Letters to the Editor - Oct. 13

October 12, 2012

Presidential campaign is a long, arduous one

To the editor:

“Most agree Romney won first debate” reads a headline on the Oct. 5 Herald-Mail newspaper. I listened to the debate and I agree that this headline might be true for the 70 million people who viewed the debate. 

But there was one statement that 70 million viewers did not hear in Wednesday’s debate. On Oct. 3, Mr. Romney did not say: “In this case, I said something that’s just completely wrong.” No, Mr. Romney had to wait until Thursday, Oct. 4, to make this statement about his previous disparaging remarks about the 47 percent of Americans who don’t pay federal income taxes. Mr. Romney’s disparaging remarks were not brought up during the debate and on Thursday, Mr. Romney had a much smaller audience for his apology than the debate audience. 

This might be important because hundreds of millions of Americans have heard Mr. Romney’s “47 percent comment” and a lot fewer Americans have heard Mr. Romney’s “…I said something that’s just completely wrong” statement. I expect that Mr. Romney’s “47 percent comment” will continue to be played in ads for President Obama, but I doubt if Mr. Romney’s campaign will finance ads that say “I said something that’s just completely wrong” as a counterpoint. And, by the way, I believe Mr. Romney spoke with conviction and sincerity when he made disparaging remarks about the 47 percent of Americans who don’t pay federal income taxes.


The campaign for president is just that — a campaign that started a long time ago and that will end on Election Day, Nov. 6. The first debate was a major battle, but nonetheless just a battle, in this long campaign.
Daniel Moeller

We have come a long way from hope and change

To the editor:

We have come a long way from “hope and change.” After two years with the Republicans taking the House of Representatives it became change with no hope.

The reason being the first two years President Obama could have gotten Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid to pass anything they wanted besides the stimulus and Obamacare. Why did they not pass anything? They needed at least one Republican vote to be able to blame them for a bill if it failed.

After blaming former President Bush for everything, he needed a scapegoat as a current excuse to blame somebody.

In the second two years, the House passed more than 30 bipartisan bills to the Senate. Harry Reid obeyed Obama by canvassing the Senate that would determine if the bill would pass or not. If the bill would pass as a bipartisan vote, Reid would not bring it to the floor for an up or down vote. Why? Obama did not want to veto a bipartisan bill and expose his scheme to blame everything on the ‘do nothing Congress’ and in particular blaming the Republicans for blocking the bills in the Senate.

What was Obama doing during his four years? Campaigning all four years,  playing more golf than any other president, playing basketball, flying all over creation that would rival anyone, bowing to foreign dignitaries, snubbing Israel, backing the Muslim Brotherhood in the process of overthrowing their countries, and finally occasionally returning to Washington, D.C., to sign executive orders, thus, bypassing Congress.

Obama once said the first thing he thought of in the morning and before going to bed were jobs. With his track record between morning and night, little action, if any, was devoted to this endeavor.

Obama quadrupled Bush’s spending to buy his way out of the recession. What we have now is inflation that four more years will not only crush the middle class but the whole economy.

Phillip M. Snider
Martinsburg, W.Va.

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