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October 21, 2012
After nearly four years of economic stagnation, massive unemployment, record-setting debt and government intrusions into the economy that have paralyzed the private sector, the United States needs a new direction. For this reason, The Dispatch urges voters to choose Republican Mitt Romney for president in the Nov. 6 election.
Four years after promising hope and change, and after a deficit-driving $787 billion stimulus program, here is the result:
• 12.1 million unemployed, with an unemployment rate above 8 percent for 43 of the past 44 months.
• 8.6 million working part time because they can’t find full-time work
• 2.5 million who wanted to work, but have stopped looking for jobs.
• In 2009, real median household income was $52,195. By 2011, it had fallen to $50,054
• In 2009, the U.S. poverty rate was 14.3 percent. By 2011, the poverty rate climbed to 15 percent.
• On Obama’s watch, 12 million more Americans joined the food-stamp program, which has reached a record of more than 46 million enrollees.
• Annual federal budget deficits above $1 trillion for the past four years, increasing the national debt to an all-time high of $16 trillion.
Obama has failed. That is why Mitt Romney is the preferred choice for president. Romney’s adult life has been spent turning around troubled private and public institutions. These turnarounds include scores of companies acquired and restructured by Bain Capital, the investment firm he founded in 1984. Not all were successes, but that is because to a significant degree, many of the companies Bain took on were high-risk. In 1999, he was asked to take over the scandal-plagued and fiscally mismanaged 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City. He quickly streamlined its management, fixed its finances and guaranteed its security, turning it into a success. As governor of Massachusetts, he made tough decisions to lead the state out of a budget deficit, and he did so in a state dominated by Democrats.
As a career businessman and former governor, Romney brings a wealth of executive experience in the private sector and the public sector that dwarfs that of Obama. From working both sides of the government/private-sector equation, he understands how that relationship can aid or impede prosperity. His election would be an immediate signal to the private sector that someone who knows what he is doing is managing the nation’s economic policy. The effect on business confidence would be dramatic and immediate, and business confidence is the vital ingredient needed to spur investment and hiring, the two things that the United States so desperately needs.
In 2008, Americans made a leap of faith when they elevated the inexperienced Obama to the White House. That faith was not rewarded. This time, voters should place their hopes for change in experience, by electing Romney.
Two days after his lackluster first debate performance, President Barack Obama’s re-election hopes got a timely boost. The government’s monthly jobless report for September showed the nation’s unemployment rate fell below 8 percent for the first time since he took office.
If that were the only metric that mattered, the president might credibly argue that the U.S. economy was finally on the right track. Unfortunately for him, and for the American people, he can’t.
We have little confidence that Obama would be more successful managing the economy and the budget in the next four years. For that reason, though we endorsed him in 2008, we are recommending Romney in this race.
Now the president and his supporters are attacking Romney because his long-term budget blueprint calls for money-saving reforms to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, three of the biggest drivers of deficit spending. Obama would be more credible in critiquing the proposal if he had a serious alternative for bringing entitlement spending under control. He doesn’t.
[T]he core of Romney’s campaign platform, his five-point plan, at least shows he understands that reviving the economy and repairing the government’s balance sheet are imperative — now, not four years in the future.
Romney has a strong record of leadership to run on. He built a successful business. He rescued the 2002 Winter Olympics from scandal and mismanagement. As governor of Massachusetts, he worked with a Democrat-dominated legislature to close a $3billion budget deficit without borrowing or raising taxes….
But after reflecting on his [Obama’s] four years in the White House, we also don’t think that he’s the best qualified candidate in this race.
We endorse Mitt Romney for president.
Mitt Romney is the man who can lead the nation out of its lingering economic doldrums and restore faith in the United States.
A successful executive in the public and private sector, Romney is a committed capitalist who understands that the nation’s prosperity is driven by free enterprise, not government.
Under President Barack Obama’s liberal and inconsistent leadership, the country has limped along, barely a step ahead of another recession.
The deficit soared, government expanded and the prospects of more regulations and taxes chilled corporate investment.
Romney understands a reformed tax code, one that closes loopholes but lowers overall rates, would help businesses and consumers. A growing economy can generate more revenue, even with lower rates.
It is only a slight exaggeration to say the president trusts taxes, federal regulators and unions while Romney trusts the marketplace.
Instead, he [Obama] engaged in histrionic spending showdowns with an obdurate Congress. Now the nation faces a “fiscal cliff” of automatic tax increases and spending cuts. If compromise is not reached before the end-of-the-year deadline, the nation’s military defense could be compromised and the economy could nosedive. So much for leadership.
