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Article updated: 1/17/2013 9:54 AM

Comparing Obama to Lincoln is ludicrous

Barack Obama has been compared to Abraham Lincoln. Really? Lincoln's address to the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society in 1859 should put that notion to rest: "The prudent, penniless beginner in the world labors for wages awhile, saves a surplus with which to buy tools or land for himself, then labors on his own account another while, and at length hires another new beginner to help him. This is the just and generous and prosperous system which opens the way to all, gives hope to all, and consequent energy and progress and improvement of condition to all."

While many use "entitlement" to include aid to dependent children, food stamps, unemployment insurance, etc., I see these as creating total dependency on government at best and, at worst, enslavement. The redistribution of wealth this president is so adamant to force upon the American people destroys the prosperous system Lincoln envisioned; creates despair of ever achieving the American dream; saps the energy; slows if not stops progress; and results in the condition of shared misery to all. If anything, Barack Obama is the exact opposite of Abraham Lincoln.

Michael J. Hanley

Park Ridge

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