Burch: Tempest in a Tea Party pot

Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 7:05pm
By Michael R. Burch

Will the party of “no” soon become the party of “oh no!”?

The lives of millions of Americans will be dramatically impacted if the debt ceiling is not raised and critical government functions start shutting down. Tennessee Congressman Jim Cooper has suggested that the first people to feel financial pain should be the congressmen/congresswomen and senators who created the problem, then refused to work together to fix it. If anyone’s checks must bounce, why not start with theirs?

But let’s be honest. It’s hard to solve a puzzle rationally when half the “solvers” have gone insane. In order to rectify the debt crisis, it’s obvious that we need to increase revenues and decrease spending, as judiciously as possible. But unless we’re going to create death panels or allow millions of elderly, incapacitated and poor people to starve to death and go without medical attention, Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid are much more than “entitlements.” They’re necessities. This doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be reformed. But Tea Party types have taken leave of reality, pretending there’s some magical dimension in which a “smaller government” can “end entitlements” without causing tremendous suffering for millions of people. The simple truth is that the “flab” they want to excise consists of human beings.

Most American conservatives claim to be Christians. But how can anyone possibly imagine Jesus Christ allowing millions of elderly and disadvantaged people to suffer, in order to preserve tax cuts for the rich? It is not the height of insanity to claim to be disciples of Christ, while doing exactly the opposite of what he, his apostles and Hebrew prophets clearly instructed when they said the affluent should help those in need? Since a tiny percentage of Americans controls so much of our nation’s wealth, why not eliminate their tax cuts, at least temporarily, until the economy recovers? Wouldn’t that be more Christian, and more sane, than causing even more suffering for the elderly, the sick and the needy?

Hypocrisy aside, the Republican Party is playing a very dangerous game. After President Obama’s speech about the current stalemate, House Speaker John Boehner made it clear that Republicans are unwilling to compromise, which would require accepting a balanced menu of revenue increases and spending cuts. Republicans have adopted a dangerous ideology in which taxes are the root of all evil, rather than the ground of the common good.

What do the majority of Americans want — more ideological grandstanding or responsible government? After the president called for ordinary Americans to contact their representatives and insist on compromise, government web servers started crashing due to the surge of incoming communications. People who have gone insane seldom think logically, so Republicans may not be able to read the handwriting on the wall. But I think the American public is “wising up” to the false religion and bad economics that have led to this tempest in a teapot.

Michael R. Burch is a Nashville-based editor and publisher of Holocaust poetry and other “things literary” at www.thehypertexts.com.

 

39 Comments on this post:

By: yogiman on 7/28/11 at 10:40

Mike,

The main issue is; those old folks have payed into those programs all of their corking lives. Those benefits aren't being "given" to them, they earned it.

But doesn't it seem strange our "government" can support and provide to other nations of the world but can't support their own"

Should you feel you should support your neighbor and let your family live in an unpleasant home die of hunger?

The budget must me cut. The first cut should be the ridiculous salaries and benefits congress has set for themselves. The second should be their ridiculous spending as "payback" to their campaign donors.

We need a turnover in congress and the usurper of the Oval Office ASAP. Otherwise, the USA will soon become the USSA (actually, its almost there now).

By: yogiman on 7/28/11 at 10:42

s/h/b working lives. Sorry, gdiafarte.

By: govskeptic on 7/29/11 at 5:07

I've heard these same words dozens of times this past week coming from the
mouths of the Democratic members of congress on C-Span. Yes, it's too late
to not raise the already outrageous Debt Limit, but there's certainly nothing wrong
with attempting to reduce this 14 "Trillion" + amount for the future. One of the
main areas that needs to start the process is the defense budget, It could be
cut a great deal and still maintain the current troop levels. The US will never stop
payment on the debt, and far too much press has been given to the affects if they
did! Japan's bonds are rated AA yet they pay less per bond than does the US
with AAA rating???

By: Funditto on 7/29/11 at 5:33

Public Campaign Financing would nip all this nonsense. Nobody would be beholden to anyone and greed would then be just another deadly sin - not the driving force in our country.

