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October 22, 2012

Readers' Forum 10-22 | Romney-Ryan plan would slash vital benefits

— Neither Mitt Romney nor Paul Ryan will reveal how they would pay for the Ryan budget. In other words, they would give the gold mine to the rich and the shaft to the rest of us. They would end the earned-income credit and child-tax credit, both of which benefit the working poor.

The interest on a mortgage won’t be tax-deductible. The school-lunch program that feeds poor children would end. The Republican agenda would cut billions of dollars from the food stamp program that keeps poor people from starvation.

They would defund Planned Parenthood that screens poor women without health insurance for breast cancer and other cancers that affect women. They would repeal the Affordable Care Act, which benefits millions of people.

At the Republican National Convention, Republicans made it official that they want to end federal funding for Amtrak, which would result in the loss of 20,000 jobs.

The Republican agenda is to destroy Medicare and Medicaid as we know it, and privatize Social Security.

In regard to foreign policy, the only foreign experience Romney has is outsourcing decent-paying jobs to sweat shops overseas and hiding his millions of dollars in overseas accounts to avoid paying taxes.

Romney never served in the military, nor did his idol, Dick Cheney, who received five draft deferments. Romney received three.

If a person uses his political influence or money to avoid serving in the military, he isn’t qualified to be commander in chief.

God bless President Obama.

Ralph A. Swank

Johnstown

Mitt lacks compassion for middle class worker

Mitt Romney doesn’t have the compassion for American workers that is needed to be president of our great nation.

Researching Romney’s business history reveals his position on impoverishing  workers. He was a co-founder of Bain Capital, a private equity firm that bled companies dry. They bought and invested in companies, then slashed costs by laying off workers, shipping jobs overseas and halting investments and modernizations.

He’s running for president on a platform as a job creator. It’s too bad the jobs he created were not here at home.

America needs a vibrant middle class for its economy to work – one driven by employees making and buying products of the good old U.S.A.

Romney has stated that many Americans don’t want to work. I disagree. Given a level playing field, Americans will outwork and out-produce anybody in the world.

I encourage everyone to vote and vote for your job.

If Romney wins, American workers lose.

Jack Sabo

Upper Yoder Township

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