To the editor:
President Barack Obama’s approval rating among all voters is now at 39 percent, and his disapproval rating is 53 percent, according to a poll conducted earlier this month. In a recent print interview, President Obama stated that racial tensions might have softened his popularity among white voters within the last two years and that some folks really dislike him because “they don’t like the idea of a black president.”
Mr. President, let me clue you in on something: white people voted for you and helped put you in office. White people didn’t all of a sudden start thinking they don’t like you because you are black. As Martin Luther King Jr. stated, don’t judge a person by the color of his skin, but by the content of his character. With you as our president for the last five years, we are now judging you on the content of your policies and how you have led our nation; that is where the problem lies with many of us.
Why the low approval rating? Your economic policies have not brought us out of the economic recession we were in when you took office. Under your leadership, our debt has increased by more than $5 trillion, causing the first ever downgrade in the U.S. credit rating. You have funneled billions of dollars to companies that have failed, and you have used taxpayer money to give to companies that you and your wife personally like.
You decided to fund General Motors with more than $50 billion of taxpayer money, with stock and bondholders losing their life savings in order to protect union members who vote for you. Your desire to bring our entire health care system into a government-run national system demonstrates the incompetence of your administration. The website rollout was horrendous, premiums are higher than ever, the site is not secure, and fewer people have health insurance than they did before Obamacare.
Mr. President, believe me when I say that I don’t care about the color of your skin, but I do judge you on the content of your character and how you run this country. I can’t stand your policies, you have problems telling the truth, and you govern more like a Third World dictator than a U.S. president. Mr. President, stop playing the race card.
MICHAEL O. KREPS
Jumping party lines
To the editor:
Now that we know the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is raising $50 million to fight conservatism in the Republican Party, I think tea party types who have supported business interests should repay these greedy people by joining Democrats in voting for a business tax. However, the 2 percent margins tax on Nevada’s November ballot doesn’t get the job done. I recommend we support a 5 percent tax that would fund education and help defray the huge cost of supplying cheap labor to these ripoff artists.
If we allocated 40 percent of the new tax to education and 60 percent to all the health, public safety and social services these folks require, the individual taxpayer would be spared more punishment.
Conservatives know that our representatives in the Republican Party won’t be allowed to actually represent our views, so why not go with the flow? Join the Democrats, but this time, bleed those who benefit from a government that sponsors inflation, ignores immigration laws and subsidizes everything that employers don’t pay for.
What’s the downside? The casinos will offer fewer free buffets and tweak the gambling odds a bit. Fast-food joints will raise their prices. Farmers will ask the Department of Agriculture for larger subsidies (and get them). Let’s see, that means we might gamble less and eat at buffets less, and eat fewer 3,000-calorie burgers and milkshakes. What a horror story.
Come on conservatives, join the Democrats in approving the tax measure and working toward our common goals.
Driver ID cards
To the editor:
While the wording used in the Review-Journal’s front-page headline Saturday was factually correct, it overlooks the defining attribute and specific purpose of the driver authorization card (“Potential fraud numbers rise”). Many non-U.S. citizens are already allowed to drive legally in the state — those who are permanent residents.
The sole objective of the driving cards approved by the Nevada Legislature and Gov. Brian Sandoval is to allow people who are living in the United States in defiance of U.S. law to drive legally in the state.
GRAHAM H. TYE
NORTH LAS VEGAS
To the editor:
I would really like to know why some people believe that a woman has absolutely no right to control her own health and her own body. It makes no sense at all. I would really like to know why total strangers believe that they have the right to dictate someone else’s choice.
The whole abortion debate is ridiculous. Every woman has the right to make her own decisions about her own body, and that is essentially what the Supreme Court decided in Roe v. Wade — it is a private decision between a woman and her physician, and the government, the fervent anti-abortion crowd and the rest of us have no business interfering.
Christie and Reid
To the editor:
The Port Authority Police Department is led by both New York and New Jersey, so if New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie knew about Bridgegate, didn’t New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo also know? I know of no agencies or companies that are aware of all that happens among their underlings. I do know one miscue does not nullify all the good work Gov. Christie has done.
I also know we have a senator, Harry Reid, who has tried to push an unnecessary bridge across the Colorado River at Laughlin to increase his property value, pushed a Chinese wind farm lobbied by a son, had Henderson drop its city attorney qualifications so another son could be awarded the post, and who has another offspring demanding full control of a taxpayer-sponsored park.
When is the voting public going to cease being led to the polls on leash by either an elephant or donkey?