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Mitt Romney: The Perfectly Lubricated Weather Vane

DANEY SAYLOR – OCTOBER 25, 2012 On Tuesday November 6, 2012, the United States will vote to decide who will lead our country over the next four years.  The choice in this election could not be clearer between the two dominant political parties – the Democrats and the Republicans.  What is at stake in this election?  President Barack Obama and the Republican nominee, Governor Mitt Romney, have very different visions for the future.  They also have very different positions in policy that map the journey along these two distinct paths. Walking into the Oval Office on his very first day on the job, President Obama had to reckon with the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression along with two wars in the greater Middle East.  Under the leadership of President Obama, the country’s economy has stabilized and added jobs for the past 31 months with the rate of unemployment recently falling below 8%.[1]  As Commander in Chief, Obama stopped combat missions in Iraq and ended the nine year manhunt of Osama bin Laden by launching a mission resulting in bin Laden’s death.  President Obama has signed health care reform, repeal of the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, and Wall Street reform.  President Obama has made progress despite the Tea Party and Republican intransigence; the opposition has made the filibuster commonplace and expected for every vote in the Senate.[2]  But the larger point is that the American people have gotten to know President Obama for the past four years.  Every movement, every decision, and every statement the President has made have been scrutinized by the public, the media,...