Nov. 1 Daily News editorial

Four years ago, President Barack Obama promised hope and change. He’s fallen short on delivering both, and some of the changes he has brought, such as Obamacare, are highly controversial.

Still, Obama’s record and policies offer considerably more hope for improving the lot of most Americans over the next four years than do those of his challenger, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

Obama came into office just at the American economy was at one of its lowest points ever, thanks in part to the kind of limited regulation of financial markets that Republicans tend to favor.

Obama shepherded through several programs to stimulate the economy. He saved the auto industry and may well have prevented the country from falling into another Great Depression. The economy is slowly recovering, with unemployment back to where it was when he took office and the Dow Jones average higher.

Then came Obama’s signature legislative victory, the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. It’s a cumbersome mass of legislation that needs tweaking, but at least Obama accomplished what no Republican has tried to do: end the embarrassment of the world’s richest nation not providing health care insurance to 45 million residents.

Obama has a realistic plan to help get the country out of debt: both reducing spending and raising taxes. Romney sticks to the unworkable idea that alleviating debt can only be accomplished by cutting spending.

Two of Obama’s foreign affairs accomplishments are extricating the United States from Iraq and removed Osama bin Laden and other terrorist leaders. Obama ended same-sex discrimination in the military, a position that’s in sync with Washington state voters, who polls indicate may uphold same-sex marriage in this state.

Though Obama is the best candidate for the country as a whole, his policies are even more critical for the Lower Columbia area. We have higher-than-average levels of poverty and food stamp use, to name a few needs. Our unemployment rate has been consistently higher than the state and national averages. We need the kind of government involvement that Democratic leadership is much more likely to support as we cope with the decline in our industrial economy.

Romney’s infamous comment that 47 percent of Americans refuse to “take personal responsibility and care for their lives” is a particular shot at local people who are out of work or low-income.

Over the years, Romney has shifted positions on major issues such as gun control, abortion and immigration. In Massachusetts, he championed the health care plan upon which Obamacare was modeled; now he says he wants to repeal Obamacare. Or wait, maybe he’d repeal just part of Obamacare.

Romney has moved far to the right since he was governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007. Last week, however, Romney backed away from some of his previously tough stances on foreign policy during the third presidential debate.

If elected president, it’s hard to predict if Romney would continue to cater to the tea party or slide back toward the center.

Romney has had considerable success in the business world, but buying and selling companies to bring profits to the shareholders isn’t the same as leading a diverse democracy that’s the world’s major power.

Romney is a good businessman. Obama will be a much better president.

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American Patriot
American Patriot

What's sad is how much ineptitude, incompetence, and outright treasonous actions Oblamo has committed in the first four years. Can anyone imagine how bad it would be in a lame duck Presidency? He wouldn't even care that Americans were suffering or dying due to his policies. Just like our Libyan Ambassador begging for help because he was under attack and felt he would die. Help was available yet denied. I feel for the wives and fatherless children of the men given a death sentence by our Pres

Cheney119er
Cheney119er

You want to talk treason Parrot? Republican obstruction is what's treasonous. During a depression! The day of the inaguration Mitch McConnell states his goal is making the new president a one term proposition; THAT'S TREASONOUS. How Paulu fails to mention this unprecedented obstruction and acts like a bobblehead doll on recommending obstructionist nitwits like Herrera makes the editorial board a big joike. Get with it TDN, you have an obligation to the truth.

American Patriot
American Patriot

We both have bad opinions of the Republicans in Congress; however, for different reasons. You dislike them because they have tried to obstruct Obama and his Czars from turning this country into a Communist Dictatorship. I have a unfavorable view of them for not having the spine to stand up for the citizens of this country by calling out and taking action to bring charges against this admin every time they trample on the constitutional by usurping new powers they aren't supposed to have.

