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The billions of dollars have been spent. The campaign noise is nearly over. It’s time to elect our next president.

People support a candidate for many reasons — some of them quite personal. We want our country to be safe, we want it to be successful; we want our country to provide even better opportunities for our children and grandchildren.

While we often divide on partisan issues, and there are many in this campaign, our analysis of whether Barack Obama or Mitt Romney is the best choice to lead us the next four years comes down to this: Who will do a better job growing the economy and addressing our debt?

That man is President Barack Obama.

Let’s look back four years. While revisionist historians can have a field day analyzing what should have been or could have been, the fact remains that the U.S. economy is in its fourth year of a moderate recovery.

In November 2008, gross domestic product was in a freefall — dropping nearly 9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2008. Consumer spending was falling at a rate not seen since the days of malaise in 1980. The economy had shed nearly 1.2 million jobs in the first 10 months of that year alone. Home values were plunging. One in 11 mortgages was delinquent or in foreclosure. The banking industry was on the verge of collapse.

Thanks in part to the American Recovery Act — the stimulus — the economic recovery began in June 2009. Since then the economy has added 3 million more jobs, despite losing nearly 600,000 state and local government jobs. The stock market, another important economic indicator, has more than doubled to above 13,000 after hitting a low of 6,547 in April 2009. The housing market is slowly recovering.

There remains work to do. Unemployment remains stubbornly high, standing at 7.9 percent. Those numbers mask problems like the 40 percent of those out of work that have been in that position for more than six months and those who have stopped looking.

Presidents are like quarterbacks — they get too much credit when the team wins and get too much criticism when the team loses. There are lots of players in national politics. We only elect a few, and we only pick one president.

The next president will be the beneficiary of an economy that already has turned around. It can grow faster, if he can find bipartisan support for a plan that will both spur the economy and address the budget deficit.

Each candidate has a plan. Neither is perfect. Both have some fuzzy math.

But we are troubled by Romney’s plan — written with help from former George W. Bush advisers — that says we can balance the budget with a $5 trillion tax cut while spending $2 trillion more in defense. Without deep cuts to domestic spending or without some sort of revenue increases, the numbers don’t add up. Romney’s campaign website only identifies about $320 billion in savings or cuts.

Obama’s deficit reduction plan includes a combination of budget cuts — including cuts in domestic spending and defense spending — and revenue increases. It is much closer than the Romney plan to the bipartisan recommendations of the Bowles-Simpson Commission. The plan lacks detail about when the budget would be balanced, but promises more than $4 trillion in deficit reductions over the next decade.

We’ve been digging our deficit hole for the past 10 years. We won’t climb out overnight. The chief executives of 80 U.S. corporations recently released a letter that says any fiscal plan must “include comprehensive and pro-growth tax reform, which broadens the base, lowers rates, raises revenues and reduces the deficit.” The CEOs acknowledge that a combination of spending cuts and tax increases are needed to dig us out of this hole, even if we reform Medicare and Social Security.

We believe Obama’s plan to be closer to reality and closer to his actual track record on spending. Even with the much-maligned stimulus, the Congressional Budget Office and the Office of Management and Budget show that spending under Obama has grown 1.4 percent, compared to 7.7 percent under President George W. Bush.

We need to go further and make sure that spending does not exceed revenues. Obama has reinstated the policy that the government cannot increase spending or cut taxes unless offset by spending cuts or tax increases — a policy abolished under Bush.

This is not about blaming Bush. But Romney’s economic policy relies on some of the same Bush advisers that turned us from surplus to deficit within his first term. We’re also concerned that Romney has turned to the same neoconservative foreign policy advisers — 17 at last count — that under the Bush administration led us into wars that we put on the credit card.

Any discussion of the economy and our deficit also has to acknowledge that we cannot continue to spend 18 percent of our GDP on health care. The Affordable Care Act — one of Obama’s biggest accomplishments — is far from perfect, but it’s a start to reining in those costs. It also is paid for.

Simply repealing the act — as Romney favors — and replacing it with state programs may work but it could also be an expensive step backward at a time when we must move forward. Doing nothing is not an option. We need health care reform that builds on the initiatives of the excellent health care providers in our region and fixes the inequities in federal Medicare reimbursement.

Romney’s record shows he’s more moderate than the campaign that he is running. He clearly has the business and leadership experience to do the job. His selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate was a bold and refreshing choice. But his economic plan relies too much on the policies that contributed to our deficit problem today.

Our next president faces economic challenges. The fiscal cliff looms Dec. 31 as a result of the Budget Control Act last year. Tax cuts are set for expiration. The European debt crisis is still troublesome.

Obama helped us climb out of the ravine of economic ruin four years ago to set our nation’s feet on solid ground. He has earned the chance to take us further down the road to recovery.

Whether we elect Obama or Romney, Americans want solutions. It’s time for the rest of the team — that’s Congress — to get on the same playbook as our quarterback and work together. When that happens, America wins.

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Seth Poole

Just what we need, another four and out. As much as he likes the US now, I can't wait to see how he Hopes to Change us. I'm guessing there won't be any Veterans voting for him. Either they failed to get the ballots to them, his legion of Attorneys have managed to nullify their vote, or they seem smarter than a considerable cross of this population. Just another reason to not buy this fish wrap.

Hoot55

I am a veteran and voted for him, as did many other veterans.

retiredone

No vets I know or in my family voted for him. Presidents have historically been veterans, the recent exceptions were Clinton who wore a band uniform and Obama who liked to wear colorful Muslim clothes.

bb

He was talking about veterans post WW2, you know, the non-racist ones.

retiredone

Hooter-what is your source for "many other veterans"? Usually that means you know one other vet who screwed up his vote as you did.

