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OPINION: 2012 Presidential candidates (Blech!)
The Utah Statesman of Utah State University ^ | October 3, 2011 | Mike Burnham

Posted on 10/03/2011 9:08:25 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

The presidential primaries are starting to heat up, so let's take a look at the top three candidates -- Democrat incumbent Barack Obama, Republican Rick Perry and Republican Mitt Romney. Let's start with the incumbent.

Despite my right-wing roots, I must admit President Obama has not done a terrible job. He is certainly a step up from our last Republican president. One of the major criticisms during Obama's presidential campaign was that he lacked international experience. Ironically, this has been one of his strongest suits, and he has done much to patch up relations that were slaughtered by the Bush administration. While he certainly hasn't been perfect, the fact that most of the countries outside the U.S. like him isn't a bad thing.

However, I request someone get this man an economics textbook. Yes, I understand that he isn't to blame for the 2008 crash. I also realize that health care was a mess and far too expensive, but his solutions to both these problems violate the most basic economic principles.

The thing Rick Perry has going for him is he isn't Sarah Palin.

While he is my pick to win the Republican primaries, I don't think Rick Perry stands a chance against Obama. Those of you that follow elections may remember the tactic used by Obama's campaign that was a death blow to McCain's bid -- the death blow that didn't come from Alaska that is. Obama compared McCain to Bush Jr., and doing the same to Perry is just too easy. Their similarities are too obvious: both were Texas governors, both make fools of themselves in public speech and debate, and their intelligence leaves a bit to be desired. Additionally, Rick Perry is a career politician, and I think career politicians represent exactly what is wrong with our political system today.

Mitt Romney is in some ways Obama's antithesis. Romney is the economic wonder child. Just about everything he touched in the business world turned to gold. The 2002 Winter Olympics took a turn from disaster to one of the most successful winter Olympics, thanks to Romney, and this was no small feat.

While my economic side loves Romney, my political side loathes him. I must admit this is, in large part, because I find his bandwagon-following group of Mormon supporters to be obnoxious. I get it; I myself am LDS, and there is a certain level of inherent trust in someone's integrity when they share your religious beliefs. Just because he shares your religion, though, doesn't make him the best candidate. Like Perry, he has many of the marks of a career politician. As governor of Massachusetts, he was pro-abortion and passed health care reform similar to Obama's. I don't know which Mitt Romney is the real one -- Massachusetts Mitt or 2012 candidate Mitt. Either he was selling out then, or he is selling out now.

So this leaves two questions: Whom do I want to win? And whom do I think will win? Despite my gripes, Romney currently has my vote. I must admit my reasoning for this is largely selfish. Romney is the candidate most capable of getting the nation's economy back on track. As a student looking to enter the work force in the near future, the high unemployment numbers frighten me, particularly because the majority of unemployment comes from my age group. Economics is the most pressing need for our country currently, and Mitt is the man to fix that.

Unfortunately, I believe the presidential race is between Obama and Perry. Despite what many Utahns may think, Obama is a moderate Democrat and will probably control the majority of the swing votes. Perry tries to paint himself as moderate but isn't doing a very good job. I think it's only a matter of time before Americans realize Perry wasn't cut from presidential cloth. My prediction? Obama over Perry by a comfortable margin.

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Mike Burnham is a junior majoring in economics and international relations. Comments can be sent to him at mike.burnham@gmail.com


TOPICS: Heated Discussion
KEYWORDS: blindallegience; obama; palin; perry; pimpromney; romney; romneybotpimp; romneydirtytrick; utahn4romney; vote4backstabber; vote4obamaminime
This is our best and brightest? Really?
1 posted on 10/03/2011 9:08:36 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Young skull half full of mush. Half full of crap.


2 posted on 10/03/2011 9:10:58 AM PDT by yellowhorse (6 good horses, 3 good women)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Mr Burnham gets an F on this paper since he is complely incapable of recognizing the difference between fact and feelings.

His paper is long on feelings while being almost completely vacant of any facts.

3 posted on 10/03/2011 9:11:18 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Destined for obscurity. What a twit (the author).


4 posted on 10/03/2011 9:13:05 AM PDT by corkoman
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

****Despite my right-wing roots, I must admit President Obama has not done a terrible job.****

Someone overdosed on Round-Up.


5 posted on 10/03/2011 9:17:46 AM PDT by sodpoodle (God is ignoring me - because He is watching you.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Despite my right-wing roots

He's a liar.

6 posted on 10/03/2011 9:18:47 AM PDT by DallasDeb
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What a TROLL!


7 posted on 10/03/2011 9:21:09 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Looks like Utah State will admit any idiot with a fat bank account...like many others. This kid is a damn fool, and a poster child for raising the voting age to 30.


8 posted on 10/03/2011 9:22:11 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I must admit President Obama has not done a terrible job. He is certainly a step up from our last Republican president.

This punk is lying through his teeth. No one thinks this idiot has done a good job unless they are a Rat hack. Maybe if this Economics Major bothered to evaluate the numbers of his guy compared to Bush, he wouldn't sound like a dope.


9 posted on 10/03/2011 9:24:40 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: DallasDeb

Perhaps he will soon be blessed with a dose of inflamed and infected hemmeriods. Pray it be sooner than later.

