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POLITICS: It's Finally Here! The Day We Can End the Painful Obama Years Has Arrived

I feel like we've spent the last four years watching as the America we've known all our lives fades into memory. To hang on to the America of our dreams, we need a new President.

Election Day 2012 is here. I’ve been waiting for this day since Election Day 2008.  I believed then the election of Barack Obama was a well-intentioned mistake. I never imagined how painful the ensuing four years would be:

  • It was painful to hear the President criticize our country while on foreign soil.
  •  It was painful when the President lifted the Mexico City policy and allowed American taxpayer funds to be used to subsidize abortions in other countries.
  • It was painful when the Attorney General wanted to treat a 9/11 mastermind as an ordinary criminal, hoping to try him in criminal court in New York City instead of in a military tribunal as an enemy combatant. 
  • It was painful to see our national security undermined because intelligence gathering via interrogation of captured terrorists is no longer valued.  (Waterboarding is torture, but dropping a bomb on a terrorist isn’t.)
  • It was painful to observe the rudeness with which our ally, Israel, was treated.
  • It was painful to watch our government encourage so-called “democratic movements” in the Middle East when the involvement of radical Islamists was apparent.
  • It was painful to see so many millions of people lose their jobs and then not be able to find new ones for a very long time – if at all.
  • It was painful to watch one in six Americans slip into poverty.
  • It was painful when, against the will of the majority of the people, the government used procedural techniques and earmark-bribes to eke out just enough Democrat-only votes to pass ObamaCare.
  • It was painful to see our President deliberately stress differences among groups. He said he’d be a uniter, but I’ve never seen a President split Americans apart from each other as intentionally as this one.
  • It was painful to watch the massive growth, via irresponsible spending and borrowing, of intrusive government, forcing the private sector to shrink in response.
  • It was painful to watch government regulators thwart the development of America’s natural energy resources.
  • It was painful to note the European-style emphasis on redistribution of wealth, along with the demonization of capitalism.

I could definitely go on, but I’ll stop at a baker’s dozen.

This is why Election Day 2012 is such a momentous day for the American people.  Finally, after four painful years, the day has arrived on which we can exercise our power: the power of our votes.

We can choose to reward the President with another four painful (for us) years.

Or we can join together to reject the direction of the past four years. We can choose to begin to restore a more prosperous, more secure and freer America. 

The United States can still be the flourishing mecca of opportunity and happiness that it was for our parents and grandparents. Many of them came here precisely because America’s freedoms and resources made it, uniquely, a place where individuals could work to achieve their dreams.

Instead of the stagnant, impoverished, dependent, antagonized nation we’re becoming, let’s bring back that "melting pot" where anyone can realize the American dream.

A Romney-Ryan administration will work with us and for us to help make this happen. 

As for this President? In my view, we can only count on more pain.

