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The Oklahoman endorsement: Mitt Romney is best man to restore nation's greatness

Oklahoman Published: December 18, 2011
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A direct impact on the Heartland is his lack of leadership on the Keystone XL pipeline. The $7 billion project is shovel-ready and would put thousands to work. In Oklahoma alone, it would lead to an additional $1.2 billion in new spending for the state's economy.

Barack Obama has never been in touch with the Heartland's way of life. Here's how he referred to people like us: “And it's not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

Such elitism permeates his administration. The Department of Labor has proposed regulations that would prevent kids under 16 from performing their chores on family farms. The essence of his health care plan puts bureaucratic nonsense between us and our doctors. His assaults on free enterprise and free markets have crippled business owners from growing their enterprises and consequently reducing unemployment.

We must elect a new president who, unlike Obama, can govern better than he can campaign, one who will actually stop campaigning when the election is over.

Obama was poor choice

Oklahomans knew Obama was a poor choice for president in 2008. Now the rest of the country knows it. But on Election Day next November, we won't be checking “yes” or “no” beside the name of the incumbent. It is not a recall election. We will either check Obama's name or that of another candidate. Romney is the name we must check.

Mitt Romney exudes wisdom, in addition to decency, compassion, pragmatism and coalition-building skills. For a Republican to get elected in Massachusetts is remarkable, perhaps a bigger feat than Republican Ronald Reagan getting elected governor in California.

Romney is a self-made man. Obama is a government-made man. Romney's skill set includes three areas of expertise that are needed to run this country:

He has success in the private sector. Romney led Bain Capital from a staff of seven people managing $37 million to 115 people managing $4 billion. His firm on average doubled its return on realized investments every year.

He has success in the public/private sector. “In 1999, three years before the 2002 Winter Olympics,” Reuters reported, “the Salt Lake City games were mired in a bribery scandal and facing a $400 million budget shortfall.” Cutting expenses, Romney turned this potential world-stage disaster into an overwhelming success, a factor in his subsequent election as governor of Massachusetts.

He has success in the public sector. Romney took office as governor midway in a fiscal year facing a potential $650 million shortfall in the Massachusetts budget. By restructuring state government, increasing some fees and making legislative changes to the state's tax code, he was able to balance the budget without tax increases.

The Washington Examiner, in its endorsement of Romney, said the candidate “will bring back to the Oval Office a faith in the ability of every individual to achieve his or her greatest hopes, and an unwavering pride in America and its limitless potential for greatness. He understands the American dream because his family has lived it ... He has a capacious but disciplined intellect; he drives himself relentlessly but leads without using his whip hand; in line with Mormon practice, he gives 10 percent of his money to his church; he has been married to his high school sweetheart for 42 years and has five admirable children and 16 grandchildren.”

In Oklahoma we call that “good people.” Good people do the right thing at the right time regardless of party politics. They don't wait for others. The time to unite behind Romney is now, not after Iowa or New Hampshire or the Oklahoma primary in early March. Now!

In 2008, all 77 of our counties lined up against Barack Obama. It's time for us to line up for Mitt Romney. From here, this movement needs to grow throughout the Heartland. Together, our voices can lead Republicans, independents and Reagan Democrats in other states out of the wilderness. We can be the voice of reason by supporting someone who on Day One will send a jobs package to Congress with the goal of putting America back on a path of robust economic growth.

In the remaining days, weeks and months of his presidency, he will rely on the collective strength of this nation to restore us to greatness. Mitt Romney is the man — the only man — who can beat Barack Obama.

Go to NewsOK.com/voice-of-the-heartland and join the conversation. Whether you agree or disagree, your voice and your vote matter. We are not Americans living in flyover country; we are Americans who care about our nation and will stand shoulder to shoulder and ask this country to unite. Letters to the editor can be sent to yourviews@oklahoman.com.

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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