Can Romney Win, When Even The Salt Lake Tribune (slc, Utah Is Mormon Hq) Is Backing Obama?

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/550…
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.

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5 Responses to “Can Romney Win, When Even The Salt Lake Tribune (slc, Utah Is Mormon Hq) Is Backing Obama?”

  1. Draco says:

    There are so MANY fallacies in your defense of Obama that it is truly
    impossible to challenge them one by one. The problem for you is that people
    have been asking themselves…….Are they better off now than 4 years ago.
    The answer which will shock Liberals will be critically observed on Election
    Day.

  2. Serena Bascom says:

    The man trashed 47% of the nation. Then he said it was and error.
    There are two possible actions here:
    (1) He does think 47% of us are irresponsible deadbeats that he is not going to worry about.
    (2) He is willing to tell the rich that kind of crap in order to get them to donate, thus he sold half the nation and his honor for a political contribution. (The Salt Lake Tribune noted that this was the rational for the statement)
    One or the other of the above is true- there is no other option, except that both of them are true.
    That is a clear statement of character, totally obvious unless you keep your head where the sun never shines.

  3. rrosskop says:

    The Salt Lake Tribune is not owned by Mormons. In fact, it has always been somewhat anti-mormon, and definitely liberal. This isn’t a surprise at all.

  4. rac says:

    The Salt Lake Tribune has always been the Utah standard of liberalism in contrast to the Deseret News, the LDS owned counterpart to modern journalism. If you want a more accurate position of Utah, you need to read the Deseret News.

  5. Something peculiar says:

    Salt Lake Tribune is not a Mormon owned paper. It’s also a Liberal paper and makes no bones about it either.
    However, not all Mormons are conservatives and not all Mormons are liberals. I am a Mormon and I voted for Obama. I have issues with Romney in the fact that he tries to be an everything to everyone sort of conservative. His conservative views keep evolving. I am sure Obama has had similar habits but….it’s been quite frequent with Romney during the campaign trail and frankly it’s just a tad unsettling. Simply for me a lot of things don’t add up with Romney and I might agree with his religious faith but I don’t have to agree with his politics.

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