The U.S. has vast untapped oil deposits, enough to make us totally independent of the Middle East. We also have the largest coal deposits and plenty of natural gas, but our president stopped all oil drilling on federal lands, put a moratorium on Gulf drilling below 500 feet, and helped regulate coal to such an extent that we'll probably be importing it from China.
However, Mr. Obama is underwriting off-shore drilling for Brazil. With his backing, the U.S. Export-Import Bank offered $2 billion in loans to Brazil's state-owned oil company, Petrobas, for oil exploration, but the oil will stay in Brazil. This would benefit Brazil with the acquition of cheaper oil, but does nothing for the United States.
He has incurred more national debt than any other president in history. Our children and grandchildren are on the hook for all this debt. He has approved a health bill which will help bankrupt us when all provisions go into effect, and some of the provisions for seniors are really upsetting.
Every American should have access to reasonable health care, but this plan isn't it. One of its provisions applies a 3.8 percent sales tax to homes sold by married couples earning more than $200,000 per year. I believe everyone should pay their fair share of taxes, but this is a special fee penalizing one group of people. I would much rather he see that his tax-cheat appointees — like Tim Geithner, for example — pay up the thousands of dollars in back taxes he owes, plus the penalties that us ordinary citizens would be charged.
He refuses to salute the American flag, he bows to the Saudi elite, he apologizes for the U.S. on his travels, he vetoed the Canadian pipeline which could have provided many jobs, and has signed into law a bill which would allow the Secret Service to arrest any person who may be protesting in the vicinity of an Obama visit and charge them with a felony, if they so choose. I believe that is a violation of the First Amendment.
After his performance these last few years, I can't believe that he could be re-elected. I don't believe our country can survive another four years with him. I truly believe this man is no friend of the U.S.
Sonia F. Glick