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Simons’ Saturday Column: Commentators spur concerns about upcoming vote

September 29, 2012

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Driving across the country the past two days listening to talk radio, both conservative and liberal, leaves this writer confused, angry, puzzled, frustrated and frightened about the upcoming presidential election, now less than 40 days away.

The consequences of this election could be enormous, either for good or bad, depending on who wins.

The big news of the past two days, or at least the topic that commanded the most air time, is the murder of the American ambassador in Libya along with the other Americans, two current or former members of the U.S. Navy Seals and another individual trying to protect the ambassador.

Both conservative and liberal commentators and reporters agree President Obama and his top aides and spokespeople have either lied to or misled the American public about the attack, which killed the four Americans at the U.S. embassy. For days, Obama, his White House spokesman, his United Nations ambassador and his other aides continued to claim this was not an organized terrorist attack by those who hate America, but rather a spontaneous event resulting from anger over a video produced here in America.

It is frightening to see a president not shooting straight with the nation and, apparently, a large percentage of the public saying it is OK or that it isn’t that important.

If he can lie or mislead people about the killing, doesn’t this send a message that he can, perhaps has, lied about other critical situations? What could the country expect if he is re-elected?

Other topics covered by reporters included reports of various polls of probable voters and polls of the general citizenry.

Most of the polls reportedly showed a widening gap between Obama and his challenger, Mitt Romney, particularly in the so-called toss-up states that have sizable electoral votes. In these swing states, Obama is said to be pulling away from Romney due primarily to two factors: the so-called “Clinton bump” and Romney’s less-than-exciting campaign effort.

The Clinton bump, or stimulus, is what these political observers and commentators claim the Obama campaign received from Clinton’s speech at the recent Democratic National Convention.

The former president claimed Obama had inherited a terrible situation when he moved into the White House, that he has tried harder than any other president to improve and correct the situation, that no president has had more of an interest in the welfare of this country’s citizens, that he is a good man and that he needs and deserves four more years to get the job done. And the public, because Clinton has said this, believes these are the facts.

The message is: Things are better today than when Obama became president.

Others point out things are not better. In fact, by most every yardstick, things are worse. One commentator noted Obama, if he should win, would be facing worse conditions next year than he faced when he first moved into the White House.

Other concerns debated by the commentators include whether the media is terribly and openly biased in favor of Obama, why the FBI hasn’t been sent to Libya to get the facts about the killing of a U.S. ambassador, what message it sends to our enemies that the U.S. filmmaker who supposedly triggered the riots in the Middle East now is imprisoned, the damage done to this country’s image of strength and resolve, how the news can be and is manipulated, and, again and again, what message does it send to both Americans and those in other countries when the U.S. president lies or, being generous, tells half-truths?

Other concerns centered on Obama’s failure to measure up on many of his campaign promises such as transparency, building respect abroad, cutting unemployment numbers, reducing the national debt and not pitting one segment of our country against another.

It would be interesting to know what foreign visitors in this country would think about the upcoming election if they had spent two days listening to talk radio or listening to the TV sets in their motel rooms as they traveled across the country.

If it is confusing to Americans, what must it be like to foreigners who happen to be in the U.S. at this time or those living around the world?

Unfortunately, Uncle Sam does not enjoy the respect it once merited throughout the world. It is weaker in many respects. The U.S. citizenry is more divided today than it has been for decades. Our national debt has never been greater and our unemployed, under-employed and drop-out numbers are a disgrace.

Obama says he needs four more years, and yet, based on his record the past four years, there is little justification for optimism if he should be re-elected for another term.

Romney critics claim he is uninspiring, dull and almost dead.

He may not be the most exciting candidate and he certainly isn’t as eloquent as the president, but what’s important: making good speeches or getting the job done?

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Flap Doodle 1 year, 6 months ago

Another Border Patrol agent was murdered last night on what the current regime has called our safe and secure border with Mexico. It is likely that he was killed with a firearm that Holder's DOJ provided to the drug cartels. Want that to continue? Then vote for the Mope.

