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Letter to the Editor: Romney is successful in everything he has done

Editor:

Let's re-elect President Obama, reward failure. The failed four years were not his fault. The next four, maybe we can have $8 a gallon gas, waste $90 billion more in green energy, add another 23 million on unemployment and another 15 million on welfare.

Why vote for Romney? Just because he is successful in everything he has done. It didn't take Ronald Reagan four years to fix the mess Jimmy Carter created. Maybe Romney, knowing how business works, can do it. Community organization hasn't. Vote no Tuesday.

Tom Rudolph, Strasburg

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    The disinformation that has been circulated about Obama AND his family is absolutely sickening! I wish there were a way to track the money trail of the responsible parties so we could treat them the same way. If Romney were a Christian, he would chastise such trash. But, alas, looking in the other direction only shows he is not a decent human being. He wants this position so badly that he will let anyone do or say anything about his opponent.

    "Now it's getting REALLY dirty: Outrageous film claiming Obama's mother once posed for pornographic pictures is sent to a MILLION swing voters

    "The film claims that Mr Obama's real father is left wing poet and Communist party activist, Frank Marshall Davis

    "100,000 copies of the DVD, containing extraordinary claims, have already been mailed to voters in Ohio with up to three million more planned to go out

    "It has already won the support of Alabama's Republican Party chairman Bill Armistead

    "Democrat consultant Steve Murphy called the accusations 'low' and motivated by race and money"
    (dailymail)

    (Whose money is the question!)

    Romney not speaking out against this trash shows the quality of human he truly is.

    Limbaugh and Romney would make a GREAT TEAM. Chris Christie appreciating the President's help and support has Limbaugh saying unGodly, hateful things about Christie now.

    Yep, Mr. Rudolph, you should be proud!!!!

    Rudolph you are so correct about Romney. He has been very successful at making himself filthy rich along with some of his business friends. Why don't you learn about all the Americans who have lost their jobs because of this man as well?

    The Sarah Palin "community organizer" label is so passe, it's amazing you are still kicking it around. President Obama is a well educated, intelligent MAN who can keep his cool and work toward the common good. He hasn't been perfect and he has much work to do, but are you able to remember the mess he inherited?

    Do you remember those Mavericks who were going to show us the way?

    The price of gas and the other laundry list you pulled from mailings you've received have nothing to do with the president's job. And yes, Green Energy along with climate change are real issues that you will understand very soon, although few have the will to take it on right now.

    Your little letter was pulled off of a flyer mailed to you from the Republican Party. I've seen them too.

    Rudolph -These 923 lies were not pulled off a campaign flyer. They came straight from Romney's mouth, unedited, uncensored. Read 'em and weep. If you can read, here is the evidence Romney will change any position, tell any lie...33 new lies this week

    The Mendacity of Mitt Romney, caught telling 923 lies since January 2012

    Here is the latest list of searchable lies listed chronologically with comments and reference source weblink.

    November 2, 2012 -- 33 New Mitt Romney Lies This Week

    See #890 thru #923 for this weeks list of lies

    http://www.mittromneyliestotheteabillies.blogspot.com/

    Really, Tom Rudolph? Are you sure that Romney, according to you, has been successful in everything he has done?

    Now, as others have pointed out, Romney has been successful in improving his own personal wealth through his time at Bain but "with little concern if jobs for workers were lost and when some of the investments went bad, it was the workers and creditors who felt most of the pain".

    As has been said, "What’s less clear is how his skills are relevant to the job of overseeing the U.S. economy, strengthening competitiveness and looking out for the welfare of the general public, especially the middle class".
    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-07-15/romney-s-bain-yielded-private-gains-socialized-losses.html

    Romney's time governing, as governor of Massachusetts, sure does not seem to have been at all successful according to what his constituents thought of in his one and only term. His approval rating at the start of his term, March 2003 was 56% and his disapproval was 23%. However, by the end of his one and only term in Dec. of 2006, it was 39% approval and 59% disapproval. With that high a disapproval rating, it is no wonder Romney did not even try to run for a second term---with only 32% felt Romney should have been re-elected. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Governorship_of_Mitt_Romney#Job_approval_ratings_as_governor

      song98, It really is a funny thing about Romney leaving with a favorability rating of only 39 percent upon exit considering he refused to take a salary as governor of MA, Yep, you read it correctly...he worked the position free!!! (His stepping stone to the WH.)

