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Legend of the Lone Romney

Published 9:11am Friday, September 14, 2012

They came into town, the masked man and his loyal sidekick, and left town with people asking, “Who was that masked man?”

The Lone Ranger and Tonto? Nope, Mitt and Paul, the two who want to win your vote without offering any details about their intent to govern.

And, at the end of the day, do we really know who they are or what they stand for?

In what may be recorded as the most poorly organized presidential campaign since Barry Goldwater in 1964, Mitt and Paul have managed to be on the verge of snapping defeat from the jaws of victory.

The latest Gallup Daily Poll shows President Obama leading Governor Romney 50 to 43 percent.

How did this happen in an economy that historically would have made the incumbent unelectable?

How did it happen with a challenger having more campaign money than a sitting president in history?

It happened because, at least so far, with less than two months to the election, Mitt Romney has run the worst campaign in modern presidential history.

First Romney allowed Obama to define him during the summer as a rich out of touch guy.

Bain Capital became a symbol not of American business success, but of vulture capitalism. And Romney contributed to that perception by offering that while at Bain he created jobs.

But Bain was never about job creation at all, it was openly and honestly about profit creation and it did that quite well. By taking credit for job creation Romney misrepresented his strength, that of making money.

Then Romney had to run away from his single greatest success, the Massachusetts health care law that provided universal care for the citizens of that state. The program worked, and it worked so well it became a model for Obamacare.

Unfortunately for Romney, most of his successes in Massachusetts were unacceptable to middle class voters today, including his $300 million in state fees, that affected mostly the middle class; his funding cuts to education that resulted in increased state tuitions; his cuts to towns and cities that resulted in higher property tax rates; and the overall increase in state and local taxes during his single term.

And his Republican friends wanted to forget he supported domestic partnership benefits before he opposed them; supported abortion rights until 2004; and supported cap and trade until 2005. Romney later claimed he was “a severely conservative governor.”

When Mitt Romney ended his term as governor only 34 percent of voters approved of him, the 48th lowest approval of any governor at that time.

So Governor Romney runs from Bain and the Massachusetts governorship and touts his 2002 Olympic success, a “success” that he once boasted “… got record funds from the federal government. …” A success that Senator McCain once described as, “The American taxpayer is being shaken down. …”

Then Governor Romney misses opportunities he needed. His foreign trip exploded with missteps; his VP selection of Paul Ryan gives him no bump and Ryan trips all over himself with false charges against the opposition.

The Republican convention gives Romney no bump and is remembered mostly for the Eastwood chair speech, while the Democratic convention gives his opponent a large bump.

Governor Romney is left with one chance to win the presidency: the upcoming debates.

But President Obama will be debating a guy with a proposed tax plan that the Tax Policy Center and Fact Check analyze as mathematically impossible; a personal negative perception higher than any presidential candidate in 30 years; a candidate who would have largely ended America’s role in the automobile industry; and a candidate who supports more tax cuts for the rich while raising taxes on the middle class.

And, in all probability, when the debates end we will still be asking, “Just who is that masked man?” and what does he really stand for?

 

Jim Crawford is a retired educator and political enthusiast living here in the Tri-State.

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  • mickakers

    Jim Crawford; Looking forward to your column tomorrow (Friday). A distinguished gentleman of antiquity said “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” Aristotle.

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  • Noesis

    Indie: Integrity – Richard Nixon comes to mind as a good comparison to Mitt Romney. Romney has flip-flopped on so many issues he ought to get an Olympic gold medal in gymnastics.
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    And Obambi hasn’t? His flip flops and lies are legion. Oh wait, I forgot. Obambi’s views don’t “flip-flop”, they evolve!

    LMAO!

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    • Noesis

      Oh great, now I get to hear from citizens that my “evolve” word is racist!

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  • mikehaney

    I guess indie wants to rewrite the dictionary and burn the bible.
    The economy is very important to get people back to work, but social issues are as important.
    This country in its life has mostly led and should not be led by obambi in ways of europe and the rest of the world.

