published Friday, February 24th, 2012

Four GOP candidates offer good alternatives to Obama

Despite the barbs that the GOP presidential hopefuls hurled at each other in Wednesday's debate -- and the predictable piling on against conservative front-runner Rick Santorum -- one encouraging truth surfaced again and again: Any of the four Republican candidates would be an antidote to the reckless policies of President Barack Obama.

• Former Pennsylvania Sen. Santorum, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich all said realistically that our nation needs to take a firm stand against radical Iran, which is engaged in a dangerous pursuit of nuclear weapons. Obama, by contrast, has downplayed the Iranian threat, even though that country is a frequent sponsor of terrorism.

• Santorum, Romney and Gingrich were joined by fellow candidate Texas Congressman Ron Paul in calling necessary attention to the oversized federal government.

• Santorum criticized Romney's support in Massachusetts for health care reforms that later became the model for ObamaCare. But if there was any doubt, all four candidates have made it plain they would seek to dismantle unconstitutional ObamaCare.

• Santorum also reiterated his opposition to costly federal bailouts of banks and auto companies, which protected those businesses from the consequences of poor decisions and mismanagement.

In addition, the candidates have long expressed views on expanding U.S. energy production which outshine Obama's prescription of more "investment" (read: subsidies) in unworkable "green energy" projects.

It remains unclear which Republican will win the nomination.

But it is clearer by the day that voters in November will have the option of someone who would do a much better job in office than Obama has done.

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ArnoldZiffel said...

Any of the Republican candidates are better than BO. Smarter, greater understanding of our economy,(actually a mule would best Obama on that),respectful of our Constitution and better stewards of tax dollars. Glad to see them challenge each other. Much better than the Democrat Party Demagogue machine.

February 24, 2012 at 12:08 a.m.

Except they didn't challenge each other, except for Ron Paul...whose disagreements are strangely unmentioned in this editorial.

February 24, 2012 at 12:12 a.m.
Livn4life said...

Well America, how are we liking that "change" now? It seems what the public perceived as change was a far cry different from the current regime in W D. C. We got what we voted for, though I did not vote for Obama. On the other side, it is preposterous for the wannabes to harp on bigger federal government when both parties have been out of control in that department since...well as far back as I can remember. So the only way we can believe there will be any true change is for a candidate to convince us he will battle almighty Congress on the matter of out of bounds spending. I am sorry but I cannot say I see a guy who has that level of guts in all this hurrah. On the other hand, if we re-elect our current man, we know where we are headed, we know who will and who will not be blamed. He will not be blamed and that is probably the most sad development of all that has taken place since November of 2008.

February 24, 2012 at 6:20 a.m.
EaTn said...

The election in November won't be decided by any of these inept candidates at the polls, but rather will be decided at the pumps by all the corporate oil friends of the GOP.

February 24, 2012 at 6:32 a.m.
hambone said...

I don't think so EaTn, I have confidence in the electorate seeing thru the GOP's bag of tricks.

February 24, 2012 at 7:33 a.m.
JustOneWoman said...

I think this pretty much says it all. "From Reddit: Open Letter to the RNC: I am your demographic and you've lost my vote

I am your demographic. I am a white, middle-class, male, 40-something. white collar, family man, a son of immigrants, former military, patriot, and raised Catholic. I have voted Republican in almost every primary and election since I turned 18. That means I voted for Reagan, Bush, Dole, and Bush. Last election I was so disillusioned with you, I voted for Obama. This year neither one of the main candidates will get my vote, and let me tell you why.

I am a middle-class, white collar businessman and have been for 20 years. I watched through the latest crisis how the people that bankroll you and you pass laws for have absolutely destroyed the economy in this country. Offshoring, outsourcing, downsizing, rightsizing, securitization; all doctrines used in the name of "shareholder value" that have eviscerated the middle class and eliminated entire industries. I have seen friends' careers destroyed, neighborhoods laid waste, and whole communities suffer all for a little more EPS. These people you take your orders from are criminal and traitors and should all be behind bars, some of you included..........."

I know several Republicans in this area that now say they will be voting for Obama. And I know several more that will not say, but I would bet money, they will vote Obama as well.

As for Ron Paul, being a woman, I don't have the anatomy to stomach Ron Paul. He talks a good talk, but only for the few, if they are male. That is not what this country stands for.

I wrote here some time ago that Republicans are circling the drain. It is happening faster than even I imagined. The party has now been infiltrated to the point that Republicans are no longer the privacy watchers, the individualists, small government, balanced budgets, none of that can be found in the Republican party. The sheeple that keep with the meme are just bots repeating what their masters tell them to say. You guys are so easy to spot.

February 24, 2012 at 2:13 p.m.
acerigger said...

Dear editor, with all due respect to your editorial,ha ha,ha ha ha ha hahahahahahahaha

February 24, 2012 at 9:41 p.m.
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