I respectfully take issue with the Northern Virginia Daily's belief that voting for Romney will rebuild America's prosperity. The question you pose - is the United States better off today than four years ago? - should not be answered with statistics or with a plethora of Republican talking points. What is at stake is the very soul of our nation and the insidious nature of the power of money in politics.
Republicans pride themselves as the party of principles and family values. Yet their leaders have done nothing but obstruct and deny any attempt by our president to bring about the "change" they now promise to deliver if they are given the reins of government power.
The Republican Party has used the time-tested politics of fear, lies, right-wing propaganda and voter suppression to try to regain the majority in Congress and capture the presidency. Even the Supreme Court's ruling in allowing corporations to be considered "people" so they can use their missions in profits to fund negative ads and lobbyists to get legislation favorable for the 2 percent is all part of the wealthy's desire to rule the rest of us workers.
But they are not through. It is now known that CEOs David Siegal and Arthur Allen have resorted to threats of job reductions - despite their record profits - if Obama is re-elected. Those billionaires who think they must be the smartest because they are the "job creators" now have the lowest taxes in the history of this nation - yet they have created fewer jobs here precisely because of their desire for more wealth and power. Is this the conservative philosophy, for CEOs to threaten the livelihoods of their employees if they don't vote the way they say? Buying votes by threatening the most productive workers in the world with pink slips is democracy through demagoguery, deception and debauchery.
All of us need to seriously consider whether we can allow the fortunate few to rule our lives. The hardworking middle class deserves better, so if you believe in truth, honesty and integrity in politics, you best vote Democratic.
Todd Medcalf, Stephens City