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Don’t vote against your own self interests

Published 12:00am Sunday, November 4, 2012

As the 2012 election is upon us it is necessary to remind the people of Lawrence County not to vote against your own self interest and to cast your ballot for President Barack Obama.

Please hear me out.

Now, I could go into detail about the accomplishments of our President: Keeping student loan rates low, getting unemployment under 8 percent, saving the auto industry, passing the Affordable Care Act and making the decision to kill Osama Bin Laden.

I’m not going to do that.

Instead, I will concentrate my efforts on how this election will affect our area.

First, in regards to government aid, it’s essential that Lawrence County continue to receive the opportunity to participate in government programs that allows us to reinvest in our local economy.

A recent article published in the New York Times showed the amount of government aid given by geographical region.

Lawrence County was on the list with a third of our county on government assistance of some kind (33.31 percent to be exact).

It’s not just the underprivileged who get these benefits. Many middle class people take advantage of several federal programs that include the earned income tax credit, mortgage tax deduction and student loan interest deduction.

If you are one of these people, and many of us are, these deductions may be cut depending on who you cast your vote for this November.

Second, in regards to education, there are two reasons why education is perhaps the single most important issue in this election for Lawrence County. Education is the one thing that can help Lawrence County improve its economic situation. By educating a large, capable workforce, we increase the chance of businesses moving here to take advantage of it.

Also, the education system in our county employs a lot of people. Any cuts to education would be devastating. President Obama is the only candidate who wants to invest in public education, hire more teachers, reduce class sizes, and place a renewed focus on re-training those already out of work.

Of the two candidates, only one joined the side of teachers, nurses, policemen and firefighters in the fight against SB5. President Obama.

Finally, our county has an aging population, and the cuts proposed in Medicare by the Republican nominee are aimed toward senior citizens in our community. While both candidates have proposed cuts to Medicare, there is a distinct difference in where the cuts are made.

President Obama has cut $700 billion from Medicare, but those cuts came from insurance companies and hospitals, not in benefits to seniors.

The Republican candidate wants to take that same $700 billion and give tax cuts to the upper 5 percent in the United States, not to mention his plan to turn Medicare into a voucher system for those of us under 55 years of age.

Because of his stances on federal aid, education and Medicare, it is, in my opinion, in your best interest to cast your vote for President Barack Obama on Nov. 6.

Tanner Heaberlin

Kitts Hill

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  • mickakers

    mikehaney; I concur, “Sad day for our country”.

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  • mickakers

    indie; As Noesis mentioned in one of his last posts, he would be in the mountains of Tenn. for a week and probable would not have access to sources enabling computer use. No doubt, he will make up for lost time.

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  • indieVoter

    I tuned in to FoxNews at the end of Obama’s speech and they were already in commercial. Over on NBC, they were still live with Obama on stage with his family and Joe Biden’s celebrating with confetti falling and Bruce Springsteen playing.

    Fox came back from commercial with a clip of Obama’s speech, where he spoke well of Romney, and nothing else. Then they cut to a replay of Romney’s speech. Keep in mind, NBC was still live with Obama. Not MSNBC….NBC.

    Classy FoxNews…classy.

    As Richard Nixon once said, “if the present trend continues” Obama will win with over 330 elector votes. That’s a major landslide. That means he has a mandate this time. Obama is the first democrat since FDR to win two elections with 50% percent majorities in the popular vote.

    Democrats also picked up seats in the senate. They don’t have a 60 vote, filibuster proof, majority but I think they’ll use cloture this time around since Obama has the mandate.

    In the house, the republicans are still going to have a majority. I think Obama is going to have to find about 40 moderate republicans to get things done, and that also means John Boehner has to play ball…or he’ll get beaten next time too and the democrats will take the house back too in 2014 and 2016.