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chris November 08, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Oh you are sooo funny!!! Are you appearing anywhere Sherl, comedy club perhaps?? Let's see how much you're laughing in four years. Let's see how much you're laughing when you can't see a doctor because obamacare has decimated our healthcare system. Let's see how much you laugh when you take a look at your tax bills and look around with nothing more to show for your hard earned money. I believe republicans will definitely have the last laugh.
YEM November 08, 2012 at 10:44 PM
I find it funny when you write "FACT" and then state an opinion. regardless, your ideas are in the minority and have been voted down. The tea party and the religious loons have taken over your party, so good luck with that.
Jim November 09, 2012 at 02:21 AM
Wow. Go back to sleep. Seriously.
Jim November 09, 2012 at 02:22 AM
Blame the government!!! Blame a teacher!!!! Blame someone! Anyone! Just not me.
dherron November 09, 2012 at 11:31 AM
President Obama won because Romney lost. Romney lost because the Republican Party has failed. The Republican Party failed to reach out to Hispanics. The republican party failed to reach out to African Americans. Romney embraced policies that were harmful to women. After alienating Blacks, Hispanics and women, just how in the world did anyone really think Romney could win. America is changing. Amazing how everyone blames Obama for everything that is wrong with our economy. Where was the outrage 8 years ago when Bush ran the economy into the ground. We spent billions on a war searching for WMD, which did not exist. The Republican Party claims that all life is of value even in cases of rape. Pregnancy as the result of rape is "God's will," as one Republican candidate called it. Clearly the lunatics are lose. Gone are the days when the Republican Party can rule and exclude Blacks, women and Hispanics. That is why Romney lost. Because we vote, too.
Kevin November 09, 2012 at 03:53 PM
it's painful to read these tired old arguments yet again. "facts". ummmm...yeah, sure.
Kevin November 09, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Glen, you should invest in something that educates you that George W. Bush expanded the Earned Income Tax Credit. He doubled the credit for Children. George W. Bush passed Medicare Part D, expanding Medicare spending. I have a Business Degree, most of my professors worked on Wall Street or in Public Accounting. I have no idea who was liberal or conservative, because the subject matter was not political. I have studied economics, statistics, accounting, and management. I've also been working in the private sector exclusively. What's your qualifications?
Kevin November 09, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Good points. And did anyone see what happened to gas prices nationally when you removed significant demand for the product in the NY Metro area and other areas impacted by the storm? You want gas prices to go down, figure out ways to decrease demand for the product. Supplies will continue to lag worldwide demand. That's just a fact. Canada is compeltely energy independent, and they pay around $4.50/gallon right now for gas.
Kevin November 09, 2012 at 03:59 PM
in all fairness, though I agree Obama spoke from the heart - his wallet for his campaign wasn't too thin either. Campaign Finance Reform!!! Call for it! Then maybe we can get a wider range of views, and stop the 2 parties from colluding to eliminate any other parties from participating in the debates.
Kevin November 09, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Glen - sure...let's solve the Bush years: Let the tax cuts that weren't paid for expire. Pay for Medicare Part D by increasing taxes. Pay for the $1.6T spend on Iraq and Afghanistan. Hmmm....don't think that would go over too well with those with an R in front of their name and Grover Norvquist to answer to, now would it?
Kevin November 09, 2012 at 04:09 PM
I wasn't waiting since November, 2000 to vote Bush out of office. I did what I do after every election. I contacted my representatives about issues I care about. Now, in 2004, when taking in the information about Bush's huge spending without paying for it, and huge tax cuts when we had an opportunity to decrease our national debt substantially...I wasn't thrilled with the prospects of 4 more years or more spending that was unpaid for. Sadly, our other options weren't wonderful, so we came up short at replacing Bush. Romney blew this election big time by trying to cater to the far right of the party, and then never coming to a clear position when he finally started coming back to the center. Romney got 2 million less votes than McCain did, but still only lost by about 2.7 million in the popular vote. If Obama voters from 2008 came out and supported him the same, he would have won by nearly 10 million votes. That tells you something, and we can all make assumptions about it. My interpretation..plenty of progressives and liberals simply stayed home or voted 3rd part because, despite socialist claims, he simply was too conservative for them to come out and support him again. He mostly maintained his independent supporters, because Romney was too unclear on his positions. But..despite losing the support of some independents and many progressives, he still won by a larger electoral margin than Bush, who claimed a mandate, and a similar popular vote margin to Bush. Romney blew it
Dazed not Confused November 09, 2012 at 05:21 PM
dherron, well put. Fran, what are you going to do now? Spend the next 4 years blaming everything negative on the Dems...or make the best of what you cannot change, and stand behind our elected leaders? It's time to become the UNITED States of America once again.
Taxes are Fun November 09, 2012 at 06:24 PM
