LETTERS: Entitlements; Obama won; Get a grip, people; and more

ltr Updated: November 21, 2012 at 12:00 am • Published: November 21, 2012

Trillions in other entitlements

We have, over the past several months, been reading articles in various publications, including The Gazette and listening to career politicians who themselves are, for all intents and purposes, on the public dole, refer to Social Security and Medicare as “entitlements.” If memory serves me correctly, monies to fund Social Security benefits have been taken from the paychecks of working men and women during their entire working lives and I might add, without their consent. Also monies to partially fund Medicare coverage are deducted monthly.

If by “entitlement” the writers of these articles and makers of the speeches mean that those who have worked to pay for the benefits are now “entitled” to the return of a portion of the, then perhaps the are correct. If the system is going broke, then the question arises, “Where have these dollars gone?”

Those who would punish the men and women whose labors built this country should turn their attention to the trillions in “entitlements” called foreign aid and endless war.

Anthony Longo

Colorado Springs

The facts on the ground

The Israeli prime minister declares: “We have a right to defend ourselves” and repeats it over and over again. The American media consistently covers only Israel’s side and not Palestine’s. The Palestinians have a right to defend themselves. In 1948, during the violent Zionist military occupation of the U.N. Palestinian Mandate, they assassinated the U.N. ambassador. In 1967, during their violent military takeover of Gaza and the West Bank, they attacked the U.S.S. Liberty, killing 34 Americans and wounding 171 aboard in international waters. Israel has an army, navy, air force and nuclear weapons. Palestine has none, only outdated missiles.

The media reports three Israelis killed in the past four days but not that 16 Palestinian men, women and children were killed and 170 injured. Israel began this latest predator aggression on a blockaded Gaza by assassinating a Hamas resistance leader. A report we received from friends in the area says that U.S.-made war planes and navy ships made 140 military attacks in the last four days on 1.5 million Gaza civilians, “burned Palestinian babies, mutilated children, devastated neighborhoods, destroyed power plants and infrastructure.”

We were members of Christian peacemaker teams in this war-torn region six times, been tear-gassed, fired upon with mortars and detained by the Israelis. We know the facts on the ground in this war zone. So I ask who has the foremost right to defend themselves? Why do media and the government cover up the facts? Who is controlling our foreign policy?

Genie Durland

Colorado Springs

You voted for it

Re: “Rapidly approaching item No. 5” on Nov. 19:

Sandie Erskine’s friend is correct. Item No. 5 on the list is rapidly approaching reality. Barack Hussein Obama is following the plan of Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven.

They were Columbia University sociologists in 1966 when they first proposed the plan. The Cloward-Piven strategy seeks to hasten the fall of capitalism and the destruction of the U.S. economy by collapsing the system and remaking it into one more favorable to the unions and socialist ideals. And it’s done by getting as many people on public assistance as possible.

When enough people are receiving welfare, free housing, ADC, food stamps, child care, “Obama phones”, free health care and other freebies, the entitlements will bankrupt the system. The result, as Cloward and Piven predicted, will be “a profound financial and political crisis” that will unleash “powerful forces for major economic reform at the national level.” Obamacare is just the beginning.

You voted for it. It’s just around the corner. Welcome to socialism.

Harry Edmunds

Colorado Springs


More than one “cliff” ahead

With 600,000-plus citizens from all 50 states advocating secession, Barack Obama has finally united the country.

After ingesting millions of campaign ads Nov. 6, 2012, marks the day America awoke, hung over, to view the carnage that 51 percent of them wrought. Result: a national tipping point into socialism and theft of property, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness by the “have-nots” i.e., illegals and those unwilling to work but more than happy to enjoy taxpayer-financed health care, food stamps (liquor, cigarettes) and other “entitlements.”

Add to that life-sucking cabal a Congress that cannot stop spending and refuses to live within a balanced budget and we have more than one “fiscal cliff” ahead of us.

We’ve allowed an underperforming community organizer to cobble together a voting horde that wants something for nothing. They think nothing of taking from those who get up every morning, go to work, obey the law and pay taxes.

We are living through what happens when “bleeding heart” liberals allow illegal aliens to rape our economy; fill our jails; and procreate a generation of their citizen offspring who are poised to hold “America’s back door” open for millions of other illegals; to take our jobs and drain our hospitals, schools and eventually our economy. Nothing lasts forever, and most everything goes in cycles.

