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ENDORSEMENT: Romney has the vision we need

October 2, 2012 Updated: October 4, 2016 at 11:17 am
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He projects passion for prosperity, freedom and a military so strong that no force on earth would stand a chance of harming us. It is with great enthusiasm that we encourage Americans to vote for Mitt Romney, who may be exactly the person we need for a renewed focus on life, liberty and private pursuits of happiness.

In a meeting with The Gazette’s editorial board on Monday, Gov. Romney laid out a plan and vision for America that is in stark contrast to the president’s. He summarized President Obama’s philosophy as  “government-centered, government-intensive ... which has never worked anywhere in the history of the world.”

“I believe in encouraging more personal and economic freedom on the part of the American people, because I believe private enterprise creates jobs and builds a bright future,” Romney said.

The Gazette’s editorial board has extended multiple invitations to Obama’s campaign, hoping our president might sell us on his policies. Our invitation was entertained for months, then rejected on Monday.

Many Americans vote based on how policies affect them personally. “Am I better off than I was four years ago?” For the middle class, the answer is a resounding “no.”

Under President Obama, deficit spending has soared as Americans have seen their incomes suffer. About 50 percent of middle-class adults have fallen backward in income for the first time since World War II. Unemployment remains above 9 percent in Colorado Springs and El Paso County, the state's most populous county, and above 8 percent throughout the country. The economy grew at only a 1.3 percent annual rate in the last quarter.

“If I don’t have this done in three years, then there’s going to be a one-term proposition,” President Obama said in 2009.

President Obama believes in government as a means to directly improve the lives of individuals. It doesn’t work that way, because government has nothing that doesn’t emanate from the profits of private endeavors.

Though Romney believes in limited government, he rightly supports a strong military to protect freedom and prosperity. He promises to restore military jobs that may be lost in January to sequestration — a process of automatic spending cuts resulting from budgetary gridlock.

“Sacrificing our military to try and carry out a budget priority was an extraordinarily bad idea and it came from the White House,” Romney told The Gazette. “I opposed it then and I think it’s a bad idea now. And I don’t understand why the president will not personally take the leadership to stop the sequestration in its tracks. That being said, when I am president I will restore funding to our military and I do not believe in cutting our military budget. I will continue to have a military budget that grows with inflation or more. I believe the world is a dangerous place and we must have a strong military.”

Romney’s tax plan would lower all tax rates by 20 percent, which could immediately stimulate private-sector growth.

“But I also plan on lowering deductions and exemptions, particularly for people at the high end. Because I want the same progressivity we have now ...” Romney told us. “I don’t want high-income people to get a big tax break. I want middle-income people, however, to get some tax relief. So my plan calls for no tax on interest, dividends or capital gains for anyone making under $200,000 a year.”

Romney said pro-domestic-energy policies will stimulate jobs. At a campaign rally after our meeting, Romney told a Denver crowd he would see completion of the Keystone XL Pipeline, which Obama blocked, “if I have to build it myself.”

He would create jobs by opening more trade, mostly with Latin America, and by cracking down on China’s currency manipulation. Additionally, he would eliminate obstructions to small business — most notably by overturning Obamacare.

Gov. Romney visited Colorado Springs after the Waldo Canyon wildfire. He encouraged tourists to spend vacation dollars here, rather than immediately concluding that our hope resided only in government aid. He advocates improving the federal government’s ability to fight fires on federal lands. President Obama cut the government’s aerial firefighting fleet by 40 percent last year.

“Cutting back on firefighting equipment and personnel is, in my opinion, a very significant mistake,” Romney said.

We must choose between two men with vastly different visions. President Obama sees a country forged by the force of central government. Gov. Romney sees a country with governance that protects life, liberty and individual pursuits of happiness. Obama’s vision won’t work. Romney’s will, and we believe he will make an extraordinary president.

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