Brooks takes President Obama to task for some failures in the actions/goals of his administration.
On the other hand, Krugman makes some very good points about the apparent smoke-and-mirrors claims that the Romney/Ryan campaign is indulging in.
However, the really significant item on those two pages was the editorial from the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin. I agree, there is simply no explanation for the sudden rise in gas prices other than greed and power. Who directly controls the price on the pumps day to day? From articles in The News Tribune it would appear to be the big oil companies.
What is the real lesson here? I remember Mitt Romney on TV saying that “business should be allowed to do what they want,” or very nearly those words. Thus, Romney (and Paul Ryan) are clearly in favor of big business (here some of the richest companies in just about the entire world) being allowed to gouge the users and the economy as a whole. Without limit. Enron, AIG and the rest of that illustrious crowd would be included under that wide umbrella. How about Bernie Madoff?
Think before you vote. Right now our choices seem to be an unfocused president or someone who favors robber barons. Which is worse?