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For president: Barack Obama

Published: Sun, October 28, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

If there is one corner of Ohio that should vote overwhelmingly for the re-election of President Barack Obama, it is the Mahoning Valley.

We say that not for the tired old reason that the Valley almost always votes Democratic. We say it because when the question “are you better off today than you were four years ago” is asked, the Mahoning Valley can answer yes. And President Obama has earned much of the credit.

That is not to say that everyone in the Valley who wants a job has a job or that no families are under economic duress.

But the Valley is making strides. Here are just three dramatic examples, all with positive consequences that will stretch long into the future:

V&M Star, which is investing more than $700 million in its complex on the Youngstown-Girard border. Yes, we know that some claim that stimulus money was a deciding factor in that expansion, and others say it was only ancillary. But there is no denying that infrastructure improvements at the site were paid for with a stimulus grant. Or that hundreds of tradesmen and laborers are earning high wages during the construction, and hundreds more will have permanent well-paying jobs for years.

General Motors at Lordstown continues to produce cars today thanks to an effort to save GM and Chrysler that was begun by President George W. Bush (whom we endorsed, incidentally) and completed by President Barack Obama.

“Let Detroit go bankrupt” was the headline on a column Mitt Romney wrote in The New York Times. No, he didn’t write the headline. Knowing something about how headline writers ply their trade, we’re guessing that the editor was playing on another famous headline that a New York newsman would have remembered: “Ford to City: Drop Dead.” It appeared in the New York Daily News on Oct. 30, 1975, after President Gerald Ford vowed to veto any bailout that would spare New York from going bankrupt. Like Romney, Ford never said those exact words, but they captured the essence of his message.

More recently, Romney has said that he was only advocating what Obama eventually did to help GM. But that revisionist history fails on two counts: 1) Romney had suggested that GM go through a traditional bankruptcy, which would have required a massive influx of private capital that was not available in the financial market place; 2) if all he advocated was what Obama eventually did, Republicans should be embracing Obama as a hero.

No, Romney’s vision of a GM bankruptcy would have had devastating consequences to the company, its employees and hundreds of suppliers — suppliers on whom Ford and other U.S.-based automakers also relied. That level of disruption in the auto industry would have sent the struggling economy spiraling from the Great Recession into a depression. Now, some economists believe that depressions are the natural order of things and the government shouldn’t intervene. We would disagree.

National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, a $70 million project in the Youngstown Business Incubator Annex on Boardman Street. It was funded with a $30 million federal grant and $40 million from nine research universities. The institute puts the Youngstown area in the forefront of “3D printing” development, which has enormous potential in defense and manufacturing.

Under the adage that all politics is local, the Valley’s resurgence would be reason enough to re-elect President Obama. But in addition, Obama has shown a political courage in tackling health care reform, a deep understanding of international issues, and a willingness to compromise — even if it was rejected by Republicans in Congress — that enhance his stature.

A history of change

Gov. Romney’s only constant has been his ability to redefine his policies and beliefs. Romney was against being tough on China before he was for it. And that wasn’t a decades-long evolution, as in his transformation from a pro-choice Massachusetts governor to a pro-life presidential candidate. Romney was already running for president when he criticized Obama for imposing a tariff on cheap Chinese tires that were being dumped on the U.S. market.

It is difficult to see Romney as a credible candidate. One of his own campaign advisers said that regardless of what Romney said January through July, there would be an Etch-a-Sketch moment after he won the Republican nomination. And that’s what happened.

Today, Romney claims that he can cut taxes for everyone and increase defense spending without increasing the deficit. The magic of his tax policy will be in eliminating deductions — that he refuses to specify. He says he’ll protect Medicare, but the budget proposed by his running mate, Paul Ryan, would eventually undercut Medicare’s promise. He says he’ll eliminate Obama-care, but keep the parts people seem to like.

President Obama endorsed the Simpson-Bowles blueprint that calls for a combination of spending cuts and tax increases. Romney is on record as rejecting even $10 in cuts if the deal were to involve $1 in tax increases.

This has been a rough four years. But the first four years of President Ronald Reagan’s tenure were no smoother. During the Great Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s first eight years were marked by taking two steps forward, one back.

We believe history is on President Obama’s side and that the nation’s best chance for a continued recovery is with him in the White House.

The Vindicator endorses the re-election of President Barack Obama.


