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Obama’s changes may not be what voters bargained for

May 23, 2009

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During the past few months, there have been an abundance of distractions in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere that have diverted the public’s attention away from many far more serious events taking place in our nation’s capital.

Consider the following:

• The announcement that Supreme Court Justice David Souter will be retiring at the end of the current term and the subsequent interest and concern about whom President Obama will appoint as his successor.

• The war of words triggered by Democrats, but soon engaging Republicans, about who is the real leader of the Republican Party: National GOP Chairman Richard Steele, radio commentator Rush Limbaugh, former Vice President Dick Cheney, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich or someone else.

• The thousands of missing and uncounted ballots of U.S. military servicemen in the 2008 elections.

• The charges of massive voter fraud conducted by the political action group ACORN and the question of the integrity of the upcoming U.S. Census count.

• The selection of former Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as secretary of the huge Department of Health and Human Services and the leadership role she will play in the president’s plan to socialize our nation’s health care system. What expertise and knowledge of our medical system does she have to head up such a challenging task? Does she enjoy the respect of those in the health insurance business?

• President Obama’s selection of Cabinet members, many of whom admitted they were in violation of income tax laws, and his appointment to senior positions of individuals who have been engaged in lobbying activities when one of his campaign pledges was that he would not bring lobbyists into his administration.

• The ongoing debate about what to do with terrorists being held at Guantanamo and whether to close the detention facility. Along with this is the simmering debate on the tactics used to acquire valuable information.

These and many other similar matters have engaged the public in highly partisan debate while the president has conducted a blitzkrieg-type assault on the country’s capitalist, free enterprise system of private business ownership.

He is following to the letter the advice of his chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, to never let “a serious crisis go to waste.” The deep recession of the latter part of 2008 and extending to the present time provided an ideal setting for the president to ram major legislation through Congress and for him to exercise his executive privilege to force precedent-shattering policies on this country.

For one reason or another, the public seems almost to be in a stupor, unwilling or unable to wake up to what is going on.

Granted, during his campaign for the presidency, Obama called for “change,” but did those who voted for him have any idea he would try to change so much? Sure, many voted for him because they didn’t like President Bush, and with his massive war chest, Obama was able to run a picture-perfect campaign.

Consider what has happened in a very short time:

• The government has taken control and management of America’s automobile business. What’s to stop him from taking over other major, or small, businesses?

• The government has taken management positions in our nation’s banking system.

• The government is in a controlling position in some of the nation’s major insurance companies.

• The government is proposing legislation about how much individuals can earn.

• Billions, trillions of dollars have been spent, and the nation faces the largest debt in its history.

• We no longer are supposed to refer to the fighting and killing in Iran and Afghanistan as a “war;” it merely is a conflict.

• Obama is calling for a massive change in our medical system and, just this week, has announced that automobiles made in America will have to be smaller, have far greater fuel efficiency and produce fewer harmful emissions by 2016.

He wants to control more and more of what goes on in America.

He does, indeed, intend to bring about “change,” but is this change good for America? Are socialism and nationalism and bigger government good for this country?

He is smart, clever and a gifted speaker. To what degree he is devious or less than honest in his motives is up for debate. Does he want to change the American system of government, business and lifestyle? If so, what does he think is better? Socialism and a redistribution of wealth?

He is spending trillions of dollars trying to sell his ideas and programs. Is the idea to have many of the recipients of this government largess feeding off the federal teat and voting the way Obama wishes in the 2010 and 2012 elections?

How long will it take for citizens to wake up to what is going on? Probably too late to stop many of Obama’s veiled and dangerous “changes.” Too late for any effective opposition in the 2010 congressional elections?

Only history will tell us whether Obama is a slick, dangerous political ideologue or a wise, genuine politician with a sound vision for our nation’s future.

It’s an extremely dangerous option.

