Monday, October 22, 2012

Newspaper Endorsements: Obama (Updated)

The Star-Ledger out of Newark supports Obama's re-election:

e has owned the economic disaster he inherited ever since, fair or not. And that fact is the core rationale behind Mitt Romney’s candidacy. To us, that is not enough.

Lets face it: Neither candidate has a credible strategy to spark a more robust recovery in the short term. Financial crises take many years to overcome. Most economists, including Moody’s Analytics, expect only gradual progress, no matter who wins.

But the distinctions between Obama and Romney are profound when it comes to America’s prospects over the longer term. Romney is sticking with a hard-line conservative program — lower tax rates and a huge military buildup that gives the Pentagon far more than it asked for. That would inevitably cause the debt to explode.

It's a tragedy for the country there isn't a viable SECOND party to set this country back on track.

The paper thinks it is a good thing Obama has "broken the hold of the teachers' unions over the party" in his attempt to destroy an underpinning of democracy.


The San Antonio Express-News bucks most of the rest of the papers in Texas and backs the president:

President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney have both laid out plans to avert such national misfortune. Both candidates are earnest in their desire to make the 21st Century another American Century. We believe President Obama has demonstrated a better grasp of the essential issues and offers a better vision for the United States. Voters should give him a second term in the White House.

Obama took office four years ago amid a meltdown of the nation's financial, housing and labor markets. He acted swiftly to continue and enhance what had been bipartisan measures to stabilize those markets. He also took new steps to tighten regulations on banks, create a floor under the rising number of home foreclosures and stanch the loss of up to 800,000 jobs per month while also rescuing the U.S. auto industry.
The results: a stock market that has risen more than 60 percent since Obama took office, housing starts in September up 38 percent from one year ago and 31 consecutive months of job growth.


Tucson's Arizona Daily Star echoes the support for the president:

Changing course would undercut that progress and create further uncertainty - two things we cannot afford. We can and must move ahead. And no matter who we elect to the White House, we'll still have a divided Congress. Anything possible and good must first come through consensus-building leadership in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate. No president will be successful without one unified American agenda.

Principled leadership, consensus and time are required. Obama's accomplishments and positions on health care, higher education, and economic and social issues continue to make him the best choice for the interests at home in Southern Arizona and in our country.

This is why the Arizona Daily Star endorses Barack Obama for a second term.

The New Yorker voices its support for the president:

The choice is clear. The Romney-Ryan ticket represents a constricted and backward-looking vision of America: the privatization of the public good. In contrast, the sort of public investment championed by Obama—and exemplified by both the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Affordable Care Act—takes to heart the old civil-rights motto “Lifting as we climb.” That effort cannot, by itself, reverse the rise of inequality that has been under way for at least three decades. But we’ve already seen the future that Romney represents, and it doesn’t work.

The reĆ«lection of Barack Obama is a matter of great urgency. Not only are we in broad agreement with his policy directions; we also see in him what is absent in Mitt Romney—a first-rate political temperament and a deep sense of fairness and integrity. A two-term Obama Administration will leave an enduringly positive imprint on political life. It will bolster the ideal of good governance and a social vision that tempers individualism with a concern for community. Every Presidential election involves a contest over the idea of America. Obama’s America—one that progresses, however falteringly, toward social justice, tolerance, and equality—represents the future that this country deserves.

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