We wanted Obama to lead; he disappoints
I will not vote for Barack Obama in 2012. Didn't we breathe a sigh of relief when he won in 2008? We thought the excesses of the George W. Bush years would be reined in. What happened? Aside from some tepid changes to health care, it's like Bush is still in office. Guantanamo Bay is still open. We are still in Iraq and Afghanistan, and have added Libya. And Bush's reckless tax cuts got extended.
On Obama's watch, the minority Tea Party has defined issue after issue, and he capitulates to them. This is not leadership. Where is the bully pulpit? Where are the progressive ideas? Obama acts like they don't exist.
During the congressional budget negotiations farce, Obama put Social Security on the table. Why? Social Security is not part of the budget and has nothing to do with the deficit. Why has a Democratic president taken the most successful Democratic program ever and offered to slash it?
I can no longer support him. I refuse to make apologies for him simply because I can't stand Republicans. I consider voting an obligation and I will be at the polls next year. I guess I'll be writing in "None of the Above."
Question of priorities
Interesting front page article recently with a sub-headline, "Art project brings waterway's sounds to a downtown walkway." Seems that this project "will bring the sounds of Town Branch flowing just below the Lexington Financial Center." Eight speakers will be installed between the Financial Center and the parking garage so that folks walking on that concrete sidewalk can be soothed by the sounds of running water. All this and for a mere $15,000 of public and private funds.
I confess that my degrees are in engineering not art appreciation, but I couldn't help but reflect on the priorities of our local government. Police and fire protection are being scaled back because of tight budgets. Indeed, police officers will no longer escort funeral processions. Not enough money to fund everything. We have to set some priorities.
We really have spent $15,000 so that folks can hear running water sounds while hurrying along a concrete sidewalk. Perhaps it will be soothing to some, but it will likely trigger the urge in some of us to start looking for a convenient men's room. Well, that's art for you.
Too GOP to care
During the presidency of George W. Bush the rallying cry during the financial meltdown was that certain businesses were "too big to fail." This resulted in massive amounts of unfunded bailout money for the Wall Street banking, insurance and automotive industries. During his presidency, the national debt ceiling was increased seven times without a bang or a whimper.
Today, the Republican Party condemns raising the debt ceiling and increasing tax revenues through closing loopholes for wealthy businesses and individuals as a means to get our deficit under control. The Republican Party rallying cry is that wealthy businesses and individuals are "too important to tax."
The Republican Party is also demanding that poor and middle class people sacrifice their Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits resulting in a higher proportion of financial stress on these two classes of people than what was proposed by President Barack Obama in closing business and wealthy individuals' tax loopholes.
So the new GOP rallying cry is that poor and average citizens are "too insignificant to matter."
Heaven help us if the Republicans ever gain control of both the House of Representatives and the Senate. Average Americans will definitely be on course for unprecedented social and economic disaster.
Follow rich's example
Tax the rich to balance the budget — they can afford it, right?
Sounds like a good idea.
But wait a second, how did the rich get rich? Unlike our government officials, they seem to know how to make money and manage expenses and make a profit.
So what happens when their expenses, like taxes, go up? Prices get raised and jobs move overseas.
Where does the burden of paying any tax increase wind up? With me and you, that's where.
Think about it.
Better to start cutting government waste and expenditures.
We are in the middle of baseball season and an exciting season of football is upon us. Yet Lexington radio stations and the Herald-Leader shove basketball down our throats daily.
A stupid exhibition game gets top billing over the opening of the NFL season. I am sick and tired of Central Kentuckians needing basketball year round. It is time for the paper, news stations, radio talk shows and even Lexington residents to take a peek at a calendar and focus on teams on the gridiron or the diamond. Honestly, I find it a little insane.