Protect right of people to elect U.S. senators
I disagree with those who seek the repeal of our Constitution's 17th Amendment's requirement that members of the U.S. Senate be elected by the people.
As a constitutionalist, I understand our Constitution is founded upon the self-evident truth that "we, the people" have certain God-given inalienable rights, paramount of which is our right to be governed only with "the consent of the governed."
So what is the best way to get our required consent, if not by us casting our votes directly for those seeking to govern us?
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Before we let these folks mess with our sacred Constitution, let us be mindful of what they are asking us to do and why. They are asking us to give up our right to directly elect our senators for reasons which look suspiciously like political expediency, or worse.
Whatever the motive, such a repeal would will give the power to the people who least deserve to wield it for us — our legislators, who constantly fail us by their self-serving schemes and display for the world to see how incompetent many of them truly are.
And with their penchant for corrupt backroom dealing, the choice of U.S. senator, without the 17th Amendment, would most likely devolve into favors injuriously traded.
So count me as one who opposes repealing the 17th Amendment. Let "we, the people" rule.
Passport, a company that administers Medicaid services in a 16-county region, has essentially stolen taxpayer money by spending it on gifts, limos, food and travel.
Yet our state auditor has chosen to not refer the case to state law enforcement. Why? Because there was no criminal wrongdoing?
Since when can a quarter of a million dollars be used up, without permission from taxpayers, and it not be a crime?
I can't take others' money on a whim. It's a crime. This four-person staff that felt it needed to be frivolous with my money needs to pay every cent back — and quickly. This case needs to be investigated and criminal charges brought.
I am tired of these companies stealing public money and using it for their own benefit, without fear of incrimination. I am tired of hearing these stories after the fact, as well. Who is monitoring the money handlers? Why was this not caught earlier? We, the people, want answers.
Ideas, not bluster
Sen. Mitch McConnell wants President Barack Obama to change. In Mitch-speak, that means to think as Mitch does. What of compromise for the good of the people? Why is his way the only way?
I've not seen McConnell or his minions address health care or our pitiful education system. and I didn't hear any compromises in trying to help mold what was submitted into something more acceptable.
What would McConnell have done? Would he have let the banks fail and the auto industry crumble? How would that have affected the economy and jobs?
In all his years, other than spreading pork, what has he done but bluster, spew and try to incite outrage?
Try this on for size: Impose term limits, eliminate raises for Congress and impose 401(k)'s and Social Security for their retirements instead of their outrageous pensions for life. And impose the same health care system on themselves.
No one person is totally right and no one person is totally wrong. But McConnell and his ilk want to impose their will onto all. That means he has garnered too much power and had it for too long.
Obssessed with control
Reporter Jack Brammer's articles on Sen. Mitch McConnell and the state Senate really shone a light on where McConnell stands.
State Sen. Julie Denton, R-Louisville, is quoted as saying she "will continue to focus" her "attention on serving" her "constituents and serving the commonwealth."
McConnell, on the other hand, is quoted as saying "the goal now is to capture the Governor's Mansion ... and the White House..." and "we do not control the government yet."
Apparently, and not surprisingly, McConnell isn't interested in serving anyone but the Republican Party. He has forgotten he is a servant of the people. It would appear that McConnell wants to capture and control — not serve — this country.
What about us?
Am I the only person who thinks Sen. Mitch McConnell and company should be doing something to help the taxpayers and the economy? Didn't we elect new people for a change? The only thing I have heard so far is how the Republican Party needs to gain more seats and governors' offices and unseat the president. Stop with the same old political bull and do something for us.
The haves win again
Those who did not vote have allowed a shift back to the right. The GOP has been telling them big government is bad for so long, they believe it.
President Barack Obama has done much, but the GOP spent so much on attack ads people were fooled into thinking they had lost and they just stayed home.
