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Sarasota News Leader October 5, 2012 OPINION LETTERS TO THE EDITOR REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS TAKEN A VERY BAD TURN To the editor: What has happened to the Republican Party? Four years ago, its candidate for president, John McCain, responded to a woman who called Obama an Arab by taking her micro- phone and saying, "No madam. We disagree on policy, but he is a good American and a good family man." Now Mitt Romney not only doesn't make an attempt at decency, he and other members of the Republican Party say or insinuate the president is a Muslim and is not an American. When asked for proof, they have none. Now joined by the Sarasota Republican Par- ty's "Statesman of the Year," Donald Trump, this Republican Party wrongly believes we will buy anything its leaders say. We're not that gullible. Some of us can actually read and don't restrict our investigation to the GOP's Fox News reports. Romney's campaign has been called a disaster and a rolling calamity, and those evaluations are from staunch Republicans. Their conven- tion left us with their question, "Are you better off now than you were four years ago?" YES! The Dow Jones value has doubled, housing values are rising, we are out of Iraq and we have killed Osama bin Laden. I canvassed for Obama four years ago and walked on streets where kids I coached in midget football used to live. Furniture filled the yards of Southgate neighborhoods, and tears filled my eyes. Not so now. We are work- ing our way out of the recession caused by the GOP's thoroughly debunked trickle-down economic theory. There may have been some question about the purpose of the Republican Party, but Mitt did us a favor and spelled it out. It is a party of the rich, by the rich and for the rich, and some of its leaders' financial good fortune ain't trick- ling down to us. Art Ginsburg Sarasota VOTERS GET TO CHOOSE SCENARIO THEY WANT FOR THE U.S. To the editor: If the polls are somewhat correct, people be- lieve that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney would do a better job than Pres- ident Obama on reducing the deficit. Obama wins over Romney on just about everything else. Page 67

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