Archive for Friday, November 2, 2012

Editorial: The right person

November 2, 2012


For the past three-plus years, this country has been led by an individual serving an on-the-job training internship.

The country deserves better, and the consequences of having an amateur in this powerful position are obvious.

Mitt Romney has both the training and experience to be a far more able and effective president.

The country cannot afford another four years under the leadership of Barack Obama. Granted, he inherited many challenges, but he also inherited and enjoyed the opportunity to show his leadership and vision. He flunked the test!

His pledge of making “fundamental changes” in this country resulted in the federal government taking greater control of the lives of most every American. His pledge of openness and transparency proved to be phony, and the nation’s debt is a killer and getting greater day by day. Unemployment and underemployment numbers are a disgrace, and Uncle Sam’s respect abroad is not what it should be. The growing, record number of Americans relying on food stamps is a disgrace.

He pledged to reach across the aisle to work with Republican legislators, and this has proven to be another hollow vote-getting vow. Even though Democrats controlled both the U.S. House and Senate for the first two years of his presidency, he was unable to present and get approval for a federal budget.

The deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi shows he and his administration have been asleep at the switch and unprepared to protect U.S. interests abroad.

Even more troubling, the above-mentioned situations illustrate the unwillingness of Obama and his senior aides to be open and honest with the American public. Once a person does not tell the truth or tries to rely on half-truths, how can an individual ever have confidence in that person and believe he is telling the truth on other matters?

Romney has been tested time and time again as governor of Massachusetts, where he was able to develop, initiate and get passage of positive legislative actions even with strong Democratic majorities in the state Legislature. He has run successful businesses and chaired the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

Voters have the opportunity of bringing about many positive and remedial changes for this country through private ownership and free enterprise by electing Romney, or turning this country over to greater government control, an escalating national debt, continued unemployment and a weakened America by giving Obama another four years in the White House.

Seldom has the American public been offered such divergent opportunities, and seldom has the country needed new, visionary, tested and experienced leadership in the White House as much as it does at this time.

The country needs Mitt Romney. He, too, will be inheriting serious challenges, just as Obama did, but, due to his experience and knowledge of business, his successful record of working with those of opposing political and business philosophies, and his deep and basic belief in free enterprise, private ownership and less government control — and the goodness of America — he is the right person at the right time to heal, protect and strengthen this country.


Jonathan Becker 5 years, 5 months ago

Expertise in business translates to government as knowledge of baseball translates to basketball. The logic of this endorsement is MIA.

jhawkinsf 5 years, 5 months ago

Actually, there would be a significant crossover between the skills necessary to run a basketball team and a baseball team. Things like team chemistry, substitution patterns, dealing with and balancing the personalities of individuals who frequently have inflated egos. Basically, getting a large group of individuals to buy into a single vision for the benefit of all. I have no doubt that had someone like Bill Self chosen a career path in baseball, he would have been very successful.

But the real question is will a businessman be any better at running the government than a community activist?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 5 months ago

"But the real question is will a businessman be any better at running the government than a community activist?"

Umm, after his rather brief stint as a community activist, he also went to law school, became a constitutional law professor, served in the Illinois and US Senates, among other things-- just sayin.

jafs 5 years, 5 months ago

Also, of course, the president doesn't "run" the government in the same way a CEO "runs" a company.

jhawkinsf 5 years, 5 months ago

What you're saying is that Obama had zero experience at the executive level coming in. And it shows.

That said, I can't think of any pattern that would predict what experiences someone should have to become a successful leader. Community activist/legislator seems just as good as governor/businessman. Heck, maybe we should try basketball/baseball coach.

rtwngr 5 years, 5 months ago

And this qualifies him to be President, how?

notajayhawk 5 years, 5 months ago

Have you ever been a government employee, Slowponder? In many agencies, the overall manager has absolutely no working knowledge of the product or process in the department they manage.

The paperwork's pretty much the same no matter where they park a bureaucrat.

Trumbull 5 years, 5 months ago

Funny, I see the same thing in the private sector.

Lawrence Morgan 5 years, 5 months ago

You don't know anything about government work. All you seem to want to do is to belittle government employees. Your post is ridiculous!

fiddleback 5 years, 5 months ago

But also kinda funny-- you can sense Dolph getting a bit panicked..."Wait, I know I've crapped out countless polemical ramblings under that name 'J-W Editorial,' but did we write an actual endorsement? Cuz, ya know, maybe people didn't necessarily get who I favored from all the vomited talking points ...Yeah! That's it! I'll make it 'official!' Honey, brew some coffee and fetch my favorite slippers while I find some more paper for the typewriter..."

jafs 5 years, 5 months ago


If the D in Mass had been as committed to defeating Romney as the R in Congress are to defeating Obama, he wouldn't have been able to "work with them".

Also, Dolph fails to consider the effect of the filibuster, as many on the right seem to do - the D had about 4 months out of their first two years with a filibuster proof majority.

Politicians lie, and Romney's already been found to lie.

Also, I'm not at all convinced that a Romney presidency would be better, either domestically or in our interactions with the rest of the world.

Other than that, I guess he's right.

jhawkinsf 5 years, 5 months ago

Maybe Congress should work weekends and holidays instead of going on political junkets with lobbyists. Then those 72 days could have been doubled or tripled.

BTW - Isn't it the political party in the majority that determines what days they will be is session and when they will be in recess? I think that's true, though not certain.

Kendall Simmons 5 years, 5 months ago

Too bad Dolph didn't bother doing any research about Romney's overall "success" in Massachusetts. He left with a 34% approval rating. He vetoed 800 bills, almost all of which were overridden...many unanimously.

