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Letters to the Editor

April 29, 2010

Editor's note: These letters were published in the print edition of The Herald-Mail on Wednesday, April 28:

Government isn't always the problem



To the editor:

If you are a closed-minded neoconservative, stop reading right now and go to David Limbaugh's column for your fill of vitriol.

If you consider yourself an independent, open-minded person, read on.

Midterm elections are coming up and you will have a number of people asking you to hire them to run the country. Before you make a decision from habit or emotion, consider this:

Suppose you are the chairman of the board of a huge, complex organization with hundreds of thousands of employees, operating worldwide with complex and far-flung contractual obligations and relationships. Suppose you are now looking for top managers to run your organization.

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A candidate comes in for an interview and tells you that he doesn't believe your company can work, they will do what they can to dismantle the company, and oh, by the way, the last big, complex organization they ran drove the world economy to the brink of economic meltdown.

On top of that, they have not run a profitable organization in more than 50 years. (Remember, the last two administrations to balance the national budget in the last 50 years were Democratic administrations -- LBJ and Clinton. During the last 40 years, there have been five budget surpluses, all five were under Democratic presidents -- 1969, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001.) Ready to hire that candidate?

Well, that's what the Republicans are telling us -- the Ronald Reagan lie, "Government is the problem." Perhaps the problem is we keep electing Republican administrations that don't believe the government can work, try to dismantle it, bloat the government payroll and ignore contra-cyclical financing of government while they trample the Constitution as they proclaim that they are defending it.

It took a decade to crawl out of the Great Depression, but it looks like this administration is turning the situation around in less than two years.

Yes, we all had to hold our noses and take our medicine in the bank bailout nobody liked. Yes, we had to go deeper in debt (remember that contra-cyclical financing thing? Look it up.) and nobody likes that.

Remember when Mitch McConnell went on the Senate floor and claimed that stimulus programs don't work? Remember how he used the stimulus programs of FDR in the 1930s as examples and then said it was World War II that pulled us out of the Great Depression? Let's drill down on that. The U.S. had a population of 144 million people in 1940. The government put 12 million on the payroll in uniform for the war. The government spent fortunes into the private sector to buy war materials, which were consumed very quickly. Isn't that the definition of a "stimulus program"?

They just don't get it. Are you ready to hire them again? Please don't have a short memory.

Bob and Earlene Ayrer
Falling Waters, W.Va.




Health care brings us closer to Jesus



To the editor:

For those who are able to discern the times in which we live, seeing the picture of President Obama signing the health care reform bill (The Herald-Mail, March 24) was a joyous moment.

Not because Obamacare is a good thing -- it isn't. But rather because it represents a giant step toward that day foretold by John the Revelator, a day when no one will be able to buy anything or sell anything unless he or she is branded with the new world order brand.

You might say, that is depressing; why rejoice over that? Yes, it is depressing, but the rejoicing is over what follows the depressing part.

The rejoicing is over the fact that we have also just taken a giant step toward the day when Jesus will come back to Earth and whip those leaders who believe it is their inexorable right to gain comfort, ease, wealth, power and position at the expense of, and on the backs of, their fellow man.

The passage of Obamacare just brought that day exponentially closer. Hallelujah!

G. F. Miller
Hagerstown




Health care might come out of Social Security



To the editor:

This letter is to the people who want to know where everyone's Social Security fund has gone. All of our big spenders in Congress have raided our Social Security fund to the tune of $2.53 trillion from 1968 to 2008 and $137 billion in 2009. There is no estimate for 2010. They borrowed money with IOUs for their pork-barrel programs instead of saving it to pay benefits.

Where do you think President Obama and Congress are going to get the money to pay for Obama's health care plan? Are they going to put another IOU in the Social Security fund?

Obama and Congress claim the Social Security fund does not belong to the people. My question is where did the money come from? It was withheld from our paychecks and paid into by our employers.

To everyone who thinks health care will be free, you will notice an increase in your withholdings before the health care bill even goes into effect in 2014. There will be more unemployment because small businesses cannot afford this additional expense.

There are a lot of people concerned about no increase in our COLA, but they are going to raise our Medicare costs to more than $100. Remember, a lot of older people only have their Social Security to live on and they need an increase each year.

We will have an opportunity to correct this in November. How do bosses get rid of employees who are not doing their jobs? They fire them.

Let's all hit the polls in November and get rid of the big spenders, so be sure you are registered to vote if you did not vote in the last election.

Mary Forrest
Smithsburg

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