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The Salt Lake City Tribune Endorsement: Too Many Mitts


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Kit
- 668 days ago - sltrib.com
Nowhere has Mitt Romney's pursuit of the presidency been more warmly welcomed or closely followed than here in Utah. The Republican nominee's political and religious pedigrees, his adeptly bipartisan governorship of a Democratic state, and his head-->



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Sue Matheson (70)
Monday October 29, 2012, 10:31 am
thanks
 

Kit B. (276)
Monday October 29, 2012, 10:42 am


President Barack Obama speaks about the choice facing women in the upcoming election.
Tribune endorsement: Too Many Mitts

Obama has earned another term!!!

Nowhere has Mitt Romney’s pursuit of the presidency been more warmly welcomed or closely followed than here in Utah. The Republican nominee’s political and religious pedigrees, his adeptly bipartisan governorship of a Democratic state, and his head for business and the bottom line all inspire admiration and hope in our largely Mormon, Republican, business-friendly state.

But it was Romney’s singular role in rescuing Utah’s organization of the 2002 Olympics from a cesspool of scandal, and his oversight of the most successful Winter Games on record, that make him the Beehive State’s favorite adopted son. After all, Romney managed to save the state from ignominy, turning the extravaganza into a showcase for the matchless landscapes, volunteerism and efficiency that told the world what is best and most beautiful about Utah and its people.

In short, this is the Mitt Romney we knew, or thought we knew, as one of us.

Sadly, it is not the only Romney, as his campaign for the White House has made abundantly clear, first in his servile courtship of the tea party in order to win the nomination, and now as the party’s shape-shifting nominee. From his embrace of the party’s radical right wing, to subsequent portrayals of himself as a moderate champion of the middle class, Romney has raised the most frequently asked question of the campaign: "Who is this guy, really, and what in the world does he truly believe?"

The evidence suggests no clear answer, or at least one that would survive Romney’s next speech or sound bite. Politicians routinely tailor their words to suit an audience. Romney, though, is shameless, lavishing vastly diverse audiences with words, any words, they would trade their votes to hear.

More troubling, Romney has repeatedly refused to share specifics of his radical plan to simultaneously reduce the debt, get rid of Obamacare (or, as he now says, only part of it), make a voucher program of Medicare, slash taxes and spending, and thereby create millions of new jobs. To claim, as Romney does, that he would offset his tax and spending cuts (except for billions more for the military) by doing away with tax deductions and exemptions is utterly meaningless without identifying which and how many would get the ax. Absent those specifics, his promise of a balanced budget simply does not pencil out.

If this portrait of a Romney willing to say anything to get elected seems harsh, we need only revisit his branding of 47 percent of Americans as freeloaders who pay no taxes, yet feel victimized and entitled to government assistance. His job, he told a group of wealthy donors, "is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."

Where, we ask, is the pragmatic, inclusive Romney, the Massachusetts governor who left the state with a model health care plan in place, the Romney who led Utah to Olympic glory? That Romney skedaddled and is nowhere to be found.

And what of the president Romney would replace? For four years, President Barack Obama has attempted, with varying degrees of success, to pull the nation out of its worst financial meltdown since the Great Depression, a deepening crisis he inherited the day he took office.

In the first months of his presidency, Obama acted decisively to stimulate the economy. His leadership was essential to passage of the badly needed American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Though Republicans criticize the stimulus for failing to create jobs, it clearly helped stop the hemorrhaging of public sector jobs. The Utah Legislature used hundreds of millions in stimulus funds to plug holes in the state’s budget.

The president also acted wisely to bail out the auto industry, which has since come roaring back. Romney, in so many words, said the carmakers should sink if they can’t swim.

Obama’s most noteworthy achievement, passage of his signature Affordable Care Act, also proved, in its timing, his greatest blunder. The set of comprehensive health insurance reforms aimed at extending health care coverage to all Americans was signed 14 months into his term after a ferocious fight in Congress that sapped the new president’s political capital and destroyed any chance for bipartisan cooperation on the shredded economy.

