Obama is no JFK,
and not even a Clinton
When I was 16 years old, John F. Kennedy was elected president. I was inspired by his speeches. His efforts seemed to favor most Americans. He worked within the Constitution for the betterment of the country.
By 1992 I was a Republican. It was my 30th year of paying taxes. Another inspirational Democratic speaker was elected to the presidency. He angered America during his first two years and so had a Republican Congress to deal with. As much as I despised him, I must admit that he improved America without tampering with the Constitution.
In 2008 it was my 46th year of paying taxes. America elected a third silver-tongued Democratic president. He admitted he wanted to change America, and people cheered, assuming that change would be for the better. Now it only seems to be better for those on the receiving end of an ever-expanding government handout program to both corporations and private citizens.
I am now in my 50th year of paying taxes. These things are clear to me now: Kennedy worked toward growing and unifying America, and Barack Obama has diminished our greatness and divided us.
Bill Clinton reached across the aisle. Under the same circumstances, Obama ignored his opposition.
Obama is not only no Jack Kennedy, he is not even Bill Clinton.
rejects science, reason
Regarding the Oct. 7 story, "GOP's Broun says evolution is elaborate lie":
U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, a Georgia Republican who is also a medical doctor, said that evolution, embryology and the Big Bang theory are "lies straight from the pit of hell."
This statement represents a psychological dissociation from human reasoning, rejecting centuries of scientific observations.
Guess what? He sits on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.
And we wonder why we are in trouble.
VINCENT R. MOLONEY
Egg Harbor Township
Shober has drive
to serve 2nd District
Cassandra Shober, the Democratic candidate for Congress in the 2nd District, cares about the people of the district. In fact, her campaign slogan is "Putting People First."
When I saw her speak recently, she exuded confidence. She stood tall. Her voice was crisp and steady, the voice of a winner.
She is a mom, her husband is a lawyer, and their son is entering high school. Shober has done a lot of community work, primarily in the Boy Scouts. She deserves to be elected simply because she has the drive - certainly more drive than her opponent, Rep. Frank LoBiondo, who's only positive input is to go to every flag-raising, baby-kissing and every fundraising event. His 18 years of voting for bills that are not in the peoples' interests proves it is time for change. Go to www.FrankFacts.org to review LoBiondo's voting record.
make the choice easier
Two fine men are running for president. Their first debate told us a little about how they think. But, according to Time magazine, neither told us the whole truth.
Now we have to decide who would be best for the good of the people - a businessman or a social worker. We haven't had many businessmen as president, perhaps because they have only one interest and that is to make money, no matter what effect it has on people as a whole. The social worker candidate has spent his adult life trying to do good for all of the people.
The country is divided. Democratic and Republican politicians seem to have only one goal, to be re-elected. True democracy is in danger.
Who can bring us together so that the United States can be one prosperous, united country again? My choice is the man who has spent his life working for the good of the people. Who is yours?
Supreme Court's future
rests with next president
Since President George W. Bush named John Roberts chief justice and Samuel Alito associate justice to the Supreme Court, the court determined that unlimited amounts of anonymous money can sway elections, upheld laws that ban late-term abortions and have no health exceptions for the mother, and put time limits on suits alleging pay discrimination in the workplace.
This court suppressed the ability of workers to organize through labor unions, weakened the right to bring class-action lawsuits, impeded ordinary people's access to courts, shielded financial institutions from accountability, gave corporations more power and affirmed their personhood.
Since four of the justices are in their mid-to-late 70s, the next president will likely replace one, possibly two, justices. Mitt Romney, who has said he would work to repeal Roe v. Wade, has chosen Robert Bork as his chief judicial advisor - the same Bork who opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and claimed that the Constitution does not protect women from discrimination.
A second term for Barack Obama would ensure that the current balance is not tilted further toward conservatism and would keep America from turning the clock back economically, culturally and socially to the days of the land barons.
10 percent payment cut
endangers home care
Regarding the Oct. 5 story, "State allowed to change Medicaid, allow more home care":
The article says New Jersey has been approved to use more Medicaid dollars in home care settings rather than in nursing homes. This is what 86 percent of senior citizens say they want. It is also smart fiscal policy as the cost for assistance at home is two-thirds less than the cost of care in a long-term care facility.
But on Oct. 7, in another article, "New Jersey home health agency proposing rate cuts," the largest Medicaid managed care company in New Jersey, Horizon NJ Health, announced it is cutting by 10 percent the reimbursement rate to the agencies that provide home care services.
Since the current reimbursement rate has remained stagnant for more than 10 years, a 10 percent decrease brings it down to 1991 levels. The only way providers will be able to continue will be to cut the pay of aides and caregivers to minimum-wage levels. Quality home health aides will not work for this amount. Agencies will drop out of the Medicaid program, and many people will be forced into nursing homes.
If the state does not intervene and prevent Horizon from instituting this cut, the outlook for the elderly poor and disabled who want to stay at home is dire indeed.