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Published: Tuesday, Jan. 17 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

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embarrassed Utahn!
Salt Lake City, UT

A very quick fact-check will show that Romney is not above telling outright lies to disparage our fine President Obama. In my opinion, most Utah voters will roundly dismiss the lies since Romney is a Republican. I find it repugnant.

Springville, UT

Funny, he has the opposite effect on me.

Huntsville, UT

Running a country is not the same as running a corporation.

In the corporation all you need to worry about is profits. Fire a few million workers to boost your bottom line.

In a country, you worry about your citizens. Firing them ruins your bottom line.

Romney doesn't understand the difference.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

If Romney weren't Mormon, would you have still found him inspiring? How many other Utahns would feel inspired by him?

Despite all this inspiring nonsense, what about substance? That's what I want out of a President. We don't need Dr. Phil. We need Bill Clinton.

Someone that actually knows how to get the economy moving (like he did after Bush I killed it) and balance a budget.

Romney? What does he stand for? Guess it depends on the week... Flip Flop....

Bountiful, UT

What would be inspiring is for someone to run for office where it is evident that they value principals above the glamour that comes with the office they seek.

In addition what would be inspiring is to find a Solomon who is known for their far reaching wisdom and in whom you could have confidence would make right decisions.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Mitt Romney is like an old sea captain. He know which way the wind is blowing and he frequently changes his course to compensate for the wind. Unfortunately the job of president requires more than a person who can flip flop to the wind. Mitt just doesn't have what it takes to lead a great country out of economic distress.

Springville, UT

"The Real Maverick" has a good point. But for being a Mormon, how many of you would support a fairly liberal Massachusetts politician, raised in wealth beyond the dreams of most Utahns and has been a corporate raider, who was on record of supporting abortion rights and gay rights, and who is one of the most notable flip-floppers in U.S. political history? Are you voting for the man, or are you voting for the religion (as long as it is associated with the "right" political party)?

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

So what is this letter writer suggesting?

That Federal Employees work for Free?
Volunteer their time?
Work for Kudos?

I'm sure Romney's Fired, laid-off Employees don't share your feelings of inspiration.

Go ahead Mitt -- Inspire us.
We're still waiting to hear ONE idea, suggestion, or plan of HOW he plans to do things different.

The Republican mantra of "but, I'm not Obama" means nothing to intelligent voters.

Substance, not slogans.

Hayden, ID

@ LDS Liberal. I think you are right! "Intelligent voter" should vote for a man who has never had any leadership experience, who never had to run a company, never had to make payroll, never had to succeed against all the government's regulations. That way he can "lead" us to becoming just like Europe! Now that's real "substance".

Cora Smith

Being an LDS member, I want a president who respects the office. The way Romney trys to degrade our wonderfull president is not of the Jesus I know. Huntsman was the one who had honor. Tearing down our president for reasons that are not true, does not look like honor to me. Romney has ideas that will work for the benifit of all Americans? Then why doesn't he bring them forth?


Embarrassed Utahn: "our fine President Obama"... Funny, he has the opposite effect on me....

Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Which Romney is inspiring? The liberal Romney of the 90's? the moderate Romney of the early 2000's? or the hard core right wing Romney of today?

Brother Chuck Schroeder
A Tropical Paradise USA, FL

Romney owns Clear Channel Communications, Inc. that runs conservative talk shows, why do they, Glenn Beck and Rush want HIM elected?. Forget kissing babies on the campaign trail. The millions of dollars worth of political advertisements airing before the early primary elections are turning out to be money well spent for K Street and Wall Street money, GOP deregulations that say it's ok, keep it, get filthy rich off of it, stuff it in off shore tax safe havens, don't use it to create jobs, we want Obama to fail, and they go along with the Koch Brother's wishes that feeds them. They can spend unlimited amounts of cash to influence elections, and are poised to remake presidential politics this year. it's about these cafeteria style Constitutionalist that uses their political theories if and when it fits them and when it effects them alone, with a no waiting staff table service, in their private Patroit restaurant or within an institution of the Tea Party. That's what they think is their "Constitutionalist Platform" is to spout off about. That crashed America. Are you ready for that again?. "HEY", the rich get richer, we get poorer. ReaganBushClintonBush-villes economics.

My views.

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

The fallacy of the world is that business experience prepares a person for government leadership. It is more likely that just the opposite is true.

Government is about people, business is about wealth accumulation. The two are mortal enemies in the struggle for survival. Barring a few exceptions that sometimes occur, this is the rule and the history of civilization so far.

If there is to be a government of the people, for the people and by the people, business must be controlled to do the will of the people and not the other way around.

Business like fire must be controlled or it will consume not only the world of people but itself as well.

So when we elect a business oriented person to govern us, we are donating our lives and futures to someone not having our best interest.

Even so, business is not an option for civilized society it is as necessary as the air we breath. It provides the necessary products and services that we cant or dont want to provide by ourselves. But like the fire and its service, business must be controlled to the wishes of the people.

South Jordan, UT

Look at Romney during the debates. He has a smirk on his face. He is condisending to the other candidates. He changes his opinion like the wind changes direction. The only thing he inspires in me is to see Obama reelected

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

Mitt's a good guy with a lot of fine qualities, but "inspiring" is not one of them. He's a hard driving, single minded numbers guy -- a common Harvard biz school phenom -- but not the person to bring a tear to the eye.


Citizens for Tax Justice a few months ago estimated that Mitt Romney, due to most of his income coming from investments, pays a tax rate of around 14 percent, a far cry from the 35 percent top income tax rate. Romney then confirmed that the bulk of his income does, indeed, come from investments (and is thus subject to the top capital gains tax rate of 15 percent).

During a press conference, Romney said that he only makes some income from speakers fees, but not very much, which is money that would be taxed at normal income tax rates. From Feb. 2010 to Feb. 2011, Romney earned $362,000 in speakers fees.

On the other hand,
Romneys tax plan would double the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, while increasing taxes on millions of middle class families, including half of middle class families with children.

Salt Lake City, UT

Romney's core strength is electability. His voters are, for the most part, completely unenthused. In fact Santorum led a recent poll with 29% saying he's a true conservative. Romney was down with Gingrich at 15% and 14% (they may have been reversed, I'm not sure). However, Romney led in that poll. There's this massive reluctant support for Romney, that's why for 7 months despite Romney floating around 20-25% the whole time nationally and in Iowa, conservatives tested half a dozen candidates. 6 different people led Iowa polling and a 7th person was just 8 vote shy of winning it. Really Romney's strength is he's running against loons. I kinda wonder what would've happened if Pawlenty stayed in the race.

Sandy, UT

Come back to this inspiration thing after Romney "resets" the economy. 1.4 million Michiganders are greatful he didn't get the opportunity a couple of years ago.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Mountanman | 8:33 a.m. Jan. 17, 2012
Hayden, ID
@ LDS Liberal. I think you are right! "Intelligent voter" should vote for a man who has never had any leadership experience, who never had to run a company, never had to make payroll, never had to succeed against all the government's regulations. That way he can "lead" us to becoming just like Europe! Now that's real "substance".


Like I already said,
The Republican mantra of "but, I'm not Obama" means nothing to intelligent voters.

A couple other things Mountanman:
They are both running for the President of the United States, not CEO of America, Inc.

Like Terrorists who don't recognize the State of Israel,
we have those Americas who don't recognize who the current sitting President of the United States is.
and I'd reckon that actually being the President of the United States for the last 4 years trumps never ever being the President of the United States in the "experience" category everytime.

FYI -- Your Bush/Cheney Patriot Act Anti-Government eyes are watching you...

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