Tea Party seems very selective about its anger
What makes Tea Party movement members so mad?
They didn't get mad when the U.S. Supreme Court stopped a legal recount and appointed a president. They didn't get mad when former Vice President Dick Cheney allowed energy officials to dictate energy policy, or when a covert CIA operative was outed, or when the Patriot Act got passed, or when we illegally invaded a country that was no threat to anyone, or when we spent $600 billion (and counting) on that war.
They didn't get mad when they found out that U.S. officials were torturing people, or that our own government was wiretapping U.S. citizens. They didn't get mad when we didn't capture Osama bin Laden, or when they saw the pictures from Abu Ghraib, or the horrible conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, or when we let New Orleans drown, or gave a $900 billion tax break to the rich, or when the deficit hit the $1 trillion mark.
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They finally get mad when the government decided that every American deserved the right to see a doctor if they got sick, the same as any Congress critter gets.
So, yes to illegal wars, lies, corruption, torture and stealing your tax dollars to make the rich even richer. But helping other Americans — no way.
Rev. Ronald E. Barrow
Mideast news skewed
The holy powers of Jerusalem are so great they affect people throughout the world. Jerusalem has a a special syndrome named after it, the "Jerusalem Syndrome." Tourists visiting the city may be so affected by their surroundings they claim special revelations and display psychotic behavior. When they return home to more familiar surroundings, they usually regain their mental balance.
Others are so affected they think they are acting rationally, but instead are completely distorting their professed activities. Unfortunately, when they act insanely they may be already at home, and so they think their delusional decisions are sane ones.
Thus, The Associated Press thinks it is working for peace as it distorts the news from the Middle East. This distortion of Middle East news by AP has continued for many years, but is now growing worse. Anything the agency reports from there needs to be checked.
The Israelis have become so used to the distortions and lies coming from abroad, they let those words float past them, like rain on a duck's feathers.
It is only during the last year that these strident distortions have become louder. However, all these distortions have done is to stiffen the Israeli backbone further. After all, calling the tail of a dog a "leg" does not give the dog five legs.
Rabbi H. D. Uriel Smith
Politics and economics appear to be mutually exclusive interests for many members of Congress, particularly those of the liberal persuasion.
A few years ago, a study of their banking habits demonstrated that many of them couldn't keep their own checking accounts in balance. Of course, balancing the federal budget is not so serious because there is a third-party payer: the taxpayers and their children and grandchildren.
Over the past generation, millions of Americans have misled themselves that markets would perpetually increase. The reality of Wall Street's criminal behavior in leveraging debt to justify billions in bonuses, while shifting losses to the taxpayer through its connection with the Washington establishment, is now apparent. Just as apparent as the cooperation of certain members of Congress in the process.
With the millions of foreclosures and job losses, most Americans now understand that balancing the family budget based on current income is essential. It seems equally true that most member of Congress still don't understand this.
Our national debt has doubled in the last few years to some $14 trillion and the administration is pushing things like health care reform that would increase that deficit.
The phony global warming cap-and-trade tax would affect everybody, and the poor the most. So much for President Barack Obama's promises that new taxes would only affect those earning more than $250,000.
Obama's radical socialist agenda supported by the liberals in Congress is accelerating us into an economic disaster, as happened to many socialist countries over the past century.
William E. Parker
More than 6,000 students dropped out of Kentucky schools in the 2007-2008 school year, and I have no doubt that the rate for the 2009-2010 year will be just as high.
State officials wonder what to do about our high dropout rate, when all they need to do is look at their local school boards. Our local boards punish good students and force them to drop out.
I am a parent of three children. I had to fight tooth-and-nail to get my oldest two through school, but I did it. Now, I have one left, my youngest, who really likes school but has a heart condition. In 2006, he spent 33 days in a hospital and almost died; yet he is a junior this year with a 3.5 grade-point average. Because of his illness, he is sick a lot but still does well in school.
Officials are hauling him into juvenile court as a truant, even though he is 17 years old and can drop out anytime. He turns 18 years old this month. How am I supposed to get him to go back to school next year?
Our school personnel and our school board do not know what they are doing. That is where the state needs to look to see why the dropout rate is so high.
I find it ironic that most Republican senators consider the health reform plan to be unacceptable because of the size of our national debt and extra burden imposed on us "taxpayers."
Our congressional representatives in both houses have access to a variety of health plans with no waiting periods — 75 percent of which is paid by the government (i.e., the taxpayers). In addition, legislators are provided with their own pharmacy and emergency medical services close to their working place.
Besides their annual salaries, the taxpayers provide legislators with a retirement plan giving them 80 percent of their exit salaries. For these perks, we taxpayers shell out over $200 million annually.
But the burden to taxpayers does not stop there, as the example of Kentucky's Sen. Mitch McConnell illustrates. He, like many in Congress, is fond of tacking earmarks onto bills that may or may not help his constituents, but certainly benefit him.
According to the watchdog group CREW (Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington), McConnell has requested earmarks worth a combined $17 million to be paid to BAE — a British defense contractor with tenuous ties to Louisville. But McConnell has benefited by BAE's contributions to his campaign fund.
So let's not hear any more nonsense about how universal health care will burden the taxpayers. We need to eliminate earmarks and other perks that benefit only a few and use those funds to pay off the national debt and to bankroll universal health benefits.