Published: Saturday, Dec. 4 2010 12:00 a.m. MST
Wow...*grabs popcorn*This is better than any paranoid tv
show! I think even the John Birch society is in amazement!
Gosh, the craziness never ends! With the election a month behind us, we'd sure
like to enjoy a respite from the vitrole. But, no, we have to be reminded that
the 2012 presidential election is immenient and the old talking points require
repetition ad nauseum.Somehow, the "end of the world"
argument remains a central part of Republican strategy to make Barack Obama as
single-term president. So they unleash their minions to keep fear alive and
shift focus from real issues to public relations clap-trap.
I agree with The Real Maverick | 12:38 a.m - Wow!!!Frank
Overfelt, You have officially removed all doubt with this latest letter.[BTW - I am still amazed how and why the DN continues to print them -
other than for sheer entertainment].I can only assume you are a
grumpy old man.Dept. of Agriculture?Dept. of Education?but not a single word about Social Security or Medicare or any of YOUR
Among all of his attributes, Frank C. Overfelt's most recognizable one is
denial. You ignore the people who voted for Obama, who openly ran on
health care reform, demonstrated when Obama won the Presidency of the United
When people yell stupid things at me, I don't listen, either.
Frank once again shows that he is clueless. I really don't understand why the
DesNews continues to print his drivel. It is totally without merit.
Thank goodness Mr. Obama doesn't listen to these folks. Can you imagine the
MESS we'd be in now if he did?
I've thought seriously about writing an editorial explaning my firm belief that
if we all paint ourselves purple and yelp at the moon three times each night the
economy will improve. I haven't sent it in yet because I didn't think the DN
would print it, but reading Frank Overfelt's editorial gives me hope.
Mr. Obama was elected to execute the laws passed by Congress, not to write
legislation. When 59% of the people told him and Congress that they didn't want
his health care nonsense, he ignored them. Apparently, those who have their
heads in the sand think that 59% of the people are the minority. Congress
represents the will of the people and of the states. When 59% of the people
tell Congress to stop, that is the will of the people.Mr. Obama has
turned a deaf ear to the people who told him to leave taxes alone. Doesn't he
realize that he will be charging the poorest among us 50% more if he repeals the
Bush tax cut? The Bush tax cut established a 10% bracket where before the
lowest bracket was 15%. By repealing the Bush tax cut, Mr. Obama will also do
away with the 10% bracket. Has he lost his mind? Does he think that a 50% tax
increase on the poor is justified?What happened to the compassion of
the Left for the poor? Mr. Obama wants to tax them to death. It seems that the
liberal left agree with him.
Mike Richards | 12:37 p.m. What happened to the compassion of the
Left for the poor? Mr. Obama wants to tax them to death. ============== Mike, At what point is one no longer
considered poor?The President drew the line for tax hikes at those making
OVER $250,000 a year.Do you consider them POOR?FYI - I
recently heard the Mega-rich Warren Buffet, Paul Allen, Bill Gates, Jay Leno all
thought the tax hike on the rich was the RIGHT thing to do.Leno
himself said it would not effect his life-style in the very least.The only Mega-Rich against it have been the same blow-hards who's livelihood
depends on whipping up fear and hatred -- Limbaugh, Beck & Hannity.
Re: Mike RichardsYes, and in 2012 we'll get to let President Obama
know how we feel about him and his policies. Where in the Constitution does it
say that the president and Congress have to take a poll before doing anything?
Voting is the only "poll" that counts. Just because something works
one way in MikeRichardsLand doesn't make it so for the rest of us.Of
course, Bush stood by the war in Iraq when it grew increasingly unpopular with
the American people, but that's different, right?
