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posted: 10/31/2012 3:46 PM

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The Daily Herald's endorsement of Mitt Romney for President is disappointing, shortsighted, and surprisingly seems sold on the snake oil the Republican Party continues to peddle.

For starters, the Affordable Health Care Act is the first bill put through Congress that only begins to address our country's broken health care system. It was 100 years ago when Theodore Roosevelt first proposed a national plan where all Americans would have the benefit of being covered with health care. The "mandate" included under this bill was supported by Mitt Romney for Massachusetts and was originally a Republican idea introduced in 1989 by The Heritage Foundation. Republicans only chose to fight this bill along with many others because it had Barack Obama's support. Health care costs contribute greatly to our economy because they directly affect families, and President Obama should be applauded for passing a bill that begins to solve these dire issues.

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A second point the Daily Herald makes for supporting Romney is his promise of job creation. Unless the Daily Herald has been following a different Mitt Romney than I for the last decade, the only jobs this candidate seems interested in are those overseas. And, the only individuals he believes in helping is the top 1 percent. Period.

Our country is great primarily because of our middle class, where families and communities work and prosper together, always with the continued promise of making our country better. Of course there still is a middle class but it is harder and harder for families nowadays and having this candidate as our president and a possible Republican-led Congress will only make things worse economically and socially. How this editorial staff came up with this unfortunate conclusion simply confounds me.

Bill Malecki

Geneva

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