Editor’s note: The following letter is in response to Marge Fitzgerald’s Aug. 17 letter titled “The Threat to America is Real.”
E.J. Dionne, author and journalist for the Washington Post, said, “Bad arguments prevail when they go unanswered.” The letter “The Threat to America is Real” is not only a bad argument, it is almost entirely fiction.
The truth has actually been “distorted by spinning a few facts into a mix of fabricated nonsense” by Mitt Romney’s TV ad claims that the Obama administration has adopted “a plan to gut welfare reform by dropping work requirements.” The plan does “neither of those things,” according to Factcheck.org.
The letter-writer’s claim that President Obama’s records have been “sealed” is also “false,” according to Factcheck.org and the Washington Post. Ms. Fitzgerald’s letter leaves us with other questions: “How many jobs did Romney create/ship to China?” We do know, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, that 4 million private-sector jobs have been created in the U.S. over the past 28 months, thanks to President Obama’s stimulus package. How do you know how “pristine Mitt Romney’s closet is,” when he continues to hide his financial “closet” from the American people? The only year that he has released his tax returns shows that he paid a much lower rate than the middle class pays. He may not have paid any taxes in other years.
When right-wing radicals spew words like “Obama’s corrupt record” without a shred of evidence to back it up, rational, thinking, educated adults question their veracity, while Fox News watchers and Rush Limbaugh listeners nod in mindless agreement. Ms. Fitzgerald probably really doesn’t know much about Barack Obama’s past, but David Maraniss’s biography joins at least a dozen other Obama biographies about the president’s childhood, his years at Columbia University, Harvard Law School, as a law professor at University of Chicago, and as his years as a U.S. senator. Those of us who actually search for facts and truth know as much about Barack Obama as we have ever known about any president.
The truth about Mitt Romney is that he was born into significant wealth, grew up a spoiled prep-school bully and has abused our tax code to avoid paying his fair share of taxes. Barack Obama is the very epitome of the American dream. He is an accomplished, principled man and probably one of this country’s greatest presidents.