Now we witness the outcome of 2010 elections
Compromise among elected representatives is an essential, fundamental requirement of a functioning democratic government. Without compromise, representative democracy will fail, because it cannot work properly. That's what the founding fathers understood, and expected of our elected leaders.
"Teapublican" representatives have clearly demonstrated that they do not believe in compromise, because they are at war with America. They do not want our form of government to function, and in fact, they want it to fail.
Their primary goals are to eliminate the entire social safety net in the United States, including Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps and all other forms of support, regardless of what the majority of Americans want, and to ensure President Barack Obama is not re-elected. They are willing to inflict great pain on the American people to accomplish these goals.
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The only reason the debt ceiling was made an issue now is because they want to destabilize the United States government and economy so they can engineer the overthrow of the current administration. Consequences be damned, they can only accept total domination of their far-right wing agenda.
Elections have consequences: 2010 may well go down as the most destructive election we've ever had; when a bunch of reactionaries got control of the House of Representatives and destroyed the American economy for decades.
J. David Hollingsworth
Strengthen country first
Reading a recent article regarding the law just signed by the president for deficit reduction, I find the decision-making quite disturbing. When will someone sit down with the financial statements of the country and get back to some sort of fiscal responsibility? Just as families need to eliminate deficit spending, so does our government and all its agencies.
I would like to see a line-item budget posted for the federal government to understand how and where the money is being allocated. It seems that whenever budget constraints come down, we immediately look at domestic budgetary cuts and nothing is ever said about the foreign aid being paid out.
You would think we would begin to minimize the money being sent outside our borders and try to maintain the strength of our economy and work force.
I realize this situation is very big and extremely complex, but at some point we have to get back to the basics and start with how do we maintain within our borders. If there is excess, then we have the ability to be charitable.
Nothing left to sacrifice
Where do we go from here?
Did you hear Barack Obama say we were all going to have to make sacrifices? Just for the record, most of us already have. But politicians seem to live in a different world. After all, I have worked hard all year and way too much of what I make is going in my gas tank.
Our hard-working leaders are in recess until Sept. 7. I guess with all their hard work they deserve it. I got the impression most of them had their feelings hurt because they didn't get their way on everything.
Get used to it. We, as taxpaying Americans, are tired of being sold out to lobbyists who throw millions around to sway a vote. If I did that in my job, I would go to jail for accepting a bribe.
We demand change and this is just the beginning.
I hope they enjoy their five-week paid leave while the rest of us are working to pay their high salaries. They should rest up, because when they come back we are going to demand even more out of them.
Man, it must be great to be in politics.
To the rich
The deal has been brokered; our futures are assured. The rich and famous are secure; the poor and helpless aren't so sure.
And now the rich and famous and businesses large and small have reason to be certain they're going to get it all.
Hurting my future
I do not care about balancing the budget. Or Rand Paul. Or Harry Reid. Or Mitch McConnell. I do not care about Republican or Democratic talking points. I do not care in August 2011 about Election Day 2012.
I care about the Republicans and the Tea Party contingent trying to use the debt-ceiling crisis to cut Pell Grant funding that allows me to go to college.
You see, college is my future, my giant first step in this rat race we call life. I was not born into a family with old money, or new money, or any money. The Pell is my lifeline to a better way of life than that in which I was raised.
A balanced budget amendment does not fund my college and give me a brighter future. I cannot eat tax cuts for breakfast or live in a house made of Social Security cuts.
How heavy does my future feel in your hands, Congress?
Republicans defend tax breaks for the wealthy because the rich use them to make jobs. Where are those jobs? The private sector has been extremely slow in providing them. Why? Private corporations are not charitable organizations. Their job is to make a profit. They make a profit by producing and selling stuff. The only time they will make jobs is when it makes business sense.
Recent GNP growth of 1.3 percent was bad news, but much more important is that consumer spending has tanked. People just don't have the money to spend.
We can't buy stuff, so businesses won't make more stuff. If they are not making more stuff, they're not going to hire more people.
So what do they do with money we borrow to give them? They squirrel it away to wait until it's good business to make new jobs.
It makes no sense for our government to borrow money to make up for the taxes they're not paying. They're not doing what they got the breaks for. The far more sensible thing is to tax them like they used to be and give that money to the people who will spend it on stuff, enabling businesses to use the money they've stored up to make more stuff and new jobs.
Our problem is not lack of capital or supply, our problem is lack of demand. If we're going to get out of this mess, we've got to stimulate demand.
One party, under God
Some of the Tea Partiers, after their tête-à-tête with House Speaker John Boehner, announced they were going to the House chapel to pray it over. The GOP needs to change its initials to GOD — Grand Old Deity. They revel in that strange Christian combination of being both sanctimonious and arrogant. Given their extreme right-wing fanaticism, they should adapt the cross as the Nazis did the swastika, wearing it as an armband to proclaim they, and they alone, have God in their hip pockets.
And they can always salute Nazi fashion when they encounter each other, with clicking heels, shout, "Heil, Norquist!"