Need to clean up our financial mess
I just finished reading in The Gazette that the United States is "quietly" releasing more than $1.6 billion in aid to Pakistan, a country that doesn't even like us, and still holds in prison the physician who helped us in bringing down Osama bin Laden. The government has said that our relations have improved between the two countries and we have restarted "strategic dialogue" after a long pause over the covert raid that killed bin Laden. Folks, we have a national debt of $17 trillion, and it keeps growing and growing. We have to borrow money from the Chinese to even have the money to give away. Does this make any sense to you? This administration keeps spending money as if there is no tomorrow. I love helping those in need regardless of what country it might be with food or medical supplies, but to just give outright $1.6 billion with no strings attached is ridiculous. Pakistan is plagued by corruption, and they certainly have not been friendly to our troops in the region. We have got to speak up and care about where our tax dollars are going. It is unfair to keep burdening the young people of our country with more debt. We need to clean up our financial mess here at home before we continue to give billions to countries that are corrupt, have no respect for us and just don't like us.
Broken all previous spending records
The real reason for the recent federal government shutdown was not just the Republican desire to fight the Democratic Party and our president's desire for power but to prevent borrowing more money from China, Japan and Europe to balance the budget. And that was the fault of the Democrats, not of the Republicans. President Obama has broken all previous records for spending more funds than we have and borrowing the rest from the foreign countries.
The idea has passed that we can spend all we want to and pay for it by taxing more. We have the highest corporate tax rate in the world, and that penalizes our manufacturing corporations so that they cannot compete with foreign producers, and they end up having to lay off workers. The Affordable Care Act is something entirely different in that the government has taken over the direction of the administering of medical care and in adding the cost of that exorbitant bureaucratic direction to the actual cost of caring for patients. The IRS has received the job of administering the ACA, and that department has proved itself to be incompetent. The whole federal government has become questionable since the executive branch has been take over by a community organizer. The U.S. Senate even is controlled by an ineffective or dishonest leader.
Propaganda or just misinformation
I have noted the many letters to the editor excoriating Doug Lamborn, Ted Cruz and others for their insensitivity by voting to shut down the government. Where do they get their one-sided information, I wondered. Could it be from the news sources such as Associated Press, Scripps Howard, McClatchy or Reuters? Or are they watching ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN or MSNBC? Or are they reading Clarence Page, E.J. Dionne, Kathleen Parker, Leonard Pitts or Al Hunt? Maybe all of the above?
To my knowledge, none of these sources has mentioned the stonewalling of Harry Reid, the lockstep partisanship of the Democrats in Congress or Obama's flat refusal to negotiate. But they do blast Fox News and talk radio routinely. Is it propaganda or just misinformation?
I genuinely fear for the future of our once-great nation.
James W. Gilliam
This was an attempted coup
What on earth has happened to this country that I grew up in? Where on earth did Doug Lamborn and the other members of the "tea party" get the idea they could pull off a coup and no one would interfere?
Make no mistake about this debacle that just occurred in Washington, D.C. This was an attempted coup, albeit a bloodless coup, but a coup nonetheless. Somewhere along the way, we had some representatives sent to Washington with the idea that it was "our way or no way." This country has not survived for over 200 years with that kind of thinking.
Perhaps it is the classes of social studies that taught me about our country, our Constitution and how our government works. And perhaps it is time for our schools to go back to teaching such mundane things because it is obvious that some of our representatives not only don't understand the system and how it works, they don't understand that very document they have sworn to defend and protect. If they did understand the Constitution, they wouldn't have pulled the stunts they have pulled for the past two years.
It is time for what used to pass for the Republican Party to realize that they have lost two national elections in a row. Rigging the lines of a district in order to keep any other party from competing is not only unethical, it smacks of the days of English colonization when we fought a war to prevent such nefarious deeds. The speaker of the House cannot and will not even speak the word "compromise." Old white men no longer own slaves, although they are still trying to create a peasant class and destroy the hardworking middle class. Women make up 51 percent of the population. Our nation is a rainbow collection of all kinds of people, and, yes, a black man is president of these United States.
I don't want to pay taxes to support these tea party representatives and their states, but I realize that this is the United States of America and my taxes support the entire country, including the very things I detest. As for the tea party, it's time for you people to get over it. It's time for compromise.