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September 3, 2011

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To the editor:

Is everyone enjoying the “change” and “new direction” Barack Obama promised three years ago? Not so much. Other than the extreme committed left, who would never vote Republican under any circumstances, and an overwhelming majority of African-Americans and other minorities, most people now see Obama as a failure to some degree. His approval rating is standing somewhere around 40 percent, depending on which poll you go by.

His radical ideology of fundamental change is not working. Far-left zealots see him as a centrist — too funny! This is no laughing matter though, as America is in deep trouble now two and a half years later. The “under the radar” conduct of this administration is worthy of taking a look at too, such as the EPA hamstringing the coal industry with a myriad of new regulations. It seems this administration would like to rule and regulate everything people and business do. Obama and those in his political circle feel to their core that government is the final solution for everything, not the people. Again, how is that working out?

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AppologiesMyLiege 2 years, 7 months ago

Not working?

I agree with Doug Casey.

" No. Democracy is just mob rule, dressed up in a coat and tie. It's too bad people conflate democracy, which is mob rule, with liberty and freedom. Democracy in most of the world is everybody voting for the person that promises him or her the most stolen goods from other people. Democracy is a political system, and all political systems rest on institutionalized coercion. I don't care whether it's a king, a president, a congress, or a mob of chimpanzees that tell me I have to pay 50% of my income over to them so they can fund wars, welfare programs, the police state, oligarchic corporations, or whatever. That's what democracy is today. Regretably, the average person has been programmed to think democracy is a high moral good, much as his ancestors were programmed to believe that monarchy was the way Yahweh, or whoever, wanted the world organized.

The only kind of democracy that I support is the democracy of the free market. You vote with your dollars. Anything that you want or need can be gained by production and trade. The democracy we currently know is a fraud and a delusion."

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 7 months ago

"People don't call critics racist." Yes, they do. See the entire internet since Jan 20 2009 for specific examples.

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beatrice 2 years, 7 months ago

There you go snap, with that false assumption that anyone who criticizes the President is doing so because they are racist. Wrong. People don't call critics racist. People get called racist for saying and writing racist things. See my earlier post for specific examples.

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 7 months ago

What's Maureen Dowd saying? "...Obama is still suffering from the Speech Illusion, the idea that he can come down from the mountain, read from a Teleprompter, cast a magic spell with his words and climb back up the mountain, while we scurry around and do what he proclaimed. The days of spinning illusions in a Greek temple in a football stadium are done. The One is dancing on the edge of one term. The White House team is flailing — reacting, regrouping, retrenching. It’s repugnant. After pushing and shoving and caving to get on TV, the president’s advisers immediately began warning that the long-yearned-for jobs speech wasn’t going to be that awe-inspiring...." http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/04/opinion/dowd-one-and-done.html?_r=2 Maybe she's a racist too?

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windjammer 2 years, 7 months ago

Tom Shewmon is a racist and should be banned from the LJW.

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jonas_opines 2 years, 7 months ago

Whoa, Right Thinker doesn't like the President, or the left, or anybody else that his news sources don't tell him to like. Who knew?

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thebcman 2 years, 7 months ago

I see the half-price book store is having a 20% off sale. Does that mean everything is 70% off? Or does that cut the discount to 30% ???

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chootspa 2 years, 7 months ago

I really doubt Obama has the "support" of the far left, because he isn't far left. He's to the right of Reagan on most of his stances. If there were a moderate Republican running against him, I might be tempted to vote for them, but my choice right now seems to be between a conservative and a bat@#$@# crazy extremist.

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Liberal 2 years, 7 months ago

It seems that you have forgotten that the repubs did not gain any kind of leverage until Nov. 2010. And even now they only control 1/3. Obama had free reign for two years giving him plenty of time to pass a budget ram healthcare down our throats and anything else he wanted to do.

The repubs saying no to healthcare was them listening to their constituents who thought that Obamacare was a huge mistake.

The Repubs have not stopped the dems from doing anything up to this point. If they wanted to pass something they had enough votes on their own.

Own up to your own debacle. This is now your economy, your ideas and none of it has worked. Can you say Major Fail?

Their is no defense for what the dems have done up to this point and it is clear they paid the price in 2010.

I am so sick of hearing about Clinton's surplus ever hear of the tech boom? I bet you have, that was the reason for the surplus, welfare reform did not hurt either, which Clinton was forced to do. The Tech bust did not happen on his watch but did happen just shortly after he left leaving us in a small recession that Bush pulled us out of.

The Bush admin made huge mistakes as well spending way to much money and that spending makes me just as sick, however, GWB did have a terrorist attack to deal with there was bipartisan support to go to war, even to the point of Obama continuing it still.

