President of the United States: Mitt Romney

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If a hurricane had produced 23 million unemployed Americans, a record 47 million on food stamps, nearly 50 million in poverty, almost $6 trillion in new debt, a nearly no-growth national economy and dark clouds of tax increases and recession on the horizon, it would be considered perhaps the biggest disaster to ever hit the U.S. mainland.

And it’d be crazy to vote for another dose of it.

All this and more – including an increasingly divided nation along racial and partisan lines, and a foreign policy in shambles with four Americans dead in Libya and a cascade of lies about how it all went down – is the sad-sack record of the current president.

It is, indeed, an epic disaster.

In contrast, Mitt Romney is a proven leader with unquestioned success in both the private and public sectors. He saved the 2002 Winter Olympics, and at a time when this nation needed a morale boost. He worked hand-in-glove with Democrats as governor of heavily Democratic Massachusetts. And, of course, he knows how the economy works and how jobs are created.

He is precisely the right man at the right time to fix what’s wrong in Washington and get this country moving again.

The current president talked about hope and change four years ago, but today he runs for re-

election based on fear and loathing. Yet, despite the Obama campaign’s best attempts to demonize Mitt Romney, Americans saw him unfiltered in the debates and liked what they saw.

What they saw, instead of the apparition of four years ago, was true hope for change – a real gentleman and statesman with vast experience, a deep understanding of the nature of a free and capitalistic America, and a plan for reviving the private sector rather than the already-overfed government behemoth.

Notice that, like an irresponsible student throwing together homework at the last minute, the incumbent suddenly appeared with a glossy blueprint for the
next four years – long after Romney had introduced his five-point plan that put a spotlight on the policy vacuum in the White House. Predictably, the Obama “plan” was nothing more than bland-tasting warmed-over
platitudes.

Platitudes won’t put food on the plate, Mr. President. It’s time for real leadership.

Voter after voter who was fooled into voting for Mr. Obama four years ago, newspaper after newspaper that endorsed him, have now switched their support to Mitt Romney, because they see the disaster that has unfolded on our shores, and they know it’s past time to change course.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale was one of those newspapers that endorsed Obama in 2008.

“But today,” the paper wrote recently, “rather than articulate a compelling vision for growth, the president falls back on the tired talking point of increasing taxes for the wealthy. Americans want our tax code to be fair – and fixed; there’s no question about that. But it’s hard to see how raising taxes is going to kickstart jobs in the private sector.

“The president had enormous opportunity when he took office, with Democrats controlling both houses of Congress. But he failed to focus on Job One: Jobs.”

And, even as the current administration and Democrats in Congress kick the can down the road, Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan have made it clear they will do what’s necessary to save Medicare and Social Security – and without touching one red cent going to current
or soon-to-be recipients.
Period.

Barack Obama was handed a crisis and turned it into a full-blown disaster.

It’s time for the cleanup and recovery to begin, with the election of Mitt Romney as our next president.

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burninater
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burninater 11/04/12 - 01:43 am
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Hand in glove with

Hand in glove with democrats?! The Democratically-controlled legislature in Mass. overrode SEVEN HUNDRED AND SEVEN of his EIGHT HUNDRED vetoes. That was in a single term.

It raises a red flag when you have to tell a blatant lie to sell your candidate. Does the ACES really believe patently false talking points like this one? Or do they just think their readers are ignorant?

Young Fred
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Young Fred 11/04/12 - 01:47 am
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Benghazi

For all you people that poo-pah bias in the media, I have but one word for you - Benghazi.

If this was a Repub. prez, the NY Times and CNN would be leading with this story EVERY day.

Prez Obama has been an embarassment, and a rookie. His worldview has left him woefully unprepared for his office.

What a shame that all the hope and hype was unfullfilled. Hopefully those that supported him the first time will realize their mistake.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 11/04/12 - 01:54 am
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It's a matter of quantum

It's a matter of quantum statistics burninater. Or weighted averages. An informed person just doesn't assign as much weight to...say the study of Maryland pine combs as they do to say...the state budget.

