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America's direction

| Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

America's direction

The election is over and America has chosen its direction. Perhaps future historians will unravel the sad mystery that caused such a rapid and drastic change in the values and beliefs that made America great. I certainly cannot.

It is sad that in 2008 a man with no credentials qualifying him for the presidency was elected. He had not run a business or governed a state or a city.

Among his first-term “accomplishments”:

• $1 trillion-plus yearly deficits that ballooned the national debt to more than $16 trillion.

• Unemployment in excess of 8 percent.

• An anemic economy, with the few small-business start-ups.

• Higher gasoline prices.

• A foreign policy that has degraded America's influence and power.

• Unprecedented partisanship in Congress and divisiveness in the country.

Even sadder, his post-election goal will be to continue to “fundamentally transform America.”

The saddest part of the mystery is that the same mentality that elected him will control future elections. I believe President Obama will fundamentally transform America. And we will not like the transformation.

Michael G. Bitterice

Freeport

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