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Nation’s condition argues against Obama re-election

September 1, 2012


The Republican presidential nominating convention is over, and, within days, Democrats will be gathering for their convention to formally launch their effort to give President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden another four years to run the country.

Based on what has happened during the past three and a half years and the current economic situation in this country, there is reason to question why voters would want another four years of the Obama administration.

Republicans put together a well-planned, well-orchestrated four-day convention, but Mother Nature threw the planners a curve ball, and the overall show had to be redesigned and condensed into a tightly packed three-day program.

Those at the convention, as might be expected, gave the gathering good marks and, likewise, supposedly neutral observers said GOP strategists got their message across. However, one of the big questions or challenges for both Republican and Democratic officials is now many people are paying attention to what was said at the Tampa convention and what will be said at the upcoming Democratic show in Charlotte, N.C.

It is reported the number of people watching televised coverage of the conventions was down significantly. The major networks made severe cuts in their coverage with Fox News drawing the largest number of viewers. However, even Fox viewership was down compare with the number who watched the 2008 convention.

Does this mean a large share of the public already has made up its mind about who will get their vote on Nov. 6 no matter what the candidates may have said in Tampa or will say in Charlotte? Or have a growing number simply turned off “politics”?

Most of those reporting on the GOP show emphasized the extremely strong “bench strength” of the Republican Party, particularly the number of women who were superb in delivering their messages. The GOP has a number of young, able, articulate and highly successful officeholders who are ready to assume even more important state and national roles. The Republican cupboard of potential major officeholders is well stocked.

Presidential nominee Mitt Romney faced a major challenge as many of his supporters, as well as his critics, stressed his presentation would be the most important of his life. Aside from his most severe critics, most political pundits give Romney a good grade, perhaps a “B” but not a strong “A.”

Nevertheless, Romney and the many supporting speakers got their message across:

• The Obama administration has failed to measure up to most of the promises Obama made at the 2008 convention in Denver.

• The country and its citizens are not better off today than in 2008.

• The national debt is frightening and growing more dangerous day by day.

• The jobless numbers are tragic and actually higher than the 8.3 percent figure reported when considering the many millions who have given up looking for a job or currently are underemployed.

• And there is no evidence of strong, visionary leadership from the White House. The country is treading water, actually losing ground in most every measurement. This is why the upcoming election is so critical.

Four more years of the same scene in Washington would not be good for the country. Obama has not gotten the job done. He has failed and should be replaced. However, with approximately 50 percent of the public on some kind of federal assistance, he is going to get millions of voters. He and his aides are sure to use the fear game to scare voters and suggest they will lose all government goodies if they vote for Romney, whether or not this is true.

Consider the continued stalemate in Washington and damage to the country if Obama should win and also hold onto a slim majority in the Senate, while Republicans hold a strong majority in the House. Turn it around and have Romney winning the White House, holding onto the House but not getting control of the Senate.

Is this nation to be politically deadlocked after the Nov. 6 election, and, if so, what would it mean for this nation — four more years of drifting with the citizenry becoming more divided and Uncle Sam losing respect throughout the world?

Again, Obama has failed to deliver what he promised. Common sense suggest the odds for anything better in the next four years are slim.

This being the case, it seems clear the best chance for this country to rebound is for Romney to win and for Republicans to pick up the few additional Senate seats they need for a majority in the Senate and hold their House majority. When Obama enjoyed control of both the Senate and House, he was unable to turn his words into actions. He is a great orator but unable to deliver on his grand-sounding pledges.

It will be interesting to hear how the president will describe his record over the past three and a half years, his unfulfilled promises and why he should be given four more years. He is sure to claim Romney does not have the skills, experience or proper vision for this country, that he favors deadly cutbacks in federal assistance programs and that only the “rich” will get ahead with the middle class and poorer Americans being left in the ditch.

Romney faced a big challenge in drafting and delivering “the most important speech of his life.” Given the current state of affairs in the country, how will Obama confront his challenge of trying to convince the public he deserves four more years in the White House when he has failed to measure up and follow through on his 2008 pledges and commitments?


pinecreek 5 years, 5 months ago

Dolph, your editorial, sincere from your perspective, is neither correct nor wrong. The sad and awful truth is that it just doesn't matter anymore. The two major political parties are so polarized (as are their most ardent supporters) to the point that to compromise is 'to lose'. Republicans have launched a civil war to ostracize their own--those 'moderate' party members that they refer to as 'RINOs'. Democrats turn on their own if they're not 'liberal enough'. Lost in the smoke are the many in the middle, trying to make a living, get through the next day/week/month without losing their houses, their cars, their jobs. Our elected officials (city, state, federal) do not care about any of us unless we are significant contributors to their campaigns or real 'power players'. We have become pawns in a huge game of chess, and checkmate is at hand.

Who will I vote for? Who cares? I don't....because I know that if Obama wins, the Republicans will likely hold the House and may gain the Senate. Four more years of legislative gridlock will set in, nothing significant or helpful for the country will be passed. If Romney wins, also with a Republican House and Senate, he won't have a filibuster-proof Senate to overcome yet more legislative gridlock-another recipe for four more years of nonsense. The US' financial order will continue to decline, our belief in our leaders and our system will continue to decline, and in 2016 we'll have the exact same election cycle. And yet again, we will be lost in the endless posturing, name-calling, and lies while the financial and intellectual capital of the Republic continues to bleed away. The unfortunate truth and reality is this: We have met the enemy and he is us.

FarmerBoy 5 years, 5 months ago

I can't respect the title of this article or even the content with all due respect. I do, agree with PineCreek's comments above.

