Letters to the Editor

Hard truth

December 2, 2011


To the editor:

My heartfelt thanks to the Lawrence Journal-World for giving its readers a chance to comment about local, state and national events. I must include kudos to those who take the time to write.  Many viewpoints I agree with, a few I don’t, but that does not detract from the fact that they are well-written, without the rancor that so often permeates letters to the editor columns. It’s admirable that the good people of Douglas County exhibit civility. However, there comes a time when we should demand the truth.

A few days ago, this paper ran an article titled, “Kansas congressional delegation dismayed over panel’s failure on deal.” The gang of four comprised of Moran, Roberts, Yoder, and Jenkins were dismayed? Really? It would have been more honest if the headline read, “Grover Norquist’s congressional delegation ...”  I remember Rep. Jenkins proudly announcing that she signed his no tax pledge.

Whom do these delegates represent anyway? Certainly not the working class. They have blocked every effort to put people to work, including plans to put thousands of unemployed construction workers on projects which would upgrade our aging infrastructure.

The kindest thing I can say about “our delegates” is that they are accomplished at skewing facts to accommodate those at the top of the economic hierarchy. It’s time for the rest of us to face the hard truth. The people we hired to represent us have no respect or loyalty to their bosses. To them, we appear as dumb as we vote. Stay asleep on election day, folks. These politicians are counting on it.


Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 5 months ago

"People deserve the government they get, and they deserve to get it good and hard." - Timothy Moultrie

"In democracy you get the goverment you deserve. Alternately you deserve the government you got." - Josef Heller

"Everything said and done, at the end of the day, we get the government we deserve and deserve the government we get." - P. Ramakrishnan

"In Russia, it is a common saying that every people deserve the government they choose." - Vladimir Viardo

"We have to let these turkeys know that we are not going to play games and go sideways and backwards. America deserves better. They say that you deserve the government you get." - Eldridge Cleaver

"We deserve the government that we get. That's an old adage and it's really true." - Patricia Boyd, executive director of the Minnesota Christian Coalition

Jimo 6 years, 5 months ago

I don't believe Yoder has taken his oath of loyalty to Fuhrer Norquist. Can anyone confirm Yoder's pledge remains only to the U.S. Constitution?

cato_the_elder 6 years, 5 months ago

This letter writer naively criticizes the fully-intended result of a patently cynical 2012 election ploy by Obama and his handlers to blame House and Senate Republicans for doing precisely what many of them were elected to do in 2010. Obama provided no leadership whatsoever in attempting to get the sides to compromise, a result that he never wanted in the first place. His only goal has been to keep Congress's approval ratings lower than his own, and thus run against Congress in 2012 - because that's his last hope toward the end of a failed presidency.

We are experiencing a serious crisis in presidential leadership that, short of impeachment, must be remedied by the voters in 2012 if America as we have known it is to survive.

imastinker 6 years, 5 months ago

What truth do you want? The truth is that we are out of money. We've been spending more than we can ever figure out how to raise in taxes. You call it what you want, but more taxes is just feeding the beast and we need to starve it.

I say we cut spending back to 2000 levels, or inflation adjusted levels. Then we figure out how to make taxes fit that number. We've gone from spending 1.8 trillion in 2000 to 3.5 trillion in 2010. Explain that.

imastinker 6 years, 5 months ago

It was a rhetorical question. My point is that I don't see how repubs can "negotiate" with that. There's no negotiating the fact that spending is too high.

jayhawklawrence 6 years, 5 months ago

Term limits.

Time to stop talking about it and get it done.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 5 months ago

Term limits can be accomplished by never sending an incumbent back to office. Special interest campaign contributors do not want term limits.


Let's demand a new system and vote in Fair Vote America : http://www.fairvote.org/irv/ Demand a change on the next ballot.

Let's have public financing of campaigns. Citizens cannot afford special interest money campaigns for it is the citizens that get left out. Let citizens vote on this issue. http://www.publicampaign.org/

Bribery of elected officials and bribed elected officials is the most stinky of all bribery!

Flap Doodle 6 years, 5 months ago

The current occupant of 1600 Penn Ave. drove the last nail in the public campaign financing coffin with his "take the money and run" drive in 2008.

cato_the_elder 6 years, 5 months ago

Amen, brother. That act of rank hypocrisy in and of itself should have removed the wool from the eyes of the deluded, but it didn't.

P Allen Macfarlane 6 years, 5 months ago

Most of what shows up on the comments section of articles is is trash or at best the kind of noise that only encourages divisive un-civil discourse.

weeslicket 6 years, 5 months ago

this country needs more voo-doo economics. voo-doo economics has a proven track record. come on folks, hop on the voo-doo choo-choo. it'll be a heckuva ride.

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