LETTERS: President's intentions not surprising


To the editor:

The federal government is shut down because of President Barack Obama’s “my way or the highway” position. He won’t negotiate with the House of Representatives, a sentiment echoed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Vice President Joe Biden, etc.

It’s been reported that 800,000 nonessential employees have been furloughed, but they will receive back pay. Why would they be paid for being off work? Private-sector workers aren’t paid when they’re furloughed.

There are a couple of good things that have come from the shutdown. Surly, contemptuous, arrogant government workers are not in their cushy offices antagonizing the good citizens of this nation. And the shutdown has shown that those government employees are not needed. Our government has described them as unnecessary and redundant. Lay them off. Better yet, fire them. Even in their absence, government workers demonstrate their contempt for us, by blocking access to national parks and monuments. Those properties belong to us.

I have watched our nation slide toward a dominant government. There has been a reluctance by some to call it what it really is. I have witnessed an ever-increasing welfare system. I read that 51 percent of the next generation is born into the welfare state. As soon as they come out of the womb, those babies are saddled with a $40,000 share of our national debt and are placed onto the welfare rolls. No nation can survive when more than half of the population is on welfare, plus the expense of all of the unneeded government employees.

The shame of it is, President Obama’s intentions were known well before the 2008 election. He’s moving ever closer to fulfilling my warning that he shall become dictator of this nation. He believes that he’s the dictator of the United States now, as evidenced by his actions and statements. Of late, I have seen an increasing number of letters to the editor stating what I said five years ago.

WAYNE P. BROTHERTON SR.

AMARGOSA VALLEY

Shutdown miscalculations

To the editor:

Congressional Republicans made a serious miscalculation when they shut down our government. They convinced themselves that congressional Democrats and President Barack Obama would give in and negotiate. Since that hasn’t happened, they don’t have a clue as to how to reopen the government and get government workers back on the job.

So the House Republicans send up piecemeal bills allowing certain government workers to return to work, but not others, while the Democrats simply want the government to reopen, putting everyone back to work. Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner could end this stalemate by simply allowing the House to vote on the Senate budget bull. But he refuses. So the shutdown continues. Don’t be surprised if Republicans refuse to raise the debt ceiling before Oct. 17, meaning the American government is not only shutdown, but can’t pay it’s bills. All this over halting Obamacare.

RICHARD MUNDY

LAS VEGAS

GOP voter push-back

To the editor:

While I feel for the business owners affected by the government shutdown, I think the people who paraded their boats down the Strip or crashed the gates at Zion National Park could make better use of their time (“Sides in shutdown further entrenched,” Monday Review-Journal). Republican voters should call their elected representatives and demand that House Speaker John Boehner allow a vote on the continuing resolution. Only then can President Barack Obama negotiate anything more than he already has. After umpteen filibusters over the years, anyone who thinks he has not negotiated is practicing cognitive dissonance.

The Democrats involved should encourage the president to resist the insane tactics driven by the insane mindset of the tea party, which thinks it’s just fine to take America to the bottom as the Republican Party sinks like a stone. Speaker Boehner and his friends should remember the Turkish proverb, “No matter how far you have gone on the wrong road, turn back.”

WILLIAM R. FOUTS

LAS VEGAS

Bratty behavior

To the editor:

Many years ago, the British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli made a statement that cries out loud in America today: “Damn your principles, stick to your party.” From the president and Congress, the American people are witnessing a disgusting and shameful display of bratty, stubborn behavior from Democrats and Republicans. They are not worthy of the sweat off the brows of the American worker.

Another statement made long ago by Ambrose Bierce hits the nail on the head: “Politics is the conduct of public affairs for private advantage.” It is truly unfortunate that our elected officials feel it is more important to be Democrats or Republicans than Americans.

God help America.

WALTER E. GUNTHER

LAS VEGAS

Recognize all survivors

To the editor:

Why does October have to be breast cancer awareness month? There are many of us who have suffered from different kinds of cancer. I have had my vocal chords removed, and I’m sure I have suffered just as much as a breast cancer patient.

Why don’t we make October cancer survivors month? It makes sense to me. By the way, I loved your pink newspaper on Oct. 2.

JOSEPHINE ZANFINO

LAS VEGAS

 

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