What I expect
Just wanted to let you know what I expect in my President.
I expect him to be patriotic - not apologizing to those that take our foreign aid and would eagerly look to destroy us.
I would expect his own family to be patriotic as well - not declare that Americans can be mean-spirited.
I would expect him to applaud and praise and encourage all the individuals who have worked hard and achieved success - not claim that it was because the government was there that gave them that break.
I expect him to be a man for all Americans - not instigate class warfare, which surely divides a country by trying to "redistribute" the wealth. (But I suppose it's O.K. for a member of his family to have 23 personal assistants and spend fortunes on lavish vacations on our dime.)
I expect him to be bi-partisan and, by example, try to instill bi-partisanship in others - not continue to blame "the other party" or previous administrations for his own failings.
I would expect him to seek out and associate with some of America's greatest entrepreneurs in business - not surround himself or be mentored by socialists, communists or hate-spewing clerics who would infuse their radical views into his agenda.
I do not want my country "fundamentally changed." This is America. May God still "shed His Grace on thee."
That is what I expect in my President, and that is the change I'm hoping for in November. I would hope my fellow Americans would feel the same.
I suffer with something called agoraphobia. It is a psychological response from having had severe trauma in my life - two family members murdered in two separate homicides, rape, robbery and I could go on.
Agoraphobia is the fear of leaving one's home or safe place.
There is no precise medical treatment other than those relative to depression/post traumatic stress syndrome.
I am not able to leave my home to go the grocery store, doctor appointments and to carry on with necessities outside my house, also known as life.
So-called friends and neighbors seem to think I choose to stay in. This is not my choice. I'd give my right arm just to be normal and just to walk out my door.
Why would anyone choose to live in such insanity?
Neighbors and so-called friends don't think to call to see if I need anything at the store when they go to shop. When I call them to ask for that kind of help, almost always something is going on with them that they cannot help me.
If and when I ever recover from this agoraphobia, I pray that I'll be tuned in to help others who are neglected and misunderstood.
Playing the lottery
I am calling about all the lottery players out there.
My rant is about people standing in line at a courtesy center at a grocery store just to check their lottery tickets.
I tell them there is a machine right in front of them that does the same thing the clerk does. It checks your lottery numbers.
Instead of wasting the clerk's time and the time of the people standing in line behind you waiting to ask a question or to buy something, use the machine, buy a paper or use the internet to find out if your number won.
That's all I have to say. I'm a lottery player myself. The clerks usually have printouts of the winning numbers on the counters, too.
Things you might want to know about Mitt Romney
His full name is Willard Mitt Romney. He was born March 12, 1947, and is 65 years old.
His father is George W. Romney, former governor of the State of Michigan.
He was raised in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
He is married to Ann Romney since 1969; they have five children.
. B.A. from Brigham
. J.D. and M.B.A. from
. Religion: Mormon - The
Church of Jesus Christ of
the Latter-Day Saints
After high school, he spent 30 months in France as a Mormon missionary.
After going to both Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School simultaneously, he passed the Michigan bar, but never worked as an attorney.
In 1984, he co-founded Bain Capital a private equity investment firm, one of the largest such firms in the United States.
In 1994, he ran for Senator of Massachusetts and lost to Ted Kennedy.
He was President and C.E.O. of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.
In 2002, he was elected Governor of the state of Massachusetts, where he eliminated a 1.5 billion deficit.
Some interesting facts about Mitt Romney:
He gave his entire inheritance from his father to charity.
Bain Capital, starting with one small office supply store in Massachusetts, turned it into Staples; now over 2,000 stores, employing 90,000 people.
Bain Capital also worked to perform the same kinds of business miracles again and again, with companies like Domino's, Sealy, Brookstone, Weather Channel, Burger King, Warner Music Group, Dollarama, Home Depot Supply, and many others.
He was an unpaid volunteer campaign worker for his dad's gubernatorial campaign one year.
He was an unpaid intern in his dad's governor's office for eight years.
He was an unpaid bishop and stake president of his church for 10 years.
He was an unpaid President of the Salt Lake Olympic Committee for three years.
He took no salary and was the unpaid governor of Massachusetts for four years.
Mitt Romney is one of the wealthiest self-made men in our country but has given more back to its citizens in terms of money, service and time than most men.
Mitt Romney is trustworthy and has nothing to hide.
He will show us his high school and college transcripts. He will show us his law degree. He will show us his birth certificate.
He will show us his Social Security card. He will show us his draft notice. He will show us his medical records. He will show us his income tax records.
He will show us he has nothing to hide.
Mitt Romney's background, experience and trustworthiness show him to be a great leader.
Defense budget cuts
Cutting the defense budget would solve many problems.
Those "Bained" never to be employed again people, due to age/experience/wages, could be supported until ready for Social Security.
Funding for Medicare, especially if insurance companies were taken out of Medicare, could be funded. Same for Social Security.
Also, the best benefit, the United States of America could not go to useless wars, like Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, etc.
No more would we be the Foreign Legion of the world, wasting our resources.
They could even build useful things, like schools, roads, bridges, parks, etc., like the WPA did in the 1930s.
As an example, the high school my wife went to was built in 1935 and is still in use. Does any weapon system or other gear last? They are still pouring millions into the failed "Star Wars" system. Why?
Four hundred eighty-seven billion would at least set us on the road back from some of the military/industrial welfare insanity.
Of course, it will take time to recover from the Bush/Iraq billion borrowing, accompanied by tax cuts for the "1 percent people."
As of now, we have wasted more than $400 billion in Afghanistan!