Democrats have no need for bipartisanship
If you expect bipartisan solutions to America's economic problems, forget it — they will never happen. Democrats hold all the high cards — the presidency, the senate, the mainstream media, and the unions. Republicans hold only the House of Representatives, limited media, and whatever Tea Party activism remains.
Democrats insist on increasing revenue by raising tax rates or closing alleged business loopholes, even though many economists warn against tax hikes in a weak economy. Revenue increases never meet expectations — the uber-rich have great flexibility in sheltering income. A complete confiscation of all income above $100,000 would still fall far short of spending requirements.
Republicans insist on reducing federal entitlement expenditures, which are 61 percent of the total budget. All Democratic programs except Medicare Part D, they will be protected by the left at all costs.
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President Barack Obama recently commented that America was not a great country until it had enacted these programs. National defense is the prime target of the Democrats at 21 percent of the total budget.
Democrats, who consider the Constitution an impediment, who hold the private sector in contempt, and who see America as the world's arrogant power, need do nothing to establish their utopia — the world will do it for them by default.
If the United States goes down the tubes, don't worry, all the president's radicals are already there to seamlessly install a socialist peoples' democracy. Look for the Republicans to cave and cave again, and get the blame nevertheless.
How I see it
Here are a few perceptions I would like to share:
■ Ronald Reagan was a mediocre president and actor. When 240 U.S. Marines were slaughtered in Lebanon, he didn't launch any serious retaliation. He did defend Grenada, as it's a haven for the rich. Lest we forget tax Social Security, because the old people are going to die anyway.
■ Stanley Sturgill, retired federal mine inspector, stated in a June 6 commentary how bad surface mining is to his community and surrounding areas. If things were that bad, why didn't he address these conditions when he was working? It was his obligation to report bad or illegal mining practices to his superiors.
■ The Miami Heat and Vancouver Canucks should have learned something about what a class act really is. Thanks to the Dallas Mavericks and the Boston Bruins.
Government can deliver
I am happy the Tea Party movement did not run Joplin, Mo., during the tornado on May 22. In fact, I would suggest that for the most part the government acted magnificently.
The first pictures I saw were firefighters putting out small fires that seemed to be everywhere. This was a great service as there were many pieces of flammable material nearly everywhere. The town had adequate fire protection for which they were undoubtedly grateful.
I am sure emergency technicians looked for people. It took weeks to complete this task with the help of federal officials and other specially trained emergency workers. And the work was surely appreciated.
Later there were a number of specialists, some with dogs, who canvassed neighborhoods for people in the rubble. Some were trained by the government.
Then there were volunteers, several from Kentucky. It is amazing and gratifying to note the number of volunteers who show up for nearly every disaster.
Often I am proud of what our government does for us. So I am skeptical of Tea Party calls to reduce government services. It sounds interesting until there is a tornado, a hurricane or a forest fire. Then we need all the help we can get, and the government is there for us.
Richard M. Royalty
Hoping for change
I read in Time magazine that Sen. Mitch McConnell treats compromise as a dirty word. We sent McConnell to the Senate to represent all the people of Kentucky and the nation, which includes the moderates and the liberals, not just conservatives.
This is not the time to play a game of chicken.
I know we need to reign in the federal debt, but the middle class and the poor should not bear the burden of debt reduction. Does McConnell know that 400 Americans have more wealth than half of the 310 million Americans combined?
McConnell wants to cut the pay and benefits of the working class and put Medicare on the table to be cut, but he won't even discuss cutting the tax breaks for the rich.
He wants to repeal the health care law. Health care should be a right, not a privilege.
On one side we have the wealthy and the oil companies with their $4.4 billion in tax breaks, and on the other side we have the working class and the seniors who are struggling to buy gasoline to get to work and to pay their bills.
I know who McConnell is thinking of first and foremost, and it's not the working class. I'm not well educated but I know who should bear the burden of debt reduction. I urge McConnell to compromise and put tax cuts on the table. Help the working class and seniors, for once, instead of the wealthy.
Ready to say vows
A recent commentary extolled the virtues of marriage and its many advantages over cohabitation. OK, I'm convinced.
All the writer has to do is to convince the Kentucky state government to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and my partner and I will immediately wed.
Our having been together nearly 23 years should amply demonstrate we are very serious about our relationship and that our risk for divorce would be absolutely minimal.
It is foolish that so many people deplore the low marriage rates and high divorce rates while at the same time denying marriage to millions of stable, long-term American couples who would gladly wed but are not permitted to.
Patrick L. Buck
Family of runners
Over the last few years, I had lost contact with the "running Morgan family." Several years ago when Mark Morgan was practicing law in Taylor County, we had several noon-time workouts together. I had to work hard to keep up with him but enjoyed running in a few local races in which the family participated.
I remember at that time that young Patrick was a promising runner. The unusual thing about the Morgan family was their determination to expose their boys to good literature (no TV) and an active physical lifestyle. Mark's dad, a Jefferson county physician and sulky driver, took up jogging late in life and showed the determination now evidenced by his family.
The Mark and Joni Morgan children are following the positive examples set by their parents. If Bluegrass 10,000 records were kept like cross-country scores, the Morgan family would have another first place.
It would be interesting to see if any other family even came close to the Morgans in scoring like cross county does. Patrick finished third; Daniel seventh and Mark 330th. I cannot imagine that any family had a better family total.
George Barry Bertram