on constitutional Law at the University of Chicago.

• Civil rights attorney in Chicago.  

• U.S. senator from Illinois, one term.

• As current president of the United States, had  considerable success with drone strikes and U.S. special forces that killed Osama Bin Laden; failed to reduce unemployment to the levels promised; increased debt by about $5 trillion; never presented a bill to reform immigration or entitlements; never signed (or received) a budget; said “energy prices would skyrocket” (gas prices did double);  said he would “have more flexibility after the election,” etc. 



The record of his opponent, former Gov. Mitt Romney, includes —

• Volunteer leader of church groups of up to 4,000 for about 12 years.

• Co-founder and CEO of a highly successful business (Bain Capital), resulting in a net creation of millions of jobs.  

• As governor of Massachusetts, worked with a Democratic majority in both houses; paid off state debt; balanced the budget without raising taxes; reduced unemployment and left a surplus in the treasury; had more women in his cabinet than any other state; schools were rated the best in the country.

• Took charge of the Olympic games that were in debt, eliminated the debt and finished with a surplus.

• Has a lifetime record of personal service to God and the community. 

• Took no salary as governor, as a church worker, or for his work with the Olympics.  



Voters should, and I believe they will, vote for the man with the best record.  

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backinblack
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October 28, 2012
Ornley, thanks. jarbuckle, C'mon, I've been pretty clear in distinguishing between fact or opinion. I could suggest reading my comments again but let me go ahead and help. From a prior comment with a little extra clarity:

"In addition to those numbers which you should be able to find let's throw in:

Close to $6 trillion in new debt since Obama took office - fact

A healthcare bill already causing health insurance premiums to go up - fact

Unemployment at 8% - 7.8 or whatever is bs and those of us who pay attention know it - fact

More people on food stamps than when Obama took office - fact

More people on welfare - fact

More people below the poverty level - fact

A sharp decline in average household incomes - fact

More division amonst us than at any other time I can remember in my 51 years" - Opinion.

From a prior post: "I maintain Romney was on the right track with his 47% comment, that's my opinion which is based on some pretty good supporting evidence." - Opinion

cont......

backinblack
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October 28, 2012
In reference to Libya I wrote: "Your buddy Obama is lying his a** off and you along with the liberally biased media just cruise along in blissful denial." - opinion but as more info comes out becoming fact.

If you'd like I would be happy to post the supporting evidence to back up everything I presented as fact but something tells me you already know the truth.

Next time around please don't accuse me of doing something for which I'm not guilty. You wrote:

"Only your opinions are facts?? Gingrich, Fox News and Michel Warren of the Weekly Standard have no facts just opinions??? Okay now we have your ground rules."

I never intimated either. The references you posted were the opinions/views of someone. Newt, Santorum, Bill Kristol, et al - by the way, know why I don't need to waste time reviewing your links? I already know as I pay very close attention to national politics so I'm one of the informed.

Not that you or anyone else pays attention to my habits but I rarely make comments about local or state politics becuase I don't follow them as closely. Maybe I should but I don't and I'm one of these people who tends to keep my mouth shut If I'm not well versed on the subject matter.

Have a great Sunday.

Realintracy
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October 28, 2012
Ornely,

What a marvelous suggestion. Treating people with dignity and listening to others rather than resorting to petty personal attacks.

Let us unite and celebrate the first amendment, work together and seek to better the greatest nation ever seen on this earth. Let us build on the foundation of our forefathers legacy so that future generations can look back upon us with same esteem we look upon those who came before us.
Ornley_Gumfudgen
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October 28, 2012
"work together?" Not gonna happen. Why? Because of th way ya construct lies an call others liars. Sorry, nice try but not playing your game by your rules. Go find yerself another playmate.
backinblack
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October 27, 2012
jarbuckle, I sincerely apologize. With all the copy & pastes you did I missed the comment you actually wrote in your own words. I find it level headed and although I don't agree with you in full, I do agree with you on a number of things. It's nice to see someone else point out the balanced budget had as much to do with republicans as it did with Clinton. Clinton as with what Romney proved as governor could work with the other side.

