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November 4, 2012

HOPKINS: A few reasons I'm for Romney

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Refineries are manufacturing jobs. Manufacturing is a good thing in this country. Environmental risks? There was squawking about that when the Alaska pipeline was built, too.

• Then there’s the health care plan that was essentially forced upon us. Do we need health care reform? Absolutely.

However, we do not need a reform bill that was passed without being read by Congress, after being told by Obama — or “Dear Leader” as some of my most critical right-leaning friends call him — that they can look at it after it’s been passed and tweak it.

Huh? That’s like signing the mortgage or car loan without reading the fine print. It shouldn’t be done.

President Obama loved to tout that his plan would be “budget neutral.” That’s because the congressional budget office can only look at these plans at face value. They cannot consider the what-ifs” that were predicted by the right and are beginning to happen, such as businesses bailing out on offering health care plans in favor of the government option. That’s a major skew.

• Some are afraid of Romney’s stance on foreign affairs. Here’s what I like about him: He recognizes there’s a danger with Russia and its egomaniacal president Vladimir Putin. He’s unflinching on the Middle East, whereas Obama, after being handed pretty much a win in Iraq he seems like he’s letting it go to hell. Afghanistan? The “good” war in 2008 has turned into “end it now.” Nothing about winning. End it.

I don’t think the United States is perceived as the power she used to be, and nothing in the past four years has helped improve our long tradition as a global power. Romney, I believe, can restore some of that. He certainly won’t pine for “mutual respect” with a radical government such as in Iran, where girls get stoned to death for being raped.

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