It’s tempting to want to respond point by point to Frank J. Morelli’s one-and-half-column-foot long list of Fox News–generated complaints against President Obama (“Support For Mitt Romney,” Sept. 21). All are easily refuted, but there’s a more important idea to think about when deciding your vote on Nov. 6. It’s who got us into the mess the president found when he took office and whether we really want to hand the keys to the country to the same crowd again.
The Republicans bang the drum loudly for “freedom” and “independence,” but we need to understand what these code words mean in the Republican lexicon. Since the days of Herbert Hoover, the GOP has been a wholly owned subsidiary of the rich and the corporations. The “freedom” they seek is the unhindered ability of business to do what it likes, even if that includes polluting the earth and cheating consumers and workers alike.
The “independence” is the idea that each of us is on our own in life, and should therefore not depend on anyone else, or society in general, when we age or should misfortune strike. This idea has advantages to the party’s backers. If there were no Social Security, Medicare or other safety net programs, taxes could be lower, a benefit that gets larger as the rich get richer. Or better yet, these programs could be privatized, creating billions in new profit opportunities.
The weakening of these protections have marked virtually every GOP administration, and especially that of George W. Bush. Romney would be no different, and would likely be worse, as he has even stronger ties to the worlds of wealth and big business.
The Republicans have built their campaign on the question, “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?” The real question is, “Will you be better off four years from now if Mitt Romney is elected?” Given the beliefs he and his party have always held, and continue to hold today, the answer is pretty obvious, isn’t it?
Look beyond the sniping and the pretty red, white and blue wrapping the GOP uses to hide its true intent, and vote in your own self-interest. Vote Obama in 2012.