Archive for Friday, November 2, 2012

Letter: Premise questioned

November 2, 2012


To the editor:

It’s taken me a few days to come up with a response to the Lawrence Journal-World’s endorsement of Gov. Romney (Oct. 24). I’m not surprised by the endorsement; I’ve been reading the LJW for well over 25 years. But one of the LJW’s reasons was that Romney is “knowledgeable and up-to-date about both domestic and foreign affairs.” Really, LJW? Romney does not seem to know where Iran is. He doesn’t realize that Iran is not Syria’s direct neighbor, and he is clueless that both Syria and Iran have their own coastlines. I’m sorry, but while I do not expect the average person to know these things, I do expect someone who is running for president to know these things. I’d like to go on, but that would make this letter too long.

Look, LJW, we all know that you’re going to endorse the Republican, no matter how many times he has flip-flopped on his opinions, no matter how many whopping lies he has told on the campaign trail, and no matter how ignorant he is about other countries. We get it. But when you print something like the statement quoted above, don’t expect to be taken seriously.


bradh 5 years, 6 months ago

Romney knows where the economy is and where Benghazi are, two steps ahead of Obama.

tomatogrower 5 years, 6 months ago

Where was the GOP when: 2002 - June 14, Karachi, Pakistan: bomb explodes outside American consulate in Karachi, Pakistan, killing 12. Linked to al-Qaeda.

Dec. 6, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia: terrorists storm the U.S. consulate, killing 5 consulate employees. 4 terrorists were killed by Saudi security.

2007 - Jan. 12, Athens, Greece: the U.S. embassy is fired on by an anti-tank missile causing damage but no injuries

There are more, but where was the GOP when the banks were doing this?:

Bush invades a country that had nothing to do with the 9/11 terrorist act. Lies about "weapons of mass destruction"

Banks start giving credit cards to anyone, including animals who apply, despite their ability to pay.

US citizens are encouraged to buy big gas guzzling trucks, because they are sexy, and because the car companies make more profit.

CEO's of companies make obscene bonuses for running the company into bankruptcy and moving jobs to China.

Kendall Simmons 5 years, 6 months ago

Are you sure Romney knows where Benghazi is? He certainly didn't know where Iran was.

Corey Williams 5 years, 6 months ago

"As president, I will create 12 million new jobs." —Mitt Romney, during the second presidential debate "Government does not create jobs. Government does not create jobs." —Mitt Romney, 45 minutes later (Oct. 16, 2012)

"Is $100,000 middle income?" -George Stephanopoulos "No, middle income is $200,000 to $250,000 and less." -Mitt Romney, ABC's "Good Morning America," Sept. 14, 2012

"I have some friends who are NASCAR team owners." —Mitt Romney, after being asked whether he follows NASCAR racing (February 2012)

"I love this state. The trees are the right height." —Mitt Romney, campaigning in Michigan (February 2012)

"I'm not familiar precisely with what I said, but I'll stand by what I said, whatever it was." —Mitt Romney (May 17, 2012)

Richard Heckler 5 years, 6 months ago

It isn't union wages moving jobs and industry to China and elsewhere! It is high profits for moving USA jobs and industry abroad. Mitt Romney and Bain Capital have been doing this for 30 years or at least since the Reagan/Bush days. Why would the journal world do something so reckless as to support the anti American activity of Romney/Bain?

Is the Journal World a leveraged buyout profiteer? Isn't it a bit reckless to vote your party simply because calls himself a republican?

--- Romney Receives Tax Rewards for Killing USA Jobs = 170 jobs from one company

--- While the workers and the town may suffer, Romney himself has done well as a result of Bain's work with the company. According to his recently released 2011 tax returns, Romney transferred $701,703 worth of Sensata stock to the Tyler Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit controlled by Romney. The gift is listed on page 323 of the pdf, on form 8283 (below).

--- Moving the stock to his nonprofit brings Romney twin benefits. First, he gets to deduct the full value of the stock. At a 35 percent tax rate, that's nearly a $250,000 benefit. At 15 percent, it's just over $100,000.

