Focus of election should be Obama’s record of failure

To The Editor,I must reply to the Pat Zuidema letter of 8/23: Notice how in its criticism of Governor Romney, it went right to the same tired, divisive, class warfare argument the left always trots out. Why? Because, like our President, he wants to divert attention from the real issues, such as Obama’s dismal record on jobs, unemployment, scandals, gas prices, skyrocketing debt, record food stamp dependence, and poverty.Mr. Obama clearly can’t run on his record, so attempting to paint Republicans as evil rich people is about all he has left. I DON’T CARE about Mr. Romney’s taxes-they’re a non-issue for most of us. How am I going to pay for the gas in my tank, my bills, and my kid’s college, ARE important issues. Remember Clinton’s “It’s the economy, stupid” campaign slogan? Well, that applies today more than in 1996.Are you jealous that Mr. Romney is rich? Not me. And I don’t give a hoot what his tax rate is. If he was doing anything illegal, the IRS would have been all over him about it. So drop that tired argument! Romney himself, with Mr. Ryan, has proposed closing loopholes, and simplifying the system to provide tax relief for everyone. Besides, Pat, when was the last time you heard of a poor person ever creating jobs? They don’t, and I’m not going to criticize or resent someone who takes risks, creates businesses and jobs, and runs for President.Now let’s discuss “President transparency.” I’m not going to waste time and editorial space about all of the sweetheart deals Obama made with my stimulus money, nor will I enumerate all of the broken campaign promises-cutting the debt in half, not having lobbyists in his administration, and on and on and on. This is the most corrupt President of my lifetime; do your research. You could start with his “National Defense Resources Preparedness Executive Order”, passed in the dark of night back in March, which gives Obama total power over energy, food, labor, transportation, and more, for anything he deems a “national emergency.” (An election loss, perhaps?)Answer the questions I gave Ms. Korte; Are we better off than 3 1/2 years ago-NO; Do you like 8+% unemployment? I don’t. Happy that your stimulus dollars went to Obama’s buddies? Heck, no. 5 Trillion dollars in new debt in 4 years? Makes me furious. Oh, and remember how Obama accused Mr. Bush of being “unpatriotic” over the debt he had run up? How about the influence of George Soros,, MSNBC, and many out of mainstream, far left groups giving millions to Obama? Or is that okay because they’re not supporting Republicans?One final thought; Medicare and Social Security have to be modified, or they WILL go bankrupt-Medicare as early as 2023. Give Romney and Ryan some credit for addressing this, not kicking the can down the road, like both parties have done for far too long. Your argument, Pat, like many on the left, is dripping with resentment over people being successful. In Heartland America, we celebrate success, we don’t subscribe to the leftist idea that successful people are somehow evil; We admire their drive, sense of personal responsibility, and the idea of great leaders like Reagan that America can do better, and leave a brighter future for our children, not a country in economic, physical, and moral decline. That’s why the Romney-Ryan ticket is clearly better for America.Mark MadisonTecumseh

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