Hoot55

So how is it wrong for a business such as a newspaper to hold a poltiical view, but perfectly acceptable for someone like the Koch brothers?

From many of these posts, it is clear that many readers actually believe what they read or hear as long as it supports their personal unfounded beliefs. Just because someone says it, does not make it fact.

Combine this with all those that insist the facts that support their theory will play out at some point in time in the future. So in the meantime, we are suppose to believe the hunch of someone with questionable motives?

The politicos have successfully turned individual fear and hatred over certain issues or groups into the basis for governance.

Redwall

No matter who wins, good luck to us all, we'll need it.

burnout


@Summer

EVERYONE needs to watch this hit documentary before voting.

“2016: OBAMA'S AMERICA”


Watch this documentary for FREE at:

http://tvpc.com/Channel.php?ChannelID=16710


Obama - love him or hate him, you don't know him.

burnout

EXCLUSIVE! OBAMA SECRET DIVORCE PAPERS

http://www.nationalenquirer.com/celebrity/exclusive-obama-secret-divorce-papers

BARACK and MICHELLE OBAMA’s 20-year marriage is a loveless sham – a se­cret they’re keeping from the American people, The ENQUIRER can reveal exclusively.

The president’s marriage has been hanging by a thread since Michelle met with divorce lawyers not once but THREE times and even had them draw up legal papers to make the split official, say sources.

“Barack and Michelle put on a good show when they’re out in pub­lic, but as soon as the cameras are off they are at each other’s throats,” re­vealed a Washington insider.

“They make a lot of political capi­tal about how close they are and how important their marriage is to them – but the reality is that it’s been a sham for a long time.”

Summer

We do not know Obama. The media has kept most information on him from the American People. They Edit & hide all that may have a negative conetation. CBS 60 mn. did just that the day after the Bengazie killings, it just came out today. We will hear so much after he is no longer the President, I believe, but in the mean time people still support him for what ever reason no matter the distruction to the country or the distruction of the lives of the middle class. My buying power is not the same in the last 4 years. .

retiredone

Impeach Obummer

baywatch242012

It's clear after reading a lot of the posts that many of you have no idea what the term liberal really means.

The Tribune is FAR from a liberal newspaper. Liberal newspapers DO NOT push a religious agenda which the Tribune does. A liberal newspaper wouldn't have endorsed Scott Walker (the Tribune acted like he was a messiah coming to save us) nor would a liberal newspaper sit by complacent and quiet while the community falls apart with crime and the constant stream of violent people being given probation. The Tribune is like Fox News of print media.

Please start getting your facts in order before accusing the Tribune of being liberal. It's an insult to liberals everywhere.

Buggs Raplin

The Tribune is a cog, efficient cog in the propaganda machine for national news.. Sometimes its liberal; sometimes its conservative, but it's main function in the city is spokesperson for the local power structure.

Redwall

Hey baywatch, what's it like inside the bubble. Just look at the slate of politicians the Tribune has backed.

Not only should you get out a little more, if you want to opine on the Tribune's political leaning you should at least read it...you just have to hold your nose when you do so.

otherwise

In this endorsement, the Tribune properly emphasized the severity of the 2007-2009 Great Recession. Other media seem to have forgotten the extreme nastiness of that crisis or, worse, have attempted to revise history by blaming President Obama for the economic free-fall which began more than a year before he was sworn in. Since 2009, the US has been slowly but steadily recovering from the worst recession since the Great Depression.

Mitt Romney offers nothing new. The Republican Party has allowed itself to become dominated by its extreme right wing which prohibits thinking outside its rigid ideological box. So Romney, who played a moderate in Massachusetts, has flip-flopped into the radical far right and is now trying to sell us a hyper version of the tired old trickle-down tax cuts and deregulation plan which has repeatedly failed to balance budgets over the past 3 decades and which brought us to the disaster of financial collapse in 2007-2009.

Seriously Now

Forget "Obama's America," THIS video explains SO MUCH: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icmRCixQrx8

Maerzie

Obviously, these idiots fell, hook, line, and sinker, for all the lies, twists, slander, and multi-millions of dollars of propaganda ads without ever bothering to look up the facts at all. If you heard it, read it, or saw it, it must be true?? Well, these are the tactics of Nazi Joseph Goebbels that worked for Hitler! Karl Rove EXPECTED you to fall for them, and you were so cooperative. How sad that so many take our democracy for granted, whether they are too lazy to research and THINK, or just too gullible! Do you think (oxymoron) that the research papers we all had to do in highschool were just because you had a mean teacher? Actually, many of your school assignments were supposed to be teaching you how to THINK! Or, maybe most of you feel sorry forthe multi-millionaires and billionaires, and you want more of Bush's tactics that caused our Depression. Mitt Romney was terrible at finding jobs for Massachusetts, but he excelled at sending OUR jobs to China. Good luck!

pheasant

Maewhatever- This State and it's private sector inhabitants suffered for over two decades. Paying for bloated benefits of the largest combined organized Union. Government Employees. State, County, Towns, Cities, and Education. From to to bottom. From janitors to Admin. Double digit matching gross pay retirement contribution made by all, cadillac working health coverage for a pitence, and early 55 post retirement health coverage in all too many cases. Where were you when this travesty was and is going on. Me thinks you were at the end of the Recipient line. ?????

pheasant

Marewhatever- I think we all know that we cannot survive offering services to each other. Then hiring more government employees and pointing at them proudly as if we now are on the road to success???

Napoleon

Fun with Voter Suppression:

"“True the Vote,” the Texas-based Tea Party inspired group, has launched an aggressive national effort to root out vote fraud, providing training videos and computer software (that contain data on property records and death indexes) to help volunteers identify ineligible voters who show up at the polls on Tuesday."