Cheney119er
Cheney119er

Communist dictatorship? Why don't you use words you understand the meaning of? A dictator would have done whatever they wanted to. The Affordable Care Act passed with 60 votes. That's called a super majority, certainly no tyrant's behavior. You understand the constitution even less. Ask Chief Justice Roberts he'll fill you in, he says the congress was passing legal constitutional legislation. Save the sour grapes, you seem bitter and like all Fox viewers UNINFORMED.

OldIrish
OldIrish

119, don't fall for it! Ttreason", and "stole," etc are just drama words used by angry old conservatives to keep the outrage level high. They love that sort of thing. Anything they don't like has a melodramatic word attached. It all comes from a script, I think, cuz they all use the exact same terms and phrases.

Cheney119er
Cheney119er

It's hyperbole admittedly but unAmerican is more apt. Obstruction in a national emergency like the Great Recession and financial collapse for simple political gain is UnAmerican at a minimum. Undemocratic (small :d") as well. But you're right my friend, it doesn't matter when they lose on Tuesday. Then they can go back to their echo chamber and feel picked on, like they love to do, and wallow in their self pity and self-rightousness.

Hawkeye Pierce
Hawkeye Pierce

Romney's Mormons are the most Socialistic group of religious fanatics in America. If you want Socialism crammed down your throat he'd be the guy to vote for.

Rvance
Rvance

You have to be kidding! Barack Obama is a habitual liar. He is the most deceptive and malicious person that has held the highest office in our land. Only time will reveal the true Barack to the deceived. The idea that it is good to take from the hard workers and give it to the sluggard is completely anti-American.

American Patriot
American Patriot

Time may not tell. Democrats submitted the "Presidental Records Act Amendments of 2011) to seal all of Obama's records after he leaves office. Probably to try to avert him from being tried and convicted of treason.

http://www.politicollision.com/story.php?title=-democrats-introduce-to-seal-up-obama%E2%80%99s-presidential-records

shocked10
shocked10

You say Obama has committed treason, if it because you don't like Obamacare, at least there is finally a president who is trying to do something for the unisured. If it was because he gave the okay for seal team 6 to capture and kill binladen then I say you where is your head, if it because of his birth certificate, then you are just plain stupid. and maybe you both should go back and see which candidate has lied look up all fact checks you will find Romnney tops the list with the most lies.

owlcreekcats
owlcreekcats

Mr. Paulu's editorial on President Obama was right on! the President is for equal pay for all (Ledbetter Law), women's rights with their own bodies, no exclusion for pre-existing conditions , and has saved the typical family $3,600.00 over the last four years. What is so wrong with that? Mitt will give additional tax breaks for the rich and make the middle income pay for them. Thank you, Mr. Paulu for your wise editorial!

American Patriot
American Patriot

The ledbetter law only EXTENDS the statute of limitations for filing the case to be over 2 years. It was nothing more. All this does is open the door for more lawsuits, that's a good thing? Women have always had rights with their own bodies, or are you talking about the liberty to kill your child living inside you? Obama thru reckless spending with the Fed has inflated our currency costing over $3600 a year in extra expenses. Family net worth from 2007 to 2010 fell by 39%. 20 years gone.

randydutton
randydutton

'Security Denied...People Died' illustrates Obama's true management style. Tell the people one thing, and do something else. And because of that, the most recent news that President Obama abandoned our Libyan Consulate staff will have more significance. Had the two ex-Seals not disobeyed orders to 'stand down', about 20 more likely would have been slaughtered. Obama claimed he issued orders to do everything to help, but nothing happened. The DoD didn't send forces or aircraft.

randydutton
randydutton

Obama didn't save the auto industry, he stole money from bondholders and gave it to the unions. He ensured the union contracts continued to burden GM and Chrysler. Chrysler now is Italian, and progressives forced older cars out of action by mandating corrosive ethanol into our fuel so that engines would be damaged. Romney's plan would have put the auto industry on a better long-term road to recovery.

