How was I affected? Well I had hoped that Mr. "Hope and Change" would have some good ideas on how to clean up our $16 trillion national debt or how to keep Medicare, Medicaid and other safety net social programs from going under, but all I heard was more oratory and little substance. It was pretty much what he promised in 2008, and look where we are now. I had hoped to hear some fine speeches from his supporters on these same subjects but all I heard was that I had to pay for someone else's birth control; it's a "right" after all.
Well, since birth control is a "right" that should be paid by all of us so some 30-year-old college student can sleep around safely, then how about our Second Amendment rights actually enumerated in our Constitution and re-affirmed by the Supreme Court. Every one should pay for my fire arms and ammunition so I can "Protect myself" according to my "lifestyle" choice.
The Republican Convention was a bit more inspiring in as much as their candidates and supporters actually talked about tackling the weighty issues of our day in a practical adult manner. They want to actually save us from bankruptcy and make our safety nets secure for my great-grandkids, of whom I have a growing number, without the kids having to live a reduced life style from trying to pay down the money we have borrowed from China.
I must say that I was impressed with the fine women who spoke at the Republican Convention. They were intelligent, lucid, inspiring and talked about really weighty issues rather than the so called "War on Women." What war?
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I think I will take a chance on Romney/Ryan. I've had enough of amateur leaders who don't seem to be able to grow into the job. Another four years of this? Give me a break!
-- ROGER LAHTI, Kennewick