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Letter: After four years, it's apparent that Obama is a wizard of awes

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  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    Oct. 12, 2012 11:29 p.m.

    Mr. Lewis, you certainly riled up the BO supporters. Though I agree with you, you should have beat around the bush about the truth so your words wouldn't be considered a "rant."

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Oct. 12, 2012 6:18 p.m.

    To "Kent C. DeForrest" You have failed to ask the more basic question. Why is it that unemployment rates are so high, eventhough the recession was over in 2009? Why is it that typically the effects of a recession are gone within 2 years of the recession ending, yet this one lingers on? Why is it that the more involvement we get from government on resolving a recession, the slower the recovery?

    To "freedomingood" unfortunately you are showing the same disdain for opposing ideas that Biden did during the debate.

    Now, if you want to talk about reading and understanding various sources of information, the conservatives have been shown to be more well read, and will read opposing views. Meanwhile it is your ilk that will only read or listen to people they agree with.

  • Rikitikitavi Cardston, Alberta
    Oct. 12, 2012 2:53 p.m.

    Empty chair in the oval office!!!

  • Rikitikitavi Cardston, Alberta
    Oct. 12, 2012 2:47 p.m.

    All you left-libs are getting so desperate. Your candidate has not one thing to run on so all they can do is attack Mitt. BTW, take your rants elsewhere, you are wasting our time.

  • freedomingood provo, Utah
    Oct. 12, 2012 8:20 a.m.

    I'm constantly amazed at the depths of shallow hypocricy conservatives are willing to go toin thier own missinformed minds. Turn off the radiio and do some reading. Do you get any news that isn't pre-chewed by a right wing media host?

  • wrz Ogden, UT
    Oct. 11, 2012 10:57 p.m.

    @The Real Maverick:

    "So where are the jobs?"

    The jobs are overseas. They've been moving overseas for a several decades... starting with textiles and the like years ago and ending these days with TV, computer, and other electronics. Even service work is gone bye-bye. Call your phone company or some news papers for service and you'll likely get the Philippines.

    "I'd love for your child to ask some of these businesses why they aren't hiring?"

    A simple answer is Obamacare. Many prominent businesses including Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants are putting more workers on part-time status to avoid Obamacare health costs.

    "I see CEO pay is hitting records."

    Then, your son's aim should be to become a CEO.

  • Miss Piggie Ogden, UT
    Oct. 11, 2012 10:18 p.m.

    @The Real Maverick:

    "In the future Dnews, please refrain from printing these types of letters and giving the wrong attention to people."

    Yes, and in the future DNews, please refrain from printing personal attacks against the candidates. This in keeping with your requirement for allowing posts to be accepted. This thread is full of personal ugly attacks against Romney.

  • wrz Ogden, UT
    Oct. 11, 2012 10:07 p.m.

    @Eric Samuelsen:

    "... is Romney Dorothy? Or Toto?"

    Obama's the guy behind the curtain. Pay no attention to him.

  • Christian 24-7 Murray, UT
    Oct. 11, 2012 6:24 p.m.

    I don't know what tax cuts you are talking about. No taxes have been cut under Obama. Congress did extend the Bush tax policy, but that kept taxes where they were.

    Law firms certainly got no stimulus or bail outs, which is fine with me. That is not what is needed. The business world is just plain sluggish and with no opportunity for growth, the need for additional attorneys just isn't there. That probably bodes poorly for the engineer graduating the year after that too. To get business going, they have to have a the opportunity to benefit from expanding and under the current policies that is not the case. Most of the businesses just hope they don't go under.

  • Red Headed Stranger Billy Bobs, TX
    Oct. 11, 2012 5:20 p.m.

    LDS Liberal

    A neighbor of mine is a GA. Just talking to him he comes across a little shaky, not cohesive, kind of a little scattered -- but BOY did he give a great talk Sunday Morning's Session.

    Does that make or break him as my Spiritual Leader?

    Nope, not in the least. You see, I usually don't consider someone to be eloquent unless they come up with the words themselves. I've heard for several years just how eloquent Barack Obama is. Unfortunately unless he is reading, he stands staring at his shoes, and makes up data out of thin air. (like the sad falsehood about the supposed $5 trillion tax cut for wealthy people) Anyone can emote with someone else's words - they are called actors.