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JackMcKee 1 year, 6 months ago

Dolph, leave the heavy lifting on the Obama hate to Krauty. I'm seriously not surprised that Romney is your guy. You two have quite a bit in common.

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yourworstnightmare 1 year, 6 months ago

A question that Romney better have a good answer for in the debates:

How do your economic policies differ from those of George W. Bush, which resulted in the biggest economic collapse since the great depression?

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Bike_lover 1 year, 6 months ago

I think well of Mr. Romney and don't doubt that he's got a more seasoned management background than President Obama. My problem is that he's at the helm of the wrong party. I dread the thought of the GOP controlling Congress and the Executive Branch. They're just as bad as the Democrats at giving government favors to their backers, plus they are driven by elements whose social views are, in my opinion, backwards. They care more about females who are unborn than those who are alive at present. I don't believe that Romney personally has those views, but he hasn't shown the backbone to take a moderate course that would attract voters like myself and that is not encouraging.

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atiopatioo 1 year, 6 months ago

A friend is someone that has the same enemies as you have. Abe Lincoln

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atiopatioo 1 year, 6 months ago

This is a resoundingly great oration and address for all of us regardless of faith.

1:48 mark is the relevant part to voting.

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Armstrong 1 year, 6 months ago

Obama has a great record as President on the economy and foreign policy. Romney might actually be forced to debate Obama using his ideas and policies, not misguided attacks.

What world are you living in ?

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yourworstnightmare 1 year, 6 months ago

Swift boating won't work against Obama. When used against Kerry, it had a kernal of truth to it.

Attacking Obama on foreign policy is a swift boat attempt. Not a kernal of truth to it, so it won't work.

Obama has a great record as President on the economy and foreign policy. Romney might actually be forced to debate Obama using his ideas and policies, not misguided attacks.

Then again, what are Romney's ideas and policies? What time is it?

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Constitutional_Malfeasance 1 year, 6 months ago

Scott, Simons speaks for roughly half of Americans. This administration is dreadful.

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scott3460 1 year, 6 months ago

A poor effort, even by Dolph's diminishing standards. The embarrassing reasoning and intellectual sloth reminds me more than anything of a poor junior high schooler's "essay". The image of Dolph cruising the nation's byways all hopped up on AM hate radio and the paranoid ramblings of the like-minded conspiracy nuts is pretty revealing, however. It's no wonder his weekly offerings are such addled messes.

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Carol Bowen 1 year, 6 months ago

A follow up on Gareth's and Nightmares' posts. Romney's campaign strategy is to try to preempt the president to improve his own image as a candidate for president. His experience organizing the Olympics really is not comparable to running a country. Obama did not have much experience either. That's a representative democracy for you. My concern is the way Romney's trying to improve his image.

  1. Bobby Jindal manipulated the schedule of visits to Louisiana so that Romney would touch down before Obama.
  2. Romney has been critical of the diplomacy with Israel, Palestine, and Iran. His stated policies are old school. He has done nothing to suggest that his policies would apply to the current situation.
  3. I don't recall a candidate for president speaking at the U.N. before. That has to be confusing or amusing to other countries.
  4. Romney's campaign jumped on the Libya tragedy with a political response and no concern for the victims. The campaign has continued to snipe at the White House making it more difficult for the White House to deal with the problem.
  5. Romney's campaign is interfering with our diplomatic relations and possibly national security. He is way out of his league on foreign affairs.

Romney's domestic policies might work, put his foreign relations would be a disaster. Our troops are worn out. We did not follow past practices for relieving them. Many had four tours of active duty on the front lines. Now, we have to take care of their disabilities including post traumatic stress. How many disabled vets have been hiredin Lawrence?

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tange 1 year, 6 months ago

/ why can't conservatives get it right? it's bwaahahaha

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overthemoon 1 year, 6 months ago

There must be something wrong with your car radio. It seems to be broadcasting 2 week old news and twisting facts like a beboppin' teeny bopper on American Bandstand.