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  • indieVoter

    Now here’s something that’s really disturbing.
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    Romney campaign faces distractions
    Washington Post – Monday, September 17, 8:25 PM

    ‘ Romney faced another distraction on Monday, as Mother Jones unearthed a video that it said showed the candidate speaking at a closed-door fundraiser this year. In the video, Romney says that 47 percent of Americans are “dependent on government” and that they think “they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it.”

    He adds that his job “is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.” ‘

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    • mikehaney

      I agree with Romney. 15 million on food stamps,23 million jobless,47% of americans don’t pay taxes. The truth is like a breath of fresh air compared to the last 4 years of well said lies.
      Socialism, vote Obambi
      free enterprise system,vote Romney
      Plus 53% under Romney will most likely vote. I wonder what percent of the 47% actually know what the inside of a voting booth looks like.
      Then of that 47% you have true christians that are pro-life,for traditional marriage,believe in freedom of religion, have sons and daughters in the military who want a strong military and lately obambi and Hillary probably has scared them severly. Plus many of this 47% would like to get back to work.
      Romney is going to take this election by a landslide.

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  • indieVoter

    Mick, it’s like that old dog that finds the taste of your double bourbon lacking. You’re entitled to your tastes but that doesn’t make them good.

    You have this little blurb you keep saying about abortion and same sex marriage but it’s really kind of just becoming like some sort of running joke. For example, your insistence on childishly insisting on using the word sodomy over and over. I know that somehow in your mind that registers as scoring points against homosexuality. If the word sodomy offends the reader, you surely think, then so should the idea of same sex marriage. It’s not really that clever and I’m disappointed that you’d use such a vulgar ploy just to make a point.

    As for the main point, you know what I meant. It’s not that these issues are irrelevant, it’s just that Mitt Romney isn’t going to do a darn thing about abortion if he were elected. He’d check the polls and then do whatever was most popular…whatever would get him elected the next time. He’s not your moral crusader.

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    • mikehaney

      sodomy,deviant behaviour;either way you describe it, the dems and obambi support it.

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      • indieVoter

        Again, it’s irrelevant Mike. Remember what Romney said:

        “If two people of the same gender want to live together…want to have a loving relationship…and even want to adopt a child, in my state (uh, uh, uh) individuals of the same sex are able to adopt children. In my view, that’s something people have the right to do.”

        Romney also said he was for gays serving as boy scout leaders and that he was once more pro-gay rights than Ted Kennedy.

        I think that for you and I both, Mike, the economy is a lot more important of an issue than this.

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    • mikehaney

      indie–whatever, but lay off the old dogs. Mine is asleep behing me and over 18 years old.
      I like old dogs.

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  • mickakers

    indieVoter; I find your comment “it’s irrelevant.”, lacking in depth and understanding. When it comes to life, nothing is “irrelevant”. Health Care? A one payer plan? I wholeheartedly support, as do most health care providers.
    And indie; The bottom line, President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party are sadly lacking in care and concern for the most helpless members of our society, the unborn. This is not even taking into consideration their deficiency when it comes to their support of Same Sex Marriage (sodomy?) and the disregard of freedom of conscience when it comes to religious beliefs. Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia, who by the way is part American Indian said “I Can’t Vote for Somebody Who is Pro-Abortion.”

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    • mikehaney

      Mick–when you say most health care providers;if you mean doctors in this country I totally disagree.

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  • indieVoter

    We should look at the health insurance plans they have in Canada and Europe.

    With a single-payer health insurance system we could drive down costs in healthcare and prescription medications. One insurer = one negotiator, and that’s what it would take to get the ridiculous inflated cost out of healthcare. All in all, somebody’s paying for everything anyway. We might as well get it at the best price.

    As long as we have insurance that covers whatever we need medically, that’s all that matters. It doesn’t matter what your insurance card looks like.

