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Wednesday, October 17, 2012 12:01 am
Congressman Joe Donnelly, on three separate occasions, voted to gut Medicare by $716 billion to pay for Obamacare, which allows 15 unelected bureaucrats the ability to deny seniors health care. Rep. Donnelly was nearly beaten in the 2010 election for his seat in Congress by Jackie Walorski. At that time, Donnelly’s congressional district was heavily Democratic. He used some very ugly tactics the last few days of his candidacy, which enabled him to survive the election with less than two votes per precinct. Donnelly’s district now has new boundary lines due to redistricting, and now Donnelly’s congressional district has fewer Democrats.

Donnelly knew he would lose the election to retain his seat in the 2012 election, so he is running for Senate. (It won’t be as humiliating for him to lose in a Senate race than to lose as an incumbent for his congressional seat.)

Donnelly’s political ad distorts Richard Mourdock’s position, which is to preserve and protect Social Security for seniors. None of the changes State Treasurer Mourdock advocates will change anything for seniors 55 years and over. We have to make some changes in order for Social Security to survive. Retirement age needs to be raised as seniors today live longer and are healthier.

It is an interesting fact that in Donnelly’s 2010 bid for re-election, State Treasurer Mourdock (now running against Donnelly for the Senate seat) got more votes in Donnelly’s own district as an incumbent for treasurer than Donnelly did for his race. This should tell you something about the thoughts of people from Donnelly’s own district.

Max Zimmerman

Columbia City
We are conducting our political life in a manner I think is dangerously unrealistic.

The president of the United States has almost nothing to do with the state of the economy. Our federal government impacts the economy primarily through taxation, spending and control of the money supply. Taxation and spending are the work of Congress. The money supply is controlled by the Federal Reserve. The president has no vote in Congress.

We are speaking of the president as though he has the powers of an absolute monarch, or perhaps even of a minor god. We have thus ourselves laid the groundwork for a totalitarian government.

Only we have the power to bring these matters back into the realm of reality. It’s our duty to do so.

David FieldOur super smart president is in many ways quite narrow-minded. Consider: Soon after taking office he cancelled the school voucher system in Washington, D.C., in payback for teacher union votes. He must have been thinking that children don’t vote, but of course their parents do. There are a lot more parents out there than teachers.

Consider: He bailed out a few thousand auto union voters by overriding years of bankruptcy law that protects stock and bond holders. I am sure there are hundreds of thousands of those stock and bond holders who are looking forward to their day for payback in November.

Consider: He has stated his support for same-sex marriage to get the votes of less than 2 percent of the population. But there are multimillions of voters in opposition, including a large percentage of blacks. As expected, his stand was supported by officials of the NAACP, but again, many blacks deny that racist leadership.

Finally, if Republicans do win in November, they are not going to cut hardly any entitlements because they know that would be political suicide. But, really, don’t you think there might be just a little hanky-panky going on when we have almost 49 million people on food stamps?

Dale Harber

The Obama campaign slogan is “forward.” The unemployment rate is around 8.1 percent. However, the true rate, or the U5 rate, is 9.9 percent.

Unemployment among Latinos is 10.2 percent. Unemployment among African Americans is a staggering 14.1 percent, with the rate for African-American teens a whopping 37.9 percent. These numbers have been consistent for the last 40-plus months. That is not forward, it’s Barack-ward.

Ann Emley


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