published Friday, May 20th, 2011

GOP not honest with the people

LETTERS TO THE EDITORS

GOP not honest with the people

It seems clear to me that the Republican Party is not honest with the people.

They claim to want to reduce the debt of the country but refuse to take away billions in tax breaks for an industry that clearly does not need it, the oil industry.

If the tax breaks came with conditions resulting in the creation of more domestic oil production then possibly they could be justified.

There does not appear to be any conditions on these tax breaks.

ROGER THOMPSON

Coffee County

Fleischmann touts ‘trickle down’ lies

Recently, Rep. Chuck Fleischmann wrote me a letter defending his vote to dismantle Medicare. The Ryan bill, which he embraces, is an assault on America and our social values. While slashing funds for the elderly, the poor, the uninsured, and single mothers, it bestows on the uber-rich and the corporate elite even more tax cuts.

Republicans keep selling the same old snake oil. There are some morons who keep waiting for the money that our government gives the rich to “trickle down.” Many of those morons have been waiting since Reagan’s presidency for that flow of cash to reach the bottom.

The Republicans behind the Ryan bill are the same hypocrites that claim the “free market” is the solution to every problem. Yet when the Democrats propose ending government subsides for oil companies, they fight tooth and nail to maintain this welfare program for Big Oil.

Fleischmann states unequivocally that the plan he supports will reduce the Medicaid rolls. So what happens with those people, Chuck? I guess they just have to pay for their medical care out of their trust funds like you do. One day Americans will finally see that you and your Teabag ilk are only motivated by greed.

TERRY STULCE

Americans’ rights slipping away

When I see the news and what is going on in other countries concerning human and constitutional rights, I feel lucky to live in the United States.

But am I really that lucky?

Cops are given the right to bust in our door if they suspect something is going on. It sounds like the SS from Nazi Germany is coming our way.

What is going to be allowed next? Are they going to be able to gather us up and ship us to the concentration camps that are awaiting us already setup?

Police or no police, an intruder is an intruder and this is something that should be considered seriously because it will result in the death of many officers and innocent people.

I am tired of our rights slowly slipping away from us and believe it is time for the American public to really take a stand on what is going on around us.

Not only is our government corrupt, but we have these large corporations taking over our country and ruling it.

Who makes the laws in the U.S.? This was foreseen over 30 years ago, yet nobody wanted to put a stop to all of this. So here we are.

PENNY FURMAN

Cleveland, Tenn.

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ceeweed said...

Roger, Terry, and Penny: The points you make are on the mark. Repubs are eager to call health care reform socialized medicine, Yet we have a socialized oil and gas industry, a socialized pharma industry, and a socialized banking industry. Billions of dollars in tax breaks to big oil is ludicrous, Privatized profits and socialized losses is the mantra of Wall Street, Medicare part D was nothing more than a gift to Big Pharma. No elected official should receive group health insurance that is subsidized by the tax payers. Let them all buy their coverage on the open market. Let them all fund their own retirements and do away with their tax payer funded pensions for life. I think we have all benefited from "Trickle Down Economics", if you are into golden showers. Remember, we the people are the ones who have elected these goose stepping goons to serve our best interest.

May 20, 2011 at 7:55 a.m.

Good points, ceeweed. No repub seemed to have a problem socializing the banking industry and they have a stroke when you threaten Big Oil (the cuts would be like peanuts to them seeing as how they made a combined trillion dollar profit last fiscal year). It's tolerated when it suits their interests and the repubs are in Big Oil's pockets. Now more and more people are beginning to realize what many have already known.

May 20, 2011 at 8:20 a.m.
chet123 said...

Hello Libertarian...think i remember a certain party pushed north america free trade agreement in the 90's(republican) saying that out sourcing would benefit the american people.....Well it did...the rich American investor getting cheap labor and max their return at american workers expense..Oh yeah the mulatto, kenya,terrorist,socialist,arab,communist,lefty,boogeyman President save thousands of American job bailing out GM..and GM are now making profits "GREAT MOVE MULATTO IN-CHIEF"

May 20, 2011 at 9:34 a.m.
chet123 said...

Republican rep. Chuck Fleischmann days are numbered...he forgot he's representing the people in Tennesee district 3(working class district with lot of elders)..how is that for you he's just another "SNAKE OIL SALEMAN"..Barely been in Washington 2 years and already have changed....the voter will change him in 2012

May 20, 2011 at 9:51 a.m.
Leaf said...

L4F, whenever you make those blatant racist remarks, you lose all credibility and the reader is distracted from any point you were trying to make by that big neon "Ignorant Bigot" sign buzzing over your head.

May 20, 2011 at 3:04 p.m.
brokentoe said...

Penny Furman, you're right and the people were warned, but they thought it would only affect the guy down the street and not them personally.

May 20, 2011 at 5:09 p.m.
chet123 said...

libertarian..then get back at the black boogeyman...can you talk issues without injecting race..MAN! You are cosume with two things..and its eating you up...that Obama and race...you are too busy creating a boogeyman...this is a different time....how old are you ???? The majority of people dont care!!! Obama was elected by white electors....wake up man!!

May 20, 2011 at 7:10 p.m.
makinuptime said...

In the last 40 years we have proven consistently that we know how to communicate. We discuss, debate, harass, fight, have studies and yah da, yah da, yah da. We just don't do anything to control the vermin that winds up in corporate business or government. They can isolate, deny, lie about the things that need resolving. They can even go to the past and remove good that has been enacted. We are at a point in history where something we call America and Democracy are going to be eliminated if cohesive action isn't taken at a "oh yeah" "grass roots level".

How do we salvage this for my son???? Just like your children!!!

I think I would be a suicide bomber if I thought it would make a difference. Isn't that why they do it? If you don't understand this just skip it!!

May 26, 2011 at 11:53 p.m.
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