    I predict that shortly after the inauguration, Hillary Clinton will resign as Secretary of State and (while she won’t admit it at that time) she’ll be preparing for her own run in 2016. If she does, you’ll hear the following statement from Bill Clinton at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

    “When I first ran for president in 1992, I told you about the great partner I have in Hillary and that if you vote for me, you’ll get her for free too. Well, that goes both ways. If you vote for Hillary, you’ll get me too. Hillary’s gonna put me in charge of the economy and do what we did in thte 90′s…creating jobs and budget surpluses. We’ll move on to do the things we couldn’t over the past 8 years, due to the partisanship in Congress but how we have majorities in both houses. America will be stronger in 8 years than it ever has in its history…”

    The republicans have only one hope to stop that. They need to move to the center, drop the tea party and nominate a moderate who has some gravitas, some wisdom and the experience to be their next great president…someone like Colin Powell, if he’s not Obama’s next Secretary of State that is. I would have mentioned Bloomberg or maybe Chrlie Crist but they both defected from the republican party to become independents.

    History will prove out that this is not the dawn of socialism in America. Free enterprise will prosper as will freedom itself here in America. Like it or not, America has spoken and it believes we’re on the right path.

    Well, as much as I enjoy this, it’s time to get back to that FoxNews and see what they’ve got to say about tonight. I can’t believe they don’t have Bill O’Reilley and Brit Hume on here explaining what happened tonight…talk about an O’bummer!

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  • indieVoter

    Romney gave a very classy concession speech. I give him full credit for doing the right thing and being a good guy. He’ll go on to do other big things, no doubt. He might even run again. I’m glad it’s over at long last.

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  • indieVoter

    Mike, and I am serious in saying this, go volunteer for an organization that reduces the number of abortions by working with at-risk mothers. Take the time you waste here and do that. Talk is cheap but action is gold. Go do something to actually make a difference. If you already, and never mentioned it here even once, I apologize. Otherwise, may the rubber hitteth the road my friend.

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  • mikehaney

    55 million babies dead since roe vs wade. You wanting to push it over 60 million next four years?
    Go ahead and cheer.
    Sad day for our country.

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  • indieVoter

    Well, Noesis, where are you? I don’t believe you and Haney aren’t watching the returns and here. Aren’t you gonna say something?

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  • indieVoter

    This just in. Karl Rove is trying to get FoxNews to rescind their call of Ohio going to Obama.

    Seems like someone here was talking about the losers doing that. They just thought it was gonna be the other way around. Recounts and conspiracies…you know.

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  • indieVoter

    Mick, don’t be bitter. America has clearly spoken and Barack Obama has won 4 more years. That remark about me being a tag along is childish and I find it lacking perspective.

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  • mickakers

    indie; Your comment “Tonight, America has spoken and tonight is a win FOR America.” I’m sorry indie, I perceive it as a great loss. We will continue to wallow in our own ignorance.

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    • indieVoter

      Are you sipping on bourbon as you lecture us on morality in government, Mick? Just asking. You’re the one who’s brought it up here many times and said what a big fan of liquor you are. Some folks think that’s immoral too and maybe they’d even like to throw you in prison for exercising your right to drink.

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  • mickakers

    indie; NO!! You are not on the “right side”. Your just a tag along.

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  • mickakers

    indie; I volunteer and work with Catholic Charities, our work encompasses all members of society regardless of religious beliefs or problems. You would not believe the heartache that a woman who has experienced abortion goes through. I have sat and cried with them. Homelessness is a minor issue compared to the issues of the killing of the unborn. There is also the issue of the working poor. In answer to your question, we do work with “at-risk” mothers. When does life begin? At Conception. This is a scientific fact. “To accept the fact that after fertilization has taken place a new human has come into being is no longer a matter of taste or opinion…it is plain experimental evidence.” The “Father of Modern Genetics” Dr. Jerome Lejeune, Univ. of Descarte, Paris. “I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody if asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect. Similarly, I will not give a woman an abortive remedy.” Hippocrates, 400 B.C., Greece. All legislation should should be based on charity and morality.

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    • indieVoter

      I thought you guys didn’t want America to be another Greece.. haha. Just kidding. Couldn’t resist the easy punch line. You can debate about morality all day as both parties champion things that can be argued for and against as moral. I know where you stand and, in the year 2012, you are not a disaffected democrat. You are a republican, my friend.

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  • indieVoter

    Heck yea!!!! Obama wins Ohio to put him over the top. You heard it here first…lol

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