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Published: Wednesday, Oct. 26 2011 10:30 a.m. MDT

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Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

'Romney reverses himself, supports anti-union law' - Title

'FAIRFAX, Va. A day after he refused to endorse an Ohio ballot measure that limits public employee union rights, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney said Wednesday that he is "110 percent" behind the effort.' - Article

Zero to 110% in 24hours.

Romney just made every person who claimed he's a flip-flopper....

right.

sergio
Phoenix, AZ

Romney is clearly anti labor and anti the working man.

eagle651
Chino Valley, AZ

All though most working people do not belong to unions; the improved working conditions and benefits the unions have created are the bench mark for non-union workers.

Big business and their political parties will do everything they can do to reduce or eliminate these working conditions. Workers are just are just a thorn in their side.

If you are a person who has to work to provide for your family; know how your candidate feels about YOU.

Republicans have no love affair for workers. CEO's and stockholders always come first.

An Independent point of view

Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

I honestly have no idea what Romney believes on any issue, other than he believes he should be president. Is there any issue on which he has maintained a consistent position over the years? Or does he always say whatever it takes to win the election that he is currently contesting?

VST
Bountiful, UT

If you first take a position on an issue, then later change your position and stay with it, that I can understand and accept because many people change their thinking as they move through life. But in this instance for Romney, if you are first supportive of this law, then you are against it, then today, you are for the law, that is the classic definition of flip-flopping.

Romney is obviously a politician who moves in the direction the wind is blowing. Romney needs to stop doing this if he wants to be taken seriously by GOP Conservative and Independent voters.

seer
kaysville, ut

The unions have gone WWWAAAAAAY past doing any good for their members. Much like a pendulum that swings past its midpoint, the unions now are bordering on thuggery and extortion. Who ever heard of a job that had to pay union dues.....HAVE TO PAY? Let it be a choice....are we not all for choice? Do not force me to pay a union due just to be a bank teller if I choose not to. I might as well raise my hand and say I want to be a democrat, because that is exactly what is happening. My dues would go to the democratic party.......and OBAMA. NO thank you!

ute alumni
Tengoku, UT

unions are run like the mafia. o to go. stop union thuggery.

BSU
Lehi, UT

I used to think Unions hurt Corporate America, and sometimes I think they do. But Romney was my only hope for a Republican who understood the LDS opposition to greed and to lft the poor. I have a Union job, although I'm not a member, and I can tell you that the Corporation I work for cares nothing for those whose checks they glean in order to buy that third an fourth home.

We work hard, making the food you eat, and we barely make ends meet, the Union representatives are all that has stood between complete poverty while the rich CEO's grind upon our faces.

The rich combinations who control their own wages and how much you pay for your food (I'm talking about Kraft, Hostess, all) probaboy care nothing for you either, and by bankrupting us they will bankrupt many of you too....someone needs to investigate, and so far the Unions are ths only ones to stand against it.

I'm very disappointed that Mitt would support this.

no fit in SG
St.George, Utah

We all must be made aware of what will happen should the Republicans get their way....
Will we revert to the "sweat shop" type conditions for workers that were the norm in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century? This would include very long hours, six day a week schedules, no OSHA or other regulations for a workers safety, no time off, no vacation, no benefits of any kind.
One could be fired at a whim. Workers would again risk their lives each day at their job.
Is this what the Republicans are working towards? It certainly is sounding more and more to be the case.

teleste
Provo, UT

I bet Pagan has never changed his mind about anything over a 24 hour period...

right?

VocalLocal
Salt Lake, UT

I am anti-union and pro-worker. Unions have proven to raise unemployment and to stall the progress of hiring. Also they raise prices for everyone-leading a net drop in income for everyone else whether rich or poor. If you are going to help workers forming a union is the worst way to go about it.

With that said I don't like laws the prohibit unionization. I don't think it's right to forbid any group from banding together to argue their interests in a non-violent matter. However unions rarely stay together unless laws are in place that force unionization or that penalize non-union workers. To me to force employees to join a union if they want to work goes against all principles of freedom this country stands for. I am all-for eliminating such laws and some of the changes being proposed by Republicans are not to prohibit unions but to prohibit forcing unionization on government employees.

FDRfan
safety dictates, ID

Mitt Romney may need to fire much of his staff if he wants to be President. Catering to the far right and being anti-union is a sure way to make Obama a two term President. He should have stayed with his own feelings as expressed the first day.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Flip-and-Flop

I'm reminded of an old TV show --
"To Tell the Truth"

Several guests were invited to flip-flop and out-right lie if need be to fool the Panelists and Television audience.

