Move Forward With Romney

Americans need better jobs and more of them. We want better, more affordable health care, not just another government program that fails to deliver as so many others have in the past. We need a White House that views safeguarding us and our interests as its top foreign policy priority. And we need an all-of-the-above energy policy that allows us to use our abundant resources.

In short, instead of more promises and excuse making that always seems to place blame solely on the other guy, we need results.

We can have them by electing Mitt Romney as president of the United States.

Four years ago, Barack Obama promised he would deliver results. Working with liberals in Congress, he began delivering massive increases in government spending without accompanying progress in the economy.

Since Obama became president, the median income for Americans has dropped by $249 a year. In comparison, it increased by $5,969 during the last four years of former President George W. Bush’s tenure.

More than 1.2 million fewer Americans have jobs now than when Obama took office. The unemployment rate actually inched up last month, to 7.9 percent.

While Obama has been in office, the percentage of Americans living in poverty has increased. In 2009 the poverty rates in West Virginia and Ohio were 15.8 percent and 13.3 percent, respectively. By last year they had shot up to 17.5 percent in West Virginia and 15.1 percent in Ohio. So many people need help that spending in the federal food stamp program more than doubled in four years.

Meanwhile the national debt has increased from $10.6 trillion when Obama took the oath of office to more than $16 trillion.

Only in the Obama White House can this be considered progress. Americans are moving backward, not forward.

Obama likes to criticize Romney’s plan to revive the economy by condemning “the failed policies of the past.”

Well, it’s clear to an estimated 23 million Americans who are unemployed, can find work only at low wages or have given up searching for jobs altogether, that the policies of the past three and one-half years fall squarely into the category of “failed.”

Romney’s plan to hold taxes down for job creators and to give working men and women more take-home pay will help.

Romney’s plan to utilize all North American sources of energy will help.

Romney’s plan to reduce government spending while rebuilding our armed forces will help.

And his strategy to eliminate unnecessary government regulations will help.

Americans should reject the failed policies of the past three and one-half years. The Intelligencer endorses Romney and urges voters on Tuesday to elect him president.