Obama’s foreign policy record is perhaps his strongest suit, especially compared to Romney’s bellicose posture toward Russia and China and his inflammatory rhetoric regarding Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Obama’s measured reliance on tough economic embargoes to bring Iran to heel, and his equally measured disengagement from the war in Afghanistan, are examples of a nuanced approach to international affairs. The glaring exception, still unfolding, was the administration’s failure to protect the lives of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans, and to quickly come clean about it.

In considering which candidate to endorse, The Salt Lake Tribune editorial board had hoped that Romney would exhibit the same talents for organization, pragmatic problem solving and inspired leadership that he displayed here more than a decade ago. Instead, we have watched him morph into a friend of the far right, then tack toward the center with breathtaking aplomb. Through a pair of presidential debates, Romney’s domestic agenda remains bereft of detail and worthy of mistrust.

Therefore, our endorsement must go to the incumbent, a competent leader who, against tough odds, has guided the country through catastrophe and set a course that, while rocky, is pointing toward a brighter day. The president has earned a second term. Romney, in whatever guise, does not deserve a first.

First Published Oct 19 2012 12:13 pm • Last Updated Oct 24 2012 03:41 pm - The Salt Lake City Tribune|
 

Arielle S. (317)
Monday October 29, 2012, 12:41 pm
Great piece - "The president has earned a second term. Romney, in whatever guise, does not deserve a first. "
and that sums it up nicely.
 

Nancy G. (56)
Monday October 29, 2012, 3:14 pm
Read the Tribune every day Thanks
 

Kit B. (276)
Monday October 29, 2012, 4:20 pm

Oops! I forgot this was sent to me from Pam W and thanks to her email - I share it with you.
 

Kathy Chadwell (371)
Monday October 29, 2012, 10:18 pm
Mormons,,, not at all surprised by this
 

Kathy Chadwell (371)
Monday October 29, 2012, 10:22 pm
Wow I'm impressed,, my hubby listens to faux news and I over heard something completely different on there. Glad to read this.
Therefore, our endorsement must go to the incumbent, a competent leader who, against tough odds, has guided the country through catastrophe and set a course that, while rocky, is pointing toward a brighter day. The president has earned a second term. Romney, in whatever guise, does not deserve a first.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 30, 2012, 5:48 am
This is amazing and wonderful. Thought for sure they would stick with Romney. Thanks Kit.
 

pam w. (191)
Tuesday October 30, 2012, 7:04 am
Interesting....it appears there are a few in Utah who can actually THINK outside that "holy book!"

 

pam w. (191)
Tuesday October 30, 2012, 7:05 am
And...don't let me forget to THANK YOU, KIT!
 

Kit B. (276)
Tuesday October 30, 2012, 8:30 am

Okay, Kathy - I have Googled Fox endorses or supports Obama - is that supposed to be joke? Please let me know if you find any thing that supports that, because I can not.
 

Diane O. (149)
Tuesday October 30, 2012, 11:15 am
The one constant about you, Kit, is that you'll work hard to find an article that you hope will disgrace Mitt Romney, like the one above, and the only problem with that is that the article is one person's opinion. It matters not that this paper has not endorsed Romney. Mitt Romney doesn't need to have this type of endorsement. All Mitt Romney needs is to win the swing states and it looks like he has already accomplished that.

You act like this lack of endorsement from a newspaper has cost Mitt Romney the election! It has NO impact on this race.

Bit, thank you for being consistent in posting your desperation threads....threads of no consequence.
 

James Maynard (68)
Tuesday October 30, 2012, 11:24 am
I have said it before and in light of the Salt Lake City
Tribune's comment, I'll say it again. President Obama's
hardest debate preparation was trying to keep in mind
the stated objectives of his opponents :
Mitt Romney
Willard Romney
Mittens Romney
and
Willie Romney.
I haven't seen so many psychopaths since
"The Three Faces of Eve."
 

donald Baumgartner (4)
Tuesday October 30, 2012, 12:22 pm
Thanks for the GREAT news!!!
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 30, 2012, 1:04 pm
Funny how the Xtians had to do something they hated to think of. Support a Mormon. A true measure of the strength of the 4th reich's fascist party.

