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Published: Wednesday, July 25 2012 7:00 p.m. MDT

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While looking at Mitt's performance with the SL Olympic Games is useful regarding his executive and organizational skills, I think it is even more valuable to look at what he achieved as Governor of Massachusetts. That truly puts him into a political situation.

Of major importance to all Americans should be RomneyCare. Taking from the "haves" and giving to the "have nots" - a major re-distribution of the wealth. Taking a cow from Farmer A who has two and giving it to Farmer B who has none.

While Mitt has no individual right to take from A and give to B, he decided that being Governor somehow suddenly gave him that right. Just like most all politicians who getting a little authority as they suppose, they begin to exercise unrighteous dominion.

The IRS is hiring 16,000 new agents to enforce ObamaCare and you still think it is about Healthcare?

Google "Dear Mitt Romney by Dr. Monnett" to find more questions we should be asking.
Answers to Dr. Monnett's questions are being given everyday by Mitt's actions. Actions do indeed speak louder than words.

And the alternative is even worse! Pray that somebody might stumble!

Taylorsville, UT

Didn't the IOC already tell Utah not a chance of getting the games here for many decades to come? So why is Utah and the Governor paying an Olympic panels for 10-20 years and not producing anything for the state in return? Pumping millions dollars down the drain again on the hope that President Romney, the Mormon associated with Utah can steer the IOC back to this state.

As citizens we are tired of this state government gambling with our taxes and putting our state at risk for bankruptcy.

Herbert has to go, fire him.

Allen, TX

Could the Community Organizer have rescued the 2002 Olympics? NOPE.

Clearfield, UT

Once again the Deseret News runs a "Mitt is so great" story and downplays the real character issues Mitt showed (and shows). It appears time for the DesNews to proclaim itself Mitt's advertising medium in Utah; any claim to being an impartial news organization reporting on the presidential campaign and election is just not accurate.

Walt Nicholes
Orem, UT

Interesting Furry1993.

I came away with an almost totally opposite perception. I found it objectionable that the author of the story included terms like "Bain Maffia" and indicated that Romney may or may not have used bad language in an argument with a parking attendant. It as much as called him a nerd.

I felt like this was a cleverly disguised hatchet job, produced to be picked up by the national media.

I guess you see what you want to see.

Provo, UT


If there is one thing I've noticed in life, it is that anyone can be put in a negative light and it can become so intense that people refuse to look at the whole story. Romney was governing a very liberal state and the people were demanding health care. A leader is obligated (unless a dictator) to listen to the desires of the majority. He gave them healthcare that is much better than most and is liked by the overwhelming majority of the state.

Romney believes that the Constitution does not give the federal government the right to mandate health care and that should be left to what the states want. MA wanted it, they got it.

Albuquerque, 00

While I admire Romney's executive management skills and acumen, I really can't help but think that the successful management of the SLC Olympic Games was a no brainer for someone with his church affiliation and status. When you have his experience and wealth, and surround his team with the resources of the LDS Church - making them available at his beck and call - there really wasn't any danger in the Games failing.

Even a community organizer, without the status and wealth - so long as he/she was a faithful LDS member - would have been successful in that SLC environment.

Salt Lake City, UT

I know what John McCain had to say about Mitt Romney and the 2002 Olympics...


Cost to Host Olympic Games Skyrockets - By Julia Campbell - ABC news - 09/25/2003

The $1.3 billion in federal spending is more than double the amount of federal funds —$609 million— that supported the 1996 summer Olympics in Atlanta. The Atlanta games cost the city a total of $2 billion, the report said. (sic)

I think it is a disgrace, said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz

Salt Lake City, UT

If we are also going to talk about Mitt Rommey's time during MA..

we can talk about his states job creation. 47th out of 50.

Or, the debt MA took on while Mitt Romney served his one term there.

$18 billion dollars.

While Mitt Romney was Guv of MA, they were # 1 in state debt out of the country.

Cedar Hills, UT

It is not difficult for me to give Gov. Romney some credit for making the 2002 Olympic Games a success. It is not difficult for me to believe he would do a similar job with the federal government.

Waste, deficit spending, debt, high unemployment, excessive regulations, and a growing citizen population that wants something for nothing are among the things that need to change; not to mention wars that take far too long to resolve, a looming energy crisis, and heated, divisive partisan-ism. I haven't been impressed by much that Pres. Obama has done with respect to these issues. I am willing to give someone else a chance as president.

