They just keep coming…
Newspaper editorial boards across the USA believe in Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. Give yourself a little time to read the many endorsements given for our guys the last few days. It’s a real treat.
Cincinnati Enquirer (OH)
EditorialThey just keep coming! Carve out a little time to read these many, fantastic endorsements. Help us share the news, too!
October 28, 2012
The No.1 issue in our region and our nation today is how to recharge our economy and get more people working in good-paying jobs. President Barack Obama has had four years to overcome the job losses of the Great Recession he inherited, but the recovery has been too slow and too weak. It’s time for new leadership from Mitt Romney, a governor and business leader with a record of solving problems.
Romney’s experience as a chief executive, business leader and governor position him to be the best candidate to lead us into a new era of streamlined but effective government with a renewed focus on maintaining America as the world’s leading economy. The best indicator of how Romney would lead is his record as governor. There we have evidence of a Romney who governs more moderately than he was forced to campaign in the long runup to the presidential election.
He came into office in 2003 facing an immediate budget shortfall of $450 million and projections of much worse. It was Massachusetts’ worst recession in decades. Romney’s approach was businesslike, and he didn’t spare any sacred cows. He made deep cuts in local government funding and to education. He didn’t raise state taxes, but he increased fees for many government services, which raised hundreds of millions. He took heat from businesses for closing loopholes that saved them money but cost the state revenue. He blocked companies from transferring intellectual property to out-of-state shell companies, and he barred banks and other companies from avoiding taxes by paper restructuring. The bottom line: He erased the deficit in Massachusetts (which was required by state law) and left office with a $600 million surplus. He replenished the state’s reserve fund two years into his term, pushing it to $2 billion by the time he left office in 2007.
Romney’s plans for recovery revolve around the economic principles of reducing government regulation, cutting corporate taxes and opening more global markets. It’s an approach consistent with who Mitt Romney is – a businessman and a moderate conservative who doesn’t believe so much in government’s making things happen as he does in lifting government interference so they can happen.
If Romney can stabilize and expand the U.S. economy, his greatest foreign policy contribution could be employing reinvigorated U.S. economic muscle to influence the global economy. This is a precarious time for America. We’d expect a President Romney to lead toward the center, to resist the calls for a hard turn to the right that are sure to come from within his party. Romney has accomplished progress with divided government – the Massachusetts General Court (the state’s Legislature) is overwhelmingly Democratic. The gridlock in D.C. is entrenched, and we’d urge him to make a priority of finding the common ground and using his leadership to forge compromise, coalitions and solutions. Romney as president should stay true to who he is – a moderate leader who can work with the left and right, with business and with government, and who will set an example, both as an individual and as the leader of the United States of America.
The Lima News (OH)
October 28, 2012
That is why Lima News is calling for a change of leadership and is endorsing Republican Mitt Romney for president.
We have little confidence that Obama would be anymore successful given another four-year term. Our memory of a euphoric Obama who energized this country four years ago is now replaced by the picture of a slumping president, tired and defensive, during his first debate with Romney.
Today, family incomes are down. The middle class is shrinking and poverty is growing. College students are graduating deep in debt with questionable job opportunities.
At the same time, the government continues to take on more debt. It just wracked up its fourth straight 13-figure shortfall. During Obama’s four years the debt has grown to more than $5 trillion. He now believes the only way to trim the deficit is by raising taxes on the wealthy and eliminating tax breaks.
We feel Romney’s solid resume in the private sector will help here. He understands that reviving the economy and repairing the government’s balance sheet are things that need to happen now, not four years in the future. His five-point plan calls for raising revenue through business expansions — definitely not new taxes — and reducing spending.
Romney has the added benefit of likely dealing with a friendlier Congress. At least one chamber, if not both, are expected to favor Republicans. It is imperative the president and Congress work together. Two years ago, Congress recommended a bipartisan 10-year, $4 trillion deficit-reduction plan, only to be snubbed by Obama, who had his own, less ambitious plan.
