Letters to the Editor

Teachable moments?

November 13, 2010


To the editor:

With mid-term elections over, and the Republicans granted partial return to power, it could be said that in President Obama’s case, the election was a “teachable moment.”

What the president should have learned is that American voters want the president to be more transparent, focus more on job creation and to refrain from taking pricey junkets around the world.

What American voters should have learned is that “talk is cheap” and “actions speak louder than words.”


justmytwocents 6 years ago

pricey junkets? Guess you didn't think about how much Bush spent on his trips.
man, politics brainwash people.

Maddy Griffin 6 years ago

Or how much time he spent on vacation.

Scott Drummond 6 years ago

Is a pricey junket worse than the billions spent on defense contractor welfare payments?

jafs 6 years ago


But it might not be any better.

Richard Heckler 6 years ago

The Bush admin created 11 million unemployed people. Some of those employers took the opportunity to leave the USA and employ people elsewhere.

Creating 11 million new jobs is no mean feat in fact daunting. Instead of trying to build bridges and become bi-partisan the democrats should have taken matters in their own hands.

Perhaps a million or two jobs could be created by way of bringing clean energy production on the market in a big way. Who gets in the way? Coal power,nuke power and the energy industry in general along with the republican party based in Washington D.C. Democrats should have taken risks and done it. What Washington D.C. does not understand is both republican and democrat unemployed people want cleaner less expensive energy and the jobs that come with that new phase of the industry.

IMPROVED Medicare Insurance for ALL is another matter that crosses party lines in a very big way. Yes both parties have taxpaying voters working on this matter as we speak in Philadelphia November 13 and 14. Not only that this could create 2.6 million jobs.

IMPROVED Medicare Insurance for ALL would free up money for business people to hire new employees. Democrats should have taken risks and done it. What Washington D.C. does not understand is both republican and democrat unemployed people and employed people want better less expensive medical insurance and the jobs that come with that new phase of health care/health insurance. Health care is the largest growing industry in the USA. We need to help it along with IMPROVED Medicare Insurance for ALL.

Then there is the concept of "Green Collar" industry in which the government was ready to inject some federal funds which would have created a fair amount of jobs throughout the USA. Then the Bush/Cheney home loan fraud fiasco surfaced. I say the government should move forward. Without millions of new jobs by way of new industry the quality of life in the USA will continue to sink.

All of the revenue generated from the above would generate employment elsewhere throughout the USA.

Instead of trying to build bridges and become bi-partisan the democrats should have taken matters into their own hands.

Maddy Griffin 6 years ago

When another Bush runs for office.

Liberty275 6 years ago

I don't remember Bush pushing for and signing legislation forcing people to buy a certain type of product from a corporation just because they were an American or fueling the fire of class warfare by raising taxes on people because he thought he needed to spread their wealth around.

As for obama being cool, you're kidding right? OTOH, The Backstreet Boys had several platinum albums and I never really understood how.

mr_right_wing 6 years ago

Check under your bed merrill!! In the closet!!! George might be hiding there!!!

You just never know.....sweet dreams, my friend.

cato_the_elder 6 years ago

Merrill: Dodd and Frank, and their political cronies who enabled Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae and got plenty in return for it, created 11 million unemployed people. Get your facts straight.

Flap Doodle 6 years ago

Search on "improved Medicare Insurance for ALL" + merrill = 334 results

Flap Doodle 6 years ago

Pretty much. He varies some of the text once in a while. He's also posting them on the Tulsa World.

truthhurts 6 years ago

"President Obama IS Bush, at least when it comes to all his policies."

Liberty_One shoots and scores.


Scott Drummond 6 years ago

You mean he's not a socialist, commie, nazi?

Why that means the right wing propagandists have been wrong. Fancy that. Well, consistency is important.