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Constitutional_Malfeasance 1 year, 6 months ago

Your worstnightmare, that is a very "trollish" post a few Minutes ago.....meant to provoke conversation. It is not something you truly believe is it, that Obama is a great president?

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Trumbull 1 year, 6 months ago

"It is frightening to see a president not shooting straight with the nation and, apparently, a large percentage of the public saying it is OK or that it isn’t that important."

If this video never existed (which would not be a bad thing), the opposition could have, and would have capitalized on this tragic event regardless. Remember, anything bad that happens is good news for the other side of the aisle. And because, the video actually did contribute to many riots and other violent demonstrations is evidence that the flick was not some invented conspiracy to deflect blame.

Coming to a definitive conclusion or statement as to the causes for this violence takes much longer than 24 hours to determine. Developments are ongoing and new information is coming in. At worst, the initial statements were premature and not handled properly. At best, the administration is continuing its investigation and determing what happened and why.

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yourworstnightmare 1 year, 6 months ago

The GOP are trying to attack Obama on one of his strengths, foreign policy. Just as they attacked Kerry about his military service.

Trouble is, john Kerry actually did throw away his medals, so that attack had a basis.

Obama is not as easy to swift boat, as he has a great record as president.

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notaubermime 1 year, 6 months ago

"The consequences of this election could be enormous, either for good or bad, depending on who wins."

I laugh whenever I read something like this. The president of the last 4 years was horribly unprepared for the job and has turned-out to be fairly inept at politics. The Congress of the last two years has been controlled by people with the singular talent of being completely incapable of actually governing the United States on even the most simple and routine tasks. Despite a proliferation of ineptitude:

A war has been concluded, the world's most infamous terrorist is dead and several top members of the most dangerous global terrorist organization have also been killed, the US economy is growing again, the stock market has rebounded, the unemployment rate has gone from rising dramatically to slowly declining, and the US housing market which played a large role in initiating the crisis has started to grow again.

There will be consequences no matter who wins the election, but they will not be enormous. If the current group could not have messed-up the nation enormously, I'm not sure anyone could.

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Constitutional_Malfeasance 1 year, 6 months ago

At least Obama ( I think) won't blame 43 in a 2nd term, would he? I fear most the unfortunate situation of the congress and Obama back in full control again. I don't believe we could hack it.

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Gareth 1 year, 6 months ago

It absolutely disgusts me that conservatives will attempt to use American deaths for political gain.

This is the party that wrapped itself in the 9/11 flag, but cut funding to first-responders.

This is the party that beats its chest and crows about our military, and yet will anonymously prevent a veterans' jobs bill from even going to a floor vote.

This is the party that used fear of terrorism to ram through every pork-barrel project from every podunk nowhere congressional district (as long as it was Republican), and yet scream to high heaven that the President is somehow "politicizing" things when he talks about giving the order to take out Bin Laden.

This is the party that goes on a crusade against "voter fraud", but the only fraud that's been occurring has been committed by GOP operatives (check the news from Florida, kids).

This is a party of scared, superstitious, weak, frightened older white people, terrified that the world is changing around them -- and who will be demographically irrelevant within the next decade or so.

Can't come soon enough.

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Gareth 1 year, 6 months ago

A prime example of the demographic that is, thankfully, growing old and dying off.

(And sorry, folks -- whine all you want, but the math can't be argued with.)

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WristTwister 1 year, 6 months ago

Rasmussen has Obama up by 2 (48 - 46). It's hard to believe that Romney is still in this race with the MSM so obviously in the tank in favor of the President. A case has been made that most of the polls have heavy Democrat biases that are unwarranted. I do not put a lot of stock in polls, but sources say that Rasmussen was the most accurate poll in the 2008 election. Is the election really slipping away from Romney, or are the majority of the polls basing their results on subjective assumptions in their data which has been manipulated to favor Obama? This administration has threatened one polling group with a lawsuit for not using what is considered the most recent polling techniques after they had previously released numbers that were not favorable to the President. Are the polls also in the tank for Obama? Are polls being intimidated by this administration into producing favorable results for President Obama? In the sports world when this happens, we say "that's why we play the game". In politics, that's why we have elections. Polls are often wrong and can be subjectively loaded with assumptions to yield false conclusions.

