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Published: Wednesday, Nov. 14 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

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Colorado Springs, CO

Laughable! And sad!

Hayden, ID

The Democrats have won elections by promising entitlements for years! Obamacare, the so called dream act and gutting the work requirement for food stamps are the most recent examples. It still remains to be seen if this flood of entitlements can be paid for. $16.2 trillion and growing by more than $1 billion everyday says not! The only "solution" Obama has proposed is taxing the "rich" more which would pay for his entitlements for about 9 days! The other 354 days a year are still a problem! But hey, its sure wins elections!

Far East USA, SC

Uh, Welcome back Mountanman. I guess you decided to shorten your hiatus from the board.

You may recall that Mr McCain championed the dream act not too long ago. I guess he was buying votes also.

And as far as "gutting the work requirement". We have been thru that quite a bit. Try some fact checking. Let me help

"Utah, Nevada, California, Connecticut and Minnesota.

These states, some with Republican governors, asked the federal government for more flexibility in how they hand out welfare dollars. Their purpose was to spend less time on federal paperwork and more time experimenting with ways to connect welfare recipients with jobs."

This is what you are referring to?

Same ole same ole. Factually incorrect posts.

Iowa City, IA

What Romney points out is true, lot of handouts win votes, always has. But it won't do any good to point it out, but to offer better plans, better ideas, a better future for our children. The current path of Obama is unsustainable, it will fail because it has no foundation. Now is the time to start thinking of better option that treat americans as people not as pawns.

Hayden, ID

@ Joe Blow. My brief absence was caused by a change in my daily routine. But back to the subject at hand.
Did we or did we not see ads on national TV during Obama's re-election campaign urging Americans to apply for food stamps? No work requirement, just the promise of, "You may be eligible for food stamp assistance" with detailed instructions of whom to call for assistance in getting in on the entitlement. It must have been effective because as you know, we now have record numbers of Americans receiving food stamps (49 million and growing) and no work is required! So much for that!

As far as the dream act is concerned. Election statistics show that McCain got more Hispanic votes in his election bid than Romney did because McCain supported the dream act and Romney advocated LEGAL immigration. Say something doesn't it?

Which leads us to the vexing question, how are we going to pay for all the entitlements? Obamacare alone is projected to add $1.2 trillion to the national debt the first year! And weren't we promised that it would not cost taxpayers anything, that it wasn't a tax?

Saint George, UT

In sports, business and politics, you either make it happen or you make excuses.

Sadly, romney chooses to make excuses.

Salt Lake City, UT

"Obamacare alone is projected to add $1.2 trillion to the national debt the first year!"
The expiration of the Bush Tax Cuts and automated spending cuts adds $5 trillion in revenue. That should cover it.

Taylorsville, 00

Don't dismiss 1/2 of America as worthless and then expect to have them vote for you? Unfortunately, in fairness to Romney, he did have to dance a thin line to try to get the far-right, who do include "Everyone except my group is worthless" groups, to vote. That he got as much of the vote as he did is quite impressive. I'd put him up again in 2016 as he's probably the best guy on the Republican side to at least keep a two-party system in working order.


It becomes more clear everyday why Romney could claim with a straight face that he cared about those that see themselves as victims. he clearly sees himself the same way.

Hayden, ID

Moderate. $5 trillion in tax increases and spending cuts? The last projection of tax increases on the "rich" are less than $150 billion and spending cuts have only been mentioned casually, no details and there never will be anything even close to the $4 trillion spending cuts! So in answer to your question, will "just about cover it"; not even close! Do you really think Obama and the Democrats will cut spending more than just an infinitesimal amount? All smoke and mirrors!

Rocket Science
Brigham City, UT

The choice in this election was capitalism or socialism. Socialsim won out.

Capitalism is the unequal distribution of wealth, Socialism is the equal distribution of poverty.
- Winston Churchill -

Lindon, UT

Thank you Mitt for telling those billionaires how you really feel about minorities. I guess they weren't expecting anything in return for the millions and MILLIONS of dollars they contributed to your campaign and Super Pacs.

Provo, UT

So Mountanman, what are you willing to give up? Which of your government benefits do you want to cut? Not something that someone else has to give up, but YOU. Because my guess is that you have received or are receiving some government benefits. The problem is that everyone wants someone else to suffer, but they don't want any pain for themselves. It isn't just the poor, inner city folk who get government benefits, although you wouldn't know that by hearing all the Republicans complain about the "takers". For example, why should Mitt Romney have been able to take a deduction for his horse? That sounds like a "goodie" to me. Why should people who make their money from stock dividends instead of a wage pay less in taxes? Again, sounds like a "goodie" to me. It's just that some people are deemed to be worthy of getting goodies and some aren't.

Joe Moe
Logan, UT

Reality is this is the Achille's heel of democracy.

“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years.”

Name that quote. Hint: it wasn't Romney.

And Republicans are _almost_ as guilty as Democrats in this. Romney may not be the best spokesman for this issue, but then I can't think of anyone that is. But it HAS to be part of our national dialog if we are going to avoid the above prediction. We can do it. But will we?

Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Romney and the Republicans needed to explain how they were going to give the poor "a hand-up in place of a hand out." They didn't think about it because, I fear, they were in their own world of casino magnates, wealthy donors, fighting off people like Newt Gingrich and Donald Trump.

Springville, UT

Romney is not only a whiner, but he is also a hypocrite. The promises he made to the wealthy showed who he cared about, and it wasn't the middle class. And could it be that he ran a terrible campaign and gave us no reason to support him? Time to go away, Mitt.

Ogden, UT

Romney once again shows why he lost. He wouldn't recognize the truth if it reached up and bit him, and would never consider telling the truth if it got in his way. Mitt -- you lost. People didn't want you because of the way you acted. Live with it . . . and maybe learn.

Third try screen name
Mapleton, UT

It's the Chicago way.
You have clout because you control how public revenue is spent.


Of course every US citizen gets some kind of benefit. The problem starts with the mountain of benifits provided to those who put nothing back into the system. The Romney's of the world are not the problem. Wouldn't it be great if our politicians focused more on what is best for our country rather that just getting elected.

liberal larry
salt lake City, utah

Obama won the election because Mitt managed to insult, or scare the daylights out of all the groups in America that feel marginalized. Mitt even lost big among the affluent, and generally, successful Asian population.

Come on Republicans, we need you to get back into the inclusive mainstream, the politics of fear don't work anymore. ll

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