Posted October 23, 2012 | comments 15 Comments

Letter to the Editor: Electing Romney would not be a vote for change


I cannot believe that the Northern Virginia Daily could, in all conscience, endorse for president a man like Mitt Romney who blatantly lies about the ultra-conservative agenda he endorsed during the Republican convention in order to look moderate enough to get elected.

For one small example, he shook his magic Etch-A-Sketch again recently when he said, "There's no legislation with regards to abortion that I'm familiar with that would become part of my agenda." A quick visit to his website shows us that this statement is clearly a lie. It says right there in black and white that he supports the Hyde amendment.

And that's just one of his many 180-degree turns that his campaign comes back later to disavow. Yes, all politicians stretch the truth, but they don't all flat-out lie with impunity. Why isn't the Northern Virginia Daily as a member of the medi, exposing these lies instead of endorsing them?

His big selling point seemed to be, "I'm a big-shot financier, just trust me." He won't divulge the details of his economic plan, we're just supposed to trust him, even though he's already proven that he will say anything in order to be elected.

Electing Romney wouldn't be a vote for change as you suggest -- it would be returning the reins of power to the same old fat cats who brought us the worst depression since the 30s.

Despite what you say, things ARE turning around -- slowly. The stock market is up, the housing market is rebounding and major retailers announced just this week that they are adding thousands of employees for the holiday season, many of whom will be retained permanently.

Still, as my parents' generation may remember, it takes more than four years to turn around an almost total collapse of our nation's financial system. If you remember Obama's inaugural address, that's precisely what he said. I agree, and I'm voting to give him four more years to finish the job.

Laurel Vaughan, Woodstock

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    Laurel, agree.

    This area should know.

    Tribune endorsement: Too Many Mitts
    Obama has earned another term
    Oct 19 2012 12:13 pm


    Good letter, Ms. Vaughn. The NVD's endorsement of Romney just let's us know that we need to be aware of the conservative leanings in this paper, if we were not already. Since the new owners took over the paper, I'm sure you've noticed the change toward more conservative editorials and guest columnists. When Bill O'Reilley first showed up, I nearly quit subscribing to the paper. But then, being the open liberal that I am, I thought live and let live, and lo and behold they threw in a liberal once in a while to liven things up a bit. I guess they know how to sell papers after all.

    And the NVD endorsement for Romney was poorly written as well. It was merely a laundry list of the lies we've listen to from the beginning. I would say this was handed to the new editor (from the new owners) and TOLD to run it.

    Last night's debate was another chance to see Romney doing his "spinning top" act. Everything President Obama said was merely turned around and rehashed as his own: that's Romney.

    Romney's knowledge of foreign affairs is very lacking and his trip aboard earlier this year proved that. Once again, I saw that fire in Obama's eyes and the intelligence needed to handle this job. Give him another four years to make it work.

    "For example, when Romney repeated his charge that the United States Navy is “smaller now than any time since 1917,” Obama zinged him. “I think Governor Romney maybe hasn't spent enough time looking at how our military works,” the president said. “You mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well, governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets—because the nature of our military’s changed. We have these things called aircraft carriers where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines."

    Pulled from Truthdig, in regard to last night's DEBATE.

    This line will go down in history as one of the best ZINGERS in debate history. I'm including it here because it perfectly sums up Romney.

    According to progressive think tank Think Progress, at last nights Presidential debate Romney told 24 myths in 41 minutes.


    My favorite is #23 --

    1) “Syria is Iran’s only ally in the Arab world. It’s their route to the sea.”
    Romney has his geography wrong. Syria doesn’t share a border with Iran and Iran has 1,500 miles of coastline leading to the Arabian Sea. It is also able to reach the Mediterranean via the Suez Canal.
    2) “And what I’m afraid of is we’ve watched over the past year or so [in Syria], first the president saying, well we’ll let the U.N. deal with it…. Then it went to the Russians and said, let’s see if you can do something.”
    While Russia and China have vetoed multiple resolutions at the U.N. Security Council on Syria, the United States has also been working through the Friends of Syria group and other allies in the region. Obama’s approach “would essentially give U.S. nods of approval to arms transfers from Arab nations to some Syrian opposition fighters.”
    3) “Former chief of the — Joint Chiefs of Staff said that — Admiral Mullen said that our debt is the biggest national security threat we face. This — we have weakened our economy. We need a strong economy. We need to have as well a strong military.”
    If Romney is worried about the national debt, why does he want to increase military spending from 3.5 percent of GDP to 4 percent? This amounts to a $2.1 trillion increase over a ten year period that the military says it does not need and Romney has no plan to pay for it.
    4) “[W]hen — when the students took to the streets in Tehran and the people there protested, the Green Revolution occurred, for the president to be silent I thought was an enormous mistake.”
    Obama spoke out about the Revolution on June 15, 2009, just two days after post-election demonstrations began in Iran, condemning the Iranian government’s hard-handed crackdown on Iranian activists. He then reiterated his comments a day later in another press conference. Iranian activists have agreed with Obama’s approach.
    5) “And when it comes to our economy here at home, I know what it takes to create 12 million new jobs and rising take-home pay.”
    The Washington Post’s in-house fact checker tore Romney’s claim that he will create 12 million jobs to shreds. The Post wrote that the “‘new math’” in Romney’s plan “doesn’t add up.” In awarding the claim four Pinocchios — the most untrue possible rating, the Post expressed incredulity at the fact Romney would personally stand behind such a flawed, baseless claim.
    6) “[W]e are going to have North American energy independence. We’re going to do it by taking full advantage of oil, coal, gas, nuclear and our renewables.”
    Romney would actually eliminate the fuel efficiency standards that are moving the United States towards energy independence, even though his campaign plan relies on these rules to meet his goals.
    7) “[W]e’re going to have to have training programs that work for our workers.”
    Paul Ryan’s budget, which Romney has fully endorsed, calls for spending 33 percent less on “Education, training, employment, and social services” than Obama’s budget.
    8) “And I’ll get us on track to a balanced budget.”
    Romney’s $5 trillion tax cut plan and his increases to military spending could explode the deficit.
    9) “Well, Republicans and Democrats came together on a bipartisan basis to put in place education principles that focused on having great teachers in the classroom.” Education experts have faint praise for his proposals while he was governor. “His impact was inconsequential,” said Glen Koocher, executive director of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees. “People viewed his proposals as political talking points, and no one took Romney seriously.”
    10) “So I’d get rid of [Obamacare] from day one. To the extent humanly possible, we get that out.”
    Romney cannot unilaterally eliminate a bill passed by Congress and his plan to grant states waivers may also be a non-starter.

