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Letter: What we get might not be what we want

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To the Editor:

With all of the convoluted rhetoric that we've been subjected to throughout the current political campaign, it's difficult to know what to believe and what not to believe. Even the "truth," no matter what, is twisted and turned constantly to provide an advantage to whichever candidate or party is concerned. Out of a population base of 300 million people, it's difficult to perceive that the two candidates running for the highest office in our land represent the "best of the best."

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One wants to build the economy from the bottom up by redistributing the wealth of the nation. But taking wealth from the rich to fund entitlement and similar programs seriously erodes efforts vital to rebuilding our floundering economy and meeting the needs of all citizens. Further, this candidate's background of experience, both personally and professionally, is sketchy, even highly suspect under the best of circumstances.

The other presidential candidate is going to re-energize the economy by streamlining big government, cutting ill-advised spending, eliminating pork barrel practices and insisting on strict enforcement and adherence to the constitution and the nation's laws. But during his lengthy tenure as an elected official, he hasn't exactly been a world beater in accomplishing these objectives. Of course with a Congress with only a nine percent approval rating, he's got a lot of company.

Many serious issues other than the economy such as our ongoing fight against terrorism, the overwhelming problems for illegal immigration, America's Sovereignty, our social security program, border and seaport security, the status of Medicare and Medicaid, the effect of our Free Trade Agreements seem to have been swept under the proverbial rug. Voter fraud, which should command immediate attention has been ignored even though it has become more outrageous than ever each election cycle.

Why is this the case? The answer is not difficult to fathom. The election process to many voters, has lost its appeal as it has become all about money - who can raise the largest bank rolls, who can secure the most media support. The viscous attacks candidates utilize show to what lengths those running for office will go to garner votes. Civility toward, and respect for opponents has all but disappeared.

When it comes time to cast our vote, we need to be aware of what we wish for as it's entirely possible we might get it and it won't be what we thought it would be.

William L. Munns

New Richmond

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