Joan Watson

In ones opinion, if Mitt Romney cannot steer the US out of financial messes, overwhelming debt, and employed Americans off the government federal and state doles, then who can? Certainly the present Administration has shown no such ability.

Farmington, UT

Why the spin from Rocky Anderson? That guy said on KSL TV last night that Mitt has changed and is not the same person he was 10 years ago, and said it in a negative way. Look at Rocky's change of political party membership, denounciation of the Democratic Party, personal aggrandizement in running for president from the "Justice" Party and tell me who has changed?

I'll never understand why the press continues to think Mr. Amnderson is relevant. I guess once you've been mayor of SLC, especially a devisive one at that, you're important forever.....which is why we also hear from Deedee occasionally but seldom from Ted or Jake or any of the others who really knew how to govern.

Bored to the point of THIS!
Ogden, UT

I just remember Romney's "Olympic Moment" in the parking lot in South Weber (buses for the downhill). He did get those buses moving!

Something to think about
Ogden, UT

Romney acquired and spent, as Olympic Head, as much Federal tax money as he could get. This is well documented. If I remember correct, $1.3 Billion... and the Olympics made how much....???? $100 Millionish?

That sounds like typical government/top end math.

Still Blue after all these years
Kaysville, UT

The only thing I find sad about the article is that Leavitt, Garff and Bullock were part of the corruption prior to Romney. Why are they quoted at all? If what they did was not illegal, it was certainly unethical and thus I discount everything they say. I believe without Mitt, our games were in real trouble. With Mitt, a smashing success with a legacy left behind that almost no other host can claim.

Wayne Rout
El Paso, TX

I see the University of Utah is doing it's best to help the DNC and the Obama team find anything they can to smear Romney. If a story by Democrat activists about something no one remembers from 50 years ago won't work, surely with boxes of documents to work with they can make up something. It is no surprise that the university is rushing to get everything in order just to help. Clearly university types would not want to see cost control and accountability become the rule of the day.

Mike in Cedar City
Cedar City, Utah

Observing the general honesty and integrity of the Romney campaign, I have come to the conclusion that Romney has forgotten who he is. And, it's a unfortunate that he has had to tarnish himself so thoroughly to satisfy an extremist obstructionist right wing base.

Romney's success as financial manager may not be translated into success as a president. The goals and objectives and skill sets are completely different. And Romney has amply demonstrated that his primary interest lies with the wealthy not the poor nor the middle class at a time when those less fortunate citizens need special attention. If you vote for Romney you vote against your own interests, unless you happen to be very wealthy, a member of the privileged "investor class".

Obama has not been a failure. But his success has been limited by partisan obstructionist Republican opponents at every turn -- A sad commentary on the decency of the Republican Party to say the least.

There You Go Again
Saint George, UT

"...Utahns who remember Mitt Romney as the leader who turned around the troubled 2002 Winter Games might not recognize the Mitt Romney running for president...".

Americans who remember Mitt Romney running for president in 2008 do not recognize the Mitt Romney running for president in 2012.

“That’s just not an environment that’s going to play to Mitt’s strengths, when voters who are nowhere near his intellectual level are going to decide.”

Independents, who will decide this election, will be interested in the DN featuring Team Romney as Condescension Central.

Romney's supporters in Utah acknowledge that he could seem somewhat aloof at times, a different image than what the Olympic leader publicly portrayed with the help of a New York-based public relations firm.

So, the DN, a noted Romney supporter, has presented voters with a man they might recognize who is aloof as well as condesending.

Can we get that New York-based public relations firm on speed dial...ASAP?

Stansbury Park, Ut

My take away from this article was Mr Romney and his minions consider themselves smarter than the rest of us. It was stated on page two.

That has always been my opinion of Mr Romney, that he thinks he is smarter than the rest of us and that he thinks he is entitled to buy whatever he wants. If at any time during the campaign, Mr Romney has stood for his principles, I haven't seen it. He has floated around from one side to the other on most issues which causes me, at least, to question his honesty, morality, ethics and dedication to the United States of America rather than the wallet of Mitt.

Sorry, folks, but this is how I see him. I often wish I could somehow see that core of good that should be there, but the the lying, deceit, and lack of concern for the less fortunate among us seems stronger. Who am I and why should my opinion manner. I am a veteran, a citizen, and a historian. The most important of which is citizen.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

And heading the SLC Olympic Games made him a what?....

A COMMUNITY Organizer!

And that is the exact mantra the Obama haters use to dis-qulaify him as POTUS,
which FYI - he has been.

Experience Score
Obama 3.5 years, Romney 0.

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