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Web letter by Mike Shepherd: Compare the records to see Donnelly is the true extremist

Extremist? That is a catchword used by Joe Donnelly to describe Richard Mourdock.

Donnelly, like President Obama, cannot run on his failed record, and failed it did. This is why Donnelly is compelled to mislead and brand his opponent with blatant falsehoods. This is simply a ploy to deceive Hoosier voters by distracting them from the real issues.

Frankly, Donnelly should understand that Hoosiers are fully aware, more than most, of the issues plaguing them, as well as the nation as a whole. Donnelly declared that the stimulus would create 75,000 jobs; in fact, Hoosiers lost nearly 9,000 jobs. Donnelly stated he was pleased with its passage, and Obama even thanked Donnelly for his support.

Also, Donnelly has what I refer to a an identity crisis. At one time he referred to himself as an independent, and another time he referred to himself as a fiscal conservative. Obviously, Donnelly doesn’t know what he is, other than an opportunist.

Nevertheless, while Mourdock was fighting to save the pension plans of thousands of Hoosiers, Donnelly was busy in Washington, D.C., passing legislation that would ultimately sell Hoosier retirement investments for pennies on the dollar and that, unfortunately, they did.

Twisting and taking phrases out of context to make a point is apparently the only way for Donnelly to gain favorability among Hoosier voters. For example, Mourdock’s position on Medicare and Medicaid is valid, if one views it through the framework of the Constitution. Mourdock explained that it was a privilege and not a constitutional right and further explained that it would not even exist as a privilege if both parties fail to work in a bipartisan manner to save it now before it becomes insolvent.

Unfortunately, under the Democrats, the expansion of government entitlements has left millions of Americans to deem it as a right and not a privilege and thus, dependent on entitlements for their subsistence.

Mourdock, as state treasurer, worked diligently with both parties in his quest to keep Indiana from becoming insolvent, and to date, Indiana is one of a very few states that can show what can be achieved if both parties work together for the common good of its people.

In 2009, Donnelly was named “a partner in Congress” by Obama. So, Hoosiers, I ask you, would you rather have Mourdock, a proven leader with private-sector experience, or Donnelly, who is just another smooth-talking politician from D.C. and a voting record that undoubtedly illustrates that he is, in fact, the extremist?

MIKE SHEPHERD

East Carmel

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