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Deja vu all over again

April 30, 2012
The Daily News

EDITOR:President Obama, we've tried this before and it failed miserably. You may not remember because you were busy playing high school basketball in Hawaii and probably not paying attention to the gas lines back on the mainland.

While you were making layups, Jimmy Carter was giving massive tax breaks to individuals and companies to invest in windmills; he was coercing the automobile manufacturers to produce miniature cars that got better gas mileage; he was telling us that the world was running out of oil so we should conserve energy by turning down our thermostats and wearing sweaters in our homes; he was leading the "Green Initiatives" before they were called green; he was acquiescing to the Ayatollah's in Iran who then held us hostage; he was presiding over an economy that was truly the worst since the Great Depression.

Jimmy Carter won the election in 1976 because he was a relatively unknown who was able to connect with Americans through his down home communication skills. He attracted young voters in droves because he promised change and gave them hope.

Mr. Obama, does this sound all too familiar?

Deja vu all over again. In 1976 we elected a Peanut Farmer and in 2008, a Community Organizer.

Both Carter and Obama were personable guys that very few people had heard of and both men were not qualified to be president.

Under President Carter, unemployment was sky high, gas prices were high, housing was unaffordable and the Iranians were pounding their chests in defiance of the U.S. Does it sound all too familiar?

Mr. Obama, by Carter's last year you were starting your college life and you might remember a man named Ronald Reagan.

Jimmy Carter's malaise was a stark contrast to Ronald Reagan's view of our future as exemplified by his quote, "If you're afraid of the future, then get out of the way, stand aside; the people of this country are ready to move again."

I have high confidence in the American people that they will recognize that President Obama, although a good man, is an amateur and is not ready to be president, as President Carter wasn't, and that he must "get out of the way" this November.

Mitt Romney has proven himself as a good man and a strong leader who knows how to get things done.

His success as a businessman and as the leader of the successful summer Olympics in Salt Lake City document a resume of success.

Let's hope and pray for 'Deja vu all over again' in 2012.

Gary Merrill

Florence, Wis.



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