Also, my comment about using quotation marks was petty so I also apologize for that.
Ornley_Gumfudgen
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October 27, 2012
BIB

Good job. Not on yer points of view, which by th way I mostly agree with in this topic of discussion, but yer offerin of an olive branch in order ta facilitate discussion instead of personal, petty attacks an childlike bickerin. It is my hope this will be a new standard in comment here so we can all more easily unite ta make th best decisions fer ourselves an our nation in th future. Thanks fer th breath of fresh air.
Ornley_Gumfudgen
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October 27, 2012
If I might offer a suggestion ta everyone.

Opinions are fine but they need ta be stated as opinions an not facts.

Facts are great but they also need ta be validated, in other words checked fer thair truthfulness.

People should be allowed ta express thair thoughts without someone else callin em liars, idiots, fools, dolts an other equally ridiculous personal attacks. (Yes, I am guilty of this at times even though I do make attempts to refrain from it an yes I know how difficult it can be to refrain from blurtin somethang out that shouldn't have been said.)

Concentrate on what is bein said rather than th way it is said. Focus less on thangs like grammar, spellin an punctuation an more on what th person is attemptin ta say.

If ya don't have somethang that's valid an adds substance ta th topic of discussion, ya probably shouldn't say anythang.

If ya don't understand what someone is tryin ta say, ask fer clarification.

In other words people, we will all get a lot further an make better decisions if we work tagether an treat others as we ourselves would like ta be treated. Say that sounds familiar don't it?

Good nite.
backinblack
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October 27, 2012
jarbuckle, You can keep posting opinions, note the word opinions, from others all day, doesn't make them right or wrong, one more time, opinions. I maintain Romney was on the right track with his 47% comment, that's my opinion which is based on some pretty good supporting evidence.

I will ask one more time, please address the facts I brought up. You are trying to counter facts about Obama's presidency by posting opinions about Romney, sorry but that's a loser for you and hopefully in a couple more weeks the strategy will be a loser for Obama.

By the way, when you use the comments of others try using quotation marks.

jarbuckle
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October 27, 2012
Black wrote,

"You can keep posting opinions, note the word opinions, from others all day, doesn't make them right or wrong, one more time, opinions. I maintain Romney was on the right track with his 47% comment, that's my opinion. I will ask one more time please address the facts I brought up."

Only your opinions are facts?? Gingrich, Fox News and Michel Warren of the Weekly Standard have no facts just opinions??? Okay now we have your ground rules.
dcose
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October 28, 2012
However you view polls is, without question, your call. I agree with your we'll see on election day.

A compliment, I did not know any reasoning liberals still existed. Would like to read a Town Crier column by you as opposed to Micky McGuire. I find parroting party lines or sinking below that level, tedious at best.

Have a great day
dcose
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October 27, 2012
jarjar,

I get your need to attack Romney... not a problem.

Your Obama seems most put-out having to explain the highlights of his last four years (defense, justification etc.) and seeks to take the same tact you do. (along with the ever gaffe-tastic Joey "Plugs" Biden).

I give you 2009 was a year of leadership change. 2010 was really bad, dropping economic numbers, rising deficits, and such. 2011 was worse than 2010. Unless something changes in the next 2 months, 2012 will be even worse than 2011.

Your side, Mathews, Maddow, Schultz, Fineman, the MSM stated your team won the debates (See Pyrrhic victory). With Romney/Ryan's polling numbers rising and in some cases now leading, it seems to be a blessing there are no remaining debates left, only campaigning and voting Nov 7th.

What do you attribute Obama's high unfavorable rating to ? Poor Press ?

Shouldn't he be polling better after decisions made over the last 4 years ?
jarbuckle
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October 27, 2012
I dont take much stock in polls Dale. Lets see what happens on election day. I think a lot of people want to blame Obama for the recession but it is a worldwide recession so I don't blame Obama or Bush. If it was a US recession only I would pin the blame on the current president and the former president.

