We endorsed the young presidential candidate who promised hope and change four years ago.
We hailed Barack Obama as a man who listened, learned and sought to build consensus. We said he had energized several generations that had given up on government as being able to positively influence their lives. We quoted from his book "The Audacity of Hope" saying, to paraphrase, that he imagined citizens were waiting for politicians with the maturity to balance idealism and realism and to admit the other side just might have a point.
We don't doubt then-Sen. Obama's sincerity. "Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own set of facts," he often quoted Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan as saying. We thought that demonstrated maturity and leadership. But President Obama often has blurred his opinions and the facts as he moved to implement his agenda.
He championed a misnamed Affordable Care Act which purports to extend care to 40 million more patients while reducing costs, fostered class resentment to achieve his goals of wealth redistribution, and employed executive orders and a growing federal bureaucracy to handle issues that demand the across-the-aisle negotiation and compromise he espoused.
President Obama has many laudable accomplishments, among them OK'ing the military mission which dispatched Osama bin Laden, setting in motion a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan, helping preserve auto industry jobs and extending unemployment benefits during the ongoing recession.
But today's issues -- the continued challenges of high unemployment, especially among our recent graduates, the staggering national debt, and the growing tensions at home and abroad -- call for a new approach. We believe Mitt Romney can provide that approach.
Gov. Romney has managed enterprises large and small, private and public. He has a demonstrated record of success, even when political imbalance was against him. He has espoused a peace-through-strength approach toward foreign policy.
He also has touted a five-point plan that he says seeks to achieve energy independence and reduce the flow of dollars for overseas oil by 2020, expand markets for American goods, enhance Americans' skills to compete for future jobs, reduce the deficit, and implement tax reform and reduce regulations to encourage small businesses to expand and hire.
Gov. Romney has shown the ability to achieve his goals in public and private settings. We recommend his election as president.
Today is Friday, Dec. 6, the 340th day of 2013. There are 25 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: The street crossings on Washington and Jefferson are to be taken up immediately and underlaid with sand to raise above the level of the roadway before it freezes. 1888 -- 125 years ago: J.O. Bean, father of W.H. Bean, grocer, was accidentally thrown from his wagon near the Rock Island bridge on the Arsenal and received severe cuts and bruises on his face and body. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Sgt. Birger F. Westergard, of the United States Marine Corps, has arrived in Rock Island to take charge of the local recruiting office. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Five cases of diphtheria at Lincoln School prompt the city physician, Dr. Edward DeSilva, to urge parents to have their children immunized, as he fears epidemic. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Rock Island Arsenal will have its own newspaper with the first edition scheduled to be published Friday, Dec. 13. The paper, which will carry advertising, will be published by Bawden Bros. Inc. of Davenport. 1988 -- 25 years ago: The New Year should ring a better Quad-Cities economy, according to a survey of people in business made by First National Bank of Moline. "Based on our survey, we see a bright outlook for 1989," said Richard M. Bishop, the bank's president.