    11) “Number two, we take some programs that we are doing to keep, like Medicaid, which is a program for the poor.”
    Medicaid isn’t just a program for the poor. While it provides health coverage for “millions of low-income children and families who lack access to the private health insurance system,” it also offers “insurance to millions of people with chronic illnesses or disabilities” and is “the nation’s largest source of coverage for long-term care, covering more than two-thirds of all nursing home residents.” Medicaid is also a key source of coverage for pregnant women.
    12) “[W]e’ll take [Medicaid] for the poor and we give it to the states to run because states run these programs more efficiently.”
    A Congressional Budget Office analysis of Paul Ryan’s proposal to block grant Medicaid found that if federal spending for Medicaid decreased, “states would face significant challenges in achieving sufficient cost savings through efficiencies to mitigate the loss of federal funding.” As a result, enrollees could “face more limited access to care,” higher out-of-pocket costs, and “providers could face more uncompensated care as beneficiaries lost coverage for certain benefits or lost coverage altogether.”
    13) “Our Navy is old — excuse me, our Navy is smaller now than at any time since 1917…That, in my view, is making — is making our future less certain and less secure.
    The U.S. Navy is smaller than it was in 1917, but it is not making America less secure. The navy has actually grown in the sheer number of ships under Obama and Romney’s plans to increase shipbuilding is unrealistic. As one historian told PolitiFact, counting the number of ships or aircraft “is not a good measurement of defense strength because their capabilities have increased dramatically in recent decades.” Romney’s comparison “doesn’t pass ‘the giggle test,’” he said.
    14) “And then the president began what I have called an apology tour, of going to various nations in the Middle East and criticizing America. I think they looked at that and saw weakness.”
    Obama never embarked on an “apology tour.”
    15) “And I think that when the president said he was going to create daylight between ourselves and Israel, that they noticed that as well.”
    They haven’t noticed because it’s not true. Israeli Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Ehud Barakc told CNN, “President Obama is doing . . . more than anything that I can remember in the past [in regard to our security].” “When I look at the record of President Obama concerning the major issues, security, I think it’s a highly satisfactory record, from an Israeli point of view,” said Israeli President Shimon Peres.
    16) “And — and — we should not have wasted these four years to the extent they — they continue to be able to spin these centrifuges and get that much closer.”
    Obama hasn’t wasted time on Iran. In July 2012, Obama signed into law the most effective sanctions ever put into place against Iran, targeting the country’s oil and financial sectors. These sanctions were imposed unilaterally by the U.S. and come in addition to the four rounds of sanctions the UN has enacted since 2006. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak called the sanctions “very effective,” and Romney has said he would continue them if elected.
    17) “I would tighten those sanctions. I would say that ships that carry Iranian oil, can’t come into our ports. I imagine the E.U. would agree with us as well.”
    Iranian oil has not come into the United States since Ronald Reagan signed an executive order in 1987 banning all U.S. imports from Iran.
    18) “I see jihadists continuing to spread, whether they’re rising or just about the same level, hard to precisely measure, but it’s clear they’re there. They’re very strong.”
    Obama’s policies appear to have gravely weakened al Qaeda Central, the lead arm of the organization in Pakistan and Afghanistan principally responsible for 9/11.
    19) “It’s not government investments that makes businesses grow and hire people.”
    The Romney campaign routinely touts government military spending as a way to create jobs and boost businesses.
    20) “My plan to get the [auto] industry on its feet when it was in real trouble was not to start writing checks. It was President Bush that wrote the first checks. I disagree with that. I said they need — these [auto] companies need to go through a managed bankruptcy.”
    Romney’s plan for the auto bailout would have ensured the collapse of the auto industry. In his editorial titled “ Let Detroit Go Bankrupt", Romney advocated for letting the private sector finance the bankruptcy of General Motors and Chrysler. Auto insiders, however, have said that plan was "reckless" and “pure fantasy.”
    21) “Research is great. Providing funding to universities and think tanks is great. But investing in companies? Absolutely not.”
    Ryan’s plan, which Romney has endorsed, “could cut spending on non-defence-related research and development by 5%, or $3.2 billion, below the fiscal-year 2012 budget, according to the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Over the long term, Ryan’s small-government approach would shrink funding for research and development to historically small sizes.”
    22) “One is a path represented by the president, which at the end of four years would mean we’d have $20 trillion in debt heading towards Greece.”
    The U.S. is not headed down a path like that of Greece. Greece, contrary to popular belief, had a revenue problem rather than a spending problem. While its spending was high compared to US standards — 50.4 percent of GDP compared to 38 percent of GDP in the US — its spending was average among European nations. As CAP’s Michael Linden and Sabina Dewan note, “Over the past 10 years, Greece has consistently spent less, as a share of GDP, than the European Union as a whole.” However, it generated less that 40 percent of GDP from revenue — one of the lowest rates in the EU.
    23) “I was in a state where my legislature was 87 percent Democrat. I learned how to get along on the other side of the aisle.”
    Given Romney’s 844 vetoes as governor, Massachusetts legislators dispute this claim. As the New York Times has noted, “The big-ticket items that Mr. Romney proposed when he entered office in January 2003 went largely unrealized, and some that were achieved turned out to have a comparatively minor impact.”
    24) “We should key our foreign aid, our direct foreign investment, and that of our friends, we should coordinate it to make sure that we — we push back and give them more economic development.”
    Romney’s website promises to "Reduce Foreign Aid -- Savings: $100 Million", “Stop borrowing money from countries that oppose America’s interests in order to give it back to them in the form of foreign aid,” it says. In November of 2011, Romney said he would start foreign aid for every country "at zero" and call on them to make their case for U.S. financial assistance.