--- Second, Romney is able to avoid paying capital gains taxes on the stock price increase. Romney's returns list no cost for the stock, and indicate he obtained them as part of a partnership interest in Bain. Avoiding capital gains taxes on the full increase would save an additional $100,000. In 2010, Romney gifted $170,000 worth of Sensata stock to his charity, saving $25,000 in capital gains taxes that year.

--- Cheryl Randecker, a Sensata worker facing an imminent layoff, said, "I could pay off my house with that [$25,000], and he doesn't need it anyway."

--- Randecker received her 60-day layoff notice shortly after Labor Day. She and other Sensata employees have tried in vain to pressure Romney and Bain to keep their jobs in the U.S., going so far as to create a "Bainport" encampment across the street from their plant in Freeport, Ill. Billed as the "home of the Romney economy," the site highlights what some Sensata workers describe as corporate greed squeezing the middle class.


Richard Heckler 5 years, 6 months ago

--- The repub party declared the day Obama was elected their primary function would be to make Obama a one term president. Consequently their millions of NO votes became the disastrous campaign against women,The USA and jobs for Americans.


--- Repubs fear a dramatically improved quality of life for all WOULD keep them out of control for decades….. we would hope.

--- Keep in mind a prospering america can overcome repub fear mongering... it must.

--- What is the repub party afraid? Why do they ALWAYS say no new jobs and smart budgets?

--- What do Repubs fear?

--- Fear a dramatically improved quality of life for all americans

--- Fear Jobs Jobs Jobs for americans

--- Fear New USA industry thus new wealth for america

--- Fear new cleaner energy sources because it would create so many new jobs and reduce rates across the board

--- Fear Medicare Single Payer Insurance for = huge tax dollar savings to government,public schools,small business and all of us in general. Single Payer Medicare is the answer. - -

--- Fear Clean Collar Industries which produce jobs that cannot be outsourced

--- Fear educated Americans because WE ask questions

Brock Masters 5 years, 6 months ago

Dangers of TOTUS: Obama Reads Word "Corpsman" as "Corpse Man" Twice

You'd think the president would know how to properly pronounce corpsman.

Kendall Simmons 5 years, 6 months ago

Why? We all mispronounce words at times. The world does not come to an end.

Corey Williams 5 years, 6 months ago

"The price of gasoline has doubled to $3.50/gal." $3.15 in Lawrence as of Nov 1st. You must not be buying it here.

Getaroom 5 years, 6 months ago

Excellent letter Lisa! You have stirred all these Obama Haters into a frenzy and called out the LJW on endorsing Willard for all the wrong reasons (as if there were a right one). The string of lies coming out of Willard mouth is unreal. Notice, he hasn't answered a single question from reporters on the campaign trail for a whopping 24 days.

Just remember one thing, JEEP, anytime you need a reminder of this habitual truth slayers ways.

Chris Golledge 5 years, 6 months ago

Mistakes have been made on both sides.

My two cents:
Romney believes in limited government, unless it is deciding who can marry whom. Romney thinks he knows more about physical reality than every national scientific body on the planet, and is eager to bet our future that he is right.

Bruce Liddel 5 years, 6 months ago

Please get over this "two sides" idea. The world is not flat. The lesser of two evils is still evil. Voting for evil is also evil. Voting for evil - simply because you think your favorite evil can win - is evil too. There will be about five candidates on Kansas ballots. Why not vote for one who is not evil, one who does not want more war and more civil asset forfeiture and more indefinite detention and even more militarized state and local police and fewer civil liberties, and who doesn't buy votes with your tax dollars, and one who doesn't still think we are winning the war on recreational drugs at an affordable cost. Why not vote for someone who would effect so much change for the better that both Rs and Ds were afraid to debate him? Why not vote for someone whose populatrity has grown so much that the Corporation for Presidental Debates had to change their rules to keep the threat out of the prime-time presidential debates?

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