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Describe the reasons readers should vote for Mitt Romney/Barack Obama in the 2012 election.
Dan Barton - Democrat
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 • Posted October 24, 2012

Respectfully submitted by Kacey Butcher, Republican Women of Mason County, in collaboration with Lee Butcher. - Republican

Reasons To Vote for Romney

Politicians work for us —WE THE PEOPLE— so it is encumbant upon us to do our due deligence about every candidate that holds sway over our lives and not just leave it up to a media that may or may not be biased. Here is why I think Mitt Romney is a much more qualified candidate for the highest office in the land. Just compare resumes. All public record.

Name: Willard Mitt Romney

Born: March 12, 1947 in Bloomfield, MI. where he was raised.

Education: B.A. Brigham Young University, J.D. and M.B.A. Harvard University

Religion: The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints

Married to Ann Romney since 1969 and they have 5 sons

Upon graduating from high school, Mitt spent 30 months as a Morman missionary in France. Then he completed his J.D. and M.B.A. SIMULTANEOUSLY and passed the Michigan bar and worked as an attorney.

In 1984, he co-founded Bain Capital, one of the largest private equity firms in the U.S.

In 1994, he lost his bid for Senator from Massachusetts to Ted Kennedy.

He took over a financially strapped and problem riddled 2002 Winter Olympic Games which turned into a huge success.

In 2002, he was elected Govenor of Massachusetts where he eliminated a $1.5 billion deficit.

Some relevant facts, all public record

Bain Capital, starting with a small office supply store in Massachusetts, turned it into Staples, now over 2000 stores strong employing over 90,000 people.

Bain Capital worked the same business miracles over and over with companies like Dominos Pizza, Brookstone, The Weather Channel, Burger King, Warner Music Group, Dollarama, and Home Depot, just to name a few.

Mitt was an unpaid campaign worker for his dad’s gubernatorial race for 1 year.

He was an unpaid intern in his dad’s govenor’s office for 8 years.

He was an unpaid bishop and state president of his church for 10 years.

He was an unpaid President and CEO of the Salt Lake Olympic Committee for 3 years.

He took no salary as Govenor of Masschusetts for 4 years.

He gave his ENTIRE inheritance from his father to charity and established a school of public management in his father’s memory.

If Mitt had not given away so much money to church, charities and grandkids he’d have more money than Jay-Z.

As Mitt often says, "we shouldn’t punish success, we shouldn’t discourage risk-taking and entrepreneurship. We need to celebrate the successful businessman and the free market that makes that success possible."

George Romney made his money by being a boss and a leader. Mitt has followed in his footsteps. When things went sour, people turned to Mitt Romney and put him in charge—at Bain, at the Olympics, at hundreds of other companies he helped turn around or restructure. He got his hands dirty, he was the boss, and like his dad, was the one who had the unpleasant task of firing people and like his sons will probably be as well. He has done everything right in life and he should own it.