Green Bay Press-Gazette (WI)
October 28, 2012
Many hoped he could bring change for a nation weary of two wars, a nation beset by a mortgage crisis and Wall Street scandal, and, most importantly, a nation whose economic future was so uncertain that massive government bailouts were needed.
However, four years later, the economy hasn’t rebounded. In fact, some say it’s worse, with high unemployment numbers, a trillion-dollar deficit, an even bigger national debt and uncertainty in the business world over the future of our economy. Poverty has increased, the median household income has dropped, and some have given up looking for work.
This nation cannot wait four more years to see if Obama’s policies will work. It needs to turn to someone who has a proven track record in the business community and will offer the steady hand to a teetering economy.
For that reason, the Green Bay Press-Gazette is endorsing Republican candidate Mitt Romney, who we believe is the best choice to turn around the U.S. economy. We believe the Republican candidate’s experience as CEO of Bain Capital, governor of Massachusetts and work with the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City will be assets to turning around the economy.
Romney’s five-point jobs proposal looks to strengthen the middle class by creating 12 million jobs in his first term. Romney aims to reach this ambitious goal by achieving energy independence by 2020, expanding trade, improving education, cutting the deficit and helping small businesses.
Romney proposes 20 percent cuts in the marginal tax rate for individuals, which would reduce the top bracket from 35 to 28 percent, and cut the corporate tax rate from 35 to 28 percent. He would get rid of the death tax and the Alternative Minimum Tax. He would eliminate taxes on interest, dividends and capital gains for those earning less than $200,000.
Romney would cut the deficit with smaller government and addressing the national debt. The deficit was at $1.09 trillion as of Sept. 30, according to the Congressional Budget Office, which is a slight drop from the $1.3 trillion deficit Obama faced when he took office. He had pledged in February 2009 to “cut the deficit we inherited in half by the end of my first term in office.”
Despite all this, we can’t we can’t ignore the state of the economy today. It is the overriding factor in people’s lives. How they pay for health care, how they pay for their mortgage, how they pay the bills, how they pay for retirement are all chief concerns that need to be answered. They are concerns that cut across are classes and are paramount in deciding who should be in the White House.
How long can Obama blame his predecessor for the current financial woes without taking any responsibility for some of the economic duress and gridlock? At some point, the problems a president inherits become his problems if he hasn’t been able to solve them.
At that point, then, we need someone else in the White House who can solve them. We believe that person is Mitt Romney.
IOWA’S top newspapers agree: “Mitt Romney offers a fresh economic vision!” Besides the incredible endorsement from The Des Moines Register, three other newspapers from The Hawkeye State say Mitt is their man:
Cedar Rapids Gazette (IA)
Gazette Editorial Board
October 28, 2012
Gazette Endorsement For President: Romney
But where the nation was most in need — restarting the economy and making significant progress on reducing our enormous national debt that recently soared past $16 trillion and dangerously threatens our future well-being — the president and his administration have come up short.
Most important, we think Mitt Romney’s business savvy, understanding of the nation and world’s financial ins and outs, and leadership skills proven in public venues are more likely to ignite a robust economic recovery in the next four years.
Still, the president’s leadership on our massive debt and job problems has been lacking. He hasn’t delivered on promises. Budget deficits have topped $1 trillion every year of his term. Little progress has been in reducing too-high unemployment, and the underemployed segment remains huge. Opportunities for recent college graduates are meager for half of them. The number of Americans on food stamps is unprecedented.
But we need to do better, much better, and soon if this great nation is to break out of its slump and avoid sliding back into a deeper one.
Romney’s record, experience and his heart give us reason to hope for better.
The Romney record also demonstrates an ability to lead in the public’s eye. He led the 2002 Winter Olympics out of financial straits. He negotiated balanced budgets and tripled the reserve fund as governor of Massachusetts, where he worked with a legislature of more than 80 percent Democrats. Those skills are so important toward breaking the gridlock that chokes Congress.
What we believe most strongly is that Romney has the pragmatic skills and commitment to address Job No. 1: get our economy humming and create many more of the jobs Americans need to take care of themselves and their families.
