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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.


1Sensible(118 comments)posted 2 years, 9 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?


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2jojuggie(1607 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Your link sensible made sense. Romney was correct. It's a matter of time for the American auto industry to fold. UAW wages, benefits, and pensions are out of line.
Don't get me wrong, I have never bought a foreign car, infact the last 5 cars I bought were GM cars & I will continue to buy GM cars, but I feel bad for the American auto industry.
The foreign cars, mfg down South, have a huge edge in wages, and no UAW to contend with. You know what happened to the steel industry. I believe the same will happen to the auto industry & the UAW.

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3youngspartanrepublican(92 comments)posted 2 years, 9 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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4DwightK(1373 comments)posted 2 years, 9 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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5tiredofpoliticalads(2 comments)posted 2 years, 9 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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6meagain(85 comments)posted 2 years, 9 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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7jojuggie(1607 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

The Columbus Dispatch recommends Romney for President.

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8jojuggie(1607 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

The economy is growing at an unacceptably anemic rate”

–The Des Moines Register

“Voters this year must decide if they are or are not satisfied with and confident about the direction in which America is moving. We are neither satisfied nor confident. In our view, change is needed.”

–Sioux City Journal

“The ever-changing account of how his administration has responded to and explained — or hasn’t — the assassination of a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in Libya is raising troublesome doubts about the chain of command and whether there’s been a cover-up.”

–The Cedar Rapids Gazette

“The president laments congressional gridlock that fomented under the inflammatory leadership of Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Harry Reid. The president’s deference to their reckless rhetoric further deepened congressional divide. Obama doesn’t deserve all of the blame. But he merits little credit for any meaningful attempt to bridge the gap.”

–Quad-City Times

“And puzzling to us was why the president didn’t carry the flag for his bipartisan Simpson-Bowles panel, which recommended a necessary combination of spending cuts and revenue increases to seriously launch our way out of the deficit quagmire.”

–The Cedar Rapids Gazette

“Of the last 11 recoveries from recession, the Obama recovery is the worst. The average retail price of gas has risen by nearly $2 per gallon. Median household income is down more than 8 percent.”

–Sioux City Journal

“Some Romney critics say he’s “anti-women” and doesn’t care enough about the poor or making sure there’s an adequate safety net for those hit by tragedy or severe circumstances. We believe most of those fears are overblown or misrepresented.”

–The Cedar Rapids Gazette

“No need to rely on hope. His record includes evidence of change…We endorse a proven manager who won’t need on-the-job training.”

–Quad-City Times

“Because we wish to see the country chart a new course to economic vitality and fiscal sanity, the Journal endorses former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney to be the next president of the United States.”

–Sioux City Journal

“We invested heavily in hope back in 2008. Our 2012 endorsement of Mitt Romney comes with an imperative for change.”

–Quad-City Times

“Barack Obama rocketed to the presidency from relative obscurity with a theme of hope and change. A different reality has marked his presidency. His record on the economy the past four years does not suggest he would lead in the direction the nation must go in the next four years.”

–The Des Moines Register


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9jojuggie(1607 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

The rescue of Chrysler cost taxpayers $79.7 Billion, & only $40.8 B was returned. Taxpayers have invested $51.8 B in GM & received only $24 B back.
If that's success, I'd hate to see what success is.

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10jojuggie(1607 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

President Obama took Chrysler and GM into bankruptcy and even sold Chrysler to the Italians. Who will do more for the auto industry? The clear answer is Mitt Romney.

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FIRST of all. The auto industry is NOT saved and will not be saved by ANYBODY until the systemic problems are resolved. The primary problem is the blood sucking union thugs and their continuing, outrageous demands for benefits. Do union leaders REALLY care about their members or do they use the unions to grab power?
SECOND, Obama should have kept his mitts off the industry and let the laws in effect run their course. GOVERNMENT MOTORS is losing its customers and JEEP is moving out of the USA.
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I would encourage you to find out who Jeffery Immelt is. That is the man Obama appointed as his jobs czar and also the CEO of General Electric. Last year GE announced they are moving an entire division to China. Now, which candidate is going to ship jobs to China?
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