Archive for August, 2012

RE: “Guide For the Perplexed” by David Brooks (TIMES, 8/21/12)

August 26, 2012

Yes, David Brooks, the United States needs “big changes” but not what you are advocating.

Instead, less money should be spent on the “New World Order” and enriching the wealthy one percent of the country, while more attention should be given to a single medical provider.  That would hasten the USA into the 21st century.

The Romney/Ryan ticket is reactionary.  It is resuscitating the Ebenezer Scrooge mentality and trampling on the interests of the working class.

A. Garavente

RE: “Afghan Attacks on Allied Troops Prompt NATO to Shift Policy” (TIMES, 8/18/12)

August 23, 2012

Keeping American troops in Afghanistan until December 31, 2014 makes less sense with each passing day.  Unfortunately, this being an election year, good sense is the first casualty.

If the Democrats remain in power in November, the first order of business in foreign policy should be to withdraw all our troops from Afghanistan by June 30, 2013.  Such a move would save American lives and a great deal of money as well.

The former might not placate the GOP hawks but maybe the latter would.  Isn’t it the Republicans who want to lower the deficit?

A. Garavente

RE “When Cruelty Is Cute” by Maureen Dowd (TIMES, 8/15/12)

August 23, 2012

Right on to Maureen Dowd for exposing the Ebenezer Scrooge in Paul Ryan!

She has shined a light on the reactionary thinking of modern Republicans who want a society of obedient “followers” (See David Brooks, TIMES, 6/12/12).

The conservatives in this year’s presidential election are the Democrats.  Getting much useful legislation out of them will be a problem, what with the Blue Dogs having so much influence.

The reactionary Republicans might bring back the powdered wig, to be worn by members of Congress and the Supreme Court.  Of course, the opportunistic Ryan would no doubt get one that doesn’t hide his cute widow’s peak.

I wonder when Americans will have to genuflect to their elected officials?

A. Garavente