By: dargent7 on 7/29/11 at 6:01

Cooper is grandstanding. He knows full well, this side of Hell, that Congress won't forego their paychecks.
He's pandering to dummies for votes.
And as a safe bet, keep a Republican out of the White House.
Social Security isn't an "entitlement". I've been paying into the system since I was 17.
At 62, I might get $700. a month, BACK.
Republicans don't care one iota about their fellow man.
Unless they're waiting to tee-off at Belle Meade, Hillwood, or Richland Country Club.

By: Kosh III on 7/29/11 at 6:10

Cutting congressional salaries is a miniscule amount and would only by symbolic.
The major expenses are the military and the huge welfare checks we give to the merchants of death.
Pull out of Iraq, Afghanistan, Japan, S Korea, EU, Latin America. Stop being the cop and Imperial master of the world. Why do we spend more on the military than all the rest of the industrialized world combined?

The Dept of State spends 6 BILLION each year on Iraq alone.

Eliminate the welfare checks to Israel and all the others. We should only give genuine humanitarian assistance to other countries and only in very directed ways.

As to Social Security, we should have a flat tax. The 6%whatever should apply to all with no income limit. The age of benefit start should slowly be raised to 70.

Eliminate Medicaid, Obamacare and VA Health. Put every citizen under the Enhanced Medicare plan promoted by the AMA. It's far more efficient and cost effective than the current system which is only designed to enrich the rich.

By: serr8d on 7/29/11 at 6:16

Democrats are fighting tooth and nail to save their far-Left neo-Socialist party from extinction. Because, if 'spending' is curtailed, how else will they they buy the votes they need to stay in power?

Democrats have become the Looters; attracting the lowest-level of societal Moochers with Other People's Money. They've worked this game since LBJ's Great Society program began back in '68, and today, there's nothing else they've to offer that's attractive enough to rake in Party-line votes. So, they are fighting for their political lives; hoping to save their miserable LeftLibProgg culture of thievery and redistribution.

Stay staunch, #TeaParty. Keep this fight alive, because it's time to stop our Republic's slide into Dirty Socialisms. If not now, when?

By: dargent7 on 7/29/11 at 6:40

"Dirty Socialism"? How's that pure greed, corruption, and Capitalism system workin' out for ya'? How's a minus $14.3 trillion look about now? How's National bankruptcy?
Maybe we can file Chapter 13 and snub our noses at Europe, Asia, China and Greece?

By: conservarage on 7/29/11 at 6:41

republicans hate old people, children, women, they want to kill grandma, blah blah blah. these are the same talking points from the 90's. just shut up already. liberalism is the ideology of the deluded and/or stupid.

By: Captain Nemo on 7/29/11 at 6:46

The Tea Party is keeping its word not to raise taxes and to cut spending. It does not matter if they send the country to hell, they are keeping their word.

By: gdiafante on 7/29/11 at 7:06

"republicans hate old people, children, women, they want to kill grandma, blah blah blah. these are the same talking points from the 90's. just shut up already. liberalism is the ideology of the deluded and/or stupid."

Oh the irony...

By: gdiafante on 7/29/11 at 7:13

Ten years of supply-side economics and a serious Congressional spending spree based on ideology that deficits do not matter (Remember Reagan?) have practically ruined our nation financially.

The deepening divide of partisan BS has finally resulting in a complete shutdown of government at the national level. The U.S. has been exposed as a fraud and a highly dysfunctional Republic.

Until the country can acknowledge that (1) entitlements will have to be reformed on a significant level and (2) the free ride is over for Corporations and wealthy individuals, we will continue down the path to ruin.

On some level, I believe that the founders who thought the nation too large to be a Republic were correct. A nation this large necessitates a large and powerful central government. That's just a fact that has been substantiated by the last 100 years or more. As much as the right would love to return the Age of Jackson, it's not going to happen. As much as the left would love a government program for every little thing, it should not happen.

As Washington fiddles, the country burns.

By: serr8d on 7/29/11 at 7:16

We've spent, spent, spent and spent, and what's come of it?

People are still poor; people will always grow old and die; people will be greedy or soulless or lacking education or otherwise not availing themselves of our Republic's freedoms.

Here's something all you who are at Left can do: read Alexis de Tocqueville's "Democracy in America" (free from Amazon to your Kindle, or read it online: http://xroads.virginia.edu/~HYPER/DETOC/toc_indx.html ) - a book that should've been required reading in High School.

