Robert Reich: Un these last days before the election, we have learned enough about the beliefs of the Republican presidential candidate to see them as a worldview all its own – a kind of creed that explains Mitt Romney.
Tina Dupuy: We’ve spent trillions to protect ourselves against terrorists and done nothing to keep our biggest cities above water in a storm.
Rebecca Griffin: Retaliation against US personnel overseas. $8-a-gallon gas. A spreading Middle East War. An Iranian regime driven to pursue a nuclear weapon. Experts recognize all of these as likely consequences of a military attack on Iran.
Jerome Horton: The Republican presidential candidate wants to eliminate the estate tax, which currently applies a top rate of 35% as well as a $10.24 million exemption on a married couple’s combined assets.
Tina Dupuy: If John McCain would have picked Tim Pawlenty in ‘08, the Ryan pick would look pretty irresponsible. But now the GOP has the Palin Standard.
Tom Hall: Watching as he talks down to people and dismisses the concerns of mere workers, unemployed people and inferior races, one must wonder whether Romney believes that he has already become a God.
Lawrence Wittner: In the context of severe budget cutting by Congress, popular domestic social programs are being sacrificed to support the U.S. military budget — so much so that it currently consumes more than half of the U.S. government’s discretionary spending.
Victoria Defrancesco Soto: Latinos were the hardest hit by the recession, but Latina single moms and their families, were dealt the hardest blow. Will this blow shape the political preferences of Latina single moms come November.
Steve Hochstadt: One of the facts of small town American life, which is often held up as the American ideal, is that nasty partisan politics are tempered by the bonds of friendship and the need to get along with your neighbors.
Victoria DeFrancesco Soto: Romney is simply at odds with the majority of Latinos on the two most important issues to this electorate—the economy and immigration.
Victoria DeFrancesco Soto: The GOP, however, shouldn’t hold its breath. The idea that Latinos are social conservatives akin to white evangelicals is simply off-base.
Madeline Janis: My long experience with the public sector tells me that making the best decisions for the “public good” can ONLY be done with a sense of public purpose and high values.
Carl Matthes: I understand that a remake of “Dumb and Dumber” (“Dumb and Dumber 2”) is in the works. I suggest that the producers contact two governors of Texas who might be perfect for the starring roles!