On another note, for the writer, Dolph, I hope this statement below doesn't apply to you (which makes it hard for one to respect or take your article seriously):

"Paul Ryan, the man the media and Republicans celebrate as a bold truth-teller, told one lie after another, demonstrating a near-pathological disdain for honesty. His speech presented no substantive ideas, no policy solutions, and no bold p ositions on any key issue, but it included enough falsehoods to choke a fact-checker -- all because he assumes you're a fool and journalists are too incompetent to separate fact from fiction." Let's really look at things with a sincere and critical eye.

The full link can be found here:

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 5 months ago

The "best" answer isn't always to be found in a magical muddled middle.

The economic mess created by massive tax cuts to the wealthy, the most expensive and inefficient healthcare system in the world, the giant (ongoing) Wall Street crap game and a military industrial-complex (and its unnecessary wars) that's devoured our central government can't be solved by austerity measures aimed at the people at the bottom of the economy-- you know, those who have borne the brunt of all of the above, but who didn't cause it, or gain anything from it.

And the threat posed by global warming/climate change is not going to be averted by postponing action for a few more decades just to appease big oil and big coal, all in the name of compromise.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 5 months ago

The truth is that Clinton is the one who "compromised" by co-opting many Republican positions, despite attempts at obstruction, primarily from Gingrich. This really pissed the Republicans off.

Obama attempted to emulate Clinton, but Republicans were wise to that tactic, and adopted the agenda of obstruction under the belief that the worse off the economy, the better their chances in subsequent elections. It worked in 2010, and we'll see if it works again in 2012.

Of course, if they do succeed in 2012, their economic polices are assured of making things worse, much worse, by 2014 and 2016. For everyone but the wealthy, anyway.

fiddleback 5 years, 5 months ago

Despite your clumsy attempt at even-handedness (lol at "extreme socialist roots"), you know the polarization can't be pinned on one party let alone one man. Can you describe to me when the honeymoon of BO's presidency occurred, when there was this supposed good faith attempt at bi-partisanship? There of course wasn't one; the GOP had its marching orders to root against this guy and obstruct everything from day 1.

camper 5 years, 5 months ago

"the divider-in-chief Obama will never compromise because of his extreme socialist roots"

This is not true. President Obama compromised by taking the public option off the table and going instead with the insurance exchanges. He compromised by extending the Bush tax cuts in 2010. Do you remember this?

coco5bosco 5 years, 5 months ago

Obama has bent over backwards to compromise. So much so that he has ticked off the more Liberal Dems. The do nothing Republican house is responsible for gridlock and will not compromise on anything.

ScottyMac 5 years, 5 months ago

But, it just isn't true.

The Republicans forced a vote on a bill that was supposed to resemble the president's budget, but wasn't actually the president's budget. A Republican Senator submitted it, and called for the vote.

The supposed "Obama budget" was offered By Sen. Jeff Sessions, a Republican from Alabama. No Democrat voted for it simply because it wasn't Obama's budget.

But, since you are probably a Republican, we know that those pesky facts can't get in your way

Read more:

camper 5 years, 5 months ago

This is bad. When there is no way to win, the only remaining goal is to work to avoid the blame. This is what our legislative process has become.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 5 months ago

Republican administrations have an established pattern of killing millions of jobs, make owning a home risky business,destroying retirement plans and medical insurance coverage.

Why would any republican or democrat or green party thinker want to risk that for the third time in a 33 year period? Republicans are the only ones who do this successfully.

ENTITLEMENT - Bailing out The Reagan/Bush Savings and Loan Heist aka home loan scandal sent the economy out the window costing taxpayers many many $$ trillions (Cost taxpayers $1.4 trillion), Plus millions of jobs, loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance.

ENTITLEMENT - Bailing out the Bush/Cheney Home Loan Wall Street Bank Fraud cost consumers $ trillions, millions of jobs, loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance. Exactly like the Reagan/Bush home loan scam. Déjà vu can we say. Yep seems to be a pattern.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 5 months ago

Romney/Ryan claim they will bring on 12 million jobs = no clue as to how many jobs are not there! Where's the new industry? Repubs said no way. Can we say ignorance is bliss....

Meanwhile think about this.

A new article by reporter Matt Taibbi in Rolling Stone sheds new light on the origin of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s fortune, revealing how Romney’s former firm, Bain Capital, used private equity to raise money to conduct corporate raids. Taibbi writes: "What most voters don’t know is the way Mitt Romney actually made his fortune: by borrowing vast sums of money that other people were forced to pay back.

This is the plain, stark reality that has somehow eluded America’s top political journalists for two consecutive presidential campaigns: Mitt Romney is one of the greatest and most irresponsible debt creators of all time.

In the past few decades, in fact, Romney has piled more debt onto more unsuspecting companies, written more gigantic checks that other people have to cover, than perhaps all but a handful of people on planet Earth.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 5 months ago

MATT TAIBBI: Well, you know, for me, it started when I had to cover this campaign earlier this year, and I was listening to Romney’s stump speech about debt. You know, he came up with this whole image of a prairie fire of debt raging across America that was literally going to burn children alive in the future.

And I kept thinking to myself, does nobody know what this guy did for a living and how he made his money? You know, Mitt Romney is unabashedly a leverage buyout artist. And a leverage buyout artist is a guy who borrows lots of money that other companies have to pay back. And that’s the simple formula.