And the REPUBLICAN legislators didn't like him! Seems he was arrogant. Dismissive. And liked "being" Governor far more than he was interested in doing the job.

chocolateplease 5 years, 5 months ago

Where is the mention of taxes? What about the Romney/Ryan plan to overturn Roe v Wade with probable opportunities to name 2 supreme court justices during this term? Health care? Foreign policy? Climate change?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 5 months ago

It's a long read, but here's why Dolph the Plutocrat gets so excited about Mitt the Plutocrat

Greed and Debt: The True Story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital by Matt Taibbi.

notajayhawk 5 years, 5 months ago

From Rolling Stone, the world-reknowned leader in political news reporting and analysis ...

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 5 months ago

So, does that mean you've read the (well-researched) article and are ready to rebut its conclusions with well-researched views of your own. (rhetorical question to a stubbornly and willfully ignorant poster.)

jayhawklawrence 5 years, 5 months ago

Absolutely frightening article.

Just in time for Halloween.

Maddy Griffin 5 years, 5 months ago

We've come too far to turn back now. Forward!!

Fred Whitehead Jr. 5 years, 5 months ago

Hey Chalk, you checked out gasoline prices lately? Huh?? You know, Obama is responisble for high gas prices, what about the lower prices? Huh?? Whadya say??

Oh, yeah, I know, I Know!!! Obama has directed the oil companies to lower prices to increase his chances in the election!!! Right???

Chalk, you d MAN!!

kansanbygrace 5 years, 5 months ago

But there's no indication that you know that the price of gasoline is dictated by the minimally regulated commodities market, is a global fungible commodity and the president of the USA has very, very little influence on the price. The managers of refineries have more influence on the price of gasoline than the POTUS.

Shelley Bock 5 years, 5 months ago

Gasoline prices are controlled by the world market, not the government. Even if production is increased, it is subject to the price on the world market.

snitty 5 years, 5 months ago

Romney = Bush. The same arrogant neo-conservative war-mongers are behind him, and he uses the same misleading, apocalyptic talking points. This endorsement just shows that Dolph Simons is one of them, as he also endorsed Bush. As Cowboy said, PUKE.

jhawkinsf 5 years, 5 months ago

Whoops, gotta agree with Liberty on this one.

jhawkinsf 5 years, 5 months ago

The reality of today's political/electoral system is that an individual has to behave in a certain way to secure the nomination of their party, then behave different to be elected. And should they succeed and be elected, they then need to position themselves for their second term at which time they can behave in just about any way they choose. Of course, the minute they win that second term, they become a vulnerable lame duck.

The presence of former Bush advisors doesn't guarantee Romney will follow Bush's path any more than the presence of former Clinton advisors has guaranteed Obama the same level of success that Clinton enjoyed. Too many variables.

fiddleback 5 years, 5 months ago

And yet somehow these idiotic endorsements blithely assume that Romney is more serious about the "killer" debt, outright ignoring the facile proposals that would clearly just increase it. Even when the R/R team cynically avoids budgetary detail, the basic math of cutting all marginal tax rates to 20% (even if they closing most loopholes) and tying military spending to 4% of GDP cannot be budget neutral. It's impossible to do without adding massively to the debt, and yet most tea party conservatives who hollered for fiscal sanity as soon as Bush left office are right back on board with another schmuck promising both drastically lower federal revenues and yet somehow suggesting that he'll shrink the debt...

Dolph should cut the bull and just admit it's his own taxes he wants to keep 4% lower, debt be damned. At least that much would be coherent...

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 5 months ago

Kansas will go for Romney no matter what. Dolph is just falling into line with the other ducklings in this state that imprinted, Lorenz style, onto the GOP. Every small town newspaper in Kansas is endorsing him, probably out of fear of the pitchforks and torches that would show up in the hands of the peasantry if they didn't.
In the meantime, The Boston Globe, the biggest newspaper of the state where Romney was governor, endorsed Obama. The Detroit Free Press rejected their native son and endorsed Obama. Even his own religion rejected him when the Salt Lake Tribune, the largest mouthpiece for the Mormon Church in the entire world, endorsed Obama.
These are the people who know him best; who grew up with him, worked with him and were governed by him.
Believe me, I'm not going to get my knickers in a twist over an endorsement from a small town Kansas newspaper. And don't think Lawrence isn't a small town. Separate out the university and what have you got? The university has their own newspaper and guess who they endorsed? It wasn't Romney.

kansanbygrace 5 years, 5 months ago

Come on, Cait, don't they still make plastic speculums and garage doors and, uh, paper boxes and, well, there's that operation north of the river that grows turf and, uh, uh, there are a lot of insurance agencies, and BARS. We have a LOT of bars. There, without the University, we are still, uh......

Biker 5 years, 5 months ago

I'm sorry but I did not go to college to be a loser, living out of my parent's basement because the country has a leader who does not know a thing about economics or balancing a budget. I want a job so I can pay back all those student loans...I think I stand a much better chance with Romney as president than what we have had for the past 4 years...Just common sense. I have lost all trust in our current president .

fiddleback 5 years, 5 months ago

"I'm sorry but I did not go to college to be a loser, living out of my parent's basement because the country has a leader who does not know a thing about economics or balancing a budget"

Gosh, I had no idea the president was to blame for all those kids moving back home... what about that whole bootstrappy thing-- are you sure you're tugging hard enough? And I was told that college was an opportunity for intellectual growth, and only what you choose to make of it, rather than a ticket to a certain standard of living, but then maybe you read a different brochure. If you're interested in long-term economics and sane budgeting, Romney holds nothing but snake oil. At the rate you're getting fooled and blaming it on somebody else, looks like short-term loserdom may be somewhat inevitable...

notajayhawk 5 years, 5 months ago

Did anyone expect the JW readers to b**** and moan about it any less?

