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11/1/2012 9:51:00 AM
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Romney too extreme

Dear Publisher,
Mitt Romney seems quite uncomfortable these days trying to explain his stands on many issues, including those affecting women. He's changed his mind so often trying to please his extremist handlers that it's no wonder. Someone that untrustworthy and extremist should not be elected.

Consider what former Governor Romney now says he would attempt to do:
-- "I'll be a pro-life candidate and a pro-life president." This, after Romney earlier claimed to be "pro-choice."

His stand now is so extremist that he chose for his running mate Paul Ryan, who is fixated on anti-choice legislation, with no exceptions. Romney also maintains his
endorsement of Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, who uttered the now famous line that pregnancy resulting from rape "is something that God intended to happen."

-- The man who as governor of Massachusetts enacted a state health care plan, or "Romney Care," now says he'll get rid of "Obama Care," many of whose provisions stem Romney's own health care program. Women would lose the access to birth control and other services which they now have under the Affordable Care Act.

-- Much as he claims to support all people, Romney and his team would work to privatize services that now are public such as education, social services, parks, police, and public transportation -- services that women, men and children depend on.

-- He would not have "binders full of women" to appoint. As governor, Romney claims to have sought women's names for state appointments. It turns out he didn't go after those names; the National Women's Political Caucus submitted names of qualified women for the governor's consideration.
Romney did not appoint women to top positions, as he claims, and the percentage of women in appointed positions dropped by half during his term.

One thing we can depend on a President Romney for. He likely would be given the chance to appoint one or more U.S. Supreme Court justices, tipping the court to overturn Roe v. Wade, criminalizing all abortions. A Romney Supreme Court also would cement Citizens United, the Supreme Court decision that named corporations as people and strengthened corporate influence in financing elections.
President Obama consistently has supported women's rights, from the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to better health care and birth control services under the Affordable Care Act, from defending many public services to appointing Supreme Court justices committed more to justice than political expediency.

As one who has fought for many rights women now take for granted, I urge voters not to send us backwards. Vote for someone we can depend on to continue moving us forward.

Vote to re-elect President Barack Obama. But don't take my word for it. None other than the Salt Lake Tribune has endorsed President Obama: "The president has earned a second term. Romney, in whatever guise, does not deserve a first."

Susan Butruille

Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Article comment by: Ed Markle

Obama is not known for his "waffles" because he has refused to give answers to direct questions and only takes the soft ones tossed to him by a friendly media. He has, however, acknowledged he is "evolving" on the gay marriage issue.

But social issues will not determine the survival of this country. Economic issues will. Obama is Marxist economics idealogue who believes in redistribution of income. History shows us this can only be accomlished by a powerful centrist gov't. What I never see listed are the economies of the world that are thriving under this philosophy. West European social democracies(nanny states) are in crisis(except the German economy that's being pestered for handouts)because they've used up all the money of the producers, spread it around in massive social programs, thereby eliminating initiative and stiffling productivity.

The former USSR and its eastern block minions have thrown off Marxism in favor of capitalism and China has gone capitalist with only vestiges of Marxism, but Obama and Hugo Chaves want to march us towards those same exact failed policies.

This is all documented in the history books, which unfortunately is not a sublect that is emphasized in school anymore and Americans in particular are uninformed and frankly ignorant even as to their own history let alone anyone elses.

Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2012
Article comment by: Tim Lamb

I have to agree with you about Romney on ONE point, he should quit waffling about abortion. That IS a baby in there regardless of how it got there and it does not deserve a DEATH sentence because his/her father was a violent monster. Rape is horrible but a baby is not.
As for this, “Romney and his team would work to privatize services that now are public …” if you call giving control of the money and issues and programs back to the states, privatizing, it makes me wonder who you know that “owns” the state. Get your facts straight. Romney is for shrinking the federal government but clearly you are an entitlement/big-government elitist who thinks women should be taken care of by the state. This country cannot afford to “keep” you from cradle to grave any more.
And finally, the Salt Lake Tribune got its start as an anti-Mormon publication. It is not owned by or affiliated with the Mormon Church. If you had checked your facts you would have known that, which calls into question all your other “facts”. Democrats used this to insinuate Mormons had turned on Romney, which is a lie.
Vote your conscience but do it based on facts and stop spreading the lies.

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