    Since employers wouldn’t have to provide health insurance they could afford to pay higher salaries without increasing their operating costs. That should be part of the deal too.

    We need to build the middle-class and the only way to do that is to have good paying jobs. Taking the expense of health insurance away from employers would be a one-time opportunity to bump middle-class wages if it’s legislated so all the gain isn’t lost in profiteering by the shareholders. I’d think all we’d need is some sort of modification to the minimum-wage law that provided a standardized conversion scale to convert health insurance benefits over to base pay. Why is it stuff like this is such taboo to some folks?

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    • mikehaney

      Who wants a third person in the doctors office?
      You, your doctor,g-man.
      Socialism–vote Obambi
      Free enterprise system–vote Romney

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  • mickakers

    Geronimo; Please do a search on lifenews.com, once there, scroll down and I think it is the last icon on the left hand side, click on President Barack Obama’s Pro-Abortion Record: A Pro-Life Compilation. I think your will find his record interesting.

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    • indieVoter

      Geronimo, it’s irrelevant. Romney isn’t going to do anything on abortion anyway.

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  • tiger534

    The surgeon comment made by a New York surgeon was made to emphasis that those needing costly medical care and are seniors are not likely to receive it under the way the current Obama Care is written. This surgeon was provided a cope of Obama Care before the rest of us received it. He may be bias but from what I see from those in Canada and other socialist type of medical systems this is indeed the case. Bet those that wrote this would get all the care they needed regardless of cost or age.

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  • mikehaney

    one more for the night. Obambi wants to tax dividends at 35%,NEXT YEAR. Probably worst hit will be the elderly in FLORIDA, living off their dividends from investment, along with social security of course.
    2 o’clock happy hours in Florida wil get lonely for some in 2013..

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  • mikehaney

    Sunday, September 16, 2012

    Christian retail owners fight $1.3 million-per-day HHS mandate fine in court

    by Kathleen Gilbert
    OKLAHOMA CITY, September 13, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Obama administration is set to levy as much as a $1.3 million per day fine against a Christian retail business based on their religious objection to abortifacient drugs, according to a lawsuit filed this week.

    Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., with more than 500 arts and crafts stores in 41 states and over 22,500 employees, is reportedly the largest for-profit business yet to file suit over the Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate requiring businesses to provide free abortion-causing drugs, such as the “week-after” pill Ella, as non-negotiable “preventive services.”

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  • mikehaney

    tiger534–surgeon comment needs to be looked into.
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    During a 2008 televised political debate, candidate Barack Obama was asked were he to become President, where would he first cut spending. Obama stalled and stammered hoping the clock would run out so he could avoid answering. The debate moderator again demanded an answer. Seconds before the buzzer sounded, a reluctant Obama answered, “Medicare.” Sounding along with that buzzer was a death knell for American seniors. Obama had set his sights on America’s greatest generation and those following swiftly on their heels. At a 2010 House Retreat, when asked directly, Obama responded to now Republican Vice-Presidential nominee Paul Ryan, that his answer to fixing Medicare is Obamacare. During a CBS 60 Minutes interview, citing numbers from the Congressional Budget Office, Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney pointed out that Obama’s destruction of Medicare is well underway, “There’s only one president that I know of in history that robbed Medicare – [$741] billion to pay for a new risky program of his own that we call Obamacare.”