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Steven Gaudreau 1 year, 6 months ago

Boy you Libs turn into a bunch of cry babies when someone else states their opinion. Everyone, rep and dems have stated the Obama admin botched this Libya event. Admit it and move on. Dont try and rewrite history and say Obama said it was terrorists the next day because that is a lie. Who even cares. This is as lame as when demos were faulting GW for not immediately knowing 9/11 was terrorists.

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yourworstnightmare 1 year, 6 months ago

Dream on, mr Simons.

When you have nothing else, self delusion is just the ticket.

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rockchalk1977 1 year, 6 months ago

For purely political reasons, it was in Obama's best interests to not portray the attack as a terrorist incident, especially one that took place on the anniversary of 9/11. Instead the Obama administration kept the focus on what was ultimately a red herring, anger in the Arab world over anti-Muslim video posted on YouTube. With coordinated message discipline, Obama was able to combine an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Egypt with the deadly assault in Benghazi. Obama and his band of useful idiots were also able to dismiss pointed questions by referring to an "ongoing investigation". When the head of the National Counter-terrorism Center was asked pointblank whether it was a an act of terror, the Obama administration talking points began to shift like a wind turbine in western Kansas. Yet Obama himself resisted using the “t” word, even as late as Tuesday, while keeping the focus on the video in his speech to the U.N. General Assembly.

On Wednesday, Jay Carney acknowledged that Obama himself believes the attack was terrorism, and so more than two weeks after the attack the Rubicon finally was crossed. If you look at the timeline of Obama administration statements, showing the evolution in talking points, you will see a deliberate effort to steer the story away from more politically damaging questions. Clearly Obama didn't want a "terrorist attack" on his resume 40 days before the election and he made every attempt to cover it up Watergate style. Just another reason the Liar-in-Chief Obama is not fit to be re-elected POTUS. Romney Ryan 2012!

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beatrice 1 year, 6 months ago

Mitt Sliddin' Away / Mitt Slidding Awaaay / You know the nearer his destination / The further Mitt 's sliddin' away

Hillary 2016!

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beatrice 1 year, 6 months ago

"The former president claimed Obama had inherited a terrible situation when he moved into the White House ..."

One more note -- is Dolph trying to suggest that Obama's inheriting of a terrible situation is only a "claim" and that it isn't an actual fact? Wow, even for Dolph that is a bold attempt at partisan journalism.

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beatrice 1 year, 6 months ago

If the owner of a newspaper is going to call a sitting president a liar -- a pretty bold statement that gives courage to our national enemies -- the least he can do is support it with some evidence, perhaps even some investigative reporting. Without proof, Dolph C. Simons, jr. is proving himself yet again to be nothing but a wealthy political hack who happens to own a newspaper.

Reading national newspapers, listening to the radio and watching television, this writer can sense the panic starting to build among Republicans. Honestly, what did they expect -- they nominated Mitt Romney, someone their own party could barely stomach! Why do you think people like Cain, Bacchman, Gingrich, Perry, and Santorum were actually considered front runners for a time. Even Republicans don't like Romney, so why should the rest of the country? Romney was just the apparent best among a really bad lot of candidates, but just nominating him won't turn him into a likable nominee.

I recommend Republicans start thinking about who they will run against Hillary in 2016, because this election is nearly over except for the four more years of whining and continued false statements.

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woodscolt 1 year, 6 months ago

The dolphster as well as the rest of the right wing only want to exploit the deaths of 4 Americans for their sicko political posturing and couldn't care less about the lives that were lost. They couldn't care less about what Obama did or didn't do. They only are doing what they always do, political posturing and lying. Romney lies about 27 percent of the times his mouth moves and sound comes out. You can easily see that he will continue this if he were president. How many wars will he lie us into. How many catastrophes will he lie us into and them blame them on the next president. Sorry Dolph, no one more scary than you.