Creating more opportunities for all Americans — not more safety net guarantees — must still be at the heart of this nation’s future if we are to prosper. We endorse Mitt Romney as the best choice toward making that happen.
Quad City Times (IA)
Times Editorial Board
October 28, 2012
We invested heavily in hope back in 2008.
Our 2012 endorsement of Mitt Romney comes with an imperative for change.
The change that we’d hoped would elevate our economy wound up woefully short. The presidential gambit to place health-care reform ahead of economic recovery jeopardized both. President Barack Obama expended all of the presidential leadership on muscling through health care reform, leaving little for implementation and none for significant economic recovery.
This year, the Republican ticket is led by a candidate with a proven record of moderate governance, legislative leadership and compromise. Mitt Romney arrives at the presidency with global leadership experience and a track record of turnarounds.
No need to rely on hope. His record includes evidence of change. He changed the trajectory of a failing U.S. Winter Olympics. He changed the path of Massachusetts with a health care plan we admire, even if Romney is now less than enthused.
He picked a running mate who has specific deficit reduction plans, not just hopeful intentions. Ryan’s plan cuts too deeply in some areas and needs significant compromise, particularly on the future of Medicare, but these plans are in the hands of a presidential team experienced in compromise.
Our interest in Romney jelled into support through the debates, where we saw his leadership and pragmatic managerial experience shine through. He didn’t just say what ardent Republicans wanted to hear. In fact, he stated his unequivocal support for women’s contraception rights, knowing it would incense a huge number of Christian and Catholic voters.
We’re confident he’ll be as responsive to all Americans if elected president.
Today, we endorse a successful leader focused on economic recovery and growth and deficit reduction. We endorse a proven manager who won’t need on-the-job training. We endorse a compromiser who offers the best hope of breaking congressional gridlock.
Most of all, we endorse change.
We endorse Mitt Romney for president.
Sioux City Journal (IA)
October 28, 2012
In a presidential election centered on domestic economic issues at a crucial moment in history, voters this year must decide if they are or are not satisfied with and confident about the direction in which America is moving.
We are neither satisfied nor confident. In our view, change is needed.
Because we wish to see the country chart a new course to economic vitality and fiscal sanity, the Journal endorses former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney to be the next president of the United States.
In Romney, who we endorsed to be the Republican nominee before both the 2008 and 2012 Iowa Caucuses, we see a man possessed of successful, executive decision-making experience in both the private and public sectors who understands economics and who would apply necessary conservative principles to meeting the country’s fiscal challenges. We would rather put our faith in the blueprint put forth by Romney than in another four years of Barack Obama.
America can’t afford another four years like the last four years. Continuing this course of growing government, more spending and more borrowing eventually will crush this nation. It simply isn’t sustainable.
The approach articulated by Romney and his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, is fundamentally different. To create more consumer confidence, business opportunities, jobs, investment, trade and domestic energy production, Romney promises less. His vision involves less federal spending, lower taxes for individuals, families and businesses, a smaller number of government programs and streamlined regulations on businesses and industries (according to the Small Business Administration, the annual cost to Americans of federal regulations is $1.75 trillion).
To enact his plan, Romney must forge consensus within Congress and rally the nation. Romney founded his own venture capital and investment company and turned the once-troubled 2002 Winter Olympic Games into a profit-maker. He led a state in which registered Democrats outnumbered registered Republicans nearly three to one and 85 percent of the Legislature was Democratic at the time from a $3 billion budget deficit when he took office in January 2003 to a $700 million budget surplus by the end of 2004. In other words, he knows how to build success, achieve reform and bring people of different political stripes together in support of goals.
Romney represents the change America needs.
Three newspapers from Obama’s stomping grounds – ILLINOIS – gave Governor Romney the nod!
Chicago Jewish Star (IL)
October 19, 2012
In many ways this is still a post-9/11 world. The threat of Islamic terror, a depressed and failing economy, an unsure future for a troubled healthcare system, a genocidal-spewing Iran, an unbalanced Middle East- these are some of the problems which surfaced after that fateful September day and mutated afterwards in unexpected ways.
