E-mail letters, Dec. 8, 2010

WikiLeaks founder is not the only one to blame

For two days I have heard nothing but about the punishment the Wikileaks fellow, Julian Assange, deserves.  Where is the outrage and concern for how this was allowed to even happen?
It is certain this fellow needs the punishment he deserves, but I would also like to see on the carpet Hillary Cllinton, Janet Napolitano and the heads of the 16 security agencies she is in charge of, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and any other person or agency that is responsible for the safety and security of this country. Right now they all seem to think that shifting the blame to Mr. Assange will explain away their incompetency.
To think that some computer hacker can get full access to the secrets of this country certainly means China, Iran, North Korea, Russia, Cuba and probably Roi Namore (a five acre island in the South Pacific) can gain access as well.
The people and agencies we depend on have let this country down in a way that far exceeds what Mr. Assange has done. At worst he has done a lot of damage to our security secrets. At best he has shown the entire world how inadequate, incompetent and foolish our protectors have become. Gone is the greatest nation in the world Welcome third world status. How sad.
DAVID SHRUM
Grand Junction

Return to Clinton era taxing levels

How can Republicans and President Obama be serious about deficit reduction and a balanced budget when they are proposing a $900 billion extension of the Bush tax cuts? Even if they extended the tax cuts for just the middle and lower classes, that would still add $770 billion to the deficit.

If they are serious about reducing the deficit, all of the Bush tax cuts should be allowed to expire letting the former Clinton tax rates take their place. During the Clinton tax years, 22 million jobs were created and we had a balanced budget. During

During the Bush tax years, we had negative job growth and governments at all levels running in the red. I always tell my conservative friends that Bill Clinton was the best Republican president we ever had. We had a balanced budget and tremendous job growth. What more could conservatives want?

Pushing for the extension of the Bush tax cuts just shows that today’s Republicans can no longer be taken seriously.

BRUCE BENSON
Grand Junction

Increased taxes just leads to more government waste

I am so sick of hearing how the rich are not taxed enough and they should pay more taxes.

Take Warren Buffet for example. He is rich, buys down-and-out firms in many cases, brings them back to health and expands the business with new hiring and jobs. We could take the founder of Facebook for example, too. His ideas and hard work made him wealthy, but how about the over 400 engineers he has hired to help run Facebook? 

You keep taking money away from these heavy hitters and eventually they have no more profits to plow back into creating jobs. Profits = jobs. Taxes = government waste.

R.M. SHERMAN
Grand Junction

 



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