It's still the economy. Never before has there been a more important presidential election. Yet, the ideological divide is wider than at any other time.

The tsunami of entitlements the country will face if President Barack Obama is re-elected is, above all, most disconcerting.

America is at a tipping point - limited government, pro-growth vs. a social welfare state where the government plays an even greater role.

And there is a clear choice in this election, but there is no one savior in the Republican Party either, to be sure.

Smaller, more limited government is the answer for most of America's woes. On every level, elected officials will have to get serious about balancing budgets. The Founders never intended bloated local, state and federal governments playing the intrusive roles they do today.

Mr. Obama's 2008 election was historic and there were genuinely high hopes for his success that transcended political party lines and ethnicity. His family has provided an excellent role model for African-Americans, especially - and that should not be lost.

But ultimately, Mr. Obama's failed policies and unfulfilled promises will be his undoing.

His EPA has pushed a green agenda, passing and enforcing regs that are anti-growth. His union agenda is anti-growth.


The assault on religious liberties

President Obama's assault on religious liberties has been most stunning. His disrespect for the Roman Catholic Church in particular is unconscionable, but fully represents the turn the national Democratic Party has taken.

President Obama made a lot of promises. He promised to cut the $1.3 trillion deficit in half by the end of his term. Instead, the deficit is running above $1 trillion this year for the fourth year in a row.

Overall, the U.S. debt totals a staggering $16 trillion and much of that is owed to China.

President Obama pledged that if Congress would pass his stimulus package, unemployment would be at 5.4 percent.

Congress passed the stimulus, but unemployment is at 7.8 percent. That doesn't count people who have given up looking for a job or are long-term unemployed.

President Obama promised his healthcare plan would reduce the cost of insurance premiums for an average family by $2,500, but instead they have increased by $1,300.

While almost everyone agrees healthcare reform is needed, there are so many uncertainties with Obamacare.

Expanding Medicaid under Obamacare to take in more than 300,000 of Mississippi's uninsured working poor would cost the state about $95 million a year by 2025.

President Obama promised not to raise taxes on anyone making less than $250,000. He raised taxes on the middle class. He promised not to hire lobbyists in his administration. He hired lobbyists. He promised to end no-bid contracts above $25,000. Those contracts continue.


Food stamp enrollment up 46 percent

Despite his rosy promises of hope and change, the U.S. credit rating was downgraded, housing values have dropped, incomes are declining, a record number of Americans - 49.9 million people - are living in poverty, and the number of people receiving food stamps has increased 46 percent since President Obama was inaugurated.

Yes, the economy - rocked by the collapse of the housing bubble influenced largely by government interference in the private sector - was bad when he took office. But, he set the expectations and failed to live up to them. By his own measure and in his own words: "I will be held accountable...if I don't have this done in three years, then this will be a one term proposition."

President Obama simply has failed to deliver, unable to present a viable plan to put America back on track and people to work.

His challenger, Mitt Romney, on the other hand, was the governor of Massachusetts and has a proven record of bipartisan leadership and jobs creation. He's a successful businessman whose met a payroll and he has a plan to get America back on track by creating jobs.

His record of turning around failing businesses is, in the words of former President Bill Clinton, "sterling."


Romney cut taxes 19 times, balanced budget

As governor of Massachusetts, Romney inherited a $3 billion budget deficit. By the time he left office four years later, he eliminated that deficit without raising sales or income taxes, cut taxes 19 times, used his line-item veto more than 800 times and left the state with a $2 billion rainy day fund.

Before he took office, Massachusetts was losing thousands of jobs a month. Under his leadership, the state gained more than 80,000 new jobs.

Mr. Romney has a plan to create 12 million new jobs through making North America energy independent. He understands the global economy and has made fair and free trade a priority.

He wants to increase job training education, create an environment for small business to thrive and cut the deficit. He looks to cut spending, simplify taxes and encourage regulators to help business comply rather than be an obstacle to jobs. He has been running on this platform since before the Republican Primary.


Primary strategy is to demonize Romney

President Obama's plan for a second term is a glossy booklet his campaign mailed out two weeks before the general election.

But his main strategy has been to demonize Romney. Voters are starting to sense that his hope and change has fizzled.

President Obama had his opportunity and failed. The country can't take four more years of draconian banking regulations, oppressive tax hikes and more lurches toward socialism.

His so-called transparency is now clouded by obstruction (Fast and Furious) and deception (Benghazi).

President Obama, speaking in Cairo in 2009, said outreach will make the U.S. acceptable in the Muslim world. It won't. The extremists hate us and Obama can't get his head around it.

As the Middle East burned, the Obama administration for weeks stuck by a concocted story about a movie trailer circulating on the Internet since July.

Another terrorist attack on 9/11 didn't fit their narrative. Killing Osama bin Laden was supposed to diminish al-Qaeda.

What did the Obama administration know and when in Benghazi?

But America is tougher, Obama said Tuesday responding to Hurricane Sandy and speaking of the nation's resilience. "We leave nobody behind." So what about Benghazi?

Because of the out-right lies and deception with Benghazi - and more such as failed economic policies - President Obama must go.

There are three primary reasons Mr. Romney will make a better president: His focus on growth and lower taxes - not entitlements, his strategy for growth that will create jobs and his commitment to a smaller more disciplined federal government.

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, vote Mitt Romney for President of the United States.


Other endorsements

Our other recommendations are: Roger Wicker for re-election to the U.S. Senate, Gregg Harper for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, Bill Marcy for election to the U.S. House of Representatives; and for the Mississippi Supreme Court, Bill Waller, Jr. for re-election (Central District), Mike Randolph for re-election (Southern District) and Josiah Coleman for election (Northern District).