Salem Community Patriot | August 19, 2011 - 3
The Word Around Town... Letters to our Editor
In Response to Bass’s Recent “Tumbs Up”
I am writing in response to a “Tumbs up” given to
Congressman Charlie Bass for standing up to the Tea Party and doing what is right for New Hampshire. Are you kidding me? Tis should have been a resounding “Tumbs Down.” Te vote showed that Congressman Bass is nothing more than a go-along politician doing what the party leadership in Washington asked. How is this good for New Hampshire? Are you pleased that over $2 trillion was added to our debt? How are our children, grandchildren, and possibly great grandchildren going to pay for it? How can anybody in their right mind give this incompetent President and his administration this kind of money with no present day budget cuts? In my mind, for a “Tumbs up” Congressman Bass should have gone alone with the Republicans who said “no.” He should have “manned up” and said that he was part of the problem in increasing spending during the Bush Administration and it was wrong. He then should have called for the termination of all federal employees hired since President Obama took office (except veterans) by December 31, 2011. Ten called to reduce the federal government staffing level to a pre-2006 level. Tat would have given him a “Tumbs up.” I am very thankful for the “Tea Party” and hope the
movement grows in New Hampshire so we can get real conservatives in office and not repackaged politicians.
Patrick Bick – Salem Who is Looking Out For Us?
Like a mystery story that keeps one on the edge of his seat, the weeks leading up to the debt ceiling deadline were nail biters- with the two parties reluctant to infringe on any part of their political values. As the plot progressed, we saw Tea Partiers in conflict with the House leadership, but the main differences lay with the two parties, each entrenched in its political mode and reluctant to give an inch. We heard cries that government is broken, that taxing the jet set would kill jobs, that the problem was spending and not revenue. Well, as expected, like the last minute resolution in a mystery story, a default was averted in the waning hours of the August 2 deadline; and for a while we can breathe more easily. Meanwhile, several factors should be noted. Clearly, the right, under any
circumstance, declined to close tax loopholes, end subsidies, special tax breaks for the rich, while the left was just as adamant about taking from the middle class. Is there any question as to which party is looking out for the people and which is concerned for the barons of wealth? Notably, the people have no lobbyists in Washington while money rules the roost for the uber wealthy. Worthy of note is another
important fact, which is, that cuts on peoples’ interests will bear more negatively on the economy because monies to the people are immediately
spent with salutary effects on the economy. As for raising revenue, in the past we have seen no negative results as when Reagan and Clinton raised taxes. Putting all differences aside, and regardless of comments made about members of Congress or the President (and negative comments have been infinite) the system, while tentative for a time, worked out. Tis is a Democracy and sometimes the process is like making sausage. But what is the alternative? A dictator could define the problems in one fell swoop and make fast decisions, but then that would not be America, in which representatives of the people fight it out and usually get results that will not be detrimental to the right or the left. Te values of each are important to the balance of our Republic and the good of the people.
Dante Ippolito - Norwell, MA Vacuum of Leadership
Truly we have a problem in this country! Webster says, the word vacuum means “A space relatively empty of matter.” Te actions in Washington, DC by the President and Congress seem to fit that description when it comes to the affairs of America. Tere is more than enough blame to go around. We have seen Congress diddle around for months before taking action on the debt increase approval. Shaming all of the citizens of America by their bitter fights leading to a large debt increase and a downgrading of our rating from AAA to AA plus. President Obama was eager to sign and increase even
more borrowing on the fragile American economy so he could get to his next Democratic political fundraiser (#31) and vacation to Martha’s Vineyard. Tis President is a tax and spender of the first order. He is lost and adrift not knowing how to create jobs. Some of his best supporters urge him to step into role of leadership, however, his liberal progressive ego stands in the way. Tis vacuum of leadership apparently is just normal for him. He believes if you use enough government stimulus monies and giveaways you create jobs for unions. We must realize we the taxpayers are paying for this in more big government debt. While vacationing and fundraising at taxpayers’ expense, he turns down American business oil drilling requests in America (energy independence), because he
likes very expensive elites electric cars. Ten turns around and gives the country of Brazil a $2 billion grant for them to explore for oil off shore benefiting Brazil. Tis extreme progressive leadership by the President is leading all of us to a debt ridden Socialist country, may God save this American Republic before it is too late!
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