Mitt Romney as president would be a disaster for the country

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November 05, 2012

I applaud Thomas F. Schaller's column on President Obama's modest background ("The virtues of a president with humble origins," Oct. 31). The last thing this country needs is another arrogant son of a rich man who lives on a different planet than the rest of us.

In my opinion, the election of Mitt Romney as president would be a tragedy for the nation and lead to perilous times. The two existential threats that face our country are income disparity and climate change, and the Republican Party is on the wrong side of both issues.

Income disparity means that wealth is being transferred through taxes, regulations and other public policies to the nation's top 1 percent of wealthy families, leaving the middle class increasingly impoverished.

Climate change, unless reversed through vigorous personal, corporate and government action, threatens the future livability of our country, indeed of the entire planet, as a result of flooding, extreme storms and heat waves that cause crop failures, drought, hunger and the spread of disease.

The Republican Party's positions, exacerbated by tea party extremists, is putting the nation in great danger. Not only don't Republicans have a solution to these problems, they won't even recognize them as being problems, while at the same time vigorously advocating measures that will make things worse.

For a political party to adopt a policy diametrically opposed to the near unanimous consensus of the entire U.S. and international scientific community is mind-boggling. I thought this kind of blind ignorance ended with the clerical attacks on Galileo, but it remains alive and well within the Republican Party.

Jack Kinstlinger, Baltimore

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