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Letters 10/24/2011

- October 24th, 2011  

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The 99%

As the 99% of citizens who are not millionaire/billionaires we have, and still do, bail out bankers to the tune of billions. We bail out private corporations. We give billions in welfare payments to farmers and the corporate billionaires who run corporate farms. We give billions to Israel, billions to Iraq and Afghanistan.

The 1% of the richest Americans pay less that half in taxes that we 99% do as a percentage of income. We give away billions to insurance companies and executives, we give billions to drug manufactures, doctors, and hospitals. We give billions to Wall Street bankers.

Have you ever met a banker who is poor?

A doctor? An executive? Worst of all, we the 99% have sacrificed nearly 5,000 lives disguised as the “war on terrorism” when in reality, these wars are merely instituted as a free money grab for the 1%.

How many of the 1% do you personally know who are serving in battle? None. The 99% get poorer and poorer, the 1% get richer by stealing from the 99%. Class warfare? You bet, as it is an all-out war on the 99% by the 1% using our State and Federal governments as agents and vehicles of thievery.

Democrats, Republicans, Tea Party, all truly support only the 1%. The Republicans/ Tea partiers overtly, Democrats covertly.

In the early stages of our war for independence we were broke, could not pay our soldiers, and were in danger of losing to the British. Then the 1% of that time period heroically stepped in and sacrificed their fortunes and in some cases, their lives, to save America from the British.

Today’s 1% are spineless cowards who only want more of what little the 99% has left, and are risking our entire being as a once-free nation to gain more.

It is time to join the Wall Street protestors in spirit, for they have the right idea and are protesting to save what is left of this oncegreat nation.

Mark Greening • Kaleva

Capitalist disasters

In a PBS interview, professor Jeffrey Sachs of Columbia University says that for 30 years the Dems and the GOP have been kowtowing to the upper 1% of wealthy Americans while ignoring us. He also confirms that Wall Street capitalists almost wrecked the world in 2008.

Apopros of wrecking the world, it was the equivalents of those 2008 morons who caused the Great Depression in the 1930s, which caused the even greater depressions in Germany and Japan!

Since these horrendous depressions were the proximate cause of Hitler and the Nazis being able to take over in Germany and likewise the Japanese military in Japan, we can logically conclude that American capitalists caused World War II and the Holocaust.

I fear that since today’s versions are accruing more and more power, and as professor Sachs points out, are kowtowed to by both Democrats and Republicans, well, who will stop them? They were too big to fail and now they are even bigger. They have the Supreme Court solidly in their pockets, all the GOP, and almost all the Dems.

Charlie Reyner • Harbor Springs

Poor should pay fair share

Taxes are the price we pay for government services.

I cannot be certain, but it is reasonable to assume that poor folks require greater government services and assistance than do the wealthy.

Thus, in principle, the poor should pay more.

However, since the wealthy do have greater resources, perhaps we can ask them to pay as much as the poor.

It is inarguable, though, that I have no claim on the wealth of others.

While all men should enjoy the same legal rights and responsibilities, they will never have equal talent, opportunity, or success!

To the extent that one’s wealth is illegally acquired, prosecution is a remedy.

But another man’s honest accumulation of wealth takes nothing from me and owes nothing to me.

Joseph Pasulka Southport NC

The Koch conspiracy

Our oilman president was the "decider" when the Koch brothers stole oil-drilling rights from taxpayer-owned land.

You don’t like the price of oil?

Doesn’t matter. You don’t like the way they pay bribes to win contracts or their continual habit of price-rigging against competitors? Doesn’t matter.

You should know the Kochs are the most important financiers of the tea party. Without them the tea party would be little more than a political footnote.

They’re the principal beneficiaries of the January, 2010 Supreme Court decision (by a 5-4 majority) that corporations are people. And they want you to vote Republican. If you’re undecided now you soon won’t be.

David Zaiss • via email

Do the right thing

Unitarian Universalism is a faith tradition that honors the inherent worth and dignity of every person. We believe that the Traverse City Commission did the right thing in passing the anti-discrimination ordinance to protect the rights of all citizens.

The ballot proposal to support that decision is more than bipartisan; it is humanitarian. For this reason, we fully support and are grateful for the efforts of Traverse City Equality to make sure everyone in our beautiful community receives equal protection under the law.

Rev. Dr. Leisa Huyck • TC

Americans need a hand

Student loan debt is on pace to exceed $1 trillion within a year. The American Dream has become a monetary nightmare for millions of students who are caught in a Catch 22 of a debt-filled future in order to finance their education.

We as taxpayers were forced to bail out the crooked financial institutions, so why not bail out our own families and friends -- the American People?

Clyde Bearre • Fife Lake

Vote: Jeanine Easterday

Jeanine Easterday has a passion for our community and leadership style that I’d like represented on our City Commission. Jeanine impressed me at the Chamber’s candidate forum – so did her service on the Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals. She demonstrated a depth of knowledge about local government, and intentions to work collaboratively with the boards and organizations that help steer TC.

As a member of the DDA Board of Directors, I appreciate Ms. Easterday’s strong support of downtown. I also value her experience on the Grand Traverse County Economic Development Corporation which has given her a broader perspective on how to strengthen our local economy.

Please join me in electing Jeanine Easterday to the City Commission on Nov. 8.

Leah Bagdon McCallum • TC

 
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