Comments

John Hamm 5 years, 7 months ago

Well, you get the government you deserve. Good luck America.

kuhusker 5 years, 7 months ago

I can write like this too:

"Obama has announced changes in plans for NASA's space exploration program. What's to stop Obama from building a giant laser to write his name on the surface of the moon, and forcing citizens to worship him in the manner of the ancient Caesars?"

kuhusker 5 years, 7 months ago

"The Obama administration's FDIC program has take control of several failing banks. What is to stop him from walking right up to your daughter's lemonade stand, and threatening to pour all the lemonade out and mess up the place if she doesn't pay 95% of her profits in taxes and hire at more minorities?"

kuhusker 5 years, 7 months ago

"Obama is calling for a massive reform of America's medical system. What is to stop him from barging into your doctor's office in the middle of your next pap smear to force you to have a couple abortions and to make your doctor sing the Soviet national anthem while he watches?"

Jason Bailey 5 years, 7 months ago

@beobachter: Actually, 2/3 of the population of this nation (roughly) are that stupid. They voted for a guy who said, "I'll change stuff!" With absolutely no idea of where he really stood.

2/3 of this nation are dumber than a 5th grader.

Jason Bailey 5 years, 7 months ago

@kuhusker: Ah, yes...John Stewart humor: the new pablum of the liberal elites.

The original point in the editorial is a good one: govt has NEVER taken over a private entity before and that line was never crossed. Now that it has been crossed, the question stands: what stops Obama from taking over other private business? The precedent has been set. Your pap smear and soviet anthem jokes are typical of the Colbert/Stewart libs. Make fun of that you don't agree with instead of engaging the debate with facts.

kuhusker 5 years, 7 months ago

"We are no longer allowed to says we are at 'war' in Afghanistan. Similarly, we are forced to call enhanced interrogation techniques by the term 'torture' now. What is to stop Obama's thought police from coming to your house to make sure you start calling him by his new moniker of 'Dear Leader?'"

kuhusker 5 years, 7 months ago

"Obama just this week announced that American automobiles will be required to have greater fuel economy. What is to stop him from coming to your house and taking away your SUV and making you ride an old 10-speed, or forcing GM dealers to sell only vehicles that run on grass clippings and patchouli oil?"

sourpuss 5 years, 7 months ago

About Sebelius: "Does she enjoy the respect of those in the health insurance business?"

Who f-ing cares? How much longer are we supposed to cow-tow to the (expletive) health insurance companies. If they all disappeared tomorrow, good riddance. I'd be happier if an insurance brown noser wasn't in charge of HHS, thank you.

I shouldn't read Simons in the morning. I shouldn't read Simons at all.

kuhusker 5 years, 7 months ago

"Obama has announced his intention to lift the ban on gays and lesbians servicing in the military. What's to stop him from forcing your son to wear lipstick and insisting that all women become golfers or football players?"

scott3460 5 years, 7 months ago

Mr. Right Wing Media Owner:

Is the reason you get write weekly screeches such as the above because you own the paper? If you run the paper you inherited in to the ground and come to me asking for money, will I get to foist my views upon the unwilling readership? How is that different than our federal government attaching conditions to auto industry bailouts?

kuhusker 5 years, 7 months ago

"Obama has announced that he favors diplomacy for dealing with other nations around the world. What's to stop him from inviting Hugo Chavez to nationalize America's oil industry, while trying to appease Iran by allowing their President to make love to your wife and forcing your daughter to wear a burkha?"

seriouscat 5 years, 7 months ago

Wow. Dolph writes like someone who is functionally illiterate and for people who only keep reading stuff when it supports what they agree with. This drivel could easily qualify for submission to 'National Review'.

yourworstnightmare 5 years, 7 months ago

One can have legitimate concerns with what Obama has done so far. However, these concerns are not vocalized here, nor are they rationally vocalized very often.

What we have here is name calling (socialist) and fear-mongering (see KUhusker's great posts).

Until the right can mount a cogent, rational, evidence-based argument, they are doomed to failure.