    Built-in delays put off the Obamacare nightmare until after the election. Denying control of medical decisions normally made by patients, their families and doctors, Obamacare outsources your personal decisions to a bloated government bureaucracy run by unelected, leftist ideologues. Extensive cuts to senior care are in the offing with fill-in-the-blank clauses purposely left open to be completed at the discretion of those who control Obamacare. On CBS 60 Minutes, Paul Ryan stated he has a personal reason to fight for seniors to remain on Medicare as it now exists. “My mom is a Medicare senior in Florida. Our point is we need to preserve their benefits, because government made promises to them that they’ve organized their retirements around. In order to make sure we can do that, you must reform it for those of us who are younger.” Ryan stresses that everyone over the age of 55 will keep Medicare as it now exists for the rest of their lives. Proposed is the option for those under 55 to choose Medicare or new alternatives.
    SHARON SEBASTIAN

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  • mickakers

    Geronimo; Hope you are doing well. I have several friends and relatives that are suffering with Prostate Cancer. It is unbelievable how many men experience this. I hope I don’t ever have to. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  • keta

    It’s hilarious that anyone believes the Tribune is some kind of liberal rag. Watching Romney try to find a way to win is entertaining, mostly because of his awkwardness and total lack of integrity. I predict he’s going to be embarrassed when this is over, at what he was willing to do and say. On the other hand, he could be our next president. Republican politicians do pretty well when there’s nothing in their toolkits but fear, or hate, or in this case, fear AND hate. The only shot republicans have this time is to make voters hate and fear the president. Selling Romney is out of the question.

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  • bigkahuna

    Gas prices are at their lowest.
    Unemployment is at its lowest.
    The economy is doing great.
    Wow ain’t it great.

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  • Cashmere

    Just when I think Mr. Crawford can’t write sillier columns, he proves me wrong.
    It looks like Obama has the edge to win, but the hysteria of most of the media to make Romney look as bad as possible continues to make me delay making my call for this election. Since I’ve been right every election since 1968, this certainly adds to my thinking.

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  • indieVoter

    “Obama Care really is and that is to put the elderly out to pasture which is the same as saying they will die under Obama Care”

    That statement is patently false but if Romney were elected every non-defense budgetary item will be cut by 40% and that IS a disaster for seniors.

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    • tiger534

      The national defense budget being cut now that our enemies like Russia, China and yes Iran and South Korea have increased their strike ability and of course for one purpose to take out the US, Japan, Israel and our allies that still exist in Europe.

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  • tiger534

    Think is just another term that Crawford uses for his misguided purposes and this paper under the current editor either needs to shore up his one sided view or we all need to boycott this piece of crap and take up a paper like the Herald Dispatch which seems to put out articles a day or two ahead of what Caldwell calls a major step forward in reporting. One wonders if that is a step forward why is it always a step behind and offer less then the huntington paper. Maybe same reason he keeps this liberal in hopes that the majority here in Lawrence county are on food stamps he has to peddle his goods to anyone that is willing to put up with this kind of poor reporting.

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  • tiger534

    This is the most liberal unaided person that is in the room unless you want to count his Indie as his sidekick. I had a neural surgeon come to me and say he Obama Care is killing people. By that he meant what Obama Care really is and that is to put the elderly out to pasture which is the same as saying they will die under Obama Care! He wants to rid the country of the elderly as they don’t always agree with him and place only those that are young and able to vote for him under his umbrella of care. Any idiot that says different is either a liar or just plain for socialism regardless of who it kills.

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  • mickakers

    As a PS: Debates? Talk is cheap, actions speak. A debate is similar to entertainment. I would prefer to evaluate a candidate with a little more in-depth research. At the dedication of the Soldiers National Cemetery (Nov.,1863) in Gettysburg, Pa, the ex Senator from Massachusetts and a great orator, Edward Everett spoke for two hours. President Abraham Lincoln spoke for two-minutes (Gettysburg Address). To all appearances at the time, Everett far outshined Lincoln. A little in-depth research and you arrive at the truth of the matter.

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  • indieVoter

    Mick, grow up. Your continued use of that word for gay marriage is crude and unnecessary. Obama is not “for” abortion. He signed an Executive Order to have no federal funding for abortion in Obamacare. He hasn’t appointed a flaming liberal to the Supreme Court. He’s done fine.

    What Obama is for is America. He’s for our economy and that’s why the stock market just hit an all-time high since the start of the Great Recession today. That’s why over 4.5 million private-sector jobs were created over the past 29 months.

