Thank you Paul Bloustein!
Liz | 04/25 at 08:44 PM
A letter to the editor of the Financial Times on Wednesday April 25 struck me as perfection. Without further editorializing (which I can barely resist but which is totally unnecessary in this instance), I copy it here:
Sir: President Barack Obama has found at least one theme to fuel his re-election effort. The president has been honing this disapointing message for months, crystallizing his fact-limited appeal to an argument with only a few facets, namely demonization of the financially sucessful in hopes of stoking class envy. In other words, Mr. Obama will mine votes by drilling into one of our basest emotions. This is fragile ice indeed on which to wage a national campaign, one in which independent voters will decide the victor, but a stategy apparently dictated by a tacit undertsanding that his record of substantive achievement is as thin as the re-election strategy is base.
Independents such as me - liberal on many social issues, moderate on fiscal and monetary matters and hard right on defence and national security - are hardly likely to be persuaded by arguments as crass as they are transparent. We do not classify as public enemies people who stay in school, keep their noses to the grindstone while delaying instant gratification, play by the rules in the workplace and reap the financial rewards for doing so. Nor do we support verbal attacks on opposition lawmakers who offer concrete proposals to our problems; honest debate is preferable to name-calling.
A negative campaign by the incumbent is an admission that there is little positive in the first-term record. Informed voters will have no difficulty recognizing the truth.
Paul Bloustein, Cincinnati Ohio
Mr. Bloustein- I could not have said it better. let us hope that independents of your stripe - informed voters - are as clear-sighted as you are!