The one constant about you, Diane, is you will work extra hard FOR Karl Rove and the Nazi party without even knowing wtf you're doing.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 30, 2012, 1:07 pm
@ Kit
Must have been Juan Williams. The ONE Progressive that fox balances out the 48 right wingers with.

lol I think they have him at just the right time.
 

Kit B. (276)
Tuesday October 30, 2012, 1:21 pm

I don't know Jason - I am not now nor will I be watching the Phony news. Personally, I don't think Romney needs any help in disgracing himself, but disgrace was not the point of this article.
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Tuesday October 30, 2012, 3:50 pm
Noted...and LOL! It will be an interesting election night to see if either MA or UT gives Willard their votes. This is starting to look as bad as when Goldwater ran...and only won AZ. This newspaper is telling the Mormon population that their former "favorite son" is giving them a bad name. Much thanks, Kit!
 

Tom Sullivan (99)
Tuesday October 30, 2012, 4:43 pm
Thanks
 

Janet R. (34)
Tuesday October 30, 2012, 4:45 pm
Diane O - it must be rather embarrassing for Romney to not have the support of his home state. But, he doesn't have any shame as evidenced by his fantastic acting throughout this campaign so he probably doesn't care. Will the real Mitt Romney please stand up?
 

Dave C. (214)
Tuesday October 30, 2012, 4:50 pm
@ Dianne O, its ironic that you accuse Kit of desperation threads, but I find your answers like a rant.......

PS -- perhaps you want to explain Chris Christie's nice comments about President Obama today that I believe occurred on Faux Propoganda....
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 30, 2012, 5:45 pm
LOLOLOL Good one James!)

I "monitor" fox/rove news, Kit. I have heard Juan Williams say some profoundly progressive/liberal things. It's usually in the middle of one of their 5 gang up on liberals, all at once sessions. I can only stand a snap shot a few times a day but it's always the same shot. Hate, hate, hate...destroy, burn, revolution...threats. A true militant cult.
 

Kit B. (276)
Tuesday October 30, 2012, 5:53 pm

I'm glad you used that four letter word, Jason. Cults are defined by: tough, most often male leadership, sexual control of women and submission by women, heavy handed use of fear, and violence. CULT, seems to fit.
 

Nancy L. (139)
Tuesday October 30, 2012, 10:56 pm
Sending a Green Star is a simple way to say "Thank you"
You cannot currently send a star to Diane because you have done so within the last week.
 

Susanne R. (249)
Tuesday October 30, 2012, 11:33 pm
When you consider Mitt's many ties to Utah, if this isn't a kick in the teeth, I don't know what is! Maybe we should heed the words of those who might know him best...

Diane, the newspaper's endorsement is not ONE person's opinion. It is the decision of the editorial board, which consists of the editorial page editor, and editorial writers. Some newspapers include other personnel as well. If you don't believe me, check your local newspaper --or Wikipedia.

You may be right that not being endorsed by a newspaper doesn't necessarily decide the election, as evidenced by the article which appears below, but these are people in the know --people who follow the news every minute of every day. Their opinions are important.

HEADLINE: Divided newspapers still endorse Obama more often
by Simon Houpt - The Globe and Mail

"In an age of skepticism and surging new media, newspaper endorsements may not have much of an effect on an election, but that isn’t stopping papers from publishing them.

As of today, according to the American Presidency Project, Barack Obama is still the favourite of editorial boards, with a 34-28 advantage over Mitt Romney among the best-read papers that have issued endorsements.

Only one paper, the San Antonio Express News, has moved from Republican to Democrat, saying it believes Barack Obama, “is in a better position to guide the nation over the next four years – and has earned from voters the privilege to do so.”

Great article, Kit! Thanks for posting it.
 

jan b. (3)
Wednesday October 31, 2012, 1:20 am
The R&R team reads posts from the right wingers and the ones who show up at Rally's who ignore Lies so the R team decides the lies are working well enough. The rest of us know we can't afford to have a president who is a priest mind you---who is a serial liar on purpose just because his base doesn't care about calling him on it. Then Myth also has a VP chosen who I call Lyan--Ryan---who doesn't mind stretching the truth either.
 