    Contrast that to the Republicans in Congress who voted against jobs bills and unemployment during a time of economic crisis.

    As for Obamacare, Mitt Romney just said today that he’s not going to repeal it. Not all of it at least.

    When you think of Mitt Romney, you might think of Forrest Gump’s line about life being like a box of chocolates…”you never know what you’re going to get.”

    Same with Romney. You never know what you’re going to get.

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  • mickakers

    We do know what President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden stand for; Abortion (the killing of the unborn) Same Sex Marriage (sodomy?) and disregard for freedom of conscience in regards to Religious values as demonstrated in “Obama Care”.

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    • Geronimo

      Mickakers,
      Obama is not a proponent of abortion. As all elected representatives of the government , he is sworn to up hold the Constitution of the united states of america
      and its laws. As far as I know abortion is a constitional right and legal in the USA.I may not like this and you may not like it , but as POTUS he has to up hold it,although he may not like it any better than we do.
      I was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer a few years ago,I chose to take radiation,and female hoemone treatments,the Dr and nurse that gave me first hormone treatment explained the side effects to me. The worst is that you have many of the same feelings as a woman , as she goes throuhg the change of life. I went through many of them (mood swings,hot sweats and other mental and physical changes. What I want to say is,although we detest it,we can never know what the woman that has to make that decision has to go thuough. Its a legal procedre , a decision that a woman and only a woman can go through,and many or most of them talk to their GOD about,so let us not judge,but let GOD do the judgng and Let us pray that the girl,or woman make the right choice.

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    • tiger534

      Excellent and right on the money with your comments Mick sure that Indie,aka crawford does not like these kind of truths as any right wing liberal would not.

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  • indieVoter

    I’ve been noticing a few things about Mitt Romney as the campaign moves on. Some of his qualities bring to mind memories of Republicans past. Here’s how I see Mitt Romney shaping up.

    Integrity – Richard Nixon comes to mind as a good comparison to Mitt Romney. Romney has flip-flopped on so many issues he ought to get an Olympic gold medal in gymnastics.

    Diplomacy – George W. Bush was the most hated American president in modern history in countries around the world with it being common to see his effigy being burned on the nightly news. Romney has displayed the same knack for foreign policy with his characterization of Russia as our #1 enemy over Al Quaeda…insulting our top ally and creating bad press for America when he visited the London Olympics…and by trying to capitalize politically on a national tragedy with the recent murder of US diplomats.

    Intelligence – Dan Quayle stunned the world when he corrected a school girl for misspelling the word “potato”…with a grin Quayle told her it’s actually spelled “potatoe” and who could forget Quayle’s quintessential “deer in the headlights” response to the beating he took in his debate with Lloyd Bentsen? Romney has bumbled through this campaign making stupid mistake after stupid mistake and he’ll be exposed as a political lightweight in his debates with Barack Obama.

    Leadership – Gordon Gekko from the movie “Wall Street.” It would be completely appropriate to take a picture from Romney’s days at Bain Capital and caption it with Gekko’s classic line “Greed is good.” Even better if it were a picture of Romney delivering the news to thousands of workers whose jobs he was about to export…”you’re fired.” I compared him to Gekko instead of Trump because I’m not sure even Trump has made as much money as Romney purely from wrecking American companies in order to cash them out.

    So there you have it. Mitt Romney. A perfect blend of Richard Nixon, George W. Bush, Dan Quayle and Gordon Gekko.

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  • lazydog

    Boy, if this Crawford is a retired educator it explains the sad state of our colleges and universities.

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    • mikehaney

      I’ll second that.

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    • tiger534

      He is typical liberal that plants these kind of ideas and pushes his agenda against what mainstream America want or at least those that still believe we are a super power but this is being eroded daily and sad that so many don’t really understand the big picture and how involved our pres is in deep with organizations like the brotherhood of muslin that degree death to any infidel.

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