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Published: Sunday, July 8 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Shaun
Sandy, UT

Two I things I expect from Romney if he wins. First, from day one he can not blame the former president or blame the former president during his whole term. Second, he must instantly fix the economy.

Esquire
Springville, UT

No question you are a supporter, but when it comes to understanding the issues faced by those of us who are not rich, Romney doesn't get it. He has demonstrated it over and over.

Baron Scarpia
Logan, UT

What bothers me the most about Mitt are two-fold: One, you can't figure out who he is as he denies/renounces/downplays his previous accomplishments and positions to appeal to the GOP right wing -- in everything from his RomneyCare and governorship in Massachusetts to his poking fun at Obama's Harvard education when he himself has two degrees from Harvard. I keep seeing vidoes of Mitt saying one thing a few years ago as a moderate progressive, and now his new line is that he's "severly conservative."

Two, his non-disclosure of his wealth and business dealings -- from his hiding wealth off-shore in the Caymens, Bermuda, and other countries to reduce his U.S. tax burden to his Bain investments that bought and sold companies, often off-shoring jobs held by Americans to line his own pocket. Yes, this was all perfectly legal, but his "my wealth first" mentality doesn't align with the "America first" orientation we need in a president.

Obama has been disappointing. I'm not sure it is entirely his fault, and I'd be the first to vote him out if I thought the GOP had a viable alternative.

Blue
Salt Lake City, UT

The scion of a wealthy family uses that wealth to acquire even greater wealth. That's supposed to be notable or praiseworthy?

You mention "No Apology."

In this book, Romney claims that class size does not impact the quality of education, but the data he uses to support that claim measured classes where the number of students grew from 11 to 18.

Romney correctly observes that he US pays its teachers poorly relative to other developed countries and draws its teachers from the bottom 1/3 of our college students. He'd prefer that our education system be more like Finland.

Any mention that the Finns pay their teachers much better, and that Finnish teachers, whose work Romney admires, have a strong union? Of course not. Do the Finns measure their teachers' job performance by using standardized student test scores? No.

I would trust Romney to turn an investment of $100 million into $150 million, provided I didn't much care how he did it or from where the gain would come.

But should we trust him to run the nation? No.

Brother Chuck Schroeder
A Tropical Paradise USA, FL

Romney is in touch with nothing. Republicans criticize Democrats in Congress for being too liberal, but consumer activist and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader criticizes them for being too conservative. If the Democrats in Congress were all drinking water from the same faucet, there might be a clue to their chronic fear of the craven and cruel corporatist Republicans who dominate them. But they don't, so we have to ask why their fear, defeatism, and cowering behavior continue in the face of the outrageous GOP actions as the November election approaches. Republicans go for the jugular, while the Democrats go for the capillaries. Democrats take it on the chin from House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor. But they do not go into these politicians' backyards in Virginia and Ohio to expose the unpopular agendas pitched by these Wall Street puppets. Democrats let Republicans get away with backing big corporations. The Democrats should be land-sliding the worst Republican Party in history. Democrats had better awaken soon if they hope to avert an electoral disaster.

pragmatistferlife
salt lake city, utah

So Romney may not be able to fix the economy in one term..but Obama was suppose to? Mitt would inherit an economy with 25 months of positive job growth, and 25 months of positive gdp growth. Obama inherited an economy in total collapse..9% gdp loss in one quarter and 5 quarters of 2 to 3% gdp loss.

Look at the related article listed below this letter "don't reward ignorance". Yes please don't.

ECR
Burke, VA

As a moderate I find it hard to identify what it is that Governor Romney stands for since the things he says he stands for now are very different that what he said he stood for when running for governor of Massachusetts. And who can tell me that once he is in office he won't change his mind again. Certainly there is nothing wrong with changing your mind on an issue - President Obama has done it on some key issues - but some of the positions Governor Romney currently stands on are vastly different, sometimes completely opposite, of what he used to stand for (Stimulus, TARP, abortion, healthcare mandate). I'm sure there are those who will disagree with my assessment.

So let's find something we can agree on. Mitt Romney will enter the White House as a businessman and try to run the country like a business. And what is the number one goal of business? To create jobs? Sorry, wrong answer. The number one goal of business is to make a profit and Mitt Romney's own business experience has proven that sometimes, perhaps often, the only way to make a profit is to cut jobs.

Ralph West Jordan
Taylorsville, UT

Shirlene J. Hundley is concerned about Obama fans and whether they have "researched His Claims" of improving "Jobs, Economy, Gas prices, Health Care, Etc" claiming it as "Hype and Ego Boosting"

In case you hadn't noticed Shirlene, gas prices are lower than they have been for over a year, the economy is better than when he began his term, as for health care I can tell you personally that my wife and I along with millions of others are much better off due to existing conditions and drug costs and the jobless rate is at 8.2% which is better than 4 years ago.

You claim you are worried about your kids but it is Romney's party that is gutting the education system. You claim Romney is more in touch but we have yet to hear how or what he is going to do other than "Replace and Repeal.

The crowning touch to your letter is "He may not be able to turn it around in one term". We wouldn't expect him to, so tell us why it is expected of Obama. Me thinks you should do some research of your own!

one old man
Ogden, UT

The writer asks if we have "done the research."

I have. I read Romney's book and was thoroughly frightened by some of it. It clearly shows a man whose experience has absolutely no relation to mine nor to most of my family and acquaintances.

Romney's incredible hypocrisy is on clear display in the book. His promise to repeal the only advance in health insurance reform the nation has ever seen should send every sensible American to the polls to vote against him. And that's not the only reason.

