Letters to the Editor for Feb. 22, 2013
Published: Friday, February 22, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 9:43 p.m.
No identifiable benefit
I want to thank The Sun for its latest articles concerning this area’s largest single economic question mark, the biomass plant.
I’ve heard some comment that the Feb. 19 editorial, “Self interest,” was not quite as complete as Chris Curry’s “Biomass plant nearly done, issues remain” article.
But to be fair, Curry’s article was more in the form of an investigative report. But even the people who say there are benefits to biomass should have space to explain why they think that whatever we do, here in little small Gainesville, would have any measurable effect on worldwide global warming.
This project has no identifiable benefit. It is incontrovertible fact that China or some other growing community in the U.S. will gladly use whatever natural gas that we don’t use.
Taxes is not a swear word. In the 1990s, we developed a budget surplus.
Then came the right wing. Taxes were slashed, social agendas were pushed and a movement against our great nation’s government was launched. Result? Disaster.
On the average, taxpayers are economically ignorant and are swayed by idealistic and socially moronic ideas that are better fit for pre-19th century ideals.
If every taxpayer on the average paid just $150 more a year in taxes (42 cents a day — less than 6 percent of one hour’s pay to a minimum-wage earner) we could raise $30 billion.
Along with cuts to pork-barrel spending, including bridges to nowhere, that would put us back where we belong in terms of education, infrastructure, a robust military, better safeguards for the elderly and poor, etc.
It’s better investment than any person could make in today’s market.
H. Dane Mottlau,
Speak from the heart
Criticism of Marco Rubio’s speech is unfounded and unfair.
This man, unlike a lot of our leaders, can speak from the heart without the use of teleprompters or speechwriters. Our own president cannot even speak to businessmen or grade-school children without a teleprompter.
When our president gave his State of the Union address, it was just a retread of the one he gave four years ago and did nothing to implement. But he had to use a teleprompter.
Like so many other Americans, I would rather see a leader speak from the heart that they believe in doing what is right for the people, rather than cave in to what their political party wants.
That is leading us down the road to failure. Our leaders need to stop caving in to big money, have a conscience, and do what is right for the taxpayers who put them in office.
Pathway to gridlock
President Barack Obama won the last election by more than 4 million votes and took the electoral vote by a score of 332 to 206. He clearly whooped Mitt Romney and consequently should seem to be more in charge.
Yet, it seems as if the Republicans still have an active pathway to gridlock that prevents the president from implementing his agenda. The Republicans may allow the sequestration cuts to throw the economy back into recession.
Why do the Republicans have so much success in derailing this president’s attempts to put together a second-term legislative juggernaut? House Republicans seem to have a high degree of caucus loyalty.
Since the bylaws of the Senate haven’t changed, the Democrats still need a supermajority to pass any legislation.
The president has responded with government by fiat. He employs the executive order to overcome partisan opposition.
However, government by fiat will not endear Obama to presidential historians.
The most important responsibility of our federal government is to protect its citizenry through fostering economic and military strength. Yet our administration is playing Russian roulette with their political games that are presently jeopardizing this safety.
Their method uses fear mongering and gamesmanship to gain political power. President Obama created the sequestration to stimulate the fear of economic and military collapse, forcing Republicans to vote for his progressive agenda or face the consequences of being blamed for triggering the sequestration.
These games are devised not for the good of our country but a power grab.
John S. Poser,
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