Recollections will prompt a vote for the president’s re-election


When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of “Obamacare,” the Grays Harbor Republican chairwoman, Kristine Lowder, wrote to local newspapers exhorting readers to “Remember in November!” It’s rare that I agree, especially wholeheartedly, with Republicans about hardly anything, but in this case, I certainly cannot shy away.

Ms. Lowder, I will remember in November!

Kristine reminded us that Obamacare was passed without a single Republican vote which reminded me that the so-called “largest tax increase in history” (not really true) budget by President Bill Clinton in 1993, which lead to an unprecedented eight years of job growth and prosperity for this country, was also passed with nary a single Republican vote. Those resultant $500 billion annual budget surpluses projected for the coming decade after he left office were subsequently squandered through huge tax cuts and unfunded wars when President G.W. Bush came into office (basically through appointment by that same court). Funny how the Supreme Court is wise and heroic when they do something the Republicans agree with, but a bunch of socialist loonies when they don’t.

Ms. Lowder, I will remember in November!

Many letter writers then subsequently summed up all of the “better” things happening with health care for Americans under Obamacare, which I believe are all the same great benefits accruing to the residents of Massachusetts currently enjoying “Romneycare,” promoted and signed into law by, you guessed, Gov. Mitt Romney when he was in office. Gov. Romney has since campaigned for months to repeal Obamacare on his first day in office, if elected.

Ms. Lowder, I will remember in November!

It has been made known recently that this state’s two largest “nonprofit” private health care providers, Premera Blue Cross and Regence BlueShield, are EACH sitting on reserves exceeding $1 billion, but yet continue to raise premiums for subscribers. As the Republicans like to exclaim: the private sector can do it better — except usually it’s for their own interests. God forbid they would ever get their hands on Social Security and Medicare under a President Romney!

Ms. Lowder, I will remember in November!

When we have clear cut voter intimidation practices legislated by the Republicans in a number of the known swing states, and a candidate like Gov. Mitt Romney who can tell bald face lies 27 times in a nationally televised presidential debate, can it be a given that this will be a fair and square election? Especially since it has recently been noted that there will be a sharp drop in the number of states conducting exit polling. I remember how Floridians set off to the polls in November 2000, the majority intending to vote for Al Gore, but yet G.W. Bush was handed the state’s electoral votes; as he was again in Ohio in 2004 when tens of thousands of voters were denied their opportunity to cast their ballot for John Kerry, resulting in a so-called G.W.Bush “re-election.”

Ms. Lowder, I will remember in November!

The choice we have this November will be like none other we’ve had in my lifetime: a choice between sustaining the excessive lifestyles of those who disdain the plight of the “47 percent” or choosing to continue the growing economy President Obama finally has on track (with little to no help from the Republicans) to help all Americans participate on a level playing field in trying to achieve their share of the American Dream. A choice between those who have comfortably “made it,” more often than not on the backs of the working class, and those who are trying as hard as they can to simply maintain a decent life, along with those who have lost all hope that they can ever get back into the system. A choice between a party of faux patriots who willingly send off everyone’s brave sons and daughters, except their own, to ill-conceived and unfunded wars with little regard to the human consequences, and one who does not shirk its moral and fiscal responsibilities of caring for the resultant tens of thousands of disabled, unemployed, and homeless veterans. The crux of all this can be summed up in “On the Turning Away” by Pink Floyd:

On the turning away

From the pale and downtrodden

And the words they say

Which we won’t understand

“Don’t accept that what’s happening

Is just a case of others’ suffering

Or you’ll find that you’re joining in

The turning away …

How the ranks have grown

Driven on by a heart of stone

We could find that we’re all alone

In the dream of the proud…

No more turning away

From the weak and the weary

No more turning away

From the coldness inside

Just a world that we all must share

It’s not enough just to stand and stare

Is it only a dream that there’ll be

No more turning away?

Will I remember in November? Ms. Lowder, you darn betcha! Thanks for reminding me. I will be voting to help turn that dream into a reality.

Michael J. Spencer is from Raymond.