For Romney, all five GOP U.S. House candidates, all six state questions

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: November 4, 2012
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QUITE common is the quadrennial early November Tuesday declaration that “This is the most important election in our lifetimes!” The cliche notwithstanding, this may indeed be one of those elections.

A second term for Barack Obama would at the very least continue an anti-business, anti-fossil fuel, anti-American exceptionalism agenda. Also, it could result in two or more U.S. Supreme Court appointees who would ratify Obama's philosophy — and not just for four years but for a lifetime.

Mitt Romney is a proven leader with demonstrated executive skills. He celebrates American ingenuity and the values that produced the most important republic in world history. He would make this a more valuable, less-indebted country for future generations, while restoring respect for America and reducing its dependence on foreign energy.

Obama's own words four years ago are relevant here: His presidency would be a “one-term proposition” if he failed to rebuild the poor economy he inherited. He has failed. If Romney wins, he would also inherent a poor economy. The difference is that he has the skills, the focus and the energy to do something about it. In the 2012 version of “the most important” election, Romney is the clear choice.

The Oklahoman also makes the following recommendations for Tuesday's election:

State Questions

SQ 758 would limit the growth of property tax assessment valuations to 3 percent annually, a reduction from the current cap of 5 percent. Vote yes to reduce the cap.

SQ 759 would ban the use of affirmative action programs in state government employment, education and contracting decisions. This is a carefully targeted measure that doesn't affect the private sector or impact state involvement with federal programs for the disabled or similar groups. Government should not discriminate for or against citizens based on race or gender. Vote yes to restrict reverse discrimination.

SQ 762 would amend Oklahoma's constitution to remove the governor from the parole process for nonviolent offenders. The governor's approval would still be required for inmates convicted of violent crimes; other cases would be handled by the state Pardon and Parole Board. Vote yes to remove Oklahoma's distinction of being the only state that still pushes every parole application to the governor's desk.


by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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