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Published: Tuesday, June 24 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

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John Kateel
Salt Lake City, UT

Actually, Israel's main regional foe is getting sucked into a two pronged civil war. Iran's support for Assad and Shiite dominance in Iraq is going to draw in ISIS militants to attack covert Revolutionary Guards in Iraq at some stage in the future. That will embroil Iran for years and help Israel. Russia's economy is circling the drain. The ruble is plunging. The Chinese are on shoring manufacturing to the USA for the first time ever. America is dominating everything positive. We are the Saudi Arabia of oil and natural gas because of directional drilling. Personal debt is down, savings are up, the stock market is up, and wages are finally going up. Our exports are at record levels. Healthcare reform has led to an entrepreneurial boom. Our tech industry dominates the world. Tesla is changing the car industry with 91.3% US content and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is out selling the European Airbus A350. America is at its apex. God Bless America and God Bless President Barack Obama.

Salt Lake City, UT

There are many ways I could go negative with this piece but this statement is particularly obscure: "Looking back, it’s easy to see the folly in President Obama’s juvenile foreign policy of being overly nice to our Arab friends as we ignored the only real democracy in the Middle East, Israel..."

What "Arab" friends is he talking about? If he is thinking of the Saudis, Obama has been much more arms length than Bush. Also, it is not clear what he means by the label "Arab." Is that a religious category? Racial? Ethnic?

Obama has tried his best to avoid sectarian conflict. He's done that quite well.

Moreover, the only way Obama has "ignored" Israel is by not bombing Iran - thank goodness for that.

Moreover, I'm afraid Romney would give the Israelis cart blanche because of his (Romney's) religion. I think Romney is a smart guy, but I would be wary.

Far East USA, SC

Mitt Romney does have a lot of business accomplishments.

I would love to have a smart, capable businessman like Romney to take on a problem and determine a solution based on the information learned.

But, this is politics. Romney's hands are already tied.

He MUST talk lower taxes.
He MUST talk about increasing our military spending.
He MUST talk about shooting vermin
He MUST bash entitlements

Romneys business sense and experience are irrelevant. They have been trumped by party ideology.

liberal larry
salt lake City, utah

"America should look beyond slogans and smooth presentations"

There is no data to back the dubious assertions made in this "editorial".

This entire article is composed of slick slogans and smooth presentations.

Ogden, UT

Enough, already. I really wonder why the DesNews is trying so hard to rehabilitate Romney. The people of the United States have already vetted Romney, seen what he really is, seen what he really thinks about anyone who isn't well-to-do, discovered his many deficiencies, and (thankfully) sent him packing. We are lucky that he was never inflictted on the country and the world. Bas as Obama may be, Romney would have been infinitely worse.

Centerville, UT

The problems at the VA are a result of a politician being in the cabinet? Remind me: which political post did General Shinseki come from?

Mr. Romney has said he is not running. Let the man have some peace.

Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00


What? 2 1/2 years of 24/7 campaiging just isn't enough?

If the GOP can get SERIOU,
come up with some ideas,
Build rather than destroy,
make some intelligent proposals,

rather being the party of :
Pro-assault weapons,
Pro-Death Penalty,
Pro-Police the World,
Pro-Gitmo torture,
Pro-Spying on Americans,
banning this, that, and the other thing,
forcing everyone to choose the right [Lucifer's plan]
playing continual obstuctionist,
we hate Obama - vote for us....

They would not need to play dirty politics, ripping and mudslinging to win anything.

Parkesburg, PA

Please, please, please nominate Mr. Romney. Please.

Salt Lake City, UT

This comment thread is so silly liberal. Comments from John Kateel and Open Minded Mormon make me wish Mitt Romney or someone of his equal (man or woman) would run again more now than ever, even if many say he isn't planning to do so.

It continues to boggle my mind how "anyone" can defend the Obama admin. actions over the past six years and that includes former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Twenty to thirty years from now, the Obama admin. will go down as two terms of complete futility and failure in history books.

The ME in flames, income equality at highest levels ever, Obamacare in fact killing jobs and small business growth (contrary to Kateel, our economy is growing at a stagnant pace and U.S. debt is out of control), VA scandal, IRS scandal, far overreaching gov't control and privacy issues (NSA), you name it.