I am disappointed Obama has not reduced the budget deficit. As a leader he has failed there. I dont give all the blame to him though. The democratic congress in 2008-2010 did nothing to reduce the deficit and they were rightly run out of town. The republican/democratic congress of 2010-2012 has also failed to reign in spending. Democrats like to give Bill Clinton all the credit for the only balanced budget in the last twenty years. But I give just as much credit or more to the Republican leadership in that congress. I didn't vote for Obama in 2008. If the republicans would have fielded a better candidate I wouldn't vote for him now.
backinblack
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October 26, 2012
jarbuckle, Almost forgot. While you are trolling the internet for links to anti Romney sites why don't you check out the stories on why 4 americans are dead as a result of the terrorist attack in Libya. Your buddy Obama is lying his a** off and you along with the liberally biased media just cruise along in blissful denial.
jarbuckle
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October 27, 2012
Another Anti Romney site FOX NEWS October 19,2012

Romney faces big risk if he returns to Libya scandal at final debate

So if Romney chooses to go back to the topic of Libya he is taking a big risk. It again could prove to be a blind alley where he gets mugged a second time. Meanwhile both sides fear any factual slip or glaring lack of knowledge in this last debate before the election. That fear is large in the Romney camp as they prepare a candidate with no foreign policy experience.

Conservative Bill Kristol, writing on the Weekly Standard website, said “Foreign policy isn't Romney's natural subject. It's not his comfort zone.

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/10/19/romney-faces-big-risk-if-returns-to-libya-scandal-at-final-debate/

jarbuckle
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October 27, 2012
More anti Romney Sites Fox News

Fox News Chris Wallace questions Mitt Romney’s “six studies” claim on his tax policy

WASHINGTON -- For the first time publicly, the Mitt Romney campaign was asked Sunday to defend the six studies it routinely cites as supportive of the candidate's tax plan.

The studies have been called into question for weeks now, as only one or two of them are actually academic. The rest are blog posts and op-eds, some written by the same author, others by conservative sources. One study cited was actually paid for by the campaign itself, though the campaign has since replaced that study with another.

Still, the Romney campaign continues to cite those studies, including during the presidential debates. On Sunday, Fox News' Chris Wallace asked top adviser Ed Gillespie whether that was misleading.

http://www.gatorcountry.com/swampgas/showthread.php?t=243702

jarbuckle
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October 27, 2012
Got to love them liberal anti Romney sites

FOX NEWS

Brandishing an Etch a Sketch, Newt Gingrich told diners at Big Al's Seafood that the story which has been dogging the Romney campaign since Wednesday morning makes sense because of Romney's reputation for evolving positions.

"Given everything people have said about Governor Romney's flip-flops this just reminded people of what everybody has been afraid of," said Mr. Gingrich.

Polling in Lousiana shows Mr. Gingrich running neck and neck with Romney for second place here. "If you're serious about changing Washington, you can't do it with an Etch a Sketch," the former House Speaker told a receptive crowd.

Meanwhile Rick Santorum was in San Antonio, Texas, blasting Romney for the second day in a row over his aide's suggestion that Romney can reset his whole campaign like an etch a sketch for the head to head battle against President Obama.

"All the things that allow Romney to win the primary, are unavailable to him to win the general, and that's why you see these etch a sketch comments because he knows what he's doing now can't win, so he has to reset everything and figure out another way to win this election," said Santorum.

While Mr. Romney spent the day in Washington strengthening alliaces with conservatives like Paul Ryan and Jim DeMint, and building his warchest, his campaign team is trying to move on from the Etch a Sketch flap. "You know you have reached the end of a long, hard-fought campaign when your opponents are waving around children’s toys at campaign events," said Romney spokesperson Andrea Sau

Read more: http://politics.blogs.foxnews.com/2012/03/22/another-day-etch-sketching-campaign-trail#ixzz2AWGcpd9L

jarbuckle
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October 27, 2012
Darn liberal web sites

Not Mitt Romney' for Republican Nominee

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/11/08/not-mitt-romney-for-republican-nominee/

As conservatives, we believe that the moment has come to stand up, publicly, and profess what thousands of right-of-center activists, operatives, bloggers and everyday Americans know to be true: Mitt Romney should NOT be OUR nominee.

On Sunday, the one year anniversary of Election Day 2012, our coalition of 20 conservative professional activists, operatives and bloggers launched a website: NotMittRomney.com, with an online organizing petition, for the silent majority of American conservatives who remain unenthused, demoralized and depressed about the prospect of President Willard Mitt Romney.