Edward Phillips
Edward Phillips

Obama's economic policies have hardly been radical unless someone is rooted in the 19th century. Even the post-WW2 Republicans accepted the need for anti-cyclical monetary and fiscal policy. The current crop of Republicans are suffering from a severe lack of history.
ed phillips

Cheney119er
Cheney119er

They live in their own world of Fox fiction, Like the Auto bailout propoganda Dutton here is spouting. The auto corporations made out, they got out of their commitments to their retirees, mostly in healthcare. Then they got to hire new unions workers at a different wagescale to save costs. Romney wanted to offer loan guarentees when their was no private source of finance and liquidation was the obvious result. Stop trying to rewrite history; that's just another Romney LIE, big surprise.

Cheney119er
Cheney119er

You people want to talk Libya? The party that started a war in Iraq, killing over 600,000 people wants to talk about Libya? The partty in power when 9/11 occurred whats to discuss foreign policy. You people are really ridiculous. Romney is losing and you are just sad and desperate. Your party thinks you are entitled to the White House and you foul everything up when you are there, People remember Bush and the financial collapse, I'm surprised anyone even calls themself a republican.

ExFleetSailor
ExFleetSailor

"You people", I thought that was an exclusive, non-PC, trademarked phrase by, and ascribed to, the Extreme Right; or is it my bad? I concede the truth of the variation of an old saw: circle to the right far enough, and you end up somewhere left...ala in classic political discussion fascism on the right and communism on the left with neither extreme, in my opinion, being satisfactory. Although Progressives might argue the latter is, ideally, more benign; I would not.

Horatio Bunce
Horatio Bunce

Hope does not create jobs. Romney is a proven job creator saving numerous companies from failure and bringing the back into prosperity. "The economy was at one of its lowest points when he came into office," In the last 4 years it has only gotten worse. (see Randy Dutton for my feelings about :"saving the auto industry". Government control of 1/6 of our economy can hardly be considered an accomplishment. And, finally, Obama didn't get Osama bin Laden any more than Nixon put America on the moon.

Cheney119er
Cheney119er

But a $5 trillion tax cut would creates jobs somehow? That's a laugh, Maybe in fantasyland. If the president doesn't get credit for getting Bin Laden then why does he get blame for the bad job numbers, which have improved to 4 million gained. What you say makes no sense. There's a news flash, republicans never make any sense. Tell the folks in New Jersey there's no climate change and FEMA should be disbanded. You need a reality check my good fellow.

TIGER
TIGER

Tom Paulu: You should be ashamed of yourself for writing this. First off, Obamacare was manipulated through Congress with strong arm tactics that you would normally see in a Dictatorship like Venezuela, or Russia. We don't need threatening our congress, or bribing, or other tactics forcing obedience like Obamacare was dome! We will not afford this bill. On GM, Obama was only bailing out the UAW, but had to bailout GM too. Again, strong arm tactics of useing taxpayers funds. Reconstruction

TIGER
TIGER

Bankrupcy was the only sensable way, so they could have got rid of the dead weight of the contracts that gave workers full pay, and retirement for doing nothing when their jobs were cut. Bond holders recieved only 30 cents on each dollar they had invested, and several thousands of workers lost their jobs in support, or car dealers. Then Obama fired the CEO, and personaly stuffed another cronny as CEO, and forced what he thought was green energy cars that failed miserably. GM will need more money

Cheney119er
Cheney119er

Obama did the right thing and the proof is in the pudding. Osama Bin Laden is dead and GM is still alive. I'm going to laugh on Tuesday and you are going to cry.

electriczipper
electriczipper

And more millionaires are made for doing their political part to empower, & enrichen their masters while our dollar is further devalued, our freedoms erode, and our pensions continue to just melt away to nothing or near nothing do to the self enriching actions of both political parties (gangs). All this while the public continues to sit contentedly in the dark gnashing their teeth at each other instead of doing what it takes to legislate out the corrupt who run this country. :)

TIGER
TIGER

Paulu, Why do you think Obama was saving the Auto industry? It cost the Taxpayers $63 Billion, and because GM never made any changes that would make it a profitable company, Obama will have to give more Billions tax dollars to continue this farse! The taxpayers will never get any of this wasted money back, and will cost much more to run. You don't have any common sense about running a company just like Obama! Ford naver recieved any funds, and thats the way GM should have been run! Socialism!!!

