Obama should continue playing hardball with GOP
The passion and purpose President Barack Obama showed in his Sept. 19 Rose Garden address was of the presidential candidate I, and millions of others, voted for in 2008.
Republicans have played hardball politics with the Obama administration from day one of his presidency, vowing to make him a one-term president. An uncompromising GOP has refused to work with our president on solving the multitude of economic problems he inherited, problems for which congressional Republicans and Wall Street are largely responsible for creating.
Obama must remain firm in calling for the wealthy minority to pay their fair share of taxes. It should be one of the main issues of the 2012 election. If America is the just society we claim to be, we will seek social and economic justice for all, especially for the multitudes who struggle daily to meet their basic needs. The rich will always have much more than enough. Our country's strength and well-being are best determined by how well the majority middle class and poor are faring.
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Was it class warfare when Jesus told a rich young man to sell all he had and give the money to the poor? Selfishness and greed divide us; compassion unites us. The results of the 2012 presidential election will tell a lot about what kind of nation we want to be.
Paul L. Whiteley Sr.
Pass the jobs act
Job creators have had tax cuts from George W. Bush's presidency for a decade. Where are the jobs? Data show multinational corporations cut 2.9 million U.S. jobs and added 2.4 million overseas between 2000 and 2009. Massive tax cuts created jobs overseas.
Bush inherited perhaps the strongest federal balance sheet in postwar history. There were record-high surpluses, debt was falling, and the Congressional Budget Office projected that the federal government would be debt-free by 2009.
Bush handed out gigantic tax cuts, with people at the top of the income ladder getting the most. He started two wars and a prescription drug plan, both unfunded.
Banking regulations were jettisoned leading to a market crash, recession and bank bailouts. Now, instead of being debt-free and well-prepared to care for an aging population, we have been left a crisis in both debt and unemployment.
What is the Republican response to this crisis? Cut taxes more. Cut entitlement programs. Cut discretionary spending. Don't allow revenue increases even by closing "loopholes." Rep. Paul Ryan's budget proposed a Medicare voucher program, voted for by every Republican, which cut taxes for the wealthy to be paid for on the backs of seniors. Those are examples of class warfare, and it is what the GOP has been doing.
President Barack Obama has proposed the American Jobs Act with associated cuts and revenue increases that are fair and balanced. Stop the hypocrisy and pass it.
If President Barack Obama were head coach of the Kentucky football team, he would be blaming Rich Brooks for the losses we have suffered so far.
Too little on U.S. protest
Last month, the Herald-Leader showed us schoolchildren demonstrating and citizens protesting — both in the Middle East. We saw nothing until recently about the Wall Street protests. This was really disappointing.
Americans are doing what Middle Easterners do — they are demonstrating for an end to institutionalized, legalized corruption. Currently, that corruption is tolerated and fostered. The revolving-door policy is legal.
Anti-regulation publicity makes regulation the villain. Corporations own the broadcasting companies, the newspapers and the magazines that make sure that their skewed messages are heard.
When they mention the Wall Street demonstrators, it is to describe disparagingly the size of the crowd and who is in it.
Today's young people won't wave the flag until the flag stands once more for the welfare of 99 percent of us, and not just the welfare of the richest 1 percent. We should be reading about this every day.
Sara M. Porter
Class warfare, defined
Let's talk about class warfare.
Is it class warfare when corporate America ships a million jobs to China? Is it class warfare when plutocrats buy the people's representatives? Is it class warfare when Republican governors attack labor unions? Or, is it just class warfare when someone stands up and says enough?
Rights a casualty of war
In 1789, the first 10 amendments to the Constitution were drafted, the Bill of Rights, which established the rights of the people and protections from government intrusion. Among these rights, any citizen accused of a crime would receive a fair and speedy trial in a court of law.
In 2011, U.S. citizen and accused terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki was executed without trial by the government. He was killed by a missile fired from a remotely controlled drone.
His murder, applauded across the U.S. news media, tells us that if allegations of "terrorism" are made, it is now permissible for the president to serve as judge, jury and executioner and authorize the killing of an American citizen. The administration says the president can do this because we are "at war" on terrorism.
At the end of World War II, the United States insisted Nazi leaders responsible for the deaths of millions of men, women and children be given fair trials. We have come a long way since then.
We continue to sacrifice the fundamental human rights our founding fathers held sacrosanct to the never-ending so-called war on terror. We have been told that it is necessary to give up these rights in order to defend the homeland.
Our fears are destroying our freedoms.