The South Florida Sun-Sentinel has given its endorsement to GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, offering a scathing indictment of economic conditions under President Barack Obama, who they had endorsed four years ago.
The paper noted that the only thing that matters to most Americans is the economy, adding that “four years into Barack Obama’s presidency, economic growth is sputtering.”
“Family incomes are down,” the paper said. “Poverty is up. Business owners are reluctant to assume risk in the face of unending uncertainty. Many are holding on by their fingernails, desperate for signs of an economic recovery that will help them provide for themselves, their employees, their customers and their communities.”
acknowledged that when Obama came into office four years ago the “economy was in free fall and though untested, he inspired us with his promise of hope and change. Now, four years later, we have little reason to believe he can turn things around.”
The paper gave the president credit for supporting the auto industry and the stimulus but added that instead of tackling the jobs problem he “tackled the nation’s healthcare system.”
“We believe Romney will help this nation find the political will to address the challenges with Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. We’d like to see him exercise equal fiscal discipline at the Pentagon, whose budget has grown 50 percent in 10 years and exceeds that of the next 10 largest nations combined.
“The greatest threat to our national defense is not the size of our military, but the ever-escalating size of our national debt. We must get government spending under control, across the board. President Obama is a decent man who took office with the nation facing an economic precipice. But even he predicted he would be a one-term president if he failed to turn things around. We believe the best chance to get America back working again is to elect Mitt Romney. That’s why we endorse him for president.”
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