Obama's plans might or might not rescue the country (I think they will). However, drivel like this only deserves the sort of response given by KUhusker, which is hilarious.

jafs 5 years, 7 months ago

All of the government involvement in private businesses has occurred because those businesses found themselves in serious financial trouble.

It was somehow agreed that they could not simply be allowed to fail, and nobody else wanted to step in and help them.

Given that they have received (and continue to receive) bilions of taxpayer dollars, it seems fitting that the government have some involvement in how they are run (especially since they ran themselves into insolvency).

In fact, it would have been simpler and cheaper to simply buy all of their stock (which might have been better), and then have all of the say.

jafs 5 years, 7 months ago

Tom,

You seem to be the only one mentioning Bush this morning.

bender 5 years, 7 months ago

"John Stewart humor: the new pablum of the liberal elites"... just another embittered right winger. Is it the liberal's fault that right wingers just aren't funny?

I love the line "The government is proposing legislation about how much individuals can earn". Taking a law about CEO's of failed companies and making it sound like he's talking about all of us.

Scott Tichenor 5 years, 7 months ago

This article authored by one of the 17% of Americans that thinks Dick Cheney is a great guy. What a farce these columns are, and why I discontinued my subscription to the paper six months ago. Come out just for the amusement.

ilovelucy 5 years, 7 months ago

Be careful Dolph. Your head may explode.

Keith 5 years, 7 months ago

Does anyone doubt that if Dolph hadn't been born into money, he'd be spare changing us right now on Mass St.?

Richard Heckler 5 years, 7 months ago

The real problems:

The longer the USA wages war against the mideast for no reason the more all of the mideast will come to have disdain for the USA government. The mideast was never part of 9/11/01. Only 15 terrorists that lived a few blocks from NSA headquarters that somehow got around Bush/Cheney/Rice/Rumsfeld were part of 9/11/01.

Why Goldman Sachs Is the Greediest and Most Dastardly of the Wall Street Pigs http://www.alternet.org/workplace/140166/why_goldman_sachs_is_the_greediest_and_most_dastardly_of_the_wall_street_pigs/

Stop the war,stop giving money to banks,National Health Insurance and american jobs are the top 4 priorities. The war and the banks are draining the taxpayers cookie jars.

geekin_topekan 5 years, 7 months ago

Why does the concept of "one from many" bother the repubs so much?

They have to have a baby sitter for a few years and they through a tantrum. Hey,you rightwingers brought Odude upon yourselves and noone but your self serving, wouldbe elitists attitudes are to blame. Rush and Dick have never been this much fun to watch!!

Darrell Lea 5 years, 7 months ago

"For one reason or another, the public seems almost to be in a stupor, unwilling or unable to wake up to what is going on."

Dolph, this is possibly on of the most ignorant pieces of writing you've ever had the nerve to sign your name to. The proper vocabulary to address this fear-mongering and propagandizing is certainly "red-flag" material for your web hosts and system operators, so I will do my best to keep it clean here.

"How long will it take for citizens to wake up to what is going on? Probably too late to stop many of Obama’s veiled and dangerous “changes.” Too late for any effective opposition in the 2010 congressional elections?"

How long will it take you and your extremist right-wing cronies to realize that you have been promoting and believing in FAILED IDEOLOGIES? All of this stuff that you so fearfully decrie in this wretched piece of editorializing would not be happening if GWB and Dick Cheney didn't foul things up so completely on their watch. Sometimes it takes extreme measures to fix a broken world, and this certainly seems to be one of those times.

Here's an idea - if you believe so dang much in the ideals you so loudly trumpet, and if you really believe that Obama et al are going to do such damage to our society that "the sky is falling" alarms need to be sounded, then why not put your money where your mouth is, put the newspaer in a blind trust, and run for office? You can do a better job of saving the world that way.

Or is the real idea to simply scare the populace, rake the muck and sell some papers? Money in your pocket probably means more to you than any of this other stuff anyway, right?

