Shameful Grandstanding - And Response (7)

Thursday, October 17, 2013

What we saw the past two weeks have been nothing but shameful.  Ted Cruz, Michelle Bachman and Tea Partiers grandstanding at the Veteran's Memorial, when they were the reason the Memorial is shut down in the first place is the height of hypocrisy. 

Holding our nation's good faith and credit hostage over the Affordable Care Act, which is law and was approved by both houses when they knew they had no chance of repealing it. Estimates are that the shutdown cost the U.S economy $24 billion, all for nothing and then Mr. Dejarlais and Mr. Fleischmann still voted for default of our government. 

You owe Tennessee and the American people an apology. 

John Fricke

Chattanooga 

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Mr. Fricke,

Actually, what we've seen the last two weeks is yet another example of demagogues, much like you, "grandstanding."  So typical of those who wear blinders, you seek only to lay blame at the feet of one party when it's actually the fault of both.   

Any free-thinking American realizes that, despite the  political posturing of both sides, we cannot continue to spend as we have.  Ultimately, the government is no different than the typical American family.  When expenses exceed income, they must make (sometimes) painful cuts to spending.  Unfortunately, we continue to elect members of both parties who continue to allow spending to exceed income for no other reason than to maintain their seats of power.  Honestly ask yourself, why would you spend millions of dollars to be elected to a position that pays only a fraction of that?  Because the real money is behind the scenes... in those back-room dealings that we all know exist but choose to ignore because we have to work our behinds off to keep our families afloat.   

While you may rant against those who don't support your "chosen one" and his party, consider the issues upon which they base their objections.  Like them or not personally, fighting for the reigning in of spending is far from "grandstanding."

Charlie Hiatt
Hixson 

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Actually, Mr. Hiatt, the opposite is true from all you say and student of economics knows it. 

Gross Domestic Product is the measure of our economy in goods and services produced.  National debt (all debt accumulated in the history of the United States) is at $17 trillion.  Our GDP is at $15.6 trillion, giving us a ratio of debt to GDP of just over 100 percent.  To put the present government debt in proper perspective our debt to GDP ratio in 1948 was 128 percent.  You do the math for the actual dollars in 1948.  In 1948 we were just coming out of a two front war.  We are coming out of a two front war now.  Income tax on the higher brackets in 1948 was over 80 percent.  Income tax on the higher brackets today is roughly 25 percent.  

The Republican Party used to be the party of economic growth, or at least it was under Reagan.  In fact, at one time the Republican Party embraced the idea that "if you considered growth, it was hard to consider anything else."  Instead, today they seek to cut.  Why do they cut?  They cut because they have no understanding at all about micro or macro economics.  Grow the economy and the deficit and debt will correct their own problems; all things kept equal.    

Food stamp usage has grown because a heck of a lot of people have been hurt by the economic downturn that started in the summer of 2006 (yes, 2006), and has yet to actually correct itself.  Last year, over $100 million in food stamps was used on U.S. military installations.  What does that say about the income disparity in this country?  There hasn't been a gain in "real" wages since 1980.  

The assaults upon unions has coincided with the diminishing returns of the working poor.  Today many people work a full time job and still live in poverty, just like many people work full time jobs and are not offered health insurance. If Medicare and Medicaid are socialism, then a lot of people working in the health field have gotten rich since the 1960s, so its not working very well for socialism.  The health care industry in the United States is larger that its counterpart in any other country.   

The actuality of the situation shows there are a lot of problems with U.S. economy that required a little more attention from the Republican Party than just repeating what the talking heads on conservative radio spout, talking heads who have no background in economics.  It would help too, if the Republicans in Congress would stop using websites for established fact who promote "chem-trails" and every other hair brained conspiracy out there.  

It is true, many people think government should be run like a business, but anyone with any knowledge of government at all knows running government in such a way is akin to running your house like a house of ill repute, and begs for favoritism to the "vested" interests.  

It's time to stop pointing fingers, and start growing the economy.  Show some creativity.  If you do not have the mental capacity to have a vision, then you don't need to be in Congress, because there is no way to shrink into greatness.  Is there a doubt now, that the Tea Party Caucus has no idea what good governance is about? 

Stephen Durham 

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Mr. Fricke, you are absolutely correct in your assessment of the shameful grandstanding by the Tea Party Republicans. There are too many examples of lunacy and hypocrisy to begin to mention. 

I agree with you that the American people are owed an apology for the damage they have inflected on us. And I would also like to request a refund for my part of the $24 billion they squandered on the Green Eggs and Ham fiasco. 

Republicans, the party of fiscal responsibility? All evidence to the contrary.  A billion here and a billion there, it adds up.  

 Cecilia Lewis
Ooltewah 

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Mr. Durham,
 
While it does appear you know the ins and outs of running a house of ill repute, I’m not so sure you realize that in 2006 a Democratic congress was voted in. But I am glad to see you realize that’s when the economic downturn started. 

Stan Conner

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Mr. Fricke's do not worry about the government shutdown costing $24 billion. All we have to do is have the House and Senate pass a bill raising the debt limit by another $24 billion, and then have President Obama sign off. Isn't that the way it works? 

Bob Purcell 

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Steve you say in your response that the Republican party was once the party of growth, and then you add, 'at least it was under Reagan' of which I beg to differ with you, on your otherwise very detailed great response. 

Ronnie Reagan, was doing the same thing as now, leveraging the debt to try and force entitlement cuts to Social Security and Medicare. He fired the air traffic controllers which emboldened corporate America and the robber barons, anything goes, fascist capitalism under America's manifest destiny doctrine, and that's when the moral majority got together with the Republicans and said, hey look, we can create a theocracy with the loopholes in the law, and that's how the Tea Party wing nuts love, because they're all greedy little capitalist pigs, who's making all the loot, in our corrupt health care system, that was a train wreck, long before President Obama was ever thought of, which is a Republican plan anyway. 

And let us not forget those scoundrel Republicans who have always been for the rich man, during the Depression of 1929, when they called all the poor people out of work, bums, hobos, who were riding the rails to California, trying to get to Upton Sinclair's communes, that ole atheist, with those commie pinko puke ideas, who was running for governor. Don't be fooled folks, the rich just don't wanna repay all those IOU's in the Social Security trust fund, that was used for tax breaks for the rich interests. 

Using the debt as a weapon over social issues, made a fool out of Ted Cruz and the Tea Party wing nuts, of which I'm optimistic will be reflected in the elections next year when the American people throw the bums out.   And elect Democratic majorities and Hillary Clinton in 2016, and then we'll all live happily ever after. 

Donald DeWayne Woods 

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Mr. Conner, 

I hope everyone had as big a laugh as I did at your contention that Democrats elected in November, 2006 are responsible for an economic downturn which began in the previous summer. In addition to the fact that they did not take office until the following January, you appear to be ignorant of the fact that Republicans controlled the house for 11 and 1/2 years and the Republican President had been in office for 5 and 1/2 years before the summer of 2006. And, of course that Republican President remained in office until January, 2009. 

Don Strickland
Signal Mountain


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