With his executive experience, belief in the enervating potential of the private sector, proven ability to deal with opposing views, positive outlook and quiet but admirable religious and charitable persona, Mitt Romney is the candidate who can best guide our country in the years ahead.
We like Mr. Romney- and strongly endorse his candidacy for president- because of his moderate, small-government views.
We like Mr. Romney because he is able to travel to a hot-bed area like Israel and- openly, unapologetically, and accurately- commend the Jewish state for its achievements, while frankly acknowledging that it is Palestinian recalcitrance which has denied peace to the area.
We like Mr. Romney because he understands the need to create jobs by providing the right environment for the private sector to do so.Finally, we like Mr. Romney because he, and his running mate Paul Ryan, have announced that they believe in accountability. The buck stops in the Oval Office.
Finally we like Mr. Romney in comparison to his opponent. The administration of Barack Obama has been a failure.
Contrary to the implications of Mr. Obama’s 2008 statement, Americans provided for the sick before his time; the rise of the oceans did not begin “to slow” and our planet did not begin “to heal”- not in a metaphoric sense and not in a real one.
Mr. Obama’s unsatisfactory direction for America was rooted in untenable assumptions, fueled by arrogance, and promoted by divisiveness. We don’t need more of that.
It is not only that Mr. Obama thus deserves to be a one-term proposition; it is that Mr. Romney is simply the better bet for our country.
Quincy Herald-Whig (IL)
October 28, 2012
On Nov. 6, Americans will face a clear choice about the future direction of this country.
In deciding whether to re-elect President Barack Obama or move forward with Gov. Mitt Romney, voters must decide whose vision best reflects our nation’s historic principles, whose plans provide the best solutions for the problems we face today, and whose experience best prepares them to meet the unknown challenges that lie ahead.
Gov. Romney has demonstrated, through his success in the private and public sector, that he possesses the leadership and management skills to bring this country together, engineer an economic turnaround and strengthen our role on the international stage. He inspires confidence, through the values evident in his personal life and as a man of deep faith, that he will lead us through these difficult times with compassion and fairness.
We commend Gov. Romney to voters and urge his election as the next president of the United States.That is evident from his tenure as governor of Massachusetts where, working with a Legislature that was overwhelmingly Democratic, he rebuilt an economy shattered by the 2001 national recession — without tax increases — while implementing sweeping reforms in education and health care.
Change will be hard to achieve in a political climate marked by deep divisions in Congress that have led to gridlock. For progress to occur, paralysis must give way to compromise — and Gov. Romney offers the best opportunity to make that happen.
In leading Massachusetts, Gov. Romney established himself as an effective, forward-thinking leader, a pragmatic problem-solver who can be expected to apply those same skills as president to restore the nation to a sound fiscal footing.
These attributes were evident when he rescued the 2002 Winter Olympics from scandal and debt, and — prior to that — in the success of Bain Capital, the investment firm he founded in 1984.
The best choice for president, for America’s future, is Gov. Mitt Romney and we strongly commend him to voters.
The Daily Herald (IL)
October 28, 2012
Endorsement: The Case For Mitt Romney For President
In endorsing Illinois’ favorite son in 2008, we declared Obama “has a chance to be a great president.” We said, “He offers a new kind of politics. A politics that breaks down the old partisan walls. A politics that strives to bring people together. A politics of hope.”
There is no doubt that as president, Obama has recorded some significant achievements, some even historic. Even his adversaries have embraced some. He’s ended the war in Iraq, passed landmark health care legislation, opened the door toward civil rights for the gay community — all notable accomplishments.
But four years later, where is the hope? Where is the confident swagger and leadership to uplift the nation’s mood?
In that endorsement editorial four years ago, we described the landscape of America thusly: “Our country is polarized, our politics is unduly partisan and out of touch and our economy is on the brink of the worst financial calamity since the Great Depression.”