Netmonkey
Netmonkey

"The taxpayers will never get any of this wasted money back ..." They already have.

American Patriot
American Patriot

Except for that 25 Billion from GM. Almost unbelievable the way these uneducated Libs will repeat the propaganda they get from the Gov media sources like MSN. It's hard to tell which is worse, the current day versions or Pravda. You must willfully ignore every bit of God given common sense you were born with to believe the drivel they spout. There seems to be alot of them on here every day telling you 2+2=5. Sorry guys, it just don't add up, no matter how many times the Gov tells you that.

Netmonkey
Netmonkey

I'll take you on in a math competition ANY day. And I'll stack my education up against yours ANY day as well. When someone disagrees, you simply imply they're stupid? That used to work for me, until I graduated from the 3rd grade. Tiger claims "taxpayers will *never* get any of this wasted money back." So far, about half of the 80 billion has been paid back. That's a fact, all political leanings and name-calling aside.

TIGER
TIGER

Now on the Stimulus. Obama wasted hundredes of Billions on his "Green energy" by giving our tax dollars to his friends companies, last count, there are over 36 companies that have filed Bankrupcy so far. The Idea is to let competition bring forth new ideas, and thus companies. The Capitalist ideal, with the freedom to come up with new products, not be eictated by the regime on what to do. Only $150 billion was used on infrastructure at most out of $900 Billion, and the jobs had to be Unionized.

medic630
medic630

Obummer and his crony Hillary don't have the stones to handle or common sense, for rapid choices when to send in Special OPs.Bill didn't have them either, I was refused to take the shot and the whole 9/11 could have been advoided

Netmonkey
Netmonkey

Clearly you're ignoring the death of bin Laden. Oh, right. PRESIDENT Obama had nothing to do with that. He was off golfing, or campaigning, or plotting some diabolical plot somewhere, right?

medic630
medic630

NSDQ

Old Charlie
Old Charlie

Paulu shot himself in the foot with respect to credibility before finishing his endorsement when he stated "as a leading diverse DEMOCRACY that's the world's major power". One wonders where these democrats get their education, if they get any? I support a competence test for democrats before they are allowed to register to vote. Paulu and the rest of these democrats, I'll help you out.......I pledge allegiance to the flag and to the REPUBLIC for which it stands....... A Republic = Statesmen,

OldIrish
OldIrish

The USA is a actually Constitutional Republic. We govern ourselves by use of representative democracy. In that sense we are both a republic and a democracy. Sorry that your "gotcha" moment isn't quite as important as you'd like to think

Old Charlie
Old Charlie

Liberty, Justice and Progress. Democracy = Demagogues, License, Anarchy, and Chaos. We will not have a Constitutional Republic with Obama as president.

electriczipper
electriczipper

:) With no interest from the public in what it'll really take to make meaningful change to the system so it will better represent the general public on the federal, state, & local levels the local public sits here contently in the dark listening to the sounds of gnashing teeth. ;) Well reading about it anyway :).

Tom Paulu
Tom Paulu

Regarding Old Charlie's comment: According to my dictionary, a democracy is "a government in which the people hold the ruling power either directly or through elected representatives," which I think applies to the U.S. Another definition is "the principle of equality of rights, opportunity, and treatment." I think Obama is more inclined than Romney to support this equality of opportunity and treatment of our population, which is diverse both racially and in economic means.
-- Tom Paulu

TIGER
TIGER

Paulu. You don't understand the basics of a Capitalist system. What Obama has done is use taxpayers money to flount his idea of free enterprise! Now Romney used the tried, and true way of helping companies that were going into bankrupcy by taking them over for a short term to reorganize each company, and he did it with private funds, not Public funds. Except for a few companies, he was very successful in turning these companies around more able to survive, and they did it with "private funds"!

