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Low expectations for Obama

Published: Thu, November 1, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Low expectations for Obama

I write this not in surprise of your endorsement of President Obama but in disappointment in your expectations for this Valley. You said it: “the Valley almost always votes Democratic.” Where has that taken us? A perpetually declining population, an unemployment rate of 9.3 percent (but is most likely much higher since that only accounts for those in the labor force actively seeking work), a poverty rate that ranks worst in the nation, and a deeply depressed populace.

The Democratic Party, led by bullies like Dave Betras, has dominated this region for as long as I can remember and all I’ve ever known is blight and negativity. It is time for a change. Mitt Romney asks the question, “Are you better off?” You are ignorant enough to say “yes.” Your first point regarding V&M star has had nothing to do with the Obama administration. Talks between Youngstown and V&M began in September 2008 before Obama even won in November. The “Let Detroit go bankrupt” is as weak a platform as any. Mitt Romney wanted GM to play by the same rules by which we play. If I make poor business decisions I pay the consequences for those decisions. That’s the incentive for good decision making.

If maintaining the status quo is your idea of being a good president then I don’t want a good president. I don’t want a “good” president that will shove a health care bill down the throats of 70 percent of Americans who did not want the proposed law. I want a great president, who won’t settle for 9 percent unemployment. That is why I will cast my vote for Mitt Romney on Tuesday.

Daniel Kidd, Boardman

Giving credit where it’s due

A few days ago, as I was driv- ing toward the Market Street bridge leading to downtown Youngstown, I saw a large political billboard with a photograph of President Obama and the words “Mahoning Valley: No Better Off.” On the other hand, The Vindicator recently reported strongly encouraging Valley job and economic statistics.

Is the Mahoning Valley better off? If so, to whom do we give credit?

Four years ago, the local and national economy were in collapse, with 800,000 jobs per month being lost nationwide. Our Valley — as it so often does — carried an unfair share of that burden.

This is where we are today:

The Mahoning Valley’s unemployment rate is plummeting, as is the state of Ohio’s. The much debated Obama-led auto bailout directly or indirectly benefited nearly every resident in our community.

V&M Star Steel has constructed a $1 billion steel manufacturing plant, plans to employ hundreds of well paid workers, and was the beneficiary of $20 million of President Obama’s often unfairly maligned stimulus package.

Last month, the Obama administration announced a $70 million initiative to develop advanced manufacturing technology with headquarters of the project in downtown Youngstown, and the short and long-term impact on our Valley will resonate for decades. Downtown is clearly resurgent culturally, residentially and economically.

Mahoning Valley consumers have driven retails sales up dramatically, including a 10 percent growth in the last 12 months alone. Notably, the stock market has more than doubled since it bottomed out during the Bush recession.

The Affordable Care Act has resulted in insuring nearly 3,000 young Valley adults who would have otherwise lacked health coverage. Obamacare’s mandatory coverage for people with preexisting conditions will guarantee insurance for thousands in our community.

So, is the Mahoning Valley better off than it was four years ago? Unquestionably, yes. Much of our success is a result of the work ethic, entrepreneurial spirit and resiliency of our Valley’s residents. But it is unfair to deny the president credit for a revived auto industry, expanding steel production, lower unemployment, the NAAMI Center downtown, and improved health care.

President Obama’s policies have had a more directly positive impact on our Valley than any president in my lifetime. He deserves a second term.

Michael Morley, Youngstown

The writer is a former chairman of the Mahoning County Democratic Party.

Recognizing a great planner

Willard Mitt Romney has one quality that he has never gotten enough credit for: He is a great planner. He has managed to keep himself and his five sons out of harm’s way during all of America’s wars. He did support the Vietnam War, even demonstrated for it, but he thought other people’s sons, fathers, and husbands should suffer death, amputated limbs and post traumatic stress disorders. Like their dad, none of the five Romney boys have worn a uniform. However, to show support for our war efforts, Romney family members do visit veterans’ hospitals — especially during periods immediately before elections.

Now, I said he was a great planner, not a perfect planner. He did serve as governor of Massachusetts. So, one might think those people would know him best. Yet, he is trailing so badly in his home state that he is not conducting an active campaign there and will surely lose. Now I get it. His plan is not to try and win in a state where the people know him, and instead concentrate on Ohio, where he is hoping we do not know him.

