Letters to the Editor

Support Obama

April 19, 2009


To the editor:

Sen. Sam Brownback, by appearing as the darling of anti-Obama rallies called “TEA parties,” the brainchild of the screechy right-wing media, sends a signal that he is willing to pay any price to succeed the best governor we’ve had in my 41 years as a resident of Kansas. He’s basing his campaign on opposition to the noble and sweeping efforts being made by our president to bring the nation out of the quagmire left behind by his predecessor, including a monumental national debt amassed by the launching of an unprovoked war in Iraq and repeated tax reduction gifts to the super-wealthy segments of American society.

What’s needed now, besides what’s already being done to clean up the mess in Washington and get our nation’s economy and democracy back in order, is not shrill demagoguery but earnest and consistent support for the man and the administration that will go down in history as having rescued our republic from the edge of ruin and disaster. Let’s be sure that whoever runs against Brownback for governor will be on the side of history and appeal to the better angels of the Kansas electorate rather than to our lowest instincts. This is not the time for prairie Know-Nothingism.

Mikkelson is from Lawrence


jaywalker 9 years ago

I will say one thing, it sure is encouraging to see the optimism so many have with regards to Obama and rising out of the troubles we find ourselves in.

Flap Doodle 9 years ago

"...earnest and consistent support for the man and the administration that will go down in history as having rescued our republic from the edge of ruin and disaster." I loves the smell of hyperbole in the morning.

purplesage 9 years ago

I support Obama in 2012 for unelection. If we could do it sooner . . . .

As to the best governor is 41 years, I've only been in KS about half that long, and Sebelius is the worst I've seen so far. Her ability to move up the ladder is mystifying. But, then again, I don't understand leftist thinking very well and those are the ladders she climbs.

Obama isn't rescuing the republic; he is destroying it with unpayable debt and crafting a new, socialized economy that will affect free-enterprise and how people spend their incomes (on taxes) for generations to come.

KayCee 9 years ago

First, the TEA (taxed enough already) Parties are not 'anti-Obama rallies', but opposition to his policies are a PART of it. There were even Democrats at ours and a wide range of people. This was a very 'grass roots' event dispite the liberals claiming otherwise. Now second, "noble and sweeping efforts being made by our president", LOL. Kid you have got to be living in a different country than I am. So far what is seen will have history telling how he took us over the cliff.

I'm not sure how Brownback will be as Gov, but do know it will be far better than Sebelius.

Godot 9 years ago

The concerted effort by the Obama administration and the MSM to marginalize the tea parties means the parties were successful.

As Gandhi said, first they ignore you, then they ridicle you, then they fight you, then you win.

Looks like we are somewhere between the second and third phases.

rtwngr 9 years ago

Lets see, the government is trying to gain control of the banking industry, the auto industry, and the insurance industry. Does anyone recognize socialism when they see it?

"The problem with socialism is eventually the people run out of money." - Margaret Thatcher

"A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship." Alexander Tytler - 18th century Scottish economist

meanbean101 9 years ago

rtwngr: You should actually do some reading about socialism, capitalism, and democracy. Your quote about democracy really has nothing to do with our current system. Just because we have been indoctrinated to believe we live in a democracy does not mean it is true anymore. If you actually do the research, you will find that democracy and capitalism are feuding ideologies.So, if you're arguing that socialism will bring about the end of our "democratic" nation, please note that capitalism already has succeeded in doing just that.

Roadkill_Rob 9 years ago

I find it funny that most the people at those TEA parties are actually going to get tax cuts through Obama's tax cuts.

Godot 9 years ago

Roadkill_Rob, what are those tax cuts, again? Do you mean the welfare payments, in the form of increased credits, to people who do not pay income taxes in the first place?

The problem is Obama apologists are in denial not only about the obvious fallout from unsustainable growth in Federal spending and debt, they are not even hearing Obama and Biden and Pelosi and Reid and Schumer and Frank and Dodd and others when they say that everyone will have to "sacrifice." That translates to tax increases for everyone. The tax increases might not take the form of income tax for lower income folk, but they will happen: gasoline taxes, carbon taxes, reduced payrolls due to increase in employer responsibility for the cost of health care, reduced purchasing power due to inflation and the devaluation of the dollar....this is just the tip of the iceberg.

notajayhawk 9 years ago

"What’s needed now ... is not shrill demagoguery ..."

