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October 29, 2012

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Hypocritical

Republicans are at it again. When Romney won the first debate, they touted his aggressive style and criticized Obama’s passive if not sleepy performance.. Now that Obama has won the third debate, these same Republicans are criticizing Obama for being too aggressive and unpresidential. How hypocritical.

Trash trucks

On trash day in Methuen, the first truck came to pick up recycling. There was one man on the vehicle. That was followed by the regular trash pick-up. There were two men on that truck. Finally the city of Methuen truck came by to pick up leaves and other debris. There were three men on the truck. There wasn’t one bag of leaves out there that I could see so all they had to do was drive around the neighborhood. You’ve got to love Zanni and the union.

Like Carter

Gov. Romney wants to bring our Navy back up to the size it was before President Obama started to dismantle it. Obama said sometimes more is not better and what we have is sufficient to protect our interests. Yet our embassy was attacked, four Americans were killed and we didn’t send in a helicopter with Marines, SEALs or special forces. Was that because there wasn’t anybody in the area? I feel like its Jimmy Carter all over again.

Submarines

In the debate, Obama tried to belittle Romney about the Navy and its capabilities. I was on a submarine in 1962. Our World War II-era diesel submarine went up against the USS Enterprise and its task force. We simulated sinking the Enterprise, a cruiser, destroyer, oiler and one other ship all in 24 hours — 556,000 tons. I was at a submarine gathering last month and they told me that the Russian submarines routinely take pictures of the backs of our ships and email them to us just to show us how ineffective the task force is against any aggressor.

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