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Published: Tuesday, May 15 2012 1:48 p.m. MDT

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CHS 85
Sandy, UT

The Deseret News cheerleading squad can sum this up for the readers in four words - Romney, good. Obama, bad.

Baron Scarpia
Logan, UT

People criticize Obama for being a "community organizer" -- essentially, a low-paying job to help the the down-and-out and disenfranchised from the opportunities that many people take for granted. The "free market" that the GOP loves to promote doesn't help these people, and we should be grateful that there are people in society willing to help the poor and outcast.

As corporate decision-makers, like Romney, take their operations and wealth off-shore, opportunities for Americans dwindle. As public education funding dwindles, more and more Americans are unable to participate in the opportunities offered by "free market."

So Obama didn't run a lemonade stand or engage in leveraged buy-outs to save companies by laying off people. At least he was there to pick up the pieces for people in poor communities -- essentially the victims of our capitalistic system.

Does Romney have that kind of experience?

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

CHS,
I'm glad to see you have been able to boil the truth down to 4 simple words

Baron,
I would say Romney did MUCH more as a stake president to help the poor than BO EVER did as a community organizer. So yes, I WOULD say Romney has experience helping the poor overcome thier situations; rather than showing them how to game the system and wallow in their misery, which is what community organizers teach.

And while you and the BO campaign focus solely on those laid off from their failing companies, you calmly ignore those who had their jobs saved by Bain's involvement.

And if venture capital firms are so evil, why is BO attending $65k per plate fund raisers at VC exec's homes?

Baron Scarpia
Logan, UT

@ lost in DC

I fully acknowledge that capitalism does create winners and losers -- and yes, Bain did indeed create jobs and wealth while it restructured companies to better compete in the marketplace.

My point is that because Romney's profession was focused on wealth creation and corporations and NOT geared to helping the workers he intentinally layed-off, society needs people like community organizers who help the poor -- that's all.

I'll agree with you that there may be some "bad" community organizers that teach the poor how to "game the system" as you say -- but not all community organizers are intentionally bad, and we should be grateful as a nation that there are people out there willing to take their fancy Harvard degrees and sacrafice their own ability to "make a lot of money" for themselves in favor of helping others.

Many people are criticizing Romney for his betting against America and putting his wealth in the Cayman Islands to avoid paying federal taxes and to benefit that nation's economy. This is perfectly legal in our capitalist society. However, I'm not sure this is the type of decisionmaker I want running our nation.

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

I am dying to see the pictures of little Mit Romney running a lemonade stand in front of his private and exclusive boarding school. Time were rough back then, AMC falling apart and all. I am sure making those tuition and boarding cost were tough back in the day.

I can see it now, little Mit, riding his bike from mansion to mansion, tossing papers on front porches at 6 am before heading off to school..... I am curious if Romney would say his kids are not electable because they never ran a lemonade stand?

Obama's campaign needs to keep it clean (they wont), and Romney needs to keep the comparisons to something that can stand the spot light under as well. Romney is not a guy who had to work the 3 am shift at UPS to get through school like many of us did. Be careful of the bar you set, you might not be able to climb over it your self.

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