In a previous letter, I encouraged you to ask yourself, "How are you better off than you were four years ago?" Regardless of how you answered, some 23 million Americans are far from better off than they were four years ago, unless you consider being un- or under-employed being better off.
Though President Barack Obama touts the fact that so many jobs have been created under his administration, several facts must be considered. First, not all of those are the kind of paying jobs those who hold them need to adequately meet their and their families' needs.
Second, unemployment figures don't reflect the number of people who have given up on finding jobs.
Third, it is not certain how many jobs were created by the president. There are factors that contribute to job growth other than government activity.
Fourth, there are still far more people unemployed than when he took office.
Fifth, recent jobs reports aren't good. Unemployment numbers are down again. The economy is worse than when he became president. How can the president honestly lay claim to real improvement in the jobs picture, or the economy in general? Do you really want to risk four more years of the same?
The much discussed "47 percent video" has been mis-characterized. What Mitt Romney was saying was that 47 percent of Americans are dependent on the government, and many of them will vote for the president because of that. Romney cares about them, and will work to get those who can work off government assistance, and into good paying jobs. He did not mean that he didn't care about them, as any in the press, and the president have claimed.
Romney has an economic plan that will create energy independence (which will provide energy-related jobs), help Americans get the skills needed to get good jobs, promote trade that works for America, cut the deficit, and champion small business.
Obama promised to fix the mess he inherited in four years or be a one-term president. The voters should hold him to that promise on Nov. 6.