Obama might yet turn debt-ceiling deal into a winner
In war, sometimes armies win battles by losing. Consider the Battle of Perryville. Historians say the Confederates won on tactics but lost on strategy because the casualties they suffered compelled them to withdraw from Kentucky. The Union army won by losing.
It appears to me that President Barack Obama similarly won by losing the political brawl over the federal debt ceiling.
A total victory was not tactically possible for the Democrats largely because the Tea Party was willing to provoke another economic crisis to win this fight. It was sort of like fighting suicide bombers.
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Yet, Obama has apparently managed to secure strategic high ground for another day. The debt deal leaves out tax increases on the wealthy, but it obviously sets the stage for tax reform.
The first round of spending cuts are smaller than the Tea Party wanted, while the second round is deferred to a bipartisan commission.
So, this convoluted deal allows Obama opportunities to take political credit for non-controversial spending cuts in the first round while obligating the Republicans to share political responsibility for any controversial cuts that may emerge in the second round, and maybe even share responsibility for the stalled economy.
Obama can also continue to accuse the Republicans of balancing the budget on the backs of the middle class. On top of all this, the deal requires the Republicans to give up their suicide attacks on the debt ceiling.
We are reaping what we sow. Our Constitution was written to be religion neutral, as I understand. We know something is wrong in Washington, D.C.
Remember the days of evangelist Billy Graham and his wisdom? He never pushed for our elected officials to be obligated to him.
Then along came the Revs. Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, and they wanted our elected officials to be obligated to them. They sought to elect our Congress and president.
This is where we reap what we elect. We now have rigid leaders in government who campaign against their opponent by trying to be the most religious. They consider concession or compromise to be beneath them.
That may be OK within their churches, but we cannot run a democracy that way.
Governing my way or the highway is where we have been the last decade. The results are the headlines today.
FairTax is the answer
For several days last month, a group of committed volunteers from all over the country canvassed Congress to promote HR25/S13, otherwise known as the FairTax bill.
This bill is far ahead of any other competing tax reform concept in terms of congressional co-sponsorship. It is the kind of bold tax change that this country sorely needs.
Think for a moment about how much information you have to disclose to your government in filing your income taxes.
Or that 49 percent of Americans get away without paying any income tax. And the tens of thousands of lobbyists who entice Congress to game the tax code behind closed doors.
For the sake of our liberty, tax equity and reduction of congressional corruption, learn more about FairTax. Once you understand it, you will demand it.
Conservatives are acting like a bunch of cold-hearted, tight-fisted greedy people who despise us poor working-class people and all things that give us happiness.
The rich, Congress, large corporations, oil companies, large health care, Wall Street, Tea Partiers, large banks and self-interest groups are a bunch of squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old misers. They control all of the money in this country. They have only disgust for us poor, thinking the world would be better off without us.
We poor working-class people will never be able to do the things that conservatives take for granted as long as they all have the mentality that they do about us.
Unfair to Palestine
I learned of Senate Resolution 185 and House Resolution 268 that will impose sanctions against the people of Palestine if their elected government attempts to seek status as a sovereign nation at the United Nations in September.
Kentucky's Washington delegation won't approve statehood for the true indigenous people of Palestine and won't submit resolutions to deny nationhood for the southern region of Sudan, Africa. (Oil is available in the south.)
Too many citizens in Kentucky, seek to continue the deaths of Americans in the Middle East and deny the American people money for Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, etc.
Billy Ray Wilson
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Conservative politicians, columnists and talk-radio hosts continue to hammer President Barack Obama daily, saying he is a terrible president.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., even goes so far to say it is vitally important Obama is a one-term president.
I challenge McConnell, his Republican comrades and the conservative media to speak and write in detail why they believe Obama is a failed president.
Also, tell America's majority middle class and poor why we would be so much better off today under a John McCain presidency.
From the first day of his presidency, Obama faced monumental problems he inherited, foremost among them being an economy tottering on the brink of collapse.
Conservatives: In each instance you claim Obama failed, please tell us how Republicans would have handled the situation better.
McConnell: Is it really that crucial Obama is defeated in 2012? If so, why?
Paul L. Whiteley Sr.
I have had the pleasure of attending the Patriotic Concert on Transylvania University's campus for some 23 years. I must say that the last three have been something of a disappointment.
While no one would deny the ability of the Lexington Philharmonic, the content of the program has been sadly lacking in patriotic music.
To be sure there has been some of the usual, but much has been sacrificed for more modern pieces.
I have no distaste for many of these pieces, but a patriotic concert should have more in the way of Sousa, Berlin and others, not Harry Potter and Phantom of the Opera.
I always enjoyed maestro George Zach's banter with the crowd, and that, sadly, is now missing. I hope time will help in this regard, but the music needs to return to a true patriotic program.
If not, I will not be attending in the future.