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April 30, 2012 | By Doyle McManus
In my column on Sunday , I quoted Mitt Romney's warning last week that President Obama's health reform law could doom the free-enterprise system in the United States. “With Obamacare fully installed,” Romney said, “government will come to control half the economy, and we will have effectively ceased to be a free-enterprise society.” Could that be true? Would "Obamacare," which relies mostly on free-enterprise health insurance companies, really turn America into a socialist state?
February 12, 2013
Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, fellow citizens: Fifty-one years ago, John F. Kennedy declared to this Chamber that “the Constitution makes us not rivals for power but partners for progress…It is my task,” he said, “to report the State of the Union - to improve it is the task of us all.” Tonight, thanks to the grit and determination of the American people, there is much progress to report. After a decade of grinding war, our brave men and women in uniform are coming home.
December 1, 2002
Re Ned Manderino's letter on acting coaches (Letters, Nov. 24): I run a one-man acting business that uses a unique formula of study, marketing and networking to build its business. Part of the formula includes meeting and learning from casting directors in workshops. Any state invention to thwart my chosen efforts is tyrannical in nature and its advocates (this means you, Ned) tyrants themselves. Patrick O'Connor Pasadena
February 6, 2013 | By Morgan Little
WASHINGTON - The GOP has picked Marco Rubio to respond to President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday, giving the Florida senator a chance to trumpet his party's stances and raise his profile. House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch Connell (R-Ky.) announced the decision Wednesday, declaring Rubio to be “a champion of growing the American middle class.” “I'm honored to have this opportunity to discuss how limited government and free enterprise have helped make my family's dream come true in America,” Rubio said in a statement.
March 26, 2012 | By Jim Puzzanghera
What would a world without free enterprise look like? The U.S. Chamber of Commerce says the answer is as close as your local theater, where the "The Hunger Games" shows the perils of big government. The dystopian future nation of Panem, in which the movie is set, highlights the dangers of a lack of free trade, innovation and competition, the business group said. That would be economic competition, not the fight-to-the-death contest that gives the blockbuster movie its name.
January 11, 2012 | By Michael Finnegan
Opening what could be a make-or-break campaign to win South Carolina's Republican presidential primary, Newt Gingrich defended his criticism of Mitt Romney's role as an investment banker in corporate buyouts that led to job losses.   "Criticizing specific actions in specific places is not being anti-free enterprise," the former House Speaker told a crowd that packed a banquet hall here in upstate South Carolina on Wednesday, rejecting Romney's suggestion that questioning his record as chief executive of Bain Capital was tantamount to attacking free enterprise.
April 29, 1985
Iacocca sure knows how to thank America, by exporting more jobs to Asia. His commercials on TV thank America, but his actions with the Liberty small car in Asia really shows his thanks. The working American be damned. He, as well as many big industry managers, roll over and play dead, rather than fight. Why must we give up? WALTER and CLARINE TOLSON Compton
September 1, 1985
I think that the City of Long Beach has gone a bit far in granting "exclusive" rights to windsurfing instruction on Alamitos Bay (Southeast / /Long Beach sections, Aug. 24, 25). Seems that the spirit of fair play and free enterprise is absent in the chambers of City Hall. Next thing the city will do will be to grant exclusive rights to use of the beaches to a concessionaire that bids the highest! While the city is entitled to a fee for the use of what might be a public facility, it seems the fairest method would be for all persons engaged in the business of instruction or rental of windsurfing lessons and equipment be allowed to use Alamitos Bay as long as they have a valid business license in the City of Long Beach.
September 19, 1999
I'm so glad our state legislators think I'm not paying enough for my groceries, and that they have nothing better to do than to interfere with successful business practices ["Bill Passed to Ban Warehouse Sales of Foods, Drugs," Sept. 11]. Shame on Wal-Mart and Costco for beating the prices of other stores and giving me what I want. I'm sure this has nothing to do with the fact that unions, which spend lots of money on political causes without the permission of members, don't completely control such businesses.
