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Letters to the editor, October 20

Can’t fool us twice

I watched the Obama campaign video in which he outlines his four-point economic plan if he is re-elected.

1. Create one million new jobs. How? No detail. Just trust him.

2. Cut oil imports in half by producing more oil, gas, coal and wind and solar power. If this is what he wants to do, why hasn’t he done it already? He’s had four years. Other than bad taxpayer “investments” in alternative energy, he has tried to limit fossil fuel production any way he can. 

3. Hire 100,000 new math and science teachers. OK. That’s probably going to cost about $7.5 billion. Where is that money coming from?

4. Reduce the deficit by $4 billion by applying the savings from pulling out of Iraq and Afghanistan and taxing the “wealthy” more. What happened to his last pledge to cut the deficit in half by now? Guess he didn’t mean it then.

He apparently has no plans to overhaul the tax code or reform entitlement programs. Why has he waited four years to come up with an economic plan, implausible as it may be? Oh. That’s right. There’s an election next month, and he’s been too busy campaigning and raising re-election money for the last three years.

So let’s throw something together at the last minute. These idiots will believe anything. Sorry, we all bought into the hopey-changey thing last time. Can’t fool us twice.

D.J. Anderson, Bartonville


Watch worms squirm

In 1933, Adolph Hitler and the Nazi Party had never won a nationwide election in Germany. But when Hitler persuaded President Hindenburg to appoint him chancellor, the Nazis made it more and more difficult for members of any other party to vote.

After burning the Reichstag (German Parliament building), they even got a measure passed making other political parties illegal. Then they won all future elections.

If this sounds familiar, it should. The radical right wing, that claims to be so devoted to the U. S. Constitution, has used the poll tax, the literacy test, the closed primary and threats of physical violence to prevent poor people and minorities from voting.

What is the justification? They are part of the 47 percent that may not support the GOP.

This year they used the phony claim of voter fraud. The Federal Electoral Commission, a nonpartisan organization, stated that out of 140,000,000 voters over the last several elections, only 10 cases of fraud were found.

Consider how many real Americans have died to protect out rights under the Constitution. So, it is pleasing to see these worms squirm in federal court when judges throw these fascist actions out.

How sneaking and disgusting can you get?

Michael S. Dana, Denton


Not since Eisenhower

Obama’s stimulus has been successful in the many ways. It has extended broadband to rural communities, re-started a smart power grid that will save much energy, begun a domestic battery industry for electric vehicles, doubled the production of wind and solar power, initiated the digitizing of our paper health care system, and launched a critical education-reform program, all of which are likely to pay off for decades and would not have been undertaken by private companies.

Stimulus projects represent the biggest infrastructure initiative since Eisenhower.    

Top economic forecasters agree that the stimulus prevented a depression and ended a recession. 

It provided the largest middle class tax cut since Reagan. After it passed, we had the biggest quarterly jobs increase in 30 years. The majority of economists agree that it saved or created 2.5 million jobs, boosted the economy by up to 3.8 percent, and kept more than 1 million people in their homes and 7 million from falling into poverty.

How can the Republicans call this a “wasteful failure?”

Bob Michaelsen, Denton


Covered in shame

Republicans continue to blame Obama for the results of the gridlock in Washington that they have caused.

All fair-minded people know that the Republican majority in the House of Representatives has blocked the president’s jobs bill, which would have created jobs and benefitted the entire country.

Had they been truly interested in the welfare of the American people, they would have cooperated with Obama in his programs. Instead, they have only been interested in making the president look bad.

To the extent that they have been successful, they have covered themselves with shame.

T. Jervis Underwood, Oak Point


Universal suffrage

A couple of observations on the current political scene:

Many political pundits and commentators agree that Romney won the first presidential debate with his aggressive style.

From my woman’s perspective, his behavior was that of a bullying boss.

Also, with little evidence nationwide of voter fraud, the many efforts (by numerous Republican legislatures) to suppress our precious and constitutionally guaranteed right to vote are unpatriotic, anti-American and dishonor those who, over decades, have suffered, and in some cases given their lives, to make it possible.

Five Amendments (14, 15, 19, 24 and 26) to the U S. Constitution speak to the legal basis of universal suffrage.

To quote legal scholar Garrett Epps in his Aug. 16 article titled “Why Pennsylvania’s Voter ID Law is Unconstitutional,” in The Atlantic magazine, “A modern democracy isn’t worthy of the name unless it protects universal suffrage.”

Judy Giese, Denton