The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Opinion

August 28, 2012

Marilyn Beasley, guest columnnist: Romney and Ryan best suited to fix country's problems

JOPLIN, Mo. — It’s interesting to read and listen to those who refer to the Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan presidential ticket as extreme. Perhaps what bothers them is the fact that both Romney and Ryan are telling the truth to the American people, instead of sugarcoating the issues and making promises to certain demographics that they know our nation can’t keep.

I read one letter to the editor that tried to compare Ryan’s experience to that of Barack Obama. It said, “Were he (Ryan) to become president, would he have the foreign policy experience, the magnificent courage and skills of a President Obama in his handling of Osama bin Laden?”

I had to read that statement twice. We now know that Obama received three warnings from an adviser named Valerie Jarrett to not go after bin Laden, to which Obama caved. Then we found out that it was Hillary Clinton who finally convinced Obama to act. I give Obama credit for finally saying “do it,” but I don’t consider his choice “magnificent courage.”

As far as Obama’s foreign policy, we are seeing the results of his so-called experience. Foreign countries no longer respect us. They have no fear of our nation. We have a president who bows down to foreign dignitaries. He goes around the world apologizing for our great country with no clue how to handle the mess in the Middle East. Ryan is not running for president. He is the vice-presidential nominee and he can certainly run circles around the current V.P.

I’ve heard that Romney and Ryan want to do away with Medicare; do away with health care for women; and poison the air. I’ve even heard that Romney was responsible for the death of a woman who had cancer. All of these accusations have been proven to be nothing but lies — but that’s all the Obama campaign has to run on.

In regard to Medicare, Romney and Ryan want to ensure the same coverage seniors have now for those 55 and older. They also want to improve the plan for those younger than 55 by offering choices and making adjustments to the cost in relationship to recipients’ income. They are trying to save this program, not only for current seniors, but for future generations.

Neither Romney, Ryan nor any Republican has said anything about doing away with women’s health care. This lie came about due to Obamacare, which demands that insurance companies and religious institutions provide free contraceptives to women. If women choose to use contraceptives, they should pay for it themselves. No insurance company, no religious institute, no one should have to provide something for free. There are numerous places woman can get contraceptives for little or nothing. Forcing insurance companies to provide something for free raises insurance premiums for everyone. Again, with Obama’s dismal record, the only thing his campaign can do is skew the facts.

Another big lie tossed around by the Obama campaign is that Republicans want to poison the air. One only has to read the facts to realize that what Romney and Ryan want is to do reign in the EPA, which is certainly in need of being reigned in. As a result of the EPA’s stringent regulations, we have seen devastation to the coal industry, which raises the price of electricity. We’ve seen off-the-coast oil production become limited, while research and development has been hindered by the Obama administration. The effects of the EPA’s regulations have resulted in coal plants shutting down, oil production on federal lands reaching a standstill, and the loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs. The EPA is one department that certainly needs to be limited in its authority.

If we want to see our nation’s stature rise again in the world; if we want to see our economy grow and more people working; if we want to see a decrease in government spending; if we want leaders who tell us the truth and quit dividing our country; then it’s time for a change. We need new leadership, and Romney and Ryan will provide that leadership.

Marilyn Beasley lives in Joplin.

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