E-mail letters, April 14, 2011

Ryan’s budge proposal is
based on Rand’s philosophy

Since the publication of Rep. Paul Ryan’s Republican federal budget proposal, a lot of people have been trying to pinpoint its philosophical underpinnings. This is no longer a mystery since the
revelation that Ryan is a dedicated disciple of the late cult novelist-philosopher Ayn Rand, author of “The Fountainhead” and “Atlas Shrugged.”

Ryan’s devotion to Rand’s philosophy of “objectivism,” — which holds that the only moral social system is one which fully recognizes individual rights and the only system which meets that criteria is
what she described as “full, pure, uncontrolled, unregulated laissez-faire capitalism” — explains why the Republican budget heavily favors the rich, penalizes the poor and elderly, is anti-environment, 
and destroys the idea that a social compact between citizens is vital to a vibrant society.

John Galt, the main character in “Atlas Shrugged,” arrogantly proclaims, “The man at the top of the intellectual pyramid contributes the most to all those below him, but gets nothing except his material
payment ... The man at the bottom who, left to himself, would starve in his hopeless ineptitude, contributes nothing to those above him, but receives the bonus of all their brains.”

Galt then concludes, “The world will change when you are ready to pronounce this oath: I swear by my Life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, not ask another man to live
for the sake of mine.”

The Republican budget proposal showcases Rand’s belief that only the elite have any worth in our society, and anyone under them are nothing more than useless parasites.

Is this really the kind of country we want? I certainly hope not.
E. Michael Ervin
Grand Junction

Meat cleaver policy better
than Dems’ bulldozer approach

It’s perfectly consistent that Dr. Michael Pramenko is critical of Rep. Paul Ryan’s plan to correct the economic calamity known as Obamacare, when he accuses Ryan of using a meat cleaver instead of a scalpel. After allPramenko offered little, if any, criticism of the Democrats’ plan to change health care as Obamacare was being rammed through the House and Senate. He certainly offered nothing that implied a careless, reckless attempt by Democrats at passing such health care legislation.

I use the term health care legislation loosely as that was the excuse, not the intent, nor will it be the result, of Obamacare.
If we are going to use clever analogies to describe efforts to derail Obamacare, then it is appropriate to use them to describe the passage of it.  To me, it’s obvious that Obamacare was pushed through in the dead of night by three blind stooges using a bulldozer with no headlights. Doubt me?  Remember, no one knew what was in it. It had to be passed to find out what was in it.
Pramenko specifically took Ryan to task for Ryan’s attempt to correct problems associated with Medicare. Before anyone should criticize Ryan, he needs to recall the Democrats’ solution for Medicare in the Obamacare legislation. The Democrats took $500 billion out of Medicare and shifted it to Social Security, saying that they had made Social Security solvent while making Medicare more cost effective. Or maybe they said they had made Social Security more cost effective and Medicare solvent. I can’t remember. It doesn’t matter. Either way, it is absolute nonsense.
It appears to me that Ryan’s plan more closely resembles a laser scalpel in effectiveness than a meat cleaver.  Yet even a meat cleaver is an improvement in precision over the Democrats’ bulldozer pushing for ever-larger, more intrusive government using the alias of health care legislation
Rick L. Coleman
Grand Junction

Gunnison toddler alive
thanks to St. Mary’s staff

One year ago today our daughter, Delaney Rose, was released from the St. Mary’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, where she had lived for 80 days. She was born on a snowy Gunnison day and was rushed to Grand Junction because she was 14 weeks premature and weighed only 1 pound, 15 ounces.

No one can prepare you for an event like this in your life, and we know that Delaney couldn’t have survived those 80 days without all the help from the extremely talented doctors and nurses at St. Mary’s. Our family owes all of them a special thank you for helping Delaney hang tough, even when things didn’t seem so good.

The good news is that she has worked hard and is doing great! We love her very much and have done everything we can to help her thrive and enjoy her new world.

Delaney is more than a year old now, and on April 30 our family will be traveling back to Grand Junction to walk (yes, she is walking) at the March of Dimes Walk for Babies. The money raised funds important research and programs that help babies like Delaney that are born too early. If you’re looking for a charity to donate to this year, she is living proof that your money will be well spent.

From all of us in the Diamond family, a heartfelt thank you to each and every person at St. Mary’s NICU. We have been humbled by your dedication and kindness.
Brandon and Jennifer Diamond

Prosecute bank execs
instead of Barry Bonds

After reportedly spending $50 million of our tax dollars to prosecute former baseball star Barry Bonds for lying about steroid use (it was not illegal at the time) the government has secured a “victory” of sorts on a minor charge. Whoopee!