Richard Heckler 5 years, 7 months ago

National concerns do matter so much so that only 13% voted for city commissioners. Local government gets into our wallets big time.

Lawrence has experienced many tax increases in the last few years. No matter what it is called everything we pay for in our municipality is a tax. Tax abatements are a personal property tax increase.

Every project developers push through our government is a tax increase due to new infrastructure and/or tax abatements. Miles and miles of(infrastructure) tax increases have taken place.

How local special interests are robbing locals blind:

*Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (And Stick You with the Bill)”

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston joins us to talk about his new book, “Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (And Stick You with the Bill).” Johnston reveals how government subsidies and new regulations have quietly funneled money from the poor and the middle class to the rich and politically connected. http://www.democracynow.org/2008/1/18/free_lunch_how_the_wealthiest_americans ======================================= The residential “boom town” economy has come back to bite us in the butt. The market was flooded before the national scene took place so welcome to a double whammy.

The answer is tighter markets hold property values up not down while flooded markets are business unfriendly.

http://www2.ljworld.com/polls/2007/sep/why_do_you_think_lawrence_growth_lagging/

Over the years Lawrence has approved approximately 5000 more homes than the market dictated on a “build just in case someone shows up” notion. Face it flooded residential markets are unfriendly to property owners.

This commission will continue to refuse performing Market Capacity Studies that would determine what the Lawrence market can absorb in residential and retail. One could imply government does not want to know!

This commission will continue to refuse performing a Cost of Community Services study that would help determine what growth is or is not paying back. This could also provide direction for governing bodies. One could imply government does not want to know!

This commission will also refuse economic impact studies to be performed before approving any new projects that come before the city commission. One could imply government does not want to know! Face it flooded retail markets are business unfriendly which apparently influenced the decision of Banana Republic to decline Lawrence not too long ago.

These are not new tools. Lawrence has simply refused to mandate use of these tools. Frankly there is no one on the city and county commissions that can “just know these things” and there never has been.

25 years of decisions based on speculation is coming back to haunt the taxpayers/property owners. Radio news is not optimistic about markets bouncing back anytime soon.

Darrell Lea 5 years, 7 months ago

For those scoring at home, the count of rhetorical questions in today's piece is twelve. Rhetorical questions are a great device for those without real writing skills and ideas, for they can't be answered in real time by the reader, and they present ideas in the piece that the writer doesn't really have to assume responsibility for, since he is merely posing a question.

The twelve:

"What expertise and knowledge of our medical system does she have to head up such a challenging task?"

"Does she enjoy the respect of those in the health insurance business?"

"Granted, during his campaign for the presidency, Obama called for “change,” but did those who voted for him have any idea he would try to change so much?"

"What’s to stop him from taking over other major, or small, businesses?"

"He does, indeed, intend to bring about “change,” but is this change good for America?"

"Are socialism and nationalism and bigger government good for this country?"

"Does he want to change the American system of government, business and lifestyle?"

"If so, what does he think is better?"

"Socialism and a redistribution of wealth?" (actually a sentence fragment that Spelling and Grammer check should have caught)

"Is the idea to have many of the recipients of this government largess feeding off the federal teat and voting the way Obama wishes in the 2010 and 2012 elections?"

"How long will it take for citizens to wake up to what is going on?"

"Too late for any effective opposition in the 2010 congressional elections?"

manplanner 5 years, 7 months ago

Here is one Kansan for Obama and Sebelius.

Could not disagree more with this editorial.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 7 months ago

Repubs get in the away everyday while the white house is trying to create jobs. Face it without jobs this country cannot make a come back. It's over. The USA is no longer considered THE world economic power.

Two major items could open doors for economic growth yet repubs and too many democrats cannot see the forest for the special interest campaign dollars. The nation screwed up by sending back too damn many of the same faces to the congress....about 95% too damn many.

The two substantial move this country could make is provide healthcare for the entire nation and push through alternative energy projects which would generate economic growth from a wide variety of sources.

notajayhawk 5 years, 7 months ago

beobachter (Anonymous) says…

"It doesn't matter what Obama does, Dolph will rant against it."

