Romney snubs our protectors

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While it was true that President Obama’s comment on the state of the private sector was a poor and embarrassing one, Mr. Obama realized this and sought to clarify himself. However, Mitt Romney’s response overflowed with the callous indifference and ignorance he has demonstrated time and time again throughout his campaign.

Romney’s recent, mocking comments that President Obama would seek to hire more teachers, police officers and firefighters, while Romney himself would not, clearly established his priorities should he become president.

Romney would further cut funding for education to our public schools, forcing an even greater strain on an already exacerbated and stressed educational system. Without a proper education, our students cannot compete in a growing, technical global market, and this would mean that the vast majority of the poor and working-class children would receive an even poorer quality of education.

Though this saddened me, it was his attack on the police and firefighters that truly infuriated me as I recalled some very painful memories. My wife and I were living in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001. We saw the first-responders rushing downtown, not knowing how many wounded or dying there might be. Many firefighters entered those towers to save lives and became victims themselves. Their comrades who survived searched day and night, hoping to find them alive but more often only finding their burned bodies.

When I think of that day and the loss of American lives, how many of us depended on those who answered the call? Yet Romney would say we need fewer of these vital personnel? All I have to say is this: Thank you, Mr. Romney, for showing us whose side you were on that day.

Joseph A. Zuchowski

Augusta

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smartasugarsugar
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smartasugarsugar 06/18/12 - 03:55 am
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Sorry JZ but i kinda agree...

the educational system is poor at best in the US. Teachers are paid enormous salaries to educate our children and they really want to for the first few years, after that they finally realize they are regulated and work for elected officials who want to keep their job regardless of your kids quality of education. police officers have similar issues as well. as for the fire department I honestly feel that they are paid quite well to sit in a building and keep it and trucks clean and serviceable, then run off to put out a fire. As for the 9/11 reference, no one throws a pity party for the soldiers that die every day defending our country? oh yea occasionally there is a fund raiser for something. In closing lets just say that 2 out of 3 of these areas need vast improvements, as for the 3rd let it be, they work they get paid well and if they die, its a risk that comes with the territory. sad but true.

carcraft
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carcraft 06/18/12 - 04:36 am
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We pay more to educate our

We pay more to educate our children than any modern nation on earth. We surely need to spend more, seems like the right thing to do...throw more good money after bad! Who pays for the cops and fire fighters, gee Obama may have to skip a hair cut for a couple of years to pay for a fire fighter, Nah, let the municipalities that are already broke do it, Michelle and I need our vacations, not to mention we have to be instyle so we can party with the pop tarts and glamor "beautiful " people and raise money so I can get reelcted or go golfing...BWAHAHAHAHA

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myfather15 06/18/12 - 05:24 am
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The public education system

The public education system is completely broke and you will never fix it by throwing more money at it. Its needs a complete overhaul and to go back to the basics. It also wouldn't hurt to stop indoctrinating our children with liberal ideology.

This letter is nothing but another attempt to disguise liberal rhetoric as compassion. It doesn't fly with anyone who uses common sense.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 06/18/12 - 05:43 am
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Poor/bad education =

Poor/bad education = Government Involvement

KSL
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KSL 06/18/12 - 05:48 am
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Anyone with any sense knows

Anyone with any sense knows that to rile up the voters, politicians always say that cuts will have to be made (teachers, firemen, and policemen). They never suggest cutting their own salaries or expense accounts.

copperhead
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copperhead 06/18/12 - 06:25 am
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mmm mmm obama mmm mmm praise

mmm mmm obama mmm mmm praise his name mmm mmm obama mmm mmm

desertcat6
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desertcat6 06/18/12 - 06:30 am
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Saddens me, public sevice,

Saddens me, public sevice, heartless, 911. What a well thought out manipulative letter.

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Riverman1 06/18/12 - 06:35 am
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Mr. Zuchowski, let's just put

Mr. Zuchowski, let's just put everyone to work for the government. No private enterprise. I wonder how long that would work?

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Techfan 06/18/12 - 06:39 am
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Teachers. cops, and, firemen

Teachers. cops, and, firemen have enormous salaries and are well paid, yet a CEO can bring home millions when the company loses money? The right wingers in this country has lost their minds. When they demonize those that are the backbone of the country, they also have lost all sense of priority.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 06/18/12 - 06:52 am
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Wrong

Unlike politicians, CEOs who run companies that lose money, are held accountable. Corporations that built this country and are, indeed, the backbone of this country, are the ones being demonized by the President and his lemmings.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/18/12 - 07:16 am
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I can assure you there would

I can assure you there would be zero paid police and firefighters if people couldn't make money in private businesses with jobs and investing.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 06/18/12 - 07:18 am
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Well Mitt may have some

Well Mitt may have some issues but not like assassinating American citizens without due process and a hit list of further killings. Obama told us his frustration with Congress and that now he feels priviledged to legistlate rather than execute the laws, which he has used the EPA as an legislative branch,now refusing to "execute" the immigration laws and flaunts the fact. He can "execute" people but just can't manage to execute his job. Just wait and watch what fascist tact he will likely take if Obamacare goes south in the SCOTUS. Obama is trying to supersede the other branches. Mitt may have faults but Obama is a nightmare. Now please don't retort about some Rep fascist acts because I condemn those as well. We need a check and balance system which is obvious since our last two presidents.

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allhans 06/18/12 - 07:43 am
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Obama must be so proud.

Obama must be so proud.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 06/18/12 - 07:43 am
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Romney did not snub anyone.

Romney did not snub anyone. He merely stated he would not throw money at hiring more teachers, police, and firefighters simply in order to get the unemployment numbers up like Obama would. That is the only way Obama knows to create jobs and that is to use taxpayer money to hire more government employees whether they are needed or not.

