Theories proven wrong still believed
The George W. Bush and Dick Cheney administration based its policies on two theories that appear to be too good to be true.
Fiscal policy was based on the theory of Reaganomics, even though it had already been unsuccessful during the Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush Sr. presidencies.
Their foreign policy was based on neoconservative theory that Muslim democracies can be created through the use of military force. The results were disastrous.
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The Reaganomics tax cuts were never offset by an improved economy, and have been charged 100 percent to the national debt at a rate of about @1 billion per day for the last 14 years.
The suppression of regulation led to the worst economic recession in 80 years because it gave the advantage to dishonest businessmen.
The neoconservative invasions to establish Muslim democracies in Iraq and Afghanistan failed because those countries have ethnic groups who want to dominate each other, not share power.
Since these two theories have failed, you would think conservative Republicans would alter their opinions.
Instead they believe they are true and keep blaming the failures on liberal, socialist and democratic agendas as the cost of the failures continues to mount.
City's pride appreciated
We want to extend our thanks and admiration to the entire city of Lexington for its efforts in this year's America in Bloom awards program.
Special thanks to Ann Garrity, Janet Raider, Jerry Raider and Linda Gorton for organizing our tour itinerary and arranging meetings with so many of your remarkable officials, residents and volunteers.
Our thanks to everyone who spent time with us on June 23-24 to showcase all the reasons Lexington is a great place to live, work and play.
America in Bloom envisions communities across the country as welcoming and vibrant places to live, work and play — benefitting from colorful plants and trees, enjoying clean environments, celebrating heritage and planting pride through volunteerism.
The judging is more holistic than just judging flowers or gardens. Judges evaluated the efforts in the four pillars that make cities great: Horticulture, heritage, environment and community involvement in the residential, commercial and municipal sectors.
We will be providing a written evaluation on Oct. 6 and welcome everyone to attend our annual symposium and awards to be held in Philadelphia Oct. 2-4.
Evelyn Alemanni and Stephen Pategas
America in Bloom judges
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Left with a big mess
No one should be surprised at what is occurring in Iraq. It's a monster our country created.
When former President George W. Bush started rattling his saber, I said if we invaded Iraq it would be one of the greatest blunders of the nation.
It's taken a toll of perhaps $4 trillion leading to the worst economic slide since the Great Depression.
Also, 4,500 American lives have been lost, others maimed and wounded and many innocent Iraqi lives lost. For what accomplishment?
I also said there could be no clean extrication and we would not be fighting an army nor a government, but an amorphous and international shadow comprised of fanatical people hellbent on killing Americans.
We are told the most-favored option is to bomb Islamic State in Iraq and Syria before they get to Baghdad. No one has asked what happens after that.
Bush should have known the history of the region. Dick Cheney certainly should have known better.
But, to quote the Downing Street Memo, which got little play in the United States, "the intelligence and facts were fixed to fit the policy."
Bush got us into this mess and left it for others to deal with.
The incompetence under President Barack Obama's administration is inconceivable, just one scandal after the other.
First Solyndra, the maker of solar panels that went belly-up. Then there was the IRS scandal where conservative groups' tax=exempt status was scrutinized.
In Benghazi, our ambassador was murdered along with three other Americans.
To save his election, Obama sent then-United Nations ambassador Susan Rice to say video caused the riot which led to the killings. Then she got promoted to National Security Advisor.
Now, it's the Veterans Affairs debacle. The administration seems to prefer promoting gay rights over veterans' rights.
It has partnered with the LGBTQ community to shock and awe the American psyche into accepting their lifestyle. Liberal judges have been appointed to ensure they receive favorable rulings.
Then he trades five of the worst terrorists for one U.S. soldier who appears to be a deserter.
Now, we have thousands of immigrant children flooding across the border. They should take them and dump them in Washington, D.C.
Obama has spent the last six years going to fund-raisers and taking vacations. Doing his job is at the bottom of the list, he doesn't know how to do it anyway.
Doyle G. Glass
PAST Act needs you
On June 15, the Herald-Leader published an article, "Wide bipartisan support for horse anti-soring bill."
Rep. Ed Whitfield is seeking to protect walking horses from inhumane and cruel training practices that cause pain to these creatures by introducing the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act.
Supported by horse lovers, trainers, veterinary professionals, breed organizations and national organizations like the United States Equestrian Federation and the American Horse Council, the PAST Act has not gained the support of various Kentucky legislators. Specifically, Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul.
Instead, they have decided to co-sponsor a bill that fails to enact needed reforms, provide oversight of inhumane training practices, or strengthen the penalties for engaging in these methods.
Despite the opposition of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Equine Practitioners and the American Horse Council, McConnell and Paul have continued to put forth opposing legislation, to the detriment of the walking-horse tradition our state is known for throughout the world.
To ensure that these reprehensible training practices are brought to a halt, please contact your members of Congress and urge them to stand with Whitfield and the over 300 bipartisan co-sponsors of the PAST Act.