Email letters, Dec. 13, 2011

Obama’s 34 month report card

Mr. Hope and Change obviously wants to create a nation humbled; humiliated, casting-aside capitalism and individual freedoms for one where we the people are government controlled, and punishing those who strive to succeed.

A gallon of regular gasoline the day Obama was inaugurated was $1.79 on average in the United States. Today that price is $3.59, a 100.6 percent increase. The number of food stamp recipients has risen since Obama took office from almost 31,984,000 to over 43,200,000, a 35.1 percent jump. Long-term unemployment has soared more than 146 percent during the same 34 month period from 2,600,000 to 6,400,000. Staggering hope and change, isn’t it?

American citizens living in poverty have risen from 9.5 percent and the number of unemployed has jumped almost 25 percent as of Aug. 31. The number of unemployed blacks has risen from 12.6 percent at the end of George Bush’s term to nearly 16 percent today, a 25.4 percdent increase. Our national debt is up more than 43 percent since Obama’s inauguration.

Hope and change anyone? John Adams said it best in 1826 “There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.”

Sources: U.S. Energy Information Services, Wall Street Journal, Bureau of
Labor Statistics, U.S. Dept. of Labor, Standard and Poors, Federal Reserve,
U.S. Treasury, Heritage Foundation

MAX L. SMITH
Grand Junction

Don’t vote for more of the same

The miserable, costly failures of government that we’re experiencing have prompted many in my generation to consider the alternatives. “Politics as usual” isn’t the answer – it’s the problem.

Back in the good old days before our politicians decided to legislate for big government control, we enjoyed free enterprise, freedom of choice, and freedom from over-taxation and over-regulation.

Today, many of us have simply had enough of politicians as usual. It’s not about party affiliation because the outcomes have remained the same — neither Democrat nor Republican control has made a difference – political leadership is an oxymoron. I no longer maintain a party position, but I strongly uphold conservative values.

A recent endorsement supporting a party candidate running against an incumbent for a U.S. congressional district proves my point. This is typical political speak and it insults my intelligence. It opens with “ having a choice is always good” (not necessarily if the choice is a bad one), then it details the candidate’s political ability and accomplishments as follows: worked in a bipartisan fashion (oh sure), bringing accountability and transparency to government (where have we heard this before?), ability to work across party lines (probably by compromising), passed several noteworthy bills (name one). Enough.

Enough of the same ole, same ole when it comes to politicking as usual. Is there a candidate running for office who’s not a typical politician? There’s one emerging in the Colorado’s 3rd U. S. Congressional District. Tisha Casida is an independent candidate who has pledged to fight for our freedoms.As one who despises political jargon and treasures conservative values, I’m impressed by what Tisha has to offer. She is a bright, articulate, experienced young lady with no political baggage or party obligations.

Check her website at http://www.casida2012.com to learn about her unique background and read about her down to earth dedication to Core Values.

Isn’t it time to at least consider alternatives?

RICHARD DORAN
Parachute

Politicians needs to start cutting

“It’s the spending, stupid.” should be the mantra for all 2012 presidential candidates. Unfortunately, that will not be the case. Should the current government spending trend of borrowing 40 percent of what it spends continue, another $15 trillion will be added to the national debt over the next decade. This defines unsustainable.

We have already created an economic crisis so severe that our national living standard must decrease over the next decade, but most Americans refuse to accept this reality. They suffer from the normalcy bias, believing that the long running American economy will not fail us over time.

Had the congressional super committee succeeded in their efforts to cut 1.2 trillion dollars from the deficit, it would have resulted in but a 2.6 percent reduction is spending over 10 years, barely a rounding error. The Washington politicians work to fool us into thinking they are seriously dealing with the debt, while they simply delay the inevitable. I am not fooled, and neither should be you.

Sadly, political will to cut spending in Washington is virtually nonexistent The democrats have absolutely no policies that deal with overspending. Establishment republicans only dabble with policies that will balance the budget in a distant decade. The only political entity that is serious about actually cutting spending is the Tea Party Everyone will mildly suffer if we deal with overspending now, but suffering will be draconian if we delay until the inevitable economic collapse.

English pundit and political commentator of the early 20th century, G.K. Chesterton, described our current dilemma well. “The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent the mistakes from being corrected.”

This is a prescription for economic collapse.

HANS CROEBER
Montrose



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