Oct. 11, 2011: Our readers write

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Jobs Act not serious
President Barack Obama was in Ohio recently to promote his American Jobs Act using the Brent Spence Bridge. The bridge is just one of 15 such bridges in the U.S. that need reworking. Why didn’t Obama use the American citizen’s stimulus money two years ago for bridges that are in need of repair instead of giving the money to bankrupt Solyndra “green” company?
The Republican House has in the last year passed more than a dozen pieces of legislation: Jobs legislation, energy reform, regulatory reform, small business tax relief and a budget to pay off the debt. Each of them are sitting over in the Senate waiting to be voted on; a Senate still controlled by the same Democrats who did not pass a budget for 2 years when Democrats had control of both houses.
Like some of your recent letter writers the president has been chastising Republicans for not taking up his bill. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has been attempting to get a vote on President Obama’s jobs bill. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid-D earlier this month stopped a vote in the Senate on the president’s jobs bill that had been requested by Sen. McConnell. Why? Because Reid and the president both know that Reid does not have enough votes in the president’s own party to pass the bill. McConnell tried on Oct. 7 to attach the president’s jobs bill to a China trade bill. Reid used a very rarely used maneuver to stop the vote on it.
This bill was never meant as a serious piece of legislation, and Obama’s entire Democrat Party knows it. It’s a campaign document, designed to give him class warfare talking points during his re-election bid to use against his opponents.
In any case, in September the unemployment rate held at 9.1 percent. Why give President Obama any more of the money you earn to use on more failed policies of his that didn’t lower unemployment the first time?
Sal Mancuso

Repetition in message
On Friday, Oct. 7 you published two letters: “On representing America” and “On the American Jobs Act.” When I read the second of these two letters, I thought I was having a very bad case of déjà vu. It seemed I had read that letter somewhere before! In fact, I had read most of it in the previous letter.
Copying and pasting the articles into a word processing program, I eliminated what I thought might be any original content and found that they shared 129 words in common, many in phrases that were word-for-word identical. Don’t believe me?
For example:
Letter 1 said, “In fact, House Republican majority leader Eric Cantor is saying he won’t even let the jobs bill come up for a vote in the House of Representatives. There is no excuse for Congress not to pass it right away.”
Letter 2 said “House Republican majority leader Eric Cantor says he will not even let the jobs bill come up for a vote in the House of Representatives. There is no excuse for Congress not to pass it right away, or at least put it to a vote.”
Then I dug a little deeper and found that the letters also bear a strange resemblance to a letter published by Mona Borkowski in a letter to the editor posted on the same day in the Salisbury Post in Salisbury, N.C.
While I find it troubling that your editors did not note the similarity, it just goes to show how low those that support Obama’s proposed jobs bill will sink in order to sway the discussion. I wonder where the writters got the inspiration to write letters to the editor with nearly identical content. Did they use a template provided by someone else? Inquiring minds want to know.
Glenn Adwell