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Mixolydian 1 year, 6 months ago

To everyone that says, "well Bush lied too"

or

"well look at the deficits Bush ran up too."

You're half way there by recognozing that lies and deficits are bad.

But Bush isn't running for president, the current liar, deficit spending individual is.

That may not tell you who to vote for, but it tells you who not to vote for.

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Trumbull 1 year, 6 months ago

There were many protests, riots, and several attacks on or shortly after 9-11-12. Some were a direct response to the film. US intelligence has revised its assesment on the Lybian embassy attack as more information is becoming available.

Here is what President Obama said the next day:

President Barack Obama, in September 12 remarks about the tragedy, vowed that "no acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation." ---- Yahoo News

So in my opinion, I do not believe that the President or US intelligence lied ot attempted to mislead the public. Fox News, Romney and others just might be trying to capitalize on this tragic event for political purposes.

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Constitutional_Malfeasance 1 year, 6 months ago

A well-deserved blistering opinion by Simons. I've read a few of his and he's doing what I hope Romney does next Wednesday. This president and his words and actions need to be attacked straight on. Romney can not afford to go soft. He needs to go after Obama on every shady deal, every constitutional usurping, every lie, every bit of incompetence and everything else he has done to try and cause the downgrading of America's standing in the world. The media does not try to hide their interests in re-electing Obama. A few like Simons tell it like it is. Obama simply put, needs to go. I fear the 4-5 voting blocks he focuses on could be tough to top. Again, Romney need not hold back. I would go ballistic next Wednesday were I Romney. I would look at him, point my finger at him and pointedly call him a liar and a Marxist and a danger to America if I were Romney. Don't try to debate him, destroy him.

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oneeye_wilbur 1 year, 6 months ago

BTW, Bert Nash is hiring counselors starting December 1, 2012 to assist in the potential suicides when Romney becomes President. Lawrence, KS will never be the same.

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oneeye_wilbur 1 year, 6 months ago

2nd paragraph, so non comittal. Why can't an editor take a strong position on a topic? Mr. Simons, the paper is yours. Take a stand!

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Mike Ford 1 year, 6 months ago

oh birthers.....why don't you listen to 88.1 or 92.3 fm today for your eagle forum live or your phyllis schafley or your jay sekulow or any other bit of your churchlican fascist nonsense....guess what you've been studied especially if you listen to this nonsense. I love hearing all of the crazy conservative banter from the people calling in when I work on saturdays and have to hear this nonsense. I must say crazy is entertaining in a driving up on an accident kind of way. I hope to hear sageonpage call into phyllis schafley some day......how entertaining....

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rockchalk1977 1 year, 6 months ago

Obama lies people die! Let's elect a real leader in November. Romney Ryan 2012.

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tange 1 year, 6 months ago

Don't you just love the way the political season reveals people... cross country drivers wearing no pants; Mitt Romney wearing them on his head....

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CountyResident 1 year, 6 months ago

Thank you for sharing with your readers that you get your ideas from talk radio. That says volumes . I'm reminded of the Katie Couric interview of Sarah Palin in 2008, when she asked her "what newspapers do you read".

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nomansland 1 year, 6 months ago

More mindless drivel from the Urinal World's finest. Republicans are a scared bunch these days. Their party is in deep trouble and they know it. So now begins the desperation and hate tactics.

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Armstrong 1 year, 6 months ago

The KS electoral is voting Mitt, nuff said

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Phillbert 1 year, 6 months ago

"Driving across the country the past two days listening to talk radio, both conservative and liberal..."

Now I know he's lying, and in the very first sentence. There's no such thing as liberal talk radio.

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 6 months ago

About socialism that which has been prominent in the USA more years than I am old. We know it as corporate subsidies aka tax dollar moochin...

Shocked Shocked To Find Socialism in Ameirca

East Otis, Mass. - The less some Americans know, the more strident and voluble they become. Take socialism. The wailing about it over healthcare reform proves my proposition.

Shrill critics menacingly brandish "socialism" to terrify the unthinking, forgetting – or willfully ignoring – that while the United States is capitalist, it's also hip deep in various modes of socialism.