"But voting rights groups say “True the Vote” and its affiliates threaten to intimidate legitimate voters -- a prospect they aim to combat with their own battalions of citizen poll watchers on Tuesday."

"... a civil rights group, says her organization has lined up thousands of lawyers and poll watchers in 20 key states to look for “suspicious activity” by True the Vote and its affiliates. “We will also be watching the poll watchers making sure they aren’t acting as bullies,” she says."

nbcpolitics.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/11/04/14923543-will-election-day-be-a-perfect-storm-four-nightmare-scenarios-for-what-could-go-wrong?

Maerzie

I'm shocked at the amount of ignorance expressed in so many of these comments when LaCrosse has such a great school system. Anyone who doesn't make the $250,000 EACH ($500,000 per couple) to EVER benefit from ANY Republican legislations is voting AGAINST himself and his own family, but the absence of any research for facts, or critical THINKING, should have alerted me that we have a bunch of "r"epublicans venting here, not REAL Republicans (the ones with the REAL money, who benefit from the TRILLION DOLLAR "entitlement" WELFARE program exclusively for those super-wealthy), so they obviously never figured out that little fact yet! Apparently they are looking forward to paying the trillion dollars of taxes that the super-wealthy are getting OUT OF paying? Both of Bush's unbudgeted wars AND his unbudgeted entitlement program for the multi-millionaires and billionaires that he charged on OUR credit cards WILL be getting paid out of OUR taxes. I guess you can't change STUPID!

Redwall

I see the Des Moines Register newspaper is endorsing Romney, after having endorsed Obama in 2008.

The Register is the unofficial state newspaper in Iowa, and has left leaning tendencies.

The Milwaukee Journal is endorsing no-one in this race, after having endorsed Obama in '08.

burnout

Ohio: Romney Draws over 30,000 at Bucks County rally, Obama Draws 2,800 at the Franklin County Fairgrounds in Ohio.

http://lonelyconservative.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/puppet-show.png

BWAHAHAHAHA!

Matt Davis

I will add this after reading all these comments: I thin most people are sick of radical positions and of bigots attempting to legislate their personal views onto others. I think most people are feeling strongly that they want an electorate that will solve problems, not create more, and I think most people are tired of the tea party clown show. Yep, everyone had their say, but now we have to get something done together.

pheasant

Tell me Matt. Are "most people" against the public speaking at our Lacrosse Council. Are 'most' people in favor of a City Hall that find it impossible to tally a total cost for any given project or program. While you sit on your hands, and every Taxpayer in this town should be at the next Council Meeting. Because these are just two points that are true/factual, and prove how these people spend out tax dollars.


BTW, some are Tea Party Members that do show up. Imagine that! How about you Matt?

pheasant

If you don't understand the ramifications Matt. I can run them by you in person. My name is Craig Nestor.

Matt Davis

It's clear the Obama's policies are moving us in the right direction. It may not be as fast as America's short attention span would like, but it is progress. Excellent reasoning behind the endorsement. The last thing we need is to revert to the Bush era policies that got us into this mess.

independent

Matt, many people who voted for Obama four years ago are tired of the excuses. Moderates and independent voters are smarter than you think. Its been four years and you think invoke Bush as the source of our problems today.
Your president promised to halve the debt and bring hope and change to Washington.
Are these statistics hope and change?
47 million on food stamps, 35 million on welfare, 23 million Americans out of work, over 50% of college grads not finding jobs, $16 trillion debt, incomes down $4200 on average.
ALL OF THESE STATISTICS GREW UNDER OBAMA!!!
The koolaid tasted good four yeas ago. It is very sour today.
And pandering to voters by comparing Romney to Bush is an insult to one's intelligence. Romney is not Bush. Romney has a plan to get America working again, Obama has no clear plans on our economy. Romney is a workaholic. I like that. He will make a great president and will take responsibility to fix our economy, not blame prior presidents for it.

Redwall

"It's clear the Obama's policies are moving us in the right direction"

What a silly statement. Its not clear at all. The economy has been going up, down, and sideways for 3+ years. And the squandering of 1 Trillion taxpayer $ billed as a "stimulus" was nothing but a payoff to special interests.

There is a stronger correlation between the economy and Obama's golf score than there is any official act he has done as president. What a pompous fool.

greatgeneration

I stand with Mayor Bloomberg, Gen. Colin Powell, Pres. Bill Clinton in backing President Obama. He has insured healthcare for almost all citizens, protected seniors, children and disabled people from GOP cuts to Medicaid/Medicare, ended the war in Iraq and is ending the war in Afganistan (upaid for by Bush/GOP), seen 5M new jobs created, etc. He has a record of accomplishments for the common good despite Mitch McConnell's #1 priority being to obstruct anything positive in an attempt to defeat the President.

Even the far right wing should reconsider backing Romney. No one -- least of all Mitt -- knows what he will really do. He has contradicted himself and lied so much, we have no clue as to what he would really try to do to the country.

independent

Obama's job record is more people out of work today than when he was inaugurated. That is a fact. The 5 million statistic does not count the 4.8 million jobs lost during the same time period. So you have 200k jobs really created, and with population growth factored we actually have over a million more Americans out of work today than in 2008.

Obamacare will kill job growth. Its destined to fail - less doctors, less quality care, more cost for people who have healthcare insurance today. Obamacare taxes are a job killer and a burden on working middle class families.

So your president focused on Obamacare while our debt almost doubled and our economy dragged slower and slower. And had time to get 100 hours of golf in last year.