A pox on his offspring as well.

Caddis the younger


10 posted on 10/03/2011 9:26:45 AM PDT by palmerizedCaddis
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The author is on LSD.

Proven-Failed Governor Mitt Romney should be NOWHERE near government in the USA.

"As U.S. real output grew 13 percent between 2002 and 2006, Massachusetts trailed at 9 percent.
* Manufacturing employment fell 7 percent nationwide those years, but sank 14 percent under Romney, placing Massachusetts 48th among the states.
* Between fall 2003 and autumn 2006, U.S. job growth averaged 5.4 percent, nearly three times Massachusetts' anemic 1.9 percent pace.
* While 8 million Americans over age 16 found work between 2002 and 2006, the number of employed Massachusetts residents actually declined by 8,500 during those years.
"Massachusetts was the only state to have failed to post any gain in its pool of employed residents," professors Sum and McLaughlin concluded.
In an April 2003 meeting with the Massachusetts congressional delegation in Washington, Romney failed to endorse President Bush's $726 billion tax-cut proposal."

[Cato Institute annual Fiscal Policy Report Card - America's Governors, 2004.]


11 posted on 10/03/2011 9:26:53 AM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Despite my right-wing roots, I must admit President Obama has not done a terrible job. He is certainly a step up from our last Republican president. One of the major criticisms during Obama's presidential campaign was that he lacked international experience. Ironically, this has been one of his strongest suits, and he has done much to patch up relations that were slaughtered by the Bush administration.

Clearly, Mr. Burnham has neither right-wing roots, nor is he ready for prime time. To make the ignorant comments he does about Bush, ESPECIALLY with respect to international relations, demonstrates the depth of this young man's ignorance.

Perhaps another 4 years of school would be more beneficial to him.

Or, better yet, getting out in the real world and discovering what an idiot he is!!!

(I stopped reading after I got to the sentence pasted above.)

12 posted on 10/03/2011 9:28:54 AM PDT by DustyMoment (Congress - Another name for white collar criminals!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I went to a Republican function this weekend in VA. Most of the older people were enthused for Romney. They were wearing Romney stickers. Disturbing. I had my “Yes We Cain” sticker on.


13 posted on 10/03/2011 9:29:05 AM PDT by albie
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Yes, I understand that he isn’t to blame for the 2008 crash.”

The Democratic Congress gets the lion’s share of that carcass.

“I must admit President Obama has not done a terrible job.”

One can only wonder what qualifies as “terrible” with this intellectual. ...As an objective observer, like leftists always claim, I can’t recall ever seeing anything more terrible. Look out the window, and see the jobless, homeless and hopeless. It’s much worse than it was with Nixon, even worse than the wreck Carter brought us. Will “terrible” maybe be reached when things get as bad as they were during the worst of Franklin Roosevelt’s depression? It’s here.


14 posted on 10/03/2011 9:32:21 AM PDT by pallis
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
So, I take it this guy supports Obama’s decision to support the undefined (war?) in Libya which has caused hundreds of thousands to be raped tortured and killed.

He must count this among Obama’s many foreign policy triumphs.

What planet does this guy live on? He doesn't seem to realize that Obama is not taken seriously by anyone in the world. Germany, Russia, China, et al, take him as a joke. All of Obama’s foreign policy ‘pronouncements’ have been immediately bitch-slapped back to him by the international community.

This guy is a good example of judging Obama through love-goggles while dismissing the reality of the current state of the world.

15 posted on 10/03/2011 9:42:00 AM PDT by 240B (he is doing everything he said he wouldn't and not doing what he said he would)
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To: who knows what evil?
a poster child for raising the voting age to 30.

I am for making it a requirement that one must own property to vote the way it was in the early republic. You should have "skin in the game" as they say, in order to play in the 'game'. We are very near the "tipping point" now where more people are on the dole than are actual tax paying property owners and it doesn't take a genius to know what will happen after that happens.

16 posted on 10/03/2011 10:11:17 AM PDT by mc5cents
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To: DustyMoment

“Despite my right-wing roots,”

He might. Did you look at his name? and where he is from?


17 posted on 10/03/2011 10:13:07 AM PDT by ngat
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To: mc5cents
I am for making it a requirement that one must own property to vote the way it was in the early republic.

That suits me, as well...

18 posted on 10/03/2011 10:43:35 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: ngat
He might. Did you look at his name? and where he is from?

Huh? What does his name or his Utah home have to do with anything?? There's no right-wing conservative there, based on his rant. If this twit thinks that his master Obama has improved foreign relations, he has much to learn.

19 posted on 10/03/2011 11:37:00 AM PDT by DustyMoment (Congress - Another name for white collar criminals!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Despite my right-wing roots, I must admit President Obama has not done a terrible job. He is certainly a step up from our last Republican president.

After this there was no point in reading further.

If this clown has a right wing root, he must be taking it via rectum-injection.

20 posted on 10/03/2011 12:07:58 PM PDT by USS Alaska
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The thing Rick Perry has going for him is he isn’t Sarah Palin.

“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

22 posted on 10/03/2011 12:39:37 PM PDT by RichInOC (Palin 2012: The Perfect Storm.)
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