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Letters 08-03-2015

Real Brownfields Deserve Dollars I read with interest the story on Brownfield development dollars in the July 20 issue. I applaud Dan Lathrop and other county commissioners who voted “No” on the Randolph Street project...

Hopping Mad Carlin Smith is hopping mad (“Will You Get Mad With Me?” 7-20-15). Somebody filed a fraudulent return using his identity, and he’s not alone. The AP estimates the government “pays more than $5 billion annually in fraudulent tax refunds.” Well, many of us have been hopping mad for years. This is because the number one tool Congress has used to fix this problem has been to cut the IRS budget –by $1.2 billion in the last 5 years...

Just Grumbling, No Solutions Mark Pontoni’s grumblings [recent Northern Express column] tell us much about him and virtually nothing about those he chooses to denigrate. We do learn that Pontoni may be the perfect political candidate. He’s arrogant, opinionated and obviously dimwitted...

A Racist Symbol I have to respond to Gordon Lee Dean’s letter claiming that the confederate battle flag is just a symbol of southern heritage and should not be banned from state displays. The heritage it represents was the treasonous effort to continue slavery by seceding from a democratic nation unwilling to maintain such a consummate evil...

Not So Thanks I would like to thank the individual who ran into and knocked over my Triumph motorcycle while it was parked at Lowe’s in TC on Friday the 24th. The $3,000 worth of damage was greatly appreciated. The big dent in the gas tank under the completely destroyed chrome badge was an especially nice touch...

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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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