One thing de Tocqueville observed was nascent America's ability to take care of people without having expectations from their Government to do so: families took care of each other; communities through faith took care of wretchards. Now, we've pushed that care off on to other people: we expect Government to sustain Granny; we expect 'someone else' to take care of the wretchards; we've practically destroyed Churches, and with them went their outreaches.

Guess what? We can't afford to do that anymore. We.Are.Broke.You.Dumbass.Democrats.

By: Captain Nemo on 7/29/11 at 7:21

Tea Party makes their stand against spending, unless it means war. Then SPEND SPEND SPEND.

By: serr8d on 7/29/11 at 7:27

For those who want immediate gratification...

"The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money."

"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years."

"When the taste for physical gratifications among them has grown more rapidly than their education . . . the time will come when men are carried away and lose all self-restraint . . . . It is not necessary to do violence to such a people in order to strip them of the rights they enjoy; they themselves willingly loosen their hold. . . . they neglect their chief business which is to remain their own masters."

"Democracy extends the sphere of individual freedom socialism restricts it. Democracy attaches all possible value to each man; socialism makes each man a mere agent a mere number. Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word: equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude."

By: Captain Nemo on 7/29/11 at 7:34

For those that fear their own shadows.

Each participant was wired to an electroencephalograph that recorded activity in the anterior cingulate cortex, the part of the brain that detects conflicts between a habitual tendency (pressing a key) and a more appropriate response (not pressing the key). Liberals had more brain activity and made fewer mistakes than conservatives when they saw a W, researchers said. Liberals and conservatives were equally accurate in recognizing M.

http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-sci-politics10sep10,0,2687256.story

By: gdiafante on 7/29/11 at 7:52

De Tocqueville?

Unless he was referring to a 300 million+ populated Republic, it's redundant.

It's not the 19th century.

By: gdiafante on 7/29/11 at 7:54

The problem with Serr8d is he views the world through partisan glasses. That's why he's considered the fringe. Americans are growing tired of the fringe dictating the discussion. This is why there is no progress.

By: kenwinter on 7/29/11 at 10:25

Thanks, Michael for clear thinking.

Among many good primers on the US collapse - and in particular, the mis-targeted attack on government spending - is pastor/author Jim Wallis' "Rediscovering Values: A Moral Compass for the New Economy." Wallis argues that two of three vital US sectors - government and civic - "have been totally dominated by the market."

Of course, this celebrated author will not change the minds of the 1% households that owns 43% of US financial wealth - or the 20% of households owning 93% - or the tea party storm troops duped into protecting this inequity - or the banks who have forsaken legitimate lending and investing for high-fee trading, mergers and acquisitions that are devoid of economic or social benefit.

But for the 80% of us trying to figure out how the remaining seven percent of national wealth can build businesses that manufacture, hire and commit to human community - for that 80% of us, Wallis, Warren Buffett, and others are exceedingly clear: the multinational corporations, banks and hoarders living off unearned income caused this mess.

To be sure, they were enabled by congress and regulators who shared the "free-for-all-market" ideology (to quote Republican former regulator Sheila Bair). However, it will eventually be the people's (revamped, to be sure) government and civic institutions that will solve this, not the self-interested beneficiaries of subsidies, tax breaks, lobbying, etc. We all will eventually embrace, as the Western Europeans, Scandinavians, and others have (1) progressive taxation of corporate profits. idle wealth, off-shored business and cash, imports, and other unpatriotic mischief, and (2) forced cooperation among private, public and civic sectors to better sustain the American dream.

By: Mike Burch on 7/29/11 at 10:28

yogiman,

I agree. I have been paying into Social Security and Medicare since I was a teenager. I worked full-time my senior year in high-school, and three jobs while in college, and these deductions were taken from every check I earned.

Social Security and Medicare are imposed on workers who have no choice in the matter. Those workers have every right to receive what they were promised in return. When Republicans speak cavalierly of slashing "entitlements" to the bone, they are, in effect, declaring war on nearly every working American.

Republicans want tax cuts for the rich and big business, and to fund trillion-dollar wars, at our expense. This is really class warfare, with the super-rich profiting at the expense of the working class.

By: Mike Burch on 7/29/11 at 10:35

govskeptic,

I agree, absolutely. As Will Rogers said, no politician should be allowed to start a new war until all the past wars have been paid off.