Half measures are not what America needs at the present moment of extreme peril. One can turn to recent polling, Romney's allies favorite evidence of a mandate, to discover that Romney's strengths quickly are becoming his weaknesses. This and his inability to break the standard frontrunner's 30%, show that there is a growing national consensus: we don't have an inevitable nominee

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/11/08/not-mitt-romney-for-republican-nominee/#ixzz2AWIJfpyS

jarbuckle
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October 27, 2012
Romney's 47% comment if listened to and absorbed in the correct context was in reference to campaign strategy and by the way, he's right. There are around 47% of people in this country who will not vote for Romney or any other Republican. That just happens to be the approximate percentage of the population who are on some sort of government assistance. Romney was probably a bit off in referring to them as victims but he's on the right path. Many are of the belief someone owes them something, Obama and the overal liberal agenda has convinced a whole lot of people this is the case
jarbuckle
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October 27, 2012
But according to the Weekly Standard

Conservatives Agree: Romney's Wrong

Plenty of conservatives are pushing back against the worldview espoused by Mitt Romney in his "arrogant and stupid' remarks at a private fundraiser earlier this year.

The conservative case against Romney's analysis is multi-pronged. His description of the 47 percent who don't pay income taxes as "dependents" flies in the face of the conservative view that Americans should be paying fewer, not more, taxes. And historically, most Americans have not paid income taxes. Moreover, most of those who don't pay income taxes still contribute to the federal government in the form of payroll taxes and other federal taxes and fees. The political argument, that those who are "dependents" won't be voting for Romney anyway, is demonstrably wrong, and the content and tone of Romney's remarks don't strike many conservatives (and others) as particularly presidential.

At the Daily Caller, Jim Antle notes how Romney's use of the "47 percent" marker who are "dependent" on government is simply wrong:

“I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives,” Romney said of the dreaded 47 percent.

The problem is that Romney isn’t basing that figure on dependency on government programs. He’s using the rough percentage of people who pay no federal income tax.

There are two reasons the percentage of Americans who don’t write checks to the IRS has spiked in recent years: the bad economy, which Romney pledges to ameliorate, and Republican tax cuts, which Romney plans to continue.

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/conservatives-romneys-wrong_652581.html

DARN liberal media
dcose
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October 27, 2012
Could it be free cell phones that the other 53% have to work for in order to ensure the "free" stuff continues unabated?

China, the USSR, Cuba, North Korea, Great Britain... gave everyone free stuff.

China has switched to more of a Market type economy. Surprisingly, one of their best performing zones is Hong Kong.
backinblack
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October 26, 2012
jarbuckle, Gee what a surprise, there you go again, another link. I'm not going to bother until you, in your own words, address the facts I posted in regards to what has happened since Obama took office.

I wonder, do you realize you can't believe everything you read? Let's try this one more time. You like other too many other people want to worry about Romney's tax plan, where's Obama's? Oh wait, he's making more promises as to what he's going to do in his second term, I say lets focus on what he did in his first term.

Please refer to my prior post and let me remind you, the dems controlled all 3 branches of government for 2 years so there is no reasonable excuse for what Obama, Pelosi, & Reid did not get done. Oh boy, there's another one of those pesky little facts which get in the way of Obama's BS.

Look, rather than wasting my time why don't you question why RGM posted a link which basically intimates you are gay. Personally, I don't care and I actually think RGM is an internet punk who brings nothing to a conversation, but nonetheless maybe you should inquire as to why RGM attacked you.

backinblack
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October 26, 2012
jarbuckle, Do you have any thoughts of your own or are you one of these people who can only post links and references to what others say or write?

In addition to the fact I already brought up about the media and people like you asking questions about Romney which to this day have not been asked of Obama, lets explore something else which was brought up by the Salt Lake City Tribune.

Romney's 47% comment if listened to and absorbed in the correct context was in reference to campaign strategy and by the way, he's right. There are around 47% of people in this country who will not vote for Romney or any other Republican. That just happens to be the approximate percentage of the population who are on some sort of government assistance. Romney was probably a bit off in referring to them as victims but he's on the right path. Many are of the belief someone owes them something, Obama and the overal liberal agenda has convinced a whole lot of people this is the case.

In addition, amazingly blacks, hispanics, and a whole bunch of college age kids are going to vote for Obama regardless of what Romney or any other Replublican does. Why is this amazing?

cont...
backinblack
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October 26, 2012
I'm not going to bother with the numbers because you seem to be good at looking things up so do it yourself, but for a hint, look up the unemployment numbers for the aforementioned groups.