No president should run the country based on polls. While we may agree or
disagree with the direction the country has been heading the best recourse is
communicating with our representatives. Obama and other presidents have a
wealth of information and advise that we can not access. He has tempered his
views on the wars and other issues. Let us give the man the respect he
deserves. Politics are sometimes a war of opinions and swing back and forward
it is our system. We need to get people back to work and feeling good about the
One of the duties of the President is to be the Commander In Chief. He doesn't
have time to listen to foolish naysayers when the lives of our soldiers are at
risk; however, Mr. Obama campaigned that he was going to get us out of Iraq and
Afghanistan. How's he doing on that promise?Congress represents the
people and the States. They are elected to REPRESENT the people of their State,
in the case of Representatives, or their State, in the case of the Senate. Nowhere in the Constitution is it said or even implied that the only
vote that matters is the vote that got them into office. Our Representatives
have telephones. They receive email. They (supposedly) have town meetings. They
tell us that they will do what we want them to do. The liberals disagree. They
want our Congress to represent the liberal forces that funded the election -
regardless of the will of the people. They've bought and paid for those seats in
Congress and they don't want any Congressman to get sidetracked by listening to
the people that he represents.
@Mike - So how come our representatives aren't listening to the
majority of Americans who are in favor of repealing DADT, and who want don't
want to see millionaires and billionaires and CEOs who ship our jobs overseas
receive $700 Billion in tax breaks? Or are you only upset about them
not listening to you on Health Care Reform? I'm a liberal and guess what? I
don't like Obama's Health Care Reform either because it falls too short!
Obama listens all right -- but to the wrong people.Obamacare is a huge giveaway
to the very people who have been shafting us all along--the insurance companies.
They wrapped him like a rubber band around their fingers. I honestly thought he
was smarter than that.
Actually Obama has great hearing, but he only listens to Republicans. He caved
in on Healthcare (no single payer), he caved in on Federal Employee pay freeze,
he caved in on offshore drilling and he is caving in on extending the Bush era
tax cuts. If Conservatives would use common sense, they would pray for another
Obama term. He has given them everything they could have asked for and more
What is the difference between a guess and a poll number? This is a
loaded question, but when people say that 59% of Americans are against
something, the rules of statistical analysis are the first thing to think
about.Polls, at best, are a rough guess about people's opinions on
particular issues. However, good polling (as opposed to polling by the
interested party) depend upon asking the right question in the right way and
having a "representative" sample from which to draw to get an accurate
result. Most polls fail in both categories.Polling numbers are less
reflective of public opinion when there is a narrow margin. Although polling
companies say that their numbers are +/- 1-5 percentage points, think more like
50-100 percentage points. The propaganda, lies, and political spin make giving
an informed opinion extremely difficult.Given any issue, questions
can be written to give any poll result a person may want. It doesn't matter,
for the most part what the issue is. The statistics can be skewed to even
convince someone that they are not really alive or that the moon is really made
out of blue cheese and the world is flat.
Its very concerning what the excutive branch has been doing since theodore
rooselvelt decided he had the power to take state lands.We now have
TSA, BLM, EPA, FCC, IRS, and dozens of other excutive organizations, taking power, making laws and regulations, and policy,
usurping the power of congress.We just don't have a judical activism
problem,or a congress "we can do whatever we what because you
voted us to" problem, but a pervasive federal government run
amok problem,fed by progressives and liberals who desire a massive
federal government to control and regulate everyone lives, homes, business,
schools, food, transporation, thoughts, speech, rights, guns, medical care,
lands, state, etc, etc, etc, that desperately needs to be shrunk
back down to size.
Based on his comments Mike Richards does not appear to understand polls, let
alone understand health care problems. I have not seen a poll that says 59
percent of Americans want to repeal health care. The congress has
failed to do anything substantial for health care until recently. The
republicans hate the thought that the dems will get the credit for it, therefore
they are doing everything possible to stop reform, even though they acknowledge
some things they want to keep. Where is their spirit of cooperation. An
argument against it is that health care reform will bankrupt the country. A
very foolish self righteous statement by the right. How about conducting two
wars and giving a tax break.those things are what will bankrupt our government.
I would rather die horribly and painfully before I would ever accept obamacare.
Death is a much better alternative for me. If I don't live in a free country, my
life is meaningless anyway.
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