That's pretty much why folks have a hard time supporting the president, Gerry.

Or taking LTEs like yours seriously.

BTW, I'm sure you supported the former president wholeheartedly, right?

oldcat 9 years ago

Brownback will never be Governor, even the Republicans aren't ignorant enough to vote for him in any large numbers.

Stephen Roberts 9 years ago

Liberty One - I have tried to read Obama's tax plan, where is the proof that the poor are going to suffer the mosr from his plan? There are too many people who do not pay federal income taxes - hint it is not the rich.

By the way, people who have children benefitted from Bush's tax cuts. The rich were phased out of the child credit,s o I guess this means that anyone who has children and received the child tax credit must be rich.

Now i know why the old saying is still proven true, Those who can not work and do it well teach Those who can not teach, teach teachers

Danimal 9 years ago

Hey Gerald, maybe you didn't see Obama giving Hugo Chavez a rim job this weekend, but I assure you it was upsetting. This is the same Hugo Chavez that called Obama an imbecile in February. Thankfully, Obama confirmed Chavez's assessment this weekend by glad handing Chavez, and Daniel Ortega as if they were old college buddies.

I'll support Obama when he stops making a fool out of himself and bad mouthing our nation abroad.

George Lippencott 9 years ago

I have a relative who has little income and that social security. Life has been one of low paid social contribution. He/she is sponsoring TEA parties. Go figure!

Stephen Roberts 9 years ago

Liberty One- I have re-read and re-read your post but I totally disagree with you. Do you actually think the Democratic Congress is going to increase the taxes on the the poor? If so, you must really need a reality check. Why would the dems increase the taxes on the people who so blindly support them? Congress needs to reduce the earned income credit.

LiberalDude 9 years ago

Liberty One is making stuff up... like usual. His/her posts are pure BS. The "inflation tax" and "delayed tax" are figments of LO's imagination. My taxes have gone down under Obama and I'm thankful for it. I'm proud to pay taxes, though, as I know they go toward the greater good and keep our country strong.

Good letter Mr. Mikkelson. I agree 100%.

Stephen Roberts 9 years ago

Liberal dude: How did you taxes go down under Obama? Are you talking about the 2008 taxes or 2009 taxes. If you are tlaking about 2008, I certain there are other factors that contributed to the reduction. As for me, my taxes went up but I can contribute it due to an increase in my wages.

slowplay 9 years ago

You know what's really funny? All the whining and complaining by Republicans. Because nobody cares. Obama is going to be calling the shots for the next 4, most likely 8 years. Let the conservatives cry and bitch and whine and moan all they want. It means squat. The republicans lost and it was obvious why. Now, let them dig their hole deeper with the same old crap. Nothing new to offer just whine and complain. I love it.

Godot 9 years ago

"In a significant shift, White House and Treasury Department officials now say they can stretch what is left of the $700 billion financial bailout fund further than they had expected a few months ago, simply by converting the governmentÕs existing loans to the nationÕs 19 biggest banks into common stock.

Converting those loans to common shares would turn the government aid into available capital for a bank Ñ and give the government a large equity stake in return."

And, thus, the transition from a republic to a totalitarian marxist state is completed in less than 100 days.

A bloodless coup.

Change you can believe in.

Godot 9 years ago

Our economy has entered an unfortunate stage - deflation of assets, decline of wages/earning for the citizens, and inflation in the price of the things we all need for our existence. That is called "stagflation," and the last time our citizens had to cope with it was during the Carter administration.





What goes around, comes around.

It is all starting to make sense.

4getabouit 9 years ago

Commuter states:

"Liberal dude: How did you taxes go down under Obama? Are you talking about the 2008 taxes or 2009 taxes. If you are tlaking about 2008, I certain there are other factors that contributed to the reduction."

And then says.....

"Now i know why the old saying is still proven true, Those who can not work and do it well teach Those who can not teach, teach teachers"

Not bad from a person who apparently has the grammer and spelling capacity of a four year old.

jaywalker 9 years ago

"Do you actually think the Democratic Congress is going to increase the taxes on the the poor?"

