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September 23, 2012

Your view: Letters to the editor

Election is about competence, not popularity

To the editor:

The election is about 50 days away. Polls are said to be close. Some of the recent polls ask “who is more popular.” This is an election for president of the United States of America and not a popularity contest. The person we elect should be experienced, competent, and honest, a person who believes in the Constitution as it was written and is willing to follow it and defend it. So that you are able to make an informed decision, I here list Obama’s “accomplishments”:

Increased the federal debt by $5.4 trillion in less than four years; your individual share of this debt is now $51,974.

Increased federal spending by 24 percent.

Stopped off-shore drilling and stopped the Keystone Pipeline. The cost of gasoline is now $4 per gallon. It was $2 per gallon when he came into office.

Gave federal grants to “green energy” companies, 12 of which are now bankrupt. This cost over $2 billion in wasted taxpayer money.

Passed Obamacare taking over 20 percent of the economy and robbing $716 billion from Medicare. This includes $800 billion in new taxes. The true cost of implementation is $2.6 trillion.

Bailed out the auto industry, leaving taxpayers on the hook for $25 billion.

Instituted policies resulting in an unemployment of over 8 percent with 23 million unemployed or no longer in the workforce. The labor participation rate is at a low of 63.5 percent.

Proposed spending increases of $46 trillion over the next years if he is re-elected.

This election is not about voting Democratic or Republican. Obama has an ideology which threatens our freedom. He wants us to be a socialist country like those in Europe. This is not about who has a “pleasant smile.” This is about the future direction of our country. Social issues do not matter in this election. What matters is whether we go back to what our Founding Fathers envisioned or whether we go down the road of socialism.

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