Roughly 50% of our government's discretionary spending is on the military. But we are not using our military strictly for national defense. We have created a far-flung military empire, declared ourselves a "regional power" in the Middle East and Asia, and use our military power to bully other nations into doing things "the American way."

The result of our government's imperialism has been needless war after needless war, none of which helped the average American. When South Vietnam fell, did the nations of the earth topple like dominoes? Of course not.

Islamic extremists have no hope of "taking over the world" because they don't have armies, navies, air forces, troop transports, etc. It costs a huge amount of money to "take over" one tiny backwater nation like Vietnam or Afghanistan. Why? Because the natives will resist other people imposing their wills on them.

So these wars accomplish nothing and only waste lives and trillions of dollars. We should spend only what is necessary for the national defense, and stop using our military as an offensive weapon to create "democracies" abroad.

By: Mike Burch on 7/29/11 at 10:40

Kosh,

I agree. We keep pouring billions of dollars and advanced weapons into Israel, Iraq and Afghanistan. Iran is trapped in the middle, so of course Iran responds by beefing up its military and seeking nuclear weapons. If we were Iranians, we would want to protect ourselves.

The solution is for the US to prove that it has no dreams of conquest, by pulling out of the Middle East, ending its part in the arms race, and persuading Israel to treat Palestinians like human beings with fully equal rights.

This simple step would save trillions of dollars and help convince the Muslim world that we are not Imperialists bent on telling them how to live, and when to die, on their native soil.

By: Mike Burch on 7/29/11 at 10:46

serr8d,

If you look at "before" and "after" pictures of the US economy, it makes no sense to blame Democrats. The real damage was done under the arch-conservative neo-cons (emphasis on "cons"):

George W. Bush
Dick Cheney
Donald Rumsfeld

They publicly said that "deficits don't matter" and that the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq would be over in a matter of weeks. They promised that Americans would be hailed as "saviors." Rumsfeld arrogantly said, "I don't do body counts."

No, Democrats are not perfect. But at least they are trying to repair the worst damage, while Republicans refuse to confront reality, living in a la-la land where the elderly and poor can fork over 14 trillion dollars while the rich live on easy street.

By: Mike Burch on 7/29/11 at 10:54

Nemo,

I agree. Conservatives never saw a trillion-dollar war they didn't fall in love with. Of course they expect working class Joes to pay for the wars out of their retirement funds, while the super-rich sit on billions of dollars in stocks they pay no taxes on as long as they don't sell. How much tax has Bill Gates paid on his Microsoft holdings? Not a penny on the shares he hasn't sold.

The deck is stacked in favor of the upper crust, and when the bill comes due their Republican lackeys will go after average Americans like a pack of pit bulls.

War and "smaller government" are incompatible. Huge deficits and "smaller government" are incompatible. The simple reality is that Republicans have no real "plan," except to rob Social Security and Medicare in order to preserve tax cuts for the Upper Crust.

By: Mike Burch on 7/29/11 at 11:03

De Tocqueville spoke of the "righteousness" flaring from American pulpits as the key to the American success story ... but what about the class warfare between white Americans, Native Americans and black Americans?

Much of the "success" was the result of one group of people robbing and abusing other people.

Today we have a very similar problem, with the rich controlling the strings and constantly robbing and abusing the poor and working class.

While the Democrats are far from perfect, they are at least tying to balance the scales of economic justice. The Republicans have become lackeys for the rich, and now try to fool 98% of Americans into believing that whatever is good for the rich is the path to Nirvana.

The fact that so many Americans are unable to see something so simple is baffling.

By: Mike Burch on 7/29/11 at 11:13

gdiafante,

I agree. The lunatic fringe is growing very tiresome. Most Americans want a balanced solution. But most republicans have blinders on. They really seem to believe that if they are hung up on "no revenue increases," the majority of Americans must agree with them.

Marsha Blackburn was just quoted by the Tennessean as saying that her constituents don't want revenue increases. When she was informed of multiple polls that show most Americans favor a plan that includes revenue increases and spending cuts, she said she wasn't aware of them, even though the results were published by ABC, NBC, CBS, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal.

Are republicans informed? Do they listen? Do they read the news and study the facts? Or, like George W. Bush and Sarah Palin, do they just have faith in whatever they believe, and only hear things that confirm what they already "know"?

By: LizzyD on 7/29/11 at 11:21

"...false religion and bad economics that have led to this tempest in a teapot."