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 5 months ago

By the way, it's interesting to note that the Wichita Eagle, seat of the Kochs, STILL has not made an endorsement. Indications of infighting among their editorial board?
Unlike the LJW, where Dolph holds the majority of the stock, the Eagle is owned by the McClatchy corporation, which has a pretty much "hands off" policy with it's newspapers. Eight of it's newspapers have endorsed Obama while three have endorsed Romney. Eleven have made no endorsement, the Eagle among them.

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 5 months ago

It may be "tedious" to you. It's "telling" to me. Maybe if you got out and Googled a bit more.... The internet is a wonderful thing.

Leslie Swearingen 5 years, 5 months ago

Am I right in thinking this is a reference to Futurama, the Jurassic Bark episode? I didn't get it the first time I read it, and then I thought Gene Wilder said it in a movie, then maybe it is from a Harry Potter movie, but Futurama is my final answer.

mycatsrightorwrong 5 years, 5 months ago

Wow, I was really in the dark on this one. I had no idea a teabagger owned the LJ World... of all cities!

Great article on ol' Dolph:

Flap Doodle 5 years, 5 months ago

This post pre-removed for using a vulgar sexual term to describe a disappointed progressive.

beatrice 5 years, 5 months ago

I thought you said you were opposed to repeating the same thing over and over and over andove r an doverandover and over a nd ov er and ...

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 5 months ago

Sure, many of the policies implemented by either Bush or Obama would be the same, or very similar.

But while the differences between how they will govern may be slight, that doesn't mean they are insignificant. In many important policy areas, Obama can be expected to occasionally do the right thing for the great majority of people, while Romney will always do what's best for him and his fellow plutocrats.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 5 months ago

I mistyped above. I meant "Romney or Obama." But it doesn't matter. Romney and Bush are both from the same plutocratic mold.

jafs 5 years, 5 months ago

Well, it's interesting.

A little research turns up the fact that Romney vetoed some 800 bills, and was overturned virtually every time.

How is that "working with" the D?

And, the one thing he did collaborate with them on is Romneycare, which many on the right don't like for the federal government.


notajayhawk 5 years, 5 months ago

What are all you guys worried about anyway? Regardless of who the paper endorses, 1) you're going to vote for Obama no matter what, and 2) your votes will be completely irrelevant.

beatrice 5 years, 5 months ago

Only if you believe that only people in Lawrence read this paper.

If your state votes overwhelmingly for one candidate but that candidate loses the electoral college, thus the election, is your vote completely irrelevant? Was your previous vote for McCain / Palin (remember her?) completely irrelevant?

notajayhawk 5 years, 5 months ago

Again, not quite as irrelevant, considering we will still have an (overwhelmingly) Republican state legislature, the governor's mansion, almost all of our Congressional delegation, and pretty much every statewide office. At least with those votes, Bea, we can mitigate any damage done by Washington.

beatrice 5 years, 5 months ago

Then it appears votes aren't irrelevant after all.

Armstrong 5 years, 5 months ago

bea you assume the liberal masses in Larryville can read, 1st mistake. You assume because Barry has a D for party affilliation he is qualified 2nd and biggest mistake.

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 5 months ago

I don't see much whining, Nota. Most people already knew this endorsement was a no brainer and couldn't care less. They also know that if they vote for Obama in Kansas, their vote is pretty much irrelevant. They will still go out and do it anyway, if for no other reason than to give a high hearty bird to the rest of the state.
Seriously, you're working too hard at this. Go grab a Twix bar from your kid's Halloween candy.

notajayhawk 5 years, 5 months ago

Not quite as irrelevant, Ag ... as long as we have more votes than it takes to outnumber those 'giving the finger to the rest of the state' (and BTW, Cait, believe me, to the people living outside your quaint little anomaly, the feeling is mutual) it's our votes that send all of Kansas' electoral votes to Romney.

And yes, Ag, the number one priority when the bus driver is trying to drive all of us over a cliff is to get him the heck out of the driver's seat. Perhaps in your mind, it's better to let him drive off and see if he can climb back up carrying the bus, but that could be why the rest of Kansas chooses not to listen to the opinions of the lemmings in Lawrence.

beatrice 5 years, 5 months ago

The major problem with Romney is that he is like a piece of paper in the wind with his views. He is for military force against Iran, then he isn't. He was pro-choice until he wasn't. He felt the auto industry should be allowed to fail, but now he doesn't. He disagreed with Obama's foreign policy before he agreed with it, etc...

Regarding his qualifications, how does a single term as governor in a state that now overwhelmingly supports President Obama make Romney qualified? How does his time as a vulture capitalist, as Governor Rick Perry called him, make him qualified? How does having wealth stuffed away in the Cayman Islands as a way to avoid taxes make him qualified? How does unprecedented secrecy about his taxes make him qualified? How does his not caring about 47% of the country make him qualified? How does his flip-flop on mandated insurance as the "free market response" to healthcare needs make him qualified? How does his complete lack of foreign policy background make him qualified?

Simply put, he is not qualified nor is he the best choice now available.

Romney may have been the best of a bad bunch of Republicans running for office, but he is still a bad choice.

The electoral college appears to favor Obama right now and I strongly believe he will win re-election. Should Romney win, however, I will wish him the best of luck in helping lead the nation. I only wish I could say Romney supporters are likely to do the same if he loses.