Netmonkey
Netmonkey

So do you support withdrawing taxpayer-funded subsidies for all industry, or just the green ones? Or just the ones Obama selects? Because taking back all the money we give Big Oil, Big Pharm and corporate farmers would go a long way toward trimming our deficit. I'm just going to assume that's something you support based on your constant anti-socialism rants.

American Patriot
American Patriot

All industry.

TIGER
TIGER

Now lets talk about Benghazi-Gate? You must agree with Obama, and you're fellow news media that this terrible Coverup was the right thing to do! Fox News, and The Wallstreet Journal, and other news media are the only ones to tell the truth as information is unfolding. They recieved factual information that Obama, and his underlings knew as events were unfolding from several government sources, but not a peep from Obama News Media. This has got to be the worst intentional coverup in U.S. history!

TIGER
TIGER

I am against using public money to promote any company! Our system of Capitalism should never use Public money for private enterprize, such as Hitler has done. An exception is the build up our Military, because that is the responsibility of the Federal Government. There a few other projects such as roads, coining money. Defense is the biggest responsibility. All the other wasting of funds is not according to the Constitution! Public Unions also should not be supported by the Fed. as it is now!

TIGER
TIGER

Tom, how can you say Obama's actions will cut the National Debt? He has spent over $6 Trillion dollars more then we brought in to the treasury in only 4 years, and more over, very little was used responsibly! Multi-Billions to his Green Energy pipedream that should never be promoted by the President using taxpayer funding. Few,if anything the President pushed for worked. This is not the Governments resposiblity,this is free enterprise to make improvements when solar, Wind, and Ethinol is viable!

Old Charlie
Old Charlie

Paulu...... Aside from your recent political correct version of the dictionary, you will not find the use of democracy in anywhere in The Federalist, or in the Constutition. Republic is defined to be a representive government of laws not of men, thus insuring equal protection and oppertunities for all without exception. Democracy a government of the masses, authority derived from direct expression results in negating property rights, an attitude towards law is that the majority shall regulate

OldIrish
OldIrish

So, Charlie, should we all take turns cutting-n-pasting the many definitions of "republic"? Here's another: "a government in which supreme power resides in a body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by elected officers and representatives responsible to them and governing according to law ". The essential thing about a republic is that it is NOT a monarchy. Anyhow, besides the republic vs. democracy fetish do you have anything else to say about the commentary?

cakemaker2000
cakemaker2000

obama is the worst choice. He has failed at everything in the last 4 years. 500,000 more Americans are out of work thanks to obama. Fewer business are in business, and fewer new businesses have started. . Thousands of jobs have gone over seas and thousands have loot their homes. The only thing Obama is good for is as an example of failure.

Old Charlie
Old Charlie

whether it is based upon deliberation, or governed by passion, prejudice and impulse, without restraint, or regard to consequences. Democracy in turn leads to mobocracy, anarchy and thus self destruction.

Old Charlie
Old Charlie

Oldirish......There is only one definition of republic, of which you and I have described in our blogs. Democracy is entirely different, everyone has a vote, but no representation and democracy is only a step away from mobocracy. What you advocate, is like saying an elephant and a donkey are the same. About the commentary and your blogs, if one is going to express, themselves, have creditable knowledge, not this emotioal feel good politically correct nonsense.

OldIrish
OldIrish

Charlie, I didn't advocate anything. I merely agreed that the USA is a republic and added that we a process of representative democracy to govern ourselves. I fail to see how that consitutes "feel good" political correctness or lack of credibilty. Anyhow, I think you are failing to distinguish between a direct democracy (about which your remarks are more meaningful) and a representative democracy. Do you deny that we use representative democracy in the USA?