But yet, none of this matters to those who simply refuse to look at facts. Flabbergasting.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

I wouldn't mind having Romney as president as long as it isn't another Bush-Cheney disaster. It's not Obama who is juvenile. It's the tone of this letter. When I think where I was in 2009 with everything collapsing including our business and my 401K, and that where we're moving along robustly now, I'm grateful Mr. Obama has provided the right formula. Go back to Bush-Cheney? No thank you.

E Sam
Provo, UT

He doesn't. He doesn't have good ideas to jump start the economy. We vetted his ideas last time; they were simply more tax cutting for rich folks, deregulation, trickle down Bushisms. Let's be done with this 'businessmen know best' nonsense. We know what a Clinton economy looks like. Yes, please, let's go back to those ideas.

sparks, NV

We need someone like Mike Lee to run for president. We don't need the old guard/aristocracy anymore. We want men and women of substance and true character to represent us.

Provo, UT

I wish this newspaper ever printed anything from a different political perspective. I think Deseret News thinks it is Fox News. 99.9% of everything published is a rehash of "Obama is the cause of all our woes." It gets really old.

Susan in VA
Alexandria, VA

The comments on this article are refreshingly liberal.... love it!

Salt Lake City, UT

The VA problem goes back even before George W. Bush. Bush's pull out date for Iraq was Dec. 31, 2011. I do not get this obsession with WWRD? (What would Romney do?). He had no specific plan to increase employment, except the usual conservative mantra of cutting taxes for the rich and cutting entitlements, which have little to do with stimulating economic growth. Romney helped with the success of the 2002 Olympics, but only with the over $1 billion in federal funds for infrastructure and other funding for the games. He even told the athletes they did not do this all by themselves, but due to the help of others (including government). I do not know what Bob Fuehr would suggest we should do in foreign policy - military intervention in Syria, Crimea, Ukraine, Egypt, and back into Iraq? How did that costly intervention work during the Bush years? What effect did the trillion dollar cost of those interventions have on the economic crisis?

Midwest Mom
Soldiers Grove, WI

The silly irony is the assumption that our choices were only Romney and Obama.

America has the leadership it deserves. The parties now own the political process. The voice of the people has been bought and paid for. Stick a flag in the middle and mumble random references to God and the masses follow.

Romney in Wisconsin campaigned on Sunday. His contempt for the working poor was just cause for him to lose the election.

He may be a good man, in many ways, but his wealth has removed him from the plight of the common man. He is not qualified to lead "the people."

Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00

"I would propose the GOP reconsider a seasoned candidate with the ability to jump-start our stagnant economy, Mitt Romney."


The GOP considered, Twice.
The GOP selected,
The American popluation decided.

If the GOP is only going to recycle and regurgited the same old, same old...over and over again -- I've got some advise...

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting the results to be differrent.

Here's a hint:
Try something new or different.

And one more free bit of advise:
Nobody wants to go back to the reign of horror of GW Bush.

Good luck, and remember - may the best man/woman win.

Bountiful, UT

With a President Romney, different issues would become predominant.

Widening economic inequality would become a powder keg for the nation, with potential social unrest as a serious possibility.

National demographics suggest a Democratic advantage. Heavy Gerry-mandering in a lot of states mean a Republican House.

(Given that more votes were cast nationwide for Democratic House candidates, with the result being a lopsided GOP majority, it could be strongly argued the House represents the people less and less. This is always a problem in a democracy.)

The Senate could go back & forth.

Virginia Beach, VA

"The failures of Barack Obama over the past five years, have demonstrated the need for someone with the education and business experience to right what is wrong with America."

And Mitt Romney is your solution? He would run Ameirca like he ran Bain Capital?

So in other words, the United States is going to launder illicit Cocaine money from Central America.


But why don't we just make it legal and tax it? . . . And skip all the subterfuge?

Virginia Beach, VA

"Romney . . . the ‘unofficial’ leader of the Republican Party."


And who officially made Romney the unofficial leader?

Or is the act of saying "he is the unofficial leader," make him the unofficial leader?

How unofficial is it anyway? Can DN designate anyone to be the unofficial leader?

That would make DN the unofficial creator of leaders, wouldn't it?

Do the people he is leading even know their unofficial leader is Romney ? . . . And do they really like the idea?

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