Today, our country is still polarized, our politics is still partisan, our economy slugs along painfully on one of the slowest recoveries in history and the country’s debt threatens our future and the future of our children.
At a time when the economy was wracked, he chose instead to focus on health care reform. In doing so, his administration chose early on to fight with Congress rather than to work with it. He chose to force his landmark health care bill through Congress without a single Republican vote, significantly contributing to the bitter atmosphere of division in Washington.
His economic initiatives have been heavily bent toward the public sector, a big spending approach that has been aptly derided by Romney as “trickle-down government.”
But ultimately, we endorse Romney because he, unlike Obama, understands that jobs are a creation of business, not of government. And that to encourage job growth, we need policies that incent business to grow and provide it with a stable environment for that growth.
Romney, on the other hand, governed successfully in Massachusetts with a legislature that was almost totally controlled by the opposition party. He’s proven he can work across the aisle.
He’s proven capable in all that he has tried. He’s proven that he can run businesses and create jobs. He’s been successful in all walks of life.
“We don’t have to settle for what we’re going through,” Romney said during one of the debates. “We don’t have to settle for gasoline at four bucks. We don’t have to settle for unemployment at a chronically high level. We don’t have to settle for 47 million people on food stamps. We don’t have to settle for 50 percent of kids coming out of college not able to get work. We don’t have to settle for 23 million people struggling to find a good job.”
Mitt Romney for president.
Yamhill Valley News-Register (OR)
Oct 20, 2012
Four years ago, we broke a long News-Register tradition by endorsing Democrat Barack Obama for president. Our choice … expressed a belief that Obama could provide badly needed impetus “to break the deadlock and malice that has marred our political landscape for too long.”
We were wrong. This year, we endorse Republican Mitt Romney for president.
Not only has partisanship continued to strangle American politics, but we’ve seen the addition of $5.2 trillion to our national debt. In those four years, we have borrowed nearly $17,000 for every man, woman and child in America. That’s almost one-third of the total national debt, which now exceeds $16 trillion.
Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan represent an opportunity to reverse that alarmingly shortsighted outlook. In 2012, as we said in 2008, “America must unite behind someone who can elicit a national willingness to sacrifice for common goals related to energy, the economy, health care and international diplomacy.”
…[F]ormer Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan are best suited to lead the country toward fiscal conservatism and economic recovery.
The Sunshine State gifted Romney yesterday with FOUR newspaper endorsements!
Pensacola News Journal (FL)
October 28, 2012
Mitt Romney For President
Four years ago, we recommended Barack Obama be elected. He offered himself as someone who could bridge the wide chasm between Democrats and Republicans. However, after four years, the situation has worsened.
However, Obama failed to adequately address the rising national debt that will cripple future generations. He has not pushed the approval submitted two years ago by the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, also known as the Simpson-Bowles plan, that called for higher taxes to bring the debt under control. Congress also has failed to take the debt seriously, instead passing the buck, or in this case, $16 trillion of them.
As he did in 2008, Mitt Romney is campaigning that “Washington is broken”: that Congress and the president can neither legislate nor lead effectively. We believe he has the experience and temperament to start the repairs. If elected, we urge him to gather key Democrats on Nov. 7 and start to find solutions to our problems. If there are effective Democrats in the current Cabinet, keep them in place. The country hungers for statesmanship. Romney prides himself on his bipartisan leadership in
Massachusetts that led to education and health care improvements. He must deliver that to Capitol Hill as quickly as possible.
Also, we continue to be frustrated at the millions of unemployed – about 20,000 of our neighbors in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties – and the growing number of people on food stamps, despite signs the economy is recovering. We’re confident Romney can find a way to get people working again.
Mitt Romney is who we recommend leads this nation for the next four years.
During a speech to the Republican National Convention, Romney’s wife, Ann, promised that her husband would not fail if elected. We hope she is right.
Florida Times-Union (FL)
October 28, 2012
What this nation needs is a turnaround expert.
We need someone who knows how to deal with a balance sheet drowning in red ink.
