To the editor:
I'm confused and frustrated. Who is the REAL Mitt Romney? Is he a "severely conservative" Republican that ran during the Republican primary or a "moderate" Republican that showed up during the presidential debates?
He said, prior to the first debate, that he supported a 20 percent across-the-board tax cut costing $5 trillion. Then he flip-flopped, saying that wasn't true. Experts in economics now say his tax plan doesn't pass the math test. The rich would get richer and the middle class and poor would suffer; much like the trickle-down economics that was popular with presidents Reagan and George W. Bush.
His opinion changed when he showed support for those in need of health care - even those with pre-existing conditions. Within hours, he reversed back to his original position, which would repeal the Affordable Care Act. Tens of millions of Americans who can't afford health insurance, those with pre-existing conditions, children and young adults up to the age of 26 would be left in the dust. He also has proposed drastic Medicaid cuts which would affect seniors, the disabled, the poor, and the unemployed, simply to accommodate tax cuts for the wealthy. His health care plan - go to the emergency room, the most expensive health care. This is serious.
Now I must address Mitt Romney's ever-changing positions on women's rights. Recently, he was asked whether he would roll back abortion rights. His reply, "No, it wasn't on his agenda." Within a very short time, he retracted his statement and then doubled-down on women's health issues; everything from wellness and cancer screenings, Roe v Wade, reproductive rights, and cuts to Planned Parenthood clinics, the main source of health care for women in need. And don't forget equal pay for equal work.
I see a presidential candidate who is not concerned about the least of these because he can't relate to the average American.
In contrast, President Obama wants the best for all Americans. He and the first lady have lived the American Dream. I see President Obama, a man of integrity, empathy, intelligence, and strength, who took office during one of the most trying times in our history. Despite an obstructive Congress, he was able to prevent our country from going into a depression. Isn't it time we have his back? Vote Democratic. Vote for the Obama-Biden ticket.
Ellen C. Campisi