No thanks. America deserves better leadership and that is Mitt Romney.

independent

And we could care less about who you stand with. Like you are influencing anyone in this blog to vote...oh yeah, I'm voting Obama because "greatgeneration" is. Now go ahead and throw a personal insult at me. That is what you Obama people do whenever a Romney supporter speaks out with facts and opinions. I look forward to the silent Wisconsin majority speaking out and electing Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan on Tuesday.

gsma22

I would like all these Obama haters to explain to me how Mitt Romney would be a better president. Oh and if you are a rich white person who owns something, then I do understand why you are voting for Romney because you know he has your best interests in mind. But if you consider yourself middle-class, why do you think Romney is better? If you really think he's going to care about the middle class more than Obama does then you're a fool. If you vote for Romney and he wins, then don't complain when things go sour for you.

Lefty

Such bitterness frothing out of gsma22's mouth. Also such foolishness. Rich white person??? What's that supposed to mean? Obviously this person is jealous of anyone who works hard, becomes a success instead of whining and griping. Quit acting so inappropriately and quit thinking of your glass as half empty. Negative people the country doesn't need right now.

Frank Grayson

He's just another lib/democrat spewing forth the talking points that are ingrained in their heads by the mainstream media.
If you read comments from most liberals, their reasons for their opposition to Romney will be as follows(in no particular order): "He only cares for rich people"; "He only cares for white people"; "He will start world war III"; "He hates women". I could go on. But what you see are insanely stupid assumptions drilled into their head by the media, and they are just parroting them, with no facts to back them up.
Now, Obama on the other hand... we already know what he will do to wreck the country because he has already done a lot of it. You can see that for yourself in the economy, in jobs, and in our sour, weak relationships with countries that used to respect us. And if he is given a second term? Well, we will just have to ask the Russian president about that, since Obama sees fit to share secrets about his "plans" with him. So much for transparency.

gsma22

"Obviously this person is jealous of anyone who works hard, becomes a success instead of whining and griping. Quit acting so inappropriately and quit thinking of your glass as half empty. Negative people the country doesn't need right now."

Actually I'm a pretty successful person so I have no reason to be jealous of anyone. You don't know me so how can you accuse me of not working hard? You are right about the country not needing negative people though. That's why Romney and Ryan shouldn't be in office. Ohhh burn.

independent

I dont hate Obama. On the contrary, the hate injected in this election has come from the Obama campaign, and from people like you who call anyone who does not support Obama "fools". Obama has had four years to get our economy going, he hasnt passed a budget, and he has almost doubled our debt. We are closer to Greece where there is 25% unemployment and government spending is over 50% of their GDP.
If you vote for Obama, then don't complain when our national debt is downgraded again in a year or so, and the value of dollar denominated assets drops 25-30%, because our government has to raise the debt ceiling again and our economy buckles under the strain of the massive increased cost of trickle down government.

gsma22

"On the contrary, the hate injected in this election has come from the Obama campaign"
How so? As soon as Paul Ryan was announced as the VP nominee, the first thing he did was start criticizing Obama. Romney and Ryan dance around questions they are asked about how they plan to lead this country. They do nothing but point out things that Obama has done. You also say how Obama has failed to pass a budget. Remind me who is in charge of Congress? The Republicans. Do you even know how our government works you moron? The President can't do everything on his own.

Redwall

gsma, you sound a bit bitter for some reason.

Onamom

We will be proudly voting for Romney.

taxpayr

Really pathetic. This president has done absolutely nothing at all for the country or people in America. He has proven in the last 3 months he will do anything for a vote. He is not professional, not presidential and probably isn't even a citizen. He's done nothing and has gotten where he is, with the help of people that hate America and the freedom it offers. He certainly hasn't earned the position by any means, should not be re elected and in the private sector he would have been fired for incompetence years ago. This is comical that this paper feels they have to endorse him? Why must they endorse anyone? They should be a silent party. These people in the press and media are what is wrong with our country today.

DNY

Not only do the editors endorse Obama, they are willing to create visual lies on his behalf: when earlier in the day the poll accompanying the editorial had Obama up 210 to 182, the baseline was set at 180 so that Romney's bar was two units long to Obama's 30, giving a false impression of a commanding Obama lead. Now that Romney is up, they've set the baseline to 0 so that the disparity in favor of Romney is as small in appearance as can be made without actually falsifying the results.

It really is sad that so many go out of their way to give validity to the old canard about "Lies, d*mned lies and statistics".

TeapartiesR4L'ilGirls

Burnout

The State Journal writes conservative opinion pieces and the Capital Times writes the liberal pieces. Everyone knows that, except apparently you.

Squalus_192

Obamabot = Knucklehead
pointless trying to have a rational conversion with a dullwit democrap

TeapartiesR4L'ilGirls

Pheasant is disabled. His repertoire for commentary is limited to three statements, regardless what the content of an article or opinion piece may be.

pheasant

It used to be concentrated on WRS contribution. For near a decade. Some things take awhile. LOL!!!!!

pheasant

70 times the number of people on Assistance that have been added to new jobs. As we look the other way for 30 million plus illegals to do our heavy lifting. While generational welfare recipients continue their life blood, and Mommy's have children with different Daddies. What a guy? You can go up to Kwik Trip Rose St each and every night and meet them. They have Open House daily.

TeapartiesR4L'ilGirls

Retiredidiot

You can pay for a subscription from the State Journal, another paper published by Lee, the same company that publishes the Tribune. You probably won't be smart enough to notice that all the in-state stories are the same and they have the same AP national stories.

