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posted: 11/1/2012 10:20 AM

A momentous choice looms

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President Obama is asking for our vote to elect him to another four years in office, but has Obama's record during his first term given most Americans the reassurance that another four years wouldn't trigger a status quo performance on steroids?

Romney's debate performances erased the Obama campaign's effort (down the drain went countless of millions of dollars) to portray Mitt Romney as a rich fool who cares nothing about the middle class. Instead, Romney came across as one who looked presidential, had command of the facts, and whose economic background would bode will for this nation.

With little time left before Nov. 6, Obama is rushing to define himself. How might this be possible when considering the Treasury Department's newly released summary of federal spending for 2012? Here's the upshot: 1) Under Obama. for every $7 we've had, we've spent $10.95. That's like a family who makes $70,000 a year -- and already knee-deep in debt -- blowing nearly $110,000 a year. 2) in fiscal year 2012, the government took in $2.449 trillion but spent $3.538 trillion, 44 percent more than it had available to spend. The resulting deficit was $1.089 trillion. 3) During Obama's first term the national debt ballooned to over $16 trillion, more than $6 trillion higher than during 2008 when Obama bemoaned what he called the "orgy of spending and enormous deficits" under Bush.

You must decide, but will you allow yourself to be fooled once again by a smooth talker who continues to make promises, even though first-term promises were abject failures?

Nancy J. Thorner

Lake Bluff

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