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.

10 Comments

  1. MB on October 16, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Tom, I thought the “fan” letter was laughable. While trying to refute your facts, she offered none of her own. I got a kick out of they way the Register decided to highlight her letter. As if that gives it more validity? Posh.

  2. quinersdiner on October 16, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    I agree. She was all outrage, no substance. I was surprised they would highlight her letter that way.

  3. juwannadoright on October 17, 2012 at 4:20 am

    I was particularly impressed (or is it depressed) with your critic’s final statement:

    “Our president not only deserves a second term, he has earned it.”

    I have presented this scenario to many Obama supporters:

    “I am undecided on who deserves my vote. I am the final vote to be counted in a swing state which is exactly tied and my vote will decide who will next occupy the Oval Office. So give me one compelling reason, based on what President Obama has accomplished, which will convince me that I should cast my vote for him.”

    I’m still waiting for an answer which doesn’t contain phrases such as, “It’s all Bush’s fault” or “Romney doesn’t care about the little people since he’s so rich.”

    Perhaps you could get Ms. McMahon’s address to me as I would like to pose the same question to her. Apparently she isn’t as clueless on this subject as the people I have encountered.

    • quinersdiner on October 17, 2012 at 8:50 am

      I suspect her response would be “it’s Bush’s fault.” Your question is excellent. Read another response I just received for this same post for more insights.

  4. Bob Vance on October 17, 2012 at 9:55 am

    I am guessing she meant “lier” – I think it’s something really cool in French.

    • Bob Vance on October 17, 2012 at 9:59 am

      After googling “lier”, I think she really likes how you tie your ties, and I must agree; First Rate!

  5. Bob on October 17, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Yet another delusional leftist (is there any other kind)? Either that, or a masochist, which anyone would have to be to want four more years of what we’ve just suffered through.

    • quinersdiner on October 17, 2012 at 10:49 am

      Read my next post for more on this subject. Thanks, Bob.

  6. Shawn Pavlik on October 17, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Truth is anathema to the left. Confront them with facts and figures and they will cower in the corner. I was particularly disturbed by one “undecided” voter, who said they were voting for Obama because he “connected with her”. Never mind that his ideas will be bad for America; he connected with her, so he gets her vote. So depressing, how people choose their candidate.

    • quinersdiner on October 17, 2012 at 1:11 pm

      It comes down to feelings vs. facts.

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