It doesn't matter what Obama does, beo will defend it.

"Amazing how bitter the right wing losers are. Seems calling them the party of “No” is very accurate and fitting."

Big supporter of the president, the administration, and the government over the past 8 years, were you, beo? The 'winners' are the ones still being bitter over the previous administration.


Mr_Nancy_Boy_To_You (Tom Shewmon) says…

"In summary, Bush Derangement Syndrome, in my humbe opinion, was largely responsible for the guy in the oval office today, not the issues."

I saw a bumber sticker left over from the election the other day - it read "Someone else for president." While I suppose it's possible that was meant as a rejection of either of the available candidates, I agree with you that what people wanted was just something different. That was the same mindset that got Jimmy Carter elected - and we know how well that turned out.


jafs (Anonymous) says…

"All of the government involvement in private businesses has occurred because those businesses found themselves in serious financial trouble."

Then they should have been allowed to fail, not be taken into possession by the government.


merrill (Anonymous) says…

"Repubs get in the away everyday while the white house is trying to create jobs."

Republicans have no real say in the matter, merrill, since you don't seem to be paying attention. The Democrats are failing entirely on their own.

Shardwurm 5 years, 7 months ago

I'm sure beobachter would be whistling a different tune if he had an income worthy of taxation.

jayhawklawrence 5 years, 7 months ago

Dolph should move to a small town in Western Kansas, preferably where they are building those beautiful environmentally friendly coal plants, and just disappear.

The guy is becoming as stupid as Krauthammer.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 5 years, 7 months ago

Wow, Dolph really stepped in it this time! I guess he and the entire Republican Party, led by Michael Steele and Rush Limbaugh, have not yet registered on the simple fact that no one will proclaim, that the Republicans made the serious mistake of allowing the National Socialist Right Wing Religious arm of the party to hijack the main body of the party. These ranting and raving nit-wits following the banner of their anointed radio talk show host have succeeded greatly in shooting the entire party in the collective foot. But don't expect Dolph or any other of the Republican shills to admit their grave mistake, they continue to fawn and bow and scrape to their heros and the party will continue to boil in their own oil. The only thing they have to contribute to the discussion is represented by this diatribe of the owner of this newspaper in support of the failed previous administration and their current spokesman, Dick Cheney, a sour, frustrated, sick and disgusting old man who has not yet come to grips with the term "ex vice president".

temperance 5 years, 7 months ago

Merrill: “All of the government involvement in private businesses has occurred because those businesses found themselves in serious financial trouble.” Notajayhawk: “Then they should have been allowed to fail, not be taken into possession by the government.”

Then, you would accuse Obama of ruining the economy by allowing businesses to fail.

Obama has done plenty of things in the last few weeks that could go into a critical editorial (like backtracking on Gitmo and supporting “preventative detention”), but this editorial is one of Dolph’s lames. Shorter Dolph: “socialism!”

This is the funniest line: “Does she [Sebelius] enjoy the respect of those in the health insurance business?” Is that the new DHHS litmus test?

Richard Heckler 5 years, 7 months ago

Wall St. and the Media Are Trying to Make Us Forget Who Started the Financial Crash By Les Leopold, AlterNet. Posted May 20, 2009.

We're at the moment Wall Street has been waiting for: The time where we begin to forget who brought the economy down.

http://www.alternet.org/workplace/140123/wall_st._and_the_media_are_trying_to_make_us_forget_who_started_the_financial_crash/

JohnBrown 5 years, 7 months ago

Actually, it was George W. Bush who socialized business in this country. Dolph, haven't you been reading the newspaper?

This country is far better off today than it was 6 months ago, or any time in 8 years before that.

Remember: 9/11 happened on Bush's and Cheney's watch.

Ian Johnston 5 years, 7 months ago

I have to add my voice to the crowd here and say that this article is abysmal journalism. I don't consider myself either a conservative or liberal/progressive, but this article seems more like a high school blog post than a serious news editorial.

