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A more expensive America

October 21, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

To the Editor,

So I read that it is common sense to vote Democrat. Is it common sense to want to pay higher taxes and higher prices for the staples of life? Is it common sense to want to have a President who warned us that "under my plan electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket?" Is it common sense to have a President that stated "If somebody wants to build a coal-fired power plant, they can. It's just that it will bankrupt them?" These are words straight from Barack Obama's mouth.

So let's see what else is now costing us Americans more under the caring and compassionate Democrats. These are figures taken straight from the Bureau of Labor Statistics website. The first price is from December 2008, and the second is from September 2012, the latest data available.

Pound of ground beef: $2.99 now: $3.48

Pound of bacon: $3.67 now: $4.69

Pound of apples: 87 cents now: $1.52

Pound of peanut butter: $1.97 now: $2.79

Pound of coffee: $3.66 now: $5.69

Gallon of gas: $1.68 now: $3.85

Gallon of fuel oil: $2.63 now: $3.81

Gallon of diesel: $2.58 now: $4.12

Let's look at median household income. In the fourth quarter of 2008, the last quarter before Obama took office, the median household income was approximately $55,380. As of the last quarter of 2011, median household income was $52,377. So the median household income has fallen over $3,000 since Obama took office, so much for taking care of the middle class. We also now have 46.68 million Americans on food stamps, up from 31.98 million in January 2009. Like most of what comes out of this administration, the looking out for the middle class rhetoric they spew is nothing more than lip service.

Speaking of lip service, look at the amount of money taken in from Wall Street. During the 2008 campaign the Obama camp took in twice as much as the McCain camp did. Obama took in $421,242 in campaign contributions in 2008 from Bank of America's executives, PACs and employees. By the end of Barack Obama's 2008 campaign, executives and others connected with Wall Street firms, such as Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Citigroup, UBS AG, JPMorgan Chase, and Morgan Stanley, poured nearly $15.8 million into his coffers. On the one hand he demonizes Wall Street and capitalism "you didn't build that," and on the other he greedily accepts every dime they offer him.

So to anyone with a lick of common sense that believes in the individual, the real American spirit and dream, the choice is obvious: vote for Mitt Romney. And can anyone that is a parent look at the way Joe Biden carried himself during the vice-presidential debate and not want to take him behind the woodshed? It's scary to imagine that this arrogant, ignorant buffoon is only a heartbeat away from the presidency. Remember also that at least one Supreme Court Justice will likely be replaced, who do you think will protect your Second Amendment rights?

Jim Purcell


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