Romney’s record as a determined, detail-oriented leader who demands results strongly suggests he would find a workable middle ground in such conflicts.When he took over the faltering organization charged with putting on the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, he restored order and a sense of mission in a hurry. As governor of Massachusetts he worked effectively with Democrats.
You can trust him to fulfill his pledge to slash the overabundance of federal regulations. We expect he will tackle the growth of entitlement spending methodically, understanding caution is necessary when revising important programs such as Medicare and Medicaid.
But we are reassured by Romney’s history as a deliberate leader of strong conservative values who will listen to others and carefully evaluate the facts.
President Obama may have good intentions, but he is simply taking the nation in the wrong direction.
Seasoned executive Romney would come to office ready to put the country on the course to more freedom and prosperity.
The Tampa Tribune, with confidence and enthusiasm, endorses Mitt Romney for president.
It sounds cliched, but it is a truism: America is at a crossroads. It can continue down the path of Leviathan government and an increasing dependence on it, or America can return to the path of limited government and the kind of prosperity-producing independence on which the Founders based this great republic.
The choice is yours. Our choice is the latter. And that’s why we enthusiastically endorse Republican Mitt Romney for president of the United States.
He’s an exceptionally good and decent man who is a proven leader, administrator and deft politician.Mitt Romney, on the other hand, has excelled in service private and public, showing great mastery in keeping the steed steady and in some quite unfriendly and even treacherous waters.
And he showed great political adroitness in working with a Democrat legislature as governor of Massachusetts for the betterment of all Bay State residents.
Mitt Romney offers a seasoned, strategic and mature public policy mind so sorely needed in the White House and so necessary to enable our great nation and its people to excel.
It’s time to begin restoring America. It’s time to elect Mitt Romney as president of the United States.
The Gazette-Journal recommends a vote for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for president of the United States.
It wasn’t an easy decision. A recommendation against an incumbent can’t be taken lightly.
Nevada was the state hit hardest by the great recession, and four years later, the state continues to lag well behind the others as the U.S. economy shows signs of slow improvement. Its unemployment rate remains worst in the nation; the foreclosure rate, while no longer No. 1, is still among the worst; and the tourism industry continues to struggle.
A vote to re-elect Obama promises four more years of the same. In the two debates between the two candidates so far (a third, on foreign affairs, is scheduled for Monday), the president has shown little understanding of how his failures are affecting the nation, and he hasn’t offered any tangible proposals to change course.
But the United States, and Nevada, cannot afford four more years of the same. The change Obama promised four years ago is needed right now.
In 2008, the RGJ warned that a vote for the little-known Obama was a gamble, albeit one that Americans should embrace. The country was in need of a course correction.
Based on our current fiscal condition, a still-weak economy and a Congress deeply divided along party lines, our next president will continue to face a daunting challenge, one that must be met for the good of the country. Four years later, we find ourselves in need of change yet again.
Romney must be the leader to get things moving.
The undecided New Hampshire voter has just two weeks to answer this question: Why switch from Barack Obama to Mitt Romney? By now the question is easy to answer if one has been listening to the candidates.
Barack Obama was in Manchester on Thursday. When he came to Veterans Park in 2008, he sold “hope and change.” He was uplifting, inspiring. Last week, that was gone. In its place was the negativity, the deception, the nastiness that Obama once said he wanted to remove from politics.
Obama offered New Hampshire nothing but bitterness and envy. He attacked Romney with a litany of mischaracterizations and deliberate falsehoods.
It was far from the uplifting message Obama delivered four years ago. But four years ago Obama did not have an indefensible record.
What Obama offers America is a fantasy. Sputtering economies are not sparked back to life by government-directed spending on industries hand-chosen by politicians. They are revived by unleashing the energy and creativity of the American people.
While Obama offers rhetoric and pipe dreams, Romney offers a real plan to bring the economy back to life. …
Obama had four years — half of them with a Democratic majority in Congress — to try his way. Romney offers a better way, a realistic way, to restore American prosperity. We tried the fantasy. It did not work. Now it is time to stop dreaming and start growing again.
Lowell Sun (MA)
October 20, 2012
n the 1980 U.S. presidential race against a Democrat incumbent, Ronald Reagan said, “A recession is when your neighbor loses his job. A depression is when you lose your job. A recovery is when Jimmy Carter is out of his job.”