He started out—his most famous deals, of course, are essentially venture capital deals like the Staples situation, where he built a company from the ground up. But after Staples, he switched to a different model, that he preferred for the rest of his professional career, in which he took over existing companies by putting down small amounts of his own cash, borrowing the rest from—typically from a giant investment bank, taking over controlling stakes in companies, and then forcing those companies to pay him either through management fees or through dividends. And that’s his business formula.

AMY GOODMAN: Explain what private equity is.

MATT TAIBBI: Well, that is what a private equity fund does. They’re essentially—it’s a synonym for what in the '80s we called the leverage buyout business. It's a small group that raises capital and then goes and leverages takeovers of companies using borrowed money. In the '80s, these—this sort of business was glamorized through a couple of things, in particular, in pop culture.

One was the movie Wall Street, where Gordon Gekko, the famous Michael Douglas character from the Oliver Stone movie, was essentially a private equity guy. He was a leverage buyout takeover artist.

And the other one was a book called Barbarians at the Gate, which was a true story of the takeover of RJR Nabisco by a company called KKR, which was another Bain Capital-like takeover company. And that's what they are. They’re essentially guys who borrow money to take over companies and extract wealth from those companies to pay off their investors.

jonas_opines 5 years, 5 months ago

What if all the restaurants in town are just as bad?

Paul R Getto 5 years, 5 months ago

"Does this mean a large share of the public already has made up its mind about who will get their vote on Nov. 6 no matter what the candidates may have said in Tampa or will say in Charlotte? Or have a growing number simply turned off “politics?"

Short answers....Yes and Yes, which is sad....1,000,000,000+ dollars will be spend trying to change a few voters' minds.

fiddleback 5 years, 5 months ago

I think you mean 1880s. The dream of the 1880s is alive in Tampa...

woodscolt 5 years, 5 months ago

More hogwash from The Dolphster. Blinded by the lies he supports.

jhawkinsf 5 years, 5 months ago

Once again, I will vote neither Democrat nor Republican. I will vote for a third party candidate that more closely reflects my views. And should this election turn on one vote in Lawrence, Kansas, you can all blame me. Otherwise, my vote is equally valid as any other.

I don't know if all you people out there believe Obama or Romney are listening to you. I don't. But should 100,000 Kansans and a few million nationwide choose to go the third party route, they might listen. And if that number doubled in 2016 and doubled again in 2020, maybe Democrats and/or Republicans will come courting your vote, having heard what you are saying. Otherwise, our options are more of the same old, same old.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 5 months ago

"I will vote for a third party candidate that more closely reflects my views."

Which candidate is that?

Armstrong 5 years, 5 months ago

@ Willyj you are spot on. I think the most compelling speech was by Eastwwods empty chair. The empty chair spoke volumes about absent leadership, absent policy, absent vision. The parallel to Obamas years as a Senator and his majority of "present" votes when he bothered to chime in at all.

Outside the bubble of Larryville you find the majority of people fed up with O's empty promises, the stagnant economy, unemployment, and America looking like a joke to the world just for beginners. My guess is this election will not even be close, Romney will walk away with this one.

Kate Rogge 5 years, 5 months ago

President Obama's got my vote, and that of a majority of American voters. And I agree with you this election will not even be close:

fiddleback 5 years, 5 months ago

Lol. Remember how all those lefties looked so sad on Nov. 3, 2004? Brace yourself, or you may look a lot like your avatar come 11/7.

repaste 5 years, 5 months ago

"• The country and its citizens are not better off today than in 2008." Can we pull up a few LJW headlines from 2008? "Financial collapse " "Dow at 8,000" "Great depression #2" Not to mention 2 lost wars, medicare drug plan, Tarp = several Trillion in debt.. Several poster have accurately covered our current political situation, we still need a little flashback to 4 years ago. " My fellow Americans, our economy has tanked . . .

notaubermime 5 years, 5 months ago

Obama came in with a lot of promises, and few details. What we got was a president who threw a lot of money at helping big businesses that made bad decisions, but no real solutions for the financial needs of the middle class which the whole economy depends upon. Now Romney comes along with a lot of promises and few details other than to throw a lot of money (this time in the form of tax cuts) at big businesses which continue to make bad decisions. How is one better than the other?

jonas_opines 5 years, 5 months ago

Team Red!! RaRahRAh!! Team Blue!! RaRahRAh!!

/that's the only difference

Kate Rogge 5 years, 5 months ago

I don't like that President Obama has failed to close Guantanamo prison, has continued the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, has perpetuated the Patriot Act, and has failed to push needed financial regulation legislation through Congress. But, on the other hand, we now have the much needed Affordable Care Act, rescue of America's automobile industry (which saved millions of jobs), the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, two liberal women Supreme Court justices, and continued support for Planned Parenthood, women's reproductive healthcare choices, and Medicare. To my mind, these make Obama better than Romney any day.

jonas_opines 5 years, 5 months ago

I am a little nervous, even if I don't support the president. I like where we're at right now, with one party in control of the executive branch and another in control of the legislative. Because the government isn't getting anything done. I remember a number of years during Bush's administration where Republican's were able to get a lot of things done. I remember the two years where Democrats were . . . . less effective, but still able to get things done.

I don't want to go back to any of those points in time.

jayhawklawrence 5 years, 5 months ago

I am very impressed with Romney because I have known people with a similar life experience and I believe he is sincere and supremely talented. The criticism against Romney within his own party is that he may not actually be a right wing wacko. This criticism is the only hopeful thing about Romney.

My concern about Romney other than the party he belongs to is the fact that the last time we elected a President as truly talented as he is, his name was Herbert Hoover.