They'll be paying increases in taxes everywhere with the exception of income. Sin taxes are already way up, sales tax is on deck. And whoa momma! Just wait and see what the exceptional inflation that's comin' down the pike is gonna do to the poor, let alone the everyone else. That's where Obama's plan goes off the rails, at least in my opinion. Time will tell.

shelly123 9 years ago

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Flap Doodle 9 years ago

"Instead of taking a principled stance, Obama seems to be following the example of other countries in the region. The problem is that in letting the summit focus on his unrequited overture to Cuba, a non-democracy that isn't even allowed to take part, he dumbs down the standards of democracy. That's not leading.

Perhaps this lack of leadership is based on ignorance of history. Obama told CNN En Espanol: "There has always been a tradition of concern that the United States has been heavy-handed when it comes to foreign policy in Latin America. And that's not something that just arose during the Bush administration. That's something that dates back to the Monroe Doctrine and a long history of U.S. involvement in Latin America."

Some history: President Bush was the first U.S. leader in decades to launch no military action on a Latin country. Not very "heavy handed." In fact, his immigration plan showed he was a softie.

Meanwhile, the Monroe Doctrine was declared by President Monroe to protect Latin America's infant democracies from European takeover, a real prospect in 1823. Obama's double apology for that as Iran and Russia erect bases in the region is a bad signal to the region's real democracies — and comfort for our foes."

Read the rest at: http://www.ibdeditorial.com/IBDArticles.aspx?id=324863352475181

LiberalDude 9 years ago

No Marion... it is more like "Winston" Obama. Churchill would have loved Obama. This shows one of the big problems with you conservatives, though. You still think like we are living in the 1940's. Luckily we have a president that is prepared to deal with the current problems of today.

LiberalDude 9 years ago

commuter - I was talking about 2009 taxes. The Obama tax cuts just went into effect so you should start getting more money in each paycheck depending on how your deductions are set up. Either way you'll notice it when you file your 2009 taxes next year.

LiberalDude 9 years ago

LO - You continue to be foolish and wrong about your made up "inflation tax". While inflation is always a concern, it is tough to predict. No one knows what inflation will be like 5 years from now. Currently we don't even have inflation, we have DEFLATION!


LiberalDude 9 years ago

I do understand what causes inflation. If it was a tax it wouldn't be called inflation, it would be called a tax. It's not a tax.

Do you admit they we currently have deflation???

Maddy Griffin 9 years ago

Tea bag parties were grassroots organized? My arse, we all know they were corporately funded.

jaywalker 9 years ago

"Is it possible they will ever accept the fact than the Republican party is a worthless thing and that they got voted out for their sheer ignorance and stupid policies?"

There are two major parties in the U.S., and good, valuable, intelligent thought on both sides. Only an idiot is foolish enough to discount an entire party and the citizens invested in it as "worthless".

Flap Doodle 9 years ago

I thought you'd huffed off for good, beo. Pity, that.

beatrice 9 years ago

snap, I recall you once being disappeared yourself, so perhaps you shouldn't go pointing fingers at beo for returning. Welcome back beo.

Teabagging parties are nothing but GOP publicity stunts, which have little to do with actual grassroot efforts.

Godot 9 years ago

An unofficial advisor to Obama, a Harvard economics professor, now suggests that the answer to our "non spending" problem is this: pick a number between 0 and 9. Then have the treasury declare that any paper money ending in that number be declared non-negotiable. He claims that will reduce the value of money by 10%, and will cause people to start buying things, rather than hoarding their money, because they won't know which of their Federal Reserve Notes might be declared non-negotiable in the future.

This is how liberals think! It is unbelievable!!


jaywalker 9 years ago

"Teabagging parties are nothing but GOP publicity stunts, which have little to do with actual grassroot efforts."

Yup, because only those that aren't part of the GOP can protest. The hypocrisy drips. Let's see......Bush spending billions = outrage and "real Americans" exercising their right to voice an opinion. Obama spending trillions = shut up, you lost, it's a 'publicity stunt'.
Always good to hear from the fair and open minded.

Flap Doodle 9 years ago

Worth repeating: 28 March 2009 at 6:40 p.m. beobachter (Anonymous) says… OK, Jonathan, you win. Seems its ok for others to attack me and what I post, but I can't respond. If I have an opposing opinion to Dolph, I'm not allowed to express it. Ok, I'm done, you don't need to ban my account, I won't be back.

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