We need someone who has that American strain of pragmatism in an era of toxic partisan politics.
We need someone who has made his fortune, who doesn’t need this job but is seeking simply to serve the public.
That man is Mitt Romney. Following in the footsteps of his father who was successful in the private sector, Romney has dedicated his later years to public service.
Romney, in contrast, led one of the most liberal states in the union and managed to get along as well as could be expected. His health care plan was right for Massachusetts, but Romney showed his impeccable common sense by acknowledging the Massachusetts plan isn’t right for every one of the 50 states.
This is the family history that informs Romney’s values. They are the classic American values of hard work, discipline and sacrifice. This is the vision he has for America.
It’s a vision based on the power of hard work and initiative.
“I want you to remember when you spent more time dreaming about where to send your kids to college than wondering how to make it to the next paycheck.
“I want you to remember when you weren’t afraid to look at your retirement savings or the price at the pump.”
Romney understands that a revived business sector is the key to turning around the American economy.
As he said in an interview in Time, he wants people to say, “America looks like a good place to invest again, a good place to take risk, a good place to hire again,” a place with good jobs for the middle class.
Romney is the best person to lead America at this crucial time.
Florida Today (FL)
October 28, 2012
Over the next four years, Washington must foster a more competitive economy and balance federal budgets. Florida voters rate jobs and business growth as their No. 1 concern by far.
For those reasons, we endorse former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for president.
Romney has a clearer vision for a modern economy. He has a better understanding than President Barack Obama of what could help manufacturers and service companies grow and hire. And he has executive experience and a record of problem solving that Obama did not have before taking office.
We think Romney would be more effective at setting priorities, pushing business-friendly initiatives through his Cabinet and negotiating solutions across party lines.
In a line that bodes well for the Space Coast, he writes: “Government is generally not the source of new ideas, although innovations from NASA and the military have provided frequent exceptions.”
We endorsed Obama in 2008, but not because he seemed likely to transform the economy. We recommended Obama because he promised to end the war in Iraq, continue NASA’s moon-exploration program and reform health care costs that had outstripped growth in household income for more than a decade.
We also believed Obama would reach out and build new coalitions in Washington to resolve issues mired in partisanship.
Four years later, Obama has failed to satisfy three out of four of those expectations.
Combine those positions with Romney’s business expertise, and that’s the candidate we support.
Naples Daily News (FL)
October 28, 2012
After two years of speeches, forums, debates, press releases, testimonials and attack ads, the presidential election yields something clear and concise.
This really is all about the economy.
Given Democratic President Barack Obama’s attempts over the past four years to improve it, and Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s credentials as an astute businessman who understands how money works, our endorsement goes to Romney.
This time four years ago, this newspaper’s editorial board sized up the state of the economy and other issues and concluded the country needed a change, to Obama.
While we believe the national economy is on the way back, we believe it will take another administration change, to Romney, to bring the leadership that will make that recovery timely, robust and sustainable.
We believe Romney knows what it means for government to make it easier for business to do business, and that is where the comeback ought to start.
We believe a Romney administration will move instinctively toward spending and taxation policies that will free up money for investment and economic diversification — and jobs.
We have more confidence in Romney being able to build upon the economy as far as the Obama administration has been able to resuscitate it.
We believe Mitt Romney is the candidate for president of the United States to do what we have to do.
Worcester Telegram and Gazette (MA)
October 28, 2012
Romney For President
The decision to turn an incumbent president out of office is never one to be undertaken lightly by voters. But good intentions, repeated promises and lofty rhetoric are no substitute for sound economics and a foreign policy grounded in realism and strength. It is time once again for change in Washington, and we strongly believe that Mitt Romney offers the right combination of experience, vision, leadership and moral grounding to reinvigorate the nation’s economy, bring a measure of control to the ocean of debt threatening to engulf us, and lay out a foreign policy that has the clarity and force needed to deter aggression while promoting international stability.
In sharp contrast to his opponent, Mr. Romney’s bid for the presidency carries the weight of a lifetime of repeated and proven success in business, as a management consultant, cofounder of the successful Bain Capital equity investment firm, and head of the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics.
