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Letters to the Editor - July 11

July 08, 2011

Put blame for deficit where it belongs

To the editor:

If you are watching the kabuki dance going on in the Senate and House about the debt ceiling, you might think this is the first time Congress has been asked to raise the debt ceiling,  

Congress voted 19 times to raise the debt ceiling during the presidency of George W. Bush without any quid-pro quo. With a Democratic president in the White House and elections on the horizon, we are hearing the drum beat of fiscal responsibility on both sides of the aisle. The GOP is playing politics with an economy that is fluttering; allowing the U.S. to default on its debt will be catastrophic.

The main opposition to the vote is coming from the GOP. The GOP is requesting steep budget cuts and a cut in the corporate tax rate. We have tried this before; Bush made the same argument when he came into office in 2001. Giving tax cuts to corporations only increases their profit margin, and they in turn give huge pay raises and bonuses to their top 1 percent.

That principle doesn't create jobs. Jobs are created when there's a demand for goods and services. Demand is created by the working class having money in their pockets to actually purchase goods and services. The GOP's ideological obsession with trickle-down economics does not work; we tried it for eight years with George W. and the result was a recession.

The GOP might be suffering from self-delusion and hypocrisy. This is the party that brought us the Medicare drug plan at the estimated cost of $1.2 trillion over 10 years (Washington Post). The Bush tax cuts for the top 1 percent added $81.5 billion to the deficit (CNN Money), and the cost for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have surpassed $2.7 trillion (Reuters).

We all know running  budget deficits is bad for our economy and our future especially when a sizable percentage of that debt  is being held by China, we also know the urgency to address the solvency of social programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, these issues need to be addressed  in a bipartisan way.

According to the CBO, George W came into office with a 10-year projected budget surplus of $5.6 trillion dollars. Eight years later he left office with an $11 trillion dollar deficit. Constructive discussions about ways to reduce the debt are welcomed, but misplacing blame is delusional.

Alicious Phillips

Martinsburg, W.Va.


Show that Maryland stands against child abuse

To the editor:

The recent ruling in the Casey Anthony case has outraged so many Americans. The legal system may be working correctly but does not always mean it is just.

With a refueling of fire to fight for Justice's Law we are again looking for supporters of this law to fight for the rights of Maryland children.

Unfortunately, abused and murdered children do not get the justice they so deserve. As the defenseless victim they have less rights then their abuser. I do not understand why our laws do not protect a child full force. Our children are our future, an extension of our life and soul. When they are hurt it is our instinct to protect and fight for them.

This legislative decision need not be fretted over because it is a no-brainer. It is a simple piece of legislation that gives an extra measure of justice to victims of child abuse. Many abused children are too young to fight or have a voice against the abuser.  And many do not survive the first round of abuse. Therefore up to life in prison may be too light of a sentence for some of the abusers out there.

As an American, Marylander, mother and wife I beg for your support in passing Justice's Law. Help support the fight against child abuse and show the children of Maryland their lives are worth more than their abusers.

Unfortunately Maryland does not value the life of a child like that of an adult and the maximum amount of time a convicted child abuser can serve is 30 years, and these inmates are only required to serve 50 percent of the sentence, so even if they receive the maximum they can be back on the streets in 15 years.  Most of those convicted of this crime are young, usually in their early 20s, which means they can be walking the streets in their 30s.

This is not justice. The severity and brutality in these cases are beyond compare. Please help us pass Justice's Law so these innocent children can receive justice and we can send the message that Maryland  does not tolerate child abuse.

Evelyn L. Miller

Williamsport


Corporate rights are overriding individual rights

To the editor:

Formerly, the Supreme Court of the United States was respected because its decisions of note were mainly pro-people, not corporation. Not too long ago the Court held that a corporation is a person within the meaning of the Bill of Rights. Where did they get such an idea? Certainly not from the Federalist Papers.

Corporate rights are increasing while individual rights are diminishing. See the Walmart case, making it difficult, if not impossible for women to obtain their rights in the retail marketplace.

Not too long ago, the U.S. Senate commanded respect as a body. Now only a few senators command respect, including our own Senators Cardin and Mikulski. The irrational behavior of the Republicans in Congress regarding the debt ceiling is irresponsible. It is dangerously close to throwing the economy into chaos.

We cannot do anything about the Supreme Court except wait for nature to take its course. But Congress is a different matter. We can vote them out.

Harold Craig Jr.

Emmitsburg, Md.

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