We see many parallels between the campaign of 32 years ago and today’s between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
Romney may not be Ronald Reagan now. Yet given the chance to lead this nation back to greatness, Romney might prove even better than Reagan.
Romney knows how to run a business and a government. If elected, he would enter the White House with a level of private- and public-sector expertise unseen in modern times.
Romney has faced economic challenges at key points in his professional and political careers and has always seemed to grow in the job to deliver greater expectations than when he went in. President Obama, on the other hand, lacked any prior experience before entering the White House in 2008 and appears overwhelmed by the one serious economic challenge he has confronted.
President Obama tells Americans the world is changing and we are but a cog on the big map of nations. Not a key cog, just a cog. He implies that America, against this evolving backdrop, must lower its expectations and even allow others to surpass us or the global good. It is a rationale for across-the-board entrepreneurial retreat and eventual economic defeat. Worse, Obama’s philosophy goes against the grain of everything Americans are taught and strive for from cradle to grave.
It is not the path to the future we want for America, and it is not the one Mitt Romney is championing.
In two nationally televised debates, Romney’s love for America, its values and its people come through as genuine.
There is no need to retrench from the ideal of American exceptionalism either at home or on the world stage, says Romney. We are an exceptional people, he says, and we must demand exceptional leadership. In The Sun’s view, that’s where America has fallen off track these past four years. America trusted a “hope and change” candidate, it didn’t work, and we’re suffering the consequences. Now we’ve got a tested leader with a proven track record standing before us – Mitt Romney – and it’s his time to inspire Americans to greatness. It’s Romney’s time to bring us together in a single purpose that embraces fairness, self-reliance, responsibility, rugged individualism, entrepreneurial spirit and unlimited success.
Mitt Romney wants us to believe in America again. It begins with us believing in ourselves and each other.
Wouldn’t it be nice for America to once again stand as one against the serious challenges we face domestically and abroad?
The Sun believes in Mitt Romney and his vision for America’s future. Vote for Mitt Romney for U.S. President on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
October 21, 2012
Romney Can Lead Economy Forward
Our belief that Republican Mitt Romney should be elected the 45th president of the United States is anchored in that tough reality.
We believe the nation’s best opportunity to escape the compounding woes of spiraling debt and economic stagnation lies with a president who believes in the free market’s capacity to heal its own wounds.
That leader is Romney. The nation’s economy now is in desperate need of the kind of jobs-creating animal spirits that President Romney would encourage.
The economy indisputably will benefit, perhaps significantly, from a flatter, fairer system of taxation along the lines proposed by Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan.
It will benefit, too, from a regulatory environment that does not smother small businesses with punitive, anti-competitive, hoop-jumping requirements that favor their bigger competitors. We expect a Romney administration to foster that kind of growth-oriented, business-friendly environment.
But, more to the point, we expect better job growth in a Romney economy mostly because Mitt Romney does not fear or dislike a free-wheeling, growing, free-market economy.
The president’s proposals for a second administration project scant hope that the economy will do much more than stumble forward at the current, anemic, sub-two-percent rate of growth. The 23 million Americans either unemployed, scraping by in part-time, low-paid jobs or not looking for work anymore need to see a commitment to revival. And, simply put, Obama isn’t offering them much. Not in his vision of the future as illustrated in debates thus far. And certainly not in the record of his first term as president.
America needs a return to that kind of economic power, that kind of jobs-creating energy.
The nation’s best chance for reviving those spirits lies with Mitt Romney.
The Arizona Republic recommends Mitt Romney for president of the United States.
Given the final two minutes to speak during Tuesday’s second presidential debate, President Barack Obama quickly spotlighted what he said was the key distinction between his re-election candidacy and the campaign of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
“There’s a fundamentally different vision about how we move our country forward,” Obama said.
He’s right, and “fundamentally different” is what the nation needs. For that reason, Romney should be elected president on Nov. 6.
The slow U.S. economy and its discouragingly high unemployment overshadow the other important issues in this election. Economic recovery must be spurred to a faster pace, and a change to Romney’s leadership would do that.
But the middle class has suffered disproportionately in the 2007-2009 recession and its aftermath. Opportunity is lacking and must be restored.
The more relevant question is how to move forward.
The House is expected to remain under Republican control, the Senate Democratic. Absent change at the White House, the economy will be left to its own devices, most likely a continued but very slow recovery. But slow isn’t what the country needs.
On this front, he is highly qualified, both by business experience and public service.
