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We do need to choose wisely

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By The Staff

I just had to respond to a letter in your editorial section titled "Choose Wisely." I agree with the author, we do need to choose wisely.

When you look at the resumes of the two candidates running for president, you see stark contrasts. One candidate, John McCain, served his country heroically in the military during wartime and has served more than 22 years in the Senate, where even the Democrats admire his integrity.

The other candidate, Barack Obama, did not serve in the military and has served about 190 days the past four years in the Senate, where he spent most of his time voting "Present" and has not introduced one major piece of legislation.

By voting "Present," a member cannot be held responsible for anything. I do hope that in times of crisis that he doesn't vote "Present." Obama's resume is so lame that it's safe to say that he has the weakest qualifications of any candidate who has ever ran for president in the history of the United States. He is neither fit nor qualified to be the president of this great nation.

I found it quite ironic that Mr. Redmon would bring up the name of Bill Clinton in his letter. I refer you to an article from, of all places, the New York Times from Sept. 30, 1999. The headline read, "Fannie Mae Eases Credit To Aid Mortgage Lending."

Some lines from the article follows and these are word for word: "Fannie Mae, the nation's biggest underwriter of home mortgages, has been under increasing pressure from the Clinton administration to expand mortgage loans among low and moderate income people and felt pressure from stockholders to maintain its phenomenal growth in profits.

"In moving, even tentatively, into this new area of lending, Fannie Mae is taking on significantly more risk which may not pose any difficulties during flush economic times. But the government subsidized corporation may run into trouble during an economic downturn, prompting a government rescue similar to that of the savings and loan industry in the 1980s."

Peter Wallison, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in the same article said, "If they fail, the government will have to step up and bail them out the way it stepped up and bailed out the thrift industry."

Franklin Delano Raines, a Clinton crony, took the helm of Fannie Mae in 1999 using Fannie Mae as his personal piggy bank looting it for a total of almost $100 million dollars by the time he left in early 2005 under an ethical cloud.

Barack Obama says he stands for the middle class, but he does not show middle class values. A quote from his book "The Audacity to Hope" - "I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction." This statement speaks for itself.

Obama says that he plans to dismantle the military and demilitarize space. Now is not the time to dismantle our military with the Russians invading our allies and the possibility of Iran soon having nuclear weapons. We do need to make sure that we get out and vote because this may be our last chance.

In summary, I do agree with Mr. Redmon that we do need to choose wisely come Election Day.

Lanny Vincent

Buffalo, Ky.