The president is asking us to vote for him a second time, even with the economy in a shambles. He’s spent many presidential hours campaigning for re-election this year in hopes we will forget the promises he made in the beginning.
While in office, he’s failed to deal with the rising debt, made major errors in our foreign policy and ignored the rise of unemployment, all while leading us towards a European-style socialist economy.
We need a leader who will draw on the wisdom of our Founding Fathers. Was it not their words that bound us together for 250 years? Vote for him a second time? I don’t think so.
The president speaks of the national debt as being unimportant in the short term, while continuing to print more borrowed money for bailouts. Of course, the short term for him would be the next four years.
For the rest of us, it’s a lifetime of consequences for our children and their children. We all have big dreams for our kids. Mine never included a heavy burden of taxation.
Uncontrolled debt is a nightmare to any household. Putting excessive money in circulation deflates the dollar and, while helping a few, it raises the cost of all goods for all people.
Think energy, think gasoline. Is your gas tank better off today than four years ago?
I’ve come to the conclusion that President Obama is more enamored of having been elected president than acting like a president.
He looks down, and talks down, to us like we’re high school sophomores.
Can Mitt Romney clean up the mess we’re in? I don’t know. If not, we’ve traveled this road too far.
Right now, a successful businessman offers a lot more hope than the promises of a former community organizer who promised to unite our country, but demonstrates divisiveness. It is time for a change.
Not time to abandon Obama and progress
So now that we have made the “happy” discovery that Mitt Romney can convincingly run for president (as an obnoxious car salesman who is ethically challenged), are we supposed to settle down with him and write off President Obama as the dream that was just not meant to be? I am just not ready to do that.
It strikes me that Romney took an awfully long time to arrive at his latest approach. The times that we live in do not allow any president extended leisure to find his or her way.
Given Romney’s fierce resistance to giving out more of his tax returns, I find it very hard to believe that the $5 trillion tax cut has vanished.
Romney’s refusal to give specifics during the election campaign makes one wonder what leverage he would have to pursue policies, if he won.
There is still the tragicomic farce of his trip abroad, during which Romney managed to embarrass himself severely in Great Britain and elsewhere.
There is still the fact that a second term as governor of Massachusetts didn’t happen for Romney, despite his big health-care bill being passed.
Are we supposed to believe that Romney now really cares about all of us? I might be a little bit inclined to believe that if he would apologize to that baker of free cookies he was rude to several months ago.
Finally, I don’t think that President Obama has been a failure. The new unemployment rate of 7.8 percent is not complete victory, but it is a hard-won success that must be built on as effectively as possible.
I believe that President Obama, the man who got us to that rate as well as to improved health care, a revitalized auto industry and other accomplishments in face of stiff Republican resistance, can take us farther.
Douglas Paul McFarling
Ohio still gambling on school funding
I am responding to the front-page article, “Leaders roll out gambling findings,” on Oct. 2.
I was surprised to read that “Ohio for Responsible Gambling released results Monday of a major survey that will help state leaders decide how to target money for the prevention and treatment of problem gambling.”
The article went on to say that the Ohio Lottery Commission was part of this joint effort. Really? I was not aware state money was targeted to help those with gambling addictions. What I would like to know is where our state leaders are when it comes to “Ohio for the responsible funding of our public schools”?
In 1997, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that Ohio’s current way of funding schools violated the Ohio Constitution.
In 2003, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled, for the fifth time, that the school-funding process in Ohio is unconstitutional, but said it believed a good-faith effort had been made to change public-school funding.
As an Akron teacher, I wonder where all these good-faith efforts can be found. Where is the evidence that another way to fund education has been found that does not rely so heavily on local property taxes?
When did the people ever vote on a plan to fund our public schools?
We were also told many years ago that the Ohio Lottery would help fund public schools. As a taxpayer, I believe we are entitled to, and I would like to see, a public accounting of just how much of the lottery proceeds are being used for education and which districts are receiving those funds.
How sad that our state is more worried about funding for gambling addictions than the state of funding education for our children. Wouldn’t it be nice if, someday, our state leaders made the funding of Ohio public schools a priority?
It is pretty sad people can’t figure out what would have happened if Mitt Romney had let the auto companies go bankrupt.
There could have been a potential loss of up to 800,000 jobs in Ohio alone, not counting the downstream jobs people don’t think about, such as real estate, restaurants, gas stations, repair shops and department stores.
With a decision like that, we would have had a depression worse than the 1929 depression. A vote for Romney is a vote for economic disaster.
Frank De Palmo
In U.S. Senate race, a candidate’s joshing
I know Sherrod Brown, our U.S. senator. He is one of the most well-rounded, best-informed policymakers I have ever run across in 24 years in Summit County politics.
Brown is being challenged this year by 35-year-old state Treasurer Josh Mandel in a race largely marked by the millions in “soft money” flooding into the state from outsiders displeased with the policies Brown has advocated.
Mandel claims he has a “Jobs Plan” for Ohioans and urges everyone to check it out on his campaign’s website. So I took him up on that.
In “Joshworld,” all we need to do is wipe away $93 billion in annual discretionary spending at the federal level, beginning in 2013, while cutting capital gains and corporate tax rates and imposing a “flatter, fairer” income tax code under trimmed-down federal regulations that would allow small businesses to “opt out” of whatever regulations they might choose to ignore.
What would “Joshworld” mean for the rest of us? The departments of education, commerce and energy likely would go, as they are favorite whipping posts of Republican policy dreamers.
That would mean lots less money to support local teachers and school districts, fewer regulations for consumer protection and oil companies free to exploit domestic energy supplies with lots less concern for public and environmental safety.
And the consequence? There would be even more pressure on state and local governments and school boards to raise revenues through higher income tax rates, more regressive sales taxes and sharply higher school levies.
I urge all voters to study the Mandel “Jobs Plan” and decide whether they want to endorse “Joshworld.”
I’m voting to re-elect our outstanding U.S. senator, Sherrod Brown.
S. David Worhatch
Support Medina’s school levy
We are known by the good deeds and kindness shown to others. The Medina City Schools request for a 3.9-mill, 10-year emergency levy will be on the Nov. 6 ballot.
Why not be known for doing the right thing and voting to support the levy? When we chose to live in Medina, a part of that decision was to support a community that is a good place to live — including excellent schools, a scenic public square, fun shops, safe play areas, strong health services and vital churches. Medina is the perfect small, mid-American town.
Now is the time to activate your voting privilege by saying yes to a levy that is needed to maintain our town. We live in a great place, so why let it slip away by ignoring the quality of our schools?
It takes money to do that, and we need to measure up to the challenge and ensure the education given to each boy and girl. Why not be known for goodness and smart thinking?
Then, we will all be known for our good deeds, including a vote for the Medina City Schools levy.