Obama 2012

notajayhawk 5 years, 5 months ago

"The major problem with Romney is that he is like a piece of paper in the wind with his views."

Yeah, if only he'd come up with a nifty name for it like "my views eveolved" to mollify the stupid folks.

"The electoral college appears to favor Obama right now "

According to who? Yahoo? The Huffington Post?

Have you given any thought as to why no democratic candidates are advertising the fact that they voted WITH and supported Obama, while their opponents are universally using their siding with Obama as the biggest negative? Heck, just look at the ads for McCaskill - she's even crowing about how often she DIDN'T side with the community-organizer in chief. McCaskill and Nixon are burning through millions of dollars in last minute ads even though they both have solid leads, and why? Because they know the coattail effects could easily wipe those leads out. THEY seem pretty clear on who's getting Missouri's votes, at least.

And with this so-called electoral college lead Obama has, where did he spend last weekend? In Ohio, shoring up his lead (which has dropped 4 points since last month)? Virginia or Florida where Romney has taken the lead? No, he was worried about New Hampshire's 4 votes and Iowa's 6. It appears Obamas number cruncehrs don't share your optimism.

bad_dog 5 years, 5 months ago

"The electoral college appears to favor Obama right now "

"According to who? Yahoo? The Huffington Post?"

How about this source?

notajayhawk 5 years, 5 months ago

A couple of days ago that same electoral map said 206-201 in Romney's favor, dog. And maybe instead of the soundbites you should look a little deeper, like whose polls show Obama having the lead in the so-called 'battleground' states? They had Missouri listed as a battleground state until last week, and Romney's had a five point (or more) lead there since July.

beatrice 5 years, 5 months ago

Interesting to see you getting so stirred up about this, since it will be decided in just a few days. Relax already.

ferrislives 5 years, 5 months ago

Why are you (and others) fighting so hard for a guy who's not a true conservative notajayhawk?

beatrice 5 years, 5 months ago

Even I can answer that one -- it is because he isn't Obama. Like Romney himself, a large portion of conservatives have been supporting Anyone But Obama for five years now.

bad_dog 5 years, 5 months ago

Well, nota you do know things do change from day to day & week to week, right? BTW, the trend seems to have been going back in Obama's favor since the last debate.

Perhaps you'll like these polls better, although I doubt it, given they show Obama has a lead in all the swing states except FL & NC where he's down by .3% & 1.5% respectively.

As far as Missouri a) who cares? & b) an electorate stupid enough to even consider Todd Akin as a national representative for their state wouldn't surprise me regarding their Presidential preferences.

beatrice 5 years, 5 months ago

If Romney's views evolved on just one topic, then you might have a point. Instead, you only have an axe to grind. Romney has been all over the board with his views.

As far as the electoral college is concerned, take a look at Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight column in which he looks at all the polls. Yes, it is in the New York Times, but he has been highly accurate over the years.

If Obama wins, it doesn't mean he is necessarily popular, only the better choice. Democratic candidates know that Obama has angered many, so why would they try to ride his coattails when they can run as individuals? Also, I don't see too many politicians running proudly that they are willing to be Romney's patsy, either. The endorsements on both sides could be a double-edged sword, so why risk it unless you know the endorsement is coming from someone hugely popular?

Also look at the maps on this page, especially the 2nd map that allows you to move the states about to get a quick look at how things currently stack up. It, too, shows that Obama has an edge in the electoral college. This one is actually pretty cool.

Of course Obama is still competing in Ohio. It is far from a done deal. I said he has a lead according to current polls, but that is no guarantee. We will see how it turns out in just a few days.

Ready to support who ever wins the election and try to get past the nasty partisanship, or are you going to stand to one side and cheer / sulk according to who wins?

Lawrence Morgan 5 years, 5 months ago

Sorry, but the New York Times is a great paper.

beatrice 5 years, 5 months ago

I wouldn't disagree, so no need to apologize.

beatrice 5 years, 5 months ago

Of course one should ask, is this editor qualified to make such a call? After all, four years ago he claimed that Sarah Palin was highly qualified to be VP and a heart beat away from President. I wonder if he still believes this to be true.

notajayhawk 5 years, 5 months ago

And the scariest part of this election is the prospect of that moron Biden being a heartbeat away. Or possibly Holder on the Supreme Court, but either way, if we're talking scary, Bea, the current administration wins THAT contest hands down.

beatrice 5 years, 5 months ago

Oooh, stinging criticism.(yawn)

So are you saying that Sarah Palin would have been qualified to be VP and a heartbeat away from President?

Flap Doodle 5 years, 5 months ago

bea, you are wasting your valuable hate resources on Palin. She's not running for anything this time around. Save your hate for next week.

beatrice 5 years, 5 months ago

snap, I'm not hating on Palin at all. I am saying that this editor stated four years ago that she was qualified for the highest offices in our country. Most thinking people would strongly disagree with that view today, which in turn brings into question the qualifications of this editor to make the call on recommending anyone for office. Sorry you clearly missed the point.

I also will not hate on others next week either. Unlike you, who was on here calling for Obama's impeachment BEFORE he even took office (remember that?), I will not hate on Romney should he be elected. Will you be able to say the same should Obama gets re-elected?

Trumbull 5 years, 5 months ago

A Palin endorsement has staying power just like nuclear waste.

Trumbull 5 years, 5 months ago

"The country cannot afford another four years under the leadership of Barack Obama. Granted, he inherited many challenges, but he also inherited and enjoyed the opportunity to show his leadership and vision. He flunked the test!"

