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September 24, 2005


To the editor:

Rather than pursue constructive corrections to the government's monumental failure in response to Katrina, the right-wing neo-cons and Bush are happily using the tragedy and cries of "how are we going to pay for reconstruction" to push their agenda: scrap all health and human services programs and repeal all worker rights, wage standards, and health and safety protections.

Meanwhile, the big bucks developer cronies in the group are rubbing their hands together greedily contemplating condemning and bulldozing all the poor folks' homes on the Gulf so they can build casinos and resorts. All the while the oil companies' good old boys are crying supply reductions while they gleefully float in unimaginably large, record windfall profits. What an orgy of greed and wanton disregard for the well being of the least fortunate in our society!

Three suggestions: 1) Repeal the tax cuts for the rich. According to a recent National Public Radio report, the 500 wealthiest people in the world have as much money as 149 million average folks. They don't need more for their yachts and furs. 2) Get out of Iraq. We have spent $200 billion and lost 1,500 young men and women since Bush declared victory and all we are accomplishing is building another radical Islamist state. The new Iraq constitution says the Koran is the law; so long women's rights, hello public stonings. 3) Take away his bullhorn and give Bush a bucket and a mop.

Doug Burger,



bisky1 12 years, 7 months ago

you are sooo right. my pickup has a flat tire, i know bush sent his operatives out and put a nail in it, heck fire bush may have done it himself. you know a halliburton subsidiary controls the tire patch industry. damn, i've given another 28 cents to a rich guy who does nothing but lounge around conspiring how to take my money from me. you guys need to learn how to think for yourselves and stop lettng our "free" press do it for you. the brother-in-law just returned from iraq his report is 180 degrees from what is being "reported" the amount of good we are doing is remarkable, it will take another 3 to 5 years to accomplish the original vision but it will be achieved- a free and democratic society in the middle east. do you know who pays taxes and how much? if you don't you should just shut up.

ryanjasondesch 12 years, 7 months ago

clearly you have no clue what's really going on in the world, or your ignorance allows you to trust people like Bush and his corporate looting friends. Don't make it sound like a conspiracy, Bush and his friends don't even try to hind their corruption because there's a hefty percentage of idiot Americans like you give em a golden key to do so, then tell others to shutup when they speak out cuz they're gettin shafted. Amazing that those rational elements of society including Republicans beginning to turn their backs on Bush, are getting chastised by folks like yourself for speaking up against corruption. And if you truely beleive that Iraq is gonna end up a free and democratic society, you're dumber than I can even imagine, sorry. It's quite clear who pays what taxes, what percentages of this society own what and so on. It's all out there, there's plenty of info to find. Before you tell someone else (who's clearly done SOME research) to shutup, maybe you should go and look for yourself fella.

Jamesaust 12 years, 7 months ago

so, to recap: Bush bad, antiBush good.

BTW - "the 500 wealthist people in the world 'have'" - please expound on 'have' - what agenda is based upon this word? does it mean stole? serendipitously discovered? inherited? created?

and further, if one were to expropriate this wealth, destroy it, deprive its owners of the use thereof, whatever the implication, how exactly would you expect that to change the existence of your 149 million? I mean, sure, in the short run, "we'd still each Kraft dinner - we'd just eat more." I mean in the longer run. Surely, you imply that by stealing this money (I'll assume not murdering the owners - do you depose the Czar or must you kill him?) it will be employed in some noble use that will change (without of course making the 149 million "owning" anything also fearful of expropriation, if not converting them to indolence) the fundamental economic fact of existence: scarcity of means; boundlessness of wants.

ryanjasondesch 12 years, 7 months ago

No one said anything about stealing. Restructuring the distribution of wealth through legal means, taxes, control of corporate greed, the promotion of greater good, reduction of poverty rates, putting more money into public education, the right to health care for all persons regardless of income, now that's what we're talkin about here. It doesn't help the greater good of civilization to hole up most of the money into the hands of a few who continue to do nothing besides try to figure out how to get there hands on more, continue to keep in out of the hands of those barely able to get by because the only jobs they can get are in the lowest positions in corporations held by the wealthy who refuse to pay a living wage so they can further line their wallets, buy bigger yachts with helicopter landing pads and houses big enough to be confused with luxury hotels. All the while a child dies because daddy and mommy work at Wal-Mart at minimum wage, can't afford quality health care, have to rely on insufficient state-sponsered medicare, don't have any health care benefits cause they're not sufficiently offered by Wal-Mart, so they can't afford the right medicines and what have you. That makes little sense to me and quite frankly, fairly immoral and wrong.

bisky1 12 years, 7 months ago

mr desch; if your gonna call me fella, i'm going to call you pal. you really know how to insult a fella. like i said if you get your information from the "free" press then you think the way you do. according to the congressinal (sp) budget office the top 1% pay 32% of taxes, the top 5% pay 51.4% of taxes, the top 10% pay 63.5%, the top 20% pay 78%. i'll leave it to you to figure what the other 80% pay, pal.
i'll take a first hand view of the situation in iraq from a battalion chief over what i read and hear in our press any day, pal. oh yeah, and don't call me fella, pal.

craigers 12 years, 7 months ago

I would have to agree with bisky1 on this one. I mean you can't expect those that have money and already fork out so much of the taxes in the country to just keep handing it out. Granted I would love to see everybody get healthcare in this country but I would also like to see parents that know how to take care of their children, but it doesn't always happen. When you continue to hand money to people they in turn learn to expect it and then don't do anything with their lives. A more logical method would be a living wage, not a minimum wage for those who support a family and have the government help give subsidys to the companies so they don't have to hire less people because of this. After the person has been working then they can have insurance and get health care, but people need to work for what they have. I see too many people that get welfare and will not get off of it because that would mean they would have to work more hours and make a living. I know this doesn't apply to all people, but it seems that the few bad apples sometimes ruin people's attitudes for helping out. I love giving and helping people out but when those people show now gratitude, then it makes it hard to continue giving. I hope I am not alone on this.

Richard Heckler 12 years, 7 months ago

I know most people are busy but did you know...

The Bush Administration Is Anti American!

Disaster profiteering here and abroad, government paid mercenaries in many american and foreign cities and no bid contracts are ripping off the american taxpayer and keeping americans from being hired in Katrina hurricane region. The inability of Bush to rein in gas prices places an everyday increase on our cost of living. All of the interest on the Bush borrowing spree is a huge tax increase on all taxpayers even the lovers of Bush.

Bush's rather crude approach to our allies regarding Iraq certainly is not representative of the true american way of thinking. Today he started blaming Clinton for his failure to pay attention to the Al Qaida before 9/11 and everyone knows he was well briefed on the matter from the Clinton administration.

Food for thought: ------------------------------------------------------------------------

"I have a record in office, as well. And all Americans have seen that record. September the 4th, 2001, I stood in the ruins of the Twin Towers. It's a day I will never forget." -George W. Bush, Marlton, New Jersey, Oct. 18, 2004

craigers 12 years, 6 months ago

Some will never be happy until the rich give everything they have and live in a trailor. They should give everything they have to make others be bumped up in their income despite some people's laziness.

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