Romney is such a great planner that I bet he is already planning to keep his grandchildren out of the military conflict as he plans future wars in the Middle East. Let somebody else’s grandchildren do the fighting. Like the grandkids of all those takers and moochers who make up the 47 percent.

Robert E. Casey, Boardman Township

On life, marriage and sharing

I believe in one God, and I was raised in the Catholic Church and to this day this is how I believe and live. I was raised that it was a sin to kill an unborn baby (from the moment of conception) and that euthanasia is a sin. God gives life and God takes it away.

I believe it is a sin to live together outside of marriage or to sleep with another. Marriage is between a man and a woman to bring children into the world. Marriage is a sacrament. I believe it is wrong to redefine marriage.

Jesus said we are our brother’s keepers and we should help each other. This is how I believe. It does not matter how much or how little we have, just share with each other the best we can. Also, give people your listening ear or your smile.

Joan Marie Bodak, Youngstown


Julie Liddle was incorrectly identified as president of the Citizens for Poland Schools in a signature line on a letter that appeared Wednesday.


1handymandave(564 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

The Mahoning Valley is probably unique to other parts of the country. If Jesus and Satan ran for a political office here and Jesus ran as a republican while Satan ran as a democrat, JESUS WOULDN'T GET ELECTED HERE! We've had four long years of the clown in Washington DC i won't even dignify by calling him pres----t. What more could could he negatively do to inpact our lives in this valley and elsewhere? We've got trillions of dollars in debt that our great great great grandchildren will have to pay back and a lack of jobs to generate the income needed to pay this debt back to begin with. So simple, yet apparently so complicated for so many to see. Common sense, not so common.l

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21Marine(29 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Thank you for your letter Mr. Casey. As a transplant of 20 years to the valley, I am always amazed at the failure of our populace to realize how very much they are taken for granted by the democratic party. The valley is much worse off than it was when I moved here 20 years ago but voters keep supporting the party of failure. Clinton promised a finance center; how did that work out? My daughters graduated from college and left the area for well paying jobs in other states and that is sad but we know the party to blame.

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3redeye1(5109 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Morley you are nohting but one of the D party puppets. BO ( Blame Others) has done nothing to improve steel production here or any where else. If he had. Why did the steel company in Warren go out of business? He might have temporarily revised GM with his half arse bail-out, But he also help countries like China and other european nations with our money paying for new plants there. The guy likes to use smoke and mirrors to fool everyone..

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4JD0101(2 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Obama slept while people died in Benghazi. Also Romney had written his plan to take GM through bankruptcy. Guess what no brain Obama followed it to the tee. Obama has nothing for the economy for the last 4 years and is unable to give us a plan for the next 4. Anyone that is casting a ballot for Obama is either racist or stupid.

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5johnbates4(16 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Did Ms. Bodak have a point? Why was that even published? Whats next, "I like puppies and leaves in the fall?" What a waste of time. Thanks for nothing.

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6Dagwood(269 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

Thats Obamacare in a nutshell, except those who will pay for the others are going to see a drastic decline in the quality and efficiency of their current health care.

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7jojuggie(1607 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Hey john bates:

Remember this phrase:
"The GOD who gave us LIFE, gave us LIBERTY also."
Thomas Jefferson

What liberty does a baby, in a mother's womb, have?

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8jojuggie(1607 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago


“Nationally, the one thing that is needed above anything else is job creation. Yet, the president’s economic proposal is to raise taxes on the job-creating class. Why ever would you raise taxes on anyone when real unemployment is around 15 percent? That defies all economic theories. Let’s face it: Romney is more of a businessman than a politician. You can resent his wealth all you want, but he has a proven record as a turnaround artist.”

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9jojuggie(1607 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago


Here is a sample of the devious, unethical,

law breaking acts that this administration will go to. Obama & his

people are corrupt without honesty or an ounce of integrity. Obama &

company will lie, cheat and steal, those actions are taken against ALL

Americans. By the way the 4th. to last sentence says it all, the American

people (government-that is us tax payers) will pay the severance packages.

These guys cannot do anything above board !

Subject: Fw: Lockheed

This is absolutely

spot on true, check it out yourself Google " Lockheed pending

Keep this going and lets try to sway

a few more voters and try to avoid

the calamity that awaits us if this clown gets another [4] years

to serve up his koolaid


Lockheed Martin had planned to lay

off 123,000 defense workers on Jan

due to the sequestration law.

The law requires Lockheed to give 60-day
notice to all to-be-fired employees within 60 days.