Stuart Evans 6 years ago

you're confusing right wing nuts & centrist libertarians. some of us aren't calling him a socialist; because we can see that politics is a grand distraction.

jafs 6 years ago

In his press conference, Obama in fact indicated that he believed the first two of your contentions - that his administration should be more transparent and focus on job creation.

shadowlady 6 years ago

In my opinion, all Obama and Bidden are, are two pretty boys with a lot of con aritst fancy talk. There was an interview with Obama, where he finally admits to being Muslim and to Muslims who ever is not a Muslim are infidels. Gee why doesn't America wake up.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years ago

"There was an interview with Obama, where he finally admits to being Muslim and to Muslims who ever is not a Muslim are infidels."

It's true. I read it in an email, which had the email addresses of thousands of people who got it and sent it. And those are always true.

shadowlady 6 years ago

Particularly, when you hear the words coming right out of Obama's mouth.

jafs 6 years ago

Source please?

And, if it's a tiny slice of an interview, I'd like to hear the comments in their original context.

shadowlady 6 years ago

I believe it was on you tube, but can't be for certain, but it was said by Obama, and it doesn't make any difference about the original context, cause the words were said and out of Obama's mouth. You can't get any plainer than that.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years ago

I think you're totally whacked, but even if it's true, what difference does it make if he's a Muslim?

shadowlady 6 years ago

And who has the name of "BOZO". and thank you bornagainamerican, you got the message, which it shows BOZO can't grasp the concept.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years ago

Bozo isn't my name. It's merely a description. And we're all bozos on this bus. Even you. (maybe especially you.)

shadowlady 6 years ago

speak for your self, so thanks for admitting you are a bozo

jafs 6 years ago

Without a specific source, I can't check the reliability of your comments.

And, it is often possible (and often done these days) to take things out of context and distort the original meaning.

Anytime you have a specific source, I will check it and report back.

shadowlady 6 years ago

Well, I certainly wished I could remember the source, cause I would certainly give it to it, but it was a few days ago. But I assure you I don't make things up. I guess I need to start writing these sources down, and where I read or heard them from. I guess It never occured to me, that someone would question my honesty. So thank you jafs, I will start writing it down, so you can check it out, so other people will know I'm not making stuff up.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years ago

I don't think you're making it up. I think you're just incredibly gullible.

shadowlady 6 years ago

You know maybe I am gullible Bozo, that's a lot better than accusing me of making falsehoods. And we can bicker all day long but it won't change either of our opinions, or what ever I read or heard through an interview. I know what I read and I know what I heard, if no one believes me, then it is their problem not mine.

jafs 6 years ago

I highly recommend you watch the full video of the interview that you can find in the link that ScottyMac provided.

It shows exactly what he said, and the context, and it's clear that he is not saying he is a Muslim.

In fact, this is a perfect example of what I mentioned, that taking small comments out of context often distorts their meaning.

And, I never intended to imply that you were making things up either. If you saw a tiny clip of the interview without the context, I think you were simply mislead by that.

As many people seem to be these days.

shadowlady 6 years ago

So you found it?? Thank God!!!!

jafs 6 years ago


And it doesn't mean what you seem to think it does.

Did you watch it?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years ago

"The Dude "

So Lebowski is also a muslim? And I thought he was just the Dude, abiding with a beverage (white russian, of course.)

ScottyMac 6 years ago

Here you go, shadowlady. You should try something called "Google." It's real neat.


PalinPalms 6 years ago

I learnd that with a big enough ad budget and pretty spokes-models you can get baby-boomers to buy just about anything. (most will think it was their idea) Now who says you can't do anything with a communications degree. Go! Vandals!

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years ago

" you can get baby-boomers to buy just about anything."

Sadly, it's not just the baby-boomers.

PalinPalms 6 years ago

Ah, but you can really scare the bejezus out of them. Enough to vote at least,

Jimo 6 years ago

pricey junkets?

A - What are you talking about?

B - I'm positive one could review every cable and broadcast news show and every article written 30 days before the election and find no substantive discussion about "pricey junkets"

Joseph Jarvis 6 years ago

By "pricey junkets," I assume you're referring to the supposed $200 million dollar a day India trip. That is a conservative talk radio gem well debunked by credible media (including conservative outlets like the Wall Street Journal).


