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Need a reason to vote?

Published: Thu, October 11, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Need a reason to vote?

I had two run-ins with family members recently that I find hard to understand. One was a question of if they were going to vote: their reply was “maybe I don’t know” and the other was still undecided.

What is it going to take to wake us out of our apathy and get us paying attention to what’s happening to our country?

Gas Prices? That’s something that affects all of us. Prior to President Obama taking office we were paying $1.87. Though he cites forces out of his control for the high prices, his own energy secretary, Steven Chu, has said we need to get gas prices to European levels, which at the time were $8 a gallon.

Energy Prices? President Obama’s own words were “you could build a coal fired plant but it will bankrupt you.” Thanks to that attitude toward coal and many new regulations, a lot of coal fired plants have to close. Think that’s not going to affect your electric bill?

The Debt? Do you remember in 2008 when President Obama accused President Bush of being “irresponsible and unpatriotic” for adding $4 trillion to the debt during his two terms? How about President Obama saying he would cut the debt in half during his presidency? How is it then that he can add $5 trillion in 4 years to the debt and not get called out on it?

Social Issues? Do you agree with our president and vice president on same-sex marriage? How about abortion? Do you realize that with another term Pres. Obama could appoint as many as three new Supreme Court justices? We would most certainly see a shift from conservative views to very liberal.

The Economy? If we were to believe the Obama Administration that we’re in a recovery, how is it that from 1948 to 2008 we had 39 months total where the unemployment rate was above 8 percent yet under President Obama we had 43 consecutive months of unemployment above 8 percent?

If we re-elect this man we deserve what we’re going to get, but shame on us for making our kids and grandkids pay for our indifference and ignorance.

Julie Magill, Leetonia

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1HappyBob(285 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

The key element to Romney's ecomonic plans from taxes to debt reduction is job growth.
Ronmey's record as the chief executive officer in a governmental role (Governor of Mass) is horrid. During his term his job creation record was 47th out of all 50 states.
If he were to repeat that performance nationally we would be in far worse shape.

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2Eagleman1969(9 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Julie Magill, great job.

Happy Bob: The reason Mass. was 47th in job creation after Mitt's term was they had very nearly FULL EMPLOYMENT!

You can only hire as many as are trained, willing & able to work. Look it up.

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3UNCOMMONSENSE(523 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

We had a reason to come out and vote in the second term of George Bush and the isiot was re-elected and allowed to bring this country to the brink of a depression. Unemployment in 2005 was 4.8% far from full employment.

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4HappyBob(285 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago


Have you lived in MA? If had you’d understand why MA will not select Romney as their presidential choice. I could go on and on about driving taxes to property owners, massive increases in governmental fees, cuts to education etc.

But the assertion that Romney has credentials as a job creator in the context of chief executive of the state government is just not justified. According to FactCheck.org (VP Dick Chaney’s recommended source): “It’s true that over Romney’s four years as governor, the state ranked 47th out of 50 states in percentage of job growth. It had ranked 37th in the four years prior. And it’s also true that Massachusetts added only 49,100 net jobs for an increase of about 1.5 percent, which was far slower than the national average of 5.3 percent, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.”

The state’s total job growth was just 0.9 percent, well behind other high-wage, high-skill economies in New York (2.7), California (4.7), and North Carolina (7.6). The national average, meanwhile, was better than 5 percent.

If the state had almost full employment, a very low job growth rate might be understandable. But the facts from Bureau of Labor Statistics show that the unemployment rate in MA was virtually identical to that of the nation overall. So why was the job growth rate so anemic in MA under Romney ?

I’ll suggest to you that a major cause was that Romney’s policy was to push the tax burden to the MA property holders. While businesses liked the reduced income taxes, they despised having to pay more locally collected property taxes for services like fire, police, highways, and education. That, I would suggest to you is the reason that MA lost 40,000 manufacturing jobs. The unemployment rate stayed steady because almost 250,000 people relocated to other states.

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5JME(801 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago


Debt also increased under Clinton - it has increased every year since the mid-1950's
You are thinking of the budget, which was balanced by a Republican congress.

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6jojuggie(1607 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Clinton also handed Bush the DOT COM BUBBLE. Many people lost their shirts because of it.

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

This as of 2010. Bloomberg, Mayor of NY, is a Dem.

As reported Friday by Bloomberg, the
total United States debt under President Barack Obama is poised to explode past its statistical post-war norms to a point where it “exceeds the value of the nation’s annual economic output.” Total federal government debt rose past $13 trillion for the first time in June 2010 and is on track to surpass U.S. Gross Domestic Product by the year 2012, according to projections just issued by the International Monetary Fund.

Part of the problem is that the U.S. economy is not growing. The stimulus spending that President Obama and the Democrats who control Congress said would solve the problem and bring about an early end to the recession has not worked as advertized, leaving unemployment figures at their highest point in decades and doing little to spark productive economic activity.

Right now, according to a variety of estimates, the U.S. economy, if it grows, will do so at something less than its statistical average in the latter half of the 20th century, which puts it at below 3.2 percent.

There are those who will undoubtedly point to the large deficits run up on a yearly basis under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush as proof that what is happening under Obama is just business as usual. And they would be wrong.

Under Reagan and under Bush the U.S. economy grew, and strongly, making the annual new debt to GDP ratio something that could be absorbed as increased revenues filled federal coffers. Under Obama, the new spending along with the projected tax increases that will occur when he allows the Bush tax cuts to expire will lead to a decline in future federal revenues, making the new total debt--nearly half of which has been amassed under the current president alone--something that may handicap the U.S. economy

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

gdog states that Reagan was the worst in increasing our Natl Debt - WRONG

In 8 yrs under Reagan, Natl Debt increased from 994B to 2.9T.

UNDER OBAMA, in less than 4 yrs, Natl debt increased almost 2 TIMES MORE than Reagan

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