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Letter to the Editor: Americans are not better off now


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.

L. John Bost, Strasburg



"Hart InterCivic is a national provider of election voting systems that are used in swing-states Ohio and Colorado, as well as in states we don’t really care about so much because we already know how they’ll turn out (e.g., Texas, Oklahoma, and Hawaii). Private equity firm H.I.G. Capital, LLC bought out a “significant” portion of Hart in July of 2011, and now the majority of Hart’s board directors are employees of H.I.G. (It’s not entirely clear how much of the voting machine company H.I.G. owns, but the financial advisors responsible for the transaction state that “Hart Intercivic was acquired by HIG Capital.”)

"H.I.G., in turn, has ties to Bain & Co. and Mitt Romney directly:

"H.I.G. was founded by Tony Tamer, a former Bain employee and bundler for Mitt Romney’s campaign."


Strange. You admit that there are people who don't make enough, too many who are dependent on Government, yet your solution is to go with the guy who will give breaks to the wealthy and corporations?

If wealthy businesses and businessmen created jobs, we'd have more than we could handle. After all, they are MUCH better off than 4 years ago.

As for the 47% video, you can claim it was "mis-characterized" all you want. The fact is, Mitt "isn't worried about them", because the system will take care of them...until he yanks the rug out from under them. Of interesting note is that the vast majority of the 47% will actually end up voting for Romney (including quite a few of his Country Club buddies)...but that would have ruined the punchline, wouldn't it?

I put this question to Mr Bost when I first started posting so this will be my third time...If tax breaks for the wealthy are job creation incentives, and GWB reduced their taxes in 2001 and 2003 and Obama kept these tax breaks in place,,,WHERE ARE THE JOBS?

The answer is it doesn't work. But let's try this for the umpteenth time anyway! (eye roll here!) You can spray disinfectant, perfume, Clorox, etc. on it but it's still a turd.

Oh, Ronbo44, Read your comment to hubby, he laughed, and said to tell you that when he worked at the Pentagon, their job was "polishing turds."

I'm glad you have to sleep with your husband and not me.

Oh, John, SO DO I.

Romney’s Impossible Tax Promise Experts say he can't cut rates without losing revenue or favoring the wealthy.
(August 3, 2012 , Corrected on August 6, 2012)


The Ryan, debate was marked by some spirited claims that didn’t always match the facts.

1. Ryan said Obama’s proposal to let tax rates rise for high-income individuals would “tax about 53 percent of small-business income.” Wrong. Ryan is counting giant hedge funds and thousands of other multimillion-dollar enterprises as “small” businesses.

2. Ryan was wrong when he said a rise in the jobless rate in Biden’s hometown was “how it’s going all around America.” The rate nationally has sunk back to where it was when Obama took office. And in Ryan’s hometown, it’s more than 4 percentage points lower that it was at the start of Obama’s term.

3. Ryan claimed the Obama administration spent stimulus money on “electric cars in Finland.” Not true. Although the cars have been assembled in Finland, the money went for work in the United States.

4. Ryan misquoted a Medicare official as saying “one out of six hospitals and nursing homes are going to go out of business” as a result of the Affordable Care Act. Not quite. The official said that many could become “unprofitable,” and the the situation could be monitored to head off bad outcomes.

5. Ryan claimed that the ACA contains “taxpayer funding” of abortion. In fact the law provides no direct funding of abortion except in cases of rape or incest or to save the mother’s life. And it’s a matter of interpretation whether subsidized private insurance would amount to indirect federal support for abortion.

6. Ryan was off base when he said of a cost-saving panel created by the Affordable Care Act, “not one of them even has to have medical training.” Actually, the board must include physicians and other health care professionals among its members.

(7. 8. 9.) Ryan at one point ground out a collection of shopworn misstatements about the health care law that we’ve had to rebut time and again, claiming 7“20 million people … are projected to lose their health insurance” (not true), 8 that premiums have gone up $3,000 (no, theyRyan continued to twist the facts about Romney’s tax plan. Biden again misrepresented the findings of the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, and Ryan repeated a misleading claim that “six studies have verified” that the plan is mathematically possible. haven’t) and 9 that 7.4 million seniors “are going to lose” Medicare Advantage plans (maybe, but they’d still be covered by traditional Medicare).

10. Ryan repeated a misleading claim that “six studies have verified” that the plan is mathematically possible.

The Biden debate was marked by some spirited claims that didn’t always match the facts.

1. Biden exaggerated when he said House Republicans cut funding for embassy security by $300 million. The amount approved for fiscal year 2012 was $264 million less than requested, and covers construction and maintenance, not just security.

2. Biden seemed to question Ryan’s assertion that administration officials called Syrian President Bashar Assad “a reformer” even when he was killing his own civilian countrymen. Ryan was right. Early in the bloody Syrian uprising Hillary Clinton called Assad a “different leader” who many in Congress believe is “a reformer.”

3. Biden quoted Romney as saying that he would not “move heaven and earth” to get Osama bin Laden. What Romney said was that he’d go after other terrorists as well.

4. Biden again misrepresented the findings of the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center.

Forgot above source...FactCheck.com

KATYBUG..On one of your posts (believe it was you) you liken Romney to a used car salesman. Romney and Ryan are more like ' traveling snake oil' salesmen. Used car is just too kind!

"...a Romney staffer had said one of the things that had worked well for the GOP nominee a week ago was that while voters may not have understood his policy ideas, he sounded like he understood them, which gave viewers confidence in the candidate." And, that my friends, is all it takes for some people to follow!


Vice President Joe Biden landed a severe blow to Rep. Paul Ryan's argument that the stimulus was a terrible decision.

Letter 1. Ryan tells the White House's Secretary of Energy how much he supports a local geothermal energy company's bid for stimulus money, and how he requests the Executive's strong consideration:

Letter 2. Ryan recommends the Milwaukee Area Technical College's bid for stimulus money:

Letter 3. The third letter asks for stimulus money to go to the Energy Center of Wisconsin for energy efficient housing work:

Letter 4. The fourth letter asks for stimulus money — which Ryan says would create or retain around 7,600 jobs — for an energy efficiency block grant:


Is Paul Ryan a hypocrite?
Aug 13th 2012, 21:42 by W.W. | HOUSTON

DUNCAN BLACK, blogging as Atrios, spies hypocrisy in Paul Ryan's bio:

Public high school.

Public university.

Worked for family business.

Congressional staffer, with service jobs for additional money.

Speechwriter for Jack Kemp.

Staffer for Sam Brownback.

Member of Congress.

Capitalism, just as [Ayn] Rand envisioned.



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