Anyone who studies the life of Herbert Hoover would have to believe he would have made a superb President. History remembers him differently.

Historically, it is the great politicians such as Obama that have made the greatest contributions. But if the Obstructionist Party continues to play the greed card and put self interest over country, change may be inevitable. If that change is Romney, I hope he is more successful than Hoover was.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 5 months ago

Yes, Romney is Hoover. His one and only goal as president is to fully establish the US as a plutocracy. That's precisely how Wall Street/equity fund types believe the world should be run.

Anything else he says is just window dressing to appease the social conservatives and xenophobes of the Tea Party.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 5 months ago

You're right-- Obama has failed to rein in Wall St. as he should have.

But Obama isn't a creature of Wall St. Romney is, and having him in the WH would be much, much worse.

Armstrong 5 years, 5 months ago

Yes because he might create jobs and people would be able to work instead of collect unemployment / welfare. Good observation

camper 5 years, 5 months ago

I wish President Obama did more to reform or disallow some of the Financial Instruments used by the Mortgage and banking industry. At the same time, I don't see the R's calling for reform. No way should mortgages be bundled like they were and still are.

fiddleback 5 years, 5 months ago

"Too much cannot be said against men of wealth who sacrifice everything to getting wealth. There is not in the world a more ignoble character than the mere money-getting American, insensible to every duty, regardless of principle, bent only on amassing a fortune, and putting his fortune only to the basest uses- whether these uses be to speculate in stocks and wreck railroads himself, or to allow his son to lead a life of foolish and expensive idleness and gross debauchery, or to purchase some scoundrel of high social position, foreign or native, for his daughter. Such a man is only more dangerous if he occasionally does some deed like founding a college or endowing a church, which makes those good people who are also foolish forget his real iniquity. These men are equally careless of working men, who they oppress, and of the State, whose existence they imperil. There are not very many of them, but there is a very great number of men who approach more or less closely to the type and, just in so far as they do so approach, they are curses to the country."

-Theodore Roosevelt

average 5 years, 5 months ago

Agree with 'repaste' above. Does ANYONE remember 2008? Are our attention spans too short? Let's take a trip down memory lane:

Lehman and Bear go from major Wall Street players to bankrupt in weeks. The largest bank collapse in history (WaMu), dwarfing every FDIC action since. "Cascading Credit Defaults" American news programs start discussing bank runs, after they start at Northern Rock in the UK. Serious discussion of liquidating GM and Chrysler (and Ford soon thereafter when shared suppliers go bankrupt). The forced buyout for pennies of the nation's largest lender (Countrywide). etc, etc...

Does anyone remember the pants-pooing economic terror that was 2008? I'm a LOT better off now.

CastleRock 5 years, 5 months ago

In related news....Dolph Simons Jr. sets American record with editorial today (breaking the old record set (1963) by Jimmy Ray Jones, editor with the Tennessee Backwards Times). In 1963, Jimmy Jones wrote 74 editorials criticizing then president John F. Kennedy.

Today, Dolph Simons Jr. breaks the record with the 75th editorial criticizing President Barack Obama. Quite an accomplishment.

Translation.....nothing to see here folks. Just another day...or shall I say...Groundhog Day from the editorial section.


Keith 5 years, 5 months ago

I wonder if there has ever been a Democratic presidential candidate supported by this Republican newspaper owner?

cowboy 5 years, 5 months ago

Romney has surrounded himself with a group of proven losers , Dan Senor , Bolton , et al who have done more damage to this country than many administrations combined. The zeal this candidate with no military or world experience displayed to get into a war with Iran is seriously scary and should give anyone great pause.

Romney defines the flip flop. What is he for or against. You have no idea what his positions will be today much less next week or year. And he won't tell us either. Elect me then I'll tell you . Yeah right I'll get back to you on that one Mitt.

What other candidate would think he should get a pass on tax return publication. There is a reason he doesn't want the public to see those !

And finally Mrs. Romney , good lord

KEITHMILES05 5 years, 5 months ago

The stock market in 2008 was 8000 and today it is 13,000. The number one villian world wide criminal was shot dead. The housing situation has stablized. Unemployment is still too high but that will probably not resolve for a very long time as our economy has changed forever and many of those lost jobs will not return as they were. For myself I am doing better than 08 so the allegations of extreme failure do not apply to me.

Oh, let me point out the agricuture community is doing EXTREMELY well!

Getaroom 5 years, 5 months ago

All candidates make promises they do not keep - all of them. The Republican National Commercial stands for nothing. It's all for show and the telling of distortions and lies, very predictable. Clint Eastwood's empty chair told Romney to "go f... himself" and Paul Ryan told people what they wanted to hear, whether it was truthful or not - mostly not and he had the opportunity to retell history according to Ryan. Even Fuax Nuz thought so, how perceptive of them. So did people watch the big Republican National info-mercial? Far fewer than expected. Was the audience moved to tears when Romney spoke of Family, Patriotism, Individuality, AMERICA, and GOD. Of course they were moved to tears, it went as planned. It has nothing to do with substance, it's about emotions and those are what drive people. Will more people vote for Romney now? Sure he's just a regular guy like you and me. Ann gets his pack of shirts and Costco and there good shirts too, Mitt said so on TEEVEE and he irons them like, well like all us red blooded billionaires do before we spin the vehicle carousel to see which car turns up. Will it be the Cadillac or the Mercedes? Stay tuned to find out which car Willard chose to have his driver wash today.... Micheal Moore thinks Romney will win, I can't wait to find out so I think I will read the end of the book first! What, you mean it hasn't been written yet? Aw, shucks! Guess I'll just have to read the Book of Mormon, it has all the answers.

pti3 5 years, 5 months ago

A couple articles on Romney and business:

Contec Holdings, Bain-Owned Firm, Could File For Bankruptcy As Early As This Week

Ryan Grim: Mitt Romney Started Bain Capital With Money From Families Tied To Death Squads

Flap Doodle 5 years, 5 months ago

In a late Friday document dump, the feds admit they were unable to railroad Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The Department of Selective and No Justice badly needs a housecleaning, starting at the top.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 5 months ago

But Arpaio is still a corrupt racist fascist.