As some of the other commentators have noted, this editorial consists of the writer selecting several current event tidbits, listing them in bullet points and then posing several rhetorical questions which conveniently allow him to hint at "scary" possibilities without providing any evidence or justification to back them up.

KUHusker's satirical rhetorical questions are right on the money. This isn't journalism, there is no substance to the article; no new information that anyone who has picked up a paper in the last week doesn't already have.

RogueThrill 5 years, 7 months ago

It has got to hurt a little when you are the only major paper in the county and yet it goes blue despite all the support for the wholely repugnant republican party.

beatrice 5 years, 7 months ago

Coming from someone who used the power of his newspaper to support the election of John McCain and Sarah Palin, and TWICE supported George W. Bush, this can just all be translated into one big whine for being part of a diminishing party: "Waaaaaaaaaa," cried the upset Republican to nobody in particular, "Waaaaaaaaaa!"

RedwoodCoast 5 years, 7 months ago

I looked at the first few bullet points and concluded that I was wasting my time if I read further. Just another Republican whiney-mcwhinerson trying to console himself.

camper 5 years, 7 months ago

So the new President comes in. Inherits two wars, a severe housing and baking crisis, rising health care costs and uninsured, and unstable energy costs which are largely responsible for the recession.

Hmmm. Do we expect President Obama to do nothing and not make any changes? Unfortunately we got to take the auto-pilot off and start making some changes to address these issues which have long been swept under the rug.

Boy it does not seem like too long ago when the pundits decried the mess left by Clinton. Rawhanda seems miniscule compared to what is on this admin's pallet.

Katara 5 years, 7 months ago

jason2007 (Anonymous) says…

@kuhusker: Ah, yes…John Stewart humor: the new pablum of the liberal elites.

The original point in the editorial is a good one: govt has NEVER taken over a private entity before and that line was never crossed. Now that it has been crossed, the question stands: what stops Obama from taking over other private business? The precedent has been set. Your pap smear and soviet anthem jokes are typical of the Colbert/Stewart libs. Make fun of that you don't agree with instead of engaging the debate with facts ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ You are most incorrect about the government taking over a private entity. Try Googling Continental Illinois. That happened in the 1980s.

RedwoodCoast 5 years, 7 months ago

Everyone is out to get you Tom.

You're looking for a reason "why," and I think you're getting into the realm of the metaphysical in your search. It's fun to watch, though. You're pulling out all the stops, yet you can't seem to get over the fact that the majority of US citizens concluded that the GOP has crapped the bed.

Godot 5 years, 7 months ago

Obama's theme of the Audacity of Hope was just the beginning of his half truths; The full statement as it has manifested itself is, "The Audacity of Hoping that the American citizenry will not realize that I am lying through my teeth before I have robbed them of everything - their money, their freedom, their constitution, to-wit: their country."

Godot 5 years, 7 months ago

The "unstable energy costs" that Obama inherited were falling. In fact, since Obama took office, the cost of a barrell of oil has nearly doubled. Gasoline has gone from $1.40 to $2.35 per gallon. Obama did that. He cannot place the blame on the "mess" that he found when he took office. He owns this 100 percent.

Inquiring minds want to know, does this explosion in the price of oil have any connection with Obama's subservient bow to the Saudi King, his overtures to Iran, his hand shake with Chavez, his executive orders to undo Bush's initiatives to increase oil production in the US, his moves that indicate he is willing to throw Iraq under the bus?

All the above are possibly contributing factors, but the most likely cause is his unwise and undisciplined monetary policy that is causing the value of the dollar to plummet. Obama is making extremely poor decisions on a daily, if not hourly, basis.