If anyone can pull us back from the precipice, it is Mitt Romney. Not having any serious record of successes or achievements, Obama simply ran on a vague ticket of "hope and change" and look what is has gotten us. With median household income down by over $4300.00, a national deficit of over $16 trillion and mounting, $4.00/gal gas and a $716 billion raid on Medicare, can you honestly look in the mirror and tell youself that you are better off today than you were 4 years ago? Once Obamacare fully kicks in it will be too late. There will be a government bureaucrat inserted between you and your doctor after 4 long years of the biggest tax increase in American history via a bill that our elected offcials admittedly have never read. The tax hike kicks in January 1, 2013. The list of failures of this administration is long indeed and started January 3, 2007 when the Democrats took over both the House and Senate at the start of the 110th Congress. At that time the DOW closed at $12,621.77, the GDP for the previous quarter was 3.5%, unemployment rate was 4.6%. Bush’s economic policies set a record of 52 straight months of job growth. Jan. 3rd, 2007 was the day that Barney Frank took over the House Financial Services Committee and Chris Dodd took over the Senate Banking Committee and 15 months later we had a melt down in the banking and financial services. Bush asked Congress 17 times to stop Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as it was too financially risky to the U.S. economy. It was Barack Hussein Obama that took the third highest pay-off from those very institutions. Who fought tooth and nail against reform of those institutions? Obama and a Democrat Congress. While the Democtrats were gaily spending your money in 2007 and 2008, where was Obama? He was a memeber of that very Congress that passed all of those massive spending bills and then as president he signed the omnibus bill to complete 2009. If the Democrats inherited any deficit it was the 2007 deficit, the last of the Republican budgets. That deficit was the lowest in five years and the fourth straight decline in deficit spending. And there has not been a budget passed in 21 months. If Obama inherited anything, he inherited it from himself as he voted for all of it as a member of Congress. Other than community organizer, Obama has never had a job, run a business or even surrounded himself with knowledgeable people who understand the economy of this country. Instead he appointed radical "csars" to help him "fundamentally change America". Well, "how is that hopey-changey thing workin for ya?"

Think long and hard before you pull that lever in the voting booth. Are there things that need changing? You bet, but not at the expense of our Constitution and the American way of life. That is why it is so important to not only change the person in the White House but to change the entrenched politicians in the House and Senate who are taking us over the fiscal cliff. I want my children and grandchildren to enjoy the same freedoms and opportunities that I did. God bless America.

By Dan Barton - Democrat

A Modest Argument for the Re-Election of President Barack Obama

"Please don’t shoot the piano player,

He’s doing the best he can."

A sign over the piano in many an Old West saloon

On January 20, 2009, the week before the inauguration of President Barack Obama, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at $7,949.09, after a long fall from a high over $13,000. That same week several major U.S. banks were on the brink of failure. Two of the three largest U.S. automakers were on the verge of bankruptcy. One major U.S. based international insurance company was also on the verge of failure and was poised to take down with it other key financial institutions. Unemployment was running 9.3%. This was the situation America and Barak Obama faced on the day of his inauguration.

Today the Dow is again trending over $13,000. General Motors and Chrysler are back from the brink of bankruptcy, and the insurance giants and national banks are on solid financial ground. Unemployment is down, but can still be reduced further. But our country’s finances are still being drained by the feckless economic decisions made by the previous administration- the two major wars funded purely by borrowing, the taxes generously cut on those who suffer the least in paying, and the refusal in principle to consider the simple proposition of cash accounting. Realistic financial decisions, made in a bi-partisan atmosphere, are what we need now to continue our economic recovery.

Under President Obama’s administration major military operations in Iraq have been turned over to native Iraqi forces. Osama Bin Laden, the actual mastermind and financier of the 9/11 attacks, has been apprehended and killed by U.S. forces. Combat operations in Afghanistan are now being turned over to Afghan troops. U.S. diplomats and security forces continue aggressively to pursue American interests in the Middle East in a dangerous and darkening time.

The question of health care for the uninsured, and the problems it brings for state and local governments, local hospitals and other medical care providers, was firmly addressed by President Obama and the then Democratic Congress with the Affordable Care Act. Now citizens who fail to provide for their own healthcare insurance will themselves be charged with these insurance costs. Individuals seeking insurance cannot be excluded by insurance providers based on ‘pre-existing" conditions. A national system of private insurance backed up by government assurances is now in place.

We tried to cover what President Obama has done. Now we will try to cover what he has not done. He has not led any attempt to "take" our private firearms, despite the endlessly repeated e-mail warnings sent by friends. He has not given over "vast amounts of our national wealth" to illegal immigrants, "dead beat welfare recipients" or any other undeserving miscreants as identified by scurrilous e-mails, talk radio, or cable news.

He has in fact served our country with dignity, compassion, and style as our President. He deserves to be re-elected.

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