At the end of the Televison show, the Host asked the catch phrase:

"Will the REAL [Mitt Romney] please stand up!"

Like Pres. Gordon B. Hinckley taught us i his book --
"Standing for Something"

It's all about Integrity -- not "I'll say or do anything to get elected".
Including compromising on your convictions.

That's all I want.
No more games, no more messing around.

Oh and BTW - may the best Man/Woman win.

Eddie
Syracuse, UT

With every promise the Obama made during the campaign that now has been broken, that would make him the ultimate Flip-flopper.

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

'With every promise the Obama made during the campaign that now has been broken...' - Eddie | 2:49 p.m. Oct. 26, 2011

Promise:
*'Obama HRC Speech: "I Will End Don't Ask, Don't Tell," Says President Obama' - By CHRISTINE SIMMONS - Huffington Post - 10/10/09

Delivery:
*'Obama signs 'don't ask, don't tell' repeal' - By Pauline Jelinek - AP - Published by DSnews - 12/22/10

Promise:
*'Obama to pull combat troops from Iraq by August 2010' - CNN - 02/26/09

Delivery:
*'Last U.S. combat brigade leaves Iraq' - By Rebecca Santana - AP - Published by DSNews - 08/19/10

Heck...

*'Obama announces total Iraq troop withdrawal' - By Ben Feller - AP - Published by DSNews - 10/21/2011

*We have been waiting for this moment: Libya confirms Gadhafi is dead MSNBC 10/20/2011

*'Osama bin Laden Killed: 'Justice Is Done,' President Says' - By DEAN SCHABNER - ABC News - 05/01/2011

'Osama bin Laden, hunted as the mastermind behind the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil, has been killed, President Obama announced tonight.'

What 'promises' are you talking about...?

LDSareChristians
Anchorage, AK

Not having a position one day and then having it the next isn't flip flopping, or even a flip.

If Romney had said he was for Unions one day and then against the next, you'd have a flip.

His response, the day before, was of one who hadn't made up his mind on the issue yet. He was prudent, not letting slip an un-considered response. After, I am sure, some discussion with his advisers, he presented his position today.

His actions were Presidential. Not the rash off the cuff remarks the other candidates seem to spill forth and eat later.

Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah

Liberal Chicago City Mayor Rahm Emanuel has ridiculed the practice of paying Chicago's heavy equipment union operators overtime just to get ready for work. Seems that even the liberals are getting the message that they can't keep supporting staggering unchecked public unions.

Looks like Wisconsin was right when they put a collar on public union employees in their state. This is not good news for Obama's re-election hopes in 2012.

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

Ute Alumni... could you please explain your comment beyond a silly talking point

"unions are run like the mafia. o to go. stop union thuggery."

How are they run like the Mafia. While WORKING my way through college, I worked for UPS, unloading trucks at 5 am until time to go to class. During that time, I was a Teamster. UPS and the Teamsters have an excellent working relationship where both groups are succeeding not at the others expense.

At no point was I forced to join the union, nor was my job conditional on membership in the union. I was never made to feel I had to become a member, and actually wasn't for my first year and a half. I was able to put myself through college and support my family at the time.

No you are going to have to come up with a lot more then a Limbaugh style rhetoric to convince me otherwise. Have you actually worked a union job before? How is it you have come to be so knowledgeable about how unions work.

I stand ready to learn from your experience - not silly campaign slogans.

Mark B
Eureka, CA

LDSC 3:01 would appear to make sense until or unless one is aware that Mitt had ALREADY gone on the record for union busting in JUNE. That means that this week's play isn't just a flip, but a RE-Flip to support something that looks as though it's going down in Ohio. My guess is that Mitt didn't wish to be tied to a loser and played dumb until caught disavowing what he was supporting in June. It doesn't sound too presidential, does it?

I M LDS 2
Provo, UT

The wealthy owners and overpaid executives of corporate America/Wall Street have exported US jobs overseas (where they exploit workers without blinking an eye) and are pocketing record profits and bonuses, all at the same time we have near 10% unemployment, even more under-employment, and a fragile, depressed economy.

And some of you die-hard Romney supporters are willing to swallow this kind of rhetoric, tap-dancing, flip-flopping nonsense?

If ever I had any respect for Romney remaining (and admittedly, there was some), it is now completely gone.

He had his wealth handed to him on a silver platter, lives a lavish, wealthy lifestyle, and takes companies apart so he can cut jobs and export them to foreign places where they exploit workers. Romney has no clue what common Americans are struggling with.

He is the second-to-LAST person who needs to be in the Whitehouse (Donald Trump is the first).

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