EXCELLENT!

By: Mike Burch on 7/29/11 at 11:26

Ken,

I think you made a good point, which I also made in a previous post to this thread, that "idle income"/"unearned gains" are a big part of the problem, and thus a key to a reasonable solution.

The average American both spends and pays taxes on most of what he/she makes. We pay sales taxes, property taxes, etc., and these taxes help pay for essential services provided by the government.

The super-rich are able to "protect" most of what they make, for instance by investing in stocks. They "sit" on this money while it increases in value, without paying taxes on the appreciation. Bill Gates is one of the wealthiest men on the planet, but because he owns Microsoft stock that he doesn't need to sell, he can legally evade billions in taxes.

Why should Republicans be allowed to slash Social Security, when the richest Americans are sitting on trillions of dollars that have never been taxed?

By: Mike Burch on 7/29/11 at 11:30

LIzzy,

Thanks, I thought that was a good line.

It is both bad religion and bad economics to favor the rich and powerful over commoners. Rather than a "trickle down" economy, why not a "trickle up" economy? Let the rich pay their fair share, and as the economy grows, their revenues will increase, because we spend more of what we make, than they do.

By: brrrrk on 7/29/11 at 11:46

Life as we know it....

James McMurtry "We Can't Make Here" Anymore

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iv0q3cW3x1s

By: gdiafante on 7/29/11 at 12:09

The problem with our economy is there is no demand. You can hand the rich truckloads of money to create jobs, but if there is no demand for whatever product or service they offer, you're not going to create jobs.

Now, businesses are stockpiling money...consumers are too, because they have no idea what's going to happen in Washington.

I suggest ending the Bush Tax Cuts and ending the wars and offset this with a payroll tax cut for consumers to kickstart demand.

Neither party has ever cared about the size of government, and that is the least of our worries. But the government should be allowed to do what is necessary to prevent financial collapse. As a nation, we need to tell the Tea Party to go to hell.

By: brrrrk on 7/29/11 at 12:19

gdiafante said

"The problem with our economy is there is no demand. You can hand the rich truckloads of money to create jobs, but if there is no demand for whatever product or service they offer, you're not going to create jobs."

Someone once said, "Capitalism is built on the fear that a poor man will get a dollar that a rich man could be sitting on. "

By: yogiman on 7/29/11 at 1:54

Just wondering, Mike, I never thought of it too much before now, since we're almost broke. Or at least, that's what our "for your welfare congress is telling us.You pay SS and Medicare fees on every job you work, Whether two jobs at one time or even three at the same time.

So the question arises, does medicare assist in more needs than it would if you only paid in on one job? Unless it has been changed, you get Social Security based on what you paid in.

By: Mike Burch on 7/29/11 at 2:27

yogiman,

No, there is no extra benefit for Medicare that I am aware of. With Social Security, the benefits rise with the total money paid in, so there is a benefit to working multiple jobs.

But Medicare is only 1.45% of gross pay, with the employer matching that amount. This year Social Security went down to 4.2% for the employee, with the employer still paying 6.2%.

These are reasonable programs, if we don't allow the Republicans to steal the funds we paid in all our lives, so that the super-rich can have tax cuts and loopholes wider than Texas!

By: Mike Burch on 7/29/11 at 2:31

gdiafante,

"Capitalism is built on the fear that a poor man will get a dollar that a rich man could be sitting on. "

I think this is a big part of the problem. If we put money in the hands of average Americans, they will spend it, which will boost the economy and increase sales tax and property tax revenues.

But someone who has billions tucked away in stocks has a big incentive not to do anything with the money, because he/she pays no taxes as long as the stocks appreciate and are not sold.

So we actually hurt the economy when we cut taxes for the rich and shift more of the burden to the middle class and poor. A "trickle up" economy is more likely to work that a "trickle down" economy. When people are making more money and spending more money, the rich will prosper from the growing economy.

