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Tag: Joe Biden


ELECTION: Unfair criticism of Romney’s tax returns

Americans do not pay taxes on their wealth. American’s pay income taxes on their “income,” and there is no doubt that Mitt Romney has earned some good income. But he has also, by some estimates, given 28 years of unpaid service to his country, his state, his community and his church.

Last year, Romney gave $4 million to charity, and Democrats are jumping all over him for paying more in taxes than he was required to pay.

I can’t wait to hear what Vice President Joe (“taxes are patriotic”) Biden says about this, after Biden averaged $369 per year in

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ELECTION: Pitts quick to call Republicans racist

Re: “The black and white of political code speak at election time” (Leonard Pitts Jr. column, 9-2).

I am tired of Pitts invariably accusing Republicans of being racist. He references Vice President Joe Biden’s accusation that Mitt Romney wants to “put y’all back in chains” as just a foolish comment, while Newt Gingrich’s accusation that the president is the “food stamp president” is disingenuous and hypocritical (essentially racist).

Gingrich’s reference is factual and points out that this economy has driven more people into the program, most of whom are white. However there’s no mistaking Biden’s reference to slavery as

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ELECTION: Obama-Biden avoiding the real issues

Ask any American citizen what the major issues of our time are and majority answers will be the economy, jobs and the $16 trillion national debt. All major polls indicate this fact. The Congressional Budget Office issued several warnings about the collapse of our economy and this “fiscal cliff” looming on the horizon.

However, the two presidential candidates are offering different messages.

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are circling the country and discussing these issues directly to growing crowds of supporters. There is no doubt what is at stake here. Plain and simple, it’s our economic future. They have outlined

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ELECTION: Biden provides great political comedy

Every time Joe Biden opens his mouth, something unusual comes out. He is the king of political gaffes. His latest comment – “They are going to put y’all in chains” – is not only offensive but completely hilarious.

In 2009, he said this at a Democratic caucus: “If we do everything right, if we do it with absolute certainty, there’s still a 30 percent chance we’re going to get it wrong.”

In Ohio he said, “Look, John’s last-minute economic plan does nothing to tackle the No. 1 job facing the middle class, and it happens to be, as Barack says,

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ELECTION: GOP ticket lacks foreign policy credentials

Reaction to the choice of Paul Ryan to join the Republican ticket has focused on the budget and domestic policy. But what about foreign policy? No matter what happens in November, the country will likely remain deadlocked regarding domestic issues and any president will have difficulty enacting an agenda.

In foreign affairs, however, the executive has much more unilateral power and responsibility. To understate it, Mitt Romney has not impressed. He lacks experience in the area, and his recent world tour produced little more than bewildering gaffes.

Barack Obama lacked foreign policy experience as well, but he has turned out

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ELECTION: Expect Obama to go negative

The economic news is bad (TNT, 6-1). The sequel is predictable. Brace yourself for a host of Obama attack ads against Mitt Romney’s past.

At the same time that he winds down foreign wars, Barack Obama postures as the “national security” president while running ads claiming that his opponent wouldn’t pursue America’s enemies. Next, he will surely claim that Romney wants to disenfranchise minority voters. The attorney general is raising this trial balloon even now.

A campaign based on fear and smear? How 1972. Yet there are sensible reasons for it. Without peace or prosperity to point to, and

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WARS: World peace must be our goal

Six others joined me to listen to President Obama’s excellent State of the Union speech. It was a comprehensive answer to today’s problems and how he hopes to pay off the national debt, partially by using half of the money saved by bringing our troops home from overseas.

Wars are costly and full of sorrow. I am 88 and have put four children through college and appreciate the Social Security and Medicare that I receive.

I am asking the president and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden to try to bring peace on earth along with their other

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ROMNEY: Critics need to do their research

A letter writer claims Mitt Romney has an empathy gap due to his wealth (TNT, 1-18). I would suggest the writer has a hypocrisy gap. He and the Democrats had no problem with their 2004 presidential candidate, John Kerry, who is more wealthy than Romney.

Last year, we didn’t hear a peep out of them when Democrat Warren Buffett announced he paid his income taxes at the 15 percent rate. Romney stated that he paid the same rate on his investments, and the Democrats were outraged. More hypocrisy.

I believe this writer also has a research gap, since he

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