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Obama vs. Romney: a clear choice



Published: Tue, September 4, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Obama vs. Romney: a clear choice

Facts can be a funny thing. If they don’t fit your political perspective, you can’t twist them to make them fit. With about 40 million senior citizens to woo, presidential candidates are going all out to get our vote. As November nears, seniors are being bombarded with both truthful and deceptive claims about programs that will make a difference in our lives.

The economy, education, taxes, health care, foreign policy and women’s issues are critically important issues that affect everyone, no matter your age, gender or income level. But as a senior citizen, health care and retirement security rise to the top of my list.

I worked for 35 years and earned a decent paycheck. It didn’t come close to that of a Wall Street hedge fund manager, but what I sacrificed in salary I made up for knowing that I was making a difference in my community. I taught in a fine public school system, the Brookfield Local Schools, and dedicated my time both in the classroom and in school activities to help my students prepare for work and for further schooling. Now, after years of working hard and paying my taxes, I look forward to a long and healthy retirement.

After sorting through facts, untruths, half-truths, political ads and serious fact-checking, I believe we have a clear choice this November between President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden and former Gov. Mitt Romney and his running mate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

The Romney-Ryan plan would scrap traditional Medicare as we know it and turn it into a private system in which insurance companies write the rules. The Congressional Budget Office has determined the GOP plan would actually double out-of-pocket costs for seniors.

And those misleading ads we keep seeing about President Obama’s Medicare reforms that save $716 billion while taking it from seniors’ care? The truth is that those savings come from stopping waste and fraud. They make Medicare stronger and protect seniors.

I was elected to be a delegate to the National Democratic Convention, and I will proudly be a part of nominating our current President Obama and Vice-President Biden to be re-elected in November.

Judith Puskar, Masury


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