From snaps link--

"Arpaio and his top ally, former County Attorney Andrew Thomas, were embroiled in a three-year feud with county officials and judges and defended their investigations as necessary to root out corruption.

The officials who were targets of the investigations contend the probes were trumped up as retaliation for political and legal disagreements with the sheriff and prosecutor.

Criminal cases against former Superior Court Judge Gary Donahoe and county supervisors Mary Rose Wilcox and Don Stapley were dismissed after a judge ruled that Thomas prosecuted one of the three officials for political gain and had a conflict of interest in pressing the case.

Authorities say the charges against Donahoe were filed in a bid to prevent the judge from holding a hearing regarding Arpaio and Thomas' claim that judges and county officials conspired to hinder a probe into the construction of a court building.

Donahoe had disqualified Thomas from handling the court building investigation and was poised to hold another hearing over a request to appoint special prosecutors to handle the probe. The hearing was called off after the charges were filed against the judge.

The judge also had been critical of the ability of Arpaio's office to bring inmates to court on time for hearings.

Thomas was disbarred in early April by an ethics panel of the Arizona courts that found he brought unsuccessful criminal cases against the judge and two county officials for the purpose of embarrassing them.

In the separate probe, which is still ongoing, the Justice Department says Arpaio's office racially profiles Latinos, retaliates against critics of its immigration patrols and bases its immigration patrols on racially charged citizen complaints that did not allege crimes. The sheriff denies the allegations.

And in the civil case, the Latino plaintiffs aren't seeking monetary damages. Instead, they want a declaration that Arpaio's office uses racial profiling and an order requiring policy changes. If Arpaio loses the case, he won't face jail time or fines."

Scott Tichenor 5 years, 5 months ago

This advertisement for the Republican party has been brought to you by the Lawrence Journal World.

Terry Sexton 5 years, 5 months ago

The nation's condition argues against congress' re-election.

Armstrong 5 years, 5 months ago

@ pti3 The 2 articles from a liberal rag, the most impressive thing about those articles is how fast and loose they are with facts

fiddleback 5 years, 5 months ago

Does baby Armstrong know how to use reply?

Just a tip; I didn't mean to make him cry.

camper 5 years, 5 months ago

Don't let your Avatar define you Armstrong. Keep on truckin.

oldexbeat 5 years, 5 months ago

Yes the world is laughing at us. Presidential candidates that not only move their own money out of their country -- tax avoidance -- but also refuse to be open about it. "None of those people's business." those people. Us.

And, well, not really sure what to think about a grown man that says the Book of Mormon is anything but a stolen folk tale by an upstate semi-literate farmer named Smith.

They do laugh at us. They have reason.

voevoda 5 years, 5 months ago

I don't like the policies that Romney has endorsed, but I don't approve of the nasty swipe at the Mormon faith, oldexbeat. Some of the smartest people I know are Mormon. As with other books of scripture, it's the lessons that individuals take from them that are telling about their values and intelligence.

fiddleback 5 years, 5 months ago

I belong to the Church of Mother Goose, and also found it gravely offensive.

camper 5 years, 5 months ago

I got no prob with Romney's faith. In fact he don't talk much about it publicly. This is good. Provo Utah, one of the friendliest places I have ever been. Wonderful people.

Paul R Getto 5 years, 5 months ago

Smith was a strange dude, but most prophets are. Overall the Mormons are no better or worse than the other religions

voevoda 5 years, 5 months ago

Obama isn't a Marxist. He isn't a Socialist. He isn't a Communist. Neither are any of his appointees. Making these sort of off-the-wall allegations just undercuts any legitimate criticisms you might have, WristTwister. Rev. Wright didn't usually preach about race. And when he occasionally took this country to task for not living up to its values, he was doing only what preachers have been doing since this country came into existence. And pro-Republican preachers are doing now.

uncleandyt 5 years, 5 months ago

Please catch up. We are off of the 'He's a socialMarxyMuslim whose policies are ruining everything.'. The new beef is "His policies have failed. He has been unable to measure up to his promises." Get with the program. Stale dittos confuse everyone. This is no time to confuse everyone.

voevoda 5 years, 5 months ago

I've read the works of Marx, and leading Communists and Socialists, as well as Obama's. Obama's thinking on economic and political issues bears very little resemblance to those of Marx, Engels, Lenin, Angela Davis, or even the oft-invoked Saul Alinsky. Newt Gingrich is more indebted to Alinsky than Obama is. We gave up assuming that people are "Communist" based on who they associate with back in the 1950s, when Joseph McCarthy's disreputable conduct showed how flawed the guilt-by-association argument is. The only people who think that Obama is Marxist are people who don't know what Marxism is. Certainly none of the policies he has instituted are Marxist-inspired in any way.

