Resolve U.S. problems now

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  • re: 2:30
    Aug. 7, 2008 4:14 p.m.

    They're ALL in on the scam.

    Unfortunately one particular group has been very, very active keeping We The People busy with the divide-and-conquer game (liberals v conservatives)

    And these people tune in every day for 3 hours per day to hear their guru spew more divisive BS.

  • Almost as if planned
    Aug. 7, 2008 3:48 p.m.

    It's almost is this neocon administration wants the U.S. to turn into a 3rd World country.

    And of course, when that happens, the rich REALLY have the buying power!

  • Mike Richards
    Aug. 7, 2008 3:22 p.m.

    @ 2:30,

    The Democrats in Congress are the majority party. Congress controls the Nations purse. Congress controls all expenditures, including military spending.

    Three items in the budget each get 20% of the total dollars spent by Congress. Defense = 20%. Medicare/Medicaid = 20%. Social Security = 20%.

    In other words, social programs, even those deemed necessary by most Americans, consumed twice as many dollars as defense. In your household budget, would you first look at your largest budget items or your smallest budget items when trying to equalize income and outgo?

    You're blaming the military. Congress is blaming the President. Those who can read place the blame squarely on the shoulders of their Representatives in Congress. Those men and women are shirking their oath of office and their word of honor.

    Wouldn't it be nice to effectually say, "Let them eat cake", as you left on a five-week vacation - while America suffered because of your arrogance?

  • peperlake
    Aug. 7, 2008 2:30 p.m.

    the democrats in congress are definately not responsible for the huge national debt that has caused the dollar to be only 35% to 40% what is was. this is the real cause of the hike in oil costs. If we don't stop blowing 20 to 30 billion dollars a month in Iraq our dollar will not buy anything.

  • Anonymous
    Aug. 7, 2008 12:57 p.m.

    Well said Divided we fail (fall).

  • Divided we fail
    Aug. 7, 2008 12:02 p.m.

    We are all victims of an internally-created civil war of ideology. Clever way to divert one's attention - isn't it?

    America wake up!

    You've been duped into the oldest political ploy in the book - The Divide-and-Conquer game.

    You have to ask yourself who benefits MOST from this conservative v liberal incessant sniping?
    It certainly isn't John Q. Citizen.

  • Gus Talwynd
    Aug. 7, 2008 11:25 a.m.

    The world is a very complex place and all things are connected, we only have to learn how to connect the dots. The problems of today took root long ago. To say that whatever happens at the momment has its cause in that moment is disingenuous.

    This does not mean that current decisions do not have current implications. The debt crisis is an excellent example of an almost-immediate effect of poor policy. Similarly, many of the issues confronting America today are the result of the lack of leadership, wisdom, and attention by the current administration.

    However, there are other issues that can be traced back to previous administrations. An issue of great importance is energy. It would be helpful to know exactly what when on in the Cheney energy meeting which has been kept so secret. When information is not available, then there is only speculation and misinformation.

    Partisan squabbling and fighting amonst ourselves never results in anything constructive unless the idea is to divert attention which some group consolidates power or gets richer. Blaming Congress is only half right since the other half resides with the executive branch of government. Politics, if correctly implimented, is the realm of compromise.

  • Frank
    Aug. 7, 2008 11:11 a.m.

    Despite the article it did bring up something I hadnt thought about. The current problems in the US are a godsend for Obama and MCain.

  • BYR
    Aug. 7, 2008 10:56 a.m.

    good points

  • hold on...
    Aug. 7, 2008 10:52 a.m.

    re Mike Richards

    Your analogy falls short, because you fail to address the responsibility borne by the "chief of police."

    It is so funny to me how conservatives, who hail George Bush as a great leader, a moral man, and an example to all, have now made him a helpless pawn to the all-powerful Congress.

    Which is it? Great leader, or helpess, hapless pawn?

    Oh yeah, but they will be the FIRST to say that anything good that happens is due to Bush's "leadership."

    Sorry, you can't have it both ways.

  • Hatuletoh
    Aug. 7, 2008 10:49 a.m.

    I think it's sweet when people think that Congress actually has the ability to affect any real change.

    I think it's equally sweet when people retain in their minds nebulous "bad guys" to which blame may be ascribed for all the world's problems. George Bush or Nacy Pelosi, pick your favorite nefarious spector and come up with an argument for why it's all his or her fault. Welcome to mind of the modern American voter, who is, in the interest of academic honesty, my preferred nefarious spector.

  • For Mike Richards
    Aug. 7, 2008 10:24 a.m.

    Because the new policeman doesn't have GWB threating to veto anything that the current Congress passes.

    Let's see: 12 years of Republican-controlled congress. 7 years of the GWB.

    17 months of a slim democrat-majority and a republican president.

    Mr. Green, explain to me again how it's the fault of the democrats?

  • Safety
    Aug. 7, 2008 9:22 a.m.