By: parnell3rd on 7/31/11 at 12:17

With all due respect Mr. Burch, the democratic party is the party who did not pass a budget last year when they controled the House and Senate. So why don't you get your facts straight since all you can do is blame the rebuplican's.
The parties have recenly switched who said yes and no to debt ceiling increases. How forgetful or ignorant are you? Under President Bush when they wanted to raise the debt ceiling the democrats were crying foul. Both parties are to blame.
I personally recieved an email from the Congressman Jim Cooper who said if we don't raise the debt ceiling "Social Security recipient and Soldiers may not recieve their checks" I have not heard ONE republican say this. It's the democrats who are threatening our Grandparents and Military!
I read your aticles and want to throw up! Your beloved democrats are just as much to blame as the republicans but all you can do is point your finger at one party.
America is not ruled by a two party system.
America is ruled by the Ivy League. Which colleges have our past president's come from?

By: yogiman on 7/31/11 at 9:10

Received this from a friend: Makes sense? Looks like it.

Politics is going strong and fast now to "balance" the budget. There has been many questions as to why it is in the condition it is in. May I make a suggestio9n to that bunch of idiots in DC called congress? Turn the budget over to Wal-Mart. Why? How big is Wal-Mart?

1. Americans spend $36,000,000 at Wal-Mart every hour of every day.
2. This works out to $20, 928 profit every minute!
3. Wal-Mart will sell more from January 1 to St. Patrick Day (March 17th) than Target sells all year.
4. Wal-Mart is bigger than Home Depot + Kroger + Target + Sears + Costco + K-Mart combined.
5. Wal-Mart employes 1.6 million people and is the4 largest private employer, and most can speak English.
6. Wal-Mart is the largest company in the history of the World.
7. Wal-Marty now sell more food than Kroger & Safeway combined, and keep in mind they did this in only 15 years.
8. During this time period, 31 Supermarket chains sought bankruptcy including Winn-Dixie).
9. Wal-Mart now sells more food than any other store in the world.
10. Wal-Mart has approximately 3,900 stores in the USA of which 1,906 are Super Centers; this is 1,000 more than it had 5 years ago.
11. This year 7.2 billion different purchasing experiences will occur at a Wal-Mart store (earth's population is appromately 6.5 billion).
12. 90% of all Americans live within 15 miles of a Wal-Mart.

So, why not let Wal-Mart bail out Wall Street? Better yet... let them run the Government. Congress can continue to sit on their a..es and continue to pretend to be important.

By: yogiman on 7/31/11 at 10:02

This open letter was written by Mr. Lou Pritchett, a well known public speaker who retired after a successful 36 year career as the VP World Sales for Proctor and Gamble. Mr. Pritchett brougth out some alarming issues which should awaken the citizens of our nation.

[Dear Mr. President:

You are the thirteenth President under whom I have lived and unlike any of the others, you truly scare me.

You scare me because after months of exposure, I know nothing about you.

You scare me because I do not know how you paid for your expensive Ivy League education and your upscale lifestyle and housing with no visible signs of support.

You scare me because you did not spend the formative years of youth growing up in America and culturally, you are not an American.

You scare me because you have never run a company or met a payroll.

You scare me because you have never had a military experience, thus don't understand it at its core.

You scare me because you lack humility and 'class', always blaming others.

You scare me because for over half your life you have aligned yourself with radical extremists who hate America and you refuse to publicly denounce these radicals who wish to see America fail.

You scare me because you are a cheerleader for the 'blame America' crowd and deliver this message abroad.

You scare me because you want to change America to a European style country where the government sector dominates instead of the private sector.

You scare me because you want to replace our health care system with a government controlled one.

You scare me because you prefer 'wind mills' to responsibly capitalizing on our own vast oil, coal and shale reserves.

You scare me because you want to kill the American capitalist goose that lays the golden egg which provides the highest standard of living in the world.

You scare me because you have begun to use 'extortion' tactics against certain banks and corporations.

You scare me because your own political party shrinks from challenging you on your wild and irresponsible spending proposals.

You scare me because you will not listen to, or even consider, opposing points of view from intelligent people.

You scare me because you falsely believe that you are both omnipotent and omniscient

You scare me because you demonize and want to silence the Limbsughs, Hannitys, O'Reillys and Becks who offer opposing, conservative points of views.

You scare me because you you prefer controlling over governing.

You scare me because if you serve a second term I will probably not feel safe in writing a similar letter in 8 years.]

This letter was written by Mr. Pritchett in June 2009.

What scares me most is; why did congress allow it to happen? If Obama is 'elected' to serve a second term, it will not take him, and congress, that long to gain absolute control.

By: parnell3rd on 8/8/11 at 10:42

Silence?
Thanks for the post yogiman!