Kathleen Parker: Romney and Ryan need to tell the entire story

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  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Sept. 3, 2012 10:21 a.m.

    I was taught --

    "Honesty is the best Policy".

    I don't believe in Romney/Ryan's policy.

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    Sept. 2, 2012 7:21 p.m.

    "There's no dishonor in giving or accepting credit (or blame) where due,..."

    But there's a heck of a lot of dishonor when assign blame falsely as did Ryan when he blamed Obama for an automotive plant closure that was actually closed during the end of the Bush administration.

    Why do they need to tell so many lies? Who is more trustworthy? Certainly NOT the Romney/Ryan team.

  • freedomingood provo, Utah
    Sept. 2, 2012 5:13 p.m.

    Mitt's not known for his honesty. That's pretty sad considering he's the first presidential Mormon candidate.

    He "fixed" the olympics with a record for the time 1.2 billion US tax dollars. Wow.

    He's running from every position he has EVER taken - which are increadibly diverse.

    He chose and never corrects an unashamed liar in Ryan. A graduate of 'Ayan Rand's School for Tots' who's own brother said Ryan can quote Rand at length and now in his latest speech claims to want to help the weak.

    But don't listen to fact checkers.....

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Sept. 2, 2012 11:37 a.m.

    Excellent piece. But unfortunately few in Utah will be listening.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Sept. 2, 2012 9:24 a.m.

    To Emajor 7:42 a.m. Sept. 2, 2012

    The Romney who gave away his inheritance and donates millions to charitable causes? That's the Romney I want to hear about.


    If Mitt spoke about those donations, it would have to be put in context. While it is true that he gave away his inheritance and gave considerable money to charities, he did so when he was raking in an obscene amount of money from Bain. They weren't "widow's mite" donations. Mitt wasn't akin to the widow who gave liberally from her lack and her need to her own detriment, he was akin to the wealthy people about whom the Savior was commenting who appeared to give a lot but who in fact kept an abundance for themselves and were counted as having given relatively very little. Mitt put on a good show, but that was all.

  • I M LDS 2 Provo, UT
    Sept. 2, 2012 9:12 a.m.

    As a lifelong, but typically moderate, Republican, I voted for Obama last go-round because the Republican alternatives were so unacceptable.

    I feel the same way this time around. I am one of those who has serious questions about Romney's and Ryan's trustworthiness.

    I simply don't trust them, nor do I trust their handlers!

    And I have seen nothing to convince me that, under the same circumstances, Romney would have done anything different than Obama has done the past four years!

    So, I figure, why not let Obama finish what he started? Nobody we can trust has any better ideas that I have seen.

  • 1aggie SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Sept. 2, 2012 9:04 a.m.

    Romney and Ryan only appeal to "low information" voters, and they are relying on Americans being generally misinformed or under-informed. We will see how this strategy unfolds as the debates occur and time progresses.

  • Emajor Ogden, UT
    Sept. 2, 2012 7:42 a.m.

    Ryan isn't risking anything by lying compulsively in his RNC speech. He was preaching to the choir there, and the loyal party fans who attended will not be put off by his dishonesty. They use the same lies themselves, so he gets their vote either way. What he does risk are the votes of undecideds and moderates, who lack party loyalty and will be less willing to overlook this. The media needs to do its job and expose those lies as they happen.

    The Romney who gave away his inheritance and donates millions to charitable causes? That's the Romney I want to hear about. That Romney sounds like a decent guy, even if he does squirrel his money away outside of the country in which he is running for president. But between his notorious flip-flopping and vague, meaningless platitudes, I have no idea who Mitt Romney actually is. All I know is that he is a politician now who will only say what is likely to get him elected, be it outright lies, carefully selected half-truths, or feel-good platitudes that sound nice but have no practical application.