Obama, Romney: Rivals with little personal history

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  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Oct. 1, 2012 4:07 p.m.

    We have polar opposites here. First you have Obama who hides everything that would make him look bad, either by him personally or the complicit media. Next you have Romney who has lead a relatively boring life and doesn't have much to really report on, and the good things that could be reported on are buried by the media because they don't Romney looking too good.

    To "FDRfan" Romney handled it the best way possible. He spoke the truth. He said that his way of stating that 47% pay no taxes, therefore his message of lower taxes is wasted on them. Wouldn't it have been nice if Obama had told the truth about the Libyan attacks, before the President of Libya had to correct him?

  • FDRfan Sugar City, ID
    Oct. 1, 2012 9:44 a.m.

    If I were Mitt Romney, this is how I would handle the 47% remark. I would explain to the American people that I was talking to a group of rich donors whose only concern was that I promise to lower their taxes, and I was trying to show them that there were not enough rich people whose taxes could be lowered enough to make a difference. And I would go back to Ronald Reagan's signing of child tax credit law and explain to all how America would be better off if families had several children whose mothers were able to stay at home and concentrate on preparing them for life. I would point out that such families (many that live in Utah) need to be given a tax break as dad struggles to provide enough income. But I suspect he will try to explain how Hoover was right.

  • DebAdams Safford, AZ
    Oct. 1, 2012 9:17 a.m.

    Dear Julie:
    Thank you so much for your uplifting article.
    It is nice to read personal information about both.
    I love our country, and the Savior is very aware of what needs to be done.
    I pray for those in office that they will be close to the spirit and follow what the Savior would have them to do.
    God bless America!
    Debbie Adams
    (Safford, AZ)

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Oct. 1, 2012 8:53 a.m.

    For two standout men from the same schooling and similar high-level government jobs, one as an executive and the other as a law-maker, they should have more in common and of interest, even on a personal nature, since they both have families and want the best for our nation. Where is friendship with these multi-millionaires and their attempting to serve our nation?

    In September 2011 our country was wondering how our nation could have attacks on our country such as the months various incidents. We went into a defensive mode and to an offense position to help correct the problem that had been surfacing in various parts of the world against our nation and cause.

    In ensuing years and several elections, the cause of freedom has shifted from the minds and thoughts to politics. We have heard both sides express their views on freedom. Freedom for the banking world, housing and automobile industry meant they wanted profits at whatever it took to do it. They twisted the government's intent of a bill to make it so people who weren't qualified could get loans. People got greed and loans but couldn't make payments. Economic disaster.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Oct. 1, 2012 8:42 a.m.

    For those of us that have served in the United States of America military and for me in the Vietnam time until after the first Gulf War, we served our country in defense of the principles it was founded on. Our country went through a significant Civil War to keep our nation and it's principles sound and people to have freedoms and rights from the United States of America's Constitution and what our God and Founding Fathers wanted and needed for us, citizens.

    When you are at the call of the President and Military leaders to move and fight for our nation, you pick up an added belief and foundation of what that service really means. You think about your position with your family and those responsibilities, especially while you are gone from them. It is not just missing a football game, it is missing them, maybe forever. You miss a birth, blessing of a baby, baptism, mission, marriage and going to school and sports events with those kids. Primarily, you miss your spouse and the fact that your spouse has to do everything for the family in your absence, a year plus at a time. Honor integrity.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Oct. 1, 2012 8:19 a.m.

    If we are falling behind technologically, it is due to the financialization of our economy.

    "Companies are not able to invest in new physical capital equipment or buildings because they are obliged to use their operating revenue to pay their bankers and bondholders, as well as junk-bond holders. Its aim is not to provide tangible capital formation or rising living standards, but to generate interest, financial fees for underwriting mergers and acquisitions, and capital gains that accrue mainly to insiders, headed by upper management and large financial institutions. The upshot is that the traditional business cycle has been overshadowed by a secular increase in debt. Instead of labor earning more, hourly earnings have declined in real terms. There has been a drop in net disposable income after paying taxes and withholding "forced saving" for social Security and medical insurance, pension-fund contributions and–most serious of all–debt service on credit cards, bank loans, mortgage loans, student loans, auto loans, home insurance premiums, life insurance, private medical insurance and other FIRE-sector charges. ... This diverts spending away from goods and services."
    (Michael Hudson)

  • Springvillepoet Springville, UT
    Oct. 1, 2012 6:51 a.m.


    Worst President ever?

    Just recently, Bill Kristol, one of the more recognizable Conservative 'talking heads' in the news over the past several years, admitted President Obama and his team effectively stopped the financial meltdown and pretty much saved our economy. He went on to say Mitt Romney needs to talk about what needs to happen in the next four years, and not dwell on the past four years, which President Obama actually handled quite well. Or at least that's the opinion of a man many conservatives admire and cite when making their case.

    If you want to talk about superlatively poor presidents in the White House, talk about James Buchanan or Franklin Pierce. Or, at the very least, give President the same consideration many conservatives demand for President Bush---to allow 20-30 years to pass before making such judgments.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Oct. 1, 2012 6:14 a.m.

    America has gone from being a nation of great achievers a decade ago and has become a nation where the majority of people are now entitlement receivers. We used to lead the world in accomplishments in every area; technology, medicine, education, engineering and philanthropy. Some politicians, clamoring for political power told us to despise the achievers and convinced voters that “economic justice” means that the receivers should obtain wealth they didn’t earn by income redistribution, healthcare they don’t pay for and entitlements they did not earn by any effort on their part. I have no doubt Obama will be re-elected by the majority of people in America who are on the receiving end. The real definition of justice means we ultimately will receive what we have earned, what we deserve not what someone else has earned. Double digit inflation awaits us and a total economic collapse (real economic justice) before the end of Obama’s second term. Why? Massive debt as the Obama administration continues to borrow our future to pay for the receiver’s entitlements.

  • peacemaker Provo, UT
    Oct. 1, 2012 5:17 a.m.

    There are way too many unanswered questions about Obama's past. Why is it the liberal media are shirking their responsibility to keep the american republic informed of the many very apparent discrepancies or at least publish those already proven???

  • Caprice PROVIDENCE, UT
    Sept. 30, 2012 11:24 p.m.

    While Obama is a great campaigner, with many engaging qualities, he is the worst president in American history. No matter how much people might like him, we can't afford to re-elect him and allow him to continue to destroy America. Romney is a brilliant leader and an incredibly decent and good man. We are fortunate that a man of his refinement and capabilities is willing to run for the presidency. In truth, he is America's only hope of recovering from the harm that Obama has done. Obama has no clue of how to fix America. Romney does. The choice is simple. We desperately need to elect Romney as our next president of the United States. I had high hopes for Obama, but he blew his chance. We're doomed if he is re-elected. And that is the absolute truth!

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 30, 2012 11:09 p.m.

    This election is a no brainer. Please, let's get serious about the fact that our country is crumbling, and we need new leadership. The president is very good at campaigning not governing. Let's elect a proven leader to get us out of this economic mess! We need a hand up (jobs) and not more hand outs (welfare, food stamps, etc.) This election is about common sense.

    Romney-Ryan 2012

  • Joan Watson TWIN FALLS, ID
    Sept. 30, 2012 8:59 p.m.

    It is obvious the two men respect each other personaly -but differ and debate their political differences and policies.