Patricia H. (468)
Wednesday October 31, 2012, 1:27 am
your voice matters VOTE
 

Gene Jacobson (251)
Wednesday October 31, 2012, 10:53 am
Well that was quite amazing and surprising as well. Welcome too. That's one I'd like to see in an Obama ad over the next few days!!!
 

SANDRA G. (1)
Wednesday October 31, 2012, 4:02 pm
The USA CANNOT BELIEVE ANYTHING ROMNEY, YESTERDAY HE SAID THIS TODAY HE SAID THAT, TOMORROW HE WILL SAY SOMETHING HE IS AN ABSOLUTE LIAR.HE SAYS HE SAVED THE Olympics , HE DIDNT DO IT WITH HIS MONEY I BELIEVE HE GOT THE MONEY FROM THE GOV, IM NOT POSITIVE ABOUT THAT. YESTERDAY HE SAID HE WASNT
CAMPAIGNING HE AND HIS MEMBERS WENT TO WALMART AND SPENT 5,000 DOLLARS ON CAN GOODS AND MADE IT LOOK LIKE PEOPLE WERE, SOME WERE BUT HE SPENT 5 GRAND, ITS JUST UNBELIEVABLE THAT HE CAN RUN FOR PRESDENT! It IS JUST HORRIBLE THEY HAVE NO RESPECT FOR THE PRESIDENT HIS WIFE MUST CRY HERSELF TO SLEEP AND HE REALLY SHOWS WHAT A MAN AND GENTLEMAN HE REALLY IS.HE CARES HE REALLY DOES AND ROMNEY RYAN WILL DESTRY THIS COUNTRY .
OBAMA BIDEN 2012
 

Alexander Werner (53)
Wednesday October 31, 2012, 5:22 pm
Obviously, Romney will get Mormon votes as much as Obama gets All Muslim votes. At the last elections Obama also got lots of votes from African-Americans, until they realized that he is not a help to their community and started to make more sense.

What's wrong with that?
 

Robert S. (115)
Wednesday October 31, 2012, 5:43 pm
Sandra G., We hear you, and most even agree. You can stop shouting.

Bob...A. If your trying to convince us that you have the brain power of that squirrel then...you've succeeded.
 

Kamila A. (141)
Thursday November 1, 2012, 7:45 pm
basically, if the Salt Lake City Tribune is endorsing Obama, I would say that Mitt is over. The writing's all over the walls, many walls, everywhere
 

Lynn Squance (231)
Thursday November 1, 2012, 11:52 pm
I think this final part sums it up nicely.

"In considering which candidate to endorse, The Salt Lake Tribune editorial board had hoped that Romney would exhibit the same talents for organization, pragmatic problem solving and inspired leadership that he displayed here more than a decade ago. Instead, we have watched him morph into a friend of the far right, then tack toward the center with breathtaking aplomb. Through a pair of presidential debates, Romney’s domestic agenda remains bereft of detail and worthy of mistrust.

Therefore, our endorsement must go to the incumbent, a competent leader who, against tough odds, has guided the country through catastrophe and set a course that, while rocky, is pointing toward a brighter day. The president has earned a second term. Romney, in whatever guise, does not deserve a first."

What is especially good about this endorsement is that the paper outlines the 'why' of their decision and does compliment Romney on his past. But they also call him on his present and his lack of any substantive plan for anything should he, God forbid, become POTUS.

Re-elect a leader. Re-elect Barak Obama!

 

Susanne R. (249)
Friday November 2, 2012, 12:05 am
RE: "The one constant about you, Kit, is that you'll work hard to find an article that you hope will disgrace Mitt Romney.."

The thing is, Kit DOESN'T have to work hard to find an article that will disgrace Mitt Romney. None of us do. Mitt makes it so easy...
 

Diane O. (149)
Friday November 2, 2012, 11:24 am
Actually, Susanne, you are right. There are plenty of biased, left wing journalists who can spin, lie and write an article and submit it not caring a rat's butt if it is accurate or not. As republicans, we've been putting up with that kind of journalism for five years. Hey, somebody send Susanne R a big green star.