I am sure they will be pleased you continue to visit their online La Crosse Tribune site so they have more traffic and sell ads.

pheasant

But do their paper publishers have the most influential Dems as a close personal friend? Do those publishers run scathing, unprofessional, ugly Editorials on Conservatives Mayors? Do those others Publishers amazingly foretell that an individual referred to as a "watch dog" in their paper would be receiving an Investigation? Do those Publsihers ignore that the City in which their Paper is located has a Bookkeeping System that is impossible to tally a total for any given program or project at City Hall?


Tell me Tea, do they?

pheasant

The printed paper is on it's last legs. Although we will go through a period where they will ask for financial help from our government and pocketbooks. Claiming that our taxpayers/residents cannot and should not do without this 'Needed Service". Eventually they will fall. But not until they take deep tour through our pocket books. You heard it here Tea, you heard it here!

pheasant

You know Tea, I don't beleive that you are "smart enough"? I also beleive that your posts reflect so. You are simply a anonymous, cowardly, noise.

pheasant

Excuse me, a 'self-serving' noise.

Redwall

The Tribune, like most Obama supporters, can't make a cogent argument for Obama without invoking Bush The Idiot.

What counts, is what is being done to fix things. Obama is stuck on socialist change. He cares not about economic recovery: his Jobs Committee hasn't met in six months, while Obama golfed all summer and campaigned all fall.

Obama is an arrogant and utter fool. He has also made a fool of the electorate.

As for the Tribune, it doesn't need any help looking foolish.

random annoying bozo

first off, i hoink 'new'papers endorsing anything is somehting that is archaic as a stone wheel.

but with that said, this appears some major pandering by the trib to hold on to the few subscription payers they have left. i guess there always be suckers.
papers around the nation have been 'endorsing' romney, even the tribs sister publication, the wisconsin state journal, has 'endorsed' romney.

this election has been over for a long time, actually this election is just a continuation of what started in the 2010 elections, and don't be surprised if it is a very lopsided election..

OMG, Obama Must Go, for the good of the republic.

twaine13

Mary Jo Warner is one smart lady not to endorse this. I have been a subscriber to the Tribune for many years--I've thought about cancelling--now I'm sure I'll do this on Monday. With the price of utilities, gas and groceries--yes the take home pay is a lot less. Not a lot of extra income to spend on newspaper edititorials that make you sick to your stomache. Why should we care what an editorial board thinks anyway, Wake up and vote for love of country not because Katy Perry is wearing a tight dress for Obama! And God Bless our military. I find it interesting that Mitt is so far ahead on your poll today.

retiredone

My spouse and I have decided to cancel our subscription too. May try the State Journal.

Redwall

The Wisconsin State Journal is also owned by the La Crosse Tribune's parent company, Lee Enterprises.

Try the Wall Street Journal.

I find it quite amusing, ironic and hypocritical that the Tribune terminated employment of employees that signed the Walker recall petition, only to have the editorial board turn around and print an endorsement to try and influence the local, state and presidential elections.

The La Crosse Tribune and the American Communist Party have a lot in common. They both endorsed Barrack Obama for President.

http://azpundit.com/congrats-communist-party-usa-endorses-barack-obama-and-democrats-for-2012-election/

TeapartiesR4L'ilGirls

It is not just the Tribune, the rest or the world overwhelmingly favors Obama as well.

http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-20008687

Lefty

One of the dumbest posts of the day, R4L. Who do you think you're fooling? Apparently you never do any reading.

Squalus_192

This coming from the same ilk who freaked out about Bush Sr. talking about one world government. The connection between that second and third nueron sound like thier shorting out.

pheasant

They throw Red Meat to them also. Where is the surprise?

Lefty

The Tribune has shot themselves in the foot by supporting Obama. If this "wanting to be king" man gets re-elected, this newspaper will start laying people off and in a short time will have to fold because they are broke. Unless they took money under the table to run that editorial. How sad and very dumb. Dumb is forever and the Tribune has shown just how dumb they are.

Mumbles

Obamacare will be the biggest social blunder in decades, and probably for decades to come if allowed to take effect. I don't have to get on my knees and sniff dog doo to make the decision not to step in it!!

greatgeneration

I stand with Mayor Bloomberg, Gen. Colin Powell, Pres. Bill Clinton in backing President Obama. He has insured healthcare for almost all citizens, protected seniors, children and disabled people from GOP cuts to Medicaid/Medicare, ended the war in Iraq and is ending the war in Afganistan (upaid for by Bush/GOP), seen 5M new jobs created, etc. He has a record of accomplishments for the common good despite Mitch McConnell's #1 priority being to obstruct anything positive in an attempt to defeat the President.

Even the far right wing should reconsider backing Romney. No one -- least of all Mitt -- knows what he will really do. He has contradicted himself and lied so much, we have no clue as to what he would really try to do to the country.

Redwall

Obama has ensured (not insured as you say) nothing. This country is going more broke by the day. This fool doesnt seem to know that a strong economy is needed to support his social programs.

If re-elected, he will head straight for Hawaii and the golf course once again.

tower

My daughter went on the Mitten's website to view his 5 pt plan. It referred her to some other links. She went there and it referred her to more links. Finally she emailed them and asked where the 5 pt plan was. They sent her the first web address. Round and round we go but we don't get anywhere with Mittens. Same BS he has always spouted. My prediction, Obama wins with 280-290 Electoral votes. Can we all chant loudly "Four More Years!" I made up my mind when GM lives and bin Laden doesn't.

Well, you know what they say, "the apple doesn't fall far from the tree". Maybe you do not have Adobe?

All the information is there at Mitt Romney's website.

http://www.mittromney.com/sites/default/files/shared/the_romney_program_for_economic_recovery_growth_and_jobs.pdf

burnout

How out of touch and biased is the Tribune?

Even Madison's Wisconsin State Journal endorses Romney for President.