Gaffe
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Gaffe 11/04/12 - 01:55 am
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"Romnesia"- Definition-
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"Romnesia"- Definition- Conservative affliction causing those affected to forget that GW Bush was ever President and that his continuation of Reagan's Trickle Down economics combined with two unfunded wars has anything at all to do with our national debt, the housing crisis, the bailouts which HE engineered and the eventual stock market crash of Dec 2008 while he was on vacation. Also forgotten are the 43 Americans dead in various embassy attacks during his watch. Yet 4 die under Obama's watch and these kooks are calling for a full inquiry and impeachment.

specsta
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specsta 11/04/12 - 01:43 am
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Flipping and Flopping With Romney

What in the name of Jehoshaphat have you guys at the Chronicle been drinking in your Kool-Aid? There was this little eight-year thing called the Bush presidency that destroyed this country and President Obama has been mopping up that mess for the last 4 years, with basically no help from the Republicans.

You guys actually think that Romney is the answer? You can't tell which side of the bread is buttered with that guy. He flip-flops more than a fish pulled out of the water.

Independent
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Independent 11/04/12 - 05:44 am
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Embarrasing

Who writes these editorials? It is embarrasing for both, Democrats and Republicans, to have such ridiculous writing as editorials of the biggest newspaper of Augusta, the second largest city in Georgia. This editorial was a cartoonish presentation of a biased political position to anyone with a slight understanding of macroeconomy, globalization, foreign affairs, and current events. It does not help Romney's campaign; perhaps produces the oposite effect.

carcraft
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carcraft 11/04/12 - 05:51 am
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LOL the last two posts gave

LOL the last two posts gave me my laugh for the day. Total national debt when Bush left office was $10 trillion dollars. National debt as of today $16 trillion dollar debt. The CBO says if Obama continues for four more years $20 trillion in debt. Now I remember Obama promising to cut the debt in half. So when Obama increased it more in 4 years than Bush did in 8 years is that a lie, a flip flop or a failure or all three? I remember Obama excoriating Bush for raising the debt ceiling. Obama called it a failure of leadership. What is it now? Obama has flip flopped on Gay marriage, raising the debt ceiling and using military force agianst a non threatening nation. Oh why did New York flood when Obama promised to lower the sea level? Bwahahahahahaha

carcraft
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carcraft 11/04/12 - 06:01 am
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I what started the economic

I what started the economic meltdown was the housing market and overpriced loans to unqualified buyers. Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac guaranteed the loans. Bush went to Barney Frank and "country wide" Chris Dodd (remember he got a special loan from country wide) and ask Frank and Dodd to curb Fannie and Freddie and Frank and Dodd refused. When the housing Market crumbled Bush got the blame. Don't forget The Community Reinvestment Act (Citi Bank was sued and Obama was one of the attorneys involved) to force Citi Bank to give loans to red lined districts under the community reinvestment act. Now the Dodd Frank Bill gives no definition of what makes a qualified buyer so Banks don't want to loan money because they are afraid some pencile necked geek from some Senators office will tell them they are loaning to unquailified buyers. This type of failure is slowing our recovery.

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 11/04/12 - 08:09 am
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The national debt that was
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The national debt that was there when Bush left office was only a portion of what was to come. There were 2 on-going wars at the time and the bills had not all come in. There was still work on bailouts - which actually started on his watch. The economy was in ruins as well. Obama came in to a mess. It will take more than 4, 8, 12, 16 years to get out of it. As for Romney working hand in hand with democrats- it's already been pointed out that this is NOT the case. And the Olympics?? He saved them with FEDERAL money.. Job creation? HA! perhaps in China.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 11/04/12 - 08:31 am
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Gaffe, Reagan reduced the

Gaffe,

Reagan reduced the overall tax rates and the money flowing into the federal coffers became a downpour.

Democrats seeing all that money started rubbing their hands with glee and strategized how they could buy more votes. They just HAD to spend that money. They promised Reagan and the Republicans if Reagan would just sign onto the dem's spending increases, they would come back and cut 2 dollars for each 1 dollar in spending increases they'd proposed.

Reagan, being a honorable guy at heart, naively took the Dem's at their word. Of course that was a big mistake.

Retired Army
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Retired Army 11/04/12 - 08:35 am
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Shocked I Tell You, Just Shocked!

Who saw this endorsement coming? Gosh, I wish the ACES would have gotten this out earlier so I would've known what to do when I and my whole family voted last week.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 11/04/12 - 08:37 am
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We are now blowing hot air at each other at this point.

Find me one truthfully undecided voter with an IQ of 50, left in the USA.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 11/04/12 - 08:40 am
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Unfortunately, we
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conservatives are vastly outnumbered by the left. Most college students will vote for obama, if for no other reason, because college "professors" like bill ayers will instruct them to do so. We're facing 4 more years of misery with a complete collapse of America.

avidreader
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avidreader 11/04/12 - 09:54 am
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Georgia -- Big Red!

