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Letter about election

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in Mabel Letter to the Editor

To the Editor,

First Things First.

In a recent Commentary a reader listed topics associated with this campaign cycle. The writer then suggested that only President Obama has the wisdom and compassion needed to change the status quo.

While reading I felt like a spectator at a sporting event where one side cheers wildly when a point is scored and intermittently jeers and verbally jabs at the opposition. That both sides engage in such behavior only proves the point that many of us are so busy scoring points and trying to damage the opposing side that we spend little intellect or energy considering serious issues. To illustrate, the claim that millionaires and billionaires should pay their fair share may cause some damage to the opposition but even a 100 percent wealth tax does nothing to resolve our debt issues. This is not a serious solution.

The most fundamental issue today concerns how we can continue to exist. If we continue borrowing to fund all of our great ideas we will cease to exist and none of us will have made a lasting difference for anyone – except for our children and theirs who will inherit our mess.

As we sort through campaign rhetoric: We must agree on specifics addressing how to restore our national fiscal sanity; and, we must select leaders that can deliver success. Both the President and Mr. Romney have track records. These document their achievements and success or lack thereof in bringing opposing sides to a common position. If we’re serious about this stuff, we must ignore sound-bites and discover for ourselves which of the two can best complete our financial turn-around.

Our first task is economic self-preservation. For now all else must be secondary since if we don’t economically survive our unfulfilled dreams will be permanently unfulfilled.

Eugene Thomas

Mabel, MN

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