By Tom Quiner
The Des Moines Register ran a “fan letter” this morning demonizing my essay they ran on Saturday, “Obama puts the poor at risk.”
The writer, Deb McMahon, was apoplectic over my piece. She said:
Once again Tom Quiner has shown his true colors by using so-called facts from the Heritage Foundation to make his case about “Obama putting the poor at risk” (“America’s Poor Are Going to Be Hurt the Most When the President’s Bad Habits Catch Up with Us,” Oct. 13).
For the record, I proudly display my true colors, red, white, and blue. Furthermore, I have never been known for hiding my true feelings on the key issues of the day. She continues:
“This thinly veiled attempt to sway voters against the president is not only despicable but, plain and simple, not the truth. The poverty examples he shares, as if they are correct, are far from it. It is not honest to spew forth “data” from a biased source known for members such as Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. To say they are less than compassionate would be an understatement.”
There is nothing thinly veiled about my writing. I am trying to persuade, as is she, as is everyone on the op-ed page. That’s why they are called OPINIONS. The essence of her gripe against me is that I lied because I quote research from the Heritage Foundation:
“I would suggest Quiner look at government statistics for poverty and compare them to the supposed facts he shares. Writing that three out of four in poverty have a car or truck and that eight out of 10 have air conditioning is disingenuous and misleading.”
That’s all the Heritage Foundation did is quote statistics from the government, including:
√ The Department of Energy
√ The U.S. Census Bureau
√ U.S. Housing and Urban Development
Her real gripe is that the statistics don’t mesh with her feelings. Liberals are all about emotions, usually anger and outrage. Every number I cited is a “government statistic.”
Then Ms. McMahon shifted gears into the liberal tactic of smearing an opponent by erecting a straw man argument against me:
Apparently Quiner wants them to be without any form of transportation and to suffer in the summer heat. I do not trust or put any faith in these misleading falsehoods from such a tainted source as the Heritage Foundation.
Where in the world did she come up with that one? I never said it nor even suggested it. This is a tactic to simply demonize when one has no rational arguments to back up their premise:
Maybe Quiner needs to read the Des Moines Sunday Register’s in-depth special report regarding poverty in our state. The timeliness of this expose makes Quiner’s arguments not only weak but also sorely lacking in any kind of truthfulness.
I did, and saw nothing there to refute my essay.
The meter is running out for conservatives like Quiner to influence voters into believing this nonsense. Our president not only deserves a second term, he has earned it.
I have looked closely at Mr. Obama’s record and see no credible case to rehire him. Liberals have had their chance to run roughshod over America for six years beginning with the election of the Pelosi Congress. It looks to me like time is running out on them.