Worthwhile Letters to the Editor

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From yer uncle’s local newspaper:

Rich get richer if GOP triumphs

Since the election of Ronald Reagan, our middle class has been under assault. Mr. Reagan began by dissolving the air traffic controllers’ union. President Reagan and Vice President George H.W. Bush began to aid American companies in their quest to move their factories offshore. Recently, when the Democrats introduced a bill to give tax breaks to companies that brought jobs back to America, it was defeated by a Republican filibuster.

Greed is the reason behind the Republican political strategy. They want the Bush tax breaks for the top 2 percent earners of our country to be extended. Republicans claim that this tax gift to the rich will create jobs. During the Bush years, while the tax breaks were in effect, the number of jobs created on American soil dropped drastically. While the rich greased their pockets, our debt rose over $700 billion a year. The real goal behind the Republican political strategy is for the middle class to pay the taxes that the rich should pay.

When the Republican majority on the Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of unlimited campaign spending, they opened the door to corporations and foreign countries to control our election results. How can a middle-class individual compete with the spending power of corporations? How much would it be worth to China to keep American factories in their country?

On Tuesday, the American people should go to the polls in great numbers and send a message that our democracy is not for sale.

Jim DeVito

Brewster, NY

Obama needs support at polls

President Obama’s inherited task couldn’t have been more of a tangled mess. Yet he’s displayed an unwavering dedication to the job at hand, faced up to hard choices and forced compromises to stop momentum of what promised to be full-scale depression, more joblessness and endless war. He acted for us, and us alone despite record assaults from naysayers, achieving worthwhile and historic beginnings in a number of areas in only a year and nine months.

Yet there are back-seat drivers who claim they could do better. My advice to them is, sit back, fasten your seat belts for rough times ahead, and remember it took the Republicans eight-plus years to create the desecration handed to the Democrats. It will take longer than a year and nine months to recover. Let’s remember why we elected President Obama, and deliver again the support he needs at the polls on Nov. 2.

JoAnn Wendl

Pomona, NY

7 Responses to “Worthwhile Letters to the Editor”

  1. 1 A. V. McInnis November 1, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    Previous comments praising Obama is way off the mark. The
    Democrats, mostly Barnie Frank, more than anyone else except possibly Chris Dodd, is responsible for our financial mess. For a decade, he blocked Bush’s efforts to rein in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. But Frank didn’t listen and now he seeks to evade responsibility. Now Obama and the Dems have gotten this country in so much debt that our grandchildren will not be able to pay it off.
    How can the president of a major nation and society…the one with the most successful economic system in world history… stand and talk about business when he’s never worked for one?.. Or about jobs when he has never really had one??! And neither have 92% of his senior staff and closest advisers..! They’ve spent most of their time in academia, government and/or non-profit jobs….or as “community organizers”…When they should have been in an employment line.

  2. 2 Libertyluva November 1, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    More liberal nonsense.

  3. 3 unclerave November 2, 2010 at 9:32 am


    The one letter is not so much praising President Obama, as it is asking for him to be given an even chance. The Republicans in Congress have so far refused to do that. The first word any child *really* understands and says (over and over again) – after “mama” and/or “dada” – is “No”. The Republicans have become the party of the petulant child. Spurred on by the irresponsible hype and fear tactics of FOX News and AM talk radio, they and their constituents have put a stranglehold on any meaningful positive change.

    Putting all the blame on the likes of Barney Frank (that *terrible gay man!*) and Chris Dodd is incredibly insular and slanted. Even *IF* they were the main culprits in the Fannie and Freddie debacle, that was merely a symptom of the bigger problem brought on by the repeal of the Glass Steagall Act and the broader excesses of deregulation. Mr. Obama inherited the highest (11 Trillion) national debt of all-time. And he was forced, by the terms of the Bush bail-out, into another 400 Billion or so, before he was even in office a month. We ARE now at 13 Trillion, and counting, but that is partly due to the reason why Bush ran it up so high – the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    The broader point still being that you can’t unwind/turn around problems that are THAT BIG in a year and 9 months. Especially when you’re being hand-cuffed and pilloried at every turn.


  4. 4 A. V. McInnis November 3, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Isn’t it time that Obama and the Dems stopped blaming Bush. For almost 4 years, the Democrats have been in control of Congress – hence the purse strings. The Bush bail-out as you mentioned had to be approved by a Democrat controlled Congress. As I mentioned in my earlier comment: “How can the president of a major nation and society … the one with the most successful economic system in world history… stand and talk about business when he’s never worked for one?” Most of his cabinet appointees, including some tax cheats, never ran a business either. I respect your right to express your opinion, but I don’t agree with it.

  5. 5 unclerave November 3, 2010 at 3:47 pm


    The question should be: How do you give Bush a pass for the havoc that he wrought? He gave us 2 wars, that we’re still stuck in, The U.S. PATRIOT Act, and Homeland Security. He grew the Federal Govt. more than any president. He inherited a Nat’l Debt of 5.8 Trillion and left us with a Nat’l Debt of 10.7 Trillion. Having a majority in the Congress does not equate to controlling the purse strings, especially when you factor in Blue-dog Dems, the Democrats who CHOSE to work WITH the President Bush, and all the brow-beating the Republicans accomplished.

    And, your question is a little flawed because our economic system WAS the most successful economic system in world history, but now it’s in shambles. And, Reagan never worked for a “business” (show biz don’t count), and he thought he knew a lot about business. Ha! Same with H.W. Bush. But, Duh-bya DID work in “business” a few times . . . and was a failure each time. So, what’s yer point.

    If you’ve read any of my earlier stuff you’ll see that I was never in favor of either phase of the bailout, and I was never thrilled with much of Obama’s cabinet.

    I’d stop blaming Bush if the Republicans would ADMIT to the problems that were caused by Bush, and show some (any?) willingness in working WITH Obama, to get the country back on track. THAT would be the patriotic thing to do.


  6. 6 A. V. McInnis November 3, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    I guess we have a little common ground on the bailouts and cabinet appointees.

    Based on yesterday’s election, it appears that a majority
    of Americans believe Obama and the Democrats were taking this country in the wrong direction.

  7. 7 unclerave November 4, 2010 at 8:35 am

    Unfortunately, A.V., too many people “believe” only what they are *led* to believe. What we are seeing today is very similar to what we saw during – and in the build up to – the (American) Civil War. The Southern aristocracy was able to convince the majority, poor, dirt farmers (the vast majority of the Confederate army) that the end of slavery was going to be bad for THEM, and their way of life. When, in reality, slavery was only making the Southern aristocracy richer and keeping the dirt farmers dirt poor. Mis/dis-information is the most powerful tool of the powerful.

    “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!”


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