Brett Malin, Republican Party chairman for Pacific County, in his letter to the editor on Sept. 26 was right when he urged us to vote on Nov. 6; but wrong when he told us how to vote.

    He would have us believe that Mitt Romney would create more jobs than President Obama is doing. The Bureau of Labor Statistics issued a statement on Oct. 5 that the Obama Administration has had 31 consecutive months of steady job growth, creating 5.2 million jobs. (More than the Bush Administration created in eight years.) In addition, the unemployment rate has fallen to 7.8 percent. While governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney was 46th in the nation for job creation.

    When the auto industry was going under in 2009, Mitt Romney wrote an article entitled “Let Them Go Bankrupt.” President Obama, instead, provided a stimulus to American car manufacturers, saving 1.2 million jobs across the country. This industry is now thriving and GM has repaid its stimulus loan.

    Brett Malin says the U.S. government forbids drilling for oil here in the U.S. The truth is that during his term of office, President Obama has issued more oil drilling permits in the U.S., both off-shore and on land, than the Bush administration did in their time.

    President Obama’s policies on Social Security and Medicare will extend these programs for another eight years, providing time to make changes that will help them to survive. Mitt Romney would privatize Social Security, making it dependent on the ups and downs of the stock market, and change Medicare to a voucher system. Both of these changes would spell the end to these programs.

    Brett Malin states President Obama promised an end to partisan gridlock, but he neglected to tell us that the Republicans in Congress took an oath that no legislation proposed by President Obama would be passed, with the goal being to prevent his re-election. The House has voted over 30 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which the Supreme Court upheld on appeal. At the same time, they have refused to act on the president’s jobs bill — passed by the Senate over a year ago which would have added over 700,000 new jobs to the economy — seeming not to care that they are hurting the country and those who need jobs.

    President Obama has accomplished much in spite of the obstructionist tactics of the House Republicans. His Equal Pay for Women bill was passed before the Tea Party Republicans took over the House, as well as the Affordable Care Act. He gave the order to kill Osama Bin Laden; ended the war in Iraq; and began the process to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan. These two wars, started by the Bush administration, have contributed to our huge deficit.

    As owner and CEO of Bain Capital, Mitt Romney took over businesses and after making huge profits for himself and his investors, closed many of them and shipped them overseas. He also off-shored many jobs overseas and downsized many workers in some of these companies, paying them lower wages and stopping benefits such as health insurance and pensions. How can we trust Mitt Romney to “promote operating efficiencies” in government with policies like these that caused so many people to lose their jobs during his long career as a vulture capitalist?

    President Obama believes that promoting prosperity of the middle-class is the way for the country to prosper once again. His policies to do this include rebuilding our infrastructure, which also will create jobs; developing sustainable energy sources like wind power, and investing in education, which will encourage innovation and the development of scientific knowledge.

    Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan would reinstate the policies of the Bush administration, which created the worst recession this country has seen since the Great Depression. Ryan’s budget, which Romney says he supports, would continue the huge tax breaks to the richest 1 percent in the country and add a $295,000 tax deduction for those earning over $1 million annually. Economists say that in order to pay for these tax deductions and other expenditures, middle class families would have tax increases of between $2,000 and $6,000. Your mortgage interest and charitable tax deductions would be eliminated. They would cut funding to the states for police, firefighters, teachers and public schools.

    Romney said recently at a fundraiser caught on tape that 47 percent of Americans are “moochers,” expecting to be supported by the government, not working or paying taxes and he would not support them. This would include the elderly on Social Security, war veterans on disability, people with children who need expensive medical treatment paid for by Medicaid, and college students.

    How could we in the middle class vote to elect Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan and the Tea Party Republicans with their extreme policies? Fortunately, we have a choice. We can vote on Nov. 6 for President Obama, Vice President Biden, Sen. Maria Cantwell and other Democrats and candidates who will work with this president to end the gridlock in Washington and return our country to economic prosperity.

CHRYSTAL LEBOVITZ

Naselle

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