Printed letters, Nov. 5, 2010

In the early aftermath of President Obama’s 2008 victory, a few reasoned voices dared to predict that the American electorate would quickly come to regret the choice. It turns out those who did so were absolutely correct. Under the spell of the president, Democrats in both houses of Congress lurched far to the left in pursuit of an agenda that proved to be not only unpalatable to most Americans, but also ineffective, if not destructive.

As a result, on Tuesday a shocking number of Democrats from coast to coast, and in all levels of government, paid the ultimate political price. Many of the high-level Democratic candidates who managed to survive the onslaught did so by running away from the president and their own records.

Regardless of how the White House attempts to spin the results of this year’s election, the stark reality is that history will remember it as an epic defeat for President Obama.

Nov. 2 was not, as some in the media are saying, the American people demanding compromise and the end of partisan politics. Nor was it, as others are saying, a GOP ascendancy. This year’s election was a forceful repudiation of the radical policies of the Obama administration. America is not interested in socialism. That message could not have been sent more clearly.

VAUGHN PARK

Grand Junction

Numbers don’t add up for county tax cuts

There are roughly 150,000 people in Mesa County. Republicans say we should reduce taxes and create jobs.

If we reduce taxes by $150,000, we can refund $1 to each person in Mesa County. Let’s cut three Mesa County employees who, between them, earn $150,000. That’s $50,000 in worker’s compensation, unemployment insurance, etc.

Now we need to create four jobs using that same $150,000: three for the government employees and one because tax cuts create jobs. There are two primary ways to create a job: provide a service or a product that people want.

Let’s say all $150,000 is first spent in Mesa County. The information I have seen says a dollar turns over 1.3 times before it leaves the community.

If 1.3 is the correct multiplier, then $150,000 becomes $195,000. For four jobs, wages would have to be $48,750 each to include wages, benefits, FICA, worker’s compensation and unemployment insurance,  because the $50,000 was used that way.

So do actual wages go down for three people in order to hire the fourth? Also we have spent $195,000 without accounting for profit for the boss? If the boss makes a profit, then do wages dip below $48,750 per employee?

That seems to be the history of Mesa County: “Economic growth” with lower wages for everyone.

D.D. LEWIS

Clifton

Liberals still believe they know what’s best

So Nancy Pelosi has no regrets and belabors the point that she and her left-leaning comrades expended much time and effort trying to convince the American people that her agenda is what’s best for our country.

How typical — the liberals know what is best for the country, and the people are too stupid to understand.

JAMES BOZARTH

Grand Junction

Paper should recognize more academic achievers

There is a continuing discussion of how well schools are performing in equipping our children to compete in a world of ever-increasing innovation and technology. A significant impetus to achieving this goal is giving encouragement and recognition to those students who are performing well.

At the Math and Science Center, and as a tutor, I have seen a number of dedicated children who are curious, excited about learning, and who have great hopes for helping our society.

The future of our nation depends on such children. They are the ones who must find workable solutions to the complex problems facing this country, achieve new medical advances and develop the technologies that will improve our lives and competitive position in the world. It seems incumbent on all of us to give such students all the encouragement we can.

I believe that The Daily Sentinel could play a larger role in this area. Every day, there is recognition and encouragement of school sports in the paper, but only occasionally, of academic achievements. I recommend that the Sentinel consider devoting more space to students who are demonstrating academic prowess, and to teachers who work to encourage and guide them.

We frequently see news of students receiving accolades and awards for athletics. Maybe it’s time to publicize more academic achievement. Who knows? Good things could happen.

JOHN WAAGE

Grand Junction



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