Does anyone really think that a dictator can never govern the U.S.? Name a nation that has not experienced that fate at one time or another. If the current crushing unemployment numbers blow past the current 7.9 percent, and prices skyrocket, how long before the proverbial “wheels” come off and martial law needs to be enacted?

“No nation is more than three square meals from a revolution.”

Gregory Olinyk

Colorado Springs

America is the exception

My goodness! Now that the election is over, the realization that Obamacare will go forward has generated so much anguish among the perpetually fearful conservatives.

It is as if no other country has ever done such a thing without collapsing its economy.

Obamacare is not a radical, unproven idea; America is the exception when it comes to providing adequate health care for her citizens, not the rule. I am perplexed by those who say, in essence, that we cannot accomplish what many far less prosperous nations accomplished long ago.

Jim Goodwin

Colorado Springs

An informed electorate

I wonder what percentage of the black, Hispanic and “young” women voting blocs have even heard of Solyndra, Benghazi, sequestration or Dodd-Frank.

Wouldn’t an informed electorate be a wonderful thing?

Robert Dodson

Colorado Springs

Get a grip, people

President Obama won the election. He has done a number of good things for our country.

He got rid of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” He saved the auto industry, he ended the war in Iraq and is ending the war in Afghanistan. He got rid of Osama bin Laden. He got rid of No Child Left Behind, which was a disaster that began in the previous administration.

He passed a health care plan that will help many people who were not able to afford health insurance and had to rely on emergency rooms for their care. He brought back the respect countries around the world had lost for the USA when “W” was re-elected.

He has helped minorities in this country by giving them a chance to have a future here. He chose a Secretary of State who has been a huge asset to our country. He is an American, an educated and intelligent man, and a person of good character.

Not enough? Isn’t it time for all of the sore losers, whiners, racists, hate-mongers, and Obama-bashers to face reality? It’s disgusting to see the campaign tactics continue. Sen. John McCain and others should be ashamed of their behavior, behavior more like that of kindergartners on the playground than that of supposed adults. Get a grip, people, and start thinking about your country and doing something to help, rather than hinder.

It’s time to grow up.

Sally Alberts


People who knew them best

The local rancor over the results of the election would be reasonable were it not for one obvious conclusion. Mitt Romney did not win Massachusetts where he was governor or Michigan where his father George was once governor. (Mitt voting against the bailout of the auto industry was undoubtedly a factor.) Wouldn’t it therefore be reasonable to deduce that the people who knew him best rejected his platform? Romney/Ryan failed to win Wisconsin, which is Paul Ryan’s home state. It was interesting to note that Ryan ran for re-election in Wisconsin and won so it seems obvious it was Romney and his priorities that were rejected.

By running for Congress and for vice president doesn’t it seem obvious Ryan was covering his bases and didn’t have much faith in their ability to win?

Contrast this with the Barack Obama/Joe Biden ticket. The president won his home state of Illinois and they won Biden’s home state of Pennsylvania and Delaware where he was elected senator.

 So it seems more than plausible that the people who had firsthand knowledge of their abilities and records as responsible representatives of their interests demonstrated their trust, or lack thereof, with their votes.

If it is true that Romney had written a victory speech but not a concession speech, then for all who base everything on the Bible I will cite Proverbs 16:18.

Linda M. Archambault

Colorado Springs

Do the proper homework

I must respond to the “This wonderful Obamacare” letter on Nov. 19.

Let me begin by saying I’m no fan of Obamacare. However, we simply must do the proper homework to ensure that we pass on proper facts. Spreading false statements does not really help the fight against this unfortunate act.

And the fact, which can easily be checked on snopes.com, is that not everyone selling their home beginning in January 2013 will have to pay a 3.8 percent tax on the selling price as a result of Obamacare. Only high income individuals and families — over $200,000 and $250,000 — with profits above the current capital gains threshold will be hit by this tax.

Only about 3 percent of Americans make this income threshold! Let’s do our homework folks.

Al Marshall

Colorado Springs

Slim margin of homeowners

Dan Gieck has been taken in by the rumor that has been spread, for political reasons, that there is a tax of 3.8 percent when you sell your home. If you Google this you will find that it is not true. Here is what I found:

 Here are the facts according to the Realtors Association:

The 3.8 percent sales tax hits a slim margin of homeowners. Only those with an adjusted gross income above $200,000 and couples making more than $250,000. It’s on income such as interest, dividends, rent and capital gains. It could include the profits you make when you sell your home.

The Realtors Association is trying to get out the truth, and make clear it doesn’t affect all real estate transactions like the emails claim.

Bruce Brian

Colorado Springs


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