Kem Cho
Kem Cho

This editorial was possibly written by Baghdad Bob of Obama. Did you get talking points from Obama campaign HQ in Chicago. I am surprised you did not say any thing bad about Obama regarding failed promises of cutting down deficits in half and unemplyment to be under 6%. His biggest failure has been unable to get along with Congress. I think you are misjudging him completely

ArtH
ArtH

Romney's bankruptcy plan was far superior to the sham that Obama fostered. Do you think GM will ever be able to sell bonds again when the precedent of ignoring the definition of secured creditor was forever trashed by Obama? Answer: No. Saying the economy is recovering with millions not even looking for work and therefore NOT COUNTED in your precious unemployment reference, repeats a public deception. "Employment" is far, far short of what it was when Obama took office. Stop deceiving us.

TIGER
TIGER

Tom; What do you have against the Tea Party? I am a member, and you apparently don't understand anything about the Tea Party except what Obama discribes it as. The Tea Party is not a group of thugs running around pressureing voters who to vote for, no, that is the Obama Unions, and Obama OWS crowd! The Tea Party was born through the miss use of the Presidency pushing a Social Marxist agenda. Obama has trampled over the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights to Fundimentally Transform America!

OldIrish
OldIrish

I can't speak for Tom but, FWIW, what I have against the tea party is that too many of them think like you do ! ;-)

ArtH
ArtH

Obama DOES NOT have a plan to get us out of debt. He DOES have a record of adding $6 Trillion TO it in just four years. The closest plan Obama had was Simpson/Bowles, which he promptly and totally ignored. Romney DOES NOT rely "only" on cutting spending; he uses the same formula Reagan used: cutting taxes & regulation while GROWING the economy, producing more tax revenues to go along with substantially reduced spending. Show us Obama's plan to reduce spending. It doesn't exist.

TIGER
TIGER

I'm sure you will huff at this idea, because you only hear what you want to hear! Unlike what Obama, and his clowns tell you, The Tea Party stands by the tried,and true freedom accomplishments set forth by our Founding Fathers with the Constitution as the solid foundation of a free society to do what they feel they can if left alone by however is in charge. Obama has made it near-impossible for anyone to come up with a new business,because of all the restrictions that Obama set in place JOBS? NO

ArtH
ArtH

You say,"We need the kind of government involvement that Democratic leadership is much more likely to support as we cope with the decline in our industrial economy." You are living with an environmentalist mentality where humans destroy everything & we must stop our terrible ways. Your projection we're a poverty & food stamp culture is a doom & gloom outlook: better sell the paper. An industrial-based U.S. can roar back if the shackles of regulation and pessimism are replaced with reality.

TIGER
TIGER

To summarize your article, I would have to say you are grossly mistaken on many of you're assumptions. Romney would make a great President if given the chance. He has said what he would do to reverse everything Obama has done, especially Obamacare. You evidently can not understand that this farce of a health care bill will bankrupt the country in short order. It was passed with bribing,force,and thugish tactics to get it passed. Obama had AARP strong man pressure Sen. Benson to vote for the bill

Old Charlie
Old Charlie

OldIrish.......In no way, shape, or form do we have a representative democracy. We have nothing to do with democracy. Now if you were to say we have a democratic republic, then I could drink to that and you would be correct for a change.

OldIrish
OldIrish

Oy vey, you're wearing me out :-). Ok, ok...democratic republic. Now that we've run THAT into the ground we can continue on we our respective rhetorics. :-)

ExFleetSailor
ExFleetSailor

Thud, thud, neeiiiggghhh!!!; just in time, PETA's on the way....OI, we may have disagreements - a few fundamental ones - but I'll admit to admiring your patience and sense of humor, severly lacking near the extreme poles of all political pursuasions. Just for the record I'm both disappointed, concerned and, honestly, surprised at the degree of the outcomes both nationally and - less so - statewide, although a few are still pending. Well. to the barricades: rancor and recriminations to continue.