1bobhogue(102 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

I believe that the Vindicator has made the right call and for the right reasons.

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2saddad(655 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Id bet that you are not a former Dem and that you've never been anything but a sniveling Republican. I could be wrong though, maybe you only started sniveling in the last 4 yrs.

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3republicanRick(1735 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

The Vindicator believes government solves all problems. In other words, they are socialists.

We believe people and freedom are the foundation to a great society.

The Vindicator has endorsed 95% Democrats. They can no longer be trusted to give us unbiased and thoughtful opinions.

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4chuck_carney(499 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

The thinker outdoes the Vindy editorial board again.

Is it a clean sweep of Vindy endorsements for dem, non-judicial candidates?

The Vindy lacks any independent thinkers and is worried anout losing its readership if the dems get angry.

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5Education_Voter(1173 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Anyone who can think clearly must vote for President Obama. If Romney wins, the politicians will credit their overheated, non-factual rhetoric, and lying campaign advertisements will rachet up for a decade.

Do you believe that Chrysler is shipping ALL of its Jeep manufacturing to China?

Do you really believe that the President is just waiting for a second term to change all of his policies to some socialistic coup?

Do you believe that no checks and balances from the Congress or Supreme Court exist anymore?
Then you are a stupid Republican.

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6300(573 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Formerdemliberal, Obama incurred $12 trillion in debt? Really? And you think China owns most of it?

This election really is boiling down to a contest between those who don't know their facts, against those who do. Obama hasn't come anywhere near $12 trillion in debt, that was about the amount that was there when he assumed office. Also, the American citizens own the majority of US debt. Far outstripping the amount that China.

The data are there, I'd suggest you look at them before you post your nonsense.

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7republicanRick(1735 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Teachers will overwhelmingly vote for Obama.
Therefore, I will vote against my school levy.

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876Ytown(1364 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Education_Voter and other narrow minded locals: You obviously have access to the internet. A simple google search of any of your questions presented will provide you with the facts.

I was at a restaurant the other day when I overheard a man say "I don't like that Paul Ryan guy" "He's just too smart" Wow. Does that mean that he'd prefer someone like himself in charge of the nation? And no, the guy at the restaurant wasn't Joe Biden.

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9Education_Voter(1173 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

So, 76Ytown,
you do believe these things, because you heard them on the internet, huh? Because everything you hear on the internet is correct, right?

As far as making judgments based on one individual, here's one for you. When I went to the Brd. of Elections to vote, CBS News was outside filming. Some home-less looking guy harassed them by yelling, "I voted for Romney...I voted for Romney!" behind their reporter. To my horror, he was apparently not homeless because he took his drunk act into a pick-up truck. As he pulled out, he saluted us with his paper-bag covered bottle.

Do I think he represents Republicans? No. What does one anecdote prove?

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10borylie(950 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

The Vindicator simply has no courage. Journalists without courage are just writers. Three things out of many:
1)Benghazi. How can this be ignored,Four Americans dead.
2)To be perfectly honest one would have to admit the GM employees had their votes bought.
3)Do we not live in the greatest country that ever existed? Then why would then Sen.Obama say he would fundamentally change our country?
Did the Vindicator even consider any of those things when endorsing President Obama?

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11Education_Voter(1173 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Or Republicans who were pardoned at the last minute: See Richard M. Nixon.
The Vindicator didn't advise anyone to run afoul of the law.

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12borylie(950 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Or Democrats who were pardoned at the last minute: See William J. Clinton. Are you democrats so biased you can't see past what you want to see?

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1376Ytown(1364 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago


The internet is a tool. Can't believe everything you read in the paper either but we access it as well in our quest for knowledge.

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14DSquared(1788 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Vindy picking losers, just like the Boy King does!

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15markmyword(8 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

I am proud to live in a country where we have the freedom to choose our president but I am ashamed at the ignorance people are using to make this choice. Voting is an important right that needs to not be taken lightly and one should not vote for just themselves but for the good of the country as a whole. Taking into account womens rights, elderly rights, minority rights, gay rights, and all of the 47% that Romney wants to forget about I see no choice but Obama. Republicans vote for whats in it for themselves, Democrats vote for what they can do for others. If I err I always want to err on the side that chose to care.