No one should doubt that his economic recovery plan — a 20 percent cut in tax rates, additional tax breaks for upper-income individuals and reducing the budget deficit, all with no increase in taxes on the middle class — is but a loose sketch of a policy approach.
Details will have to be developed through working with legislative leaders from both parties who thus far have not made much progress on the nation’s fiscal problems.
Romney has laid out a consistent theme focused on encouraging business innovation and growth, reducing government spending and its economic footprint and educating and retraining people to take new jobs.
That theme is a winner, and Congress will be receptive when Romney brings it.
Galveston Daily News
Oct 21, 2012
The Daily News’ endorsements for the Nov. 6 election
President of the United States
Four years ago, then-candidate Barack Obama used an inspirational message of change and undeniable charisma to convince a majority of the American people he should be the next president of the United States.
Today, that hope President Obama was so successfully able to foster in the American people has all but disappeared as the policies and programs he has implemented have made the difficult economic and foreign policy issues he inherited worse instead of better.
Which is why we recommend Gov. Mitt Romney, the Republican challenger, for president.
The most critical issue facing the country is the economy, and when you look at the backgrounds of Romney and the president, it is clear Romney is better positioned to get the economy moving in the right direction again.
… We need more taxpayers in the system, and the only way that will happen is if we have more people working. When it comes to job creation, we’ll take Romney’s background over the president’s every time.
One of the sound bites from this year’s presidential campaign is that this election will not only decide the next four years, it will decide the next 40 years.
If that’s the case, all the more reason to vote for Romney.
Hat tip / MRC reader Leilani / Houston Chronicle endorsement
The Chronicle’s backing of Barack Obama in 2008 broke a 44-year string of endorsing Republican candidates for president. Like so many others, we were captivated by the Illinois senator’s soaring rhetoric and energized by his promise to move American politics beyond partisan gridlock and into an era of hope and change.
It hasn’t happened. Four years later, President Obama’s deeds have failed to match his words, much less his specific vows to cut the national debt by half and bring the nation’s unemployment rate to 6 percent. …
We do not believe four more years on the same plodding course toward economic recovery is the best path forward for Texas or the nation. And so we endorse the Republican team, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, in the belief that they can do better by Texas and the nation.
Concerns about the economy consistently register at the top for most voters, and for obvious reasons: Nearly 23 million Americans are unemployed, underemployed or have given up the job search. And national unemployment rates remain stubbornly high, especially among African-Americans and Hispanics.
There is a launching pad to reignite the national economy: It is the abundance of affordable domestic energy that has revealed itself so dramatically over the past several years. We refer primarily to the resources of natural gas and oil from shale rock that have become available through the technologies of horizontal drilling and fracturing.
These resources offer us a clear path to prosperity and energy security.
President Obama’s failure to identify the economic opportunities these resources offer is mystifying. In our 2008 endorsement we cautioned the president against demonizing the energy sector – good advice that he has never heeded (see Keystone XL Pipeline). By contrast, Gov. Romney has listed energy atop his five-point plan to rejuvenate the economy.
It can. …
Romney’s ability to negotiate successfully across party lines in the Bay State stands in contrast to the president’s baffling disengagement from the national health care debate. Obama’s decision to leave essential details to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi, together with his failure to step in and insist that the Republicans’ version of health care reform have a fair hearing in the House of Representatives, needlessly polarized the process. Reports from his own staff that Obama is uninterested in process are troubling.
Gov. Romney impresses us as a focused, task-oriented problem solver, both by inclination and by experience – a “fix-it” guy.
A lot needs fixing in America, from a broken economy to a broken-down political system.
Mitt Romney offers the leadership we require from the White House.
UPDATE (Hat tip Barb Fagin Murvihill)
The Avalanche-Journal strongly endorses Mitt Romney for president of the United States.
The crux of our support for the former governor of Massachusetts should not be a surprise.
In general, we believe less government is better than more government, and so Gov. Romney becomes an easy choice.
Romney believes government should … as much as possible … get out of the way of the free market.
President Obama believes government is the answer.
Don’t believe that’s true?
We have one word for you: Obamacare.
We believe Mitt Romney should be president for these and other reasons:
The deficit: … Economy: … Obamacare: … Supreme Court: … Israel and the Middle East: …
…[T]his is not about our disappointment in this president.
It’s about electing a man who’s been successful in business, running the Salt Lake City Olympics and leading Massachusetts.
Four years ago, Americans were promised hope and change. We need new hope and to get it, we need a change.
Mitt Romney can bring America back.
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