ExFleetSailor
ExFleetSailor

Congrats to Progressives - I guess it's still the American thing to do, while uncertain it would be reciprocated if roles were reversed. Intractability could describe the next four years. Mitch and Harry (CBS 60 Minutes case in point) in a Senate as ineffectual as any in history; John and Nancy in the House; Barack and Joe in the White House returning "more determined and inspired than ever" bodes well? Does anyone really see hope of bipartisan cooperation? If so, legal toking may not be needed.

OldIrish
OldIrish

Tiger, Mitt is talking outta both sides of his mouth. He cannot promise to reverse everything Obama has done AND, at the same time, claim that he wants to forge bi-partisan relationships with Democrats. It doesn't wash and you know it !

DW111
DW111

We'll you people are a lot, aren't you. The American political system is broken, period. We are right back were we started from when the first colonists left England because of a bloated bureaucratic over bearing government was in power. The difference between then and now is we do not have anywhere to go. We have allowed our federal government to become a giant 800 lb. gorilla that is sucking the life blood from our souls. We are fast becoming like Greece. When our economy finally fails because of a 20 trillion in national debt, everything resets and life as we know it today will be changed forever. The longer we put off the inevetible, the worse the reset will be. Can you say USSR, circa 1989. One day you may have enough money to buy a car, the next day it will only buy a loaf of bread.

beachb
beachb

This is what we get in a two party deadlock system where both sides are corrupt.Our entire political machine is fueled by unlimited corporate money funneling into both political machines. People just think they have a choice, but we don't; there is little hope for any kind of change no matter who we vote for. Any concession they make from funneling our money into corporate pockets is to keep us from grabbing our pitchforks and torches.

electriczipper
electriczipper

You're getting it ;). With campaign process & finance reform we may have a chance for the majority to be better represented in how this country is run instead of being locked into this mess by the 2 most moderate extremist parties. We have a job opening every 4 years at the white house, and people apply for the job. The employer should supply & fund the application process and apply non-discriminating rules to become a non-discriminating employer like how other employers have to obey the law. :)

DW111
DW111

All this and we have only ourselves to blame. You see kids these days with their smart phones surgically attached to their hands, even while driving. They and most Americans have no clue what is going on, and what is God's name will they do when the cell towers are shut down. Americans, Liberals and Conservatives, have allowed the politicians to bankrupt our nation. We have a spineless bunch in DC that go there and come out millionaires. We have allowed it!! If Obama is re-elected, the reset will come later and be more devastating. If Romney is elected, the reset needs to happen sooner and be less harmful. We are headed for a depression, and your vote will make the difference on just how bad it will be.

Cheney119er
Cheney119er

I'm headed for depression after reading that. Knock it off. Americans are optimistic and these problems we face now are not unsurmountable. Your analysis is completely wrong, the republicans are making things worse and not helping at all. Help or just the the heck out of the way. Historically they seem pretty minor compared to the great depression, WWII or the Civil War. So chin up DW you need to read/learn some history and you'll have a basis for comparison. Library not talk radio.

DW111
DW111

Cheney, the facts are the facts. We are a bankrupt nation. Our government will NOT live within it's means. No household, or business could run it's finances this way and survive. I do learn from history, and look at the present. Greece and most of the EU are broke because of liberalism. We are not far behind, maybe a few more years, but that's about it. The only thing that can stop this is total financial reform and a balanced budget. But we both know that ain't gonna happen no matter who is President. Cheney, you and most all liberals live in a fantasy land. There will be a reckoning, and we will live to see that day.

OldIrish
OldIrish

Factual? Greece? being factual should include telling whole truth. Besides their spending problem, Greece has an enormous revenue collecting problem. Tax evasion is positively rampant at all income levels and their version of the IRS is notoriously corrupt. We're talking tens of billions of dollars. I know is fashionable to blame all woes on "liberalism" but corruption and tax evasion is a bi-partisan thing.

electriczipper
electriczipper

This is their power grab being executed before our eyes. Our defective election process and it's equally defective financing is our Achilles' heel, and they have taken full advantage of it. The light of freedom that America was to the world is rapidly being extinguished. Well it's possible anyway :). If I was a psychopath with an insatiable lust for power, and wealth this would be a good way to go about getting them both anyway ;).