President Barack Obama has had ample time to transform the “hope and change” of the 2008 campaign into positive results. The results have been deeply disappointing, and the tenor of his re-election campaign gives us no cause to hope a second term would offer anything better.
The trillions spent in bailouts, stimulus plans and subsidies have served mainly to deepen our debts. Meanwhile, the nation’s unemployment rate, while finally below what it was when Mr. Obama took office, understates the weakness of the job market. Fewer Americans are working, and too many have settled for part-time jobs or lower wages.
By contrast, Mr. Romney, while retaining federal investments and regulations, would place private-sector capitalism ahead of a government-first approach.
On tax policy, the president has waged a relentless campaign against wealthy Americans — one that will punish small businesses and the middle class.
But Mr. Romney understands that the path to higher revenues lies not in choking our key economic engines, but in expanding opportunity for all.
Mitt Romney has earned the opportunity to lead America for the next four years.
Richmond Times-Dispatch (VA)
October 28, 2012
The tone of the 2012 campaign might best be captured by the need to begin with an emphasis on what the Republican candidate will not do. Mitt Romney will not raise taxes on the middle class. He will not destroy Medicare. And he will not lie to the American people every time he opens his mouth.
Political campaigns exaggerate grossly, play loose with the facts and cast the opposition in the worst light imaginable. Yet it is difficult to recall a campaign less truthful than President Obama’s in 2012. Its foundation rests on deeply misleading assertions about Romney, a strategy made inevitable by the current administration’s weak record. Barack Obama’s accomplishments are too few to merit re-election. So he attacks.
In the service of accuracy, let’s look at the generally straightforward proposals and philosophy espoused by Romney, who strikes us as both more earnest and more accomplished than your average presidential candidate.
Romney understands the value of free enterprise, appreciates its utterly unique ability to alleviate poverty, unleash creative endeavor, spread wealth and lift the burden of ceaseless backbreaking labor. In this year’s presidential campaign, he is alone in that respect.
Romney’s plan to spur economic growth — a phrase that seems absent from the Obama vocabulary — offers a plausible and pragmatic path to a more energized private sector, the essential element in reviving a robust economy that builds jobs, raises individual incomes, rewards innovation and halts the suicidal expansion of public debt.
Romney will improve a dysfunctional tax system, as did Ronald Reagan, to encourage work, investment and risk-taking. Less complexity means less corruption and cronyism. By contrast, Obama claims a $60 billion annual tax increase on higher-income Americans, including successful small businesses, will magically erase trillion-dollar deficits while providing extra cash for education, medicine, research and all-around middle-class happiness.
Obama pretends that Republican reformers pose the only real threats to Medicare and Medicaid. Romney acknowledges that these programs face forced marches to bankruptcy unless someone has the courage to fix them. He promises to examine means-testing, market solutions, competition and state-level innovation. His is a progressive approach.
Romney also promises to repeal Obamacare — a singularly necessary step to restore America’s entrepreneurial spirit — and replace it with reforms that will not bust the budget, not trample individual rights, not undermine the independence of patients and medical professionals.
This is the right approach, expressed with the appropriate mix of confidence, clarity and humility. Romney is ready to take command, as he demonstrated in Monday’s debate.
But his presidency has been filled with disappointment and failure. Those issues that inspired the most passion among his supporters — principally having to do with the war powers of the executive and the tension between civil liberty and national security — have been the ones on which his promise-breaking has been most feckless.
During the debates, the president’s personal attacks on his opponent were, most often, met with strong but dignified answers. The president showed himself to be the less presidential of the two contenders. As a result, we know now who is better suited to lead a great but troubled nation.
Mitt Romney has succeeded as a family man, governor, entrepreneur, Olympic leader. He is a man of character, a problem-solver, a turnaround specialist. He has earned our enthusiastic endorsement. America needs President Romney.
Eight days to go. We can’t let up! How comMITTed are YOU to take Mitt and Paul across the finish line?
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