Kate Rogge 5 years, 5 months ago

According to NPR and Good Morning America, the title for American president who plays more golf "falls to Woodrow Wilson, who reportedly played about 1,200 rounds during his presidency. Dwight Eisenhower is the runner-up at 800, according to his memorial commission." Some people just like golf. Go figure.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 5 months ago

And Gerald Ford is the only president guilty of manslaughter by means of a golf ball.

OK, I made that up.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 5 months ago

Republican administrations have an established pattern of killing millions of jobs, make owning a home risky business,destroying retirement plans and medical insurance coverage.

Why would any SANE FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE republican or democrat or green party thinker want to risk that for the third time in a 33 year period? Republicans are the only ones who do this successfully.

ENTITLEMENT - Bailing out The Reagan/Bush Savings and Loan Heist aka home loan scandal sent the economy out the window costing taxpayers many many $$ trillions (Cost taxpayers $1.4 trillion), Plus millions of jobs, loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance.

ENTITLEMENT - Bailing out the Bush/Cheney Home Loan Wall Street Bank Fraud cost consumers $ trillions, millions of jobs, loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance. Exactly like the Reagan/Bush home loan scam. Déjà vu can we say. Yep seems to be a pattern.

No one should discount the potential destructiveness of a victory for Mitt Romney. The widespread media assumption that he’s really a “Massachusetts moderate” who adopted extreme positions to placate the Republican electorate before resetting his Etch A Sketch would be irrelevant even if it were true.

A Romney victory could be accompanied by GOP control of all branches of government, with the party’s right-wing majority in the House driving the agenda.

As Grover Norquist argues, “We are not auditioning for fearless leader…. We just need a president to sign this stuff.”

Richard Heckler 5 years, 5 months ago

"Or have a growing number simply turned off “politics?"

That is the primary objective of the repub character assassination machine. Make old school republican and democrat voters so sick of politics they decide not to vote. Which is quite a threat to democracy, USA jobs and OUR tax dollars.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 5 years, 5 months ago

Horse manure! Blah, Blah!...The REAL danger to this country and the citizens is the extream right wing racist facist republicans and their agenda. This was clearly stated last week by the congressman from Missosri in a senior moment with his outrageous commenst about the legitimacy of rape. It is very demonstrative of the main stream thinking of the Republican party in the U.S. The comical and disgusting display at the convention by a supposed Hollywood actor with his little display of debauchery in an imaginary conversation with President Obama should bive all pause to contemplate giving the reins of Democracy to this tea bag soaked group of "conseratives". They have all made their statements about Social Security, Medicare, the Affordable Health Care Act (radistspeak "Obamacare") abortion and a host of other facist ideals. It would be a historic disaster to give these facists governing power and the ability to destroy our democracy.

Cant_have_it_both_ways 5 years, 5 months ago

If someone asks you what the main difference is between most of the Obama supporters and the Romney supporters just tell them that the Romney supporters sign their checks on the front, and the Obama supporters sign their checks on the back.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 5 months ago

Yuk, yuk. That joke gets funnier every time you tell it.

camper 5 years, 5 months ago

What about bank wires? Where do you sign those? I get my paychecks deposited electronically.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 5 months ago

Why do Republicans always feel the need to boast about how badly their guy is going to beat up the other guy? Can't you just be content with whatever happens?

Jean Robart 5 years, 5 months ago

Democrats do the same thing. They're just mimicking the dems

fiddleback 5 years, 5 months ago

Lol. Yes, Mitt, the record-setter in gaffes and flip-flops, has better reasoning and speaking skills than Barry, the constitutional law professor.

I can't wait either, little willy.

fiddleback 5 years, 5 months ago

So, you must not remember 2008...but it's okay; just keep mindlessly mouthing the meme.

Keith 5 years, 5 months ago

Romney never uses a teleprompter right?

Armstrong 5 years, 5 months ago

Obama is totally humiliated when he opens his mouth because it's either a lie or a promise he won't keep

fiddleback 5 years, 5 months ago

Very fair and balanced with a healthy dose of inchoate rage; your insides clearly match that avatar. Bravo.

camper 5 years, 5 months ago

Very dignified choice of Avatar I must say. Rivals RockChalk1977. Very classy.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 5 months ago

Here's what Ralph Reed, and Mitt Romney, would like to see imported from the Marianas, with them and their plutocratic buddies cashing in.

Ralph Reed in the Marianas Trenches by Bill Moyers and Michael Winship

Armstrong 5 years, 5 months ago

Boz, I think Barry beat you to it. No job = no wage

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 5 months ago

How Saudi Arabia is buying US elections, thanks to Citizens United.

Never Mind Super PACs: How Big Business Is Buying the Election

Cant_have_it_both_ways 5 years, 5 months ago

Let Bozo buy...welfare checks hit the mailboxes today. Or as they say: The Eagle Flies Today.

parco814 5 years, 5 months ago

Wrong, Dolph. Your analysis of the nation's condition is the basis for your claim that the President doesn't deserve reelection. That argument is flawed and the fact that you have resources and privilege to disseminate your argument widely doesn't overcome its flaws.

Some of us know that you and your ilk aren't satisfied with the immense power you have--it's clear that you want absolute power in Kansas and in the US. Thank goodness there's always been resistance where there is power.

I'm volunteering for the Douglas County Democrats and I'm voting for Obama/Biden with even more enthusiasm than I had in 2008. This is indeed the most important election of my lifetime, and if folks like you can be taken down a peg or two in the process, so much the better.

paulveer 5 years, 5 months ago

Go take a nap, FHNC child. Adults are trying to talk here.

Larry Sturm 5 years, 5 months ago

Why were the republicans against everything that was good for the country or was it because the are only for the rich or is it because Obama is black.