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begin60 2 years, 7 months ago

Obama has disappointed self-respecting progressives. When he assassinated bin Laden with no respect for due process or rule of law I totally lost confidence. Also, he has harshly prosecuted several whistle-blowers, from Bradley Manning to Tom Drake, merely for standing up for truth and principle. His administration seems merely an extension of Bush's, still working hand-in-glove with big business. He may yet represent the lesser of two evils, but Dinos and Rhinos (Dems and Repugs in name only) are pretty much one and the same.

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beatrice 2 years, 7 months ago

Oh, and given the letter's author, did anyone else find the headline at least a little bit ironic?

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Ralph Reed 2 years, 7 months ago

@bea, re: your 1402. I agree, but unfortunately the LJW cannot ban TS's LTEs just because he's been banned from posting online in the forum. (Though I have no doubt he's reincarnated, just like HWSNBN.) It could be in fact that this letter, which mirrors TS's online comments almost verbatim, may have been the only letter available to print. I've noticed some days that Ann Gardner has very little with which to work. People forget that the written word is sometimes more powerful that electrons bouncing through the ether.

Bea, just consider the source and let it go at that. TS seldom has any of import to say and is seldom cogent in how he says it. I only hope the people reading this LTE have a modicum of sense and will take it for the vitriol it is.

@TS. Nice end run around having been banned.

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mr_right_wing 2 years, 7 months ago

I think Mr. Obama has really disappointed a good number on the far left. Because of that I've really kind of 'mellowed' on the guy, don't bash him at every opportunity like I used to. He did do one thing Bush never could (and that does earn him points in my book) he got Bin Lauden. He also finally got away from blaming everything on George; I respect accountability.

I just can't keep 'bashing' a guy who has let the far left down, as strange as that may seem coming from me.....of course he's never, ever, ever getting my vote (I haven't lost my mind completely!!)

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Mike Ford 2 years, 7 months ago

The funny is watching the hawks like McCain try and criticize Lybia policy when the rebels have taken 95% of the country and they have frozen Khadafi assets to work with and the Europeans are interested in helping if not for the same reasons they've always been interested aka colonial exploitation of oil resources. The main reason many emerging potential democracies fail is that the historic meddlers can't leave well enough alone and maintain a healthy balance of distance and assistance without being heavy handed. Obama is going out of his way to not be heavy handed while the dumblicans are so used to being the bull in the china shop that they know no other way and are clueless so they complain pointlessly on the sidelines where their actions got them.

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beatrice 2 years, 7 months ago

Oh, and it is working out far better than I can imagine from what the Republicans had to offer. The Mavericky / Winky-Winky team would have been a complete disaster. Had McCain won, we would likely be at war with Iran, have large troop numbers in Libya, and we wouldn't even be close to scaling back in Iraq.

I might not be happy with Obama, but he is much better than the alternative. Yes he is!

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beatrice 2 years, 7 months ago

When is a comment not a comment? When it is a letter to the editor, of course.

Why would the LJWorld publish a letter from someone they have banned from posting comments on their website? That just seems like a ridiculous practice.

Tom Shewmon has confessed his hatred of people who aren't conservative on these boards many, many times, so gee, really, he doesn't like President Obama? What a shock. Problem is, his brand of hatred extends beyond just those who are non-conservatives. Under a different user name he also once used a White Supremacy site to validate one of his arguments. Under his own name he claimed that America wasn't ready to elect a Black President, and once Obama was in office stated that "Whites had no power anymore." (Those are just two examples of comments that have been erased from public record, so you can only take my word on it.)

There is a reason he is banned from making comments. Unfortunately, most people reading this letter won't be familiar with the source. They will think he is just your average conservative voicing an opinion. Far from it!

You would think that banning someone more than once from making hateful comments would extend to the actual newspaper. What is a letter if not a comment for all to see?

What next? Letters from the Grey Goose?

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tbaker 2 years, 7 months ago

The latest Quinnipiac poll shows 52% of those polled disapprove of how the President is doing his job. The latest CNN poll shows 65% disapprove of how he is handling the economy. These polls have been trending lower for some time. If he really "created or saved" 2.5 million jobs - people just aren't seeing them. Unemployment stays near 10% and thats the kinder/gentler version of unemployment that is nothing close to the real number of unemployed people. What people can't follow, and it seems more are figuring this out everyday is, if the President's rationale for the 'stimulus' is that government borrowing and spending money creates economic activity, then why do we need the government to take our money and spend it? Why can't we just spend it ourselves? Private firms with strong marketing and business plans and strong growth sell stock. They expand. They add jobs. They don't need government handouts.

