Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

October 2, 2012

Letters to the Editor: Oct. 2, 2012

An expensive presidency

I have never seen such division in this country. The poor are good people. The rich are bad people. I have actually found both in each class. The poor can’t help the poor. Someone has to work really hard to make the money that gives those a job and benefits. The government can’t give you more than they take.

There is a new book out that talks about this president and his family spending more money for vacations, staff for their dog, his wife’s huge staff, expenditures and flying Air Force One on frivolous journeys. A couple of examples: President Obama took Air Force One to Ireland to dedicate a pub named after him, he flies to California to play golf with his movie star friends then stops in Colorado on his way home to do a photo shoot with five Marines to justify his trip.

To put this in prospective, Mitt Romney is worth $250 million. President Obama has spent over $1.4 billion so far on mostly frivolous stuff, more than four times’ Mitt Romney’s net worth. The difference is this and as Bill Clinton would say, “Now listen to me,” the difference is that was not Barack Obama’s money it was yours and mine, the taxpayers. An individual’s worth when he or she is a Democrat is never questioned if your name is Kennedy or John Kerry. All of a sudden Mitt Romney’s is. After frivolously spending $1.4 billion, do you think the president can relate to you? He can relate to Jay Z and Beyoncé but he can’t relate to you unless you’re going to be spending that amount of money. We should have a successful president to mentor us on our way to wealth.

This country needs jobs not handouts. We need to do a hand up! We are a compassionate country and we will take care of those who need it. This current president and his cronies are not qualified. He can’t lead and this latest terrorist attack that killed four men, including our ambassador, and the cover-up proves it.

Four more years will destroy this country! Cut out this article and read it in four years. Depending on who is elected, call me and tell me what this country looks like. Vote wisely this time, your family depends on it.

Jim Richardson, Sharpsville


Columnist proves Romney’s point

From opening to closing sentence, guest columnist Judy Dugan mischaracterizes and misapplies comments made by presidential candidate Mitt Romney. It is evident from the outset that she and her husband have no resemblance to those who have become dependent upon government. They have productively contributed to their own well-being, to federal spending programs, and to the well-being of others over the course of their lives. Even in retirement, the Dugans contribute through volunteerism. Conversely, there are others who expect their taxpaying neighbors to fund their food, clothing, shelter, healthcare, and often entertainment needs and wants.

Most astounding to me is that Ms. Dugan considers a low tax rate a federal entitlement. Keeping our own money that we earn or receive from investment proceeds is a government entitlement? Really? I think that Americans deserve to keep as much of their own resources and assets as possible and to do with them as they see fit.

In the end, Ms. Dugan proves the point of Mr. Romney’s observation. Given the tone of her column, I think that she intends to vote for Mr. Obama and there is nothing that the Romney campaign can do to sway her otherwise. Why should Mr. Romney squander valuable resources on vain attempts to reason with those who have already determined to maintain the status quo and oppose progress in this election?

Charles A. Layne, Bunker Hill