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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 1 year, 10 months ago

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

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2HonestAbe(274 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

I agree, Bob...but it will be a bit amusing to read the sniveling and carping from the other side.

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3formerdemliberal(182 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

I see that the Vindy has outsourced its editorial writing to Dave Betras.

Associating Obama with Roosevelt's New Deal and Reagan's tax cuts that fueled a decade of economic growth is an insult to both former presidents.

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4formerdemliberal(182 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Only Vindy editors could be naive enough not to realize the direct correlation between GM and V&M Star taxpayer bailout/stimulus payouts and union support for Obama during 2008 campaign. Legal kickbacks, no more, no less.

Ask the 20,000+ Delphi ADMINISTRATIVE retirees who lost their health care benefits and hundreds of local small business job-creators/owners who have struggled to survive during the Obama years if they are better off than they were four years ago.

Ask local college graduates strapped with thousands of dollars of student loans who are struggling to find full-time positions in this area and continue to leave the area for better economic conditions if they are better off than four years ago. Ask the underemployed and those who have given up looking for work not counted in unemployment rates if they are better off than they were four years ago.

I'd venture that the majority of these groups would have a somewhat different view of the local economy over the last four years than the Vindy and represent a much large constituency than those helped by local stimulus/bailouts.

Also Vindy editors, does Obama's deep understanding of international issues include his administration's providing inadequate security to foreign embassies from local militia in the narrow notion that killing bin Laden (by Navy Seals, not Barack) eliminated terrorist attack threats, doing nothing to save US citizens in Libya despite knowing via emails about a terrorist attack for seven hours, lying to the American people about knowledge of the attack and the true perpetrators of the 9/11 attack (duh, terrorists), and demonstrating insensitivity to the those who died by flying to a political fund-raiser the day after the attack?

Ask our only Middle East ally, Israel, about the two Middle East nations (Egypt and Libya) that were taken over by terrorist organizations in the name of democracy endorsed by Obama about his deep understanding of international issues.

Finally, here's a fill-in the blank for the Vindy international experts. Which country has funded most of the $12 trillion in debt that Obama has incurred in the past four years that we are passing to our children and grandchildren? Here's a hint: He bowed to their premier during a state dinner. Here's another hint for Vindy deep thinkers: CH_NA. Yep, Barack sure has a deep understanding of who has bought his administration and his US economy the past four years.

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5SeriouslyNow(192 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Very well thought out and argued.
I 'm in complete agreement.

Having known CEOs and how they manage, I think that Romney's best asset is actually his greatest liability. Running a business is unlike running the USA. We don't like dictators.

Romney's one shot at governmental leadership was in MA. That they are not supporting him says alot about what the citizens of MA think of his leadership.

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6chuck_carney(499 comments)posted 1 year, 10 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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7Education_Voter(858 comments)posted 1 year, 10 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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876Ytown(1242 comments)posted 1 year, 10 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(858 comments)posted 1 year, 10 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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10Knightcap(699 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Over the years the Vindy has endorsed a lot of democrats who were sent off to prison.

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11borylie(790 comments)posted 1 year, 10 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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12Education_Voter(858 comments)posted 1 year, 10 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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13borylie(790 comments)posted 1 year, 10 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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1476Ytown(1242 comments)posted 1 year, 10 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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15markmyword(8 comments)posted 1 year, 10 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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16CBDactivist(123 comments)posted 1 year, 10 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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17paul21045(28 comments)posted 1 year, 10 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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18cambridge(3013 comments)posted 1 year, 10 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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19commoncitizen(961 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Education, are you sayin g the Chrysler WILL ship SOME of the Jeep production to China (you said ALL)?
This sounds like GM. Their own CEO, Akersen, bragged in China that 7 out of 10 cars built bt GM are made OUTSIDE of the US. They have 11 joint ventures with China (SAIC and FAW, both communist party). This is how GM "helped" the AMERICAN car industry. Why aren't the auto uinions com[plaining about this?

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20rickking123(292 comments)posted 1 year, 10 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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21Alexinytown(246 comments)posted 1 year, 10 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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22carago11(44 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago



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23Ianacek(909 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Most of the above is just partisan noise . Factors we can only guess at determine who will shortly be "leader of the free world" .

A few months ago , Howard Stern had some fun with talkback callers who had phoned in to say which candidate they preferred - Obama or Romney . He would ask them tongue in cheek questions which quickly demonstrated the average voter may be an airhead .

Caller A says he's voting Obama . Stern: "So the fact that Obama appointed Paul Ryan as his running mate makes no difference whatever to you" . Caller: "No , not at all . I like both of them. "
Caller B also likes Obama: Stern: " Then you don't believe Obama's refusal to bail out General Motors in 2009 will harm his re-election chances in any way?".
Caller B: "No . He did what he had to do to get the economy right".

Caller C likes Romney:
Stern: "Do you really believe Romney will succeed where Obama has failed - that he will indeed find & kill Bin Laden" . Caller C: "I certainly do , no question of it."

Caller D says he's voting "Republican".
Stern: " Do you think the way John McCain has managed his campaign since receiving endorsement means he will do better against Obama in 2012 than he did in 2008?" Caller D "I think he will beat Obama this time" .

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2476Ytown(1242 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Just a reminder:


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25Knightcap(699 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

There were about 4500 at the Covelli Centre yesterday plus the person who wrote this column that don't know what that is. They think it's some kinda countdown to the shopping days left till Christmas or something.

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2676Ytown(1242 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

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


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27cambridge(3013 comments)posted 1 year, 10 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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28hugohound(17 comments)posted 1 year, 10 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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