I sure wish the President would accept this fact and act accordingly. What he is doing has failed and will continue to.

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brewmaster 2 years, 7 months ago

Tom...Tom...Tom.....There you go again confusing yourself by letting too much Fox-News control your meek, malleable mind. Put your apron back on and tidy up the house like a nice little submisive kept man. Oh, and remember to repeat those positive affirmations: I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggone it, people like me.

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voevoda 2 years, 7 months ago

The only reason that Obama appears to be "left" is because some factions of the Republican Party have moved so far to the right. He's trying to hold a center coalition together, and he's criticized by Democratic constituencies for not fulfilling campaign promises and by Republicans for, well, everything he does and who he is.
Maybe Obama's poll numbers are low now, but given all the radical right candidate hopefuls on the Republican side, it is likely that Obama will emerge as the only sensible choice in the 2012 election.

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BornAgainAmerican 2 years, 7 months ago

Good to hear from ya' Tom. Despite the usual tripe and insults from some of the local Larryville Loons, some of us miss your comments in this award winning web site. Keep fighting the good fight.

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prospector 2 years, 7 months ago

Hey Tom

It seems our president is stealing your thunder here. I am sure the LJW staff gave Obama a heads up on your letter, who reacted, knowing he would have heck to pay. Be sure you drop him a thank you note for answering your concerns. Are you happy now?

Obama drops enforcement of tougher smog rules

http://www.kansas.com/2011/09/03/2000292/obama-drops-enforcement-of-tougher.html

Be careful out there.

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btsflk 2 years, 7 months ago

Might be good to remember,

The last four presidents prior to Obama were, three GOP and one DEM.

Only one, the DEM, left office w/a budget surplus.

This "economic problem" has been in creation since the seventies, and will take time, and I might add, cooperation, to solve.

Something else, When Clinton lied, nobody died.

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JohnBrown 2 years, 7 months ago

So where were all you anti-BIG government types when Gov. Brownbeck put those onerous, unnecessary, non-medical refulations on Planned parenthood? Talk about big government interfering!!

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TShewmon 2 years, 7 months ago

Kealing can and will remove this post AND this account so read fast. But he cant' remove this LTE. Love you Jonathan!

Fact is, I could've gone all day with the tedium of why this president is a complete joke. It would take 2-3 entire pages of news print. He is a disaster. He will be soundly trounced next November, likely by Rick Perry and a strong running mate (there are many of them).

We will be paying for this radical fraud's grand scheme of transformation for years to come. There is not an easy fix for what him and his radical minions have done.

The media will not be easy to overcome since they will be, as of January of 2013, looking at a solid Republican house, senate and a Republican president and they will be super-duper PO'd.

Obama and all the ridiculous hysteria surrounding his Anointing will soon be for one for the history books alright. History noone will ever want to repeat.

God bless, have a great Labor Day weekend-----and again, read fast.

xxxooo, Mr. Kealing.

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 7 months ago

In other news: "We have the quote locked in on the White House web site, veritably written in stone. "At the same time, I have continued to underscore the importance of reducing regulatory burdens and regulatory uncertainty, particularly as our economy continues to recover." The Electric Reliability Council of Texas will certainly be glad to hear that. You see, they’ve been getting worried lately that if certain federal regulations go into effect, they could be in some serious trouble. Somebody should drop them a line and let them know they have nothing to fear, because they still seem to think the president is about to send them up the river without a paddle...." http://hotair.com/archives/2011/09/03/potus-who-opposes-regulatory-burden-about-to-create-emergency-condition-in-texas/

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AppologiesMyLiege 2 years, 7 months ago

Letter may have had some merit years ago. Years ago, when the baby boomers were younger. But, the Liberaltines throughout the years have succeeded in festering the country with people like themselves and they are getting irate. The grand master of Liberaltine ways is not working out. He is folding in their eyes. He is not stimulus enough. He talks sweet. He has a beautiful smile. But, his head is empty and lacking the killer instinct.

The Letter is correct for half of the population. Not the Liberaltines half.

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 7 months ago

The letter writer is quite boastful about the RINO frauds. Yet he leaves a good deal of history from his letter that which placed America in this economic quagmire. It ain't pretty in fact it looks to be the RINO economic policy written in stone. When a party repeats itself what else is there left to think considering the past 3 repub presidents have participated in economic quagmire aka wreckanomics by the New World Order doctrine.

None of which provided below demonstrates a fiscal conservative/socially responsible party.

All of which have played a significant role in the economic destruction of America. You decide.