I'd say Obama received a c instead of flunking. He could have gotten a B+ had it not been for the willfull obstructionism of the Republicans. The Republicans who held our nations credit risk hostage during the debt ceiling crisis and were more interested in President Obama failing.

I only have reservations about the health care reform because a public option was taken off the table. I like parts of it, but do not like the employer penalty (50+ employees).

Flap Doodle 5 years, 5 months ago

Over in Nevada: "... To return to office a narcissistic amateur who seeks to ride this nation's economy and international esteem to oblivion, like Slim Pickens riding the nuclear bomb to its target at the end of the movie "Dr. Strangelove," would be disastrous. Candidate Obama said if he couldn't fix the economy in four years, his would be a one-term presidency. Mitt Romney is moral, capable and responsible man. Just this once, it's time to hold Barack Obama to his word. Maybe we can all do something about that, come Tuesday..."

beatrice 5 years, 5 months ago

The subject was Romney's flip flops, so you, rockchalk, are the one who changed the subject.

Care to defend your man Romney, or can you only attack Obama?

Greg Cooper 5 years, 5 months ago

The messenger? No. The thief who steals intellectual product from others? Damned right.

LJW moderators, where are you? I have read the TOA and remember, quite clearly, that plagiarism is an offense of the highest order. Why is this poster allowed to continue in his plagiarism and thievery? If the TOA do not mean anything, then this forum is useless and anything goes.

I know his posts constitute the very thing your paper requires for "hits': controversy and more "hits", but in the event the comment is stolen from one who actuall;y used his brain and intellect the plagiarism is unexcusable and egregious.

If you have rules, enforce them.. If the rules apply to some and not others, get rid of them.

The only way in which meaningful discussion can take place is with the use of original thoughts and comments. Your ignoring of his post, in this instance, simply negates all the other rules.

"Beware the slippery slope......" (one of many citations for the phrase--has nothing to do with the subject, but the phrase fits perfectly here.)

beatrice 5 years, 5 months ago

So rockchalk, in his desire to show his support of Romney's "integrity," plagiarizes the words of another. Sweet!

Pastor_Bedtime 5 years, 5 months ago

Not so much as to force them to bear rapists' babies that you and Mitt care so strongly about. That's real hate.

beatrice 5 years, 5 months ago

Just as I thought, you cannot defend Romney,

HutchSaltHawk 5 years, 5 months ago

I sure will be glad when this election is over!

beatrice 5 years, 5 months ago

Me too!

I can't wait to start the Hillary 2016 chants!

Trumbull 5 years, 5 months ago

Benghazi-gate is over judging by today's news. But I'm sure the diehard True Believers will hang onto this.

Leslie Swearingen 5 years, 5 months ago

After her previous experience and now her stint as Secretary of State, I think Hillary Clinton would make an excellent president. Don't forget, she has an excellent adviser, Bill Clinton. What happens in Libya is very important and very complex, it really can't be sorted out in a paragraph. We all need to be educated about other countries.

Paul R Getto 5 years, 5 months ago

Mr. Romney is falling victim to the Red State strategy the R's must use. Land doesn't vote, people do. You can light up the middle of the country on the newsroom maps, but there are not enough electoral votes.

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 5 months ago

I'm getting so sick of this "Benghazi" BS. For god's sake, turn off Fox News and go out and enjoy the last remaining warm day of the year. Drag out the grill one last time, rake some leaves and breathe deep (if the hay fever lets you). The world isn't going to end if Obama wins the election.
I am seriously thinking of investing in pharm companies that sell anti-depressants and anti-anxiety drugs.

beatrice 5 years, 5 months ago

Why not a flight suit, and then land on an aircraft carrier to give his talk?

This story reminds me of the outrage of the Ground Zero mosque. Once the election is over this will be another non-story. Presidents cannot protect us at all times and in all corners of the world. Most thinking people recognize this fact.

That they didn't know exactly who attacked us at first? Gee, maybe we should respond by going to war against a nation that never attacked us.

Fortunately, cooler heads are prevailing and information is coming out as it is learned, but not before. Sadly, some are still trying to make it a political issue out of American deaths. Sad indeed.

Trumbull 5 years, 5 months ago

Cait, see the USA Today article below. More info has become available about Benghazi.

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 5 months ago

Yeah, I saw that this morning, Trumbull. Although they don't note that in the 8 years under Bush, 11 US embassies/consulates/outposts/installations were attacked with a total score of 69 deaths. But that was under Rumsfeld so that was "different". Yeah. Right.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 5 years, 5 months ago

Typical Dolphisms. This newsrag has always leaned far over the right side of the road and been shamelessly in favor of the republican party mentality that engulfs most of the voters of bleeding flyover Kansas..

But an many have pointed out, it matters not one whit. . Bleeding, flyover Kansas will slavishly follow the Koch fanfare section and vote shamelessly for an incompetant jerk.

Romney flips on issues. He at first supported women's right to choose. Then he said he would sign any ant-abortion legislation. After he said he was "unaware" that there even was any anti abortion legislation. And other republican candidates, like Akin in Missouri and that fellow over in Indiana have really presented the true face and agenda of the GOP. "Got Our Pesident"..................Liberals look out.

Romney says he wil abolish the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare" for you klan members, American nazi party folks, and other bigots and racists). He cannot do that. He is lying. Ohly the congress can make laws.

Pro = GOOD! Progress!!! Con = bad! ..............uh.... "Congress"??