    Romney (although he undoubtedly had help) made the words his own by using them extemporaneously, and with conviction. Being able to think and react on ones feet is an impressive skill.

    LDS General Authorities write their own material. It doesn't bother me if someone reads what they themselves wrote aloud. Besides, if you are truly LDS, you know it is the Spirit that touches someone, not their speaking method.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Oct. 11, 2012 4:35 p.m.

    "As the parent of 3 college students, the 50% unemployment of recent graduates is terrifying. One of mine is graduating from an ivy league law school next spring, (with private not government loans) and has had so many interviews, but in the end they tell him he is well qualified and talented and they would love to hire him, but as they look at the current economy they are not hiring anyone next spring. "

    So where are the jobs? I'd love for your child to ask some of these businesses why they aren't hiring? I mean, they've received the tax cuts that were supposed to help motivate them to create jobs. So why aren't they hiring?

    I see CEO pay is hitting records.

    When are "normal" people like your child going to see the benefits of these tax cuts given to businesses?

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Oct. 11, 2012 3:24 p.m.

    Curmudgeon
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Eric Samuelson:

    Actually, I think Romney would fit the role of....

    ===========

    Oh -- My turn, My turn --

    The Scarecrow.

    When Dorothy and Toto [metaphorically the American people] ask which of the forks in the Yellow Brick road to take to get to the Emerald City,
    The Scarecrow [Mitt Romney] tries to take the lead by giving them directions, but he simply can't make up his mind...
    [and we all know the reason for that!]

  • Christian 24-7 Murray, UT
    Oct. 11, 2012 3:06 p.m.

    Hey Mr. Lewis, way to rile the BO loving parrots. So yeah the Wizard of Oz is a playful jab.

    But if you BO lovers insist on making it serious, lets give people who have been unemployed so long their benefits ran out and they have given up on finding work, another 3 months benefits so they will go sign up again and be counted in the unemployment numbers and see what the real unemployment is. I think you would be shocked.

    As the parent of 3 college students, the 50% unemployment of recent graduates is terrifying. One of mine is graduating from an ivy league law school next spring, (with private not government loans) and has had so many interviews, but in the end they tell him he is well qualified and talented and they would love to hire him, but as they look at the current economy they are not hiring anyone next spring.

    We are going to need everyone working to ever be able to service the 16 trillion dollar debt, let alone pay it off. 4 more years of Obama would mean less workers paying taxes, and 21 trillion debt. Terrifying!

  • JoeCapitalist2 Orem, UT
    Oct. 11, 2012 3:05 p.m.

    I don't like Obama, but this letter seems like just a rant instead of a well positioned opinion.

    Watch it fellow conservatives, at this rate if Obama wins another term, the vitriol against him just MIGHT become half as bad as what Bush had to endure from the liberals.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Oct. 11, 2012 2:46 p.m.

    You can disagree with his policies all you want.

    But that doesn't give you the right to demean him and that office in the way that you did. Show a little more respect please.

    In the future Dnews, please refrain from printing these types of letters and giving the wrong attention to people. They don't do anything constructive.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Oct. 11, 2012 1:38 p.m.

    Baron, LDS Lib,
    flip flop? Which BO is it?

    for or against gay marriage?

    for or against closing GITMO?

    for or against trying GITMO terrorists in civilian court?

    for or against getrting involved in Syria?

    for putting all proposed legislature on the web for 48 hours prior to a vote or snaeking Obamacre through on a messy procedural vote in the middle of the night?

    For or against lobbyists in his administration?

    for or against tax cheats in his administration?

    for reducing each family's health care costs by $2500/year or passing one of the largest tax hikes ever so everyone has health insurance?

    GWB being irresponsible running up $4 trillion on his chinese credit card or BO running up $6 trillion on the same card in half the time?

    keeping unemployment from exceeding 8% only to see it rise to 10.3% then hoping like crazy it comes close to where it was when he took over? (not there yet)

    BO with his fli-flopping shows he has no core convictions, just whatever it takes to get re-elected.

    Kent, unemployment between 8 and 10% for the last 4 years and $6trillion new debt is OK by you?

  • Curmudgeon Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 11, 2012 1:22 p.m.

    Eric Samuelson:

    Actually, I think Romney would fit the role of Wicked Witch of the West (except for gender), who is bent on destroying the Dorothys and Totos of the world (the ones who got swept away by the economic tornado).

