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Editorial: Romney vote is right for president

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Four years ago a nation tired of two wars, high deficit spending and an unfolding economic crisis sought a change. The country's voters chose a young senator from Illinois to lead us forward.

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President Obama moved with swift, bold action on an economic stimulus and bailouts in the banking and automotive sectors.

He also moved correctly in ending the war in Iraq and seeking to capture or remove extremist terrorists around the world, including killing Osama bin Laden, the 9/11 mastermind. He also has set out a strategy in Afghanistan, which has an end in sight in 2014.

However, the president's first term has not been full of successes.

He moved on health care reform, pushing through legislation without bipartisan support, resulting in a legislative backlash which gridlocked Congress.

This administration has been unsuccessful in reducing the unemployment rate in the United States, with 43 long months with the rate above 8 percent.

Economic growth has remained stagnant through most of his first term. The three-year recovery has been very slow, poverty is up, family incomes are down and housing has been in a slump.

The scary issue facing America this Halloween is a looming fiscal crisis. There is the gigantic budget deficit $5 trillion deeper than when Obama took office. And a looming fiscal cliff deadline at the end of year, when automatic cuts of $100 billion from federal budgets and tax increases of $400 billion, happen unless Congress and the administration make a deal.

For various reasons, Obama has not been a uniting force and has not found a way to work with his Republican opposition.

Four years ago a nation tired of two wars, high deficit spending and an unfolding economic crisis sought a change. The country's voters chose a young senator from Illinois to lead us forward.

There has been fair criticism of the Republican leaders of Congress who vowed to obstruct the president in the last two years, just as Obama had a Democratic control and didn't work with Republicans in the first two years of his administration.

And both political parties are to blame for not having the political fortitude to deal with America's growing fiscal crisis.

On Nov. 6, west central Minnesota voters face a choice for president. We all agree that Washington is broken and not functioning, much like a baseball team that is not winning. There is a time when a change is needed and a new manager is brought in to get the team refocused.

Republican Mitt Romney is seeking to bring that change to Washington. He is promising a new brand of leadership, an economic focus to create jobs and fiscal prudence to work on the budget deficit.

Now Romney is not without his own imperfections, including his condescending comments about the "London Olympics' security," his "47 percent" and his "binders full of women." And he has suggested a policy of "self-deportation," but acknowledges realistically that all the illegal immigrants cannot be sent home.

Romney has demonstrated his leadership in private business, in state government and in the 2002 Olympics.

He is a successful businessman, who earned his wealth through investment and decision-making strategies. He has spent the majority of his life in private business and said he knows how to grow jobs.

In 1999, Romney was brought in to resolve the scandalous crisis at the Salt Lake City Olympics. He addressed the situation, calmed sponsors, developed new leadership, controlled spending and staged an excellent Winter Olympics.

In 2002, he was elected governor of Massachusetts and faced an overwhelmingly Democratic legislature. He worked with that Legislature to control spending, restructure state government and eliminated a $3 billion state government deficit.

Romney faces a challenge on foreign policy, just as Obama, George W. Bush or Bill Clinton did when they became presidents. Romney has promised to lead with strength and vision and to deal soundly with our nation's enemies around the world.

America needs a change in leadership to refocus the country and its economy toward a strong and vibrant country. This country cannot afford to slip back into another recession so soon.

We believe Romney is the right choice for president on Nov. 6.

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