      HOWEVER, nothing is as it seems because Mitt obviously needed the 'tax deduction'; more than the salary...so he refused his salary BUT took the loss of funds as a tax deduction!!!!

      This guy is a real con artist...

    ...What were you Obama apologists saying about the family members of those slain in Benghazi only a month ago?

    According to the San Diego paper yesterday:

    "Patricia Smith, the mother of slain State Department employee Sean Patrick Smith, is now blaming President Barack Obama for her son’s death.

    “I believe that Obama murdered my son,” she said Thursday from the living room of her Clairemont home. “I firmly believe this.”

    Patricia Smith, who voted for Obama in 2008 at the insistence of her son, said reporting by Fox News is the basis for much of her belief that Obama is ultimately responsible for her son’s death. She said Sean, who went to Mission Bay High School but lived abroad, was a fervent supporter of the president.

    Smith’s view echoes that of Charles Woods, father of Tyrone Woods, the 41-year-old former Navy SEAL from Imperial Beach who died fighting in Benghazi."

    Character matters, Ladies...This was NEVER about a video.

    Finally, CBS, ABC and even the WaPost is catching-up.

    Obama and his administration have been lying about this for two months.

    So, here we have Teabilly flathers using the tabloid entertainment show Fox Spews as his source for unbiased NEWS reporting? flathers testifies about a grief-stricken mother who also claims Fox Spews as her source of political information. Golly, that clinches everything... game over, huh?

    Finally, flathers closes his argument with the fantastical claim mainstream news media is 'catching up' (a flathers favorite throwaway phrase) without any examples. Catching up to WHAT? Exposing Romney's lies?

    Thanks to Big Bird, here are over 900 Romney lies for flathers to disprove;
    http://www.mittromneyliestotheteabillies.blogspot.com/

    A website maintained by bb consisting of references to liberal sources is neither credible nor worthy of the time to disprove. Romney's "lies," like Obama's, can mostly be categorized as campaign rhetoric, exaggerations, out of context, or true. They are not worth the time it takes to record them, much less read them; and certainly not worth stumbling through the smoke and mirrors to find the few accurate ones regardless of who you cheer for. There are better sources.


      WHO are you trying to kid, vp? If you could have found just a few of Big Birds' list of Romney lies to have been false you would have crowed until the cows came home. You didn't, because you can't. And you know it.

      But then you limp along with weak Teabilly blather saying the 900 lies must be false just because you say the references came from liberal sources.

      Hogwash.

      Frankly, almost all of the references are from mainstream non-partisan sources. You know, I didn't see even one reference attributed to Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, or Glenn Beck.

      You continue with another series of lame excuses to cover your ineptitude, trying to convince the readers the list of lies are not worth your time to disprove. Too busy sorting your socks and playing Solitaire 'til dawn, I presume?

      Horse manure.

      You can not disprove even one lie on the list so it must be reasonable to say you can not disprove any, much less all, 923 lies.

      This pattern of denial has been continued from your habit of answering your critics by invoking numbers from some long forgotten list of debate tactics.... performed so frequently it tells us you have no counter argument to deflate the statements made by your opposition. In short, you are a Teabilly blowhard with nothing of importance to tell the world, save the endless repetition of boilerplate rhetoric spewed by the radical far right evangelical fundamentalists who call themselves the Tea Party.

      Your guy Romney has been shown to be a liar unequaled by any other politician in the history of our republic. Quite a distinction for Romney to claim... the country's biggest liar, EVER.

      I, for one, enjoy seeing you eat your words again and again and again, especially enjoyable when the ladies pound you to smithereens. Your reputation now precedes you whenever you post a new comment -- here comes that Teabilly looser again!

      Disproving your statements is like shooting fish in a barrel, as many others here will testify.

      ROFLMAO

    Teabillies will slit their wrists come Wednesday morning. ROTFLMAO

    This time mao gets the award for best debate tactic. All of you get an "A" for name calling, being aggressive, spinning, and attacking as a pack. But mao gets an "A+" for yelling the loudest and hurling the largest number of irrelevant insults.

