Constitution should not block health-care law
When we saw that laws were standing in the way of black Americans using public restrooms, we changed the laws. When we saw the Constitution was standing in the way of allowing women to vote, we fixed the Constitution.
Basic human values are not derived from religious, legal or political documents. Religious, legal and political documents are derived from basic human values.
If we really believe the Constitution is standing in the way of Americans having access to affordable health care, then we should fix the Constitution.
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A lot of people are cowering behind the Constitution because they oppose health-care reform for vague, selfish, narrow-minded, political reasons that they do not want to talk about honestly.
If Thomas Jefferson himself appeared before the U.S. Senate and declared that he and other Founding Fathers were absolutely fine with the individual mandate, does anyone believe that all those claiming to oppose "Obamacare" on constitutional grounds would wipe their brows in relief and agree?
It would be infinitely more productive for these folks to drop the pretense and tell us what they really think and why, instead of hiding behind the Constitution. It is transparent and shameful.
People made Apple
For those giving a big shout-out to our Congressmen for voting no on the jobs bill, I would like to share a story about Steve Jobs.
I lived in the Bay Area when Apple first opened its doors. In 1983 or 1984, Jobs was involved in a discussion about how to make businesses grow. Jobs said Apple wanted to be the "employer of choice" in Silicon Valley and in order to attract the best and brightest employees the company would need to offer the best salaries, benefits and perks.
He said "people make the companies." The wise investment for any business — first and foremost — is in getting great people to work for you.
He said he had been warned he shouldn't go so far out on a limb — wait and see if the company can make it — and was warned about regulations.
He said there will always be government in our lives and sometimes that's a good thing. Without the patent office protections, for instance, he wouldn't have been able to begin his road to success. And the same regulations applied to competitors, so it was an even playing field. He said it's not government regulations that ruin companies — it is the company's own regulations which kill their businesses.
Jobs was ultra-liberal, a Buddhist and a great progressive thinker. He probably couldn't have made his business much of a success in Kentucky.
Linda D. Hall
Feasting on the poor
We know that the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. "worked and gave his life as the words he spoke."
King spoke truth to those who are greedy gluttons for money and power.
He said, "The curse of poverty has no justification in our age. It is socially as cruel and blind as the practice of cannibalism at the dawn of civilization, when men ate each other because they had not yet learned to take food from the soil or to consume the abundant animal life around them. The time has come for us to civilize ourselves by the total, direct and immediate abolition of poverty."
The wealthiest corporations and their paid servants, the Republican Party, are literally eating the flesh of people's dreams and current reality.
The strategy of voting against the American Jobs Act was cannibalism of the poor, the underpaid and the unemployed. The agenda of making Obama a one-term president over the creation of jobs and the millions of people who have no health insurance or are underinsured is obscene.
The firing of teachers, the deterioration of school buildings and the lack of affordable education are acts of cannibalism. The eating of the minds of children is promoted by such ideological obstructionism.
The maintenance of a system with millions of children in poverty is an unspeakable act of cannibalism. Poverty eats the futures of millions of children.
Will we allow feasting on the lives of people by the powerful and the privileged? The choice is ours next November.
Help Obama help us
I just saw a bumper sticker that read: "Soooo. How's that Obama thing working out for ya?"
Responding for the country, and almost every citizen, the answer is "great."
Barack Obama's team kept the George W. Bush recession from turning into the Bush depression. (Bush, on the other hand, took the Clinton surplus and gave it to the rich, thereby creating the Bush recession.) Anyone who says that Obama should have been able to take the eight-year mess he inherited and return us to prosperity in 30 months is either ignorant or intellectually dishonest — especially since Obama has been hindered at every step by Republicans who want the economy to fail.
The Republican congressional leadership and presidential candidates exist for one primary purpose: to use government to make rich people richer.
Will we let them do this to us again in 2012? That depends on how collectively stupid we are.
McConnell in the way
Senate Republicans, led by Sen. Mitch McConnell, dismissed the president's jobs bill. McConnell doesn't care about jobs, he only wants to protect the rich.
Republicans have been a party of only one idea for the last 30 years — cut taxes for the rich and wait for it to trickle down to the rest of us. Well, it isn't trickling.
President Barack Obama is an honest man who wants to make our economy better. McConnell wants to hurt Obama at any cost to our economy. Don't forget that George W. Bush and McConnell led us into an economic collapse.
Every time Obama tries to compromise and work with Republicans we see a grimacing McConnell wearing the facial expressions of a sea turtle straining to climb a sand hill. Let's get rid of McConnell at the next election. Please?