Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Columbus Dispatch endorses Romney

Wow, didn't see that one coming.  The Dispatch isn't exactly a bastion of hardcore conservatism.  Still, I'm not exactly surprised.  In fact it does a pretty good job explaining why Obama deserves to lose: 

" After nearly four years of economic stagnation, massive unemployment, record-setting debt and government intrusions into the economy that have paralyzed the private sector, the United States needs a new direction. For this reason, The Dispatch urges voters to choose Republican Mitt Romney for president in the Nov. 6 election". 
"Four years after promising hope and change, and after a deficit-driving $787 billion stimulus program, here is the result, 12.1 million unemployed, with an unemployment rate above 8 percent for 43 of the past 44 months, 8.6 million working part time because they can’t find full-time work, 2.5 million who wanted to work, but have stopped looking for jobs, In 2009, real median household income was $52,195. By 2011, it had fallen to $50,054". 
The Columbus Dispatch daily newspaper editorial board wrote " In 2009, the U.S. poverty rate was 14.3 percent. By 2011, the poverty rate climbed to 15 percent, on Obama’s watch, 12 million more Americans joined the food-stamp program, which has reached a record of more than 46 million enrollees, annual federal budget deficits above $1 trillion for the past four years, increasing the national debt to an all-time high of $16 trillion".
That is why the Obama team, with the help of the national media, has tried to make this a referendum on the guy who hasn't had a chance to do anything yet.  And up until recently, it seemed to be working.  Obama's message that more or less said 'except for the things that suck worse, most things only suck as bad as they did when I took over' was working in our apathetic  narcissistic culture more obsessed with the latest iPhone app than what's happening in the Middle East.
But as election time draws near, more and more people are starting to put things together. This hardly means Romney has breached the 'deserves to win' obstacle.  He still appears to wake up and see if he can alienate as many of his base as possible on a daily basis.  But right now, the emperor is beginning to look quite naked to a growing number of Americans, and the saddest part is that if they realize the foolishness in giving him four more years to get dressed, they'll be stuck with a man who, at this point, can scarcely be counted on to maintain a moral stance longer than an American Idol performance.

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