Romney-Ryan plan all about the rich getting richer
There used to be in Europe the doctrine of The Divine Right of Kings, the right given to kings by God to be kings in perpetuity.
We now have in this country a doctrine promulgated by Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, which says that if you're rich you have a divine right, not only to be rich, but to get richer. If you are not rich, the rich can take from you even what you have.
This was practiced by Romney in his stint with Bain Capital where he often closed factories, fired the workers and sent jobs overseas, while making millions for himself.
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The doctrine is also vividly demonstrated in the Ryan budget, which continues huge tax breaks for the wealthy and subsidies for oil corporations.
His budget is estimated to give the average 1 percenter a tax break of $330,000 a year. To make up for this, social programs are gutted, including destroying Medicare, and average Americans would see their taxes increase by $2,000 a year.
It has been described by some as the biggest transfer of wealth from the bottom to the top in American history. It has been called immoral by Roman Catholic bishops. It is a return to the days of the robber barons.
Without shame, they claim that if you're rich, you have a divine right to be rich — and richer.
Is this your vision for America?
Lawrence E. Durr
Flaws in our system
There are serious issues with our two-party system and the manner in which we place our votes.
The recent statement by a Republican Senate candidate from Missouri referencing "legitimate rape" was both ignorant and offensive. But what is more ridiculous is the fact voters chose this man to represent them.
Today's political and business motives are driven around social issues, which should not be the primary topic for either. We, as voters and consumers, have the ability to create change with the decisions we make on a daily basis.
If we spent more of our energy on compassion for one another versus trying to defend a point of view, these social topics may not be a leading factor in elections or business success or failure.
I plan to place my vote in November based on the issues that I want to see my president address. Topics like education, foreign policy and job creation are more important to me than choices people chose to make in the free country we're so proud of.
Bible not for schools
There was a letter writer last month who bemoaned "social moral decay" and the general state of our society while, interestingly, he seemed to offer a quick solution: Read the Bible in schools.
The serial murder, rape and poverty, he said, should be quickly remedied by reading about just that in the Bible.
While the Bible does contain beautiful verses, poetry, etc., it also plainly and concisely describes the details of bloody battles, wars, fornication, adultery, plagues, murder and, oh yeah, crucifixion.
All of that should really take our minds off of violence, right?
And besides, as graduates of high school history classes, we all know that the first Europeans to settle America were Christians trying to escape religious persecution. I wonder, by teaching the Bible — period — in a public classroom setting, are we returning to that age when if you don't subscribe to a certain religion you will have it forced on you?
People of all religions pay taxes for public education. Perhaps the gentleman writing the letter should also suggest we include religious writings from all the major religions in the classroom, since we live in America 2012 and not Europe in 1620.
I read recently how agents for the Department of Homeland Security in Boston uncovered a vast international porn ring that spanned seven countries.
Hundreds of thousands of images of violent child sexual abuse were being shared among these predators, with one child being only 19 days old.
How do you thank the people who hunt these sick, twisted, horrific human beings? How do you let them know that you deeply appreciate all they do to stop these crimes against humanity?
We hear of the relentless pursuit of Nazis by Jewish investigators decades after the crimes of the Holocaust, and I deeply admire that kind of tenacity to bring justice no matter how long it takes.
I feel equally proud of all of the professionals who make hunting down these child-abusing monsters their mission in life.
I can only imagine how coming face to face with these horrors can affect someone's personal life and belief in the basic good of people. They should know that because they persevere, they are the antidote against this kind of evil.
It is incomprehensible to ordinary citizens what is going on the world today. The only comfort we can take when it comes to those who would destroy children is to know that there are people on the front lines doing everything they can to prevent it.
I truly just want to say thank you to these "warriors for kids" and hope they know that what they do matters to ordinary people.
Thanks to Democrats
There comes a time in our life we should give thanks to the ones who have directly affected our lives. My time is now.
I would like to thank the Democratic Party for all the benefits it has created that help me get to my retirement and beyond.
Thanks for Medicare, without which I wouldn't be able to afford health insurance. Thanks for unemployment insurance, for which I wouldn't have been able to retrain with extended benefits during the recession of the 1980s. Thanks for Social Security, a blessing in itself.
These are just a few things I have depended on in my 46-year working career. There are many other benefits given to the people of this great country; even though I'm not one who may need them but I'm sure those who do give their thanks.
For those who are detractors about things done for the American people, I have one thing to add: A wise man said, "You will know them by their works." I certainly do.
Steps to power
Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Mike Turzai suggested that the House's end game in passing the voter ID law was to benefit the GOP politically.
"Pro-Second Amendment? The Castle Doctrine, it's done. First pro-life legislation — abortion facility regulations — in 22 years, done. Voter ID, which is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania, done."
Let's review the "Pennsylvania done" analogy to its fullness:
Step 1: Establish a political cable TV network that propagates a narrow political view. Done.
Step 2: Convince the Supreme Court to allow unlimited money to flow into the political election system. Done.
Step 3: Pressure Congress not to allow any passage of legislative law. Done.
Step 4: Infiltrate state governments to limit those who can vote and limit hours of voting. Done.
Step 5: Promote a presidential candidate that promotes anything everywhere anytime but does not give details. Done.
Step 6: Rewrite the Constitution if the political party wins the election. Pending.
Step 7: Expected results: Economic collapse, chaos, martial law, death.
James F. Rodgers