Mitt is going to win on Tuesday and I hope it will be by a landslide. I not only want Mitt to win but I want him to buy Obama. That should send the message to Barack Hussein Obama that he is no longer needed or wanted in Washington DC. At least this time when he applies for a job he'll have some experience to list....the American people didn't have much of a resume to go on. That's why we are in the economic condition we are in today....through incompetence and lack of experience.
 

Susanne R. (249)
Friday November 2, 2012, 3:58 pm
Oh Diane, your love for Mitt only grows stronger. This morning I read articles with countless examples of dirty tricks being carried out by the Republicans to help Mitt win. I can provide links, if you'd like, but I don't think you ever bother to look at them and all my work goes to waste.

The dirty tricks include putting DVDs in people's mailboxes that provide them with a movie with dishonest and/or distorted ideas about President Obama's book, Dreams of My Father, which Republicans have misinterpreted and lied about to their advantage to the point that they're sounding ridiculous or, worse yet, paranoid --or at least delusional.

According to Wikipedia, "Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance" is a memoir by United States President Barack Obama. It was first published in July 1995 as he was preparing to launch his political career,[1] five years after being elected the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review in 1990.[2]."

Would a man write a book disparaging our country if he had political aspirations? The man who produced this video has a history of having made misleading DVDs in the past. I hope he ends up in prison.

Here are the top 11, in no particular order:

1.Voter ID – In the last couple of years, right-wing state legislatures have trumpeted the thoroughly debunked myth of widespread individual voter fraud in order to scare voters about the legitimacy of elections and pave the way for burdensome restrictions on voting, most notably, by requiring photo ID to vote. Many students, elderly, poor and urban voters don’t have drivers licenses or other acceptable forms of ID and can’t easily obtain them for a variety of reasons. Voter ID laws are for the most part a clear attempt to make it harder for traditionally Democratic-voting constituencies harder to vote, and there are have been some legal victories against some of the most recent laws, but studies have estimated that millions of eligible voters nationwide could be prevented from voting due to onerous ID requirements.

In some states, recently passed voter ID laws have been halted due to court challenges, yet the states have continued circulating information referencing the new laws which could be incredibly confusing to voters. In Pennsylvania, a conservative judge who had upheld the state’s voter ID law before a federal court blocked it, ruled that even though voters do not have to show ID to vote, officials can still request it – and the state is using this to justify keeping up billboards that imply voters must have ID to show up.

2.Calls about voting by phone – Reports have come in in Florida, Virginia and elsewhere that primarily elderly voters have received phone calls telling them they could vote over the phone, so did not need to show up at the polls (something that is completely untrue).

3.Calls about poll workers checking car insurance/registration – Similar misleading calls have been reported by African American and Latino voters that “inform” voters that their car insurance and registration status will be checked at the polls as a requirement to cast a vote. This is also a complete lie.

4.Intimidating “voter fraud” billboards – These ominous billboards reminding voters of the legal penalties for voter fraud were put up in minority communities in Milwaukee, WI and in Ohio in Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati. Clearly intended to make minority voters unnecessarily nervous about showing up to vote, PFAW and our allies like Color of Change brought pressure on the two companies that owned the billboards to remove them -- and they did! It was a good victory, but for the days the billboards were up, there was certainly damage done. Expect signs and flyers with a similar message to pop up in minority communities across the country in the final days of the election, especially in swing states.

5.Tea Party groups challenging the votes of eligible voters – this is exactly what it sounds like and every bit as despicable. All around the country, and especially in hotly contested battleground states like Ohio, so-called “True the Vote” and other Tea Party organizations are exploiting state laws to challenge the votes of minority voters and others who primarily fit into groups that tend to vote Democratic.

6.Romney campaign training poll watchers to mislead voters – In Wisconsin, we have reports that the Romney campaign has been training poll watchers not only to provide incorrect information to voters, but to hide their own affiliation at the polls.

