Published: Wednesday, Feb. 20 2013 12:00 a.m. MST
One of the greatest things about America is each individual has their own voice
and can speak for themselves. No American President is my voice. Glenn Beck is
not my voice. Chris Matthews is not my voice. I have my own voice and I will
speak up when so inclined. Certainly much of the criticism aimed at the
President has been unfair to downright ridiculous, but I do think there are
things we can be concerned about. I disagree with the President signing laws
like the Patriot Act, FISA, the NDAA, and maintaining a "kill" list
which has included American citizens. Of course I disagree with George W. Bush
for having the same policies. That is why I speak only for myself and consider
no politician to be my voice. America is great not because we all share one
collective voice or opinion, but because we're allowed to disagree, and we
can do so in a respectful manner.
Mr. Davis, I expect that you are going to get a lot of vehement disagreement on
this piece. It is a well reasoned piece, which seems to aggravate some people.
I'm constantly amazed at people who say that the president is the most
radical figure in U.S. history, totally outside the mainstream. Clearly FDR and
LBJ were far more radical, heck even Richard Nixon was more radical.As even some conservatives have pointed out, not only is he not a socialist,
he's barely a liberal. Former Reagan and Bush Sr.adviser Bruce Bartlett
stated that Obama is quite like Bush Sr. on foreign policy, and quite similar to
Nixon on domestic policy. A centrist in other words. Anyway, it
should be a lively debate.
Once you've decided someone is your enemy, and that you are going to
despise them, what they say afterward hardly matters. Everything from that point
on will be systematically ignored, modified, or amplified to fit your opinion of
As much as the repubs don't want to admit it, Obama is America's
voice. Otherwise, he wouldn't have won by a landslide. Sorry folks, but the
voodoo economics of attacking Iran, giving more tax cuts to business, letting
Wall Street run unregulated, cutting earned benefits while letting businesses
have more and more entitlements, attacking women, privatizing education,
attacking minorities and homosexuals, and no gun regulations isn't what the
majority wants.Don't like it, repubs? Fine, then LEAVE.
Let's examine one of Mr. Obama's proposals. He wants to raise the
minimum wage. Will that help those who earn the minimum wage? Will he demand
that prices stay the same even though business owners have to pay more to
provide goods and services? Who gets hurt the most when the minimum wage is
raised? Isn't it those who receive that wage? Can they buy more gasoline
when the gas stations raise their prices to cover their additional costs? Can
then buy more food when the farmer, the processor and the stores all pay more
for the same job? Can they buy more of anything when all prices go up more than
their wage increases? Look at history. Each time the minimum wage has been
increased, buying power has been reduced. That kind of help nobody needs.How about training and providing jobs? When Obama tried to do that last
time, EACH job generated cost you and me more than $250,000. Government,
especially this administration, cannot create jobs in the private sector.How about taxing everybody twice, like he does the billionaires? Is that
what you want? Most of us will never pay that 2nd tax.
Fair tax code? Why isn't 47$ of Americans who are paying no federal income
taxes high enough for Democrats to secure future election wins?
Mountanman,"Why isn't 47$ of Americans who are paying no federal
income taxes high enough for Democrats to secure future election wins?"Apparently not, considering a large portion of that 47% votes
Republican. Yes, Republican. I thought the election would have taught us that
not everything that came from Mitt Romney's mouth was true.
Nice for the DN to finally realize that there are other opinions besides Right
Wing and Uber-Right Wing. The comments here should definitely be entertaining.
Where to begin..."... President Barack Obama has been accused of
being an alien."If he won't produce documentation to prove
otherwise, we must assume he is. His birth certificate is a doctored sham."President Obama proposed tax reform to make our tax system less
complicated and fairer."A political ploy to eventually raise
taxes on everyone... starting with those who pay the lion's share of taxes
now. Tax increase in a recession kills jobs."He urged a plan of
tax fairness that doesn't allow billionaires to pay a lower rate than their
secretaries."Millionaires pay mostly capital gains rate to
stimulate the economy. The real answer is to lower the secretaries rate... and
cut government waste."He announced manufacturing hubs to create
more high-tech, high paying jobs."What? "He
proposed raising the minimum wage..."You don't raise wage
rates in a recession. It kills economic growth."He urged
Congress to fix the immigration system..."He did this to
increase his Democrat base with Hispanics, which is a despicable political
ploy."... the president urged tough laws to keep criminals from
obtaining weapons."Criminals with guns isn't the problem.
