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Published: Tuesday, Sept. 4 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

"convention's major speakers didn't shy away from the unpleasant truth that the government cannot sustain itself at current levels of spending."

It is much easier to say "cut spending" than to give the specifics on WHAT would be cut.
How about some specifics on where we will cut spending?

"won't balance the budget for about 20 years.... cut spending too deeply in some areas, such as programs benefiting the most vulnerable Americans."

The next line should have read "while lowering taxes for our wealthiest Americans."

" the GOP ticket needs to signal that Republicans will make tradeoffs... reform the tax code or in the free pass they've given the Pentagon on budget cuts. .... principled compromise."

We need the GOP to cut spending. That will not happen without that "principled compromise"
Our Federal tax rate is the lowest in 60 years. Our EFFECTIVE corporate tax rate is also the lowest since tracking began. And Romney has vowed to INCREASE defense spending.

You cant lower taxes and increase defense spending and balance the budget.

Give up the "grover" pledge, negotiate in good faith and make "principled compromise".

That is what this country needs from the GOP.

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

He has boxed himself in and must please Limbaugh and the angry right.

Baron Scarpia
Logan, UT

"We will make tough choices."

Ann Romney says her husband will make the "tough choices" for the nation, seemingly implying that Obama has not. Wrong.

Clearly, bailing out GM and Chrysler was a tough choice to help save America's auto industry and suppliers, which is the heart of Midwestern jobs. Obama made a tough choice to help Americans. Romney says he'd have let GM and Chrysler go bankrupt. This would have helped his notion of allowing the "free market" to work its magic.

What I fear is that Romney's "tough decisions" is essentially code that he'll make decisions that are "tough" on Americans.

With Ryan on the ticket, it's clear that Romney will cut federal spending -- all of which guarantees higher unemployment (both from government roles and businesses that do government work). I'm not sure how long Americans can take such "tough choices" because this will lower the tax base and increase welfare demand, which the GOP wants to cut back on to help feed tax cuts for "job creators" (code for the wealthy) and increased military spending.

Of course, these tough decisions won't impact the Romneys' or wealthy.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

As an Independant voter I will make a prediction:

The GOP will loose.

Why?

All-or-Nothing, Hardball, Lack of Compromisng or seeking middle ground.

Take for example-

Aboration.

The GOP Party Platform of No aborations - EVER! -
[including Rape, Incest, or Life and Health of the Woman]
is not only extreme --
But is NOT in harmony even with LDS policy.

As far as I'm concerned....

The GOP is now just as wrong as the Democrats.

1aggie
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Why in the world should we believe the Republicans will negotiate in good faith when they have shown no signs of an inclination to do that? One New Jersey Govenor's voice rings pretty hollow when compared to the reality we've been experiencing.

Esquire
Springville, UT

So far Romney has appeared weak, caving in to the extremist elements of his party. On leadership, he has thus far failed.

Henderson
Orem, UT

Since when does Romney make tough decisions?

At every possible question or issue he has either dodged it or flip flopped.

That's not leadership. Changing your view or position on an issue depending on who you're speaking to that week isn't making "tough decisions."

Mitt has shown to be a masterful politician, great at saying everything and anything to gain votes. He has been a poor leader, as no one knows what he stands for.

Counter Intelligence
Salt Lake City, UT

waaaaaaaaa

Esquire
Springville, UT

The Democratic platform states: "Abortion is an intensely personal decision between a woman, her family, her doctor and her clergy; there is no place for politicians or government to get in the way."

This sounds more like the LDS view and the view of those who want less government. The GOP is out of step.

Eric Samuelsen
Provo, UT

"Balance the budget in 20 years". Uh, try never. Tax cuts, under these economic conditions, have no stimulative value whatsoever. The Romney/Ryan budget will massively increase the deficit while also increasing unemployment, lowering the tax base. There is no possible way in which it accomplishes anything positive at all.

Screwdriver
Casa Grande, AZ

The Democratic platform states: "Abortion is an intensely personal decision between a woman, her family, her doctor and her clergy; there is no place for politicians or government to get in the way."

Absoultly, the democratic position is essentially the same as both the LDS church and independents. The republicans just keep thinking prohibitions can actually work when they never have.

Anti Bush-Obama
Washington, DC

The Funny thing is that people actually believe that have a real choice for the election. The GOP has betrayed you all when they broke the rules to nominate Romney who didn't win. Romney will be a dead horse in this election, I can tell because he is not talking about fast and furious at all. He is not talking about issues that would cripple the obama administration. Not a word about NDAA or the TSA gropedowns. Romney is being paid by the elite to throw this election and it's just so obvious.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

The republicans are hostage to the religious abortion/gay marriage debate, so much so that they have to sideline the economy.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Esquire
Springville, UT
The Democratic platform states: "Abortion is an intensely personal decision between a woman, her family, her doctor and her clergy; there is no place for politicians or government to get in the way."

This sounds more like the LDS view and the view of those who want less government. The GOP is out of step.

10:18 a.m. Sept. 4, 2012

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Thank You!

I stand corrected.

The Democratic Platform is ABSOLUTELY in harmony with LDS Policy.

The GOP is clearly the Party out of sorts with their in-tolerent "No-Exception" platform.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

"Sounds like" and "is" are two different things. The evil one would make us think that things "sound good". He wants us to stop thinking for ourselves and to simply think that abortion is all right because a very few abortions MIGHT be excused because of rape or incest. He wants us to forget that more than 50,000,000 babies in the U.S. were deprived of life because it was more convenient for the mother to have an abortion than to give birth to the child that she and her "partner" invited into the world by their actions.

INTENT is more important than "sounds like". I believe that God will look at the INTENT of our hearts.

As far as balancing the budget goes, what does Obama offer? Did he save the Olympics? Did he even save Solyndra? He doesn't have a clue about anything except improving his golf game and improving his bowling score. He refuses to account for the $16,600 that he has inflicted on every citizen of America since he took office. He graded himself "incomplete". He is the most "incomplete" President in American history.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah
"Sounds like" and "is" are two different things.

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OK then, IS...

"Church leaders have said that some exceptional circumstances may justify an abortion, such as when pregnancy is the result of incest or rape, when the life or health of the mother is judged by competent medical authority to be in serious jeopardy, or when the fetus is known by competent medical authority to have severe defects that will not allow the baby to survive beyond birth." ~ LDS website

The Democratic platform states: "Abortion is an intensely personal decision between a woman, her family, her doctor and her clergy; there is no place for politicians or government to get in the way."

vs.

The GOP platform -- NO abortion, EVER, Not inder ANY cicumstance, period.

The GOP platform is NOT in harmony with the teachings of the LDS Church in this matter.

BTW - Your INTENT of judging, dictating, and taking away another's person's Free Agency is also out of line with LDS doctrine.

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