  1. TABOR is Coming by Grover Norquist and Koch Bros sells out state governments, public schools,SRS services etc etc to private industry = Grab Your Wallets!

http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2005/0705rebne.html

  1. The Reagan/Bush Savings and under Bush/Cheney sent the economy out the window costing taxpayers many many $$ Loan Heist(Cost taxpayers $1.4 trillion), millions of jobs.loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance. http://rationalrevolution0.tripod.com/war/bush_family_and_the_s.htm

  2. Wall Street Bank Fraud on Consumers $ trillions, millions of jobs, loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance. http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2009/0709macewan.html

  3. ONLY 3 financial institutions instead of several were at risk so why $700 billion in bail out money? One of the biggest lies perpetrated to Amercan citizens http://www.democracynow.org/2009/9/10/good_billions_after_bad_one_year

Tax cuts which do nothing to make an economy strong or produce jobs. Tax cuts are a tax increase to others in order to make up the loss in revenue = duped again.

  1. Still A Bad Idea – Bush Tax Cuts - The ENTITLEMENT program for the wealthy at the expense of the middle class = duped one more time. http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2001/0301miller.html

In the end big debt and super duper bailouts were the results which does not seem to bother Republicans, as long as they are in power.

In fact, by the time the second Bush left office, the national debt had grown to $12.1 trillion:

  • Over half of that amount had been created by Bush’s tax cuts for the very wealthy.

  • Another 30% of the national debt had been created by the tax cuts for the wealthy under Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

• Fully 81% of the national debt was created by just these three Republican Presidents. http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2010/0111orr.html

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jafs 2 years, 7 months ago

Ah TS.

I'd forgotten about him.

So many errors, so little time - just one I'd like to point out - there's nothing shady or incorrect about the EPA regulating businesses in order to protect the environment.

EPA = Environmental Protection Agency

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 7 months ago

Illegal spying on the democrats by Richard Nixon can we say Watergate. Iran - Contra illegal and secret weapons deal using Iran as a partner under Reagan/Bush.

The letter writer is quite boastful about the RINO frauds. Yet he leaves a good deal of history from his letter that which placed America in this economic quagmire. It ain't pretty in fact it looks to be the RINO economic policy written in stone. When a party repeats itself what else is there left to think considering the past 3 repub presidents have participated in economic quagmire aka wreckanomics by the New World Order doctrine.

Let's take a look at this long documented history of economic destruction which cost taxpayers trillions of $$$ and a combined effort equaling 20 million lost jobs. The icing on the cake was quite liberally handing out credit cards to replace jobs that which provided citizens with large lines of credit. These large credit balances with sky high interest rates asking only for $5 per month payments put americans in big debt while the big corporate banks were raking in $$$ Trillions to their greedy profit cash boxes put America in a huge debt fiasco.

Oh What A RINO Feeling!!!

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 7 months ago

The republicans "SAY NO" policy to investing in america is not something to support or be proud of that is for certain. Since 1980 republicans dropped bipartisanship and chose instead to replace any republican that voted in a bipartisan fashion. Next thing we see are damn few republicans in the republican party yet the new group still call themselves republicans.

I call this new group of RINO's frauds. This makes Brownback a fraud without a doubt. This group of frauds have never been fiscally conservative nor socially responsible( closing SRS offices is one perfect example).

STOP electing RINO’s ! My My father in law left the RINO party because he is a fiscal conservative/socially responsible republican with at least 50 years under his belt. Evermore stunning he is working with the democrat party in Pennsylvania as a fiscal conservative/socially responsible republican. The Pennsylvania Democrats are quite pleased to have this man working with them.

The letter writer is a RINO.

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cato_the_elder 2 years, 7 months ago

"Other than...an overwhelming majority of African-Americans..., most people now see Obama as a failure to some degree."

Not sure whether the African-American vote is still as solid as it once was for Obama. While our national unemployment rate remains at 9.1%, unemployment among Africans-Americans jumped from 15.9% in July to 16.7% in August:

http://dailycaller.com/2011/09/02/obamas-terrible-horrible-no-good-very-bad-month/

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Mike Ford 2 years, 7 months ago

gee...shewmaniac makes an appearance...tell me how this works...oppose everything and cooperate on nothing and then blame the person being opposed by the same morons using the same tactics that blew up the deficit that Bill Clinton had to get rid of before he handed king dimwit a surplus that was squandered through pointless wars and unfunded medicaid programs meant to confuse seniors and wreck the federal government because that's the wish of dimwits everywhere...did I miss anything?

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Gandalf 2 years, 7 months ago

He might have had a better chance without all the right wing obstructioism. Everyone knows that the economy takes second place when it come to insuring he is only a one term president. I'm not happy with everything he's done, but there is no republican candidate who would be better,

By the way brownie's approval rating is around 42% in western Kansas after only 10 months. His change is alienating everyone.

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