    The website includes source references for each of the 24 myths listed.

      You know something, Big Bird, the people that will vote for Romney really don't care about his UNSLAKABLE lying. They don't even mind that he OVERACTS when being caught at these lies.

      I cannot understand how Romney can go before the public, be asked a question and talk around it, and the general public takes that vacuum as an answer. The last debate, however, did have more substance because, as Diane pointed out, Romney was parroting almost everything Obama said.

        Even Obama had a look of disbelief on his face as Romney rearranged the words (a little) and repeated them. And some will see that as a policy!

        On other websites; people have already mentioned that these two candidates are not that different. WHAT!!!!???? It's so bizarre, it might actually work! After all not so long ago people were speculating if Sarah Palin was going to run for President.

        This Romney "weather vane" guy actually reminds me of one of those Twilight Zone characters. Strange guy, don't you think? Or maybe it's all those other folks who are actually voting for this man. Scary stuff!

        Diana (w/ an a) signing off. There's also a Diane who contributes every now and then; don't want to be confused. :)

          That's how the name "Romnesia" came to be. Very fitting! I find it incredible that you can actually watch a news clip of Romney saying one thing, then you watch a news clip of how he is being called out on it and he totally denies he ever said it to start with knowing full well that there is a video record of him actually saying it and it has been shown repeatedly. He thinks we are stupid!

            This Republican party does count on people being stupid and they aren't disappointed. Feed the masses a few lines to repeat and they run with it: we've seen it here (in a nutshell). Disregard all facts and fall in line.

            I believe the real issue may be having a black man in the WHITE HOUSE.

            Well we've been talking about this political c--- for months now, if people don't know who to vote for by now, perhaps they shouldn't. I'll give Katybug and Jane credit for trying to enlightened. . .

              Diana: "I believe the real issue may be having a black man in the WHITE HOUSE."

              Believe you summed it up in one very short sentence. What group most supports Romney? White males. (Thank God my husband doesn't have a short term memory problem.)

              It speaks to the sincerity of the 'religious right' people who want Obama out too. I would challenge them to name ONE repeat ONE issue on which Romney has been consistent. Romney keeps telling us he has a detailed plan to fix our budget; well, Mitt, we have not seen or heard the details of this plan of yours. So we must conclude one of two reasons for this...you do not actually have a plan OR the plan will cost you votes. So which is it?

          Sorry, Diana. I was referring to your post.

    Yes, all politicians stretch the truth, but they don't all flat-out lie with impunity? Obama has done it over and over again during last four years. In the second debate his tactic was to lie about what Romney's positions were, rather than try to rebut what his positions actually were. He lied several times in the third debate. You don't have to look at videos to see his lies.

    "We joke about Gov. Romney being all over the map, but it speaks to something important. It speaks of trust. There's no more serious issue in a presidential campaign than trust. Trust matters," Obama said during his speech at a rally here. "You want to know that the person who is applying to be your president and commander in chief is trustworthy. That he means what he says. That he's not just making stuff up depending on whether it's convenient or not."


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