, Derry, New Hampshire


September 6, 2012

Letters to the editor

There’s a clear choice between Obama and Romney

To the editor:

There are many things to consider when voting in this presidential election. The outlook for the economy may have brightened last month (August) since there seems to be improvement in hiring, in greater exports and in home sales.

Under President Obama, government spending has increased 1.25 percent while it increased more than that under presidents Carter, Reagan, Bush I, Clinton and Bush II, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Under the Affordable Care Act (also called Obamacare) if you lose your job and your health insurance, there will be insurance exchanges that will allow you to buy a policy from insurance companies that have to compete for your choice (with more competitive rates) and they cannot exclude you if you have a medical condition. This year, the ACA provides a 50-percent discount for brand-name drugs in the doughnut hole.

President Obama does not plan to change Medicare but Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney’s running mate, would like to privatize — establish vouchers for Medicare — where people would most probably have to pay high out-of-pocket costs. Paul Ryan has proposed having Social Security be invested in private funds which could expose it to market risks. He also wants to make huge cuts in Medicaid, change Medicaid into block grants — where many needy people would have to compete for the money — cut housing subsidies and cut food stamps.

President Obama wants Congress to increase taxes on millionaires and have them pay their fair share. Some Republicans in Congress and Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan want to increase taxes on the middle class and definitely limit taxes on the wealthy.

Last but not least comes education. President Obama has education and jobs as his priorities. They are tied together. Both Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have mentioned “alternative education” as a priority. Last April, Gov. Romney talked about poor school performers who could be taught online or through tutors.

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