With the exception of a few counties, Georgia is a big red state. Thank God! Richmond county is predominantly blue and will surely favor Mr. Obama in the election, but the remainder of the state will supply the needed electoral votes for Mr. Romney. During previous election cycles, I have scorned the red votes, but this year I'm loving it.

DeepThink
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DeepThink 11/04/12 - 10:18 am
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A sad re-write of the his MA

A sad re-write of the his MA history. Hand-in-glove! Give me a break!! Your editorial staff are intellectually dishonest, and are massaging the facts because the real facts are an inconvenient truth. What's sadder is your endorsement of a serial liar and endless flip flopper. As a guy who has traditionally voted Republican, I plan to ignore your so called endorsement, and vote for both Obama and Barrow this year!

JRC2024
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JRC2024 11/04/12 - 10:20 am
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RA, My wife and I voted last

RA, My wife and I voted last week also and we knew who to vote for just like you did but I am sure we voted opposit of you. Glad we had a choice.

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omnomnom 11/04/12 - 10:20 am
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" he runs for re-election based on fear and loathing"

subtract the re and that could be either of the "front runners"

I threw away my vote and let the more evil one win or whatever. Whoop de do.

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loblolly 11/04/12 - 10:25 am
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I guess the ACES have forgotten that it has been Obama's support of the deepening of the Savannah Harbour that will result in the biggest economic boom this state has seen in the last 20 years. Ask Gov Deal his thoughts about Obama's support.

Discussionstarter
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Discussionstarter 11/04/12 - 10:36 am
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I have already voted for Romney.

Obama has run this country into the ground. I question his motives every time I listen to him speak.

KSL
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KSL 11/04/12 - 11:05 am
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Talk about liars

Obama continues to allow guns to walk across borders. The whole Libyan fiasco was to cover up CIA gun running operations.

If Obama's lips are moving, it's probably a lie.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 11/04/12 - 11:09 am
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It isn't voting for Mitt but

It isn't voting for Mitt but voting against a "proven" record of failure of Obama. Obama has no record to run so he attacks Mitt with demeaning humor-Romnesia, callin' him liar, encouraging the crowd to boo, sad excuse for a president. The emperor has no clothes. The Beghazi alone would have been the end of any Rep prez leaving office-look how many investigations and hundreds of subpoenas the Dem pursued the last two years of Bush's lame duck second term-with nada. Now we have a smokin' gun and everyone has Obamanesia-jeez-touche'. A failed economy, foreign issues abound, poverty inc., median wage down, health care still sky-rocketing, murdering American citizens without due process, a president who shoots off at the mouth first before having all the facts and then has the un-Mitt-gated gaul to call Romney on it-how moronic-I mean ironic-in regard to Libya. Say what so Obama has the story right for 24 hours and then develops Obamanesia and starts with the movie ruse. A man with no integrity, class, morals, capacity to function as a successful leader-and half want to re-elect him. Hard to believe isn't it. I wish it were a strawman I'd built but that is our president. The hope of change was a dream-he is a political ho of the nth degree.

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TParty 11/04/12 - 11:09 am
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I stopped reading at "he

I stopped reading at "he worked hand in glove with the Democrats..."

How many vetoes did he have again? Go look into how many vetoes he had while Governor, and how many days he was actually in the state. I'm sure no one will post an answer- because why would anyone do any research on Mittens, when you hate Obama so much that you don't care.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 11/04/12 - 11:16 am
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The only thing I can figure

The only thing I can figure is half don't worry about the economy because they are not working-because they are on the govt dole. They must worry about social issues like legalize their pot (hee,hee), reproductive freedom, gay marriage and gay rights, maintaing racism because w/o it the Dem party would die, and wanting to raise everyones taxes so the govt will have more money to give them. Ok it's a strawman. I understand completely -haw,haw,haw.

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faithson 11/04/12 - 11:18 am
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known and unknowns

u cannot know what you do not know... any one who tell's you they KNOW Mitt Romney is spinning a web of illusion that comes from what psychologist's call 'projection', that which we WANT and ARE, over the reality of what is. A survival instinct that keeps the mind from tearing its self apart from the inconsistencies it KNOWS exist. This ILLUSION that the 'savior' has arrived is ludicrous and NOT backed up by the FACTS. Of course good republicans should vote for republicans, it is humorous to see the adulation they must conjure up to make this 'snake oil' salesman palatable.

