Letters: Romney a better choice
November 2, 2012 9:22PM
Updated: December 5, 2012 6:09AM
With the presidential election coming, I must agree the choices we have are less than perfect and thanks to the media and our two-party system, we as Americans have to make a difficult decision. However, a vote for Obama will definitely not be the right decision.
With continued record unemployment, persistently high consumer prices, and a so-called “green” agenda that has largely been a failure, Obama’s first-term domestic policies have been a disaster.
His first-term foreign policies have been no better. Although Osama bin Laden is dead, the threats to America and our interests have multiplied under Obama’s watch. With a resurgent terrorist threat in Libya, continued turmoil in Egypt and Syria, and a potentially nuclear-armed Iran, Obama’s “lead from behind” strategy has failed and erodes the position of the United States in the world.
Instead of attracting voters with a clear, concise vision of his own second-term agenda, Obama, for the most part, banks on getting re-elected by tearing down Romney, and tailoring his message to whatever he thinks the audience wants to hear.
You have to ask yourself, are you better off now than you were four years ago? With more American families being driven into poverty my guess is probably not. Although Romney is a less than ideal candidate, nevertheless, he offers solutions to get America back on track. Go to the polls and vote for Romney. He’s not perfect by a long shot, but a vote for Obama is a vote for failure.
Middle East complexities
A presidential debate always makes a good drinking game. For the last three debates, I took a shot each time Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan lied — excuse me, I mean “airbrushed history.” Needless to say, I got so plastered that I was lucky to crawl to the bathroom. So, I tried to make it a safer game.
For the final debate, I decided to take a shot each time I heard the word “Israel.” Now, I’m in detox. I admit I was wasted, so did anyone mention Palestinians? I thought so. Sorry, but “terrorist” doesn’t count as a synonym.
One of my favorite columnists, Norman Soloman, recently got falsely labeled anti-Semitic and had his column in a Florida paper dropped for saying it — even though Palestinians are technically Semites, too. I guess he should know better. You’re not to slam Israel or say anything favorable about Palestinians. Every presidential candidate knows that.
This could be hazardous to a career, but fortunately, I don’t have one, so I’m saying it. I’ll just repeat what Robert Fisk, a longtime foreign correspondent for London’s Daily Independent, said, “Rarely since the second world war, has a people been so vilified as the Palestinians, and rarely, has a people been so frequently excused and placated as the Israelis.”
The greening of Joliet
As the city of Joliet’s planner for the past 30 years, Don Fisher planned for and allowed slews of liquor stores and payday loan stores to pop up across Joliet. I am relieved to read that Councilman Fisher finally supported a green initiative — and something for the East Side.
It took Fisher to retire from the planner position to have Joliet become a green city. Let’s hope this is not a political stunt for the April election, but something that will actually continue.