Liberty275 6 years ago

“talk is cheap”

That may be true, but a set of teleprompters is $5000.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years ago

At least he's capable of reading the lines, unlike the previous occupant.

libra101 6 years ago

And they are a one use only item! Use 'em and toss 'em!

mr_right_wing 6 years ago

My favorite quote on Obama comes from Nancy Pelosi, and is actually referencing his 'transparent administration' broken promise:

"Yeah, well....he promised a lot of things...."

Go Nancy, go..after the mid-term elections,.we on the right appreciate you!

mr_right_wing 6 years ago

I'm going to demonstrate the kind of 'fair' guy I can be.

Obama promised that before he signed any bill into law it would be available to read on-line for no less than 24 hours.

He has not completely broken this promise....some have been, but it's been very inconsistent. So that's only a half-broken promise (to be generous.)

Flap Doodle 6 years ago

Speaking of the transparent regime: "Joe Biden update: The VP meets on government transparency today. But that meeting is closed With President Obama out of the country tweaking things in Asia, carefully not bowing this time, and packing away some pista murg and balak papri chat, his trusty sidekick Joe Biden is left to find things to do back home. There's a big Diwali party tonight at the White House. The vice president will be there. But first, JB has a breakfast meeting with Sen. Chuck Hagel and then another one of those Middle Class Task Force events to try to find some of those thousands of missing green energy jobs that have been promised so often. Joe's had some problems with promises recently. He assured everyone that last summer would be full of economic recovery. Which it wasn't. And Joe guaranteed that his Democratic Party would maintain majorities in both houses of Congress in last week's midterm election. Which it didn't. Possibly the most important event of the vice president's day Tuesday is to meet at 2:15 with Earl Devaney. Everyone knows him as chairman of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board -- the top guy monitoring the gazillion-dollar stimulus and the overdue economic recovery, and ensuring that the taxpayers financing same know all about it. However, no one outside the room will know what goes on in that Biden-Devaney meeting. That's because the government meeting on government transparency has been closed. -- Andrew Malcolm" http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2010/11/joe-biden-transparency.html

Richard Heckler 6 years ago

The media has become a large part of the special interest takeover of our process as if they know what is best for all of us. Voters support this takeover by voting for those candidates who usually spend the most money and the question is why?

Lavish campaigns go too long,spend way too much money and do not necessarily provide the best available. It's up to voters to stop the nonsense at the voting booths. The media loves those big campaign dollars.

Replace 95% of all elected officials every 4 years for the house and every 6 years for the Senate. Ralph Nader suggests 90%. Not voting sends the wrong message and changes nothing. Let's demand a new system : Fair Vote America : http://www.fairvote.org/irv/

Public financing of campaigns is our only option of protection. Citizens cannot afford special interest money campaigns for it is the citizens that get left out. Support public Financing :http://www.publicampaign.org/

Our legislators must provide an opportunity for the voters to decide on the 2012 ballot across the nation. For local,state and national legislators will never give up lucrative special interest money.

John Clayton 6 years ago

these guys told me FOX news spends $200,000,000.00 a day creating anti-Obama propaganda. its true, you should spend some time on Mass st talking to the American people they can teach you so much:


directions by roscoepoet


expecting by roscoepoet


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mr_right_wing 6 years ago

CNBC on a typical day....

60% of their time complaining about FNC. 30% of their time claiming they don't care about FNC. 10% actual 'news' coverage.

There is no such thing as a 'news channel' in America right now; Fox, CNN and others are personality-driven infotainment/commentary channels.

jayhawklawrence 6 years ago

Will Boehner care be the replacement for Obama care?

It will be fun to see what a Republican proposal will look like.

The Republicans cannot spend the next two years the same as the last two. Doing nothing, complaining and getting paid for it.

And in the end, being congratulated for a job well done.

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