    If you folks started having civil, adult, meaningful conversations about the serious issues of the day, more people might participate and I would take you more seriously.

    As it is, this is a diversion that I don't take very seriously. And no, it is not worth my time to chase down a list of 923 references maintained by a fanatic. I could, but don't, maintain a similar list for Obama because it won't prove anything to his supporters.

    There are good and not-so-good people on both sides of the aisle. But you folks see only good in the Dems and only bad in Reps. That gets tiresome and boring and makes you hard to to take seriously.

    What is it you would like to have a civil, adult, meaningful conversation about VP?

    I'll play fair as long as you don't bring conspiracy theories to the table. If we can stick to facts, I'll gladly be your Huckleberry =D

      @ katy re November 14, 2012 6:11 PM post:

      Should American citizens:

      * protect and defend our Constitution?
      * educate ourselves about the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the Founding Principles?
      * protect and defend our Judeo-Christian history and values?
      * preserve and promote economic freedom and the entrepreneurial spirit?
      * preserve and promote our God-given rights, especially religious liberty, freedom of speech, and the right to bear arms?
      * maintain our sovereignty, borders, and national security?
      * support our active duty military, veterans, and first responders?
      * promote One Nation Under God - not hyphenated americans?


    VP- You will get no sympathy or lenience from me. You are one crazy Teabilly.

    You, as a grumpy old white guy must be going bug-butt crazy to understand that despite your best effort you did not win a single political argument during the presidential election campaign. Have you now learned that speculation is not proof of anything? And know this for sure... as long as you continue being a radical far right Tea Party evangelical fundamentalist your pre-ordained destiny to be a total looser is a done deal. You cannot win these political and sociological debates because your mental handicap is being an incorrigible, ignorant, red-necked Teabilly. And there you will remain until you finally understand all men are created equal and you can stop being dismissive and disrespectful to large blocks of minority citizens, and dare I mention college students? Until you have personally experienced this epiphany, you will always be a bigoted grumpy old white guy destined for infamy. And Republicans will continue loosing elections. Population demographics have passed you bye. Enjoy your ride into the dustbin of history.

    BTW, can you spot the difference here?

    ROTFLMAO
    VS.
    ROFLMAO

    Dealing with Teabillies like 'VP' is like shooting fish in a barrel.

    Bwwaaahhhh HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA



    It happens EVERY time.

    Teabilly 'vp' gets into a debate, gets his butt cheeks ceremoniously handed to him, then next post reverts to being a suck-up, spewing a neutral and safe rhetoric like let's be buddies because shouldn't you love your mommy and your teddy bear?

    Two comments later he'll return to tearing the wings off flies. Talk about flip-flopping two-faced phonies... Romney set the bar pretty low.

    Rudolph said Romney is successful in everything he has done. Does that include running against Ted Kennedy and Barack Obama?

    ROFLMAO


    @ katy re November 14, 2012 6:11 PM post: mao's November 14, 2012 6:48 PM post proves my point. I have no idea if the post is responding to a specific comment or just ranting in general to impress the pack. Regardless, the post added nothing to any discussion, but I do like the donkey braying at the end. In sharp contrast, the blog pages on the Roanoke Times contain no personal attacks like those the pack hurls. Definition of "teabillie" from the Urban Dictionary: "A member or follower of the Tea Party movement who displays a lack of sophistication." You guys are halfway there.

    VP- You know you just proved ROFLMAO absolutely correct right? Anyway,

    *protect and defend our Constitution? absolutely

    * educate ourselves about the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the Founding Principles? PLEASE do!

    * protect and defend our Judeo-Christian history and values? First, there is no "our" in America as a whole. There are many different constitutionally protected belief sets, and the Constitution itself doesn't imply any one religion or name any one religion. No matter what you may believe or dont as to what the founders intended, "christian" is mentioned no where.

    * preserve and promote economic freedom and the entrepreneurial spirit? absolutely! But that doesn't mean greed rules the system and anything goes for a buck. WalMart is a case in point.