In 2008, the paper endorsed Barack Obama, but four years later, the State Journal believes it's time for Obama to go:

Not enough hope and too little change.

That is President Obama's record on the economy, debt and Washington gridlock after four years in the White House.

Romney showed as the Republican governor of Democratic-leaning Massachusetts that he can find agreement across the partisan divide. And his vice presidential pick — Wisconsin's U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Janesville — suggests Romney is serious about tackling America's fiscal mess.

Romney has an impressive record of success in the private and public sectors. He's a numbers guy who focuses more on results than ideology.

The State Journal editorial board endorses Mitt Romney in Tuesday's presidential election.

http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/opinion/editorial/our-pick-mitt-romney/article_902e45bc-25cc-11e2-a89f-001a4bcf887a.html

retiredone

astute comment burnout. Romney-Ryan

pheasant

These Threads and our Country could not be more clearly split. This is a war between public versus private sector workers. These posters will sell they soul and will lie about such things. Laying their integrity out for all to view. Our government ranks will grow and even more business/commerce will leave our shores. As these people try to stuff more tax dollars in their pockets and retain power. As they scorn business, wealthy, sucessful. The problem? We cannot survive offering services to each other. As the other side pretends that there should not be a return for investment for owners and share holders. As private sector employees pay for thier bloated benefits that they themselves will never see in their lives.

shameless

Unfortunately Craig, your rhetoric is old and done. This election is about the wealthy taking it to the middle and lower classes. If Romney pulls the upset, you'll realize that it is the uber-wealthy and not the public employees that are the problem.

pheasant

There is no question in my mind that it is a split between private versus public. Matter of fact tell us which you are, or sell your soul. Uber wealthy? Save your money, live frugally, become sucessful. Own or invest in Capitalism. Because they are leaving our State and Nation by the droves. I also believe deep in my heart that worse days are coming, no matter which way this election falls. See you in the streets. Everyone witnessed the Anti-Walker Cuts people recently. Fighting for bloated benefits that their private sector neighbors pay for and will never see. Sell you soul Shameless and tell us you are not one of them? Tell us

lefse

Sandra Fluke says it all. She cries that she can't afford free birth control while attending a university that costs over $40,000 a year for tuition. Typical democrat.

burnout

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Obama - love him or hate him, you don't know him.

shameless

When you're done with that bit of fiction, you should read the GOP handbook. You can find it online under the title "Mein Kampf".

Squalus_192

Pathetic rag.

Talulah3

Retiredone, perhaps you have time to read the endorsement in the online version of The Economist. President Obama has compiled a healthy record of achievements against daunting odds. And where in the world did you get that bit about "handouts and kiss butt for illegals"? Please cite your sources.

retiredone

Guess you missed all the crapola Obummer has done to secure as many Hispanic votes as he can-and it seems to work for him. That is kiss butt no matter how you slice it. The handouts are so obvious even a dolt like you should be able to figure it out. Get your head out of your backside.

Talulah3

I have asked you to to cite specific references. I am unaware of "the crapola Obummer has done... I would like you to further explain the "kiss butt" reference. What obvious handouts? And for the record, I am not a contortionist.

Squalus_192

Jimmy Carter is a happy man! He's no longer the most incompotent, bumbling baffoon we've ever had for a president. I'm sure this will hurt the "feelings" of all the brain dead Obummer supporters! Jeez no wonder I've never heard of this bird cage liner newspaper before.

retiredone

Super good post!

RepublicRocker

Pure bias reasoning as the support does not provide truths nor reality. Obama to restore the debt? Did he not say he would cut it in half? He DOUBLED it people! What is this article worth when it uses lies like this? Obama understands little about fiscal policy or economics, Mitt knows about these issues inside and out.

In a recovery? Really it is the worst post recession recovery or RECOVERY SUMMER III in US HISTORY! This take here at LCT is hogwash. Today I was curious to see what our state papers and press had to say on a Sunday and i learned once again the reason I do not read this paper much. AMERICA move to the center, defeat socialism and leftism, join America, reject the media Hollywood and the kooks in California destroying our nation.

ROMNEY~RYAN 2012!

Buggs Raplin

On June 6th a bomb went off at the consulate at Benghazi. On June 11, the British ambassador's motorcade was attacked and the Brits pulled up stakes the next day and were gone. The Red Cross fled at the same time. Lt. Colonel Andrew Wood, head of a US security team, stated that the US was the 'last flag flying in Benghazi.' Later the US security team of Wood's is removed. On August 16th, Ambassador Stevens sends a cable to Hillary Clinton saying that the consulate would not be able to withstand a coordinated terrorist attack. The attack comes on 9/11 and Stevens and 3 others are killed. One of those, Ty Woods, was told to stand down when he wanted to aid those being attacked in the consulate. At the Vice Presidential debate, Biden stated "we weren't aware they wanted more security there?" Yeah, right Joe. Vote Romney/Ryan. Better to get rid of Obama and his crew through the election process rather than have to impeach him later.

shameless

In 1992, people stopped caring about the opinions of Chip DeNure.

Liberal bias in the Tribune is not a good business plan.

It will soon be delisted from the NYSE. Lee Enterprises 6 year stock chart:

http://investing.money.msn.com/investments/charts/?symbol=lee#symbol=LEE&event=&BB=off&CCI=off&EMA=off&MACD=off&MFI=off&PSAR=off&RSI=off&SMA=off&FSO=off&SSO=off&Volume=off&period=Custom&linetype=Line&scale=Auto&dates=10/5/2006,11/4/2012&comparelist=$indu,$compx,$inx

This reaffirms my decision to not pay any money towards this hopeless excuse of a newspaper.

retiredone

Let's hope many others follow your lead.

