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Obama is out of touch
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Dear Editor,
We keep hearing from the left and from the “mainstream” media that Mitt Romney, due to his wealth, is out of touch with ordinary Americans. I’d like to know how many people reading this letter could afford to pay the $40,000 to attend President Obama’s June 14 fundraiser hosted by Hollywood pauper Sarah Jessica Parker. Or how many could have afforded to attend the fundraiser hosted by another Hollywood po’ boy, George Clooney. This president hobnobs with the Hollywood elite, takes his wife on a “date night” to a Broadway play in New York City, shoots hoops and plays golf with professional athletes, has Sir Paul McCartney serenade the first lady at her birthday party, all the while demanding that the “rich” pay more taxes! Who does he think the “rich” are? Vice-president Biden talks about being a member of the middle class. What a joke! The Bidens’ adjusted gross income in 2011 was $379,035! If that’s middle class, then what class would the average Kansan be in, when the median family income in Kansas in 2010 was only $48,257? I find it ludicrous that anyone could possibly believe that President Obama is in touch with ordinary Americans. Yes, Mitt Romney is outrageously wealthy. So are the Obamas, the Bidens, the Bushes and the Clintons. So were the Reagans, Fords, Nixons, Johnsons, and let’s not forget the Kennedys. In fact, apparently one has to be a multimillionaire just to run for president. (I recall that a few years ago, one gubernatorial candidate here in Kansas ridiculed his opponent because the man didn’t have enough money to pay for media advertising and had to travel around the state in his car to campaign. Of course the guy with the most money won the election.) So what’s this garbage about Mitt Romney being out of touch because he’s wealthy? He at least has some executive experience, having served as governor of Massachusetts. He knows how to run a business and make a profit while at the same time creating jobs. Barack Obama was a “community organizer” before he became a state senator and subsequently a U.S. senator. During his short terms in the Illinois state legislature and in Congress, he never took a solid stand on any issue, simply voting “present” most of the time. He spent most of his term as a U.S. senator running for president. How does one go from “community organizing” to serving in state legislature, Congress, and then directly to the White House? President Obama has enough skeletons in his closet to fill a cemetery – relationships with white collar criminals, domestic terrorists, communists, socialists, etc. Candidate Obama promised “transparency” and “accountability” in his administration. President Obama pushed Obamacare down the throats of Americans – a 2,500-page verbal morass that no one in Congress had or took the time to read before voting on it. According to Nancy Pelosi, then Speaker of the House, “We have to pass the bill so we can find out what’s in it.” And then came “Fast and Furious” – an ill-conceived and disastrous “gun walking” operation that has cost the life of at least one border patrol agent, Brian Terry, as well as the lives of numerous citizens of Mexico. Via this program, the U.S. government, under the direction of Attorney General Eric Holder, deliberately put military-type weapons into the hands of known members of Mexican drug cartels. When Holder refused to turn over the records requested by Congress so they could investigate the program, President Obama asserted “executive privilege” over the records. Sure looks like a cover-up to me. Next we have the “leaks” coming from “someone high in the administration” that have compromised our national security and our relationships with other nations, but that coincidentally make President Obama look strong on national security. The same man who calls terrorism “manmade contingency”, the same man  whose first year in office was spent traveling all over the world apologizing for the country he was elected to represent, spitting in the eyes of our allies, and bowing to our enemies - strong on national security? Furthermore, I don’t recall George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, or Ronald Reagan (even after the mess he inherited from Jimmy Carter) ever blaming the previous administration for the issues they had to confront in office. Yet here’s President Obama, after three and a half years in office, still whining about the mess he inherited and how it’s not his fault. And what about the “race card”?  Candidate Obama played the race card from the get-go when he held up the dollar bill and said his opposition would tell the electorate not to trust him because he didn’t look like the guy on the dollar bill. I doubt that he was referring to George Washington’s powdered wig! Now anyone who speaks out against his socialist-leaning agenda and policies is immediately labeled a racist. But it seems like he has the same disdain for black Americans that he has for the rest of America.  President Obama has spent the last several months pandering to one segment of the population after the other – pitting young against old, rich against poor, black against white, Christian against Muslim, citizen against immigrant, gay against straight.  This “uniter” of the people has been the most divisive president this nation has ever had!  In my humble opinion, President Obama is not only out of touch with the American people, but I think he also harbors a deep-seated hatred for this country and is determined to destroy it. To paraphrase Abraham Lincoln and Ariel Durant, America – like any great civilization – will never be destroyed from the outside but from within. Arugula, anybody?
Sharon McGinness