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Editorial: The right person

November 2, 2012

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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.

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jayhawklawrence 1 year, 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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dalegribble 1 year, 5 months ago

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witchfindergeneral 1 year, 5 months ago

"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."

This is the crux of why many voters are sold on Romney, and it's a shame this editorial didn't actually discuss the actual facts behind this assumption.

For instance, Romney himself knew that he did not accomplish much during his one term as governor (to be sure, Democratic opposition failed a role in this.) That's why, as his term wound down, he realized he needed a "legacy issue" to propel himself into national politics. Hence, RomneyCare. He truly did reach out to Democrats on this issue, and I commend him for that. And the RomneyCare system seems to be working out great for Massachusetts.

But, after the closely related ObamaCare was passed and the Tea Party gained power over the right-wing noise machine, he wisely and calculatedly distanced himself from the most important legislation passed during his tenure. Have you heard him mention it at all during his campaign? Sure, he debated it with his Republican rivals during the primaries, but I can't recall him voluntarily discussing it after he won the nomination. RomneyCare was his ticket to the White House, the shining bastion of what he can accomplish in government, and he has avoided it like the plague.

He refused to even acknowledge his legacy issue for political reasons. He has changed his position on various issues several times. He was a moderate Republican with liberal social values and became a fiercely fiscal and social conservative in mere years.

Did he just "change his mind?" Or, did he draw on his years of business experience to do anything and everything possible to sell himself and his image?

He was a businessman (more of an investor if you ask me; it's not like he owned 6 Papa John's franchises--Bain Capital wasn't exactly a small business), a very successful one.

The choice this year is tough; both candidates are sadly lacking on many, many issues. But Mitt Romney has shown us that he'll be/say anything necessary for personal, political advancement- he has blatantly lied and misled us to achieve that goal. He ran one of the most dishonest national campaigns in recent memory.

He is a cunning political, but the concepts of "cunning political" and "great, honest leader" can rarely coexist.

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scarlett 1 year, 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.

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Milton Bland 1 year, 5 months ago

Those people who have known Obama for many years say he is a self-centered man who only cares for himself. Those who know Romney say he is a caring individual who looks out for others. Obama has made it to the country's top position thanks to affirmative action. Romney has made it through hard work and superior intelligence. It is unfortunate that all the Douglas County liberals are so blind.

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Dick Sengpiehl 1 year, 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.

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Cait McKnelly 1 year, 5 months ago

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/mitt-romneys-election-campaign-insults-voters/2012/11/02/69fcc1fc-2428-11e2-9313-3c7f59038d93_story.html
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.

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roadwarrior 1 year, 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.

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Cait McKnelly 1 year, 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.

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Saoul 1 year, 5 months ago

Why revenge for voting? What place revenge have? Revenge is hate. No revenge for country of love.

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Trumbull 1 year, 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.

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 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.

--- http://www.politicususa.com/voter-shouts-i-love-you-obama-responds-i-love-work-do.html

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Centerville 1 year, 5 months ago

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

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 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 ...

--- http://www.politicususa.com/romneys-800-vetoes-governor-belie-claim-bipartisan.html

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yourworstnightmare 1 year, 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.

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Flap Doodle 1 year, 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. http://wizbangblog.com/2012/11/03/obamas-notorious-first-time-ad-ripped-off-from-australia/ The Democrats just have nothing new to offer.

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yourworstnightmare 1 year, 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.

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repaste 1 year, 5 months ago

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

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ksangel1 1 year, 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!

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tange 1 year, 5 months ago

Tired, tired, tired.

/ mired

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Flap Doodle 1 year, 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 http://pjmedia.com/zombie/2012/11/02/why-was-there-no-october-surprise/

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Armstrong 1 year, 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.

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Cait McKnelly 1 year, 5 months ago

Vote tampering at it's best.
http://www.oregonlive.com/oregon-city/index.ssf/2012/11/oregon_department_of_justice_i_1.html
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.

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Brandon Deines 1 year, 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.

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seagull 1 year, 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.

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RunCoyote 1 year, 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.

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kernal 1 year, 5 months ago

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

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rockchalk1977 1 year, 5 months ago

More evidence of Democrat cheating found at the polls.

