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Change that we can do without!

October 18, 2008

To the editor:

Rise up, Americans! Maybe it is time for another Boston Tea Party? No, not Wayne and Garth, not that kind of party. Sadly, it seems Saturday Night Live (SNL) is the only unabashed TV entity to name names in our economic meltdown fiasco.

And yes, the U.S. is really askew no, upsidedown, when Ralph Nader starts to make sense. In a recent interview, Nader rightfully said of the Wall Street crooks who took down our economy with the help of Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.): We should not bail them (out), but jail them (in).

And meanwhile, adding insult to massive injury, we learn thousands of dollars of the taxpayer "bailout" money (you remember the 750 billion of our dollars, don't you?) was spent by AIG bailout associates at a grand spa! It begs the question: Who is the U.S. Attorney General these days?

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Economically, our nation is on a precipice looking down on a full-scale depression ... bread lines, soup kitchens, tent cities, the works! All we need is a little nudge, and that nudge will surely be in the form of tax increases, courtesy of Barack Obama if Americans are so nave to vote for the most liberal legislator in the U.S. Senate. Yet that seems to be the trajectory we are on if you put your faith in polls.

In the meantime, while on this course of economic apocalypse, and the domino effect it will have on all sectors of society, who can understand the abysmal ("out of touch") performances during the presidential debate of Oct. 7?

It was characterized by anyone in their right mind as boring. The passion Americans expected was absent from both candidates. You can argue who won the debate, but one thing is certain: America is losing! John McCain did not inspire using his habitual condescending phrase, "my friends" sickens even his real friends, and then he continues to go on and on about "earmarks."

Meanwhile, Obama continued to mesmerize his base constituents, the mainstream media (per usual), and his groupies with his glistening generalities and sweet- sounding circular logic.

So, it seems it has all come down to the lesser of two evils in this presidential race. After weighing everything available from a shrinking pool of reputable sources, we are left with McCain and a bonafide concern for an elder but known quantity; or Obama, and what should be a legitimate fear of the inexperienced and still unknown quantity, save his closet full of shady, scary associates.

In the words of the brilliant author and analyst Charles Krauthammer, with respect to the junior senator from Illinois, we must consider:

"Convicted felon Tony Rezko. Unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers. And the race-baiting Rev. Jeremiah Wright. It is hard to think of any presidential candidate before Barack Obama sporting associations with three more execrable characters.

"Associations are important. They provide a significant insight into character. Obama is a man of first-class intellect and first-class temperament. But his character remains highly suspect. There is a difference between temperament and character. Equanimity is a virtue. Tolerance of the obscene is not."

It is abundantly clear then, after two years of a "do nothing Congress" under the Democrat "leadership" of Harry "white flag" Reid and Nancy "we won't vote on drilling to lower gas prices" Pelosi, we cannot afford to surrender the White House to a like-minded socialist.

Of course, giving the Democrats control of these two branches of government will guarantee a Constitution-changing judiciary whereby all bets are off regarding America's prosperous future, not to mention security of our homeland.

Moreover, if the election does go Obama, his tax-and-spend policies will go beyond sending us all to the "poor house," it will make our great nation just another Third World banana republic. This is "change" I can do without. What say you?

Jim Rosko
Boonsboro

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