In addition to the "tax" on small business cited above, and in addition to the estimated $4000 tax increase per middle class family due to the cessation of the Bush tax cuts AND due to the 2% increase in payroll taxes set for 1/1/13, here's some MORE taxes courtesy of Obamacare: •A 3.8% surtax on "investment income" when your adjusted gross income is more than $200,000 ($250,000 for joint-filers). What is "investment income?" Dividends, interest, rent, capital gains, annuities, house sales, partnerships, etc. Taxes on dividends will rise from 15% to 18.8%--if Congress extends the Bush tax cuts. If Congress does not extend the Bush tax cuts, taxes on dividends will rise from 15% to a shocking 43.8%. •A 0.9% surtax on Medicare taxes for those making $200,000 or more ($250,000 joint). You already pay Medicare tax of 1.45%, and your employer pays another 1.45% for you (unless you're self-employed, in which case you pay the whole 2.9% yourself). Next year, your Medicare bill will be 2.35%.
Taxes are Fun November 09, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Part Deux: •Flexible Spending Account contributions will be capped at $2,500. Currently, there is no tax-related limit on how much you can set aside pre-tax to pay for medical expenses. Next year, there will be. If you have been socking away, say, $10,000 in your FSA to pay medical bills, you'll have to cut that to $2,500. (ATR.org) •The itemized-deduction hurdle for medical expenses is going up to $10,000. Right now, any medical expenses over $7,500 per year are deductible. Next year, that hurdle will be $10,000. (ATR.org) •The penalty on non-medical withdrawals from Healthcare Savings Accounts is now 20% instead of 10%. That's twice the penalty that applies to annuities, IRAs, and other tax-free vehicles. (ATR.org) •A tax of 10% on indoor tanning services (the 'White Girl Tax"). This has been in place for two years, since the summer of 2010. (ATR.org)
Taxes are Fun November 09, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Part Troi: •A 40% tax on "Cadillac Health Care Plans" starting in 2018.Those whose employers pay for all or most of comprehensive healthcare plans (costing $10,200 for an individual or $27,500 for families) will have to pay a 40% tax on the amount their employer pays. The 2018 start date is said to have been a gift to unions, which often have comprehensive plans. (ATR.org) •A"Medicine Cabinet Tax" that eliminates the ability to pay for over-the-counter medicines from a pre-tax Flexible Spending Account. This started in January 2011. (ATR.org) •A "penalty" tax for those who don't buy health insurance. This will phase in from 2014-2016. It will range from $695 per person to about $4,700 per person, depending on your income. (More details here.) •A tax on medical devices costing more than $100. Starting in 2013, medical device manufacturers will have to pay a 2.3% excise tax on medical equipment. This is expected to raise the cost of medical procedures. (Breitbart.com) Enjoy clueless liberals!
Kevin November 09, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Glen - i just wanted to give you the info before you tell me to invest in a college course about economic theory taught by a non liberal professor. I know macro and micro economics quite well. The debt isn't at $16 T yet, so Obama isn't at $17T. The debt ceiling will need to be raised early next year when we hit the $16.39T limit. As for Obama's approx $5T of debt - $1.6T of it was because Bush conveniently excluded the cost of war from his deficits, and Obama brought it on budget. Another $1.4T was interest payments on the debt that Obama inherited. So, that's $3T of Obama's $5T created. Oh, and Bush zoomed us to $10T in debt, not $5T. Add someone amount in there for the costs of Medicare Part D, unpaid for, and for the Bush tax cuts that weren't paid for (cut it off at 2010 if you'd like, since Obama agreed to extend them), and that brings the amount of debt incurred in his 1st term even lower, directly due to his policies. What would I do to reduce debt and interest payments? I'd cut defense spending by at least 1/3. I'd raise the early retirement and full retirement age for Social Security and Medicare, and not exclude the generation that ran up this debt while paying artificially low tax rates, and i'd raise taxes back to a responsible level while eliminating many deductions. Problem solved.
chris November 09, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Another thing that is pretty scary, (this is what Romney wanted to do as well to be fair) - if they cap deductions rather than raise taxes I think a town like Montclair will suffer in terms of our home values even more. Reverting to pre-Bush tax rates on incomes above $250K – as the President and many Democrats are advocating – would raise about $1 trillion over the next ten years. In order to achieve approximately the same amount of deficit reduction, the limitation on deductions would have to be set at 15%. In other words, taxpayers in marginal tax brackets above 15% would lose some of the benefit of their itemized deductions. Obviously, such a change would have the greatest impact on taxpayers in high brackets with a lot of deductions. In particular, the limitation on deductions would hit taxpayers in high tax states – such as NY, NJ and California – particularly hard. Let's say you have 100k in deductions, they may cap it at 45, which would end up costing you $18,000 a year. You lose the tax shield, not the full amount,100k-45k= 55k X 35% tax rate equals $18k I am sorry but I don't see why they don't MEANS test areas of the country. A combined income of $250 in this area is a heck of a lot different than $250K in Alabama!!!! If you people don't see how this will hurt the economy, you are really kidding yourselves. Discretionary spending is going to go WAY DOWN and so is the economy.
Franklin Street November 12, 2012 at 02:23 AM