I've never understood how a Republican gets a poor man to vote for him, by lying to him over and over until it becomes truth. The GOP promised to do exactly what led this great country into the current crisis. The GOP stands for the haves and not the have-nots. George Bush was shown on TV saying to the haves that they were his base, and he still won a second term. And now we have a second wave of a fight for the haves to come out on top.
The Democrats should have forced a vote on the tax cuts for the top 2 percent before the elections. It would have shown the GOP's true colors. May God help our great country if they have their way: tax cuts for the rich, deregulation of the finance industry and less safety for the miners.
I see no good coming from this election. The GOP should have been swept out of the way so this country could get on with rebuilding. Karl Rove and company saw to it that we are in a class war, fought in the halls of our government.
Bush outs McConnell
Regarding George W. Bush's revelation that Sen. Mitch McConnell urged a troop reduction in Iraq for domestic political reasons, I'm reminded of Harry Truman's advice that if you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.
Of course, in McConnell's long political career, it's not as if he hasn't himself thrown a few still breathing bodies overboard, including some Kentucky Republicans.
That said, Bush egregiously sold out a loyal supporter and leader of his own party, one who had every expectation that such a sensitive, private consultation would never end up in a Bush memoir, especially from a commander-in-chief who once strode across an American aircraft carrier with a "Mission Accomplished" banner centrally positioned for the cameras.
Let's all pretend no domestic electoral politics was involved in that dramatic photo-op.
Bush shouldn't be surprised if McConnell were to suddenly support a full investigation into the many failures of American intelligence, given that slam-dunk non-existent weapons of mass destruction became the president's major predicate for the Iraq war.
After all, any everyday American citizen who made such a consequential "mistake" in his or her job would have been justifiably fired by their employer. Instead, Bush gave CIA Director George Tenet a medal.
Then another political adage would be in play ... get elected, get re-elected, get even.
The stories on former University of Kentucky and NFL football player Dermontti Dawson highlighted a lack of standards. His plight need not have been reported beyond what you usually report on bankruptcies, a simple notice in the middle of the paper.
But the underlying spin you repeated when reporting on the bankruptcy auction of his home and possessions was so unjustified. Dawson in no way followed Antoine Walker into bankruptcy. Dawson made unfortunate business decisions and relied on partners, rather than good counsel, for advice on how to make investments where he was not the controlling partner or majority partner.
He was hit with the tidal wave of problems caused by the financial meltdown that has been going on for the past four years. He did not make imprudent bets or waste his savings with an unsustainable lifestyle. Much like Merrill Lynch, National City Bank and a million Joe Schmoes who lost their savings in the stock market or in the collapse of the housing market, Dawson was hit by the most unpredictable perfect storm.
The picture you chose to use on your Nov. 16 front page showing a pistol rather than cars, hockey sticks, football helmets or home furnishings might convey an undeserved thuggishness to Dawson. He is an upstanding citizen of both Lexington (his hometown) and Pittsburgh (his professional home).
If you wanted to give an accurate, rather than sensational, report you could have easily mentioned the charitable works he is involved in.
Why not try to highlight the positive some time and see if anyone notices?
Webster in denial
Apparently contributing columnist Larry Webster, like Barack Obama and a number of Democrats, does not understand what happened on Nov. 2.
Right out of the box, he injects the race card followed by his reference to corporate America as the "dogs of capitalism" chasing Obama after he averted a depression (unsubstantiated claim), and who saved major industries (confiscated them) passed significant legislation (at the expense of future generations who may never be able to pay for it), and whose decisions have been correct (let's wait for history to decide).
How can Webster put out the spin that corporate America controlled the election when the majority of good Americans were always firmly against the president's policies and those of the Congress, which refused to allow Republicans to attend their backroom, late-night shenanigans when drafting the unwanted legislation which they subsequently forced upon the people while claiming Republicans were obstructionist?
Please explain how a party with such a majority would need any Republican votes. No, the American people spoke very loudly on Nov. 2, and we can only hope they will continue to do so because they know the president's agenda is about control over the people.
So keep spinning, Webster, as the Democratic Party continues to crumble. May God bless us and the United States of America.