    * preserve and promote our God-given rights, especially religious liberty, freedom of speech, and the right to bear arms? those are constitutionally given rights, which I do believe in, but I also believe there is a difference between the random citizen being able to buy protection and being able to buy weapons to mow down crowds of people. I also believe we need hate speech laws so bigots can't picket dead soldiers funerals or spew lies and hate across the airwaves which then creates division and more hate.

    * maintain our sovereignty, borders, and national security? "I" am very, VERY far right on this issue and think we shouldn't be letting anyone in at all until we have more jobs than people AND they can show an ability to self survive by moving here.

    * support our active duty military, veterans, and first responders? again, Absolutely! In this, R-side is the wrong side of the fence.

    * promote One Nation Under God - not hyphenated americans? Sorry but Nope! "Under God" was an addition, not in the original pledge, therefore not intended to be. Me personally, I'm not on a mission to remove it any more than I am to force it. But if that is the only two options, then I have to side with removal because our Constitution protects those that do not believe it and says no where they must be forced to submit.

    VP, I hate onions. If I watch someone eating onions I gag. (literally) If every onion was removed from this earth, every mention of them....I would still believe onions are like eating a mouth full of sweaty armpits or the smell that forced me to hang my head out the window driving my sons home from football. The belief is so deep that there is absolutely nothing that would change my mind, no matter what anyone said or did. Even if I was the only person on earth that onions disgusted, I would still be disgusted. Get it?

    It saddens me that when it comes to spirituality "some" people cant just believe what they want . That they have to actively try to force others to believe as they do and force indoctrination upon them. That their faith isn't strong enough to just believe irregardless of who agrees or doesn't. If you need to be constantly told what to believe you don't have faith at all, you don't even understand the concept.

    There ya go, no name calling. No sarcasm (I think at least).

    @ katy re November 19, 2012 8:38 PM post:

    The questions were for yes or no answers; I'll try to interpret your answers that way.

    * Constitution - YES we agree
    * Educate - ??? sounds like you're saying you are already educated and I should become so. I'll put that down as a YES we agree
    * Christian history - NO we disagree. The founders came to America to escape the tyranny of King George, specifically as it was exercised by the Church of England. So the establishment of a christian settlement was of utmost importance to them. The ribbon of that theme can be found throughout history books of that period leading up to the revolution. Please read www.aproundtable.org/issues.cfm?issuecode=history for several examples of where "christianity" was referenced. Our Declaration contains "...endowed by their Creator..." In 1844, the Court said, "Christianity is part of our common law." In 1892, the Supreme Court said this: "No purpose of action against religion can be imputed to any legislation, state or national because this is a religious people. This is historically true." In 1930, the U.S. Supreme Court said this: "We are a Christian people, according to our motto." "Religion is the basis and Foundation of Government." James Madison June 20, 1785. For more, see Quotes from our Founding Fathers at the bottom of the page.
    * Economic freedom - YES we agree (I think) The discussion here is when does the profit motive become greed? www.stock-analysis-on.net/NYSE/Company/ and wiki for WalMart shows 3.5% net profit; for McDonald's 20%; for Home Depot 10%; for Disney 5%; Hess Oil 4.5%; Exxon Mobile 8.4%; Halliburton 12%. IMO, all except McDonald's are reasonable. The image that some companies project based on the huge amounts of money they make as net profit obscures the relatively small percentage they make as a return on investment. And it is from this amount that they pay their stockholders. I am not defending the companies that gouge consumers. Usually the ones hurt most by those companies are the ones who can least afford it. I don't like big box stores either because of the effect they have on ma and pop stores. But that is the free enterprise system. Competition, supply and demand. You shouldn't blame Walmart for running a small retailer out of business. Blame the consumers who shop at Walmart. (But I sure hate to see all that foreign made merchandise.) Another part of the equation is employees and I guess that's why you referred to Walmart greed. It has a reputation for low salaries (according to glassdoor.com the average pay for sales associates and cashiers is less than $9; assistant managers make a decent salary of $44K.), not allowing employees to work full-time to avoid paying benefits, and keeping unions out. Target and Sears pay a little less than Walmart, both have successfully kept unions out, but I don't know their full/part-time policies. As you might expect, I'm anti-union management - not rank and file. I think Chik-Fil-A treats its employees OK but I'm sure you have problems with it for other reasons.
    * preserve our rights - religion YES we agree; arms YES and NO; we agree that citizens should be able to have arms but we disagree on what type. I think we should be allowed to buy any small arm that our police departments can buy; speech you say YES but then qualify it so it becomes a NO. I completely agree with your purpose but hate-speech laws are contrary to the 1st Amendment whether they target military funeral protesters, Limbaugh, Matthews, Beck, or Olbermann.
    * sovereignty, borders, and national security - YES we agree completely
    * military, veterans, and first responders YES we agree
    * promote One Nation Under God - not hyphenated americans? This is a two part theme. We discussed the first, One Nation Under God, previously but it bears repeating. You are correct, "Under God" was an addition. But to say that since it was not in the original pledge, it was not intended to be is a giant leap of logic. If you look at the official versions of the Pledge in wiki, you will see several additions over the years. The one in question was not added for religious purposes but to highlight America's exceptionalism. Even if you want to make it a religious issue, there is a more fundamental issue. I believe that minority protection means their ability to be heard concerning all aspects of society will not be undermined. It does not mean that their wishes will be granted. Therefore in the instant case, IMO it is an injustice to give (making up numbers here) 60% of the citizens the choice of not saying the current Pledge or changing it, neither of which they want to do, because 40% of the citizens don't like it. Too many societal issues are being decided by unelected jurists. Let's start putting them on the ballot forms. The second theme is hyphenating some groups of Americans. It divides and should stop.
    * Re onions and spirituality, I'm not sure what you are saying so I won't speculate.