I don't have much hope for this country. We have too many people that want free stuff. Should I have to pay for a 30 year old women's(Sandra Fluke) birth control? Should I have to pay for free school lunch for a kid that can afford a cell phone or a $100 pair of sneakers? We have too many parasites and we reward irresponsbile behavior. However, this craziness can not last because, we will run out of money very soon and govt. dependence never works. If govt. dependence works we would not have three generations of familes living in public housing and collecting welfare, would we? We would not be having welfare mothers spit out kids with multiple fathers like feral cats, would we? We would not have hard working people getting their money taken to re-distribute to the lazy,would we? Yes, the "Great Society" has been a dismal failure.
James Johnston November 12, 2012 at 05:01 AM
It was painful to read Fran Hopkins diatribe. Apparently it was painful for patch to post my original comment, so I will abbreviate it to "Get a Life."
chris November 12, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Glen, I'm not really sure what your point is here. I think we;re on the same side -- I think you need to cut rates across the board, and broaden the base - I am a supply sider, but obviously I am in the minority. I think to say couples making $250K combined income are RICH is definitely way off base, at least in the NY Metro area. There is no doubt raising taxes or taking away deductions is going to hurt upper middle class and small businesses - who, in this economy are just holding onto their jobs, not getting raises, not getting bonuses, still saving for their kids college funds, still paying insane property taxes. Something's gotta give. And just wait till the increased taxes with obamacare kick in -- what's coming is scary.
Sally Clark Sheola November 12, 2012 at 09:00 PM
It is painful to read such a litany of lies and half-truths. This probably comes from too much exposure to right-wing media. Good thing the majority of the American public did not fall for the lies. And funny how the Repubs and Tea Partiers never acknowledge the tremendous damage done by Pres. GW Bush's two (stolen) terms.
Fran Hopkins November 13, 2012 at 04:45 AM
I'm glad there was so much response to my post, but why is it that, if you express a viewpoint about President Obama's record that differs from the liberal-progressive-mainstream media narrative, the response is to vilify you? I don't think anyone refuted my statements, just trashed me for making them or fell back on "blame Bush." Fortunately, we still have a Constitutional right to free speech in this country and I think we can all agree about that.
Kevin November 13, 2012 at 04:52 AM
Because most of these have been refuted multiple times already. We're sick of refuting them.
Kevin November 13, 2012 at 04:55 AM
How have government regulators thwarted development of natural resources? We will be the leading oil producer in the world by 2020, natural gas exploration is booming, and we are still blowing the tops off mountains for coal. What's the issue? Also...there is no European redistribution of wealth that didn't already exist. Taxes have been cut for almost every single american. Personal responsibility developed by the heritage foundation was enacted as the individual mandate.
esther November 14, 2012 at 02:58 AM
Lisa, Perhaps your time would be better spent investigating some of the information posted on Fran's editorial. More people are collecting welfare and applying for food stamps under Obama than any other president. And why is that? Let's see- high unemployment- underemployment- He has apologized for every possible thing he could have, insulted our allies and perhaps even more heinous that anything else left unprotected Americans in an American Embassy where he knew they were in danger because he and his administration were begged for protection. Now that should scare you- the President's job is to PROTECT HIS CITIZENS. He didn't and now starts the big coverup. Lisa, guess you have been playing on your computer too much. And stop watching so much CNN.
esther November 14, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Great editorial Fran-well researched and presented just as efficiently. Congrats!!!
esther November 14, 2012 at 03:11 AM
Obama- does not have an original thought unless it comes from a teleprompter does not have a clue how to decrease unemployment has no idea how to be fiscally responsible-just wait until small businesses are hit with the requirement to provide health insurance- hello layoffs-hello recession has no idea what the cornerstone of the United States is thinks socialism will work- wow! are we in for it.
tryintosurvive November 14, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Because this is the Montclair Patch. Accepting of everyone's opinion as long as it agrees with the liberal-progressive-mainstream media narrative. That is pretty obvious, isn't it?
Belleville Sentinel November 14, 2012 at 09:03 AM
Bill and Rachel say it better than anyone else! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pdz7hO1ZjNI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRpSAKw0V48
chris November 14, 2012 at 07:18 PM
I agree they should cut spending but that is unlikely to happen. I know they are going to raise revenue either by limiting tax deductions or raising taxes -- BUT my big point here is how the heck do they come up with a COMBINED FAMILY INCOME OF $250 as the richest of the rich?? That means a woman making $125K and a man making $125K -- We aren't living in the 40s! That is NOT rich. If you have several kids, if you live in the NE particularly, you are getting by, but in no way shape or form are you rich. Home improvements, trips, upgrading your car, buying the kids some new clothing or just making due with hand me downs -- these are all things that have an affect on the economy if families choose to sit on the sidelines. How you libs just don't see that is mind blowing! It will have a detrimental effect no doubt -- at least let's stop calling combined family income of $250 RICH. They are going to hit the middle and upper middle class, period.

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