Romney said he would disband the Federal emergency Management Administration(FEMA) Right Mr "R".....???? Yeah.......Right on!!!!!!!!!!

But it is really noteworthy that Dolph knows all this. And yet he continues to rant and rave on about his favorite shill for the new "change. Yawwwwn.

yourworstnightmare 5 years, 5 months ago

Romney's ideas are not significantly different than those of George W. Bush, who was president a mere four years ago and who led us down the path to the 2008 recession.

How quickly we (choose to) forget. It's almost like GWB is in the witness protection program.

The "change" that Romney is jangling in his pocket has George Bush's face on it.

beatrice 5 years, 5 months ago

If Romney did such a great job as head of the Olympics, why did Romney need federal aid of nearly $1 billion to make the Winter Olympics work?

beatrice 5 years, 5 months ago

Gee, I wonder if there are any pictures of Romney using a teleprompter? Or Bush? Or Bush, Sr.? Or Reagan? or ....

Nice to see you have no defense for the claim that Romney should be president.

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 5 months ago

Gee, not like this little piece of voter fraud, huh?

Besides, what do you care about one vote when you can get somebody to push a button and effect every voting machine in Ohio?
Thank god we have these guys watching out for us.

bad_dog 5 years, 5 months ago

Allegations of voter fraud do seem a bit ironic originating from a serial plagiarist...

kernal 5 years, 5 months ago

Here, I fixed the title for you Dolph. Editorial: the Right person

George Brenner 5 years, 5 months ago

I find it quite revealing that the newspaper that brought us the unmitigated disaster known as Knology is recommending another free enterprise mistake for U.S. Presidentt. Mr. Romney probably killed more jobs than he created in his former occupation of making big bucks for high rollers by consolidating and down-sizing industries and sending jobs overseas. Romney is long on hot air and short on specifics. He has not spelled out one major proposal in sufficient detail to enable serious evaluation. Instead, he relies on ultra-right wing jargon, lies, and half-truths to support his candidacy. Thanks, Dolph, for reminding me why I am voting for Obama and the Democrats.

seagull 5 years, 5 months ago

So, having a one party system is the answer to Dolph's dilemma? This is actually one of Dolpjh's more outlandiish endorsement columns. The notion that we should just vote for Republicans regardless of whether they support education or Lawrence is outlandish. Must be pushing for a seat on the Board of Regents and big tax breaks. Why do I support his newspaper? With the Brownback plan for public education there will be no kids left in Lawrence who will be able to read his paper because cuts to education will be so bad.

Brandon Deines 5 years, 5 months ago

Dolph, you are brilliant. Writing this "6th Graders for Mitt" piece was a marvelous way to flood people to your website. Any idea to slow the sad death of your industry is an important one, Dolph.

Oh, by the way, sorry things aren't working out for you on Tuesday. 319 to 219.

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 5 months ago

Vote tampering at it's best.
A temporary poll worker in the Clackamas County, OR Election Commission was caught altering ballots by marking those that had been left partially blank with Republican votes. In other words, if the voter had left any race blank and unchecked, the poll worker automatically filled in the blank with a Republican vote. The Oregon Department of Justice has launched a criminal investigation. At this point they have no idea how many ballots may have been effected. In another story, the election commission in King County, WA is reporting that people representing themselves as "poll workers" are picking up ballots from people and throwing them away. King County's elections are entirely mail in. A flyer has been mailed out to all registered voters, notifying them of the fraud attempt and telling them that under no circumstances are ballots to be given to a third party no matter what they are told. All ballots are to be mailed in or hand carried to the Election Commission office by the voter.
This comes on the heels of a GOP campaign worker in VA who was hired to register voters. On not just one, but two different occasions, he was caught throwing away registration forms of people who registered as Democrats.
Final story of the night comes out of Florida, where, overnight, over 1000 advance ballots cast in a primarily black precinct have mysteriously "disappeared". They're still working on that one.

jhawkinsf 5 years, 5 months ago

Interesting, Cait, that every example you give would fall into that area of "alleged" but "unproven" category that when we discuss the need for voter ID, we're told in this forum that there is practically zero "proven" cases of voter fraud. So which is it? Is voter fraud rampant or nearly non-existent? Or are you saying only one side of the political spectrum is engaging in voter fraud?

jafs 5 years, 5 months ago

You should notice that none of the examples given would be stopped by voter ID requirements.

jhawkinsf 5 years, 5 months ago


Just the other day a poster responded to one of my posts with a very long statistical analysis proving that voter fraud is virtually non-existant. Cait seems to be saying it's rampant. My question(s) stand.

jafs 5 years, 5 months ago

Voter fraud as it's usually used refers to individuals voting who aren't supposed to vote.

Cait's examples are more usually called "election tampering" or some such thing.

I think election tampering is more common than voter fraud, personally.

jhawkinsf 5 years, 5 months ago

Well, according to Cait, "alleged" is what's happening. No "proof", in courts of law, anyway.

No offense, Jafs, because I do enjoy our conversations, but you're becoming more and more jaded. If something fits your preconceived notions, you're more than will to accept anecdotal stories. If it doesn't meet your preconceived notions, then the standard you need is proof, or facts. All that's fine, if you admit that you're a partisan for one point of view or the other. But you frequently claim to be non-partisan, simply seeking the truth. Some might say you're becoming cynical, since when it comes to politics, your preconceived notions clearly favor Democrats.

BTW - I've already voted and don't mind saying it was for neither Obama or Romney. You might find it interesting that I then voted for every Democrat because I think Kansas has swung way too far to the right. I even wrote in names when Republicans ran unopposed. My partisanship is to the middle.

jafs 5 years, 5 months ago

Not at all.