Nuts with guns is.
@ Emajor. Do you really think anyone who does not pay any federal income taxes
would NOT vote for Obama? Really?
Obama is a radical held in check by the provisions of an inspired Constitution.
He came in intending to "fundamentally transform" America, and finds it
impossible to overcome the many checks and balances designed by the Founders to
keep one person from doing too much damage. Not that he hasn't done any,
but our course is still correctible.Obama: "The most important
lesson I've learned is that you can't change Washington from the
inside."It ain't over yet, but at this stage of the game
it's Founders 1, Obama 0.
Mountanman,I don't think it. I know it. Google "politifact romney
48 49 percent".
wrz: "If he won't produce documentation to prove otherwise, we must
assume he is. His birth certificate is a doctored sham."Lovely.Thanks, wrz, for being the voice of today's GOP base.
You go right ahead with that stuff. While you're at it, let's hear
your thoughts on biological evolution, flouridating water and the UN.You're why Republicans are losing elections, and that suits me just fine.
Mntnmn:Most Utahns who did not pay income tax voted for Romney.
Hello.Richard:What on earth are you thinking, writing an
editorial like this? Heavens, don't you know this is the Deseret News, the
paper with a stated mission of having a conservative op-ed section? Get your
ducks in a row or you'll be out in the cold, begging for column space in
the Trib.wrz:Wow. You've drunk the tea straight. No
sugar. No lemon. No nuthin.
I'm one of the 49% of Americans who voted for the other guy.Obama almost never speaks for me. I disagree with nearly everything he says
@ EMajor. How do you know? I don't know the number either but I would
wager Obama got 90% of the 47% and Romney got less than 10% of that demographic.
Why am I so sure? Because Obama won the election and it sure wasn't
TAXPAYERS who elected him.
Mountanman,I just gave you a search protocol to find that answer. So you
can either take 5 minutes and read the article and be somewhat informed on this
issue, or you can continue to make "wagers" based on your own biased
assumptions about the 330 million citizens of this country. That isn't a
wise option in this case because you are most certainly wrong.
A poll conducted Dec 2012 by Fairleigh Dickinson University found that:Sixty-three percent of registered voters in the U.S. buy into at least one
political conspiracy theory. The nationwide survey of registered voters asked
Americans to evaluate four different political conspiracy theories: 56% of
Democrats and 75% of Republicans say that at least one is likely true. The most
popular of these conspiracy theories is the belief that President Obama is
hiding important information about his background and early life, which would
include what’s often referred to “birtherism.” Thirty-six
percent of Americans think this is probably true, including 64 percent of
Republicans and 14 percent of Democrats.The relationship between
current events knowledge and belief in conspiracy theories is conditional on
partisanship. Among Democrats, each question answered correctly reduces the
likelihood of endorsing at least one of the conspiracy theories by seven points.
Among independents, each additional question reduces it by two points. For
Republicans, though, each additional question answered correctly tends to
increase belief in at least one of the theories by two points.
It's pointless to argue about who voted for Obama when Bill O'Reilly
reported that entire precincts did not have even a single vote cast for Romney.
He pointed out that in some precincts more than 100% of the eligible voters
somehow voted. He even reported that in one precinct in Florida, more than 250%
of the eligible voters voted. He also reported that all of that "over
voting" only happened in precincts where voter I.D. was not required.Nobody will ever know how many votes each candidate actually received
and nobody will ever know if those who receive from the government voted as a
bloc for Obama.One thing that we can verify is that Income Tax is
not indexed to inflation. Every time the minimum wage goes up, there is a
trickle effect that causes everybody to get a raise - because the cost of
everything also goes up. Because income taxes are not indexed, all levels of
government not only receive more money, but many people are pushed into a higher
bracket - without Congress raising taxes. Of course Obama wants to
raise the minimum wage! It's his back-door approach to raising our taxes.
As a typical politician, Mr. Obama has said/proposed many things and delivered
little. But, I forget, its not his fault.
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