, Muskogee, OK


November 3, 2012

THE PEOPLE SPEAK — Republicans tied to corporations, wealth

— The current Republicans are too attached to the wealthy and the big corporations and are severed from the people. This is not what this country is about. As a former history teacher, I don’t see any resemblance to the “grand old party.” The last Republicans that I could vote for was Dwight D. Eisenhower. I didn’t think that “trickle down” was as good as “fair share” when it came to the American lifestyle.

Mitt Romney, who is running to lead the country, has stowed millions in foreign accounts to evade paying taxes. One Republican recently stated that the rich should not have to pay taxes at all.

Having listened to Romney while he was campaigning, and at the debates, I found that he did a 100 percent turn around on many of the issues. My question is, was he lying then or is he lying now? In either case, he cannot get my vote. If any Republican thinks he can’t change his vote, remember I did.

The constant protecting of the rich from having to pay their fair share in taxes is something that the Republicans do, and I have a list of over ten companies that make millions while evading the taxes that would keep this country solvent. One illustration of this is Exxon Mobile who made $19 billion in profits in 2009, paid no taxes, and received $156 million in rebates from the IRS, according to the SEC.

Another was Chevron who received a refund of $19 million while making a profit of $10 billion. Citigroup last year made more than $4 billion in profits, paid no federal income taxes and received a $2.5 trillion bailout from the government.

Yet when Obama tried to reverse the Bush tax cuts for the rich, the Republicans held solid to prevent it and everything else that he tried to do. Consequently, the working American has to pick up the tab. My question is which party is trying to better the country? The one for the corporations and the rich or the one for the working people of the country?




Mullin not interested

in compromise

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