Rom­ney, Allen and Hurt: a bet­ter path

Rappahannock News - - EDITORIAL & OPINION -

Next Tues­day, we Amer­i­cans will vote for a new be­gin­ning. Four years ago, Pres­i­dent Obama promised “Hope and Change,” but all he could de­liver was the stag­na­tion, debt and de­spair of the last four years. This year, we have an op­por­tu­nity to choose a bet­ter path. We can choose Mitt Rom­ney and his team, Ge­orge Allen for Se­nate and in­cum­bent Robert Hurt for Congress’ 5th dis­trict. They of­fer a path to pros­per­ity for the mid­dle class – good jobs, ris­ing take-home pay, a strong mil­i­tary, smaller, less in­tru­sive gov­ern­ment and less debt to leave our chil­dren.

Mitt Rom­ney is a gen­uinely good and gen­er­ous man who not only wants to strengthen Amer­ica, but has the busi­ness and lead­er­ship ex­pe­ri­ence needed to turn around a fail­ing econ­omy. When he took the helm of the dis­or­ga­nized, scan­dal­rid­den Salt Lake Olympics, his skill, en­ergy and in­tegrity en­abled him to work with a dispir­ited staff to turn po­ten­tial dis­as­ter into the most suc­cess­ful Olympic Win­ter Games ever. With re­lent­less ef­fort, he worked with gov­ern­ment and civil­ian en­ti­ties – Democrats and Republican­s – to tackle ev­ery is­sue, large and small.

Mitt Rom­ney of­fers a de­tailed five-point plan to get Amer­ica work­ing again: (1) en­ergy in­de­pen­dence; (2) the skills to suc­ceed; (3) trade that works for Amer­ica; (4) cut­ting the deficit; and (5) cham­pi­oning small busi­ness (de­tails at www.mit­trom­ney.com/job­s­plan). With this plan, Rom­ney, Allen and Hurt will re­store the Amer­i­can Dream for mid­dle-class Amer­ica.

Here in Rap­pa­han­nock County, we all know hard-work­ing neigh­bors who still are strug­gling to find good, full-time, well­pay­ing jobs. We cringe as we pay twice as much for gas as we did four years ago. In the past four years, while gas and food have be­come more ex­pen­sive, mid­dle-class in­comes have shrunk by more than $4,000 per year. Friends and neigh­bors are hurt­ing.

We have seen the fail­ure of lead­er­ship in Wash­ing­ton that has ne­glected crit­i­cal is­sues while crank­ing out new, in­tru­sive de­mands on states, our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and small busi­nesses. We are hor­ri­fied as Wash­ing­ton adds $4 bil­lion to our na­tional debt each pass­ing day. We just can­not af­ford four more years of this dis­as­trous spend­ing – pil­ing more debt on our chil­dren and grand­chil­dren.

Mitt Rom­ney knows how to work across the aisle to get things done. As gover­nor of Mas­sachusetts, he was able to bal­ance a deficit-rid­den state bud­get and make health care more avail­able by work­ing with a leg­is­la­ture that was 87 per­cent Demo­crat.

Mitt Rom­ney, Ge­orge Allen and Robert Hurt have a plan to res­cue and re­form So­cial Se­cu­rity and Medi­care so all se­niors will still get what they have been promised and so these pro­grams will be there for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions too.

Rom­ney, Allen and Hurt will de­liver more good jobs, less debt, a strong na­tional se­cu­rity with a mil­i­tary that knows it is ap­pre­ci­ated, and no ex­cuses.

DE­MARIS MILLER

Wash­ing­ton

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