Tuesday to decide if we’re ‘makers or takers’
by Bill Kinney
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November 04, 2012 12:45 AM | 869 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Tuesday’s presidential election is the most crucial in our lifetime, veteran Atlanta newspaperman Dick Williams told the Marietta Kiwanis Club on Thursday.

“This one will decide the course of America going forward. It’s a question of whether we’re going to be a country of makers or a country of takers,” he said. “or as my friend Neil Boortz would say, ‘makers and moochers.’ But we have reached very close to a tipping point on the public treasury in terms of who is taxed what and how much is distributed to who.”

Williams, publisher of the Dunwoody Crier newspaper and host of the “Georgia Gang” each Sunday on WAGA-TV, noted that one in seven Americans is now on food stamps and one of five Georgians.

“That’s a scary figure,” he noted. “The average family income dropped more than $5,000 during the last four years, and the black middle class was virtually destroyed by the recession and this administration’s policies, which destroyed home

values.”

“I vividly remember the Carter-Reagan race in 1980, but I never gnashed my teeth about that election like I’m doing about this one,” he said.

Georgia is not in play in this election.

“But I’ve talked to the Romney ‘brain trust’ here and I want to give you a statistic about the Romney campaign that really bowled me over,” he said. “For the last five weeks, the Romney campaign has raised more than $1 million each week from the state of Georgia. Isn’t that an amazing number? Romney fundraisers say the people they contact or who contact them are ‘frightened and angry.’ Does that mood suit you? It sure suits me. My business is in peril after the economy of the last four years.”

The Obama campaign talked last year about coming into Georgia and trying to make it competitive, but there are no signs that that has happened, he said. They’ve conceded the state. And Mitt Romney will win here by a far greater margin than John McCain did in 2008, probably 54-46, Williams said.

Romney has expanded the political battlefield, he said. The election was expected to be decided in Florida, Virginia and Ohio.

“But what’s happened since the first debate, Romney has widened the battleground,” he said. “He is nearly competitive in Oregon, which is the ‘triple A California.’ It’s fruits and nuts and bigger trees. So if Romney’s making a move in Oregon, there’s something going on.

Romney’s competitiveness has forced Obama to spend millions on advertising buys that he never had expected to have to spend in such places, he said. And Obama has pulled his ads in North Carolina and major parts of Florida, indicating he knows he cannot win there, Williams said.

Romney also is doing well in subgroups that supported Obama last time, such as Jews, affluent suburban women and Catholics, Williams said.

“The Catholic vote will be huge, especially in places like Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin,” he said. “The Catholic vote has been under attack by Obama’s health-care policies. The bishops have spoken through their pastors from the pulpit. It’s very unusual for Catholics to hear open political appeals at their Sunday mass. That’s a Baptist thing, not Catholic.”

“And I’ve seen polls showing he only has 65 percent of the Jewish vote. That’s way low,” he said.

The bottom line: “If I had to make a prediction, I would venture that Romney will have a narrow win over Obama. Florida and Virginia are already in the bag for him, and I think he’ll win Ohio as well.”

We’ll know on Tuesday.

Bill Kinney is associate editor of The Marietta Daily Journal.
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