Letter to the editor: Vote about more than economy
In response to Lou Mangione’s rebuttal ( “Why I voted Republican,” Nov. 15, TribLIVE) to Marlene Butler’s letter ( “Why I’m voting Democrat,” Oct. 28, TribLIVE): I think he missed the point of her letter.
Yes, the economy is doing well, but is that the only criteria for voting Republican? There are other, more important, things we should consider — like truthfulness, compassion and civility. At what cost do we give these things up?
Republicans used to be the party of fiscal responsibility. We now have the largest deficit in history. I am a registered Democrat, but I have always voted for the best qualified person, regardless of party affiliation. This time I voted straight Democrat for the first time in my life.
Also, I think Mangione has a short, or selective, memory. In President Obama’s first year, the Republicans resisted everything he tried to do, with the goal that he would be a one-term president We see how that worked out. When there was a vacancy on the Supreme Court, they wouldn’t even meet with his candidate. How’s that for obstructionism?