      Well VP, you and I are just going to have to disagree in regards to the Constitution and other founding documents and religion because I cant imagine they say things they don't or imagine that what is said implies something other than what it says.
      -On free speech, I believe they intended for citizens to be able to openly disagree and speak out against the government without fear of reprisal. Hate speech is hate speech whether one happens to agree with it or not, and shouldn't be protected, so again we will just have to disagree.
      -WalMart being an example of a CEO who makes approx 8000.00 an hour, while its employees make 8.00 an hour and survive by government assistance. Every single tax payer subsidizes WalMart. I speak regularly with 2 people that work at different WalMarts. Both are getting holiday pay this week >>BUT both are losing a regular work day so the company can compensate, therefore there really is no holiday pay. Its the common practice. As far as WalMarts destruction of small business, I've said previously "I" avoid the store like the plague. I myself worked at WalMart early in my first marriage for extra holiday money and worked the dreaded black Friday, in which management laughed at the stupidity of shoppers for rushing to buy stuff at sale prices found all year, and low quality cheap sales because of the gimmick of the day. That was well over 10 years ago, the monster has grown but rest assured not with my money.

      Onions...LOL..my point was the strength of my belief and my lack of need of assurance or force fed indoctrination to believe as I do. There is a majority of people that love onions, that doesn't mean any difference to the bile rising in my throat watching my husband cover his burger in fried onions. (I thought it was a good analogy, but then again I'm an odd ducky)

      My Father made the point to me that people don't go to church to find God, they go to worship with others who believe the same way. Spirituality is what anyone person chooses to believe or for some not believe. Life is then viewed through that belief or lack. They key is understanding that others have different views and not trying to force your view upon them. "Free will" and all that good stuff.

        @ katy re November 21, 2012 1:48 PM post: Making progress; we agreed fully or partially on 6 of the 8 topics. They came from a pamphlet I picked up at speech by E.W. Jackson who was seeking the Virginia Rep nomination for Senate. Jackson heads STAND (Staying True to America's National Destiny) www.standamerica.us

    VP. your revision of history and quoting of "the wall builders" and barton show exactly why it is you can't "get it"

    are you of the mind set that the first amendment only refers to Christians?

      @ wondering re November 21, 2012 9:38 AM post: Tell me why I "don't get it." Tell me where I revised history. I quoted from American Policy Roundtable and gave the link. Never knew about "wall builders" until now and can't find "barton." Constitution, 1st Amendment, and all Amendments apply to all citizens and those legally within our borders.


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