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Republican record of obstruction

October 30, 2012
The Journal

To the editor:

I think it is important to remember that in 2010, the Republicans in Congress took over as the majority and as Mitch McConnell promised, obstructed every thing they could to insure that Pres. Obama would be a one-term president.

In those two years, this is what the GOP accomplished: Veterans Jobs Bill - blocked, Wall Street Reform-blocked, Immigration Reform - blocked, Political Ad Disclosure - blocked x2, Small Business Jobs Act - blocked x2, Unemployment Extension Bill - blocked, Affordable Care Act - voted 3x to repeal, Recovery & Reinvestment Act - attempted block, Tax on Companies Shipping Jobs Overseas - blocked, Repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell - multiple blocks, Healthcare for 9/11 First Responders - blocked, Benefits for Homeless Veterans - blocked, Anti-Rape Amendment-blocked, Fair Pay Act of 2009 - blocked, Oil Spill Liability - blocked, Dream Act - blocked, and Jobs Bill - blocked.

I don't think I am going to convince Romney supporters to switch sides, even though it is documented that Mitt has told 533 lies in 30 weeks. This is documented and backed up. It is uncertain what Mitt Romney would do, in any given situation.

I am voting for Barack Obama, because I agree that the government serves a purpose in taking care of its citizens in the areas of protection, health care as a human right, infrastructure and public education. Obama did amazingly well up against some heavy duty obstruction. We could very well be in a major depression right now, if he hadn't made the moves he did. Yes, it's messy and complicated. Yes, it's not perfect. The scenario he inherited on Jan. 20, 2009 was daunting, to say the least. I appreciate that he is able to use some finesse and skill in dealing with foreign countries, rather than blustering in, saying things before thinking it through, and offending people who have been our allies. That hurts our ability to gather allies and negotiate with enemies when needed. Making friends of enemies is the point, isn't it?

Even though Obamacare is not perfect it is a step in the right direction. Repealing it makes no sense. People are already being helped by this law. It would cost millions to health insurance companies at this point to go back. If the GOP would stop obstructing, they, together with Dems could start working on making the adjustments needed to tweak it. Healthcare costs are dragging us down as a nation and destroying families' financial lives. Tens of thousands of people are dying prematurely because they cannot afford healthcare.

The economic outlook is moving toward the positive, though we are still in a recession. If you thought we'd be out of one in four years and unemployment would be down to six percent, it doesn't work that way. When you read about all the factors that play into this slow recovery you understand that it is unrealistic to think Pres. Obama could have corrected all of the damage, especially with obstructionists working against him, rather than for the people of this country.

Robyn Sand Anderson

New Ulm



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