Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

Letters to the Editor

September 20, 2012

Who's the real extremist? Donnelly or Mourdock?

Greensburg — Dear Editor:

Extremist?

That is a catch word used by Joe Donnelly to describe Richard Mourdock. Donnelly, like President Obama, cannot run on his failed record Ñ and failed it did!

This is why Donnelly is compelled to mislead and brand his opponent with blatant falsehoods.

This is simply a ploy to deceive Hoosier voters by distracting them from the real issues. Frankly, Donnelly should understand that Hoosiers are fully aware, more than most, of the issues plaguing them, as well as those of the nation as a whole.

Donnelly declared the Stimulus would create 75,000 jobs, but in fact, Hoosiers lost nearly 9,000 jobs and Donnelly stated he was "pleased with its passage." Obama thanked Donnelly for his support.

Also, Donnelly has what I like to refer to as an "identity crisis."

At one time, he referred to himself as an "Independent," and another time, he referred to himself as a "fiscal conservative."

Obviously, Donelly doesn't know what he is, other than an opportunist.

Nevertheless, while Mourdock was fighting to save the pension plans of thousands of Hoosiers, Donnelly was busy in D.C. passing legislation that would ultimately sell Hoosier retire investments for pennies on the dollar.

Twisting and taking phrases out of context to make a point is apparently the only way for Donnelly to gain favorability among Hoosier voters.

For example, Richard Mourdock's position on Medicare and Medicaid is valid if one views it through the framework of the Constitution.

Mourdock explained it was a privilege and not a Constitutional right, and he further explained it would not even exist as a privilege if both parties failed to work in a bipartisan manner to save it now before it becomes insolvent.

Unfortunately, under Democrats, the expansion of government entitlements has left millions of Americans to deem it as a right and not a privilege and are thus they have become dependent on entitlements for their subsistence.

In last, Mourdock, as State Treasurer, worked diligently with both parties in his quest to keep Indiana from becoming insolvent, and to date Indiana is one of very few states that can show what can be achieved if both parties work together for the common good of the people.

In closing, Joe Donnelly was named "a partner in Congress," by President Obama.

So, Hoosiers, I ask you, would you rather have Richard Mourdock Ñ a proven leader with private sector experience Ñ or Joe Donnelly, who is just another smooth-talking politician from D.C. with hedonistic tendencies and voting record that undoubtedly illustrates that he is, in fact, an extremist?

Sincerely,

Mike Shepherd, Carmel

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