Archive for Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Letter: Unbelievable

October 17, 2012


To the editor:

Does anyone believe anything that our current administration is telling us? Stephanie Cutter, one of President Obama’s campaign managers, was finally forced to stipulate, on CNN, that the reduction in “rates” as part of  Gov. Romney’s tax proposals would not cost $5 trillion, thereby dispelling the “liar, liar, pants on fire” argument by the White House after the first presidential debate.

Vice President Biden, in his debate, flatly lied about the HHS mandate and its requirements on religious institutions and was rebuked by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The story of the terrorist attack on the diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, has been told, rewritten, changed, told again, and now, finally, what the White House means is that specifically the president and the vice president did not know that Ambassador Stevens had requested additional security. We are supposed to believe that the intelligence coming out of Benghazi was initially flawed, but our intelligence is not flawed when it comes time to knowing whether Iran is almost nuclear armed. Really?

When held accountable by anyone, this administration has pointed the finger at anyone and anything but themselves. It would be refreshing for this president to stand up like a man and say, “This was my fault.” Here’s a question for all of you parents. What does your child look like when they are not telling you the truth? Answer: Barack Obama during the first presidential debate.


Bob Forer 5 years, 8 months ago

"What does your child look like when they are not telling you the truth? Answer: Barack Obama during the first presidential debate."

What about the second debate? Especially his characterization of the embassy attack as an act of terror. I guess the video tape of his Rose Garden speech was doctored as part of an intricate socialist conspiracy, and your boy romney was right.

Steve Jacob 5 years, 8 months ago

I am still trying to figure out why it was a big deal that the embassy attack was or wasn't called an act of terror the next day or five? Since when was waiting until all the facts came in a bad thing?

Bob Forer 5 years, 8 months ago

I agree with you. But the repubs made it an issue, and it apparently has blown up in their faces.

Satirical 5 years, 8 months ago


I think the issue is that even though ALL the facts hadn't come out, there was enough information to know that continuing to blame a video on the violence was likely false. In other words the argument is that the Obama Administration was lying to the American people about the reason for the attack so as to not appear weak on National Security.

Trumbull 5 years, 8 months ago

I also remember the Democrats and Republicans in congress working together in this time of crisis. Like President Obama said, I too find it offensive that some are using the Libya issue to win political points.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 8 months ago

Face it neither WOMEN nor Republicans nor Democrats nor the Middle class can afford the Republican Party!

-- Women will be getting more republican big government in there lives? It is on the way!

--- Public Education is a strong player in new Economic Growth yet republicans starve the system of funding which starves our teachers of resources. Which starves the desired level of education = stealing from our children’s future.

--- "Rebuilding America's Defences," openly advocates for total global military domination” (Very dangerous position which threatens OUR freedoms and the nations security)

--- The repub party declared the day Obama was elected their primary function would be to make Obama a one term president. Consequently their millions of NO votes became the disastrous campaign against women,The USA and jobs for Americans.

--- Ask yourself is the market value of your home worth less than your mortgage? How much market value have home owners lost since 2007? Trillions of $$$$.

--- Republicans want to kill PBS and NPR - NO I want my tax dollars to support PBS and NPR

Richard Heckler 5 years, 8 months ago

These republican economic policies are apparently entitlements that literally destroyed millions of jobs,economies,retirement plans. And made owning a home a risky investment - now that is remarkable. How can any republican or democrat afford this?

--- This ENTITLEMENT - Bailing out The Reagan/Bush Savings and Loan Heist aka home loan scandal sent the economy out the window costing taxpayers many many $$ trillions (Cost taxpayers $1.4 trillion), Plus millions of jobs, loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance.[

--- This ENTITLEMENT Bailing out the Bush/Cheney Home Loan Wall Street Bank Fraud cost consumers $ trillions, millions of jobs, loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance. Exactly like the Reagan/Bush home loan scam. Déjà vu can we say. Yep seems to be a pattern.

--- This ENTITLEMENT - Bush/Cheney implied many financial institutions were at risk instead of only 3? One of the biggest lies perpetrated to American citizens. Where did this money go? Why were some banks forced to take bail out money?

--- Do we need ALEC aka Publicopoly Exposed = ALEC?

--- Read .

--- Killing Social Security Insurance is simply not an option.

--- Killing Medicare Insurance is simply not an option.

anotherview 5 years, 8 months ago

I'll put out the fire. The truth is, it has been estimated the Romney tax plan will cost about $5 Trillion.

Sources: estimates it would cost $4.8 Trillion. The independent Tax Policy Center says it would cost $5 Trillion.

Bob Forer 5 years, 8 months ago

Richard Nixon had a "secret" plan to end the Vietnam War. Turns out that his so-called plan was no plan at all, unless you believe the ignominious fall of Saigon with overloaded helicopters leaving behind "friendlies" begging for their lives on the embassy ladders was a "plan."

