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Posted: Saturday, October 25, 2008 6:17 pm | Updated: 11:37 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

I cannot believe these people that send in letters saying they are a Republican or a conservative and then say they are voting for the most liberal senator in Congress.

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PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

Column sends him to McCain

I cannot believe these people that send in letters saying they are a Republican or a conservative and then say they are voting for the most liberal senator in Congress.

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Give me a break! The absolute worst is Sandi Glauser (East Valley Voice, Oct. 18), who seems to be in your paper more than Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio saying she was a conservative. Well, she made up my mind.

I was going to sit this one out but any one that’s against John McCain that is so full of venom and viciousness must mean he probably is the better choice for us average Joes. And I don’t mean the plummer.

RICHARD BAEHR

GOLD CANYON

Left’s victim mentality

Most Americans are good people. That having been said, let’s face facts: Since the far left’s cultural revolution and child indoctrination began, we have become a nation of bums — not with regard to lack of wealth or social status — but bums in the way that we rationalize. We have been told we are all victims, and we love it. It justifies the fact that many of us want a free handout from our country.

The far left loves it because it plays right into the format of their ideology. It has appeal to hear that people have unlimited rights and the government has unlimited responsibilities.

Barak Obama knows what voters want to hear, and the far left is betting that the number of voters who have been brainwashed through the cultural revolution has finally reached 51 percent. It is my hope that the baby boomer generation will prove them wrong.

BOB BLAZIER

MESA

Reagan also was big spender

During the vice presidential debate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin quoted or paraphrased her apparent hero, President Ronald Reagan. Her favorite quote and the favorite of Reagan admirers is, “Government is the problem.” She interpreted part of this Reagan quote as being against heavy spending by the government.

Yet his administration was noted for heavily increasing spending, especially with the bailout of savings and loan associations which reached more than $100 billion.

It is amazing to me that the Republican political ads can typecast Sen. Barack Obama as a spendthrift and forget the tremendous deficits and debts of the last three Republican administrations.

Where has the Republican Party gone?

JOSEPH SCACCIA

MESA

Counting chickens too soon

As has happened before just prior to critical elections, the liberal media has their guy having already won the contest; it’s all over, might as well not even go to vote on election day. Such was the case on the front page of “Nation and World” section on Oct. 12. The attempt to decimate any hope of victory for the John McCain campaign was dominant in the article entitled, “Democrats sensing election victory.”

Phrases such as “headed toward a decisive victory,” “widely expected to take big gains in House and Senate,” and a picture of Barack Obama on a cover of Time magazine captioned, “The Next President.” Of course, the media can constitutionally forecast all they want, aided by liberal polling organizations and ex-Clinton administration hacks.

But the constant drumbeat of triumph in an election they are more than desperate to win sorely neglects the story of their negative side. This aspect, if seriously considered, could instantly deflate them.

The fairer polls, such as Rasmussen, consistently show the race as a dead heat and, in some cases, they poll McCain ahead. Others talk about enormous Democrat gains in the House and Senate. How can this really be? The House has shown between a 9 and 19 percent approval rating for around a year, thanks primarily to the actions of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, both extremely liberal Democrats.

One wonders where their root of confidence lies in making these exaggerated predictions and offering them as foregone history. The bulk of that confidence arises from the anticipation that voters will not see through their smokescreen and will react favorably to their activism at the voting booth.

PAUL CLIFF

CHANDLER

Two parties, same outcome

A definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over then expecting different results. Right now the debate is whether to elect Satan or the Devil for president. Bad news, folks, they are the same person with different names. Sure each will pander to your beliefs to grab a vote. But in the end it is all the same. People say they want change yet every four years they elect a Democrat or a Republican and wonder what happened.

Well if you haven’t figured it out; except on key issues, they are pretty much the same. The Democrats are suppose to be for the poor and the GOP are suppose to be for the rich. Last I checked, there are no poor people in million dollar houses. Words are cheap and at face value they are all in it for the money.

