Ryan's clear stand on economy invites media distortions
On Aug. 9, the Herald-Leader ran an editorial from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "Tax plan won't add up." It attacked GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's idea to cut everyone's marginal tax rate by 20 percent using the machinations of the Tax Policy Center of the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution as backup.
What would editorial writers prefer? The party in power has proven it hasn't the first clue about making bread. Remember the children's story "The Little Red Hen"? None of the other farm animals wanted to help the hen plant, harvest or mill the wheat or to bake the bread, but they were sure ready to help her eat the bread.
Anyone with half a wafer upstairs knows the key to more tax bread is jobs. Only with full employment can our economy grow out of recession, reduce the deficit and eventually eliminate the debt. No mention of jobs in the Dispatch editorial.
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Liberals are hog-tied by the precariousness of jobs in this equation because the unemployment situation under Obama was, and is, abysmal.
This whole analysis is more than disingenuous since no one even asked then-candidate Barack Obama about his tax plans in '08 and now he says he wants to roast our hens.
With Paul Ryan on Romney's ticket and with his positions on serious economic matters so front and center, I suspect we'll see many more disingenuous editorials trying to tear apart the position of the only businessman in the race.
Ryan, nature and God
Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney's pick for vice-president, made a statement that was quoted by the Associated Press: "Our rights come from nature and from God, not government. That's who we are. We promise equal opportunity, not equal rights."
Nature needs clean air, water and soil to thrive. Would Ryan and Romney be willing to fight the energy industries (oil, gas, coal, nuclear) and chemical industries to ensure that they do not pollute these natural resources, or does he believe that these industries should not be so tightly regulated?
Nature speaks to survival of the fittest. How does that square with equal opportunity, not equal rights among people? Why did our country shed so much blood, sweat and tears to guarantee equal rights for minorities, women and the physically challenged?
The Gospel of Matthew in chapter 25, the word of God, requires feeding the hungry, welcoming strangers, clothing the naked, caring for the sick and visiting the imprisoned. These precepts come from God, not government. From all appearances Ryan and Romney want to cut Medicare, Medicaid and food stamps.
As for Medicare, why not require that all retirees from the executive, legislative and judicial branches (elected or not) go on Medicare at age 65 and supplement Medicare with private insurance like so many others must? See what happens to Medicare then.
Not a Biden fan
A heartbeat away from the president? Yep, think about it, it's Joe Biden. And a Biden presidency would require a lot more than hope.
Questions about clinic
"I don't care if a bunch of millionaires go there, where are they all going to park?" A woman in the very back row was heard to say this, in the same vein as so many other comments made throughout the room at Rosemont Baptist Church.
Having attended the entire July 26 meeting, I was dismayed to see it mischaracterized in the Lexington Herald-Leader's news article Aug. 1 and the editorial Aug. 3. In the article, Dr. Rice Leach was quoted saying several in the crowd had asked if the clinic would attract homeless people. In the editorial, opposition was attributed to a "vocal minority." Regardless of the relative accuracy of both points, the newspaper entirely neglected to mention the unified message at the conclusion of this meeting delivered by a soft-spoken mature woman, and followed by a room full of applause: "We do not object to the clinic for the underserved — rather we object to failure to locate this clinic in a more appropriate location for the underserved."
This conclusion had to come after countless questions — such as who are the underserved, where do they live, how will they get to the clinic, where will they park, what kind of renovation will accommodate them — were not satisfactorily answered by HealthFirst Bluegrass representatives.
Lisa J. Powers
Mars mission a waste
The country is bankrupt so we waste $2.5 billion going to Mars to see if there was once water and carbon. It is hard to believe our government is spending taxpayers' money this way. You can't live or grow anything on Mars, and there is no air or atmosphere. Think of how this money could be spent paying our debt to China. Bush borrowed billions from China to give the rich Republicans a tax break. This money could extend unemployment benefits and it would go right back into the economy. How about these genius space scientists using this $2.5 billion finding a cure for Alzheimer's or the ten cancers we all suffer from?
Kennedy spent $25 billion going to the moon. We got bragging rights with the Russians and moon rocks. While we were doing the moon business, the Japanese and Koreans were taking over the electronic business. Sixty-two percent of the electronics used to go to Mars are Japanese. We need to have a national referendum for the taxpayers to put a stop to wasting money. We have had enough of billion dollar rocks that we can't do a thing with.
Stanley J. Dalton