DW111
DW111

Obama wins. America will be debt free in less than a year. We will take everything from the rich and balance the budget. We will return the earf to the natural balance she needs. We will give Russia the balance of power. We will give the Chinese all our technology. My friends, we have just given up our freedom. We are a nation in decline, and Obama will make sure that happens. God bless Barack Obama, and God Bless the Socialist United States Of (what used to be) America.

ArtH
ArtH

We have now witnessed the virtual end of America as a prosperous nation. It has been building for some time, but excelled greatly with the Obama administration, and sealed in its future demise with his re-election. We had a chance to have a wholesome, intelligent and classy executive, but the nation decided otherwise. It is incredibly sad for me and others who take responsibility seriously and want only the best for our children and beyond. They will suffer the results of last night forever.

electriczipper
electriczipper

If he get's to appoint any more supreme court justices the ruin could be something we haven't seen, and are living with since the effects of FDRs appointments, & probably much worse. To all the dems that think gun confiscations will never happen, watch what happens if he's able to appoint more justices. Campaign process & finance reform is the absolute only way to stop this destruction of America if it's not to late already. Look past the smoke & mirrors they blind you with to see the truth. ;)

OldIrish
OldIrish

Wouldn't worry too much about gun control. Our third political party, the NRA, still carries a ton of clout!

electriczipper
electriczipper

If he get's to appoint any more supreme court justices the ruin could be something we haven't seen, and are living with since the effects of FDRs appointments, & probably much worse.

an observer
an observer

What saddens me about this election is the blatant racism, if those on the right had voting block of 93% and 71% basically due to the color of the individual skin all would scream "Racist" and could not be silenced! I understand the "Black pride" the feeling of being owed but, with Hispanic, this guy claims to have deported more then any other administration and is responsible through "fast and furious" to have killed hundreds. Amazing!

electriczipper
electriczipper

Campaign process and finance reform is the only way to take what is ours away from the rich, and powerful who control the 2 big political parties, and who dictate to us what 2 groups of candidates from what two political parties we choose a president. They do this with what amounts to financial discrimination. We are the employer we can stop this and level the playing field so the individual candidates can apply without being owned by a party. Till this is fixed nothing will advance our country.

electriczipper
electriczipper

Look at this if you will and think about it. This is the basic fault from which our troubles in this country spring. Fix this and, if it isn't to late, our country may heel.

an observer
an observer

"Romney’s infamous comment that 47 percent of Americans refuse to “take personal responsibility and care for their lives” is a particular shot at local people who are out of work or low-income." TRUTH hurt this guy election, local or not those on the Government dole want to stay on that band wagon until the house of cards falls in. Then what will they do, Riot! Just like Greece, Spain, and Italy welcome third world.

OldIrish
OldIrish

The 47% remark helped dems because it brought out the TRUTH about WHO makes up the 47%. There are three 47% groups. the 47% who don't pay taxes, the 47% who get some gov't aid, and the 47% who vote for Obama. There's overlap among the three. Not all who get aid are unemployed deadbeats who don't pay taxes. Not all who don't pay taxes get gov't aid. Not all of either group supported Obama. It destroyed the convenient GOP fallacy that the 47% who don't pay fed income tax are all deadbeats. Sorry

DistantCitizen
DistantCitizen

All I saw in this argument was a lot of credit being given to an individual who has done none of these things. My guess? The author probably sat down and read "Dreams of My Father", then filled their mind with Chris Matthews for five days.

Unfortunately, neither google nor youtube support what the author says. It's hard to disprove facts. But left-wing-types have always been about emotional conjecture anyways.

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