    Sure your oil price went up, but you haven't seen a terrorist attack on US soil under this Democratic Congress. Who let the last terrorists in? Oh yeah, the Republicans.

  • Anonymous
    Aug. 7, 2008 8:59 a.m.

    You're right. Without those darn democrats, Bush would surely have secured health care for every american, peace and prosperity for every american, and his "compasssionate conservatism" would have provided all of us with everything we'll ever need.

  • re: Reds are coming
    Aug. 7, 2008 8:53 a.m.

    The point of the "red scare" letter is that when ideological wars are created (Islamofascism v the world is the latest one) it always ends in a waste of lives and money.

    Commie Vietnam is now trading partners with Capitalist America and all is fine between them. So why did our troops die in Vietnam?

    But don't expect anybody to tell the soldiers they died for economic reasons. You'll NEVER get them to take that hill.

  • Mike Richards
    Aug. 7, 2008 8:48 a.m.

    A new policeman is assigned to patrol the "beat" that an old policeman walked for twenty years. Suddenly crime doubles. The friends of the new policeman point fingers at the old policeman and blame him for the rise in crime. They ignore the fact that the new policeman was hired to handle that beat. When he took the job, that beat became his responsibility. He accepted the beat knowing that there might be on-going issues left over from the previous policeman, but he gave his word of honor that he would accept things as they were and do his job.

    Why is Congress any different than the policeman? Why do they think that they can blame previous Congresses? Those Congressmen knew what they were getting into. They knew the issues. They knew the responsibilities.

    Why do we citizens excuse our Representatives? Why do we let them fail us? Why do we listen to their excuses? It's their turn to be on duty. Hold their feet to the fire until they do their duty - acceptably.

  • Republicans threaten my family
    Aug. 7, 2008 8:19 a.m.

    One Thing,

    "Nothing. That's right. The democrats haven't done one thing to solve the problems. How much has gas gone up in the last 17 months?"

    Don't we all wish it were that easy. If only the Congressional Democrats could pass legislation dealing with the problem without obstructionist Republicans impeding, interfering and in general obstructing at every opportunity. Why the hell do you think we are even talking about a compromise bill?

    Answer: The Republican Oil Hacks are blackmailing the Democrats and their leader George W. Bush is helping them but let's not forget to place blame with those voted for them.

    Our sons and our daughters are dying in Iraq while their damn Representatives, Senators and President are in the pockets of the U.S. oil industry who are trying to COERCE US INTO GRANTING THEM DOMESTIC OIL LEASES so they can DRILL and EXPORT IT for $4.00+ a gallon and then force us to pay the same.

    We will have energy independence and its pathetic that Republicans are holding America hostage. If you want to play this game I say bring it on. My family is tired of your damn war and the price of gas.

    It's war now!

  • to one thing
    Aug. 7, 2008 8:09 a.m.

    Good one. If prices go up it the democrats fault, but if they go down the president gets the credit. Well thought out.

  • Jeffrey
    Aug. 7, 2008 8:03 a.m.

    It's incredible how many people seem to think that all of this country's problems seemed to miraculously appear as soon as the Democrats took the "majority" in Congress.

    I find it especially funny that these same people have ranted and raved for 8 years about how people who disagree with Bush are just Bush-haters who hate him because he's a Republican, but then switch sides when their Congress does.

    Thanks for the smile this morning, all. :)

  • One Thing
    Aug. 7, 2008 7:23 a.m.

    Nothing. That's right. The democrats haven't done one thing to solve the problems. How much has gas gone up in the last 17 months?

  • Sounds to me . . .
    Aug. 7, 2008 5:19 a.m.

    . . . like you're also describing the Republicans. Neither has clean hands in that regard.

  • Future Senator Green is a moron
    Aug. 7, 2008 3:58 a.m.

    Jim Green,

    "It is ironic that they are the ones who created the mess."

    Apparently you think the Democrats in Congress have created the mess in the last 17 months even though the Bush Administration and Republican controlled Congress for 12 years prior to that and the White House for the last 8 years.

    "And they are the only ones who can get us out of it. Yet everyone assumes somehow the new president will be able to solve our problems. To make the country suffer longer just to ensure retention of their political control is unconscionable."

    What's unconscionable is that you and other talking heads feel free to insult ordinary Americans who are serving in Congress and think everyone will condone your disgusting and repugnant behavior.

    I guess you love to attack people just because they hold public office but don't want the people to talk about how you as a voter created this mess. If you think you are so damn intelligent then shut the hell up and run for Congress but don't expect to get my vote because you make it clear you are one of the dumbest people who have ever lived.

  • Reds are coming
    Aug. 7, 2008 3:28 a.m.

    See the red scare letter in this issue. I'm looking under my bed from now on!

  • Roland Kayser
    Aug. 7, 2008 12:20 a.m.

    The Democrats have been controlling cogress for about 17 months now. Prior to that the Republicans were in control for twelve years. Please list one thing the Democrats did during those 17 months that created any of the listed problems.