Jean Robart 5 years, 5 months ago

How about none of those? Obama is a failure as president. Maybe he should go back to community organizer in Chicago on January 20th of next year. Wait---oi maybe about it!

voevoda 5 years, 5 months ago

With Obama, we need to hope that he will actually do (be permitted to do) what he promised.
With Romney, we need to hope that he will NOT actually do (be permitted to do) what he promised.

Mixolydian 5 years, 5 months ago

Clint Eastwood summed it up perfectly, "If you can't do the job, we got to let you go."

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 5 months ago

So, he fired the chair?

Or did the chair fire Clint?

fiddleback 5 years, 5 months ago

I think he just fired his own boogie man, which will be replaced by an even worse one when Obama gets re-elected...then we'll get the real Gran Torino-level hatred at the 2016 RNC. I never took Clint for being delusional, but all those shoot-'em-ups must have made him a bit paranoid. That, and keeping his dead mother tied to a rocking chair in his basement. He did do a good job of embalming; she actually looks a bit younger than him.

fiddleback 5 years, 5 months ago

With as well as Romney is doing courting minority votes, it seems Obama can skip adjusting his campaign schedule to go re-assure a homophobic "Coalition of African American Pastors"...afterall, you can't please everyone. The real story on that subject, btw, is how Obama was ever able to convince anyone that he was anti-gay marriage. See 1996 memo.

Should Romney go visit staunch no-exceptions pro-life groups and apologize for his stance on exceptions?

fiddleback 5 years, 5 months ago

Conventions are always about exaggerating "tent" size, so to speak. I beg to differ about the GOP, esp. with your long term prospects and perhaps even for this year:

Y'all shoulda tried to get summa that "homosexual money in Hollywood." After all, those poor Log Cabin boys just want a little room in your big tent. Nice 'n' cozy...

And yeah, the GOP tent was just so darn big that they had to make some tough choices, i.e. shun the Ron Paul delegation like a leper colony.

hedshrinker 5 years, 5 months ago

I heard the GOP is 92% white; women vote Dem over Repub by double wonder the GOP is blatantly trying to suppress voters of color and has significantly alienated women by pandering to the right wing. GOP diverse? NOT SO MUCH.

Richard Benson 5 years, 5 months ago

The Obama administration was inaugurated to take charge of a government with stage 3 cancer, a cancer gangrenous with greed. Then the economy took three or new four hollow-point bullets to the brain from Republicans whose clearly-stated goal for America was simply for the Obama administration to fail at any cost to the nation. So yes --Mission Accomplished-- based on what has happened during the past three and a half years and the current economic situation in this country, there is reason to question why voters would want another four years of the Obama administration. Where is that Mission Accomplished fighter pilot?

Jean Robart 5 years, 5 months ago

Dolph--I congratulate you on the most intelligent editorial I have ever read in the LJW. I don't much care if you sound like Fox news--I prefer NBC. But you are so right in your piece---Obama must not be re-elected.I appreciate your writing this good piece, and agree with you. Romney/Ryan2012

Armstrong 5 years, 5 months ago

Given the choice of Dolph's drivel versus Rothy's rediculous rants. I will take Dolph any day

Armstrong 5 years, 5 months ago

Typical GOP / Teabagger ? Oh you mean the winners in the next election because your man FAILED. Yes that's me

Flap Doodle 5 years, 5 months ago

Here's the perfect Democratic voter. "..According to the newspaper, she reportedly told detectives at her sentencing that she “wouldn’t do all this nonsense if the government gave us more money.”..."

Corey Williams 5 years, 5 months ago

Here's your republican voter. "When Kappheim was approached by the arresting deputy, he said “he was very conservative and (his girlfriend) was a liberal.” He also told the deputy that “he felt that he was going to have to kill her,” the report said. Kappheim also admitted to trying to kill his girlfriend three times, the deputy said. When he was placed in handcuffs, he allegedly had a panic attack and kicked the sheriff’s car’s rear door so hard it was knocked out of its alignment"

Patricia Davis 5 years, 5 months ago

Blaming Obama for the economy is like refusing to sell textbooks to students and gloating they failed the final. This was Karl Rove's plan from Day One: Obstruct & Deny. That this country was on the rails financially, and the republicans took this tactic smells of treason. After 9/11 the Democrats stood behind George Bush (turned out to be a trumped up pile of crap to go after Saddam) but the Democrats were willing to follow the president.Not the republicans. It is either my way or no way. Any senior citizen who is not a 1% like our writer here, needs to take a long hard look at the Romney-Ryan lie your way to office and do as you please world.

Armstrong 5 years, 5 months ago

How long is that lame economy excuse good for? Oh I know until Nov 7

ThePilgrim 5 years, 5 months ago

I see that this article has brought out the extensive gab in people.

Nothing is going to change, people! - While Repub talking heads, Brownback, and the Koch brothers try to eliminate the moderates from the Republican party, what we saw last week was just the opposite. The Romney campaign said "we won" and waged war on the rest of the party, by adopting new rules to bar delegates who didn't vote for Romney, and ignoring their vote. Not that their vote mattered anyway... - The Dems have been much more successful in eliminating the moderate, as seen in 2008 when the Blue Dog Dems were voted out. The two party system is broken, and BOTH parties and candidates are in the pocket of big biz. Look at Obama's contributors and they are big biz just as bad as Romney's.