February 2, 2013 | By Holly Myers
It will come as news to many, no doubt, that there is a Warhol on the moon. And a Rauschenberg and an Oldenburg - a whole "Moon Museum," in fact, containing the work of six artists in all, in the form of drawings inscribed on the surface of a ceramic chip roughly the size of a thumbprint. Conceived by the artist Forrest Myers in 1969, the chip was fabricated in collaboration with scientists at Bell Laboratories and illicitly slipped by a willing engineer between some sheets of insulation on the Apollo 12 lander module.
December 8, 2012
Re "Why the poor favor the Democrats," Opinion, Dec. 3 Where were reports like this, by Zoltan Hajnal and Jeremy D. Horowitz, before the election? Why is it that something generally known or felt by the public - that the poor and minorities fare better under Democratic presidents - is so difficult for the politicians to comprehend? And why is the information not more widely disseminated on a regular basis, especially to those who think such statistics are "made up"? Any Democratic candidate could have used sucha report to tremendous advantage and perhaps saved millions of donor dollars.
October 16, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian
The last question of Tuesday night's debate was the kind of query that tests the cleverness of an accomplished politician. It also - quite unexpectedly -- gave each candidate the opportunity to address one of Mitt Romney's worst moments of the campaign. That's because, curiously, Romney raised the issue himself. “What do you believe is the biggest misperception that the American people have about you as a man and a candidate?” asked undecided voter Barry Green. “Using specific examples, can you take this opportunity to debunk that misperception and set us straight?
September 7, 2012
Re "Clinton lends aura," Sept. 6 Aura is just what it was as former President Clinton brought hope and inspiration to the table. While the Republicans' convention seemed locked in tearing down the opposition, the Democrats' convention has yielded a breath of fresh air and has gone straight to the heart with the monumental challenges and some potential light in the tunnel of economic doldrums facing our nation. Clinton's was a feel-good speech and direly needed. At a time when I was seriously nervous about the coming election, Clinton leveled the playing field and gave a sense of calm that I hope millions out there connected with.
May 31, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
FREMONT, Calif. - Mitt Romney made a secretive trip to the shuttered headquarters of the Solyndra solar-energy company, arguing it was a symbol of “crony capitalism” that received federal loan guarantees because of its ties to the Obama administration, and asserting that it showed the president's lack of understanding of how the economy works. “It's a symbol not of success but of failure. It's also a symbol of a serious conflict of interest,” Romney told reporters across the street from the glass building, reiterating a Republican charge that the firm received a $535-million federal loan guarantee because one of its largest investors is a major fundraiser for Obama.
May 22, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
It's come to this: Joe Biden compared Mitt Romney to a horse. The vice president, campaigning in New Hampshire on Tuesday, argued that Romney has it wrong when he tells voters that things "have gotten much worse" and that Obama administration policies are to blame. Biden was armed with a chart that showed monthly job losses that grew in the final months of the George W. Bush administration began to diminish after President Obama took office, and eventually turned into job growth.
May 6, 2012 | By Arnold Schwarzenegger
It was Richard Nixon who brought me into the Republican fold. He was running for president, and I had recently arrived in California from Austria, which I'd left because the European socialist mentality wasn't big enough for my dreams. Growing up, I was surrounded by kids whose greatest ambition was to one day collect a pension. I didn't intend to spend my whole life dreaming about floating on a government safety net. One day, when Nixon was talking on the television, my liberal friend Artie translated bits of what he was saying.
April 30, 2012
Re "Foreign policy close to home," Opinion, April 25 Saying the U.S. cannot afford "to keep putting Latin America on the back burner," Sen. Marc Rubio (R-Fla.) wants us to "enhance trade and economic ties. " Regarding Cuba specifically, we should find "new ways to increase connectivity among Cubans, and expand access to 21st century technologies on the island. " Why then does Rubio oppose lifting the Cuba embargo, which forbids the shipment of information-technology products?
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