I never said the R were the only ones trying to tamper with elections.

The point there is that if we're concerned about fair and correct elections, we should notice there are significant problems that aren't solved by voter ID requirements. I don't oppose those, by the way, either.

I do favor D, in a general sort of way, but it's based on many years of being interested in politics, and it's a considered and reasoned conclusion, not any sort of "preconceived notion".

And, I think there are improvements they can make, and I'd like to see them make those.

"Partisan" usually refers to people who are so committed to "their side" that they can't see their flaws, and magnify the flaws on the "other side" to attack them. I don't do that at all.

jafs 5 years, 5 months ago

No I don't.

Give me an example of when I've done that.

jhawkinsf 5 years, 5 months ago

I think we've discussed Obama's lack of leadership skills vs. the obstructionism of the Republicans in Congress. I think it's pretty clear both of those things are in play, but you've been more than willing to overlook one while emphasizing the other. Even going to far are to minimize the number of days the Democrats were in the majority, again to minimize Obama's lack of leadership. I don't think I've ever heard you say how many "working days" Bush was President, or how many days Congress was in session when Republicans have been in the majority. Fair example? :-)

jafs 5 years, 5 months ago

Well, we disagree about that, that's all.

I don't think Obama has demonstrated a "lack of leadership", while it's clear that the R have obstructed him. Nobody can "lead" a group that's committed to obstructing and defeating them.

And, the point about how long the D had a filibuster proof majority is a sound one, especially since they get portrayed as having had complete control of Congress for 2 years, when that's not at all true.

So, no, I don't think that's a "fair example" of partisanship on my part.

What on earth do "working days", etc. have to do with anything?

Armstrong 5 years, 5 months ago

The responses to this article are proof of how right the author is. The liberals are just beside themselves trying to side step the truth, Barry is inept. How many of the tried and true left strategies have we seen on this thread.

1) Attack.

2) Deny.

3) Change the arguement.

4) Race card.

5) Blame Bush.

These are the strategies the left is forced to use because Barry can't run on his record. Failure and being inept are typically not valued assets for a candidate.

Flap Doodle 5 years, 5 months ago

It's a long, long list. "....The Complete List of Barack Obama’s Scandals, Misdeeds, Crimes and Blunders • $6 trillion in new national debt under Obama…after he promised to decrease the deficit. • Obamacare — A massive and incredibly convoluted bill which exponentially increases the federal government’s control over our personal lives…which neither Obama nor a single Democrat even read before passing, and which will likely bankrupt the nation. • In both the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections, the Obama campaign purposely disabled the credit card verification system for its Web site donations, allowing anyone from any foreign country to donate with no limit and no proof of identity; in both elections it was demonstrated that people overseas and people with obviously false identities were able to donate to Obama campaign, in direct violation of several laws. To this day it is not known what percentage of Obama’s campaign funds are illegally obtained, since there is no documentation...."

Much more at

Armstrong 5 years, 5 months ago

Barrys record speaks for itself - he's done

Patti Hadl 5 years, 5 months ago

Even more troubling, the above-mentioned situations illustrate the unwillingness of Obama and his senior aides to be open and honest with the American public. Once a person does not tell the truth or tries to rely on half-truths, how can an individual ever have confidence in that person and believe he is telling the truth on other matters?

Dolph - you can't see the forest before the trees. Did you just answer your own question? Start off with Romney hiding his tax returns from the Americans he so desperately wants to govern. What's he hiding from the get go? Half truths???? Lord Romney doesn't even have those!

Armstrong 5 years, 5 months ago

Romney is hiding his personal tax returns ? Lol. If you want to see hiding wait until the Benghazi debacle is brought to light

repaste 5 years, 5 months ago

Dolph has proven to take every Govt. handout he can for his businesses.

yourworstnightmare 5 years, 5 months ago

Romney is George W. Bush v. 2. His policies, when he actually mentions them, are no different than Bush's.

Let's not forget who got us into the biggest recession since the 1930s. GWB. he was president a mere 4 years ago, put two wars on the credit card, cut taxes for the rich, and had a vice president who stated that deficits don't matter.

We cannot afford to return to Bush's policies. The GOP would like you to forget, but Bush was president a mere 4 years ago.

We cannot afford another go-round. At least Bush releases his tax returns.

Flap Doodle 5 years, 5 months ago

Remember how Biden got caught plagiarizing a campaign speech once upon a time? The Mope's campaign copied the "First time" ad from an Australian campaign. The Democrats just have nothing new to offer.

Flap Doodle 5 years, 5 months ago

Relax and have a popsicle, ag. It's a cool and fruity treat on an autumn evening.

yourworstnightmare 5 years, 5 months ago

Why won't Romney release his tax returns?

We already know he is a very rich man who paid less than 15% on his income tax.

What else is being hidden in those returns?

Romney has demonstrated that he cannot be trusted.

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 5 months ago

Actually, the latest thing to hit the news is that Romney "rented" the tax exemption of the Mormon Church and, as a consequence, avoided paying taxes for fifteen years.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 5 months ago

--- Romney no moderate or bipartisan

--- Romney's 800 Vetoes Shatter His Bipartisan Myth

--- Oct 14, 2012 ... Nearly all of them were overridden – 707 to be exact. ... A Massachusetts political scientist noted “Romney's veto record reflects his strained relationship ...


Centerville 5 years, 5 months ago

U.S.A. Today really did a story on Benghazi? Wow. If Zippy's lost that one, he's toast.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 5 months ago

--- The Romney campaign is now suggesting that if Romney wins, Chris Christie better look out. “If Romney wins, it (Christie’s embrace of Obama) won’t be forgotten,”the adviser told Politico. Petty and dark much?

