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Letters 11-28-2016

Trump should avoid self-dealing President-elect Donald Trump plans to turn over running of The Trump Organization to his children, who are also involved in the transition and will probably be informal advisers during his administration. This is not a “blind trust.” In this scenario Trump and family could make decisions based on what’s best for them rather than what’s best for the country...

Trump the change we need?  I have had a couple of weeks to digest the results of this election and reflect. There is no way the selection of Trump as POTUS could ever come close to being normal. It is not normal to have a president-elect settle a fraud case for millions a couple of months before the inauguration. It is not normal to have racists considered for cabinet posts. It is not normal for a president-elect tweet outrageous comments on his Twitter feed to respond to supposed insults at all hours of the early morning...

Health care system should benefit all It is no secret that the health insurance situation in our country is controversial. Some say the Affordable Care Act is “the most terrible thing that has happened to our country in years”; others are thrilled that, “for the first time in years I can get and afford health insurance.” Those who have not been closely involved in the medical field cannot be expected to understand how precarious the previous medical insurance structure was...

Christmas tradition needs change The Christmas light we need most is the divine, and to receive it we do not need electricity, probably only prayers and good deeds. But not everyone has this understanding, as we see in the energy waste that follows with the Christmas decorations...

CORRECTIONS & CLARIFICATIONS 

A story in last week’s edition about parasailing businesses on East Grand Traverse Bay mistakenly described Grand Traverse Parasail as a business that is affiliated with the ParkShore Resort. It operates from a beach club two doors down from the resort. The story also should have noted that prior to the filing of a civil lawsuit in federal court by Saburi Boyer and Traverse Bay Parasail against Bryan Punturo and the ParkShore Resort, a similar lawsuit was dismissed from 13th Circuit Court in Traverse City upon a motion from the defendant’s attorney. Express regrets the error and omission.

A story in last week’s edition about The Fillmore restaurant in Manistee misstated Jacob Slonecki’s job at Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course. He was a cook. Express regrets the error.

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Is the President too Liberal?

George Foster - March 9th, 2006
George W. Bush is a flaming liberal. L-I-B-E-R-A-L. And I am not the only one saying it. More and more respected voices of the conservative establishment are labeling the President with the king of all slurs in their circles – the “L” word.
Fiscal responsibility, toughness on security issues, and strong leadership are at the core of a platform that has twice elected the Bush administration - and the mantra for conservatives everywhere. In recent years, any sign of weakness on these matters earns the deviant an automatic badge: liberal.
Fiscal responsibility. Former Reagan economist, Bruce Bartlett, scorches Bush in his new book, Imposter: How George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy. Bartlett even states that the conservatives’ archenemy Bill Clinton employed more conservative principles than the current administration. After all, the Clinton years did come closer to balancing the budget than his immediate predecessors.
If it is a liberal trait not to spend within your means, this administration is somewhere to the political left of Marx and Lenin. The overall national debt of the United States is now $8 trillion and growing. Fiscal year 2006 and years throughout the end of this decade are expected to add at least another $600 billion to the national debt – each year.
Continually blaming the September 11th attacks and the War Against Terrorism for mushrooming deficits cannot be used into perpetuity. More and more conservatives are not agreeable to spending ourselves into oblivion before we even have time to round up a fraction of potential terrorists.
There is no end in sight to spiraling spending deficits, in part, because this President has never vetoed any legislation – not once. The administration approves of all spending increases and tax cuts, no matter how they wreck our economy. In 1881 James Garfield was the last president to avoid vetoing a single Congressional bill. He had a pretty good excuse - Garfield was assassinated after only six months in office. In eight years of office, Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan each vetoed 78 bills. Even Bush Senior stopped 44 bills dead in their tracks while president. George W. Bush’s score is zero for five years and counting.
Toughness on security issues. If any one issue defeated John Kerry in the 2004 election, it was this one. All of the polls showed more Americans felt safer with George W. Bush than John Kerry.
The swagger and image of toughness suddenly evaporated, though, when the President confounded his own Republican supporters by insisting our country hire a United Arab Emirates (UAE) owned company to control six major sea ports on the U.S. coastline. Though our ports have been judged to be highly vulnerable to terrorist attacks by experts, the President has threatened to veto any attempted legislation to block the UAE from running these facilities.
Wait a minute, the President finally gets charged up enough to dust off his veto pen and the occasion is to put a suspicious Arab country in charge of our ports?
In case you have forgotten, two of the 9/11 hijackers were from the UAE. Also, a recent U.S. Coast Guard report stated that it could not determine, “…whether a United Arab Emirates-based company seeking a stake in some U.S. port operations might support terrorist operations.”
The few in Congress who support this deal with the UAE say overturning it would be bad for the economy. Hmmm.
Strong leader-ship. The investigation of the Hurricane Katrina disaster will prove to be just one more example of liberals gone amok, right? There is plenty of blame to go around but no other way to spin the President’s performance: he would be hard-pressed to have been a weaker leader.
Prior to the hurricane’s arrival, FEMA officials held a videoconference for Bush and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. This briefing is scathing evidence that the administration ignored warnings on the catastrophe that would result if levee breaks in New Orleans occurred.
Later, according to Bush supporter and TV pundit Joe Scarborough, the President’s staff felt the need to show the vacationing Bush a prepared DVD of TV news coverage of the hurricane disaster. Apparently, the president still wasn’t up to speed on what the rest of America knew – New Orleans and much of the Gulf Coast population was underwater and dying.
My idea of strong leadership is closer to the example of Rudy Giuliani, marching around at ground zero shortly after the September 11 attacks, helping where he could. The New York mayor held a press conference each day after the crisis for weeks to reassure the public. Giuliani had little need to be briefed, he did the briefing.
There you have it. Is President Bush too liberal to be running our country? You be the judge.



 
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