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Romney’s stance misrepresented



Published: Fri, October 26, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Romney’s stance misrepresented

Rest assured when a polit- ical operative like David Betras accuses his political opposition, in this case Mitt Romney, of “obfuscating, shape-shifting, unprincipled, say-anything-to-get-elected ...” he is about to obfuscate, shape shift, say anything and perhaps prevaricate in an attempt to convince the unwary to vote for Barack Obama. His Sunday article, “Romney is clueless,” is but the latest example. Of course, it was Mr. Betras who informed us we shouldn’t be surprised if a politician lies. I guess we shouldn’t be surprised if a political operative prevaricates.

Mr. Betras offers as an example the Romney oped piece “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt” that appeared in The New York Times on Nov. 18, 2008.

First, the title “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt” is pretty damning especially if Mr. Romney ever said that. He didn’t. A New York Times editor wrote the title I’m sure to be sensational.

Mr. Romney goes on to warn that without a managed bankruptcy the auto industry will be forced to dramatically restructure. He prescribes shared sacrifice where shareholders, bondholders, management, labor and pensioners are asked to sacrifice something to reduce the significant cost advantage enjoyed by foreign auto makers manufacturing in this country.

The oped piece ends with this, “The American auto industry is vital to our national interest as an employer and as a hub for manufacturing. A managed bankruptcy may be the only path to the fundamental restructuring the industry needs ... The federal government should provide guarantees for post-bankruptcy financing, and assure car buyers that their warranties are not at risk.”

What did happen to GM and Chrysler? They went into managed bankruptcy in June 2009 led by the Obama administration, but the federal government didn’t provide guarantees. No. We the people actually own great chunks of GM, and Chrysler was sold to Fiat, a foreign car company, for a song. The UAW benefited disproportionately as a result of their Obama support contrary to bankruptcy law. While we the people own GM shares under water to the tune of about $30 billion with little hope of recovery.

This is the outcome Mr. Betras crows about.

Maybe a net increase of $5 trillion in debt, middling growth, high unemployment made to look artificially low because so many people left the labor force, a Democrat led Senate’s unwillingness to even offer a budget for three years and rejection of the president’s own budgets by overwhelming majorities are the great leadership triumphs Mr. Betras should crow about.

Google Mr. Romney’s oped piece for yourself. It seems to me he was insightful. Mr. Betras, on the other hand, seems fairly clueless.

Robert Voytilla, Hubbard

Still trying to pin down Romney

The two Koch brothers, who have a combined net worth of $62 billion, believe they too need tax relief and fund the Tea Party. Congressional Republicans must have heard the Koch’s plea for help because “No” is the only response that they utter regarding tax cuts earmarked for only you and me. The trickle-down theory is a largely discredited justification used for tax cuts for the wealthiest but for us people down here in the trenches, trickle down actually has a tinkle-on effect.

Mitt Romney recently stated that 47 percent of voters feel that they are victims and are unwilling to help themselves. Imagine my relief when Mitt said he was just joking and it was just a slip of the tongue. “Go borrow the money from your parents,” was another Mitt classic comment that the struggling middle class found amusing. He recently contradicted himself again and now believes that college students do need assistance such as Pell grants. Not admirers of Barack Obama, the Koch brothers along with the assistance of Republicans should have been able by now to prove that our commander in chief is a foreigner. The most amusing comment of all belongs to Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner who said President Obama was engaging in class warfare against the upper class. Mr. Boehner and his cohorts are experts in the matter since they have been putting it to the middle class for years.

Our jobs have been exported overseas for the last 30 to 40 years and there is no overnight fix. Mitt Romney claims that he could create 12 million jobs in his first term, but I believe he included both China and the U.S. in his estimates. We need a president who is consistent in his views and has character. A quote says the true test of a person’s character is how they treat those who can do them no harm. What does it say about Mitt Romney’s character when he said, “I like being able to fire people who provide services to me?”

Years ago there was a television show called “To Tell the Truth.” A person would appear on the show with two imposters and a panel would try to determine who was telling the truth. Unlike that television panel, I have concluded that Mitt was and always will be an imposter.

Gerald Heitkamp, Youngstown

Rising to meet a civic duty

Some citizens of the Poland School District may be thinking of voting against the Poland School levy on Nov. 6.

There are those within the school district who are unemployed or on fixed incomes and with rising living costs can ill afford an increase in their property taxes. But there are many who, despite financial ability, will rationalize and find a reason to avoid any sacrifice – even if it means depriving the school children in their community of a fundamental right to a quality education. The negative voices will argue that they have children in private school and are already paying more than their fair share; that they no longer have children in school; that their job status is uncertain; that they are retired and long ago paid for the schools; that the school children today have more advantages than they did; that teachers are underworked and overpaid. The list goes on with any number of excuses.