In addition to those numbers which you should be able to find let's throw in:

Close to $6 trillion in new debt since Obama took office

A healthcare bill already causing health insurance premiums to go up

Unemployment at 8% - &.8 or whatever is bs and those of us who apy attention know it.

More people on food stamps than when Obama took office

More people on welfare

More people below the poverty level

A sharp decline in average household incomes

More division amonst us than at any other time I can remember in my 51 years

Other than the last sentence all of the above are facts. Go ahead, defend Obama in your own words.

Ornley_Gumfudgen
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October 26, 2012
BIB

Can't wait fer him ta ask ya ta prove yer facts cus I know ya have already got em ready.
jarbuckle
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October 26, 2012
BIB

Here is a detailed explanation of the Romney-Ryan tax plan:

http://www.romneytaxplan.com/
dcose
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October 26, 2012
My current President, no way could I vote for him. The smell of fail is strong with this one.

4 more years of what I've gone through, no way... I will chance a successful business man
jarbuckle
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October 26, 2012
Take a chance on a successful Business Man? Ask Newt Gingrich about Romney the successful business man.

“I love the way he and his consultants do these things,” the former House speaker told reporters with a smile. “I would just say that if Gov. Romney would like to give back all the money he’s earned from bankrupting companies and laying off employees over his years at Bain that I would be glad to then listen to him. I’ll bet you $10, not $10,000” – he said, referring to Romney’s $10,000 bet in Saturday night’s debate – “that he won’t take the offer.”

Newt Gingrich December 12, 2011.

Probably just more liberal media or maybe Newt was drinking kool aid.
dcose
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October 26, 2012
Does Obama satisfy your definition of a successful ?

If so, how so... in what areas ?

Much as I admired Newt and the possibility that you would have endorsed him, not, I could not support him for President. He didn't come across as likable. Speaker of the House position, yes.

Your candidate comes across as personable but from my perspective that is a deep as it goes. Now, as the pressure continues to build, he is appearing to be President "Small", "Thin-skinned", "Petulant", "P_ssy" (i), "Blame shifting", "Condescending", "Whiney", "Feckless", "Ignorant", "Race Card Player" etc.

His Vice President unfortunately hasn't risen to the above levels.
dcose
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October 26, 2012
My bad... I left out, Narcissistic Eye Candy.

For that, I hole-heartedly apologize for leaving that out.
Ornley_Gumfudgen
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October 26, 2012
dcose

Now that sounds like th dcose I have come ta know all these years.

dcose - "No I don't"

Ornley - "Yes, ya do." :)
dcose
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October 26, 2012
Mom...

Ornely's being mean again. Make him stop. It's a cussedness thing.

:-)
Ornley_Gumfudgen
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October 26, 2012
There there dcose, could I offer yasome some sheesh with that whine? :)

Actually when I smell what th president has been doing fer most of his administration, I don't detect th smell of "fail" as much as I get a whiff of bowel an it seems to be more prevalent every time he an is VP open their mouths as of late.

OOPS! Is that disrespectful ta th president? Shore is. Respect is somethang ya earn an not somethang that is given freely.

Of course, usin th President's logic, he didn't have ta earn that respect, someone else did it fer him.
backinblack
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October 26, 2012
"Romney has raised the most frequently asked question of the campaign: "Who is this guy, really, and what in the world does he truly believe?"

Gee, where was jarbuckle and a large percentage of the media 4 years ago? To this day the liberally biased media hasn't asked those same questions of Obama.

As for budgets, going by Obama and his minions we no longer need no stinkin budgets, what's the count up to now? 3 years, nada.

Keep drinking the kool aid jarbuckle.

jarbuckle
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October 26, 2012
More liberal Media Drinking kool aid

Fox News:

"Why Republicans don't trust Romney":

"Mitt Romney used the word conservative and conservatism more than two dozen times, according to the Washington Post's Dan Balz , in his speech last week at the CPAC convention. That rhetoric is quite different from ten years ago when he was running for Governor of Massachusetts.

He stated during that campaign that he was "not a partisan Republican" but rather a "moderate" with "progressive" views."

