|In the event Obamaphone’s aren’t enough, Obamapuppies are next!|
Yesterday, our local Gannett owned liberal rag, the Tennessean has endorsed a candidate for President, and it is none other than Mitt Romney.
While the editors still manage to get in several jabs at Mitt, they ultimately give him the nod.
Here are some exerpts.
With health care, we well know where Mr. Obama stands. The Affordable Care Act probably will be regarded as his landmark achievement, and for all of the criticism of the law, it will do much good for millions of Americans. The sad failure came in the way the bill became law with no consensus. Democrats and Republicans will bitterly point fingers to this day about the broken negotiations, the partisan posturing and the supposed cost to the American people. But no legislation of this scale should become the law of the land without some meeting of minds. That is why, 2½ years and a Supreme Court victory later, the law remains at risk of repeal. And like it or not, that failure is ultimately the responsibility of President Obama. It is he who should have insisted that the bill have bipartisan support. The well-being of uninsured and underinsured Americans clings to uncertainty because, in the end, the president used the blunt end of his executive power, albeit for a good cause.
While the Tennessean is deluded in thinking that Obamacare it will do much good for millions (at a cost to scores of millions), they are spot on regarding the divisive process with which Obama squandered his supermajority.
The term “elephant in the room” could have been coined for this moment. Because as important as foreign policy, social issues, immigration and the environment continue to be, this election hinges on Americans’ fear of a European-style economic collapse. No other issue will matter more, and to more voters, on Election Day. The next president must be the one with the best chance to get the crushing, $16 trillion national debt under control, coupled with the more immediate need of enabling a vibrant job market.
It is because the economy is paramount that The Tennessean endorses Gov. Mitt Romney for president. President Obama and Gov. Romney have different jobs plans. Yet, neither can actually create jobs, despite what they say in speeches and debates. Mr. Romney has the business experience that gives him better understanding of the needs of real job creators.
President Obama’s steps to get spending under control and reduce the debt are too tentative, and again hark back to his inability to possess the leadership to break the partisan gridlock in Congress.
That said, there is real fear that a Romney administration, including his more conservative running mate, Paul Ryan, would go too far with austerity measures that could rip the social safety net. For that reason, the hope is that Romney, as president, would be a moderate influence, bringing both parties together on a debt-reduction plan that is firm but fair.
Indeed, the Tennessean isn’t the only liberal rag that endorsed Romney. The Orlando Sentinal did as well.
While Dr. J. never hung his hat on newspaper endorsements, the fact that these liberal newspapers have endorsed Romney clearly demonstrate that there are seismic shifts going on, and that folks, even Democrats, are beginning to say enough is enough with the 4 year experiment with radicalism that we’ve suffered from.
This bodes well for election day.