That drop dead date
would be November 1st. Since this would be bad

for the election.

Obama has promised that our government would cover all Lockheed

severance packages to fired employees if Lockheed would not release

the names and locations of

those losing their jobs until after

the election!
Send this to all you know since this may not show up in the news. This posting is

from a defense contract newspaper called The Hill. This is blatantly

against the law.

Read details below and pass to your undecided



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10sameolhub(56 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Youngstowner's can't figure out why we have nothing here? We finally have a steel mill up and running making pipe to be used for fracking, but O'bama wants to shut down fracking. So let's support Obama and cut our own throats. Obama care is destructive, "read the ad in today's paper paid for by many physicians" who have actually read the law, unklike the dumocrats that voted for it. The only thing Obama has done good for the valley was to take Jay Williams to Washington and let him screw things up there instead of here. For all you race baiting jerk wads out there, I don't care if Obama is purple, he is incompentent. Just be glad you aren't related to one of the four American's Obama watched get murdered in Libya, then lied about for over 2 weeks, and still won't tell the truth about. Yeah 4 more years 4 more years, we are on our way to becoming a 3rd world country, but hey all you morons run out to the polls to put the final nail in Youngstown's coffin.

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11sameolhub(56 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Oh yes just one more thing, I am not a bible beater, but somehow I just can't support a party that took 3 votes, and thousands of boos, to put God back in thier platform, Im betting on the Republicans.

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12sameolhub(56 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

If you are Catholic, a vote for Obama is a vote AGAINST your religion. He is evil and is attacking our religion. VOTE HIM OUT

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13andersonathan(682 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Benghazi speaks for itself. And the lies trickle down from the top.

If Jobs are back and unemployment is down tell me why Welfare is over 14 million people and the cost has almost doubled in four years under Obama and will cost over a trillion in 2013

Middle class taxes going up 2000 max. on Jan 1st.
The fear of Obama-Care becoming a reality has started Job loss and Taxes are coming due to it

I am right on GM sorry MV if you can not make it in business and continually have to be bailed out something is wrong. And the Auto Industry is not standing on a rock either and that ugly head will arise by 2015 if not sooner.

Cost of Education is up. Cost of health Care is up. Gas is up and most likely going back up on this Wed. Wages are down

Obama has a domestic war on job creation. Coal, Drilling, Fracking, Pipelines are his foes, China and the EPA are on his side.

Want to see how far a nation can slide over a cliff to the point of no return? Vote Obama

And 100;s of million pumped into debunked Solar and wind companies and battery mfg. And some did not even produce a single item before going belly up.

I would have rather had 4 more of GWB than 4 of this clown. So Romney/Ryan are looking good and at least Ryan's budget received votes 40's rather than the Dem 0-99

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14jojuggie(1607 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

The Washington Examiner reported on Wednesday on their analysis of the SEC filings of 15 publically traded companies that received taxpayer assistance from the Obama administration. The Examiner found that executives and corporate insiders had “pocketed tens of millions by selling their stock after the government's money poured in and before their companies' values plummeted.”
These executives bet against their companies after asking taxpayers for help, and cashing out as taxpayer money went to waste.
In two cases, insiders sold off stock worth nearly the amount of their government funding. Executives at Amyris, which received $24.3 million in government support, sold off $21 million worth of stock since 2009. At Solazyme, which received $21.8 million from taxpayers, executives made $18.4 million selling their stock in the company.
These profits by executives dependent on taxpayer support underscore one of the fundamental problems with the President’s green energy initiatives – a problem his administration has been curiously uninterested in addressing: the President’s programs ask taxpayers to take all the risk of funding “green” startups, but let the private individuals who asked for help keep all the profits.
In an even more outrageous example reported earlier this year, the CEO of First Solar – recipient of $3 billion in government loan guarantees – sold nearly half a billion dollars wprth of stock in his company as the price fell.
Despite the President’s determination to continue funding green energy companies on the taxpayer dollar, the Washington Examiner found that so far his “investments” have performed abysmally:
"The Obama administration gave more than $700 million in grants and guaranteed an additional $500 million in loans to publicly traded green energy companies through its 2009 stimulus package. If Obama had invested all that money in a Standard & Poors index fund of the top 500 publicly traded companies, his investment would have seen a 73 percent return since he took office. In contrast, the Obama "green energy" stimulus portfolio has fallen by 78 percent -- performing about five points worse than green energy companies that didn't get subsidies.”

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