Romney's hare, Obama's tortoise

October 08, 2012

I was disappointed by Wednesday's presidential debate ("Battle is joined over jobs, taxes," Oct. 4). Something happened to make President Obama shut down. Maybe it was the anniversary comment.

The debate reminded me of Aesop's "The Tortoise and the Hare."

In all the fanfare over who said what about how to fix the economy — should it be from the middle class up or from the 1 percent down? — the bottom line is clear:

Romney portrayed the hare in his bragging, boisterous performance. He can sing a dance and look like he has it all under control and can fix everything.

President Obama was the tortoise. His approach was to be careful, slow and steady in order to be sure we move forward on solid ground. He warns against being fooled into thinking there is a "quick fix" for our problems.

Are we better off than four years ago? I believe everyone has learned a valuable lesson and we are making better financial decisions. On health care, we have slowed the rate of increases in medical costs, and in the long run it will be more affordable. Like education, access to health care is a necessity, not a luxury, and it should be a priority.

Ellen Pinto

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