--- What did Christie do other than put the people of his state first and work with the Democratic president? For this, he will be punished by King Romney, the same Romney who is promising that he will be bi-partisan and lead “one nation”. He forgot to add he will lead one nation — but only of those who are willing to service his agenda.

--- Character matters. But then so does competence. Barack Obama is has more character in his pinkie than Romney has in his entire campaign and when it comes to competence as President, Obama has wiped the floor with Republican ineptness.

--- If you don’t believe in government and don’t like it, and you think it’s there to harvest for profit for you and your rich friends, you probably shouldn’t be given the reigns. If you are so petty as to hold a grudge against a governor for working with the current president when his state was destroyed by a storm, you probably shouldn’t be chosen to lead this country.

--- We need to stand together as one nation, and that means having leaders who can put aside their own pettiness and campaigning during a national crisis.

--- The real problem here is that Mitt Romney is running for President for his own ego, not because he feels a calling to help the people. Everything is about him, even when folks have lost their loved ones to a devastating storm — all he can think about is how to punish Christie for daring to accept help and praise the President.

--- Mitt Romney is a small man with a huge and yet fragile ego.


Trumbull 5 years, 5 months ago

"Even more troubling, the above-mentioned situations illustrate the unwillingness of Obama and his senior aides to be open and honest with the American public. Once a person does not tell the truth or tries to rely on half-truths, how can an individual ever have confidence in that person and believe he is telling the truth on other matters?"

Well the timeline for Benghazi has been released. It turns out that nothing was hidden. Mistakes made no doubt, Nothing was hidden. It was classified information. The American people now know there was no cover up, and no deceit. The mistake made was relying on foreign security forces to guard the embassy.....which is the norm. Once the attack began, the CIA and the administration did everything within its power to rescue. Some were rescued, sadly some lost there lives. What happened is nothing like FOX news reported. A far cry from it.

Corey Williams 5 years, 5 months ago

Its a good thing no one lies on facebook.

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 5 months ago

In a developing story, the UAW and SEICU filed an ethics complaint against Romney today, charging that he hid over 15 million dollars in profits he received from the automobile industry bailout. (The same bailout that he was so critical of in his campaign.)
Ironically, IF Romney wins the election, he may be the first president in the history of the country to take the oath of office and immediately get hit with impeachment charges.

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 5 months ago

Excuse me, it was CREW, not SEICU (Not sure where I came up with that.) This is all part of the unfolding Delphi scandal.

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 5 months ago

That's pretty hilarious stuff there, Snap, considering that Mussolini was one of Papa Koch's heroes.
"Fascism should rightly be called Corporatism, as it is the merger of corporate and government power" - Benito Mussolini

roadwarrior 5 years, 5 months ago

I wonder if Colin Powell will be appointed our new Sec of State. Hillary has worked so hard for us and done a fantastic job. I love that we had a women in the faces of all those mesogynistic arab men !! We all learn by doing. lol. Favorite photo..hillary talking animatedly to some arab women and children while in the background a horde of arab men just looked confused. LOL.

beatrice 5 years, 5 months ago

Well, I know someone who worked for Romney, and he lost he job, so obviously Romney hates jobs. So there. (rolling my eyes)

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 5 months ago
The Washington Post editorial board absolutely rips Romney apart, chews him up and spits him out.
Here's some of the more juicier bits.
"Through all the flip-flops, there has been one consistency in the campaign of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney: a contempt for the electorate."
"How, other than an assumption that voters are too dim to remember what Mr. Romney has said across the years and months, to account for his breathtaking ideological shifts?"
"The same presumption of gullibility has infused his misleading commercials (see: Jeep jobs to China) and his refusal to lay out an agenda."
"And then there has been his chronic, baldly dishonest defense of mathematically impossible budget proposals. "
"Mr. Romney, by contrast, seems to be betting that voters have no memories, poor arithmetic skills and a general inability to look behind the curtain."

Oh and by the way, ironically, this came out the same day as Dolph's "endorsement"/campaign speech.

Dick Sengpiehl 5 years, 5 months ago

It's a shame that a man who has contributed a lot to the Lawrence community both financially and time wise can write such a ridiculous blurb. I'm sure your colleagues are saying privately "There he goes again". Embarassing for Lawrence and Kansas.

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 5 months ago

"Obama has made it to the country's top position thanks to affirmative action. "
And doubly unfortunate that you are so blind to your own racism.

scarlett 5 years, 5 months ago

Late to the party but just had to say that whoever wrote this editorial is a moron. If you want to talk about lying and more lying, check out romney. The country today is better off after four years of Obama even though the republicans made a pact on inauguration day to block everything that Obama tried to do. They were true to their word on that anyway and blocked all of it.

I know kansas has become brownbackistan and is now sadly a fundamentalist state, and laughingstock of the nation, but I'd hoped Lawrence would be different. It is to some, the only bastion against the cold, cold conservatives. Oh, and did you know that 62% of the farmers in kansas receive welfare, um, I mean government subsidies. Is Brownback going to cut them too.? Are they part of the 47%? I think so.

dalegribble 5 years, 5 months ago

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jayhawklawrence 5 years, 5 months ago

Every good story should have a happy ending so I will add this to Dolph's editorial.

Good and evil met in a final battle for power in the most powerful country in the history of the world. Good finally won.

Obama was re-elected President of the United States.

The End.

Now that was a very, very good story...

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