Nation is better off

than four years ago

Several writers have asked whether you are better off today than four years ago. Everyone's situation is different, so I believe the proper question should be this: Are we as a country better off today?

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When President Barack Obama took office the Dow Jones average was barely above 9,000. The unemployment rate was at 7.8 percent and we were losing 750,000 jobs per month. After Obama took office, he got the stimulus package, which saved 3.7 million jobs, approved. The recession ended a few months after the stimulus was enacted.

The Dow is now over 13,000 and 4.8 million new jobs have been created in the last two years. The unemployment rate is back to 7.8 percent, and we are creating 100,000 jobs per month. Obama also successfully pushed Wall Street reform that will prevent a similar meltdown in the future.

Obama got health care reform passed so 45,000 who can't afford insurance can get it. Obama got the Lily Ledbetter Act granting women equal pay for equal work passed. He ended the "don't ask, don't tell" policy. He expanded Pell grants by eliminating private lender subsidies. He created the Race to the Top fund to improve schools, and the results so far look promising. He passed the Consumer Credit Protection Act that ended the deceptive practices of the credit card companies.

Four years ago we were fighting two wars. Obama ended the war in Iraq. He recently scaled down the number of troops in Afghanistan and the rest will be coming home soon. He created the Veterans Workforce Investment Program to help our returning heroes get jobs. And on top of all that he gave the order to take out Osama bin Laden.

So are we better off today than we were four years ago? Absolutely.

MICHAEL PETRACCI

Longport

Obama takes low road,

calling Romney a liar

Regarding the Oct. 5 story, "Obama focuses on calling his opponent a liar":

Well, Barack Obama's strategy is alive and well after the debate. Since Obama did not do well by most measures, he is now increasing his personal attacks since he can't defend his own record.

This new "liar" tactic comes right out of Sol Alinsky's book, "Rules for Radicals." The tactic Alinsky espoused is to demean your opponent through character assassination if you cannot defend your own position.

This increasing demonization of Mitt Romney by Obama and his surrogates is disgusting and certainly not the approach someone running for president should engage in. Talk about the issues and problems, ways to solve them and stand up and defend them without this childish tactic of calling someone a liar.

If Obama and his team continue this approach, they will be seen as the low-level individuals they are who will do and say anything to stay in power. I hope the American people see through this sad approach and change the course the country is currently on.

ED CELLA

Little Egg Harbor Township

Politicians and others

- stop calling my house

Not only are the telemarketers getting to me, but so are the politicians who think they have the right to invade my privacy by calling my home. This is my phone, and I pay the bill. Stop - or you wont get my vote.

Anyone else out there as upset as I am? I am on the do-not-call list. But I still get at least three to four calls a day from someone trying to sell electricity contracts or other things.

JIM SIMMONS

Egg Harbor Township

Young voters lack

unbiased information

Political enthusiasts claim that the worst vote is the uneducated vote. What I don't understand, however, is how such enthusiasts expect young people to become educated. With the media being full of bias favoring one candidate over the other, how are these young people supposed to make their own decision of who is the better candidate?

The young generation is the future of society. It should be a priority to educate them about the political process and the relevant issues instead of letting them make up their minds based on the theatrics of the media. Perhaps a resource as unbiased as possible, depicting the issues at hand and how each candidate plans to address them, would provide young people with a way to reach informed decisions.

I see the uneducated political vote firsthand. The majority of my peers and I look at the political issues as nothing but media clutter. We see who won the political debate, but try asking us about each candidate's plan for managing the national debt, and you'll most likely find yourself looking at a blank stare.

One would think that because of all the advancements in technology and the all of the new outlets for disseminating information, an unbiased political education would be easy to come by. Sadly that's not the case, and we should be ready for plenty of uneducated votes.

STEVE O'CONNOR

Sea Isle City

Obama has failed?

That's propaganda

Regarding the Oct. 6 letter, "Obama administration has failed miserably":

The letter writer claims to have been transformed from a Democrat to a Republican. As with others who write this, I don't believe it.

George W. Bush "failed miserably" - not Barack Obama. It is obvious from every comment the letter writer made that he is hooked on the propaganda spouted by billionaire-backed talking heads whose only interest is in corporate control of the country rather than government by the people.

Using the phrase "big government" is also just another scare tactic.

The writer also states how Mitt Romney is in touch with the "plain folk." I don't know any American "plain folk" who have foreign bank accounts and are shamed to show their income tax returns.

The letter writer wasn't fooled by the current administration - he was fooled for eight years during the last administration.

KEVIN DOLAN

Mays Landing

Romney will wreck

social programs

Unfortunately, Mitt Romney will use "deficit reduction" as an excuse to dismantle every major piece of legislation since the New Deal that provides support and security for working families.

To purchase the wrecking ball, Romney courts billionaires like Sheldon Adelson and the Koch brothers who pump millions into his campaign. Romney will give them deregulation and tax breaks, like the one Bain Capital got for sending jobs overseas.

Apparently this new Romney forgets that the current deficit mess started with policies exactly like the ones proposed by the old Romney - policies that wiped out a $236 billion surplus.

Romney wants to turn Medicare into a voucher program. He and Paul Ryan would rather give insurance companies another shot at your health care dollars - 30 percent of which will be shuffled into high corporate salaries and bonuses for executives to devise creative ways to deny benefits.

Barack Obama plans to raid Medicare? No, he wants to stop insurance carriers from lining their pockets with your tax dollars. He put those dollars into preventive and children's health services, thereby protecting the Medicare trust without reducing a single benefit to seniors.

THOMAS J. TYRRELL

Brigantine

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