Letters to the Editor

Too soon to tell

March 31, 2009

George Lippencott lives in Lawrence.


To the editor:

I am concerned that the outcry concerning Mr. Obama’s program may be way too early and much too shrill. I commend him for putting his very optimistic and expensive agenda on the table early. We have yet to see the sacrifices he will demand to support his promise to cut the expanded deficit in half. I suspect many of those sacrifices will impact constituencies who will fight and in many cases win. That will significantly expand the deficit since he has ruled out the promised equity generating tax increases for most of his first term (even then they are modest).

If he is unable to control the left of his party and they add to his ambitious program, the Democrats run the risk of alienating the independents that elected them. It remains to be seen if they can make enough structural changes to our electoral system to create a permanent Democratic majority. It is a shame that out of 300 million of us we are “blessed” with the vocal and unrestrained congressional leadership that we have. They make it hard — and they are frightening people.

Mr. Obama is very smart and very gifted. He may be able to control the Congress and curtail the appetite of his left. If not, he may really only have two years. Remember what happened to Mr. Clinton two years into his term. We do know how to neuter overly ambitious programs. Be patient. We can fix it later — if it needs fixing.


bearded_gnome 8 years, 10 months ago

pssssst, hey george, obama has already wastefully spent over 2.2-trillion dollars. most of what was in the "stimulus package" or "porkulus, was not stimulative in the first 18-months! and it sure did have earmarks so Obama lied about that one too.

his remedy for the economy: spend our way out of debt and borrow our way out of our borrowing! this is so far left that even the europeans (G20) are protesting it! that would be the leftist europeans! it is too unbalanced even for them.
nice try, no dice, put the drink down, you lose.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 10 months ago

Actually, if the "left" were really in control of the agenda, the deficit could be completely eliminated, and the national debt paid off, within little more than a decade.

But, unfortunately, it looks like the financial elite will not be brought under control, militarism will continue almost unabated, and our "healthcare" system will continue to deliver profits, not healthcare.

imastinker 8 years, 10 months ago

Bozo - Obama, Pelosi, and Reid are some of the most "left" folks in Washington. There is a democratic president with a democratic congress - how can the "left" not be in control of what is happening?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 10 months ago

The Democratic Party became the Republican Lite Party under Clinton, and with few exceptions, hasn't really changed much since. Obama, Pelosi and Reid are no exceptions.

imastinker 8 years, 10 months ago

Bozo - that's an awful big statement - how do you figure?

Republicans are typically about lowering taxes, cutting spending, and more economic freedom. Democrats are typically about raising taxes on the rich while lowering on the poor, increased welfare and more personal freedoms.

That's what Obama is doing.

Maybe we're both unhappy because both parties aren't sticking to their base and are pandering for votes?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 10 months ago

"Maybe we're both unhappy because both parties aren't sticking to their base and are pandering for votes?"

I think that pretty well sums it up, although they are also pandering to lobbyists and big campaign donors as their main method of pandering for votes-- which is why we have our current economic disaster.

VTHawk 8 years, 10 months ago

Bozo: The Republicans tried under Clinton to enact the "Balanced Budget Amendment" which would have prevented about $10T in debt, but the DEMOCRATS were against the idea. That was supposed to be Dole's legacy. Bush clearly created a lot of debt, but Obama has already generated more debt than Bush did in 8 years.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 10 months ago

"Like how our farms don't deliver food,"

It's also unsustainable because it also delivers many major environmental problems, and an average national diet that's nearly as toxic as it is nutritious.

"or gas stations don't deliver gas?"

The individual gas stations are only the tip of the iceberg of a system which in the name of unlimited profits also delivers leaders like Cheney, Bush, Rumsfeld and Rove, and their wars for oil.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 10 months ago

"Bush clearly created a lot of debt, but Obama has already generated more debt than Bush did in 8 years."

Not at all. The debt you want to pin on Obama was clearly created under Bush's watch-- Obama's merely getting stuck with the tab.

beatrice 8 years, 10 months ago

Crash the car, then blame the repair shop for the costs to fix it -- that is what the Republicans now have to offer.

Just more and more whining, outcries of the sky is falling, and hyperbole, such as "And the outcome was Iraq is now probably about as stable as the US is right now." OMFG, Tom, you have written some outrageous things in the past, but that might just take the cake.

The current plans to right the economy will take time, and I have no doubt that it will work far better than anything John McCain could have offered. In two years, the Democrats will gain even more seats in the Senate, in four Obama will be starting his second term, and in eight we will be swearing in President Clinton.

Obama is overseeing the greatest administration - EVER. (Which I write just to prove that at this point in the game, such a claim is as silly as saying he is the head of the worst ever.) Silly conservatives.

Paul R Getto 8 years, 10 months ago

"About a month and the already hysterical Bush haters went into orbit and stayed there for five more years." == I don't think many people hate Mr. Bush; they just want to see him in prison where he belongs.

Charles L. Bloss, Jr. 8 years, 10 months ago

If you do not see that it needs fixing, you must be blind! The hybrid and his cronies have spent so much money, that our grandchildren will be paying for it. Other nations see the folly of what he and the democrats are doing, and will have nothing to do with it. This is what happens when we have a democratic President and the democrats also control the congress. Unbridled spending. Thank you, Lynn

bisky1 8 years, 10 months ago

does anyone know what joe biden is up to? is he still alive? where is dick cheney when we need him?

Left_handed 8 years, 10 months ago

You can always count on libtard lemmings to follow their Obamessiah over the cliff. Meanwhile, China is concerned about the amount of debt we have (they hold most of it) and the rumblings are that Obambi won't be able to borrow any more when he wants to do his next great borrow and spend program.

Interesting that it was evil when the Republicans did this (and it was, in fact) yet it's okay when The One does it.

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