To the Editor:
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his vice presidential pick Paul Ryan are asking the American electorate to put their trust in the Romney-Ryan ticket. How can the American people trust these politicians when over the course of time they have shown a reckless disregard for the facts?
Romney and Ryan display their dishonesty when they assert that President Obama poses a threat to Medicare. In fact, President Obama has made no cuts to Medicare benefits.
Instead through the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), reimbursements to insurance providers have been dramatically reduced, increasing the fiscal solvency of Medicare by eight years. The 700 billion dollars in savings is filtered back into the health care system enabling senior citizens to receive preventive care without co-pays.
Under the Romney-Ryan plan, Medicare would become a voucher system where the typical 65-year-old would see their annual out-of-pocket costs more than doubling, increasing by $6,350.
Romney’s running-mate Paul Ryan has stated several times that President Obama is responsible for a General Motors plant in Wisconsin shutting down. This GM plant closed before Barack Obama became president.
Mitt Romney claims that under his tax plan this country’s wealthiest citizens would “continue to pay the largest share of the tax burden.” In reality, under Romney’s plan an individual in the wealthiest one percent category of Americans would receive a $60,000 tax cut, while an individual in the wealthiest 0.1 percent would receive a $264,000 tax cut.
Romney’s plan raises taxes on everyone earning less than $200,000.00. Middle class families will experience tax increases of $2000.00 per year.
Romney and Ryan plan to slash Medicaid by one-third, deprive 30 million Americans of their health care coverage and cut Pell Grants for one million students in order to reward the mega-wealthy with additional tax breaks.
This policy appears to be Robin Hood in reverse. Mitt Romney further exhibits his disregard for the facts when he attempts to take credit for the plan that saved the auto industry.
However, it was President Obama, a true visionary, who demonstrated strong leadership by saving the auto industry, while Romney showed a lack of vision and leadership in advocating a policy which has as its basic premise “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt.”
West Bloomfield, MI.
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