Letters to the Editor

Seeking solutions

October 26, 2010

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To the editor:

I was deeply interested in your Oct. 19 front page article, “Stimulus bill foes share in benefits.” It seems Sam Brownback, Pat Roberts, Jerry Moran, Todd Tiahrt and Lynn Jenkins all voted against the $787 billion bailout, but after it passed with them voting against it, they all had their hands out for a piece of the bailout.

They are all running their campaigns on voting against President Obama. I care not whether they voted for the stimulus package or not. What I do care about is how they are going to fix the problem. How are they going to put people back to work? How are they going to secure the length of Social Security? How do they know the health care program won’t work? What kind of shape would we be in right now without the bailout?

The stimulus bill was passed to put people back to work, and it has to a certain degree, but it would have worked a lot better if too many hungry politicians didn’t have their hands in the pie.

So in your campaign ads, don’t tell me how many times you voted against President Obama. Tell me how you are going to fix the economy and put Americans back to work, not only put them back to work, but at a reasonable living wage. If this happens, our withholding taxes will certainly help fix the economy.

Gail Copple,

Lawrence

Comments

cato_the_elder 4 years, 6 months ago

Voting against Obama should be viewed as a badge of honor. At least that's what a significant number of embattled Democrats around the country are saying in their campaign ads.

QuinnSutore 4 years, 6 months ago

If you look closely, you can see the hand pulling their strings.

mom_of_three 4 years, 6 months ago

"So in your campaign ads, don’t tell me how many times you voted against President Obama. Tell me how you are going to fix the economy and put Americans back to work, not only put them back to work, but at a reasonable living wage. If this happens, our withholding taxes will certainly help fix the economy."

Here, here!

mr_right_wing 4 years, 6 months ago

Fiscal child rape.

The blood is on all of our hands (as soon as we accepted/endorsed those checks.)

What all of us have done is unforgivable.

(Please take note at the complete absence of partisan finger pointing.)

beatrice 4 years, 6 months ago

Wonder if you were saying this when tax cuts were given (that exceedingly benefitted the wealthy) while we are in the middle of two wars?

mr_right_wing 4 years, 6 months ago

Sorry...I can't help you feel better on this one; what you speak of was an act of the government, besides voting for them, what part did we play? Those tax cuts will have very little (if any) impact on unborn generations. Approve or disapprove, that's more of a 'here and now' issue.

All this 'stimulus' stuff started at the end of the Bush administration...the government initiated it; but then we all eagerly jumped in and deposited those checks for money that our great, great, great grandchildren haven't even began working to pay off. We've done one worse than standing by and watching....we jumped in and became accomplices.

Right now the Obama administration blames Bush (as a rule) for things that go wrong. Somewhere in the future, when we're both dead those "kids" can point the finger back at you and I beatrice and be completely justified in their disdain and disgust of us.

We'll all be dead, so maybe that will be a small bit of consolation for them.

notajayhawk 4 years, 6 months ago

"How do they know the health care program won’t work?"

How do YOU know it WILL? Ya' think the burden of proof ought to be on the guys that want to throw a trillion or so dollars at the problem?

"The stimulus bill was passed to put people back to work, and it has to a certain degree, but it would have worked a lot better if too many hungry politicians didn’t have their hands in the pie."

Uh huh. It worked, alright. The unemployment rate was 8.2% when the 'stimulus' passed, now it's 9.6%. But have another glass of kool-aid, and tell yourself it would have been worse without it.

Instead of asking Obama's opponents how they're going to fix the problem, Gail, why don't you ask the man himself, whose job it is?

Oh, and BTW, maybe you could refresh my memory: How did Obama say he was going to fix the problem, what solutions did he lay out, when he was running for office, other than to say 'I'm not George Bush?' Oh, let me guess, the liberal mantra: "But ... but ... but ... but that's different!"

cayenne1992 4 years, 6 months ago

"other than to say 'I'm not George Bush?'"

Kind of like what the conservatives are doing now, except with Obama.

QuinnSutore 4 years, 6 months ago

Apples and oranges, at least Bush had a decent approval rating for a while. Then the hope 'n' change Kool-Aid got passed out and everyone turned on him because it was the new trendy thing to do. Now we have a wrecked economy because we listened to a community leader over thousands of business owners, economists, and people who actually earn their own money.

cayenne1992 4 years, 6 months ago

"Apples and oranges, at least Bush had a decent approval rating for a while."

I'm not sure what this sentence means. The argument was made that liberals' (Obama's) only solution was to distance themselves from Bush. My point was that conservatives are doing the same, no? Look at the campaign ads from your fellow repubs.

"Then the hope 'n' change Kool-Aid got passed out and everyone turned on him because it was the new trendy thing to do. "

The only reason people turned on Bush was because of Kool-Aid? Or, was it just trendy? You're a deep thinker too, right?

jafs 4 years, 6 months ago

He campaigned on a number of ideas for solving problems.

But I'm sure you actually know that.

beatrice 4 years, 6 months ago

"The unemployment rate was 8.2% when the 'stimulus' passed, now it's 9.6%."

Thank goodness it passed, otherwise we might be at 29.6% unemployment right now.

One of the solutions Obama offered while running for office was to pass a health care bill. He didn't get the bill he wanted because of the blockade of the Obstructionist Party, but he still got one passed that will benefit many. That was one thing he said, and did.

Now, what was it his opponent said? Oh, yes, that the economy was "fundamentally sound." Wasn't exactly spot on there, now was he?

Of course, why look at the folks largely responsible for the crash in the first place, but get really upset if the fix isn't instanteous. Brilliant, just brilliant.

Flap Doodle 4 years, 6 months ago

Democratic candidates across the nation are fleeing the approach of Dear Leader. {laughter}

ivalueamerica 4 years, 6 months ago

What a stupid letter, asking the GOP to offer workable solutions instead of simply criticize those that are at least trying to bring solutions is like asking a bee not to sting...it just ain´t in their nature.

tomatogrower 4 years, 6 months ago

When the Mitch McConnell states that the number one GOP goal is to defeat Obama in 2012, I have to wonder what we have come to. This is not a football game. Their number one goal should be to help the country. Don't try and tell me that they are patriotic. It's all a lie. All they want to do is win elections. No plan to help the people they are suppose to serve. Many Democrats are no better, and the Tea Party only offers up bumper sticker politics. What happened to serving your country?

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