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Posted: Friday, May 11, 2012 1:58 pm


I returned home in 1984 after serving my country for 10 years in the Air Force. I was in the Veteran’s Service Office and heard so much fear and superstition about whom to vote for. Many of my comadres, compadres and paisanos were telling me to vote for Mondale and Ferraro because they would give us more benefits. I remember asking them if that was the reason they voted that way. They said yes.

I left them with, “I hope in this country we can still get ahead with hard work and applying ourselves to a good work ethic.” I was given funny looks. A lady said she came across the border with her family and was entitled to all benefits. At that time I told her that she convinced me to vote for Reagan and Bush. Our system can only handle so much.

A recent letter talked about Romney and alluded to culture. OK, I accept that. What I don’t accept is that Obama promised and endorsed the following: 1) transparency in his administration. He lied. 2) Health care (now under review for its constitutionality, and he taught constitutional law at Harvard!). 3) Unemployment would not go above 8 percent. Again, he lied. 4) Solar power. How much were we the taxpayers taken for?

5) During his first term he said he would solve the immigration issue. Again, he lied. 6) We have no budget. His party controlled both houses from 2008 to 2010 and they wouldn’t agree on his budget. 7) Want to talk of bailout problems? 8) Voter suppression; he did nothing when the Black Panthers showed up in Philadelphia and intimidated voters.

Oh, he did win a Nobel Prize, for what again? Oh yeah, peace, but never mind the ops in Libya.

About culture, Kennedy and Clinton cut supply-side taxes and look at what happened to the economy. Sign of the times then, huh?

The fundamental question is, what has Obama done in the last four years to make things better, and am I better off now that in his first four years of office? Do I want four more years of this? Please feel free to quietly answer that since I can’t find anyone who will stand up and give a response. I need to be, better yet I want to be, educated so I can make a smart vote in November and not one based on fear and superstition. But please, I want facts, not fear and superstition. I await anxiously.

Armando Alvear


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