Media protect Obama

from any criticism

The liberal media can push the story that the recent anti-American violence in the Arab world was the result of an offensive movie trailer, but people with half a brain know it was a well-thought-out plan for the anniversary of 9/11. Of course, admitting that would make President Barack Obama look bad.

This president is always missing when something big happens. It takes him hours to talk to the American people. Our ambassador and three others were killed in Libya, and Obama was too busy campaigning to worry about it.

He has time to meet with Dave Letterman and to campaign, but does not have time to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Obama knows nothing about foreign policy except how to apologize.

Also, I never thought I would watch a vote being taken at the Democratic convention as to whether God should be put in the platform or not. Actually, God lost three times but they did put him back anyway. This is heartbreaking.

Until we have tax reform and get rid of Obamacare, not many jobs will be created. Businesses are too afraid to hire anyone. Don't blame it on Gov. Chris Christie, but on Obama.

I don't understand what people don't get about our entitlement programs running out of money. Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security are going broke. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have had the guts to come up with a plan to save them. Obama has failed to do a thing to save these programs because his re-election is the only thing that is important to him. When these programs run out of money, he will still have his millions to take care of him. I give Romney and Ryan a lot of credit for putting the people first and trying to fix this mess.



Free admission needed

for A.C. Seafood Festival

A family of four (assuming the children were over the age of 12) had to shell out $40 just to enter the Atlantic City Seafood Festival. That was no way to attract visitors to this year's event.

The lineup of sponsors and vendors looked fantastic on the website, but sadly promoters decided to charge a $10 admission fee. I was recently at the annual Jazz & Rib Fest on the riverfront in Columbus, Ohio. It was free to enter, and the food, mood and music were excellent.

Don't you think the visitors' dollars at the Atlantic City Seafood Festival would be better spent at the vendors' tables?



New investment tax

won't affect many people

There are many reasons to be concerned with or not to like the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, but the continued falsification of the 3.8 percent Medicare tax on real estate needs to end.

This tax is on unearned income (investment income not from your paycheck) for individuals with adjusted gross income of $200,000 and couples making more than $250,000. This tax only applies on the lesser of earned income or investment income over those thresholds and will affect less than 4 percent of the total population.

Now how can your home be taxed under this provision? As a homeowner, current tax law allows you to deduct up to $500,000 as a couple from the sale price of your home before capital gain taxes are due. You are also allowed to deduct the price you originally paid, along with any improvements (new roof, windows, etc.) from the sale price. As the average home in the region is now selling at less than $250,000, you can see no normal home will ever be subject to this tax. In fact, even a McMansion purchased for more than $500,000 would have to sell at more than $1 million for a couple to be close to paying the Medicare tax.

As I said, there are many reasons to debate the national health care reform act, but let's use reasoned, sound arguments and leave the Internet garbage alone.



Trees near power lines

continue to pose danger

Absecon, like other mainland Atlantic County communities, suffered widespread and extended power outages from the June 30 derecho.

Although the Board of Public Utilities has commended Atlantic City Electric for its expenditures on tree trimming, much of the damage and the resulting power failures could have been avoided by a better program of prevention.

Walking and biking around Absecon reveals a number of trees that are either dead or have limbs entwined with overhead power lines. Many of these trees have been weakened and are ready to fall.

Towns need to inventory these conditions, report them to Atlantic City Electric, and see that these trees are either cut down or trimmed back. As Ben Franklin famously said, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."



John Armstrong is a Democratic candidate for mayor in Absecon.