Surprise, surprise, surprise! The News Tribune has endorsed Barack Obama for president (editorial, 10-24). I would have been shocked if it didn’t, since it has endorsed a Democrat for president for at least the last 20 years (Bill Clinton (twice), Al Gore, John Kerry, Obama, and Obama again).
The News Tribune endorses Obama because it says we are better off today than four years ago. I beg to differ. More Americans are out of work today than there were four years ago. Our national debt is much higher than four years ago. Our take-home pay is lower than four years ago. Our personal wealth and home values are lower than four years ago. More Americans are on food stamps than four years ago.
Obama’s energy policies have failed to lower fuel prices. Our foreign policy is in chaos with terrorists running amok throughout the world. America is less respected around the world than four years ago. Our GDP is an anemic 1.3 percent, which is worse than last year and the previous year.
Many newspapers that endorsed Obama in 2008 are not endorsing him now (Columbus Dispatch, Orlando Sentinel, New York Observer, Tennessean to name a few) because Obama is not pursuing sufficient bipartisan efforts to tackle the debt and deficit. They have little confidence that he would be more successful managing the economy and national deficit in the four years.
For all these reasons and many more, the next president will not be a democrat.