Our national greed to blame
The problems in Washington started many presidents ago. We had just finished a successful war and had made many sacrifices as a nation.
The service men and women were coming home and we were ready to enjoy life. Detroit started producing those big, beautiful, gas-guzzling, chrome-laden cars again. Houses were built and jobs created.
We developed an insatiable appetite for everything. We started buying from other countries so we could get more, cheaper. Of course this took away jobs from our people. The parents of baby-boomers said," We had to make a lot of sacrifices and we don't want our children to go through what we had to."
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Banks sent out credit cards by the thousands, even to people who didn't have jobs. People got government mortgage loans they had no hopes of paying off. Congress wanted to provide for constituents — and get reelected — so the spending went on.
Now, Congress has to make hard choices and a lot of us will have to give up benefits and perks. We have to pay for the services we receive and be prudent about what we expect from our government.
I had a math professor who used to say, "Look at what you have, fix what you have, to get what you want."
OK, Washington: Look at what you have, fix what you have, to get what is needed. Politics have to be set aside, the same old way of doing business has to change and we have to have a budget that is affordable.
Obama arrogrance on display
One of my problems with our current president is that he does not seem to consider his country first. He follows his own narcissistic and socialistic agenda toward our country and its economy. Why should we raise the limit on his credit card? We know that he will only use it to buy more votes and to enhance his expanding political power.
He refuses to concede the fact that the Congress appropriates money and not he and his appointed czars. He considers the U.S. Constitution an impediment and not a protection.
If re-elected, he will appoint a liberal majority of justices who will destroy the prominence of this document.
He is arrogant and condescending. To him, the truth is what he says it is. He is the supreme hypocrite. He flies the biggest corporate jet in the country courtesy of the taxpaying citizens. He is leading us along a path to economic and political collapse. He does not unite. He is a divider. May God help this country.
Ray F. Cawood
McConnell wrong on tax cuts
Sen. Mitch McConnell claims he is standing firm on not returning tax rates to the levels they were before the disastrous Bush-era tax cuts because it will burden future generations.
What burdens future generations is his and his party's refusal to admit these tax cuts have not stimulated the economy nor have they created the jobs they claimed they would. If they had, we would be at full employment.
Allowing the job-killing Bush tax cuts to expire is not, and never has been, a "tax increase." McConnell and his party's programs have had a full decade to prove their stimulative effects.
Actually, all their policies have accomplished is to further skew the distribution of wealth and control of resources to the wealthiest and most selfish. Not really a legacy to be proud of. In fact, Sen. John Sherman Cooper, a man McConnell once worked for and claims to admire, would be ashamed of this legacy.
Asking the wealthy to pay taxes at pre-Bush tax cut levels is not robbing future generations, it is getting back some of what has already been stolen from everyday, hard-working Americans. It was stolen by the wealthy's slick lobbyists and paid-for fast-talking politicians. Requiring inheritance and transfer taxes on estates is fair and serves to replenish the Treasury which helped create some of the wealth.
McConnell's era is at an end, and I look forward to his impending retirement.
Charles A. Bowsher
GOP leadership insane
I am now convinced that Republicans and their leadership are utterly insane. Power and money, not the country, are their only game.
Such selfishness in a predominately Christian nation is an utter shame. Still, the voters who put them there must share the blame. And you, who didn't vote to change this madness when you could, you've earned the pain.
Joseph P. Fox
Little consideration for poor
Back in 1984, when Mitch McConnell ran for the Senate against Walter Huddleston, he said 15 years was too long for any man to be in office.
Now, McConnell has been in there 25 years and he needs to eat his own words. The poor people need to vote him out of office. He is not trying to help them.
I draw $697 a month from Social Security and have to pay $350 a month for my trailer lot. By the time I pay my electricity bill, I barely have money for groceries or anything else. I'd like McConnell to try living off that. Congress should come up with a debt agreement without cutting Social Security.