Letter: 'Not so fast'

Dick Selvala, Naples

'Not so fast'

When a cheer for re-election of the president is published just a couple of inches from a humorous political cartoon providing a visual image of that challenge, it makes for humorous and unintended irony. This was provided by Art Herman's cautionary letter of why voters will be wary of Mitt Romney and find Newt Gingrich unacceptable as well, opening the door for his prediction of nominee Romney "losing badly" to the incumbent.

Not so fast there.

The cartoon showing a lonely survivor of the sinking cruise ship desperately holding up a "RE-ELECT CAPTAIN OBAMA" sign shows the difficulty of finding a pinnacle of success to stand on while making the case for the "hope and change" candidate. Running without a record served the president well in the last election and the warnings about his far-left friends and sentiments were ignored by many, while celebrated by others, as the source of his promised change.

Now he has a record and it exposes him as a leader and the futility of his political and economic vision that can only lead to becoming an inflated version of Greece. Voters in liberal states have elected governors who ran on the platforms of smaller government, leaner public work forces, and public employee benefit packages that meet the test of common sense that taxpayers will pay for. Issues like abortion, marriage, and religious affiliation are taking a back seat to voter priority issues of economic strength and national security.

No predictions here, but the American people are catching on.

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