TeapartiesR4L'ilGirls

Dirt

Aspire to be like Romney.

Translation=Aspire to be born the son of a wealthy automobile executive, attend prep school, and have everything provided in excess for our upbringing and not understand anything about average people.

Unfortunately you and your offspring do not have that background. You can live your life thinking you do, though, and voting for the benefit of people like Romney and his sons.

olderthandirt

Mitt Romney's father had nothing but a good work ethic and the American dream. He busted his butt to gain his wealth. Mitt donated his inheritance, from his father, to charity He achieved his wealth by hard work, while living his life doing public service. Obama received his education in the best private prep schools, and college at Harvard with low grades 2.6 gpa,on taxpayer funded grants. He was a public organizer, criticizing the very country that allowed and paid for his education ans freedom. His grandparents were white, they raised him. They were not poor. Why would I want to emulate him in any way? His record is division and an anti life agenda. I feel sorry for you TeapartiesR4L"Girls". Even your screen name is hateful.Romney/Ryan 2012.(by the way if my offspring turned out close to being like Mr. Romney, I would be overjoyed!)

pheasant

Obama attended Columbia before Harvard. Although nobody remembers him in a very small class. A tall skinny black Man? The question is, where did his education financing come from? What were his grades before Harvard? etc. etc. They have spent millions protecting these records. There has even been a $5 million offer to open them up.

shameless

Go away Craig. Your idiocy and complaining are what is wrong with the Coulee Region.

Tim Russell

I heard Obama borrowed the money for College from his father like Mitt wants the kids today to do.

pheasant

Oh! And he is a anonymous coward.

olderthandirt

I actually had hope for the liberal Tribune. Now I realize it will be out of business in no time. If Owebama the tax and spend, pro abortion at any time, for any reason, racist, full of hate for America, religion, the American dream, our way of life will be going down the sewer. I cannot imagine why anyone would select a do nothing, Hollywood loving king, over a MAN who actually has a record of living his life, as an American to aspire to be like. Please look at all the news sources before you vote, the liberal left agenda of the main stream news is a tragedy!

TeapartiesR4L'ilGirls

Maybe this video will help the white folk who are too scared to vote for a black president:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDxOSjgl5Z4&feature=youtube_gdata_player

TeapartiesR4L'ilGirls

JS

I do not assume that. Where in my comment did you get that?

JS

You say "Benghazi was the only topic Fox had on for the two hours."
Then" The Romney campaign and other conservative organizations are realizing Romney will lose."

You are implying that Fox News and Romney represent the GOP and conservatives. In this election Romney is the GOP's presidential candidate but in no way does he represent the whole party. The same goes for Obama and the Democrats. The same also goes for Fox News and conservatives along with MSNBC and liberals. Neither are an accurate representation of either side.

We can probably agree on one thing and that is 24 hours news networks (Fox, CNN, MSNBC) are part of the problem of politics in America. Both divide a large wedge and create "issues" to add to viewership instead of focusing on the real issues that needs to be discussed.

Mr Peroni

Let us see what the Tribune circulation looks like if Obama gets re-elected and the economy tanks further.

Seriously Now

So many "low information" voters (i.e. "ignorant") have had YEARS to understand the issues, yet leave it up to some fake clown on AM radio to make decisions for them. They also have a very short attention span and even shorter memory. And too many just can't get used to a black man being Commander in Chief. How soon you forget that the Republican candidate was the LAST CHOICE of his party...just like the fat kid being picked last for sandlot baseball.
But after all the others were proven to be disgraced or just plain fools, Romney was painted over, propped up and promoted while they held their noses. I hope Obama wins, the Democrats win a majority and all these clowns who made a pledge to some non-elected official to do what HE says and not the will of the people crawl back under the slimy rock they came from.

olderthandirt

Funny, if you choose not to vote for a "Black Man" as you put it, then you are a racist.

Buggs Raplin

Yeah, you nailed. Seriously always plays the race card. It's the only in his deck.

Seriously Now

I guess you didn't read the rest of the post? All you saw was the "black comment?" How about this part: "How soon you forget that the Republican candidate was the LAST CHOICE of his party...just like the fat kid being picked last for sandlot baseball.
But after all the others were proven to be disgraced or just plain fools, Romney was painted over, propped up and promoted while they held their noses. I hope Obama wins, the Democrats win a majority and all these clowns who made a pledge to some non-elected official to do what HE says and not the will of the people crawl back under the slimy rock they came from." Buggsy, don't act dumb.

retiredone

I'm not a racist, I hate Biden too

The Veteran

Seriously Now Why do you liberals always say racist when you are losing a discussion,not to intelligent for my thinking.

TeapartiesR4L'ilGirls

Retired

Although we disagree on our choices for candidates, we can agree the choices are profoundly different.

The sad thing is when Tommy and Romney want to sound more moderate to try to pick up the independents.

Despite un-American acting Republicans in Congress that chose party over people, the 2nd worst financial downfall in America has stopped and a moderate recovery is in place. We are moving forward through hope and change. It is way better than no hope at all with Romney and Tommy.

Buggs Raplin

CIA director Petraeus has denied that the CIA refused to help the two fomer Seals, Woods and Doherty, who three times asked for help during the 7 hour attack and were denied it. Petraeus's denial implicates Obama as the person who denied their requests for aid according to William Kristol of the Weekly Standard and ABC News. In a recent interview in Denver, Obama dodged the question on whether Woods and Doherty's requests for aid were denied, but did say he was aware of the attack as it was happening.

TeapartiesR4L'ilGirls

Bugs

I went out to dinner Friday night. The place I went to usually has at least one of its many televisions on Fox. We were out for two hours. Benghazi was the only topic Fox had on for the two hours.

