To the Editor:
I am replying to you in the Thursday June 7, 2012, edition from Carroll Staton who had some less-than kind words for the Republicans and their party. I agree with the first 25 words in the article that begin with the encouragement of everyone to become “well-informed.” However, Mr. Staton should heed his own advice and I leave the rest to “political” babbling and whining about the lies of Republicans, blah, blah, blah. His hero, “Pres. Obummer” has the least private sector business experience of any president in history, period, therefore how can he better lead this “free-market” nation to an improved economic position with his socialistic principles of “bailing out” private corporations and rewarding the bad business decisions of a government operated lending institution that should never have existed to begin with. (Not his doings but he should have let the cards fall as they may and let the free-market take its toll on a poorly operated “business” as it should have.) Business is business and government is government and the two should never mix. Business created jobs, not government! I am not necessarily a fan of the president’s opponent, but he does have twice the “business” experience and is a true American – not so sure about a president that apologizes to the world about the arrogance of America and bows to a “Muslim” leader and refuses to salute the American flag, etc., etc., etc.
Here are some interesting facts that Mr. Staton might be interested in: American private sector avg. income: $61,051 Govt. sector avg. income: $123,000 The government sector comprises 16% of the American population (21,300,000). Think of this for a moment. That 16% could become approximately 30% - 45% of the vote if a spouse and one or two other persons of interest should vote in the government’s interests. That almost makes the true purpose of the electorate out of play when there are more government workers and their families and friends than others in the population. Just a thought on the attributes of limited government.
Note: since the “recession,” federal govt. employment has grown 10% (198,000) while the private sector has had a -6.8% reduction (-7,837,000 jobs). State govt. has had a -.1% reduction (-6,000 jobs) and local govt. -.9% reduction (128,000 jobs). Budgets come from Congress, not the White House and the Democratic party is in control of U.S. Congress. They controlled the budget process for FY2008, FY2009, FY2010 and FY2011. They passes the enormous omnibus spending bill to complete the FY2009 budget. It is interesting to note that the FY2007 budget is the last of the Republican budgets and was the lowest of a five year decline in federal budget proposals. I have a chart in my possession that shows the ’08 budget with a deficit of just over 400 billion while the next year it blasted to -1.85 trillion and has been in decline since. In 2012, it was -1.4 trillion and 2011 -850 billion. Mt. Staton claimed that the deficit had been reduced for the last three years, but that is a misnomer since the Democrats were responsible for the enormous deficit from just a little over -400 billion in 2008 to a staggering -850 billion now. Is this how Democrats have been reducing the deficit as if they are really accomplishing something as if they didn’t get us into this mess in the first place? Yes, the Obama administration inherited a deficit (that Nancy Pelosi and Harry reed pushed through Congress by-passing the Bush White House entirely) but what did they do from then on? And, by the way, the President keeps whining about it being Bush’s fault but what he, Obama, is saying, is I inherited a deficit that I voted for as a Congressman and then I voted to expand that deficit four-fold.
And finally, if you would indulge me one last set of statistics, a survey asking the members of all prospective Oklahoma candidates for Congress and Senate was submitted asking each of their positions on several issues from 2nd Amendment right to abortion issues and here are the results of the response to date: Legislature: out of 101 members polled, 21 of those that responded were Republicans, 2 were Democrats. My question is: why are our politicians afraid to be honest about their philosophical and political positions? What we need is more honesty in our representatives and the numbers above tell a story of whom is more willing. We have a long way to go in selecting honest representation and a clean sweep of all government and political positions is needed. I think a new political party in in order; the Broom party…sweep those b&@$%*#$ out and let’s get someone in there that will balance our budget and trim some fat. A term limit bill would be appropriate that states: “Balance the budget or you are not eligible for re-election.” And I will end with these words: “The danger to America is not Barack Obama, but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate, willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president.” This quote came from the Czech Republic and sums up the fact that the world is watching the “Light of the World” go down in flames because its citizens have betrayed the Constitutional principles that made it great.