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Letter: Robert Hobbs, Ridgeway
Husband or boyfriend?
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
A couple of days ago, the Martinsville Bulletin ran an Annie’s Mailbox column which included a letter from a woman who had both a husband and a boyfriend. She claimed to love them both but was torn between them for several reasons. The husband was steady, loving, a good provider, and a great father to her two children. The boyfriend was flamboyant, charismatic, exciting and the best lover she ever had.
As I read the letter, it dawned on me that this is just the situation we have in this presidential election. On one hand, we have the realist who, though a little stiff, has all the steady characteristics you would want in a husband or father. He is financially and business savvy, a hard worker and spends most of his time caring for his family. He tells the truth even when it is hard to take. He understands that taxes are bad for all income earners and that jobs and economic growth happen when individuals keep their earnings and decide themselves when, where and how to spend their money.
The boyfriend spends a lot of time away from the office doing anything but the job. He goes golfing, partying, making frivolous TV appearances and most of all campaigning for re-election, which he literally began on Nov. 7, 2008. All the while, he skipped briefings and snubbed allies, hiding his inexperience and inability to decide the reality of a situation. He did get some things done. He essentially stole the credit card and ran up a huge bill to pay for programs that most people do not like and more will dislike when they are allowed to be analyzed. In addition, unemployment is too high, as are gas prices, groceries, foreclosures and more. All this led to a downgrade in the credit rating. He wants equal outcomes, not equal opportunities, despite individual effort to achieve success. He hides his intent by taking resources from established programs which were paid into by individuals for generations to pay for a new program that will cost twice as much as estimated. He also has his hands over our eyes about the negative effect of the elimination of the Bush tax cuts on regular folks with incomes or retirement at all levels.
I will leave it to you to decide which of these guys should have the reins to your future. Don’t get screwed. Vote.