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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • KEVIN WILSON: Election should be about the economy

  • Continuing high levels of unemployment, runaway government spending and an economy that can't get out of recession and guess what the Democrats are focusing on at the convention – women's right to contraceptives and other social issues.
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  • Continuing high levels of unemployment, runaway government spending and an economy that can't get out of recession and guess what the Democrats are focusing on at the convention – women's right to contraceptives and other social issues.
    Now why aren't they talking about the larger economic issues that affect every single one of us in this country?
    Wait a minute, that's a pretty dumb question for me to even ask. If the president talks about the economy, then he most likely will lose in November, if he talks about the social issues he thinks he can win. Welcome to Politics 101 – if you can't win based on your record then by all means divert the public's attention to something else in your favor.
    You know, you can't blame the president on this one. He is just trying to keep his job but if the voting public falls for it then we get what we deserve. The only problem is that all of us will suffer if people don't wake up and get informed.
    People, there is a record that is out there that you can look at to make your decision and it's not a pretty one (reference my first sentence). But, too many voters base their decision on things like how a candidate looks or how well they talk or any of a variety of issues that don't really mean a hill of beans in the grand scheme of things.
    I said that instead of focusing on the economy that the president and the Democrats want to talk about the social issues such as birth control. I heard on a news commentary show that the college student that testified before Congress about birth control is going to be one of the speakers at the Democrat national convention.
    You know, I didn't weigh in on that subject when it happened but here is my take on it now after hearing her testimony. She is going to law school on a public interest scholarship (does that mean that we are paying for her to go to school?) and thinks that her birth control prescription should be covered by the insurance company with no questions asked. So now, in this entitlement society in which we live, birth control is a fundamental health right? I guess that is what she and others are saying.
    In addition to this lady speaking to the convention attendees the Dems are focusing on a web presentation called, "The Life of Julia" which highlights how President Obama is a champion of women's rights. If you have access to the internet you really need to watch this presentation. It is a dramatic representation of the "cradle to grave" mentality of our current administration.
    If you want our government to literally take care of you from the time you are born till the time you die then you will love this presentation but if you don't then it will most likely make you pretty mad. Either way you need to look at it.
    Page 2 of 2 - Please don't misinterpret my column to mean that I don't think women's issues are important because I do. But, what about men's issues or children's issues, or senior citizens? We have so many problems that need to be addressed and the most important one is the economy and getting people back to work. But, instead of putting the record out there and openly discussing the pros and cons of Obama's economic policies, the DNC would rather talk about class warfare and women's issues. No wonder people are disgusted by politics (you notice I didn't say our political system but rather the personal political games people play).
    The next two and a half months are going to be critical to the future of our nation and I pray that the American electorate can get past negative advertising and catchy political slogans to make an informed decision. I really believe that this is the most critical national election in my lifetime.
    I'm rapidly running out of space, but I just have to share this one. I heard on the news that the City of Detroit Water and Sewer Department employs a horseshoer at an annual salary of $29,000 and pays an additional $27,000 a year in benefits for that individual. Only problem is that they have no horses. According to the news report, the union says that the city can't get rid of the position.
    I'm sure that the city is getting federal funds so one can make the argument that you and I are helping pay for someone to shoe horses that aren't there. I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried – my imagination isn't that good.
    Kevin Wilson writes a weekly column for the Daily News.

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