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16jojuggie(1723 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

The Vindy keeps harping on Obama's saving of GM - I believe otherwise. Chrysler cost the taxpayers $79.7 billion & only $40.8 B was returned. Taxpayers have invested $51 B in GM & received only 24 B back.
If that's success, I'd hate to see what failure is.

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17CBDactivist(125 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago




The unemployment numbers do not take into consideration the people who have stopped looking for jobs.


Using this number as Obama accounting would like you to do, what they want is for everybody to just stop looking for work!

Then the unemployment rate would be Zero

That’s the democratic party today the Obama way now… Stop looking for work, we will take care of you and unemployment will be at 0%

Come on… aren’t we smarter than this ???

If i forgot to tell you



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18paul21045(28 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

CBD, , ,and your kids will pay more for medicare and in taxes for a generation to come. Vouchered medicare is just another Republican tax, just like Reagan took away the sales tax deduction, Romney will take away mortgage deductions. Who is going to sell you medical insurance for $4500 a year when you are 70!!!! That is less than $400 a month! You are being played. . .why don't the people of Utah and MA endorse him, they know him best! 48th in job creation. . . forget your JOB!!!

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19cambridge(4135 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

CBD.....why is it so hard for you to get a job? What is your profession? What is your education? Have you looked in other area's of the country? Try spending more time improving yourself to become someone that an employer would actually hire instead of someone the just comes to this board to blame their failings on someone else. Take responsibility for your own life.

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20jojuggie(1723 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

This sounds like a Republican lady:

Wow, this girl has a great plan!
Love the last thing she would do the best.
This was written by a 21 yr old female who 'gets it.' It's her future she's worried about and this is how she feels about the social welfare big government state that she's being forced to live in! These solutions are just common sense in her opinion. (and mine!)

This was in the Waco Tribune Herald, Waco , TX , Nov 18, 2011

Subject: PUT ME IN CHARGE . . .

Put me in charge of food stamps. I'd get rid of Lone Star cards; no cash for Ding Dongs or Ho Ho's, just money for 50-pound bags of rice and beans, blocks of cheese and all the powdered milk you can haul away. If you want steak and frozen pizza, then get a job.

Put me in charge of Medicaid. The first thing I'd do is to get women Norplant birth control implants or tubal ligations. Then, we'll test recipients for drugs, alcohol, and nicotine. If you want to reproduce or use drugs, alcohol, or smoke, then get a job.

Put me in charge of government housing. Ever live in a military barracks? You will maintain our property in a clean and good state of repair. Your "home" will be subject to inspections anytime and possessions will be inventoried. If you want a plasma TV or Xbox 360, then get a job and your own place.

In addition, you will either present a check stub from a job each week or you will report to a "government" job. It may be cleaning the roadways of trash, painting and repairing public housing, whatever we find for you. We will sell your 22 inch rims and low profile tires and your blasting stereo and speakers and put that money toward the "common good.."

Before you write that I've violated someone's rights, realize that all of the above is voluntary. If you want our money, accept our rules. Before you say that this would be "demeaning" and ruin their "self-esteem," consider that it wasn't that long ago that taking someone else's money for doing absolutely nothing was demeaning and lowered self-esteem.

If we are expected to pay for other people's mistakes we should at least attempt to make them learn from their bad choices. The current system rewards them for continuing to make bad choices.

AND . . . While you are on Gov't subsistence, you no longer can VOTE!
Yes, that is correct. For you to vote would be a conflict of interest. You will voluntarily remove yourself from voting while you are receiving a Gov't welfare check. If you want to vote, then get a job.

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21rickking123(331 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Are we better off than 4 years ago. I think there are 6 trillion reasons why the answer to that question is a resounding NO. The editorial board sounds like a bunch of kids who received great Christmas (dare I use the word) presents without knowing the long term cost. Unfortunately the editorial board is not made up of kids regardless of how foolish their endorsement of Obama is.

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22Alexinytown(246 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Not surprised by this endorsement one bit. This endorsement, however, is not going to change the trajectory.

The Republicans in Mahoning County will vote Republican. The life-long union Democrats connected with the UAW and their families will vote Obama.

The independents and non-union affiliated Democrats outside of the inner city may have a different point of view, Obama is not going to get the support from them that he is counting on. He will win Mahoning County, but he is looking at 60-61% territory.