Republicans apparently don't know that it was their beloved President Theodore Roosevelt who in 1912 proposed national health insurance for all.

Some American critics of socialized medicine cite nightmarish accounts of bungled medical treatment abroad, boasting that America has the best medical system in the world.

As a foreign correspondent, I lived in Britain, Germany, Israel, and the Soviet Union and did not discover any sapping of a nation's vital essences because the public enjoyed publicly funded national health insurance.

As a US citizen who lived more than two decades abroad, I found socialized national health insurance programs are often more compassionate and charitable than what I have seen with profit-driven, private insurance companies in the United States.

Some years ago my former wife took my sons on a driving tour of Britain and became involved in an accident. My elder son had a badly broken leg and was taken to a hospital for six weeks until his leg healed. Although I didn't live in Britain at the time, the British National Insurance system paid all his hospital and doctor bills. When I offered to reimburse the hospital, the British charitably declined and only charged me $35 for a crutch my son used to hobble aboard a plane home to America.

A decade ago, a federal report shocked the nation by suggesting that our modern medical system was one of the leading causes of death in America. It called for cutting the rates of medical mistakes in half within five years. But it's only gotten worse. Today, preventable medical injuries kill some 200,000 Americans each year.

http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/0916/p09s02-coop.html

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 6 months ago

Also this new breed of republican introduced a foreign policy that most in the world will never accept. The war for oil control is the perfect example of why this policy stinks.

Bringing republicans back to power brings back this very right wing imperialistic foreign policy position.

"Rebuilding America's Defences," openly advocates for total global military domination” (Very dangerous position which threatens OUR freedoms and the nations security) http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Project_for_the_New_American_Century Here are four consequences:

--- we need to increase defense spending significantly if we are to carry out our global protection for Wal-Mart,Oil,Coca Cola,Pepsico,diamonds,gold etc etc etc

--- we need to strengthen our ties to dictator regimes friendly to American interests and Bogus values;

--- we need to promote the cause of the political right wing and economic rape for corp USA abroad;

--- we need to accept responsibility for America's unique role in forcing others to accept our corrupt principles.

Such a reckless policy of military strength and immoral clarity may not be fashionable today. But it is necessary if the United States is to build on the extortions of this past century and to ensure our security and our greatness no matter how many innocent USA soldiers die.

The Plan

http://www.antiwar.com/orig/stockbauer1.html

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Project_for_the_New_American_Century

http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1312540,00.html

http://www.commondreams.org/views04/0208-05.htm

Followed by taking down our nations financial institutions !

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 6 months ago

Mr Simon about President's not shooting straight instead bringing economic chaos at a mammoth cost to USA citizens. Must be a memory problem in the arena.

Neither Republican nor Democrat Upper Middle Class/Middle class can afford this new breed of a Republican Party.

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

Let's talk about republican entitlements that have literally destroyed jobs,economies and retirement plans. And made owning a home a risky investment - now that is remarkable.

DC republican entitlements have been successful at wrecking our economy big time twice in the past thirty years. Because of the pattern I am convinced it is their economic policy established under the direction of Reagan/Bush.

Bush/Cheney accomplished a remarkable achievement by destroying the world economy which of course makes it difficult for the USA to bounce back quickly. The question becomes how in the world did they sucker financial institutions worldwide into buying bundles upon bundles upon bundles of bad USA home loans worth trillions of dollars in bad debt?

What an incredible and criminally insane economic policy? I don't believe the entire world can afford the economically reckless new republican party that was born in 1980.

Again let's talk about republican entitlements that literally destroyed jobs,economies,retirement plans. Again making owning a home a risky investment - again this is remarkable.

--- 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. http://rationalrevolution0.tripod.com/war/bush_family_and_the_s.htm

--- 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. http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2009/0709macewan.html

--- 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? http://www.democracynow.org/2009/9/10/good_billions_after_bad_one_year

Is the market value of your home worth less than your mortgage? How much market value have home owners lost since 2007? Yes still trillions in losses.