SandCoAlmanac 5 years, 6 months ago

This is a tough one to grade. Given the lack of misspelled words probably due to software, Dolph doesn't merit extra credit on this one. In the spirit of the honorable Tim Miller, Dolph would get a C-, but ... , the dude still makes no sense.
D-
(yes, it's a gift. I'm still a softie.)

repaste 5 years, 6 months ago

Wow! Wow! The vast majority of media outlets are owned by the rightwing , the folks who follow the news much closer than any of us, including you Tommie, would seem to have a left bias because they know more of what is going on. it is the same as 70% of folks with no high school diploma who voted, voted for W, 70% of those with graduate degrees voted for Kerry. It is called education, the front line folks know more than us. The right wing has done a great job in manipulating the media because they own it. When the Dixie Chicks were banned from the airwaves it showed the total control the right wing nuts have over the media. In the future it will be marked as a watershed moment. Wow! Do you remember the porn industry tycoon W hired to pretend to be a white house reporter?

repaste 5 years, 6 months ago

Remember when W hired the "rice a Roni" jingo creator as assistant secretary of state?

repaste 5 years, 6 months ago

There are exceptions to all statistics, that is why it was not 100%! The stat still stands though . . . How much did the decider give to acorn? Wow! Of course there will be as much corruption in Obama's crowd as any, that is what most people in power are there for. I do not believe that Obama will blatantly enrich his friends as W did. Could be wrong, corruption is a driving for in Gov. for ever.

jayhawklawrence 5 years, 6 months ago

Mr. Nancy Boy To You:

Wow! How do you explain that?!

Well Tom I think Limbaugh explained it very well one time on his radio show. You see there are "Producers" and "Consumers" in the world and we have to do everything to support the "Producers". They are the corporate elite and the smart guys like you Tom who make the world prosper.

The rest of us (so called liberals) are the consumers who just put a drain on the Producers. We should be just happy to have a job (albeit low wages and no health care) and appreciate the opportunity to worship at your feet.

So I can see your point of view clearly.

Thank you for the ray of light shining from your pedestal on high.

jumpin_catfish 5 years, 6 months ago

One question, how is what Obama's doing any different than George Bush? Bottom line more government control and less freedom. Poor American sheep are so, so dumb.

Ben McDaniel 5 years, 6 months ago

It's embarrassing that a good newspaper in a modern city continues to print the rantings of a caveman every week. Sorry, Mr. Simons, but America has passed you by and is now in the 21st century.

sundancewierdo 5 years, 6 months ago

dolph jr. you are an idiot. and paranoid. i'm pretty sure bush already announced that the "war" was over three months after it started but weeks before it actually began. and thanks to homeland security lots of your civil liberties went out the window. but keep bashing current cabinet appointees. we all know bush's cabinet were honest good ole boys.

RobertMarble 5 years, 6 months ago

so hussein obama's campaign has proven to be a smoke screen, which suprises only his supporters. that's a lot of people with buyer's remorse.

now would be the apporiate time so say "I told you so..."

beatrice 5 years, 6 months ago

75, you should note that the Republicans are just "trying" to be obstructionists. Thank goodness they don't have enough votes to actually "be" obstructionists.

Robert, if you possibly think that there is "buyer's remorse" among voters and that McCain/Palin would win if the vote were held today, then you simply need to put the pipe down. You are not thinking clearly. If the election was held again today, I firmly believe that it would be a larger landslide than last time in favor of the President of the United States Barack Obama.

RobertMarble 5 years, 6 months ago

wow, such emotional reactions from a single comment. A rather telling sign indeed.

jayhawklawrence 5 years, 6 months ago

I can only describe as "bizarre" this editorial by Dolph.

He truly represents the conservative Republican Party of Cheney and Limbaugh.

They are no longer coherent, credible or even relevant to the search for solutions in the 21st century.

