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From Diane Strippel

By Staff | Sep 12, 2012

I am so glad to see (as evidenced by the primary election) that West Virginians can see the difference between what politicians say and what they do. President Obama says he wants to create new jobs, but what he does is: nix the pipeline that would have provided many jobs, regulate the coal industry to the point of closing mines and plants. Obamacare requires all businesses with 50 or more full-time employees to provide health coverage for their workers or pay a $2,000 penalty for each employee after the first 30 workers. Is it likely that businesses will avoid hiring so they don’t go over the 50-worker threshold for mandated coverage; also, they are likely to cut workers’ hours so that they don’t qualify as full-time to avoid the penalty.

He says he wants to pay down the deficit, but what he has done for the last three-and-a-half years is increase the deficit by over $5 trillion. That is more than any other president in our history! Forty percent of this deficit and our spending is borrowed. West Virginians do not want to leave a legacy of debt and bankruptcy for our children and grandchildren.

However, this administration has been consistent in their support for government funded abortions, giving about a million dollars a day to Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider. This Justice Department has refused to enforce the DOMA law, which ensures marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Recently, they have even begun to sue states for enforcing the laws (just the opposite of what the Justice Dept. is supposed to do) regarding marriage and immigration.

You will no doubt hear negatives from the Obama campaign about the VP pick Paul Ryan. Keep in mind that the President’s party is in charge of the Senate, which has not produced a budget in over three years. Obama’s budget didn’t get a single vote. Ryan’s budget got 200 votes in the House.

You may hear that Ryan’s proposed budget destroys Medicare; it doesn’t. Anyone over 55 would keep everything as it is; no changes. It was the Obama administration that cut $700 billion from Medicare in the Health Care law.


Diane Strippel

New Martinsville