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Updated: January 5, 2013 6:05AM



Romney was right, not enough people pay taxes

A recent “Our View” left me totally incensed.

Mitt Romney made a couple statements, i.e., 47 percent of people don’t pay taxes and take from the government so they won’t vote for him, and President Barack Obama won the election because of all the gifts he gave out.

These statements, although they are technically true, to me did nothing but cause liberals to go into righteous indignation mode and put things in Romney’s mouth like, “people are moochers” and then have the opinion that he’s a rich guy who doesn’t care, and he is against women because God-forbid they should buy their own contraception.

Instead of getting all emotional (which is the biggest problem here), Americans should be lamenting the fact that 47 percent of people who take government help do not pay taxes. This does not show a strong and prosperous country, but one that is decaying into Greece.

Instead of all the indignation because Romney hurt people’s feelings, they should wonder how they can change the direction of the country. But, sadly, the only thing more people are thinking is, what is the government going to do for me?

I’m sure many liberals will think this harsh and give all the anecdotal stories — that some of those people are veterans, and what about the mentally ill, etc. I think the government should help those who cannot help themselves, but not the clueless, the lazy, and people who have made poor decisions. I would guess these people make up a large part of the 47 percent.

The bottom line is, the government was not created to fix people’s personal problems or to make their lives easier.

Rick Brooks

Union Mills, Ind.

Far right made many wild claims about Obama

It has finally dawned on me.

I know why the tea party people are more than angry about the results of the 2012 election.

I received thousands of far right-wing emails about Barack Obama the Muslim doing everything from removing American flags and replacing them with pictures of Allah to not saluting during the national anthem. Those were just a few of the more mild claims. There were hundreds of wacko claims about taxes going up 400 percent, Social Security for blacks only, death panels in Medicare, government take-over of their religion, etc.

I used to try to refute these “viral” emails with various sources. Then, I finally was overwhelmed by the sheer volume of incoming insanity.

Most of the wackos stopped sending me the real nutty stuff. I guess they hated the facts and the fact-checker.

But if these people believe the insanity, I understand why the Obama re-election is Armageddon. If you stay in the Fox-Rush-Beck bubble, you would be an angry person, too — probably with a gun or three.

Hope they try the truth.

Wil Stuggard

Lowell



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