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SageonPage 1 year, 6 months ago

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Paul R Getto 1 year, 6 months ago

It is frightening to see a president not shooting straight with the nation and, apparently, a large percentage of the public saying it is OK or that it isn’t that important.

Hmmmm....we have been through all this before. Remember W and Iraq, to cite one example.

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Thomas Bryce 1 year, 6 months ago

"It is frightening to see a president not shooting straight with the Nation and, apparently, a large percentage of the public saying it is OK or that it isn't that important." Where was this concern when W. was in office? Your concern, Dolph, is ironic and hypocritical to say the least. I smell fear, desperation and panic. Love your columns. Keep up the good work.

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observant 1 year, 6 months ago

Further point for Dolph, when traveling, listen to something besides talk radio, And do something besides stay in your hotel room and listen to Fox.

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observant 1 year, 6 months ago

Dolph's Saturday columns arealways consistent. Attack KU or the Democrats or the alternate praise anything Republican.

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cowboy 1 year, 6 months ago

I am not frightened not nor confused. The recent events gave us a true read on how candidates either are experienced enough to deal with world events or are complete frauds. The Libya event is old news , it has been judged and if you would like to continue to beat the Romney drum you only appear ill informed or delusional.

We are better than four years ago. Were stable ! Were moving slowly back up . You can't wave wand and solve an issue this deep. The congress has been entirely uncooperative by design. When congress votes no on a Vets jobs bill they have sunk to the bottom of the pond. Yet they have time to worry about womens contraception rights , abortion , and fake repeal AHCA votes.

Your fractured view of the country speaks more about your myopic selective bias than it does about the state of the country. Take a look at the polling. Your losing , your losing badly in the battleground. Oh you'll win in Kansas where stupidity is a staple.

The recent Republican mantra of fake morals , rich people , and constitutional chanting is being soundly rejected by the country. Too bad it will take another two years to get rid of a fair amount of congress so we can get something done in Washington.

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saraj 1 year, 6 months ago

Mr. Simons, Try to listen to less Rush Limbaugh. Thanks to hear_me for the excellent response to your column. One would think that - if you are truly concerned about someone lying - you would mention Romney's record on that.

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Carol Bowen 1 year, 6 months ago

The Attack on our embassy in Libya was terrible. All the armchair strategists seem to know how this tragedy could have been avoided and what to do next. Try these thoughts.

-The Middle East is complicated. There are different tribes, cultures, and religions. There is no simple solution.

  • When we encourage democracy in another country, that country is free to ally with the U.S. or against the U.S.

  • It does not make sense for the general public to demand sensitive information. There is no way any of us have the knowledge, skill, or ability to handle a situation like Libya or Syria. Look at what we've done in congress.

  • Armchair diplomacy and military strategy interfere with what needs to happen. We push to get information, and then turn around and scold the White House for releasing too much information. We do not know the circumstances of the events. We should give the Whitehouse time to assimilate the facts. I fault the media for all the armchair panic.

-One has to wonder if the turbulent countries don't manipulate us or use our campaigns as a propaganda tool.

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Carol Bowen 1 year, 6 months ago

If the writer wants to be frightened, no, terrified, he should worry about the congress that brought our economy to its knees last year and will do so again this fall when they renig on the budget cutting agreement. Surely, the writer has read in financial news that business cannot add jobs until they know what the tax cuts and tax revenues will be for next year. Businesses have hunkered down, so have consumers. I challenge the writer to list bills where the GOP has compromised with the Democrats and Independents to actually make something happen. The party of NO is alive and well. We are approaching the 'fiscal cliff'. Now, that's scary.

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/rulings/pants-fire/

p>www.politifact.com has a list of promises kept, promises not kept, and compromise.

If the writer wants to claim bias, go for it. At least the writer would have something substantial to reference.

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oneeye_wilbur 1 year, 6 months ago

Mr Simons, this writer driving around Lawrence is left puzzled, angry and confused reading about the local city commissioners and their backdoor schemes. Problems at home, you know!

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