Obama threw money at teachers, police, and firefighters from the stimulus (porkulus) and now that money has run out. Now Obama does not have a clue about how to spur the economy and actually get private enterprise to start creating jobs. In fact, most of his policies are actually preventing businesses from hiring. I am sure Obama wishes he could hire everyone to work for the government so his unemployment numbers would not reflect the dismal outcome of his policies.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 06/18/12 - 07:57 am
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Mitt is just making the case

Mitt is just making the case of fiscal responsiblity and Obama the case to spend more. Pretty contrasting.

carcraft
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carcraft 06/18/12 - 08:45 am
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Techfan wrote "The right

Techfan wrote "The right wingers in this country has lost their minds. When they demonize those that are the backbone of the country, they also have lost all sense of priority." I don't know of any "right wingers" who have demonized Teachers, Fire Fighters or Policeman. We HAVE demonized unions that have money deducted from teachers or police officers pay and then use those "dues" to support canidates or causes the teacheres, Fire Fighters or Police don't support. Look at the number of teachers that left the teachers union in Wisconsin when they could. So please show where right wingers have ever demonized Teachers, Fire Fighters or Police! http://www.eiaonline.com/intercepts/2012/05/31/wall-street-journal-repor... How is governmental coercion to join a union an acceptal practice for a free people?

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itsanotherday1 06/18/12 - 09:04 am
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Thank you dichotomy

That is EXACTLY what he said: "He merely stated he would not throw money at hiring more teachers, police, and firefighters simply in order to get the unemployment numbers up like Obama would."

Funny how they want to take a sound bite out of context to fool the ignorant. I saw the interview and understood precisely that he would not mandate more hiring of public sector employees to prop up the economy. That is just a shell game since it is taxpayers footing that bill. Everyone on the government payroll are part of the beast sucking us dry.
(that is not a slap at all of you loyal and productive people who work in public service, it is just a fact of life that a government bursting at the seams is our major issue)

Lastly, they will fund more public service workers for a time, and them who pays? YOU DO!! Unless those added workers are fired when the federal money ceases.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 06/18/12 - 10:16 am
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I think Obama is probably a

I think Obama is probably a really nice guy, and makes a great college professor and community organizer, but I would respect the man more if he would just admit his failures and admit he isn't presidential material. The leadership skill is not his forte and I don't understand why he wants another shot when he should just concede he should be a one term president as he previously stated. But Obama is an egomaniac and would sell his soul and America out for a vote (secret leaks demonstrate that) rather than do what is right for America. You know that study that executives are psychopaths may have some merits.

faithson
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faithson 06/18/12 - 10:18 am
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fall in line

gotta love the way so many have fallen in line with the Mitt after such vitriol just a couple of months ago. All I have heard from Mitt is denigration of the sitting President, not a word as to any details He will run on. If all the best the republicans can do is denigrate, denigrate and denigrate some more, good luck in November.

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CZick 06/18/12 - 10:39 am
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Well written and

Well written and enlightening. Thanks, JZ.

carcraft
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carcraft 06/18/12 - 11:28 am
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Mitt really doesn't have to

Mitt really doesn't have to denigrate Obama, Obama is doing that all by himself...

Southern Leslie
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Southern Leslie 06/18/12 - 12:12 pm
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Could someone please explain
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Could someone please explain how pointing out what the President has done is considered "denigrating the President."

howcanweknow
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howcanweknow 06/18/12 - 12:17 pm
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Mitt criticized Obama. Say it

Mitt criticized Obama. Say it ain't so! Obviously, that makes Mitt a racist.

Obama criticized Mitt. Of course. He has every right to do so. No way Obama is anti-Mormon. He's just speaking the truth.

The hypocritical Obamites keep talking out of both sides of their mouth.

Southern Leslie
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Southern Leslie 06/18/12 - 12:52 pm
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I suppose pointing out things
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I suppose pointing out things that the President has done is denigrating him uses the same logic that criticizing his policies is racist. Anything to defend the failing President. If you can't refute the argument....attack the messenger....it's the liberal way.

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harley_52 06/18/12 - 01:01 pm
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Mr. Zuchowski says....

"All I have to say is this: Thank you, Mr. Romney, for showing us whose side you were on that day."

I've never met Mr. Zuchowski and I'm betting he's a fine fellow, but this letter is pretty low.

Mr. Zuchowski twists a fairly innocuous comment by Mr. Romney as proof Mr. Romney hates teachers, cops, and firemen and (worst of all) proof that on 9/11/01 Mr. Romney stood against the policemen and firemen who risked (and gave) their lives in the line of duty.

Disgusting.

harley_52
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harley_52 06/18/12 - 01:07 pm
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The Winner!

of the contest to see who can use the word "denigrate" the most times in a single sentence....

"If all the best the republicans can do is denigrate, denigrate and denigrate some more, good luck in November."

KSL
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KSL 06/18/12 - 01:50 pm
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Actually Obama has not

Actually Obama has not particlarly sided with law enforcement, now has he? He sided with that idiot professor, Gates. He took up for Trayvon, before all facts came out. He put border patrol officers at risk. One is murdered. I could go on.

KSL
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KSL 06/18/12 - 01:54 pm
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LOL, Harley.

LOL, Harley.

Southern Leslie
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Southern Leslie 06/18/12 - 02:04 pm
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And Obama has decided not to
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And Obama has decided not to enforce immigration law....

KSL
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KSL 06/18/12 - 02:36 pm
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Wonder how many of the under

Wonder how many of the under 30 illegals are responible for crimes in the US. Nope, Obama is not particularly a law enforcement supporter. Now I guess you could make a stretch for teacher support. He supported Gates big time and Ayers. Oh wait, it was the Ayers who supported Obama.

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