Whatever reason is chosen ignores the hard truth of the very urgent need for this levy. The cold financial facts tell us that to vote against this levy is to vote for the decay and gradual destruction of the community in which we live. Poland schools are facing fiscal emergency. And once the school system begins to deteriorate, home values will decrease correspondingly. The irony is that by refusing to pay more for your schools, you will lose more in house value than any increase in property taxes.

The school system of a community is its most precious and valuable asset. The social order of a community is bound up in the fabric of its schools. This is particularly true in Poland to which the Ohio Department of Education recently gave its highest academic rating.

Every citizen has a civic and moral responsibility to support his or her community and schools. I urge every voter to accept that duty and vote yes for the Poland schools.

David C Comstock Sr.


Comments

1Sensible(118 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

The first paragraph of the Romney letter in November 2008 titled "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt" reads:" IF General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get the bailout that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye. It won’t go overnight, but its demise will be virtually guaranteed." - Romney goes on to say that retiree benefits must be reduced -
and "unneeded" features that make Detroit's auto comparable with Japanese models must be eliminated.
What he fails to say is where the money should come from to conduct a maganged bankrupcy.

The simple fact is that private investment money was not available from any source - including Bain Capital.

The only investor available was the US government. What happened next was exactly what he proposed - managed bankrupcy - except Romney didn't want the US Taxpayer to be the investor.

Maybe the Chinese government could have stepped in?

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/19/opi...

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2youngspartanrepublican(92 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Says Chip Comstock, who drives his Poland fire vehicle all around town in non-emergency scenarios. Gotta love how the same few people always come out of the woodwork telling you that you need to vote yes on every levy, whether it be that Barone guy in Boardman or this person in Poland.

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3DwightK(1256 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

If Mitt Romney wanted to save the auto companies he should have financed them and managed their bankruptcy. He was in the venture capitalist business, after all.

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4tiredofpoliticalads(2 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

I agree, as someone who has worked at GM all my career, I am tired of Obama's lie about Romney wanting GM to fail. He has been called out on it several times and continues to say that to get the auto industry votes. Sorry, my wife and I voted today, two votes for Romney/Ryan.

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5RealTruth(111 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Comstock: "The cold financial facts tell us that to vote against this levy is to vote for the decay and gradual destruction of the community in which we live. Poland schools are facing fiscal emergency."

We are in an "emergency" because Poland administrators, et al decided to build a $2.2 million stadium just a few years ago. Now we're in an "emergency"?

Our property values are already down - WAY down - from what they were ten years ago.

I also love that the Department of Education rates their schools. No bias there . . .

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6meagain(80 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Real Truth:

The reality is you just don’t get it. You know what? That’s okay. Anyone can find fault in anything when they apply hindsight and use an isolationist analysis. When you look at any details away from the bigger picture you can find flaws with even the most perfect situations. You’re detail people. I get it. That’s fine. Failing to see those details as a part of their whole is what you detail people do. We need detail people in the world. Sure lease purchase agreements, benefits, salaries and the stadium when looked at away from the bigger picture and with the benefit of hindsight all could be pointed to as creating this emergency. Some of us are detail people and some of us are bigger picture people. I for one am glad the world has both. Both groups working together is how problems get solved. Once again I urge you to get involved. Bring your voice to the table. Share your points. Show up at a board meeting and point out all of your objections and ideas. Present alternatives. Hell, run for school board. Clearly things need to change. Funding in Ohio isn’t working. As proof just take note that a historic number of ballots will have a school levy this November. There are bound to be more articles regarding this levy as Election Day approaches. Of one thing I am certain. Eventually this levy will pass. They all do. But what will it cost and what will we lose along the way?

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7theotherside(333 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Here. This article about sums up what and who Robme er, Romney is all about:

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stori...

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8ytownboy22(65 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

The Romnesiacs are full of beans. Romney pledged he would not apply a single public dollar into helping save the stricken auto companies, GM and Chrysler. He instead has obfuscated that he would have let private dollars save the day. One problem, there was no source of private funding available at this point in time. The only available funds were public funds, and, say it with me, Romney said NO to any use of public funding. Bottom line, it is true, Romney would have let the industry fail, period........

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9cathylukasko(116 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

GM will FAIL again because the Government bankruptcy did NOTHING to change the corporate tax structure. The Obama bailout was nothing more than a UNION Bailout for votes. A true bankruptcy, which Romney stated if DEMS/LIBS tell the truth,would have saved the auto industry and the Delphi salaried retirees whose pensions were reduced by the Obama administration. For 3 1/2 years, the "transparent" (NOT) Obama administration refuses to hand over the documentation of their illegal activities during the Government bailout. Next Tues, when Romney is elected, he will FIX the Delphi salaried pension issue by opening up ALL the records which will prove the Obama administration manipulation of the pension funds.

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