SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

November 1, 2012

Column: Right here, right now

Joseph F. Doyle
The Salem News

---- — As you know, we’re almost at the end of the election cycle of 2012. It affects us on county, state and national levels, so let’s have one last hard look.

President Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney: Mitt Romney wants to take the reins of the assets of the United States and says he “believes in America” and wants to create jobs for Americans. He says he’s the one who should be trusted to control the United States Treasury and majorly influence the country’s financial markets.

However, Romney keeps the majority of his assets outside the United States’ borders, in Switzerland, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands. I don’t see where this shows much faith in the United States. This is a harbinger of what Romney and his supporters would do if they gain control of the country. He’s one of the major trendsetters in creating jobs offshore and eliminating defined pension plans in the private sector. When Barack Obama took office in January 2009, the economy was a downhill, full-throttle, out-of-control runaway train. Under these desperate conditions, he did his level best with an impending economic disaster and avoided calamity. He ended the war in Iraq, made sure bin Laden wasn’t wasting any more of our oxygen, started winding down Afghanistan and, though being hamstrung by an obstructionist, right-wing Congress, he has helped to create several million jobs.

Sen. Scott Brown vs. Elizabeth Warren: Based upon the facts of Scott Brown’s voting record, I can’t believe that this race is so close. When it comes to actually helping the country, as opposed to helping the top 2 or 3 percent, Brown is invisible. Regarding the financial markets, women’s rights, jobs creation and protecting the environment, his overall voting record is obeisance to the elite, which means the Republican ticket, although he claims to be independent. His average for voting Republican is 85 percent. That isn’t “bipartisan” by the wildest stretch of the imagination.

Elizabeth Warren is among the foremost financial experts in the Western world. She was called on by both parties during the financial crisis. Her major public service contribution is the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; perhaps that is why the right wing fears her influence coming to the Senate. She stands for fair play for the majority, and a level playing field for all.

United States Rep. John Tierney vs. Richard Tisei: Richard Tisei would be scary if he were in power. If you like Paul Ryan and Todd Akin, you’ll love Tisei. Women’s rights; the environment; competent oversight of the markets; and the efficient administration of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid really aren’t important to Tisei. He’s had commercials financed by Karl Rove’s Crossroads organization. Rove, if you recall, was George W. Bush’s “brain trust.”

Tisei’s other big financial endorsers are the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, primarily financed by the Koch brothers, who are one of the biggest, if not the biggest, polluters of fresh water in the United States. Here in the 6th District, U.S. House Speaker John Boehner appeared for Tisei. All this for a candidate who has never held federal office before.

Just an observation: You should be known by the company you keep. As far as concerns about our present representative from the sixth district, John Tierney of Salem, the worst that can be said of him is that he’s not his brother-in-law’s keeper. As far as Tierney’s voting record goes, you can always count on him to protect Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, education, the environment and the fair-play values that we treasure here on the North Shore.

Your vote is very valuable. Please, don’t forget to use it!

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Joseph F. Doyle of Salem is a freelance writer.