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10/30/2012 10:01:00 AM
President Obama is the better choice

To the Editor:

With just days until the election, here are a few reasons why Romney makes a poor choice for president.

The most important flaw is his lack of conviction. His positions change constantly. During this last debate he switched from fiery hawk to soft speaking dove. He abandoned the hard rhetoric against Iran. He went from urging “kinetic military action” to “we can’t kill” our way to victory. He moves so easily between attacking the president for naming a withdrawal timetable from Afghanistan to agreeing wholeheartedly with the plan. It is chilling to hear him one day suggesting that it was a monumental error not leaving a substantial force in Iraq and during the debate agreeing with the move. This is not a leader and shows lack of character. How can he be trusted when what he says today has absolutely no value tomorrow?

These position changes make for very dangerous foreign policy and would lead to mistrust among our allies. America’s foes would also be very fearful in trying to deal with a chameleon.

It is one thing for a politician to evolve in time, changing positions gradually as events, maturity, influx of new information or a myriad of conditions affect one’s viewpoints. But it is quite another to change your mind in a matter of days or even hours just to appease the audience of the moment or to tweak a few votes from a specific group.

The next most important reason is simply that his economic plan makes no sense. He wants to cut taxes by as much as $5 trillion and increase military spending another $2 trillion. He claims he can pay for this by eliminating some loopholes and tax deductions, but not saying which or how many. 

These tax deductions are sometimes a necessity for some families who look forward to a tax refund in the way of Earned Income Credit, Child Tax Credits, Home Interest and Sales tax deductions and charitable contribution deductions. The people that depend on the refunds will be most hurt by this plan.

His outright refusal to disclose his tax returns or list his offshore investments and bank accounts is problematical.

Romney’s disregard of 47 percent as well as his insulting remarks directed at them remains unforgivable.

When it comes to women’s rights, one of the differing positions is equal pay for women. Obama is pushing for economic equality while Romney refuses to state his position. According to some economists, equal pay would generate $200 billion in higher payroll for female workers which would flow into the economy creating more demand, therefore more jobs.

Birth control is also an economic issue as well as a health concern. Birth control allows young women to concentrate on education or career building without worrying about an unplanned or unwanted pregnancy which would disrupt or delay the path to economic security. It should be up to women themselves to choose their pregnancy timetable. Romney’s position on contraception and related subjects is murky and confusing.

On the subject of national defense there are two differing positions. Obama asserts that he believes in quality not quantity when it comes to the Navy specifically and armed forces in general. Romney wants to build ships to give the Navy the same number of ships it had around 1917 without seeming to understand that many of those vessels performed duties that are no longer needed or that one of today’s aircraft carriers could have destroyed the Japanese fleet that invaded Pearl Harbor.

As for education, Romney is now singing a different tune. A few months ago he insisted we had enough teachers (and firemen/police) but now he loves teachers and is embracing Obama’s plea for enhanced education.

In contrast, when President Obama took office, the economy was in its death throes, bleeding jobs by many thousands per month. American automakers were struggling and the housing bubble explosion cost homeowners thousands in lost equity and outright foreclosures.

The hemorrhaging of jobs was halted and is now on the plus side. The auto industry was saved. Foreclosures have lessened and home values are rising. There is slow but steady progress.

It is more likely that Romney will engage in another armed conflict than Obama. The president is far better equipped to manage foreign policy. Romney has filled his ranks with castoffs from the Bush presidency.

All things considered, President Obama is the better choice.

Jaime Reyes

Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Article comment by: Tim Behselich

Wow. The sour grapes are flying freely. And even a post with the beaten to death "birther" jazz included. C'mon, man! Suck it up and move on.

Maybe it's time to try working together, rather than concentrating efforts on screwing over the president. Maybe the GOP should stop trying to pacify the screaming fringe element that is the Tea Party. The majority of voters (remember - this is a democracy) obviously want something done. Time to get to work.

And BTW, I voted for Romney. I choose not whine and wail. Getting things done is long overdue.

Posted: Saturday, November 10, 2012
Article comment by: Joe Thompson

LOL @ the fear and even the bit of ignorance in Rick Derrick's post.

Come on. This is America, we're better than this. We can prosper if we work together.

As most rational people know, most of the people who voted for Obama are gainfully employed, patriotic Americans. Just like those who voted for Romney.

This next four years can be very positive for this country. Let's work together for a better America.

Posted: Friday, November 9, 2012
Article comment by: Bruce Van Hoozen

I saw this as a letter to the editor and thought it was worth sharing.

1. I voted for a Democrat because I believe oil companiesí profits of 4% on a gallon of gas are obscene, but the government taxing the same gallon of gas at 15% isnít.

2. I voted for a Democrat because I believe the government will do a better job of spending the money I earn than I would.

3. I voted for a Democrat because Freedom of Speech is fine as long as nobody is offended by it.

4. I voted for a Democrat because Iím way too irresponsible to own a gun, and I know that my local police are all I need to protect me from murderers, rapists, thugs, and thieves, besides criminals would never harm me or mine with their unregistered weapons.

5. I voted for a Democrat because I believe that people who canít tell us if it will rain on Friday can tell us that the polar ice caps will disappear in ten years because of Global Warming if I donít start driving a Prius or a Chevy Volt.

6. I voted for a Democrat because Iím not concerned about millions of babies being aborted so long as we keep all death row inmates alive.

7. I voted for a Democrat because I think illegal aliens have a right to free health care, education, and Social Security benefits.

8. I voted for a Democrat because I believe that business should not be allowed to make profits for themselves. They need to break even and give the rest away to the government for redistribution as the Democrats see fit.

9. I voted for a Democrat because I believe liberal judges need to rewrite the Constitution regularly to suit some fringe folks who would never get their agendas past the voters.

10. I voted for a Democrat because I think that itís better to pay billions to people who hate us for their oil, but not drill for our own because it might upset some useless endangered beetle, gopher, or fish.

11. I voted for a Democrat because while we live in the greatest, most wonderful country in the world, I was promised ďHOPE AND CHANGE.Ē

12. I voted for a Democrat because my head is so firmly buried in my backside that itís unlikely that Iíll ever have another point of view.

Posted: Thursday, November 8, 2012
Article comment by: Rick Derrick

This response is directed to Jayne Reyes from Philadelphia and her letter titled "President Obama is a Better Choice". (and to other like-minded voters).

Last Tuesday you made your choice along with other Democrats. Let's see how willing you are to utter those same words when you're standing in a soup line. America is about to plunge off the economic cliff as a result of YOUR president, (not mine) spending like a kid in a candy store with no worries because mom and dad are going to pay for it.

You think the government owes you something? It owes you NOTHING except protecton to live in a free society.

You want free birth control, hold two aspirins tightly between your knees. Or better yet, don't have sex.

You want a job, go out and get one, there are plenty out there, newspapers are full of help wanted ads. But no, you and your "give me my free stuff" left wingers would rather sit around and have somebody else do all the work and give you a portion of THEIR earnings.

You wanted Romney to show his tax returns? He did according to what the law requires.
America wants Obama to show his college records and his REAL birth certificate. He hasn't and never will.

I can't believe how my home state of Wisconsin lowered its standards to help put a man like Obama back in office. Philadelphia I can understand. To quote a great American, "You can't fix stupid".

The next four years will be disasterous for this nation. And you won't be able to blame Bush. Come back then and say "Obama was a better choice", I dare you.

Rick Derrick

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