Did you know most people who make less than $30,000 a year pay zero dollars in taxes. At the same time, most people who make more than $250,000 a year pay zero dollars in taxes. I define middle class as $30,000 to $250,000 a year. I am too poor to afford certain things but too rich for any help on those things. It is time for a change, not a black guy in the White House change or a maverick change. No, it is time for a no-more-two-party-government change. I say we eliminate parties and all candidates have to run on their merit and record and not the praise or failles of their party. I don’t want a Republican or Democrat in that seat. I want an American who at the end of the day stands up and says I did it not because it was popular but because it was right. Consider Ralph Nader this year.

James Finstrom

Mesa

Reasons to dislike McCain

I am so afraid that people are going to vote for Sen. John McCain only because he is a veteran, possibly due to guilt for the way veterans were treated during the Vietnam War.

Has everyone forgotten the Keating Five real estate scandal? The senator was right in the middle of that, showing favoritism to his financial supporters, just as he does to this day with the oil companies. He doesn’t do what is right. He does what gives him the most financial support.

The senator likes to call himself a maverick and an underdog. A maverick doesn’t vote so consistently with the current administration, the few times he is present to vote. I have a difficult time picturing the son and grandson of Navy admirals who was given an automatic appointment to the Naval Academy, graduated near the bottom of his class but still was sent to flight school, and who has so many homes he can’t keep track of them, as an underdog. Underdogs aren’t handed opportunities like that. They have to work for them.

He does not vote in support of veterans. The vote that angered me the most was his lack of support for a bill to help families whose children suffered from spina bifida as a result of the parent’s exposure to agent orange during the Vietnam War. Veteran organizations rate him very low as far as supporting legislation helpful to veterans. I have even seen him booed out of a meeting of the Vietnam Veterans of America.

Please, see the senator for who he is, not as a symbol of the veteran community. If you vote for him, you’ll get four more years of the same!

BOB FOLEY

Attacks on Palin are sexist

Isn’t it ironic that many people including Colin Powell are questioning Sarah Palin’s experience but not that of Barack Obama. She has much more executive experience than he has but yet they question her and not him. Could it be simply because she is a woman?

PATRICK MADERIA

SCOTTSDALE

McCain added nothing

Clearly Samuel Buckner shows in his Oct. 1st diatribe against Sen. Barack Obama, (“Obama offers nothing on economy,” Letters) that he, like most Americans, doesn’t understand the way bills are passed. The $700 billion bailout plan, like all bills, was negotiated in committee.

Sen. John McCain and Barack Obama are not members of the finance committee, were not a part of the negotiations, and would not even be allowed in the room during the process.

All McCain did was complicate the process by introducing presidential politics into the debate. He made a big show of flying into Washington where President Bush helped him save face by staging a photo opportunity in the White House. Otherwise he would have gotten off the plane with nowhere to go.

At most he may have made a few phone calls which he could have done quietly behind the scene in a truly presidential fashion.

JAY WERNIKOFF

SCOTTSDALE

Come work at election polls

As a 17-year-old high school senior, I am not eligible to vote in the Nov. 4 general election, although its outcome will have a big impact on my future. However, not being able to vote does not mean I cannot get involved and play a part in this historical election. I can volunteer for national and statewide candidate campaigns, I can watch debates and educate myself on the issues, and I can encourage others to educate themselves and to vote. One of the most direct ways I can get involved is to become a paid poll worker.

Paid poll workers are fully trained on how to resolve the most common causes of disenfranchisement on Election Day, such as someone’s name not being listed on the rolls or a voter being at an incorrect polling location. Wait times can be kept down and the voting process made as efficient as possible when polls are staffed by individuals knowledgeable of the new voter identification requirements.

To become a paid poll worker, contact Ian Curtiss at azacornelections@acorn.org or (602) 254-5299 or Linda Brown at pollworker@azadvocacy.org or (602) 297-2500. You must be 16 or older.

Make a positive difference in your community by making the voting process simple and accessible for all.

MARISSA BUTLER

PHOENIX

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