The Romney campaign and other conservative organizations are realizing Romney will lose. Benghazi is the coordinated last chance to try to "hang" Obama. Pun intended because of those trying to do it.

JS

Teaparties, why do you assume everyone who votes republican watches Fox News?

FUBAR

People tend to use that whole "you watch Fox news" stuff a little to much. It is getting very old.

pheasant

Really, there is no party affiliation in foxholes. Libya was most certainly a foxhole now wasn't it? Let's ask there families how they feel? Shameless

shameless

What?

pheasant

Tea Party was a government employee. He just does not tell the TRUTH!

retiredone

The Tribune has reached an absolute low. With this endorsement and the one for SCHRIlling and Kindofapolitician, there is a new low. When we hear the Tribune is non political, it does make for a better laugh than the funny papers.

The choice is between a Mormon and a Moron. Vote for the Mormon. B.O. STINKS

Jefferson Paine

Congrats. Your post has been nominated for "Dumbest waste of letters and words of the Year"....

retiredone

Glad it hissed you off. mission accomplished

FUBAR

.Sorry! I can't vote for the Mormon. B.O does stink, but I can just cover my nose. But, Mormons and their discrimination filled religion leaves a taste in my mouth that I can't seem to get rid of.

Buggs Raplin

"Due to stonewalling and the complicity of the Big Media in ignoring or downplaying the Benghazi story during the last weeks of the campaign, the Obamaites may get past the post on Nov 6 without being called to account. But the truth is coming out and an accounting is coming. For the character, competence and credibility of Obama's entire national security team have been called into question."-Patrick J. Buchanan

Jefferson Paine

11 Embassies were attacked under Bush, 59 Americans were killed. There is no stroy here excpet the knowledge that it is a dangerous world out there and many of our foreign affairs workers live in harms way 24-7.

Lefty

Do you have your GED?? Learn to spell Mr. Paine.

The Veteran

HE CAN NOT SPELL GED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lefty

Tim Russell

Pat Buchanan the Nixon guy? Are you kidding me? Why not qute former Atty Gen. John Mitchell?

Buggs Raplin

No mention of Benghzai, which is consistent with most of the mainstream media, which is acting to protect Obama. On August 16th, a cable was sent to Hillary Clinton warning that the consulate would not be able to withstand a coordinated terrorist attack. The cable was signed by Ambassador Stevens. On 9/11, a coordinated terrorist attack occurred and Ambassador Stevens was killed along with three others. One of the victims, Ty Woods, was denied permission to aid those in the consulate when it was first attacked. Towards the end of the 7 hour attack, Woods and Glen Doherty were killed in a mortar attack after being abandoned. All of this was being monitored in real time by the State Department, and presumably the White House.

Jefferson Paine

Your post is all a lie......you know nothing of what happened.

pheasant

Lie to us Paine, What do you do for a living?

shameless

I heard he collects disability for an ear issue.

upinarms

The state of the economy is the reason for supporting Obama. What economy are you living in??? He has done just about everything he can to trash the economy. 6 trillion in additional new debt. How has that improved our economy? Having Chrysler owned by a foreign car company has improved our economy? He will not work across the isle with the GOP. He would not take any input on the health care bill from anyone other than his own party. That is not working together. It is his way or no way.
OMG Obama Must Go.

Jefferson Paine

You obviously have no ability to look at what Obama inherited and where we are now. The Debt freight train was unleashed by Bush and the GOP.....name one President who has successfully curtailed spending after his predecessor ramped it up? Answer. Clinton cleaning up after Reaganomics.

Squalus_192

I guess that's why the democrats haven't come up with a budget in 4 years because it's Bush's fault! Nice try to deflect the blame, typical lib.

Jefferson Paine

Landslide......Four more years.

Hoping for a Democratic super majority in hte Senate and any type of majority in the House.

Mr Peroni

The Tribune may endorse Obama, but I do not.

shameless

And that's the beauty of the system.

Napoleon

Tribune: "But we are troubled by Romney’s plan — written with help from former George W. Bush advisers — that says we can balance the budget with a $5 trillion tax cut while spending $2 trillion more in defense. Without deep cuts to domestic spending or without some sort of revenue increases, the numbers don’t add up. Romney’s campaign website only identifies about $320 billion in savings or cuts."

Time to renew my Tribune subscription! ;-)

Mitt Romney: "I'm going to create twelve million new jobs!"

Napoleon: "I don't believe you!"

Mitt Romney: "Would you believe eleven million?"

MAXWELL SMART, AGENT 86 "Are you kidding? Why, Karate happens to be one of my favorite hobbies. Why, with one perfectly timed chop of my hand I can break eight boards this thick, would you believe it, eight."

HILLARY GAINSBOROUGH "I find that very difficult to believe."

MAXWELL SMART, AGENT 86 "Would you believe seven?"

TheRealBigJimmy

Looks like the Trib doesn't care about anything except appealing to a liberal base. Typical

B Butterfield

Wow, do you guys even read the arguments in articles that don't support your ideology? They've laid out a whole list of very good reasons (and there are many more) for their endorsement. Their reasons for supporting Thompson weren't nearly as good (in my view) and were likely just meant to appeal to conservative readers like you, but still, all you guys see is "liberal bias."

Talulah3

I concur. I doubt that many people realize how bad the economy actually was when Obama took office. Also, I have seen nothing from Romney that indicates he will do anything differently than Bush. I don't want to go back to those failed policies that took us to the brink of economic collapse.

retiredone

good grief. Are you from Mars? What are you dopes gonna do if Obummer wins? Will the bash Bush continue. It's worn out. Obama did not improve anything other than handouts and kiss butt for illegals

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