I was taken aback when listening to Mitt Romney on 60 Minutes this past Sunday. The man has no plan; he is resorting to socialism, by his own admission, when speaking about health care.

He said he would repeal “Obamacare,” and when pressed about the plight of the millions of uninsured people, he replied: “Well, we do provide care for people who don’t have insurance. If someone has a heart attack, they don’t sit in their apartment and die. We pick them up in an ambulance and take them to the hopsital, and give them care.”

As for the high cost of providing care in this way, Romney said, “And different states have different ways of providing for that care.”

Here is where it gets interesting.

In 2007, during an interview with Glenn Beck, Romney, speaking about the millions of people who are uninsured, said: “When they show up at the hospital, they get care. They get free care paid by you and me. If that’s not a form of socialism, I don’t know what is.”

Which leads me to conclude that if Romney is now embracing this form of “socialist” health care, then he is indeed a socialist.

“He’s a socialist” has been a Republican cry about President Obama since he has been in office, but suddenly the Republicans’ presidential candidate openly admits it, and all we hear are crickets chirping.

I guess since Romney embraces it, and, by its silence, the Republican Party embraces it, then its OK, and we should all embrace it, too.

The only thing I can embrace about this is the Republicans’ blatant hypocrisy.

Ruben De La Rosa


Clinton’s return is?Democrats’ shame

Recently, former President Bill Clinton was praised as the star of the Democratic convention. He was lauded by party leaders, almost everyone in the party and by the media as the elder statesman and the heart of the Democratic Party.

I was embarrassed for the Democrats, and I was ashamed as an American. How soon we have forgotten. Clinton, of course, jumped at the chance to be the star again and refurbish his tarnished image.

But it was incongruent when President Obama and his campaigners spent much of the convention claiming the Republicans are waging a war on women over the issues of abortion and contraception.

Did they forget that Clinton waged his own war on women, as evidenced by almost a dozen accusations of abuse and an accusation of rape?

That alone should have discounted Clinton from appearing.

Everyone remembers the impeachment. Although he was acquitted, a federal judge found Clinton guilty of contempt and he had to surrender his law licenses in Arkansas and Washington, D.C.

Clinton passed on an opportunity to get Osama bin Laden several times and let al-Qaida gain strength while he was playing sexual games in the White House.

Clinton also was responsible for the start of the housing bubble that eventually broke in 2008 and is the cause of our current economic woes.

But Clinton’s real legacy is one of abuse, manipulation, lies and use of power to game the system. Clearly he is immoral and corrupt to his core.

Wait, maybe I was wrong. He is the perfect senior statesman for the Democratic Party.

Robert J. Villella

Jackson Township

Flag-pin ?patriotism

Politicians wear flag pins on their lapels to show their patriotism. The president put forth a jobs bill to increase employment. The Republicans blocked the bill because it would have bolstered the economy and helped get Obama re-elected.

Now they’re complaining that the president hasn’t done enough for the economy. Does that sound like patriotism to you? Me neither.

Rosalie Immel