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Letter: Obama's '1 in 5' Is Reason to Vote Him Out

With one in five workers unemployed, underemployed or discouraged from even staying in the workforce, how can we re-elect Obama, asks Matt Troy, a member of the Darien Republican Town Committee.

To the editor:

While the press typically focuses on the unemployment rate, which remains at an abysmal 8 percent, the more accurate gauge of an economy’s health is underemployment and labor force participation.  So where do we stand after four years of Hope and Change?  Underemployment  has been stagnant at 15 percent, while an additional 4 percent have dropped out of the workforce.  Taken together, that means nearly one in five Americans (1) are out of work and looking for a job, (2) have taken a lower paying job to try and make ends meet, or (3) have given up looking for a job altogether. 

That number should serve as a staggering wake up call.  Hope is not a policy.  Change is not a strategy.  And as for good intentions?  I seem to recall an old proverb that the road to ‘someplace hot and unpleasant’ was paved with them.

The last four years have proven that merely wanting something doesn’t make it so.  Our aspirations as a nation should not be built upon hollow rhetoric and wishful thinking, but rather a solid foundation of real world experience and rational policy. 

Mitt Romney for President.

Matt Troy

Member of the Darien Republican Town Committee

Shelly Ransom October 03, 2012 at 06:19 PM
I only wish that Romney would show us his brilliant strategy to bring back the economy. It seems he would simply like to take us back to the same ideas that got us into this mess in the first place.
donkeybuster October 03, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Two points, Shelly. First, in no way do you attempt to rebut or otherwise argue against the factual data pointing to Obama's failure the writer cited. Instead, you try to shift the argument to a different issue. If you want to know Romney's strategy, merely visit his website or do some research on the web. Might take you a few minutes, Apologies if that is asking a lot? Second, if you are so concerned with knowing details, what was your opinion when Nancy Pelosi said, "We have to pass the healtchcare bill so that you can find out what is in it?" Seems to me that jamming a piece of legislation, that polls showed 80% of the citizens of this country did not understand or support, through the legislative process at the 11th hour...should have drawn your outrage as well. I'm guessing it did not. And for the sake of polite discourse, I would ask that you take a moment and pause and reflect as to why. Me thinks it has something to do with your mind being made up, that you have arrived at a conclusion...that no amount of fact or evidence showing the contrary...will be able to change.
Shelly Ransom October 03, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Donkeybuster, if that is your real name, I appreciate your polite discourse, but I don't think I displayed outrage or even a lack of willingness to do my "research on the web." I simply don't think Romney is giving voters a solid plan to "fix the economy" and that Obama's strategy is slowly working. Do I wish it was a faster pace? Of course. But, that Romney doesn't seem to offer a better solution, along with his party's platform being vastly different from my own desires for this country, I will concede that yes, you are correct when you say that Mitt has not changed my mind and made me want to vote for him.
Michael Duff October 03, 2012 at 07:13 PM
The choice is clear, the problem is also. The economy is in shambles and we as a nation are in debt to the tune of $16,000,000,000,000 and growing. And of obligations that go far beyond that 16 trillion. We must face the fact that it will take many years to “fix” the economy regardless of who gets elected in Nov 2012. My guess is 15 to 20 years will be needed to correct and balance the financial health of the United States. That is of course if we avoid the mistakes made by countries like France, England, Greece and Argentina. Do we as a nation of free people wish to have the Government rule our lives and decide our personal activities or do we wish to have all the freedoms that our Constitution and Bill of Rights grant us. Obama is not the answer he has proven to us he will lead us down the road Argentina has taken and we can expect even worse to happen.
Sister Sarah October 03, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Stock market has doubled since the daze of george dumya, count your blessings.
Andrew Cox October 03, 2012 at 09:01 PM
@Sister Sarah - The stock market is not the economy. Ubiquitous Fed spending and rate suppression does not constitute a "recovery" in my book.

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