I HAVE done the research. It's obvious that the author of this letter has not.

UTAH Bill
Salt Lake City, UT

How can the writer say Mr. Romney is in touch with Americans when we don't even know where he stands on the issues? Frankly, I liked Romney's stances when he was governor and seriously considered him to be a potential president. But he's pretty much dumped all the moderate stances that attracted me to him.

J Thompson
SPRINGVILLE, UT

Obama shouts "Rah Rah" and his supports join in with his "Rah Rah" following the juvenile Junior High School political parade as it moves from city to city.

People who don't know the difference between "Rah Rah" and substance, will shout "Rah Rah" in their letters and comments, cheering on the "Rah Rah" king of America, who tells us that he will "change" America. He has changed America. He has divided America. He has changed us into a nation of beggars and finger-pointers. He has taught us to covet. He has told us that it is all right for the government to take from the "rich guy" as long as the government redistributes that wealth to the beggars and finger-pointers. Hooray for the Rah-Rah king of America. Many follow him - mindlessly.

Mitt Romney tells us that we're going to have to WORK - all of us. He tells us that there is no free lunch. He tells us that we're going to have to find better ways to compete with the world. He tells us that we're going to have to be responsible.

Mitt Romney is telling the truth.

ugottabkidn
Sandy, UT

Shirlene, this is an election for President of the United States not a religious calling inspite of what you feel in your heart. Anyone can make personal claims in a book. I suggest you look at his record in the great Bay State. Although he managed the SLOC well he has made claims he cannot back up. He did not save the Olympics. He is counting on short memories and maybe that is why he is a carpetbagger not to mention he is avoiding his obligations all over the world with funds to numerous to count. What's that all about?

louie
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Romney is similar to many campaigners, except speaking negatively of the current administration he still has not articulated how he would change things. specifically how will he improve the economy and how will he reform health care?

KJB1
Eugene, OR

J. Thompson:

"He tells us that there is no free lunch...He tells us that we're going to have to be responsible."

Isn't that what the individual mandate of the ACA says as well? The same mandate that Romney was for before he was against? And how is slashing taxes even further for the "job creators" (who aren't creating much right now) being "responsible"?

And it's funny that Shirlene thinks that Obama touting his achievements and accomplishments is "hype and ego boosting." If you've genuinely researched the issues and favor Romney, that's your right, but this letter is little more than sticking fingers in your ears and singing, "La, la, la..."

Eric Samuelsen
Provo, UT

To address the issue of ego:
From the very beginnings of the Republic, Presidential aspirants have presented themselves as humble and reluctant servants of the people, self-lessly serving in answer to a higher call--their opponents, on the other hand, are clearly greedy, grasping, dishonest and egotistical, people who are running because they think they're better than the rest of us. This is true of every era in our history, and it's true of all candidates from whatever party. This marketing strategy is constant, because it works. As Americans we don't like elitist egotists, we like humble men of the people.

It's all just nonsense, of course. Running for President is miserable, hard work, a nasty, never-ending soul-destroying slog. Why would you do that, why would you subject yourself to it, unless you had a considerable ego, unless you really had a drive for power.

I'm not trashing Romney here. I'm saying that running for President essentially requires a massive ego, an incredible sense of entitlement and a feeling that you and only you can save our country. And that's true of both candidates, both parties, every election.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

The only reason why he appears "in touch" with everyone is because he completely changes his stances on every single issue depending on who he's speaking with. To average people, "he feels your pain" and then bashes Obama. To rich people, "he enjoys firing people, corporations are people, the only way to help this economy grow is to give them more tax cuts while shifting the tax burden to the middle-class."

I think we should look at the facts.

Based on the things Romney has said, NO ONE can realistically know what he stands for.

Based on the things he has done, he's another corporate rich guy looking out for the interests of fellow rich folks. His 12 offshore Cayman Island accounts, his Swiss Bank Account, his building of a garage elevator while rest of us are trying to figure out how to buy a tank of gas, etc all disgust me.

Ralph West Jordan
Taylorsville, UT

Re: J. Thompson

Great Post! Perfect example of the Rah Rah syndrom!

J Thompson
SPRINGVILLE, UT

KJB1,

That's a fair question. Some of you believe that the government has to force us to make correct decisions. Some of you believe that if we fail to make correct decisions that the government, i.e. some "rich guy", should swoop in and pick us up before we hurt ourselves; but, it that what we really want? Is that what "Independence" is all about? Is that that agency is all about?

Does Obama tell us to stop complaining and to go to work? Has Obama obstructed business? Will he admit that he has messed things up so royally that it will take all our resources for decades just to repay the increase in the deficit that he caused?

Obama is the antithesis of what America needs. EVERYTHING that he has done has cost Americans their jobs, their homes, their families, their incentive, their initiative. He has blamed Bush, the weather, and the "rich guy"; but, he refuses to blame himself.

Romney has the cure. He is honest in telling us to get up and to get to work. He's honest in telling us that if we want something, we'll have to work for it.

George
Bronx, NY

26 months of job growth, oil production is up not down, millions of people that where or could be denied health insurance now cannot be dropped or denied insurance. What research have you done besides reading Romney's book that tells us nothing more then he comes from a life of corporate greed Shirline? How exactly is Romney going to handle the economy. healthcare, gas prices?

GK Willington
SLC, UT

1st) Speaking of cheerleading (you know Rah Rah); Another Mitt is wonderful piece in the DN.

2nd) Should Mitt be elected, it will be like the 2nd term of GHW Bush.

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