Obama's Views on Economy, Voting Not Grounded in Common Sense

Readers Respond to Specific Passages from Obama's Address

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Yahoo News asked readers and contributors to briefly respond to passages from Barack Obama's State of the Union address. Here's one reaction.

Obama on the economy: "A year and a half ago, I put forward an American Jobs Act that independent economists said would create more than one million new jobs. I thank the last Congress for passing some of that agenda, and I urge this Congress to pass the rest. … Our first priority is making America a magnet for new jobs and manufacturing."

My response: Providing for American jobs is an excellent and admirable idea. When American companies and small-business employers are saddled with so many tax regulations and health care requirements that they have to make an economic decision to close or move manufacturing to overseas locations, those good intentions are negated.

With the additional tax burdens and regulations put in place for the 2013 tax year, this taxpayer (and small-business owner) sees a potential net loss in American jobs. There has to be a better approach that does not involve additional government influence in our pockets and our lives.

Obama on voting: "We must all do our part to make sure our God-given rights are protected here at home. That includes our most fundamental right as citizens: the right to vote. When any Americans - no matter where they live or what their party - are denied that right simply because they can't wait for five, six, seven hours just to cast their ballot, we are betraying our ideals. That's why, tonight, I'm announcing a non-partisan commission to improve the voting experience in America."

My response: Without some sort of identification system in place, we are inviting voter fraud. In smaller rural districts, you will find that the poll workers know many of the people and family members who vote. This is impossible in larger districts with hundreds of thousands, maybe even millions, of voters. Someone could pick a few names out of the phone book and vote multiple times in the same location by providing a different name and address to a different poll worker each time. My right to vote is important; and I want to make sure that nobody is able to impersonate me and take away that right.

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