Likewise, Romney has many non articulated plans to save our country which are perhaps best characterized as "You can Ask but I won't Tell."

It's amazing that that intelligent voters trust the methods and madness of this creep who aspires to our nation's highest office.

CLARKKENT 5 years, 8 months ago

SYCHO--He has a 5 point plan, you can ask, and he won't tell. [smile]

Ron Holzwarth 5 years, 8 months ago

Richard Nixon did not have a "secret" plan to end the Vietnam War, that's an exaggeration of what actually happened. The claim that he did have one was made by an overzealous supporter, not by Richard M. Nixon himself.

But that statement was politically expedient, so Nixon never refuted it by publicly making the statement that he didn't actually have one prior to the election.

Clipped from Wiki, and sourced:

"In the 1968 Presidential campaign, Richard Nixon stated that "new leadership will end the war" in Vietnam. He never used the phrase "secret plan", which originated with a reporter looking for a lead to a story summarizing the Republican candidate's (hazy) promise to end the war without losing. When pressed for details, Nixon retreated to the position that to tip his hand would interfere with the negotiations that had begun in Paris. Nixon never disavowed the term.[1] In his own memoirs, Nixon stated he never claimed to have such a plan. [2][3] Nevertheless, Nixon's critics have continued to accuse him of campaigning on a "secret plan" to end the war."

[1] "Richard M. Nixon Birthplace". National Park Service. Retrieved May 11, 2012.

[2] Ferris, Gary W. (1999). Presidential Places: A Guide to the Historic Sites of the U.S. Presidents. Winston Salem, N.C.: John F. Blair. ISBN 978-0-89587-176-3., page 209

[3] "Childhood". The Life. Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum. Retrieved July 16, 2011.

So it all ended up just the same, I suppose. Our involvement in Vietnam ended just about the same time as Nixon left office. What a coincidence.

It reminds me a bit of the humiliation that Jimmy Carter faced with the situation of the Americans that were taken hostage in Iran in 1979. The last 52 hostages were not released until right after Ronald Reagan had taken office as President of the USA.

"History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce."

  • Karl Marx

Ron Holzwarth 5 years, 8 months ago

But, TheSychophant, the nitpicking about Nixon isn't really addressing your real point, which was about how the Romney and Ryan plans seem to be talked about, but never satisfactorily explained. I tend to think that's not going to be done in any complete fashion, because they're not well thought out at all, as you've suggested.

I'm really worried about what is going to happen to the next generations, and with the Romney/Ryan ticket, I'm worried about the present one, after the suggested new policies in health care, national defense, and Social Security (including disabilities) take effect.

And of course there's the elephant in the room, the inflation of our currency. I don't see how that can be avoided.

Maybe Glinda, the Good Witch of the South, can come and help us. You know, like she helped Dorothy Gale get home after she had learned her lesson about having it made where she was at before she started wishing for changes.

Dan Eyler 5 years, 8 months ago

Not a single mention of creating jobs. Record number of women and children on foodstamps, more women living in poverty than any time in the history of the program. More blacks jobless than than any time in the past 30 years. Unemployment for black youth at more than 50% and black adults is between 15-20%. No energy policy, middle-class paying nearly 4 dollars a gallon for gasoline. Healthcare cost up and a loss of $4000 for middle class family income. This isn't hope, this is hopelessness, sad and degrading. Where is the hope, where is the future, where is the opportunity? It isn't foodstamps and a cell phone. It's a job and a paycheck for starters. Time for change has come.

Bob Forer 5 years, 8 months ago

Since when did people like you start caring about black folks?

Bob Forer 5 years, 8 months ago

You apparently have a very primitive education. The republican party of Lincoln used to be the progressive party in the United States, and the democratic party the conservative pro slavery party. things change in 150+ years.

Had you lived 150 years ago, you would have been a democrat.

Crazy_Larry 5 years, 8 months ago

Back when Republicans where considered as 'liberal'. Isn't it ironic?

jafs 5 years, 8 months ago

Do you understand how our system works, as a 3 branch system?

And, how the filibuster rules operate in Congress?

It seems that some think a president is like a king, which is incorrect.

John Hamm 5 years, 8 months ago

This one is close to it. He operates by Executive Order.

deec 5 years, 8 months ago

Obama has issued the fewest executive orders since Grover Cleveland.

jafs 5 years, 8 months ago

The D had about 4 months of a filibuster proof majority.

It's disturbing to me that so many people don't seem to understand what that means, and how our system works.

Trumbull 5 years, 8 months ago

And in those 4-months, it only took a couple of D's to vote the other way to stall a bill. Keep reminding people Jafs. I now think there is a terrible flaw in our legislative system. It is hard to get anything accomplished and it increasingly disenfranchises the American public.

jafs 5 years, 8 months ago


The filibuster rule is interesting - it gives the minority party more power, which all sides like when they're in the minority, but dislike when they're in the majority.

