To the editor:
On Election Day, please treat Sen. Robert Casey's re-election bid, exactly as I believe any well informed person, of average intelligence, with the ability to put partisanship aside, and the desire to take the first major step toward healing our nation's financial debacle, and getting back to full employment, would do. To do this, we need to decide whether or not President Obama needs to be re-elected, or needs to be rejected, for the revitalization of our nation to begin.
Ever since Obama's election, he and Casey have been joined at the hip in every misguided decision. After three and two thirds years in office, the only major legislation enacted was ObamaCare, which as we're all seeing was not done to promote better, and more affordable health care, but rather to transfer a huge chunk of the private sector, to the federal government.
During Obama's term he has taken a financial crisis, caused by a housing meltdown, caused by gross mismanagement of Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac, caused by Obama's cronies, Chris Dodd, Barney Frank, and program administrator, Franklin Raines. Our nation's debt has now reached numbers that the mind cannot even comprehend, and can never be repaid.
During his first two years, Harry Reid and the Democrats, controlled the Senate while Nancy Pelosi, and the Democrats controlled the House, and amazingly no attempt was even made to pass a budget. After the Republicans gained control of the House during the last election, numerous attempts have been made to pass a budget compromise, but none have even been considered by the Reid (Obama) controlled Senate. Actually, nothing good, or of any consequence has even been considered by the Senate.
Remember, Casey was a part of all this failure to govern and by extension helped Obama usurp more and more power, which rightly belonged to the Legislative Branch (the people). Unemployment remains high, but would be downright scary if the numbers of discouraged people no longer searching for employment were included in the official unemployment rate.
Our foreign policy seems to consist of bowing to our enemies, and ignoring or insulting our friends. We in this country have lived as a free nation governed by the people, since fighting for our independence from Great Britain. If Obama and his collaborators are not removed from office, I believe our 200-plus-year experiment in democracy will be ended.
I do believe that as long as the voter ID law remains intact, and a fair election is held that Obama will be defeated in Pennsylvania, as well as in the whole country.
This brings us back to Sen. Casey. He needs to go, because even while gaining the presidency, we will need every Senate vote to make any change in our country's direction, including the repeal of ObamaCare. My fear however, is that while voting out Obama, we could vote to retain the liberal rubber stamp, Casey.
We Pennsylvanians, after electing a governor, normally re-elect that person to a second term, and when electing senators, we normally re-elect them indefinitely. This time we can't afford to retain a man who supported all of the president's failed socialist programs. I believe Casey was initially elected, by all of us who thought his father to be a truly exceptional man, and hoped his son would evolve into that man. Unfortunately he has turned into a dull, lock step water carrier for the administration, with seemingly little care about the health of our nation, or even Pennsylvania. For that matter, I don't know if there are debates scheduled between Casey and Tom Smith, but if there are, please be sure to watch at least one because one will be enough to expose Sen. Casey for the empty suit that he certainly epitomizes.
However, the Democrat machine is much better at campaigning that Casey, and with no accomplishments to tout, they will most assuredly need to run an Obama style campaign. This consists of blaming former President Bush for all of the country's continuing woes, because even though he and Obama knew things were bad, they had no idea how bad. He'll say things are better, but we've got a long way to go and we've got to stay the course with he and Obama.
While every statistic shows that the country is in much worse condition than before Obama came to office, Casey will speculate on how much worse things would be had the Democrats not come to office. He will trumpet all the jobs created and/or saved by the Obama Administration. The truth is that Obama has been anti-business to the point that he is responsible for the loss of great numbers of jobs. In fact his major job creating success has been in high paid, public employment. Actually the federal workforce has increased by about 12 percent since he took office, and don't forget that all those jobs are paid for by our tax dollars.
Amazingly, at this time, there are fewer Americans employed in the private sector than when Obama took office. In Pennsylvania, statistics show that we have less buying power, and the average person is in worse financial condition than we were in 10 years ago.
As to health care, I don't think Casey will campaign on its merits, except for the provision that allows adult children to remain on their parents' health insurance policy up to age 26. With the job market and the general economy in terrible shape, this seems to be a good provision, as Medicaid would cover many of these adult children, with no premium being paid for their care.
Lastly, I believe that with no real argument to support his re-election, that he will need to again follow the Obama strategy, and that is to demonize your opponent with half truths and downright lies, and to blame everyone but yourself for your failures.