In the meantime, not a single Goldman Sachs or other bank executive has been prosecuted, much less gone to jail, for the outright fraud and criminal manipulations that caused the 2008 worldwide financial collapse, and cost millions of Americans their jobs and lifetime savings. The fraud included recommending investors buy securities with one hand, and then betting against those same securities with the other.

What gives? The media, and even our government prosecutors, seem more concerned with the minor transgressions of Barry Bonds, Lindsey Lohan and other celebrities, than in bringing justice to those who have really harmed us. Where are our national priorities?
Andy Wiessner

Obama is a great orator,
but speeches are deceptive

President Obama is quite the orator. He can give a speech like few others. The real problem with most of Obama’s speeches is that they are deceptive.

Unfortunately, his followers don’t listen to the words he says. They look at the way he says them and he knows this and that is how he gets elected.
The president finally came out on April 13 with his plan for spending cuts. He was forced into this because of his lack of leadership on the budget of 2011. He has basically been AWOL. That budget should have been passed last October when the Democrats had both houses of Congress.

His current so-called spending reduction plan was really nothing more than a campaign speech riddled with platitudes and no real specifics. Just more hope and change, yes we can crap. Typical Obama.

He said he wants to reduce the expenditures in the tax code. That sounds good. Most of us want government to reduce spending. He claims that the federal government spends $132 billion in mortgage and contribution deductions. So, the way to eliminate or reduce that expenditure, ie. spending is to reduce or eliminate the tax deduction on mortgage interest and charitable giving. To come up with that kind of convoluted thinking you first have to believe that all money is the
government’s and they just let us have some.

This is typical Obama talk. He spins the words into something that he thinks people will accept. If he came right out and said ; I am going to eliminate the mortgage interest deduction and contribution giving deductions from the tax code people would be outraged. The man is not an honest broker. He cannot be trusted.

Liberals criticize the GOP,
but offer few solutions

Some of the liberal-leaning letters to the editor and opinion columns are astonishing, but very informative. They are informative because they give us insight into the liberal mindset so that we conservatives can see what we are up against in trying to rescue our economy from destruction by

For liberals to suggest that abortion is an appropriate tool to use in controlling population growth is quite astonishing. And for them to say that those of us who want to stop taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood are against abortion per se is ridiculous. We are against taxpayer funded
abortion. And that is aside from our own moral convictions concerning abortion.

The liberals will not suggest meaningful ideas to deal with our runaway spending and national debt, but they are eager to attack any plan the new GOP comes out with. Even doctors vilify the changes proposed to save Medicare and Medicaid, but they offer no meaningful ideas to deal with the
runaway expense of these programs. And if liberals favor the status-quo for Medicare and Medicaid, they should be suggesting how we can continue long-term funding of them without adding to the national debt. But they have no suggestions, just criticism.

It is not surprising that liberals have no credibility in the political arena anymore. Even our president cannot deliver a substantive speech on how to deal with our economic woes, but chooses to attack the new GOP plan instead. The Democrats couldn’t even create a budget for 2011 but chose to obstruct the efforts by the new GOP to do their job for them.

Since the liberals won’t help the effort to rescue our economy, they should just keep quiet and get out of the way.

Richard Hopkins

Rep. Scott Tipton appears
Pragmatic, not radical

This is a response to Bill Grants’ recent column regarding the so-called “tea party ways” of Rep. Scott Tipton. Grant appears to be misinformed about some simple facts regarding Medicare and Medicaid, and has also revealed himself to be out of touch with the current financial state of our nation.
The Medicare and Medicaid programs will be bankrupt and non-existent within 20 years if nothing is done to streamline these programs for the elderly and the low-income citizens. Rep. Paul Ryan has simply produced a plan that would preserve these federally funded programs by making them economically viable for the future.
Grant’s lack of knowledge about our federally funded programs and his unfounded criticism of anyone who is trying to shrink the $14.3 trillion debt is shocking.

Rep. Tipton would appear not only to be a “pragmatic conservative,” but also a pragmatic person. It does not take a small business owner to figure out that a person, company, or nation cannot operate effectively with a deficit.

Frankly, it does not matter whether the man is a member of the tea party, a moderate conservative, a Libertarian, a Blue Dog Democrat, or a liberal, Rep. Tipton knows that our nation’s crushing deficit is of the utmost importance, and his voting record reflects a man who is keenly aware of that fact.
Ruth Ehlers
Grand Junction


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