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23jojuggie(1723 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Bad news Ytown:

My pal Guy Benson found a juicy nugget that helps to bring more clarity to the news from Gallup yesterday that shows Romney leading Obama in the early vote by a full seven points, 52-45%. Almost exactly four years ago (October 28, 2008), according to Gallup, Obama was massacring John McCain among early voters with a fifteen-point lead, 55-40%. That means, at least according to Gallup, that Obama's early vote advantage has dropped 22 points when compared to '08.

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24carago11(44 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago



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25jojuggie(1723 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

More on Benghazi.


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2676Ytown(1364 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Just a reminder:


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2776Ytown(1364 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Obama's promises 2008 / 2012. Show me the hope and change


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28jojuggie(1723 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Hman, are you kidding about Obamacare. 2700 pages long & passed only after Obama made a deal with US Rep, Bart Stupak (Democrat) insuring that the health care bill wouldn't fuel abortion, thereby enabling life leaning Dems to vote for it, but the most radically pro abortion Pres. in history, according to Stupak, went back on his word. Not 1 Repub voted for the bill. That's the 1st time, in the history, of this country that a major bill passed without at least 1 vote from the opposition party.

"A deep understanding of international issues." Are you kidding me, the middle east is on fire. We are hated worldwide. Fast & furious & Benghazi swept under the rug.
I wonder what alternative universe you're living on.

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29cambridge(4135 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

76....great post, it shows Obama's consistency and the fact that he keeps his eye on the ball. Very refreshing compared to romney changing his message by the minute. Thanks for the post.


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30jojuggie(1723 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

This is more interesting:

Franklin Raines - was a Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Fannie Mae. Raines was forced to retire from his position with Fannie Mae when auditing discovered severe
irregularities in Fannie Mae's accounting activities. Raines left with a "golden parachute valued at $240 Million in benefits. The Government filed suit against Raines when the depth of the accounting scandal became clear.

Tim Howard - was the Chief Financial Officer of Fannie Mae. Howard "was a strong internal proponent of using accounting strategies that would ensure a "stable pattern of earnings" at Fannie. Investigations by federal regulators and the company's board of directors

Since concluded that management did manipulate 1998 earnings to trigger bonuses. Raines and Howard resigned under pressure in late 2004. Howard's Golden Parachute was estimated at $20

Jim Johnson - A former executive at Lehman Brothers and who was later forced from his position as Fannie Mae CEO. Investigators found that Fannie Mae had hidden a substantial amount of Johnson's 1998 compensation from the public, reporting that it was between $6 million and $7 million when it fact it was $21 million." Johnson is currently under investigation for taking illegal loans from Countrywide while serving as CEO of Fannie Mae. Johnson's Golden Parachute was estimated at $28 Million.


Raines works for the Obama Campaign as his Chief Economic Advisor.

Howard is a Chief Economic Advisor to Obama under Franklin Raines.

Johnson was hired as a Senior Obama Finance Advisor and was selected to run Obama's
Vice Presidential Search Committee.

Our government is rotten to the core!
Are we stupid or what?
Vote in 2012...
It is the most important election of our lives...



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31saddad(655 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Hey Carago-what facts lead to your judgment? Since you set forth none, I assume that its more about the prejudice in your heart than anything else. I bet you started blasting our President before he took office. You are the one that really sucks. You are what I call ugly stupid.

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32hugohound(17 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Youngstown do you realize how other parts of Ohio view u? Obama lovers. The most depressed town in Ohio, and you people have no clue. Get beat over the head for 4 years, and then ask for more.
Your down to one major hospital. One local University, and One Automobile manufacturer. Your young people go away to college, for a brighter future than what Youngstown can ever offer, and how many go away, and never come back?
You have become a valley of retired folks and blue collar workers. Your downtown is pathetic. Your unemployment rates are high, and you are known for nothing.
When Obamacare forces the mom and pop employers to go out of business, and you, YES YOU, have to contribute to higher taxes to pay for this socialed medical care, and you find that your current Doctors are no longer excepting Medicare patients...I want to see how many would vote for this guy again.
How many forclosed homes are there now? Too many to keep track of. Is there any attraction for anyone to ever want to move there, unless you were born there? NO!!!!
Soon you will become a ghost town. You rank as one of the highest unemployment towns in Ohio, and when General Motors goes bankrupt, (soon) because they can't compete with other auto manufactures, your sunk.
But just remember, you can call the White House at 3am and be sure your Saviour will answer the phone and come to your aid.

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