7.Restricting access for election observers – Not only is the Right escalating their voter intimidation efforts, but their also doing their part to make it harder for fair elections groups to observe and counter those efforts.
8.Voter registration fraud (the really dangerous kind) – There’s been at least one arrest, and after the Florida GOP distanced itself from the private voter registration vendor Strategic Allied Consulting for apparent fraud in that state, some members of Congress are calling for a DOJ investigation into more widespread fraud, particularly by that group, which is led by notorious right-wing dirty trickster Nathan Sproul.

You no doubt have heard about the right-wing uproar over fake voter registrations submitted by ACORN in years past – in that case, the registration fraud consisted of paid canvassers submitting phony registrations under names such as “Mickey Mouse.” No voter fraud was committed. ACORN turned in all the registrations they collected (even the obviously flawed ones) as they were required to, but if any fraudulent registration forms did result in actual registrations, the fake voters (who probably also had fake addresses) never received registration cards – and Mickey Mouse certainly didn’t show up to vote.

What right-wing operatives are doing here is much more deliberate and actually causes serious harm. In addition to dumping Democratic registrations, it appears fraudulent changes to existing registrations were made, which means when real (presumably Democratic) voters show up to the polls, their registration will have been changed unbeknownst to them and they will be ineligible to cast a ballot.

8.Voter registration fraud (the really dangerous kind) – There’s been at least one arrest, and after the Florida GOP distanced itself from the private voter registration vendor Strategic Allied Consulting for apparent fraud in that state, some members of Congress are calling for a DOJ investigation into more widespread fraud, particularly by that group, which is led by notorious right-wing dirty trickster Nathan Sproul.

You no doubt have heard about the right-wing uproar over fake voter registrations submitted by ACORN in years past – in that case, the registration fraud consisted of paid canvassers submitting phony registrations under names such as “Mickey Mouse.” No voter fraud was committed. ACORN turned in all the registrations they collected (even the obviously flawed ones) as they were required to, but if any fraudulent registration forms did result in actual registrations, the fake voters (who probably also had fake addresses) never received registration cards – and Mickey Mouse certainly didn’t show up to vote.

What right-wing operatives are doing here is much more deliberate and actually causes serious harm. In addition to dumping Democratic registrations, it appears fraudulent changes to existing registrations were made, which means when real (presumably Democratic) voters show up to the polls, their registration will have been changed unbeknownst to them and they will be ineligible to cast a ballot.

9.Businesses threatening their employees – One of the most insidious forms of voter intimidation we’ve seen this cycle has to do with right-wing corporate CEOs threatening their employees’ livelihoods to pressure them to vote Republican. Mitt Romney has even gotten in on the action by encouraging business executives to do this.

10.Restricting early and absentee voting and limiting access to provisional ballots – It’s like three dirty tricks in one!

11.Throwing out absentee ballots based on signatures “not matching” – Does your signature look exactly the same now as it did when you first registered to vote? In Florida, canvassing boards are simply throwing out some absentee ballots they feel have signatures that don’t match the ones on file for voters. In these cases, the voters are not even being informed that their vote has been challenged or will not be counted.

Thank you for asking someone to send me a big green star. I'll return the favor by asking someone to send you a new set of Mitt Romney pom-pons. The ones you've been using must be worn out by now.
 

Susanne R. (249)
Friday November 2, 2012, 4:03 pm
Diane: Please explain this comment:

"I not only want Mitt to win but I want him to buy Obama."

I hope I'm wrong, but those words smack of racism.
 

Roseann D. (178)
Friday November 2, 2012, 4:06 pm
That was Diane O. channeling her past life as a slave owner.
 

Kit B. (276)
Friday November 2, 2012, 4:10 pm

Smack of racism or are just plain racist?

Chart: Almost Every Obama Conspiracy Theory Ever
 

Diane O. (149)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 2:57 am
Actually, it was a typo....what I meant to type was "I not only want Mitt to win but I want him to bury Obama." There's nothing racial about that. That term is used often when you want your candidate to win by a landslide hence the word "bury."

Suanne and Kit, your comments are fueled by desperation. You are frothing at the mouth to find a racist but you failed miserably this time. Your candidate is losing. I hope he loses by a landslide.
 
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