ThePilgrim 5 years, 5 months ago

Nothing is going to change! - SS will not go away. Despite Dems and Repubs pointing fingers at each other, or Ryan talking about Medicare vouchers, Medicare will not go away or get significantly curtailed. - If Repubs don't get a Senate majority they won't be able to overturn Obamacare.

And THERE ARE NO JOBS TO BE HAD! - Unlike the 1990's when the dotcom boom created jobs and losers with English majors bought books on HTML and became back door IT people, Web 3.0 and the explosion in consumer handheld technology have not created virtually any jobs. Even Garmin in KC will lose out as phones do GPS and they will be out of biz in five years. - And we tell our kids to "follow your heart" and they get worthless English, journalism, political science, or social worker degrees. Not that IT degrees are any better, while Pacific Rim and Russian programmers get our outsourced IT jobs or get H1 visas to come over here. - And our hunger for cheap goods from Wal-mart, and Target, Home Depot, Kohl's, etc means no new manufacturing jobs here either. Businesses have now had four years to get used to doing business with less people. Cutting taxes on businesses will not make them hire people. They will hoard cash instead, while being a slave to shareholders who want to "get rich quick" and punish companies even if they make analysts' estimates.

Flap Doodle 5 years, 5 months ago

In other news: "CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A torrential downpour that struck Charlotte Saturday afternoon damaged the Mount Rushmore-style sand sculpture bust of President Obama — an ominous beginning to what many fear is a plagued convention..."

Read more: Rains wash away Mount Obama in Charlotte, N.C. - Washington Times Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter

Steve Jacob 5 years, 5 months ago

I think we are better off then 2008. I keep reminding people the whole banking system almost collapsed in September of 2008. S&P Jan 23 2009 831, today 1406, Dow Jones Jan 23 2009 8007, today 13,090.

Armstrong 5 years, 5 months ago

If you're gonna base your vote on numbers how about these Job creation and unemployment,

Liberty275 5 years, 5 months ago

I think 4 years is enough to show Obama is not qualified to be president. Inflation is rampant, unemployment is remaining bad and banks are still foreclosing on houses. Meanwhile, the president is pandering to America's trash, promising them more of my money.

It's time for Obama to go. That leaves Romney. I wouldn't trust him or any Mormon to babysit my dogs. America doesn't need a cult member for president.

Great choice we have. We either get an inept socialist-leaning failure or a guy that will try to channel his imaginary god's hatred. Nobody should vote for either one of the losers. If these two clowns are the best America can nominate for presidential candidates, we deserve to decline and become a giant Chinese parking lot.

Charlie Bannister 5 years, 5 months ago

Romney was not my first choice for the nomination, but the more I learn about the man and his family the more I like him. Paul Ryan is absolutely the best person that could have been picked for the VP slot. Frankly it is a very exciting ticket and one which should be supported enthusiastically. One thing I do know for sure is that anyone who can look at the last 4 years and say this country is better off now has their head in the sand. We are headed as fast as we can to being like the financial failure of most European countries. We have REAL unemployment of somewhere between 16 and 17%. Nearly 50 % of our population is on some kind of Federal assistance program, excluding Social Security and Medicare. The latter two programs are headed for collapse if we do nothing, which is exactly what the current administration has been doing--a whole lot of nothing. The things that they HAVE accomplished are just simply socialism, which is completely and utterly wrong for America. We have somewhere between 40 and 45% of the country who thinks socialism is the way to go. That is a sad, sad thing and one I pray we can reverse. I watched Ronald Reagan bring this country back from the brink in his two terms in office. There were jobs for anyone who wanted to work and the business climate was very good. Many entrepreneurs started businesses during that time frame and succeeded. We can have that again. Or we can go towards socialism and economic collapse with government poking its nose in everything you do, and worse. The choice is ours. Choose wisely.

jafs 5 years, 5 months ago

Source that 50%, excluding SS and Medicare, are on assistance?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 5 months ago

I agree, let's get rid of all of the social safety net, and once about 3/4 the population dies off, those of us who remain (all good Christian Republicans, I'm sure) will have utopia.

7texdude 5 years, 5 months ago

I love it when people blame the Democrats or the Republicans for our country's problems. They just don't get it. Both parties are to blame. They are all corrupt and incompetent..

Yes, Obama has struggled in a lot areas, but so did Bush. Our last two presidents have been below average and that is being nice. I don't understand how either Obama or Romney will turn around the economy when the government refuses to work together to try to fix it. You can't run a business successfully when your workers don't pull together, so how can the government do it?

The one thing that Bush and Obama have shown is that you cannot govern successfully on the right or the left. It must be done in the center where both parties can work together.

jafs 5 years, 5 months ago

For the anti-Communists, I think a little bit of history is relevant.

During the Depression, after the massive failure of the economy, many people were struggling to survive. At that time, an ideology like socialism or communism that promises everybody will have enough to live on is naturally very attractive to a number of people, especially after greed, stupidity, and the unregulated capitalist system had tanked the country.

In WWII, we were allied with Russia against Germany - apparently they weren't the enemy then.

Almost immediately after WWII, Russia somehow became the enemy, and McCarthy went after alleged Communists with a vengeance.

If we are to be a country that values freedom of thought and expression, then we shouldn't be afraid of ideas - we should discuss them and think about them. This new McCarthyism is disturbing to me.

Is Obama a Communist? I'd say no. Was he attracted to and influenced by some of the ideals of that system - I'd say probably. Is that a terrible thing? I'd say no. Our system is by no means pure free market capitalism, and includes some socialist style programs. The ideals of socialism/communism, like the ideals of capitalism, are beautiful and inspiring. The realities of all three often fall short of the ideals.

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