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A record versus a promise

Published:   |   Updated: May 7, 2013 at 06:40 PM

Four years ago the American people were presented with a choice for president as they are every four years. Our economy was in free fall, and the media had spent years telling all that President Bush and just about everything that he had done was bad. It was time for change and this new senator said all the right words.

Sen. Obama said that he would do wonderful things throughout the world and once again people in other countries would appreciate us. Gitmo would be closed, the war in Iraq would be ended, the deficit would be cut in half by the end of the first term, and the dissension between the parties would come to an end. All would be fine in the world.

These are some of the promises that sounded so great and as a result, Senator Obama was sworn in as our president in January 2009.

Need I remind everyone what has happened since that time both nationally and internationally? Gov. Romney did a magnificent job in describing the economic condition of our country since 2009. Every measurable aspect has gotten worse. Family wealth has plummeted, unemployment has increased, food stamp participation has increased, home values have fallen, home evictions have increased, and the percentage of people in poverty has increased.

On the international scale, the Middle East is in total turmoil and Iran continues to move forward in developing a nuclear bomb. Four Americans including our ambassador in Libya were murdered and the administration has failed to be candid with the American people about what happened. We are told that it is under investigation, so I suspect that answers will be issued long after the November election. China continues to challenge us in the western pacific while creating a first class navy.

In less than three weeks we will go to the voting booths again to elect a president. President Obama desires four more years, but has not outlined what he will do differently. He talks about investing in education and the national infrastructure, but that is what he promised the last time and we now know the results. Everything is worse.

Gov. Romney has presented a five point proposal to move us forward and he has a record of success as a businessman and governor. He also took charge of the Winter Olympics here in the United States when it was deeply in the red. He turned that around and ended up with it making a profit. I suspect that every Olympics since then would like to say the same.

Many pundits have stated that this election is one of the most critical in our history. I totally agree. All the significant signs point in that direction. There are trillions of dollars sitting on the sidelines waiting to see who the next president is. The people who control this money do not intend to invest it until the next president is decided.

If it is Governor Romney, that money will rapidly be used to grow our economy and make them even more money while the economy starts to truly grow. Internationally, I believe that the greatest percentage of the rest of the world will think that we have resumed our sanity.

If it is President Obama that money will also be invested, but it will not be in this country. It will be overseas. The regulations and high taxes will not be worth the risk and the economy will continue to struggle.

Internationally, I suspect that the United States will continue to be challenged by China and events in the Middle East while our military is dramatically reduced in all areas.

Throughout my lifetime, I have taken risks about things that really sounded great and some research supported that thought. In combat, I took risks that paid dividends in successes In the civilian world, I also took risks.

On those occasions where it did not turn out the way that it was expected, I changed direction and it did not take a disaster to make that decision. The worst that happened is that I lost some money. I did not vote for President Obama because I did some research and looked into his background and what he preached. I was concerned with the people that he considered mentors and role models.

His theories and proposals did not jibe with my experiences and outlooks. My fears have been confirmed as I look at what has happened during the past four years and I suspect that the next four years will be even worse.

These debates have given the American people an opportunity to watch and listen to both candidates and I believe that they have made an impact. The pictures that the left and media had portrayed of Gov. Romney is not what appeared at the debates. He presented facts and gave outlines of his proposals. As far as the president is concerned, he did not seem to be even involved in the first debate and in the second one he came looking for a fight.

Promises do not overrule a record and the president now has a record for everyone to see.

Donald J. Myers, a retired colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps, is a regular columnist for Hernando Today. He lives in Spring Hill and can be contacted at

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