I grew up in a Democratic home. My Dad was always very aware of what was happening in government. We have copies of letters Dad wrote to the politicians of his day and the responses he received. Dad kept a chart on the fridge of all the local, state and national politicians for whom he could cast a ballot. When the specified politician did something Dad agreed with, said politician earned a check. If he or she did something Dad deemed offensive that person earned a zero. When it was time to vote, Dad did his research for every candidate and took his chart to the polls. Too many zeros and they were out.
My Dad was a wonderful husband and a very loving father. He lived a life dedicated to personal integrity, responsibility, good example and a strong devotion to his God, his church, his family and his job. He expected no less from the government that he always said "worked for us." His duty as a U.S. citizen was very important to him.
When I was in 8th grade, we studied a thin book titled, "Civics," and a large textbook on American history. My Dad talked to my siblings and me often about the lessons taught in both books. As we grew older, Dad was the go-to source when we needed information about politics and politicians. He eased us into the independence of reading, researching and studying each potential candidate who ran for political office and then making a very educated decision. Dad has been gone (and terribly missed) for many years. Over those years, I have kept my own counsel about the voting decisions I made. But the 2012 Presidential election has made me step out of my comfort zone.
My husband and I are retired and on a fixed income. As the prices of food, gas, and other necessary items increase, we have to adjust our budget — buying fewer things we would like to have so we can buy the things we need. We cannot print more money or ask someone else to support us. Like most Americans, we have always taken care of our family. We never lived beyond what we could afford. We educated our children and did not expect the government to take care of our family. If we could not afford it, we did not get it. President
A few weeks ago, we were in our neighborhood grocery store waiting to check out. In front of us was a young couple in their mid-30s, very well dressed, wearing very good jewelry and pushing a cart full of groceries. They loaded the conveyor belt with groceries and paid the cashier with 2
Recently, Mr. Obama spoke about equal pay for women. That is admirable, however, the
Mr. Obama embraces the idea of redistribution of the nation's wealth to other countries. Consequently, he has sent large amounts of tax dollars to other countries so they can drill for oil to be used in their countries while our people continue to bear climbing gas prices. Worse, we've been borrowing about 31 cents of every dollar we spend from countries like China. What happens when they request repayment? Mr. Obama wasted billions of dollars on green energy companies like
Obama wants more of the taxpayers' money. He wants to hire 100,000 teachers. I was a teacher. I was hired by a school district in Maryland, not by the President of the United States. Beyond hiring those teachers, what else would he spend it on — more wind, solar and biofuel energy? What has that investment done for us? The Department of Energy boasts that it has spent $34.7 billion on green technologies, creating nearly 60,000 jobs. Do the math: That's $578,333 in taxpayer funds for each job.
In 2008, Mr. Obama told a crowd in Virginia, "You don't deserve a bunch of name calling." In 2012, Mr. Obama or his representatives have said that
Mr. Obama has become a "schoolyard bully," an undisciplined child using name-calling, finger-pointing and making threats in an attempt to get his way. His recent political ads are an insult to women and children.
Mr. Obama is pro-choice. He supports
David Axelrod has promised, "When we win, we will use whatever tools are out there, including a constitutional amendment, to limit the First Amendment."
Mr. Obama has spent $1.4 million to hide his birth certificate. He has sealed his school records and his school writings. We know very little about his life before he became president. His wife insisted at the
We must remember that these elected officials work for us. If they are "career" politicians, then it is time, as our founding fathers suggested, for them to return home and resume their lives with their families. If they have spent many years in Washington living well at our expense then I would doubt that they have any understanding of life in our American cities.
I do not need my President to be an exceptional orator (with a teleprompter), to be "warm and fuzzy," or to entertain me on television but I do need my President to have personal integrity, a sense of responsibility, a deep love for the country, a concern for our military and our people and to always tell the truth because he has a moral compass and a conscience that understands right from wrong.
Mr. Romney is a dedicated family man and faithful to his church. In 2011, he gave over $4 million of his income (19 percent) to charity. Mr. Obama gave 1 percent of his income and Mr. Biden 0.0013 percent of his income to charity. Mr. Romney's school records and his work history are available to the public. Mr. Romney's background, experience and trustworthiness show him to be a great leader and an excellent candidate for President of the United States.
Please do your research. This is a critical election for our children, our grandchildren and for us. Vote for less government.