Letters to the editor, Feb. 10
Published: February 10, 2012
Published: February 10, 2012
You used the people's money on expensive government travel specifically and only to see your sons. It's unethical. Even the perception of that is a violation of government ethical standards. That is a use of government funds for which you should be prosecuted and recalled.
The issue for Americans is not a raise of a few percentage points for 535 members of Congress. Rather, it is the plight of 50 million Americans suffering under the Bush regressive tax cuts and his two unjustified wars.
Don't get me wrong. You, specifically, do not deserve a raise. You are the problem. You have consistently voted against policies and authorizations supporting seniors, retirees and our military, active duty and retired. You have consistently voted against job creation programs. You voted to send America into a deficit causing a downgrade in our credit rating.
The Bush budgets, fiscal year 2002-09, gave America an addition $6.1 trillion in national debt. Those two wars and the continuation of the regressive tax policies keep adding to the national debt and hurting Americans, just like a social disease.
The Bush debt and administration policies, voted for by your predecessor and sustained by you, resulted in the worst American recession since the Great Depression. Yet, you vote against everything that would help America recover and become prosperous again.
You treat us in your district like subjects and not constituents. We threw off the mantle of being "subjects" 235-plus years ago. You have no understanding of American values or what it is to being American.
You have totally failed us as our representative.
Rescind UN support
In light of the recent events regarding a United Nations vote on sanctions against Syria it is all to clear that the UN is as useless as mammary glands on a boar.
This organization which is replete with members who take great pleasure in not supporting us in a search for world peace should now be expelled from our soil and we must demand from our government an immediate withdrawal from it.
Anyone who thinks the UN is worthy of our support should live under the regimes of Castro, Putin, Assad, Chavez or any of the other socialist Marxist regimes in the world today.
I beseech U.S. Rep. Rich Nugent and U.S Sen. Marco Rubio to submit legislation to this effect.
Truth in the numbers
According to the federal government the number of jobless claims, "adjusted," was 367,000 for the week ending Jan. 28. The actual, unadjusted number of claims was 414,094 and the number of jobs created from Jan. 1 to Feb. 1 was 170,000.
First of all, whenever the government begins adjusting anything, it's always time to leave the room. Secondly, how in the world can the jobless rate fall? When the number of jobs created was 170,000, and the number, even adjusted, was 367,000?
What do I call this, creative bookkeeping? Or, just plain old Washington, I want to be re-elected, politics. The only thing this president, and for that matter most all past presidents and aspiring candidates for this years presentation have, or had going for them.
Is the fact that the voters apparently cannot add or subtract?
That and they have the attention span of an eight-month-old child. After following American politics for 40 or more years there's no doubt in my mind that anyone blessed with the gift of gab could convince a dying man, or in this case, the American people that they are looking great.
And as such, should feel great too. That is right up until a couple hours before they stop breathing.
Term limits not needed
Why do we need to put term limits on the ballot? We already have term limits. Its called if you don't like them then vote them out.
Robert Van Istendal