In his CPAC speech he described his four years in office as: "I was a severely conservative governor of Massachusetts." Whatever that means, many will argue that his most far reaching accomplishment, the implementation of "Romney care," betrays all conservative principles. President Obama has on many occasions stated this was the model for his ObamaCare."

http://opinion.foxnews.mobi/quickPage.html?page=34606&content=66389279&pageNum=-1

jarbuckle
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October 26, 2012
cont.

ourtship of the Tea Party in order to win the nomination, and now as the party’s shape-shifting nominee. From his embrace of the party’s radical right wing, to subsequent portrayals of himself as a moderate champion of the middle class, Romney has raised the most frequently asked question of the campaign: "Who is this guy, really, and what in the world does he truly believe?"

The evidence suggests no clear answer, or at least one that would survive Romney’s next speech or sound bite. Politicians routinely tailor their words to suit an audience. Romney, though, is shameless, lavishing vastly diverse audiences with words, any words, they would trade their votes to hear.

More troubling, Romney has repeatedly refused to share specifics of his radical plan to simultaneously reduce the debt, get rid of Obamacare (or, as he now says, only part of it), make a voucher program of Medicare, slash taxes and spending, and thereby create millions of new jobs. To claim, as Romney does, that he would offset his tax and spending cuts (except for billions more for the military) by doing away with tax deductions and exemptions is utterly meaningless without identifying which and how many would get the ax. Absent those specifics, his promise of a balanced budget simply does not pencil out.

If this portrait of a Romney willing to say anything to get elected seems harsh, we need only revisit his branding of 47 percent of Americans as freeloaders who pay no taxes, yet feel victimized and entitled to government assistance. His job, he told a group of wealthy donors, "is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."

Where, we ask, is the pragmatic, inclusive Romney, the Massachusetts governor who left the state with a model health care plan in place, the Romney who led Utah to Olympic glory? That Romney skedaddled and is nowhere to be found.
jarbuckle
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October 26, 2012
Romney's Record???

Salt Lake City tribune

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/55019844-82/endorsement-romney-obama-president.html.csp

> Nowhere has Mitt Romney’s pursuit of the presidency been more warmly welcomed or closely followed than here in Utah. The Republican nominee’s political and religious pedigrees, his adeptly bipartisan governorship of a Democratic state, and his head for business and the bottom line all inspire admiration and hope in our largely Mormon, Republican, business-friendly state.

>

> But it was Romney’s singular role in rescuing Utah’s organization of the 2002 Olympics from a cesspool of scandal, and his oversight of the most successful Winter Games on record, that make him the Beehive State’s favorite adopted son. After all, Romney managed to save the state from ignominy, turning the extravaganza into a showcase for the matchless landscapes, volunteerism and efficiency that told the world what is best and most beautiful about Utah and its people.

> In short, this is the Mitt Romney we knew, or thought we knew, as one of us.

> Sadly, it is not the only Romney, as his campaign for the White House has made abundantly clear, first in his servile courtship
jarbuckle
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October 26, 2012
ourtship of the Tea Party in order to win the nomination, and now as the party’s shape-shifting nominee. From his embrace of the party’s radical right wing, to subsequent portrayals of himself as a moderate champion of the middle class, Romney has raised the most frequently asked question of the campaign: "Who is this guy, really, and what in the world does he truly believe?"

The evidence suggests no clear answer, or at least one that would survive Romney’s next speech or sound bite. Politicians routinely tailor their words to suit an audience. Romney, though, is shameless, lavishing vastly diverse audiences with words, any words, they would trade their votes to hear.

More troubling, Romney has repeatedly refused to share specifics of his radical plan to simultaneously reduce the debt, get rid of Obamacare (or, as he now says, only part of it), make a voucher program of Medicare, slash taxes and spending, and thereby create millions of new jobs. To claim, as Romney does, that he would offset his tax and spending cuts (except for billions more for the military) by doing away with tax deductions and exemptions is utterly meaningless without identifying which and how many would get the ax. Absent those specifics, his promise of a balanced budget simply does not pencil out.

If this portrait of a Romney willing to say anything to get elected seems harsh, we need only revisit his branding of 47 percent of Americans as freeloaders who pay no taxes, yet feel victimized and entitled to government assistance. His job, he told a group of wealthy donors, "is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."

Where, we ask, is the pragmatic, inclusive Romney, the Massachusetts governor who left the state with a model health care plan in place, the Romney who led Utah to Olympic glory? That Romney skedaddled and is nowhere to be found.


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