I think they should at least make them actually filibuster, rather than just threatening to do so.

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 8 months ago

You copied and pasted your own comment from yesterday. I answered you then.
I meant it then and nothing has changed in the last 24 hours.

beatrice 5 years, 8 months ago

They sure haven't made a big deal about Americans dying when presidents have lied in the past, so why are they starting now? Is it like their recently finding fiscal conservativism as well -- it is convenient when they are trying to get elected, but not so much when they are in power.

Trumbull 5 years, 8 months ago

Tax cuts trump the R's fiscal concern for balancing the budget.

CLARKKENT 5 years, 8 months ago

Not this Kansas faithful, I do remember the ones who were in office when my problems started. It started with Reagan, we got an 8 year reprive, and Bush finished it off. It took awhile to get here, now will take awhile to fix.

Crazy_Larry 5 years, 8 months ago

How can you tell when a politician is lying? Their lips are moving! Mittens is a politician too!

Bob Forer 5 years, 8 months ago

Where can I find my binder full of women?

Liberty275 5 years, 8 months ago

Did you leave it under the bathroom sink again?

Phil Minkin 5 years, 8 months ago

Why is it that Romney has a mantra of, if elected he will create jobs, when in the next breath he says the government can't create jobs? When he goes to war in Syria, Iran or somewhere else he will create plenty of jobs in munitions plants, at Haliburton and body bags makers.

Bob Forer 5 years, 8 months ago

"Binders full of women" - a lie, of course.

What actually happened was that in 2002—prior to the election, not even knowing yet whether it would be a Republican or Democratic administration—a bipartisan group of women in Massachusetts formed MassGAP to address the problem of few women in senior leadership positions in state government. There were more than 40 organizations involved with the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus (also bipartisan) as the lead sponsor.

They did the research and put together the binder full of women qualified for all the different cabinet positions, agency heads, and authorities and commissions. They presented this binder to Governor Romney when he was elected.

Romney’s claim last night, that he asked for such a study, is false.

Oh, and once he had those binders? He hired women for agencies he then cut the funding for.

There were actually fewer women in executive positions when Romney left office than there were when he started.

That scant man can't tell the truth about anything.

beatrice 5 years, 8 months ago

If only Republicans had questioned the false claim of WMDs this much, we might not have gone into a needless war.

Romney is desparate and trying to use anything he can to score some last minute political points. This is why he was criticizing the President before we even knew there had been Americans killed. Classless move on his part, and Obama (along with the moderator!) spanked him for it in the debate.

Armstrong 5 years, 8 months ago

I believe Barry when he said "If the economy has not turned around by the end of my first term I will be a one term president" We all know Barry is a man of his word .

beatrice 5 years, 8 months ago

The economy has turned around. We are gaining jobs, not losing them, the stock market is booming, forclosures are way down and housing prices are moving back upward, and we are on the road to recovery. We may not have made huge strides toward completely reversing the damage done during the last administration, but we have indeed turned things in the positive direction. Anyone denying that isn't facing the facts. You may not be happy with how much in positive strides have been made, but we absolutely are not still stliding downward.

Bob Forer 5 years, 8 months ago

Photobucket A mean-spirited, spoiled, petulant and whupped Mittens walks away mad. If it had been a game, Mitt would have taken his ball and went home

jayhawklawrence 5 years, 8 months ago

Well, this letter is very representative of the disrespect the Republican Party has had toward our President since his first day in office.

If for no other reason than this, I believe I have to hold them accountable when I to into the election booth.

When you disrespect the President of the United States you do the same to all of us.

deec 5 years, 8 months ago

The president was murdered by terrorists? When did that happen? Why is he lying about being murdered?

Armstrong 5 years, 8 months ago

Yes you could be attacked with art supplies

JackMcKee 5 years, 8 months ago

Has any political movement, in the history of mankind, had more idiots than the tea party? Every time one of these dolts opens his mouth I'm stunned by the stupidity that comes out. It's pathological.

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 8 months ago

I wrote a LTE that LJW refused to publish.
"Every time I see the words "Tea Party", I chuckle inwardly. It's obvious the people that formed and founded that party had no concept of American history. The Boston Tea Party was more in line with Occupy. It was an anti-corporate action against the East India Company, which had been given an exclusive Crown contract for all shipping into and out of the colonies and gave them a choke hold on all import and export. They used that contract to charge the colonists excessive fees for their services, for which they had no choice but to pay."
It reminds me of Sarah Palin and her assertion that Paul Revere rode to warn the British. The irony. It burns.

jafs 5 years, 8 months ago

LTE's are not fact checked - if they were, many of them would never be published.

whats_going_on 5 years, 8 months ago


Do you, author, ACTUALLY believe anything ANY politicians tell you?

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