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Aside from reading the news each day in the Daily Herald one of the most entertaining things about the newspaper is reading the comments from the dyed-in-the-wool Obama supporters who apparently have no clue what the real world is like.

Reader Jerry Loftis' comments " Is Tea Party motto: 'Do As I say'? in the Nov. 15 paper, are a classic example of what brings me amazement each morning from low information voters.

He says " The Tea Party accuses President Obama of being a socialist, yet they have no issue in taking 80 percent of the cost of their local roads from federal monies, tax breaks on their medical insurance (??) , Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid payments for themselves and their families."

He further states that he thinks that if "if they would pay back all the monies they have taken out of these federal, socialists programs, our national debt would drop drastically."

Really? He wrote that?

The reality is: current federal tax on gas is 18.4 cents per gallon and local state tax is 62.8 cents per gallon, which is $16 per fill up in taxes on my car. That is my share for using the roads AND I use the toll road system to get to and from work so I do pay the tolls too. So much for Mr. Loftis' understanding the issue of local roads. This is not socialism. It's the reason we have those taxes.

As far as his comments regarding Social Security and Medicare, WE PAY for Social Security and Medicare. It is NOT socialism. I PAY thousands of dollars out of my paycheck every year for these programs and so does my employer! These programs are not an entitlement, we pay for them. If the government did not raid the money in those programs, they would be doing wonderful.

We had the best health care system in the world but it needed some small changes. Which the Republicans and the Tea Party wanted to make but were not allowed to make by the Democrats. The Democrats and the president wanted to "fundamentally change this country" and they did! Unfortunately, not in a good way as evidenced by the near total collapse of Obamacare that is in the news every day.

Remember then speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's comments: "We need to pass Obama care in order to see what is in it". ?

Well, The Democrats passed it and now everyone can see what is in it. A total disaster and we all will pay for it, including Mr. Loftis.

Elections have consequences, and a loser, even if he wins, will have consequences felt by everyone.

Steve Gillis


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