Our government spurs questions



Why do some write letters reminding me of 7-year olds shouting at one another in a schoolyard?

Why don’t Republicans put up for public discussion their ideas about our medical insurance program instead of complaining about the Afordable Care Act?

Are Republicans afraid of discussing their ideas? Do they avoid criticism by saying nothing. Republicans should explain and discuss their ideas on social issues openly.

Why do we pay our federal representatives so much for so little work? How many House members actually do anything useful? They seem to be required to spend time “dialing for dollars.” Apparently they worked an average of about 942 hours last year. This puts their salary above $185 per hour, not counting benefits.

Why is Mitch McConnell still minority leader? He proclaimed his sole task was to make Obama a one-term president. He failed. He should be fired.

Why proclaim that the U.S. is a Christian nation when we seldom discuss the poor and the disadvantaged. We express greed in, “I want more.” The Book of Matthew is all about charity — the idea of giving without expecting anything in return. It also makes some pithy comments about the wealthy.

Why do we listen to complaints about Obama lying? All presidents have lied, and Bush’s lies cost over 4,500 military deaths and trillions of dollars in costs including years of medical care for those who agreed to fight an unnecessary “war.” Nixon, Johnson, Clinton and Kennedy all lied, while Reagan pleaded ignorance (easy to believe). It seems only Carter didn’t.

Why is talking bad and making war good? It seems that diplomacy is wimpish whereas intimidating others through military force is manly.

Why does everyone moan about income distribution? Insurance is nothing but income redistribution — from those who never need it, to insurance companies and those who do need it. How many collect on auto, home and unemployment insurance? If you have, then you have benefitted from income redistribution. Would you deposit money in a bank without FDIC?

Finally, has anyone ever considered that the way to reduce government is to make us very aware of its costs by actually paying enough taxes to balance our budget? If we all had to pay the real costs of government, rather than run deficits, it might incite us all to ask for less government.

Dick Swenson

Walla Walla



Igor says...

The claim that Republicans have no plans is a false assertion spread by the Democrats and simply has no basis in fact. The Republicans have proposed numerous alternatives. http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothe...

As regards the poor and the disadvantaged, Americans give more to charity, per capita and as a percentage of GDP than the citizens of almost all other nations. http://www.forbes.com/2008/12/24/amer...

Yes, many presidents besides Obama have lied to the people. George H.W. Bush lied when he said, ”Read my lips, no new taxes. Clinton lied when he when he said, “I did not have sex with that woman . . Miss Lewinski.” And G.W. Bush may have lied lied when he claimed that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.

However, we’ve never had a president that repeatedly lies like Mr. Obama. Here are just a few that come to mind. “I will have the most transparent administration in history.” “The stimulus will fund shovel-ready jobs.” “The IRS is not targeting anyone.” “It was a spontaneous riot about a movie.”

I will put an end to the type of politics that ‘breeds division, conflict and cynicism’.” “You didn't build that!” “I will restore trust in government.” “The Cambridge police acted stupidly.” “The public will have two weeks to look at every bill before it comes on for a vote.”

“It's not my red line - it is the world's red line.” “Whistle blowers will be protected in my administration.” “We got back every dime we used to rescue the banks and auto companies, with interest.” “I am not spying on American citizens.”

“You can keep your family doctor.” “Premiums will be lowered by an average of $2500 per family.” “If you like it, you can keep your current healthcare plan.” “I knew nothing about what happened in Benghazi.” “I never knew my uncle from Kenya who was in the country illegally and was arrested for DUI."

But the biggest lie of all: “I, Barrack Hussein Obama, pledge to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America."

More taxes will not reduce the size of government. The more you give the fools the more they’ll spend on growing government. Government cannot create sustainable jobs. Only the private sector can do that. Every dollar that government saps from the private sector is one less dollar that could be put to work expanding plant and hiring more workers.

Posted 20 December 2013, 9:05 p.m. Suggest removal

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