Jimmy Green's stepdaughter had never voted before. The 57-year-old is mentally disabled, and Green said she doesn't understand the concept of casting a ballot. But this week, she called her parents to say she had voted for President Obama. The care home in Fayetteville where she lives registered its residents to vote and drove them to the polls, Green said. "My concern is that somebody told her who to vote for," he said. "She didn't even know there's two different parties." http://www.fayobserver.com/articles/2012/11/01/1214384?sac=fo.local

Obama and Democrats will do anything to win.

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beatrice 1 year, 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?

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yourworstnightmare 1 year, 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.

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Fred Whitehead Jr. 1 year, 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.

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Agnostick 1 year, 5 months ago

Another high-power endorsement for Mitt Romney!

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Cait McKnelly 1 year, 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.

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Gandalf 1 year, 5 months ago

Teapubs have a right to be shrill. Romney's momentum is showing up in RCP polls. Sadly (for them) romney is leading the race to the bottom. And picking up speed.

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HutchSaltHawk 1 year, 5 months ago

I sure will be glad when this election is over!

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rockchalk1977 1 year, 5 months ago

Top 10 Obama flip-flops: (1) Gay marriage. (2) Voted against increasing the debt limit then supported raising it. (3) Campaigned against the Bush tax cuts; then extended them. (4) Promised to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term then proposed trillion dollar deficits. (5) Vowed the unemployment rate would be below 6% if his stimulus was passed; but then it broke 10%. (6) Promised shovel ready jobs; then admitted they weren’t shovel ready. (7) Said if you like your health plan you can keep it; but then threw seniors off Medicare Plus and employers are now saying they’ll dump people onto the public exchange. (8) Indicated Bush violated the Constitution; then carried out warrantless wiretaps, indefinite detentions, secret renditions, quadrupled drone attacks, and kept Guantanamo Bay open. (9) Said lobbyists wouldn’t work in the White House; then gave them waivers to work there. (10) Vowed to take public financing for his 2008 campaign; then refused public financing when he realized he would receive more money without it. Yes whichever way the wind blows!

Add one more to the list, (11) Obama stated "I did say we leave no man behind". Obama left 4 Americans in Benghazi. Let's elect a true leader in 4 days. Romney Ryan 2012!

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Flap Doodle 1 year, 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..." http://www.lvrj.com/opinion/benghazi-blunder-obama-unworthy-commander-in-chief-176736441.html

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Trumbull 1 year, 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).

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beatrice 1 year, 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.

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beatrice 1 year, 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

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Agnostick 1 year, 5 months ago

What are all the usual extremist trolls and crackpots worried about anyway? Regardless of which publications endorse which candidate... regardless of which candidate others vote for... 1) you're going to vote against President Obama, no matter who or what is running against him; and 2) your votes will be just as (ir)relevant as anyone else's.

Although, truth be told, the usual trolls will continue to lead the pack in the "So Holier-Than-Thou I Worship My Own Self" category... ;)

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Cait McKnelly 1 year, 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.

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notajayhawk 1 year, 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.

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jafs 1 year, 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.

Hmmm.

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Liberty_One 1 year, 5 months ago

"Obama can be expected to occasionally do the right thing for the great majority of people,"

I can see that Goldman Sach's ad money donations were well spent...

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 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.

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mycatsrightorwrong 1 year, 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: http://www.truth-out.org/buzzflash/commentary/item/11435-the-freemarket-sainthood-of-the-koch-brothers

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Cait McKnelly 1 year, 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.

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Liberty_One 1 year, 5 months ago

Well, Liberty_One says you all should vote for Obama over Romney. Let him own the consequences of his policies as the economy continues to get worse over the next four years. If you think things are bad now, wait until the currency crisis hits....

If Romney wins, he will change nothing. He won't move the US any closer to free market capitalism than Obama has. Yet, if Romney is president when things get really bad the next couple of years, somehow free markets will get the blame. Let's make sure the blame is placed where it should be: too much government.

Vote Obama 2012!

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observant 1 year, 5 months ago

Did anyone expect Dolph to do anything else? He toes the Koch line as he was told to.

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Cait McKnelly 1 year, 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.

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snitty 1 year, 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.

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grammaddy 1 year, 5 months ago

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

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 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.

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/greed-and-debt-the-true-story-of-mitt-romney-and-bain-capital-20120829?page=4

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chocolateplease 1 year, 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?

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jafs 1 year, 5 months ago

Wow.

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.

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Fretster 1 year, 5 months ago

Urp, this is almost as bad as reasonless mcmucus.

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Slowponder 1 year, 5 months ago

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

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