To the Editor:
The Midterm:

Very likely whatever I write will not change anyone’s mind, perhaps I only do this to express my feelings on what has happened to our economy, social issues, foreign policy, and illegal immigration over the last 10 years.

First off I think it appropriate for readers to listen to an inaugural address of a past President who served only a short time until his assassination – namely John F. Kennedy: http://audio.theguardian.tv/sys-audio/Guardian/audio/2007/04/20/JFKspeech_final.mp3

This was a speech that all Americans could support. This was a time when the country’s biggest threat was the Soviet Union headed at that time by Nikita Khrushchev. Also it was a time when JFK inspired us all to get physically fit. Twenty mile hikes became the rage, and also it was a time when he inspired citizens to care for themselves - the quote “ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country” rang truth then as it should today. He inspired youth to join the Peace Corps as many of my college friends did. I think they felt this service was preferable to being drafted into the Army. At that time there was little danger of serving in combat as the Vietnam debacle was a few months off. I chose to serve as an Officer in the United States Air Force and did so for five years and not at all sorry for that choice.

We are now days away from another “midterm” election. We have been told time and time again how much is at stake for our people and our Nation. The main stream media and leading commentators as well as top Democrats have repeatedly stated the faults of President Trump, Press Secretary Sara Huckabee Sanders, various Cabinet members, Congressman and Senators. If that is all to be believed one can only come to the conclusion that these people are all evil and should be replaced by sainted Democrats.

I recall during Pres. Obama admin. some real whoppers such as Benghazi, the Affordable Care Act, The IRS scandals by Lois Lerner, by so many other left leaners. But, those falsehoods by Pres Obama, Sec H. Clinton, Susan Rice, Valerie Jarrett as well as others others are to be forgiven and forgotten.

So for me the question is will the people vote for jobs or mobs. According to Thomas J. Donohue President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce it is worth taking a look back at 2016 to consider what’s been accomplished and what’s at stake. In the last national election Americans voted in the most pro-growth Congress in many years and the most pro-growth President since Ronald Reagan. There have been long-elusive victories on tax reform, regulatory relief, policies supporting responsible energy development and more. The results have been faster than I had ever envisioned. This President, Donald Trump, has far surpassed my best expectations. We have GDP growth approaching 4% a vast improvement over the dismal eight year record of Pres. Obama south of 2%, unemployment rate lowest in decades, lowest use of food stamps in a decade, manufacturing returning to the U.S., higher business confidence than we have seen in years, and record small business optimism.

I have lived through good times and bad times – the last was the drastic downturn of ’07-’08 where due to credit tie up and previous progressive housing policies I lost ½ of my IRA Banks were bailed out, GM was bailed out, but I am still waiting for mine. My best economic times was during Ronald Reagan term; now returning with Donald Trump. I see no reason to change horses now. I am backing the stronger horse in Rod Blum and all state candidates with an R behind their name. I suggest you all do the same for the alternative is leftist, socialist, communist Democrat leadership.

Regards to all
John Stiegelmeyer
Vinton--

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