If you are a member of this group, there is still hope. Just walk away.

humanitynow 5 years, 6 months ago

Simon's opinions reflect exactly what put our country into the troubled state we are in. He's a man with wealth and influence, and anything that he can even imagine might somehow get into his pocketbook scares the hell out of him. So his agenda is to pass on the fear. The fact that his piece of the media touts a selfish agenda, is much more dangerous than healthcare- for-all, or taking control of banking away from crooks. Simon's list 14 or so things he doesn't like about the Obama administration, history is bound to show that one or more of them didn't turn out so great, but the debt he refers to was there before Obama, and how could having more fuel efficient transportation be a bad thing? (rest easy Dolph, the behemoth SUV I see you driving won't be taken from you). Pretty bold to suggest that the "war of words triggered by the Democrats" has anything to do with the GOP's lack of leadership problem. It is, in reality, a lack of vision problem. Obama is trying to move our nation to consider a new mindset. One that is not based on individual bank accounts and the greedy materialism of I, ME, MINE thinking; For the human race to PROSPER for several generations, we must work together to improve education and living standards for ALL. Cultures with huge divides between the Haves and the Have Nots have always failed. The challenge is bigger than than the wallet and SUV of Mr. Simons, it is a world challenge that goes beyond just the economic interest of the USA> I just wish Simons would utilize his reach to do something more positive than merely being a platform for Glenn Beck like nonsense.

jumpin_catfish 5 years, 6 months ago

Change the balance of power in the next election and Obama the great becomes Obama the lesser. The only constant in the universe is change. America needed a course correction but Obama isn't taking us anywhere but down. We don't want to be France, we're Americans and that's better.

beatrice 5 years, 6 months ago

jumpin-c, Republicans are way too busy fighting with each other right now to concern themselves with actually taking back power. Your party needs to figure out if it wants to be a rational party, or one that continues to support people like Bobby "The Exorcist" Jindal as possible party leaders.

James Carville is closer to being correct with his "40 More Years."

humanitynow 5 years, 6 months ago

It isn't a matter of Limbaugh, Beck, Palin, Hannity, or Simons or any individual in that camp, being a threat to any other individual, but they do pose a serious threat to the transformation of our culture that needs to take place in order to bring millions of people out of poverty (thousands of millions if you count the whole population of Earth). With their voices spreading fear to the millions of well-off people, leading them to believe that they can't keep what they have worked for or inherited if the masses of poor are lifted out of desperation, it will be extremely difficult to get them on board with a new way of educating and caring for future generations. Their line of fear directly opposes the truth; that the BIGGEST threat to the wealthy losing what they have is the continued spread of poverty and widening gap in world wide economic standards of living. The world needs the support, effort, and intellect of the wealthy, and the conservative fear mongering is holding back that resource. Now, if the wealthy don't care what happens to humanity after they die, well-party on!, But anyone who thinks we can continue with our society going in the direction it has certainly isn't thinking 4 to 10 generations into the future. To the above mentioned celebrities who often thank God and make mention of God in their rhetoric, I must ask, (and I don't even consider myself "religious") are you familiar with the Sermon on the Mount? If you are a Christian, or not, you need to look no further than those words delivered by the fantastic orator Jesus Christ, for the accurate moral compass and guidance on how to treat your fellow humankind, all of them... rich-poor,American-or not, any race, any religion.--or, well, party on, when the party is over your children's children may forgive your greed.

maxcrabb 5 years, 6 months ago

Sorry I got on here late, but just wanted to say,

Obama is doing a great job.

Thanks, have a good night!

motocross 5 years, 6 months ago

Obama=another Clinton... deception, lies, idiocy, etc... Liberals are the downfall of our great country.

-ARMY SFC. P. Dalton

JHOK32 5 years, 6 months ago

Perhaps Mr. Simons is trying to distract us from the previous administration's complete incompetence by handing Obama the biggest financial mess since the Great Depression, or by Bush being happy to spend a $Trillion dollars of our money to start a war that only benefits the big oil companies? It's OK to spend a $Trillion bucks for that mess, but Bush vetoed a bill to give children living in poverty any healthcare, I guess that was Bush's "compassionate conservatism" (actually they could probably care less as Mr. Simon's blatant article suggests). Oh I'm sorry, I got distracted.

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