published Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

'Feminism not narrowly defined' and more Letters to the Editor

Feminism not narrowly defined

I would like to help a writer (letter, Dec. 8) with his logic problem. It seems he thinks feminists are all lesbians and that they are female. I'll give you a definition from Merriam-Webster: feminism is "the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes." A feminist is someone who believes in this theory. They may be telling you to "stay out of our bedrooms" because they don't want you in there, and the contraceptive part is they are telling you they don't want to have babies. Any questions?

PHILIP HETZLER

Spend less, tax less is the answer

It's long been the Democratic song "the rich can afford to pay more taxes and therefore should." I am not one of the wealthy. Raising the tax rate on "those who can afford it" will never lower the national debt as long as Congress continues to spend money faster than all previous administrations combined.

Democrats never believe the solution is just spending less. Raising the tax rate will only result in increased spending. Who will you raise taxes on after taxing the rich doesn't work? Few options there. Having the intelligence and desire to get ahead in life is not a crime and should not be penalized. Can you name a millionaire not in Congress who contributed to raising the national debt? Expecting the wealthy to pay debts they didn't create is unfair and won't solve the problem Congress adds to every day. The wealthy are experts at passing those taxes on to the middle and lower classes. The government cannot place a burden on the wealthy the rest of us will not pay. Robin Hood politics won't work. Stop uncontrolled spending and solve the problem.

MICHAEL K. GOULD

Move savings out of the dollar

What is happening in Washington concerning the so-called "fiscal cliff" is a farce. The problem is not about Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid or taxes on the super rich. If we did not have the monetary system of the Federal Reserve Act of 1913, we could get by without the income tax. The income tax was the brainchild of J.P. Morgan in 1910 to pay the debt on debt money creation by the banks. This is a very complex system that was made complex by the developers so that the people would not know what is going on with their money. This also includes a lot of the people in Washington trying to sort this whole mess out.

In 200 words nobody can describe what the problems are with our monetary system. To educate yourself and protect what you have accumulated, go to www.monetary.org to get started. It is too late to change the system before it collapses, but if you have savings you should get out of the dollar!

WILLIAM B. BETTS

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Livn4life said...

So women "don't want to have babies" eh, Philip Hetzler, and they don't want the us, whomever the "us" is, in their bedrooms. How inconsistent. They do not want "us" ie taxpayers in their bedrooms but they sure don't mind if we pay for their contraception which is not really healthcare for all. Let me make a suggestion if they "don't want to have babies," STOP HAVING SEX! But oh then we get into morality and we have heard the leftist mantra "you can't legislate morality" for years. My question is then what do "you legistlate?" At some point, you can't have it both ways, as leftists seem to want for themselves. Either the "us" will be in your bedroom or you(feminism of whatever sexual gender or preference)pay for your own contraception. It is that simple.

December 12, 2012 at 9:40 a.m.

Livn4life, you are laboring under a misapprehension, namely that you are paying for their healthcare. Why do you think that's true? Have you been so misled by Rush Limbaugh that you don't realize that people who pay for their own health insurance are covered by this regulation?

Let me make a suggestion for you, learn the reality of a situation rather than mouth complaints that are inaccurate.

MICHAEL K. GOULD, you claimed that Congress is continuing to spend money faster than all previous administrations combined. This is incorrect. A real analysis of spending shows it has gone up less than even the previous, let alone wartime issues.

And I would say any millionaire who lobbied Congress for their own benefit would count as a debt-raiser. And actually, while you can believe that the wealthy just desire to get ahead in life, the pursuit of money has actually been long recognized as a path of peril. Ambition is an easy step to less worthy notions. But while you are right to be concerned that the rich will try to tax more from others in the event of their taxes going up (which is itself evident of how the rich can succumb to evil) there are ways to deal with that.

In any case, austerity politics will not work. Starvation does not lead to prosperity and the fear that the rich will extract from the poor is ignoring how they already are.

December 12, 2012 at 11:22 a.m.

Livn4life, if you checked the letter then you would have known what I was talking about. Healthcare was never brought up. I was pointing out that the letter I was responding to did not understand feminism. You just come off crazy with your hunt for an agenda to grip about. The original letter was indicating Lesibians wanting birth control. Find a different soapbox and do not attach your grandstanding agenda to my simple lesson.

December 13, 2012 at 10:45 p.m.
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