    I'm looking for Dorothy to throw a little electoral water on the witch and watch her melt away on Nov. 6.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    Oct. 11, 2012 12:40 p.m.

    @DN

    How exactly does this type of rhetoric field add to the civil dialogue about our future?

  • Mad Hatter Provo, UT
    Oct. 11, 2012 12:21 p.m.

    Another targeted letter repeating the same old talking points of ridicule. The letter writer doesn't like Barack Obama. So what? Generalizations that "everybody" is disappointed in the President's performance is certainly not indicated by the polls. And failure, obviously, is in the eye of the beholder.

    The letter writer is one of those who probably didn't vote for Obama in 2008, probably always voted Republican if even for a turnip, has bought in to the Birther nonsense, "anti-American" gibberish, and all the other disinformation and character assassination talking points Republican strategists have come up with in the last four years.

    One last thing. The letter writer is possibly a troll just trying to stir the pot with juvenile remarks and nothing really substantive. This is just another in a long line of "Barack Obama is the Worst President!" and "Barack Obama is Ruining America" diatribes that conservative voters love to indulge in.

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    Oct. 11, 2012 12:17 p.m.

    I think it's been too long since Bob saw GWB in front of the camera groping and stuttering for what usually turned out to be words of two syllables.

  • Kent C. DeForrest Provo, UT
    Oct. 11, 2012 10:37 a.m.

    "the last four disastrous years"

    Been drinking too much tea, Bob?

    The GOP has tried very hard to rewrite history. In their new history book, the last four years have been "disastrous." Why? Because we have been slowly recovering from a massive financial crisis and an implosion of the housing market? As a nation, are we better off now than we were four years ago? By light-years. Do you remember what was happening in October 2008? I do. I was writing about it. Not pretty. All economists were baffled. The GOP spent the last days of the 2008 election running from George Bush. He still is so discredited among Republicans that he did not attend, much less speak at, the recent GOP convention.

    In GOP History 2.0, TARP was a failure, bailing out the auto industry was a mistake, and propping up a teetering Wall Street was a waste of government money. The Bush tax cuts must also have been a spectacular success, because once again cutting taxes is the recipe for economic growth and prosperity. I guess recycling bad ideas is fine if you can just pretend the past doesn't exist.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Oct. 11, 2012 10:31 a.m.

    LDS General Conference must really bug and make this fellows skin crawl...

    BTW - A neighbor of mine is a GA. Just talking to him he comes across a little shaky, not cohesive, kind of a little scattered -- but BOY did he give a great talk Sunday Morning's Session.

    Does that make or break him as my Spiritual Leader?

    Meanwhile -- Romney and his flip-flopping shows he has no values or core convictions.
    Another term for it is; lack of Integrity.

    Voting for POTUS is not like playing Let's Make a Deal, trading everything in for a guess for what's behind door #1.

    BTW - omni scent, right-wing-rant bingo card -- LOL, ROTFL! Thanks.

  • Eric Samuelsen Provo, UT
    Oct. 11, 2012 9:58 a.m.

    To continue the analogy: is Romney Dorothy? Or Toto?

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Oct. 11, 2012 9:38 a.m.

    Poor guy is still on the teleprompter kick. Are the teleprompters used by Romney and Ryan invisible or something?

    Perhaps they are -- to people like this guy.

    What's more worrisome, though, is that somehow the right wing is able to completely flamfoozle so many people into believing their fantasies that electing Mitt will somehow make things better.

    I have some chicken feathers that I can wave around that will do more good than he will.

  • omni scent taylorsville, UT
    Oct. 11, 2012 8:08 a.m.

    Too bad: if Mr Lewis said "Socalist", I would have gotten a BINGO on my right-wing-rant bingo card. He did hit most of the other talking points though.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Oct. 11, 2012 7:54 a.m.

    That really counts as an opinion piece? Just a rant.
    The Dnews should start copying comments and call them articles?

  • William Gronberg Payson, UT
    Oct. 11, 2012 7:40 a.m.

    Without any doubt what so ever Mr. Bob Lewis is opinionated. The “empty suit” somehow was left out.

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    Oct. 11, 2012 7:23 a.m.

    ... and flip-flopping, etch-a-sketch Mitt Romney, who keeps contradicting himself on his position on abortion, regulation, global warming, taxes, Israel, RomneyCare, China, etc., depending on what is expedient at the time, is the solution!