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dichotomy 11/04/12 - 11:21 am
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I cannot vote for someone

I cannot vote for someone based on his support for Savannah's harbor when he hands me a $16.2 trillion dollar invoice for his services. And another $2 trillon invoice pending for his consultation on Obamacare.

ALL of Obama's policies have failed and EVERYTHING has gotten worse. The debt is worse, the unemployment is worse, energy prices are worse, food prices are worse, healthcare insurance prices are worse, and our foreign policy is a disaster. In fact, everything about Obama has been a disaster.

And Obama cannot even defend his own policies. All he can do is beg for 4 more years to complete his destruction. I just watched him drag Bill Clinton our to talk about cookie jars. Clinton said "When I was little and got caught with my hand in the cookie jar I took my hand out of the cookie jar. Mitt Romey just keeps digging for more cookies". Way to go Obama/Clinton. Now that is an intelligent discussion of the issues and that is exactly the mentality that caused this administration to be a total disaster. Too bad Bill Clinton did not talk about when he got caught with his other appendage in another vessel and how he lied like a dog about it. Clinton and Obama. The heighth of hypocrisy campaigning for the heighth of incompetence. All while Hillary is hiding from the Benghazi coverup.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 11/04/12 - 11:25 am
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Well TParty I haven't voted

Well TParty I haven't voted yet-because I feel like I'm dancin' with the devil. The devil is in the details. Seems you have to put blinders on to vote for either-No?? Discouraging really. I feel my duty to vote-but gee when your heart ain't in it-what utility does it serve to maintain the status quo-a write in a wasted vote.I don't want to be an enabler-hee,hee. In all likelyhood no matter the winner-I will likely be lamenting their solutions to our problems-seems to be so the last eight years. Both parties have become so polarized that either fail to see the combinations that both could provide that evidence supports might succeed. Politicization is killin' us.

faithson
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faithson 11/04/12 - 11:45 am
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Biz and other honorable republicans

At this point in could not have gone unnoticed that the prime motive in this campaign for republicans has been to do any all to beat the democratic opponent, not to rally behind their candidate because of his 'greatness' to lead us. Grover Norquist said it best when he said all you 'real' Americans want is someone to 'SIGN' legislation, personality being of no concern. Here is the nub of the existential question, legislation. As a progressive peace loving person, the legislation that an unbridled republican administration would implement is frightening. The republicans had a chance with Jon Huntsman, they have a loser in Mitt Romney. Being a native buckeye, I trust my native brothers and sisters will bring home the bacon.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 11/04/12 - 11:37 am
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Global warming is an example

Global warming is an example of politicalization. The science quickly gets lost in the politics with things like cap and trade, green energy, etc. This contaminates the science with ridiculous notions like carbon dioxide is toxic-ignoring the carbon cycle. In any case, the issue really isn't with us but really "global"-most of our pollution really comes from China. Since the 70's and especially since the 80s our levels of noxious fumes like sulfur dioxide, etc. have plumetted to at least half upto 90% of particulates. Coal plants emissions of mercury are dropping. We have done a pretty good job cleaning up our act-course still more to do with new pollutants. All the cap and trade is a ruse for political control and manipulation. What we need is a consolidated world effort to regulate our impact on the planet-because the reality is we know more than ever how connected we all are and how we must share limited resources. It's foreign policy.

loblolly
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loblolly 11/04/12 - 11:44 am
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vote for obama
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Because the world is safer, the economy is recovering from the nightmare of Bush, and he respects women by not criminalizong the victims of rape as Republicans want to do.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 11/04/12 - 11:51 am
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I like Huntsman too because

I like Huntsman too because he seems very prudent and intelligent-a lot like I initially thought about Obama. But Rep don't seem to like intelligent people-Gingrich has the same problem. The Rep do have a lot to live down with the excesses of the Bush years-but the Dems have done no better. My hopes is Mitt isn't a liar as Obama keeps saying and that Mitt will help out small business, adopt austerity measures, but I hope he backs off on the defense inc. and I hope he does raise everyones taxes. I think a direct stimulus to small business-not picking winners like Obama, but some competitive small business grants to stimulate diversity and new types of businesses to create new niches. The American work force needs to adapt to a new world economy (which I have issue with but that cat's out of the bag). The STEM fields are being pushed in public schools and colleges for good reason-sadly most americans aren't pickin' up on the cues.

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