Cedar Rapids Gazette Endorses Mitt Romney we think Mitt Romney’s business savvy, understanding of the nation and world’s financial ins and outs,and leadership skills proven in public venues are more likely to ignite a robust economic recovery
Gazette Endorsement For President: Romney
Cedar Rapids Gazette
Gazette Editorial Board
But where the nation was most in need — restarting the economy and making significant progress on reducing our enormous national debt that recently soared past $16 trillion and dangerously threatens our future well-being — the president and his administration have come up short.
Most important, we think Mitt Romney’s business savvy, understanding of the nation and world’s financial ins and outs, and leadership skills proven in public venues are more likely to ignite a robust economic recovery in the next four years.
Still, the president’s leadership on our massive debt and job problems has been lacking. He hasn’t delivered on promises. Budget deficits have topped $1 trillion every year of his term. Little progress has been in reducing too-high unemployment, and the underemployed segment remains huge. Opportunities for recent college graduates are meager for half of them. The number of Americans on food stamps is unprecedented.
But we need to do better, much better, and soon if this great nation is to break out of its slump and avoid sliding back into a deeper one.
Romney’s record, experience and his heart give us reason to hope for better.
The Romney record also demonstrates an ability to lead in the public’s eye. He led the 2002 Winter Olympics out of financial straits. He negotiated balanced budgets and tripled the reserve fund as governor of Massachusetts, where he worked with a legislature of more than 80 percent Democrats. Those skills are so important toward breaking the gridlock that chokes Congress.
What we believe most strongly is that Romney has the pragmatic skills and commitment to address Job No. 1: get our economy humming and create many more of the jobs Americans need to take care of themselves and their families.
Creating more opportunities for all Americans — not more safety net guarantees — must still be at the heart of this nation’s future if we are to prosper. We endorse Mitt Romney as the best choice toward making that happen.
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