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Letter to the Editor - Jeannie Sieck

October 25, 2012
Traer Star-Clipper

Dear Editor,

What Have We Accomplished In The Past 4 Years? A LOT.

We elected Barack Obama in 2008 for change, Our President went into office fired up & ready to go to work for all Americans. No one knew what lay ahead would be so big & so hard on our nation & its people. What we did know was on President Obama's first day of office the Republicans said oowe will make sure that Obama is a one term President!"

And by 2010 when the Tea-party Republicans swept into office, they too committed to not work with this President. President Obama went forward believing that the people of this nation & his administration would work together to overcome these giant problems.

It would take a lot of hard work by all and time. We did not give up. We stood by President Obama. So, To those of you that want to know what the Democrats have achieved over the past four years...the following information provided contains the answers.

Democrats Are ...Putting Americans Back to Work & Rebuilding a Fair Economy for the Middle Class. Our nation has been led out of the worst economic crisis in recent history. We have sought to move America forward to an economy built to last with a strong middle class at its core.

JOB CREATION: An economy program supported as many as 3.6 million jobs by cutting taxes, investing in clean enerry, roads & unemployment benefits. Rescued the auto industry, preventing the loss of more than 1.4 million jobs. The private sector has created nearly 4.6 million jobs during 30 straight months of private-sector growth-but our work is not done. Democrats are fighting for The American Jobs Act, which would put even more people back to work now & put more money in people's pockets.

Democrats AIe-MAKING HEALTH CARE Accessible & Affordable: On March 23, 2A10, The Democratic Party achieved a decades-long goal by passing the landmark Affordable Care Act to restore health care as a basic cornerstone of middle class security in America. This resulted in ending Insurance Company Abuses; Prohibiting Insurers from denying coverage to people with preexisting conditions & canceling coverage when someone gets sick. Keeping Premiums Low: Insurance companies must justify rate hikes; provide rebates if they don't spend at least 80o/o of consumers' premiums on care instead of overhead, marketing & profits. Expanding Access to Care; 32 million Americans are able to afford insurance for the first time & nearly all Americans*95% of those under the age of 65*will have insurance. Closing the Medicare Prescription Drug*Donut Hole": Over 2.6 million seniors have saved on average of over $550 each on their prescription drugs &, by 2020, the Medicare "donut hole" will be completely closed.

Democrats Are--CREATING AN ECONOMY BUILT TO LAST. Democrats believe Americans should be able to earn enough to raise a family, send their kids to school, own a home & put enough away to retire. To ensure long-term economic improvements for ALL Americans, the Democratic Party has sought to Out-Educate the World. Keep the Teachers & support their rights for safe schools, new books and equal education for all children. Hire more science & math teachers. They made college education accessible to hundreds of thousands more students by ending billions of dollars in subsidies to banks & are usirg savings to double fund for Pell grants. Out-Innovate the World: Made substantial investrnents in clean energy manufacturing to create the job of the future here in America & reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Implement reforms to protect American families from unfair lending practices while making sure that Wall Street plays by the same rules as Main Street.

Democrats are . ..ENDING the War in Iraq, TARGETING the perpetrators of 9/l 1, & HONORING Our Veterans. The promise was kept: the war in Iraq has been brought to a responsible end & our combat hoops have been brought home. Committed to kaq's Security: the U.S. transitioned full security responsibility to the haqi people; remains committed to Iraq's long-term security; will continue to develop a strong & enduring pmhrership. Refocusing on Al-Qaeda: Refocused our security priorities toward dismantling & defeating Al-Qaeda & its affiliates & bringing Osama bin Laden to justice. Honoring the Service of Veterans & Their Families: Our troops & their families get the help they earned & good health care for as long as they need it. And enacting new kx credits to encourage businesses to hire unemployed & disabled veterans.

Democrats Are... PROVING A REAL, achievable plan that will create jobs & improve the economy. The President's & Democrats's plan will: Create I million new manufacturing jobs by the end of 2016 & double our exports by the end of 2014. Cut oil imports in half by 2020 & support 600, 00 new natural gas jobs by the end of the decade. Cut the $owth of college tuition in half over the next l0 years, recruit 100,000 math & science teachers over the next 10 years & train 2 million workers at community colleges. Invest in the economy with the money that would otherwise be spent on wars in Iraq & Afghanistan, while also reducing the deficit by more than $4 trillion over the next decade. And while we have accomplished so much, we still have a great deal left to do. Take a serious look at how important it is to re-electing President Obama" to protect our Democratic majority in the Senate & to take the majority away frorn the Republicans in the House of Representatives. Vote for incumbent Bruce Braley for Congress so he can go back to Washington & work for the people of Iowa. We need to win regional races around the nation so elect Senator Steve Sodders to the Iowa State Senate, Nathan Wrage for Iowa House of Representative District 72, and elect Judge Wiggins to the Court to protect equal rights for all people & for all people to be treated fairly. We need to vote for our entire local candidate running for office. So Vote! As you review these Election Talking Points, look to see what is in them that will be helping you, your family, your community & orn nation. Have conversations with your

friends & neighbors. Go to the Meet & Greets, to hear what the candidate has to say & ask questions.

Each and every one of us has a say in this Election. Will we go forward & build on these accomplishments or will we go back? The answer is now in your hands.

Until after the Election,

Jeannie Sieck

Toledo, Iowa



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